Jim’s WebLetter for 9/13/14

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Hi-ya JWL readers!

Here’s the look back at some of the stories on the Web this week.

Despite the repeated problems with the online broadcast transmission of the Apple event this week, the company unveiled their new iPhone and the device called the Apple Watch. Coding was the blame for the transmission difficulties during the live keynote from San Francisco. When the picture wasn’t freezing, there was a voice of a Chinese translator overheard in addition to the various presenters onstage. So after a few minutes of that, I moved over to CNET and listened to a group of reviewers discuss what they were able to get. The short of it … Two iPhone 6 models (the regular size and a bigger ‘phablet’ size) and one watch. http://www.cnet.com/videos/the-iphone-6-nails-it-the-apple-watch-not-so-much/

Now Apple people will be thrilled with the iPhone 6 with its new features including a better 8 megapixel camera and NFC for the new Apple Pay system. Android users can just smile and nod their collective heads. After all, many if the new features on the iPhone have been enjoyed by Android users for the past two years … As I overheard one Galaxy phone owner say, “welcome to 2012!” … http://androidandme.com/2014/09/opinions/the-magical-iphone-6-features-that-android-phones-have-had-for-years/

Latest reports from the Apple store show the larger model of the two iPhones, the 5.5 inch phablet known as Plus, has already sold out of the preorders, while the standard 4.7 inch model seems to have many still available. What that says is people want larger screens, even though Apple has been slow to offer it until now. Their reasoning has always been that the phone should be small enough to be used with one hand. Meanwhile with the release of the iPhone 6 Plus, even at a higher price, the company seems to have finally listened to the cries if it’s users. http://news360.com/digestarticle/Kv_7Tb2Y-0y4wJNY_jtR2g

I’m sure this new phone is going to sell well and make a lot of people, including the Apple accountants, very happy but I still maintain the only thing Apple has successfully created as a stand out in the tech hardware market is the iPad. Interesting that after much speculation, the new iPad Air 2 wasn’t announced during the event this week. Frankly it’s not going to make me trade in my first edition Air anyway, as this machine does everything I need from creating soundtracks, editing video and photos, to writing this WebLetter. But if you’ve been following the news, you know that it’s a good idea to put protection on your device. I came across this story from Hacking University naming the top 5 antivirus programs for iPad. I use Lookout because of the many free features that can be used on both Android and Apple devices … http://www.hackinguniversity.in/2014/09/5-antivirus-apps-ipad.html

By the way, a story released this week about Gmail says user and password information was leaked on 5 million accounts. http://www.fastcompany.com/3035558/fast-feed/passwords-for-5-million-google-accounts-leaked. If you own a Gmail account, there is an excellent place to visit to see if your email address was on the list of those that were hacked … http://securityalert.knowem.com/. If your address made the list, the best thing you can do is attempt to log in, then change your password in the settings. Of course, it’s a good idea to change your password now and then anyway.

I have owned a Google Voice phone number for a few years now, right after they began offering them. The advantage of having a phone number connected to a service that allows you to make and receive calls for free was appealing to cost conscious people like me. Now, Google has integrated Voice into its Hangouts app, providing texting as well as calling on Android and Apple devices. Yes, I can use my iPad or Android based Nexus 7 tablet to make and receive calls on my Google Voice number. Yes, that also works on phones. And, yes, it includes a pretty sophisticated voice mail service, too. http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/11/google-hangouts-gets-a-facelift-adds-google-voice-and-voip-call/?ncid=rss_truncated

And one other thing this week, if you use OneDrive, the Microsoft Cloud service, ARS Technica reports they just improved their file transfer capability. Google Chrome users will now be able to upload entire folders to OneDrive, instead of having to upload files individually. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/09/onedrive-finally-gets-file-sharing-as-easy-as-dropbox/

A married couple was vacationing in Yosemite. The wife expressed her concern about camping because of bears and said she would feel more comfortable in the hotel. The husband said that he’d like to camp.
To calm her concerns, he suggested they talk to the park ranger to see what the likelihood of a bear encounter would be.
The ranger told them, “Well, we haven’t seen any grizzlies in this area so far this year, or black bears, for that matter.
“The wife shrieked, “There are TWO types of bears out here? How can you tell the difference? Which one is more dangerous?”
The ranger replied, “Well, that’s easy — see, if the bear chases you up a tree and it comes up after you, it’s a Black Bear. If it shakes the tree until you fall out, it’s a Grizzly.”
The hotel room was quite nice.
(Thanks, Mike)
I was taking a ground school class for private pilots. During the session on weather, the instructor wanted to discuss the concept of sublimation, the act of going from a gas to a solid skipping the intermediate liquid stage. He gave as an example water vapor in the air condensing on a plane’s windshield to form ice.
Wanting to see if the class had understood the concept, the instructor asked if anyone could provide an example of something that went straight from a solid to a gas. He was expecting “dry ice” as the answer.
One of the students blurted out, “Burritos.”
(Thanks, Mark)
If you hear a funny joke and want to pass it on, send it to me. If I use it, you get the credit.
Have a great weekend friends, and until the next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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