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Jim’s WebLetter for 1/28/17

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Hi-ya Facebook friends and neighbors of the Net!

Here are some things I discovered this week … 

As you know, Facebook lets you customize plenty of privacy-related parts of your Facebook account, but you might miss some important settings while digging through their various menus. So the company came up with a better way to do it.

Privacy Basics still gets you the same set of settings that are available in the traditional Facebook page, but the new page is, as they say, “built using your feedback and everything is organized, so that information about protecting your privacy is easy to find.” 
Facebook says it has 32 interactive guides in 44 languages to help you manage your privacy better than before. In addition to Privacy Basics, Facebook still promotes other security features, including Privacy Checkup and login approvals. Get more details and update your Facebook privacy at … https://www.facebook.com/about/basics

As internet speeds continue to increase and more people sign up to use it, media companies are taking advantage by rolling out music and video streaming services. Ever since the term “cord-cutting” came to mean firing the cable company and finding TV shows and movies online, streaming companies have been materializing and jumping in with their versions of live and on-demand services. The list of notable video distributors includes Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV and Directv Now. This week, we can add another viewer … BitTorrent Live.  

Folks who have been on the Web since its youth remember that name for the piracy issues it got into years ago. But it’s back and has figured out the latency issues some streaming services still deal with. Here’s the problem: getting popular channels to sign up on the services. BitTorrent Live has in its stable such “notables” as Newsmax TV, NASA, Heroes TV, Fightbox, Clubbing TV, Fast&Fun, OANN, Filmbox Arthouse, One World Sports, TwiT, NUsic TV and OpenNews TV. Clearly not your favorite and most-watched channels, but it’s a start. They advertise that new channels are being added every day.  

Oh, and did I mention those channels are free to watch? Available for iOS and Amazon Fire, if you have an Android device, get the app from the Google Play Store … https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bittorrent.live 

Download the iOS version through iTunes … https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bittorrent-live/id1108230445?mt=8

Ever since Google released Google Play Music as one of the features in their package of free stuff, I have been a user and have been pretty pleased with it. I store my favorite songs I have collected over the years and can listen on any internet device. The Google catalog itself contains some 35 million selections, but I am pretty happy listening to what I have stored in their system. All I need to do is log in using my Gmail address and click Music Library from the drop down menu. But it comes as no surprise that, from time to time, there may be issues with the feature. Nothing’s perfect. So when I came across an article this week entitled, “Problems with Google Play Music and How to Fix Them” I bookmarked it. If you encounter issues when using the service, this makes a quick read … http://www.androidauthority.com/problems-google-play-music-fix-745605/

So friends, 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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