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Jim’s WebLetter for 12/3/16

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Hi-ya TV cable cord cutters and music lovers!

AT&T’s Directv Now is now open and ready for trial. As a former Directv dish owner, I was more than interested to see what they could do via the Internet. This week, I signed for the introductory offer of a free week with the idea I would have access to 100 TV channels for $35 that included movies and on-demand shows. We selected a movie to watch and over the course of two hours saw it trying to load to continue playing at least 4 times. Not good. Looking through the selection of live TV stations available, I was disappointed to discover that local stations were only available in certain markets, but not ours. Programs I did find, many were from at least a year ago, some were several years back. Again, not good. I found that Directv Now was slower loading than Sling TV and didn’t offer the desirable channels I wanted like HGTV and TNT, as Sling TV offers. All this is to say, Directv Now has just begun and has admitted they are working to improve service and performance.  

To get more about the new service, Sara Perez, writing for Tech Crunch gave the good and not so good about Directv Now in her story that certainly worth reading … https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2FFEhyqK-hands-on-with-directv-now-atts-new-stre/f-09b7ba575e%2Ftechcrunch.com

Music listeners have undergone changes over the past few years. We have gone from buying vinyl records and requesting songs on the radio to downloading songs from services like iTunes onto players like iPods, to storing songs in the cloud like Google Play Music. It is the latter that I want to talk about. When it began, Google’s Music was storage for your favorite songs and offered free if you had a Gmail account. Since it began, it has grown to a complete music service that includes storage of your personal collection of up to 35,000 songs. Your collection is available by computer browser or Application. Google Music has become so rich in services that PCWorld has released an article called, “9 free ways to get the most out of Google’s Play Music app” that offers some ideas to making your collection even more, uh, collectible like switching to an off-line mode. Read about that and more … http://www.pcworld.com/article/3143948/android/9-free-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-googles-play-music-app.html#tk.rss_all

Speaking of Google, the Google Spaces app was launched this year and within the app you create “spaces”, each of which can be dedicated to a specific project, group of friends, or simple to-do list. Google Chrome, Google Search, and YouTube are built into it which allows you to find and share content without leaving the app itself.

There are four types of content that can be shared in each space: Links — with web addresses automatically embedded, Videos — YouTube videos are directly integrated for mobile users. (If you’re on desktop, you can search in the YouTube database and access your recently watched videos.), Photos — You can post straight from your camera roll or from Google Photos, and Text — Plain text, without formatting. You can Download smartphone apps for both Android and iOS as well as a Google Spaces web app. This is great for team work as well as personal assistant, cutting the need to visit many different apps and copying and pasting notes. It’s from Google, so it’s free to use. Try it and see if it works for you. https://spaces.google.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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