Jim’s WebLetter for 7/18/15

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Now this far into the twenty-first century, chances are you own a device that connects wirelessly to the Internet.  WiFi has become THE mode to connect to the Web wherever you are.  Any locations not covered by WiFi, require cellular 3G or 4G connections. Even though there are still areas of the country where dialup is the only thing available, the greater number of us are connected today using faster broadband speeds.  But did you know there is a new wireless system called WiFi Aware that allows wireless devices to pass information and media between themselves without the need for the standard WiFi or even the Internet?

A group known as the WiFi Alliance, a non-profit trade organization that includes Apple, Microsoft, Intel and hundreds of other tech powerhouses as members, has certified this new system that, as they put it,  “improves on existing proximity offerings by delivering a truly here-and-now contextual awareness solution that works well indoors and in dense environments, without requiring a cellular, Wi-Fi, or GPS connection”.  Translation … your handheld device is given notice that information you want is available so all you have to do is tap an app to receive it.  And you can send information, photos or video in the same way.  No need for WiFi or cell connection.  It’s like Bluetooth only better.  If this something you find the least bit interesting, read more about it and watch the embedded video … http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-aware

Applications for Aware include the ability for businesses to provide store information and sale coupons, theaters can push movie trailers and show times, and we can reach each other with Twitter tweets and Facebook entries.  The key is that your device is constantly aware of everything in close proximity, but only chooses to connect to relevant sources of information.  This means that Aware has no trouble functioning in a crowded environment, like a huge concert or a football game where texting is often impossible. According to sources in the Alliance, we can expect to see social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn roll out applications with Wi-Fi Aware before the end of the year.

Attention Windows Computer users … The end of the month is coming when Windows 10 will become available for Microsoft machines and this just in, it’s hinted you may not have a choice in receiving the updates.  In a reported policy change, your ability to turn off updates will be removed.  This has its good and bad results, but mostly it’s good, so if there are necessary updates needed, Microsoft can simply download and install them into your machine.  Of course, until Windows 10 is officially released, anything could still change, but it’s best to learn these things upfront as to eliminate any surprises.  http://lifehacker.com/windows-10-home-updates-will-be-automatic-and-mandatory-1718476904

Last this week, I came across this story on FastCompany’s website that a little known company has managed to get a judge to OK streaming TV on the Internet.  This was tried before by a company named Aereo but it was litigated out of existence by cable companies who felt threatened by the idea that we could get for free what they have been charging us.  This new decision basically says that the new company, FilmOnX should be treated as a cable company.  If the decision holds up, it’s good news for Internet users.  We’ll see … http://www.fastcompany.com/3048798/fast-feed/court-aereo-like-streaming-service-should-be-treated-similarly-to-cable

A tobacco company sent Dave several packages of cigarettes with the explanation: “We are sending you some of our finest cigarettes. We hope you enjoy them and will want more.”
After several months the tobacco company received this reply from Dave…
I got your cigarettes and soaked them in a quart of water which I sprayed on my bug-infested rose bushes. Every bug died! These cigarettes make the best poison ever!
Please send me some more next year, in case my roses get any more bugs.
Dr. Dave Smith
(Thanks, Paul)
Wayne was returning home from a business trip, bags in hand, and slowly making his way to his vehicle in the crowded airport garage. Suddenly a large dark car screeched to a stop in front of Wayne, and the driver pointed menacingly at him. “Get in,” the driver ordered. “I’ll take you to your car.”
Startled, Wayne took a step backward. “Ah … no thanks,” he answered. “I can get there myself.”
“No!” the man barked back as he threw open his passenger side door. “Get In!”
Wayne’s eyes now darted around the garage, hoping to find a security guard.
Just then, the driver’s face softened. “Please,” he said, “I’ve been driving up and down for two hours. I can’t find a space to park and I want yours.”
(Thanks, Frank)
That’s what I found on the Web this week, friends.  Have a great weekend, and until the next one, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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