Jim’s WebLetter for 4/11/15

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Hi-ya Folks!

This week, Apple released its newest operating system for iPhones and iPads – IOS 8.3 that comes with a number of improvements.  http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/04/09/ios-8-3-on-ipad-air-review-early/  I installed it and have been comparing the performance on my iPad Air to the article by GottaBeMobile’s Adam Mills.  Frankly, I think my battery is depleting faster than before the install, but not so noticeably as to make me unhappy.  Then I read another article by  Gordon Kelly of Forbes as he reported about a bug already found in the new IOS.  It deals with a problem using Touch ID.  That’s the function for using Apple Pay, so you can safely bet there will be another update rolling out pretty quick.  After all, Apple is trying to get everyone to use their pay system and most people won’t if they think there is a bug that could allow someone to access their finances.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/04/09/apple-ios-8-3-touch-id-bug/?linkId=13441818

Now after installing the new IOS, I know you’re dying to find out how to get the new Vulcan Emoji to work!  One of the new additions to 8.3 is a new batch of the images you can include in texts and emails, but one that doesn’t readily show is the Vulcan sign that Star Trek’s Spock used for “Live Long and Prosper”.  Well it just so happens I have found a story by the AppleInsider Staff which gives detailed instructions for finding and using the emoji.  You can thank me for this later … http://news360.com/article/287236192  🖖 

To get more about the new IOS including tips and tricks, visit iTab Magazine, the magazine for tablet owners at http://iTab.jimonline.com

Also this week, Google announced it will be changing it’s search algorithm to feature websites that are mobile-friendly over sites that aren’t.  Clearly it’s because more and more people are accessing the Internet with a mobile device over the laptop or PC.  As a result, website owners are scrambling to ensure their sites comply with Google’s requirements.  There’s a site for developers that tests a website for it’s mobile accessibility and gives some helpful hints into making the website comply with the new standards.  https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

Read additional stories on WebLetter, the companion magazine to this newsletter at http://web.jimonline.com

Lastly, among the people I follow on Facebook, Mike Love of the Beach Boys is one of my favorites because of things he posts like his Thursday Throwbacks where he pulls a photo out of the Beach Boys era and writes about it.  But on Friday, he posted a video by Kylie Hughes that he is included in.  The song and title of her EP is Calipopicana, a name she coins for the type of music she writes and performs that includes California style, pop and America.  From her brief past that includes singing the Star Spangled Banner at concerts to sharing the stage with major artists, she has a video for the new song that is a throwback to the California 60’s beach films that starred the likes of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.    If you liked that era of music and film, you’ll like the catchy tune, too.  http://www.kyliehughesmusic.com

My wife and I, both graduate students, recently celebrated the arrival of our first child. At my wife’s insistence, we had paid our entire medical bill and were now worried about meeting other payments. 
We were discussing our sad financial situation one evening when our son demanded a diaper change. 
As my wife leaned over the baby’s crib, I heard her mutter, “The only thing in the house that’s paid for, and it leaks.”
(Thanks, Mike)
I walked into the lobby of my apartment building recently and was greeted by this notice: 
“To whoever is watering these plants, please stop. They are the property of the building and our maintenance staff will take care of them. They may have already been watered, in which case you will be over watering them. Besides, these plants are fake.”
(Thanks, Janet)
It’s another beautiful weekend in store … Have a great one and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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