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Jim’s WebLetter for 5/30/15

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Hi-ya Folks!

First on a personal note, I was called away on a family emergency last weekend and unable to post a WebLetter. But now I’m back in the chair and ready to show you some of the things I discovered.

This week, Google held an event in San Francisco in order to show many of the new things it has been working on … https://events.google.com/io2015/# Among the highlights was the announcement of the new Android M for mobile devices, coming later this year … http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/28/8675257/android-m-os-update-google-io-2015 This new system will include a number of new and improved features, but probably the biggest is called Now on Tap. While there is great speculation on privacy issues with this new feature, Now on Tap is built to be a “mind reader” of sorts, a companion that looks at your device screens at the same time you do, constantly collecting information about the emails you’re reading, the stories you’re reading, the music you’re listening to, and even the route you’re driving. In this way, Google can be a real assistant to your every need, when you need it. http://www.cnet.com/news/googles-now-on-tap-is-androids-next-killer-feature-if-it-works/.

Other features of Android M include an improved Google Maps which can be used offline when you don’t have wifi available and don’t want to use all your data time up. Once you call up the map you need, you can save it to your device. Then when you need turn by turn directions, you can also find restaurants, refueling stations and assorted other businesses located along your route. http://bgr.com/2015/05/28/android-m-google-maps-offline-navigation-support/

This is not to say Google Maps isn’t a good and viable feature already. I used it on the drive back to Florida this past weekend and found the voice and mapping showed best routes to take, how the traffic was flowing and even showed businesses I might need while in route. https://support.google.com/maps/answer/144349?hl=en. Needless to say, I was glad to have it working for me.

One more thing about Google this week … Google Photos rolled out for IOS and Android devices to replace Google Plus (+) and Google Drive as the storage for photos and videos. Maybe the best part of this rollout is the UNLIMITED space and the easy sync features of Google Photos. Once I downloaded and installed the app on my iPad and Android phone (LG G3) it went to work backing up all my photos and videos on the cloud space. Instantly I could see what I had stored on both devices in one location. You can also see your collection in a browser and download it, share it, or delete it. I love it. You should get it. https://www.google.com/photos/about/?page=movie

I have added stories not included in this WebLetter to another WebLetter … WebLetter Magazine is available now at http://web.jimonline.com

If you haven’t heard, the Federal Communications Commission has decided that with its decision for regulating the Internet, it also wants those of us who can afford to be online to help pay for those who can’t. While this smacks of socialism, there is another side to this idea. Chairman Tom Wheeler has statistics to back his claim that only half the people in America listed in the underprivileged category have Internet, and particular broadband speeds. He says they are hindered from making advancements in their education as well as job efforts. In short, the Web has proven to provide advantages to those who use it, therefore, everyone should have access. http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20150528-fcc-wants-phone-subsidies-for-the-poor-to-cover-internet-too.ece. When connected to the Internet, everyone can improve themselves and help others and that’s not a bad thing.

Speaking of doing good, I came across this video for an app that aids the blind and sight impaired. The concept is those of us with sight can use out iPad or iPhone in conjunction with a sightless person to help them see. Watch the video and you’ll get the picture … http://www.coolsiteoftheday.com/cool-app-helps-blind-people/

Own a tablet? So do I. Get new stories and tips about your tablet in iTab Magazine … http://iTab.jimonline.com

===HuMoR===
I was on the phone trying to set up a furniture delivery.
“If you would like to arrange a delivery date, please press one,” the automated voice prompted me.
“If you would like to confirm delivery, please press two.”
At that moment my three-year-old daughter let out an ear-piercing shriek.
“I’m sorry,” the automated voice said, “that is not a valid response.”
(Thanks, Mary)
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A mother was making a large batch of cookies with her ten-year-old son.
She asked him to read the recipe and ingredients to her, doubling them as he went along.
He did as she said, and thus his first instruction was to preheat the oven to seven hundred degrees.
(Thanks, Hank)
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So, that’s it for the weekend, friends. And as I hope for you … may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!

Jim
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