Jim’s WebLetter for 9/3/16

Hi-ya PC users, YouTube viewers and Google Mapers!

It’s another week of tech stuff discovered and reviewed in my WebLetter.

For what seemed like an eternity, Microsoft was urging, pleading, nudging and down-right pushing their new system, Windows 10 onto older PC’s in an effort to get everyone to upgrade – even to the point of offering the new system for free. Just one issue. Anytime, and I do mean every time MS has upgraded their operating system, there have been bugs and program issues the end user, that’s us, have had to work with.  

I waited until almost the deadline of the free download to upgrade my computer, spent the time backing up my material, took the time to learn the new ways of accessing programs and connections outside the computer (like the server) that were different from Windows 7, and even updated the drivers needed to connect to printers. And as I expected, I had an issue with Windows 10. Occasionally a program I was working with would freeze up and I would have to close out the program or reboot the computer. Well, guess what? Windows is providing a system fix.

A listing for KB3176938, Microsoft’s update includes improved reliability of Windows Ink Workspace, Microsoft Edge, File Server, Windows kernel, Microsoft Component Object Model (COM), Cluster Health Service, Hyper-V, multi-factor authentication (MFA), NTFS file system, PowerShell, Internet Explorer 11, facial recognition, graphics, Windows Store, and Windows Shell … just to name a few (hundred) things that needed fixing. And that doesn’t even include the much needed improvements to Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri.

All I can say is, it’s about time. Of course, with any update comes the chance of something else breaking. Let’s hold our collective breath and see … Look for the update coming to your Windows computer, tablet or phone. Here’s more of the story. https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-breaks-powershell-dsc-with-windows-10-build-1439382

I also heard this week Google is getting ready to unveil something new in the world of social media. Ever since they released Google Plus (+), they have been trying and not succeeding to even come close to the exponential growth of Facebook. So, the powers of the Google think tank have come upon an idea of using their long-time video storehouse, YouTube and adding some social media features to it like, polling, text posts, photo sharing and linking.   

To be called Backstage, Google may launch as a limited trial for select YouTube accounts first and go from there. According to VentureBeat, Backstage will be visible next to the Home and Videos tabs on YouTube, and posts made to channels will appear in subscriber feeds and notifications. Read the story from this link … http://venturebeat.com/2016/08/24/inside-backstage-youtubes-plan-to-bring-photos-polls-and-text-to-the-video-service/

Finally, I read this week of the new features that rolled out with the new version of Google Maps. If you’ve ever taken a road trip and run into unexpected problems like road closures or traffic snarls, you already know Maps shows those things on the roads you travel in an effort to give you a heads-up, but now you can talk to Maps using the microphone on your phone’s keyboard. Tell Maps to avoid toll roads or remap the recommended tour to include another destination.  

And with the new version of Maps, you can become a Local Guide and contribute what you discovered, and rate special spots in the town you live or have visited. Create custom lists that include your recommendation for favorite places, starred places and “want to go” places. Everyone can sign up for free for the Local Guides program. That should become a popular feature for people visiting our island. We have a lot to show off! http://news360.com/article/367342357

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Secrets to using the new iPad. Android Mediapad. Yoga Book. In this week’s iTab Magazine. http://iTab.jimonline.com

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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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