Jim’s WebLetter for 11/15/14

Hi-ya Folks!

Today’s WebLetter includes a warning notice from the government, preparation for the new IOS 8.1.1 due to drop at any moment and the new Android system dubbed Lollipop.  Lots more too, so grab something to eat or drink, settle back and check out the links in this week’s JWL.

You know something must be important when the government comes out with a report telling us so.  OK, they have been known to be wrong before, but this time … heads up.
There is a security flaw in IOS 8, used by iPad and iPhone owners, that allows anyone access into private account information.  This is serious.  And the best safeguard users have is, “Don’t trust any third-party sources until the issue has been resolved”.  That means any website that says anything about an app you can download directly from them by just clicking the link, just say no.  Only download apps from the App Store.  http://bgr.com/2014/11/13/ios-8-security-flaw-u-s-government/

Of course, with Apple releasing a new operating system without thorough testing (updated IOS 8 with 8.01 only to be withdrawn and replaced with 8.02 which was replaced by 8.1), it seems to have become par for the course for OS’s … Microsoft and Android included (more on Android in a moment).  Best advice is to wait on updating an operating system until other people experience the problems, report them and fixes are put in place.  So, a new update is about to replace the latest version of Apple’s OS (are we keeping count?).  What should you do to prepare for it?  Gotta Be Mobile has an article detailing what you should do before the next version comes to your notification box.  http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/11/12/8-things-to-do-before-installing-ios-8-1-1/

On the other hand, Android users like me have been waiting for Google to release an update after Android 4.4.4.  Not that there is anything wrong with the OS, it’s just in Internet time, it’s been forever since we’ve had something new.  Well, on Monday we were told Android 5.0, dubbed Lollipop was being released.  Then, just as quickly, we heard it’s being held from release because … wait for it … there’s a flaw in the system.  Fortunately, no harm, no foul, so we wait until it’s fixed and ready for mass installations.  And just what can we expect to get in the new version for Android phones & tablets?  ARS Technica’s Ron Amadeo spent a lot of time researching and wrote about it … http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/11/android-5-0-lollipop-thoroughly-reviewed/

Read more stories new to the Web in WebLetter, the companion magazine at http://web.jimonline.com

Changing the subject, internet connections have been topics of conversation from those taking vacations in foreign countries and folks still having to depend on dial up because that’s all there is.  While companies like Google have been experimenting with hot air balloons and underground cables, Elon Musk, the guy known for Space X and the electric car, Tesla, is talking satellites in orbit.  Lots of satellites.  The idea is open broadband around the world with these orbiting connectors and he’s just the guy with the money and technology to make it happen.  Imagine being connected everywhere you are.  I’m gonna bet the cable and phone companies are not going to be real happy about that.   http://www.zdnet.com/elon-musk-will-reveal-spacexs-satellite-broadband-plans-in-months-7000035656/

Lastly today, I was reading something from Kim Komando about being able to send a letter by postal service using just your phone or tablet app.  At first I thought, “big deal, I don’t send letters but rarely because I have email and text”.  But the article gave a good example and the fact that you can fashion the letter but can send it by email, Facebook or Twitter as well.  So you get a nice looking piece digitally sent to someone … and that is cool.  http://www.komando.com/apps/278658/send-a-letter-in-the-mail-using-only-your-phone-or-tablet

For more stories about tablets and the apps that power them, read iTab magazine at http://iTab.jimonline.com

I was visiting my mother in Princeton, New Jersey. My sisters, their husbands and many nieces and nephews had gathered to welcome our newborn son.
Suddenly, Sara and Jessica, both five, began to squabble over who’d get to hold the baby on their lap first.
My mother, with her years of wisdom, suggested they sit side by side and both hold the baby. Not to be outdone, Sara piped up and said, “Okay! But I want the end with the head on it!”
(Thanks, Barbara)
Social Media Explained
Facebook:       I like drinking coffee.
Twitter:        I’m drinking coffee.
YouTube:        Watch me drink coffee.
Instagram:      Artsy coffee photos.
Pinterest:      How to make coffee.
LinkedIn:       Skills – I can make coffee.
(Thanks, Gary)
That’s it this time around.  By the way, if you get a notification of an upgrade to your computer/phone/tablet operating system, keep my advice in mind.

Have a good weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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