Jim’s WebLetter for 6/4/16

Hi-ya Webfolks!

After taking a week off from writing a WebLetter, I’m back on the case to show and tell a number of things that have come up in the Web World. The first of which is the sneaky, underhanded way Microsoft is getting Windows 10 installed on PC computers. I had to fix three computers at work this past week because the users turned on their PC and a notice showed on the screen that Windows 10 is being installed. Under normal conditions, that be fine, but for Networks, for computers connected to older printers that don’t have a driver updated for the new operating system, it presents more problems than it’s worth. So, what do you do? Look for the button that says you don’t agree with the terms of agreement. Get the story and how-to from How To Geek … http://www.howtogeek.com/228551/how-to-stop-windows-7-or-8-from-downloading-windows-10-automatically/

I am one of millions who have a Gmail address. I love it because it has loads of storage for emails, it has a number of features I use and you can set up an email using my domain name, and, well just too many other things to discuss. What I’m leading to is a story I came across this week listing a large number of hacks and extensions that make Gmail even better than it already is. While all the items in the list are helpful and practical, a few of them stand out as must-have because they help protect your account from intruders and help you by telling you your recipient opened the email you sent them. For instance, FullContact shows everything you need to know about anyone who emails you while MailTrack.io shows you when someone has read your message. Get details when you open Life Hacker’s link … http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/05/17-apps-hacks-and-extensions-that-will-transform-how-you-use-gmail/

Love listening to music? Like to download and save your favorites? Sure. So Spotify has become a great place to do both. Search for a song, find a playlist of songs you enjoy, browse through the ever-increasing catalogue of songs, and download your favorites for when you’re off line or want to keep them for anytime listening. But as Sharon Profis admits, Spotify can be confusing. That’s why you need to read her CNET article to get through the maze and become a Spotify champion. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-spotify/

The 2016 Internet Trends Report was released this past week which, in detail, shows what’s going on worldwide with the advancement of Internet communications and the tools used. The link on this paragraph is to the entire report (some 200 pages), but essentially it shows some 3 billion of us use the Internet. That smartphone use is the leader, and that those smartphones have just about peaked in sales. The report also shows that we as a connected people prefer video and images to text and that advertising is being used more and more in the content we consume. While texting is still the most used form of communication, the use of voice is more convenient which leads to more voice activated software as the chief means of interacting with each other, even by voice-to-text software. As I mentioned, this is a rather lengthy report, but it does reveal the fact that the Internet is becoming the primary method of communication and it is likely to continue to grow. https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/kleinerperkins/2016-internet-trends-report

Short reads …

Issues using IOS 9 on your iPhone or iPad? Fix these top 10 problems with this read from Gotta Be Mobile … http://www.gottabemobile.com/2016/05/27/ios-9-problems-fixes/

Traveling by car this Summer? Use Google Maps Driving Mode … http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/google-maps-driving-mode-is-your-essential-in-car-ai-1776306949?rev=1463941008542
And there you go! Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter

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