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Jim’s WebLetter for 10/3/15

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Hi-ya !
True to form, Apple released an update to the update to IOS 9 this week stating that this latest version: Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage, resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users, resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup, fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications, and improves the stability of Podcasts. Now, with all that, you would think this is the update to download and install, right? Well, if you haven’t updated to IOS 9, I advise you to wait. After all, 9.1 is right around the corner. http://www.macworld.com/article/2987208/ios/apple-solves-more-ios-9-problems-with-ios-9-0-2.html

Wait, what? Microsoft and Google are calling a truce from lawsuits over patents. Is this a signal to a kinder, gentler tech world? Possibly. Those who have followed the patent wars since tech giants began buying up everything in sight know that there are major court battles that cost millions of dollars. And the real winners? The attorneys. I remember when Microsoft began the buying frenzy years ago taking patents from IBM. Soon, it was Microsoft making the bids for software in every PC while IBM was forced to use Microsoft’s stuff. That’s how Bill Gates became one of the richest men ever to walk the planet. Since then, Apple, Google and MS have been in the forefront of patent-buying with each owning hundreds of them. It’s why we have a mouse, non-glare screens and flash drive hard drives. Now we use a smartphone, tablet and have a smart watch. So now it seems two of the heavy money tech giants have decided they can work out their differences without the benefit of lengthy court appearances. Now, where is Apple in all this? http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/microsoft-and-google-call-an-end-to-patent-battles/?ref=technology&_r=0

Last this week, with Fall here, it’s actually time to think about Christmas gift giving. Plan now so you won’t get caught at the last minute. How about a Raspberry Pi for your kids? OK, I think I just heard a collective huff from everyone reading this, as in, “oh sure, GREAT idea”. No, it could be a really great idea. Listen, I know one of the biggest selling toys has been Legos. Why? Because kids like to snap those little plastic pieces together to create stuff. Well, that’s what the Raspberry Pi is like. Snap pieces together to create. In this case, it’s stuff that is useable like computers, systems that power cameras or trains. Even more, it’s teaching your kids fundamentals of computerization while making a game out of it. MakeUseOf has a story with video examples you should take a moment to read … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-reasons-give-kids-raspberry-pi/

In the latest issue of iTab Magazine, the top 10 tablets of the year, babies and iPads, and Amazon has a new tablet coming for Christmas. http://iTab.jimonline.com

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And that’s it until next weekend. May God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!

Jim

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