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Jim’s WebLetter for 3/1/14


Hi-ya Webfans and friends!

It’s the weekend and a great time to catch up on the latest happening on the Web with this issue of JWL.

The transition has been happening for the Google Chrome browser to the across-the-board voice activated search device it has become. Computing devices with the new version of the browser will respond to “OK, Google” with a microphone icon waiting to hear your request. And the way Google has been working to improve it’s searcher to respond to an ever growing number of requests. The story I found on ZDNET gives you examples and what you will see when you call on it. http://www.zdnet.com/google-lets-pc-users-search-the-web-using-voice-in-chrome-7000026884/

As long as I’m on the subject of Google, I’ve written about using their online apps for document writing and spreadsheet creation and storage for photos and videos on Google Drive, the cloud service that is directly connected to their email service, Gmail. Well there’s a site dedicated to tutorials for these features made free to us by Google. These videos are easy to follow and give you step by step instructions. Take advantage of them and enjoy the use of free online services. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/02/under-30-minutes-tutorials-on-google.html

Know who else is making a lot of news lately? Facebook. After the announcement of purchasing WhatsApp, the texting communications company which is preparing to go voice chat any day now (http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2330642/whatsapp-to-launch-voice-calls-later-this-year), it seems that Facebook is pulling the plug on it’s email service. Did you know as a Facebook account holder you had an email address? I did, but I never used it. Apparently, most didn’t, either. But to have over a billion email addresses and to have them rarely used, it seems like the smart thing to just do away with the whole thing. And although email is still widely used, there are indications that it will not maintain such an importance in the future. Which is why the purchase of WhatsApp is so key to the future of Facebook. http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/24/5443454/facebook-retires-its-email-service

Apple computer device users learned recently that their hardware was vulnerable to attacks that could steal personal information. We also learned that Apple knew about it but kept it quiet right up to releasing the new update. Given their history of keeping things like this on the Q-T, it does give pause for one to ask, why? CNET has the story. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57619533-83/apples-culture-of-secrecy-delays-security-response-again/
In case you didn’t know, the latest threat, known as the “goto fail” can be averted by using Google Chrome for IOS instead of Safari and an update to IOS 7.0.6 which is likely sitting in your update box under settings. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6147

For additional stories and things I came across this week, check out the WebLetter magazine at http://web.jimonline.com . And if you own or are thinking of getting a tablet computer … see the stories in iTab Magazine at http://iTab.jimonline.com .

A sky-diver and the pilot of his plane were driving to a jump zone when they were pulled over by a police officer for speeding.
The officer approached the car and jokingly asked for a pilot’s license and flight plan. These were promptly passed over to him.
His face expressed amazement, then amusement. “I always knew one day I’d get caught with that line,” and he let them go with a warning.
(thanks, Robert)
I’m a police officer and occasionally park my cruiser in residential areas to watch for speeders.
One Sunday morning I was staked out in a driveway, when I saw a large dog trot up to my car. He stopped and sat just out of arm’s reach. No matter how much I tried to coax him to come for a pat on the head, he refused to budge.
After a while I decided to move to another location. I pulled out of the driveway, looked back and learned the reason for the dog’s stubbornness. He quickly picked up the newspaper I had been parked on and dutifully ran back to his master.
(thanks, Jason)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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