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Jim’s WebLetter for 5/21/16

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Hi-ya friends!

Lots to review this week as Google, Netflix, Apple and YouTube all made the Net News.

First, let me show you a way to improve your Netflix experience. If you don’t know what Netflix is by now, just skip down to the next story. If you’re a Netflix viewer, you’ve heard and seen times of rebuffering where the picture stops or the TV screen just goes black. The reason for it is because your internet provider isn’t providing a fast enough download speed to accept the large size HD quality files that the videos come in.  

All I know is, I pay extra to have fast internet and if there is an issue with something I’m watching, then it’s time to get in touch with my provider and remind them of my account and the high speed they bill me for. Something else, I have a setting on my wireless router that prioritized the signal so my Roku gets high speed while the other devices get a somewhat slower speed.

Having said all this, I discovered that Netflix is offering a way for you to know how fast the Internet is in your home. Rather than waiting for Speedtest.net or Testmy.net to load up, try Fast.com and watch the download speed show on your computer or mobile device browser screen … http://www.fast.com

This week, Google held Google I/O to show off a number of upcoming new technologies being released later this year. The keynote aimed at developers featured the new chat application Allo, and Duo, a very forward thinking method of making video phone calls. These were only two of all the things Google and Android are in the process of rolling out over this summer and fall. Android’s new system, Android N, will be released to upgrade phones to accept Allo and Duo, as well as Daydream, the Virtual Reality app that makes your phone or tablet a window into the VR world which will include watching movies and videos, as well as interacting with others. See what is coming by reading this from The Verge … http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11711704/android-n-new-features

CNET released a comparative report describing the differences between the new Android N system and Apple’s latest IOS 9. Some features mirror the latest from Apple, but then there are the differences. Frankly, with the issues Apple has been having with their updates causing mobile devices to become unstable and unusable, it just makes Android seem more appealing. That’s the next story, though. This one deals with the positives of the operating systems. http://www.cnet.com/news/android-n-vs-apple-ios-9/

So, the question for Apple users (I have an iPad Air) is, will they ever fix the bugs in the IOS 9 software. As is typical for each release, Apple seems to find problems that affect their systems in some form or another, resulting in additional releases to fix them. Now the release number is 9.3.2 and new iPad models including the Pro series are reporting problems. Apple has reversed its latest release, telling users that it has taken the newest software off download to fix the issues. I’m still running IOS 9.3 because it seems to be stable, for the most part. http://mashable.com/2016/05/20/ipad-pro-ios-9-3-2-bricking/#FMtd2bvFNsqO

Know what else is coming this year? YouTube messaging. Since everyone seems to be doing it, it seems like the natural thing for YT to be doing. After all, the largest storehouse for videos already has more people sharing videos than anyone else. It’s just, they’re using everyone else’s platform to do it (Facebook, Messenger, even Skype). YouTube is beta testing its message platform to a few users right now. It’s function allows for friends who receive a video in the chat-like interface to choose to respond by sending a video of their own, or they can just type out a response or use emoji. Clever. Check out the whole story from Tech Crunch … http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/13/youtube-tests-an-in-app-messenger-for-sharing-videos-with-friends/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Techcrunch+(TechCrunch)&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim

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