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Jim’s WebLetter for 3/5/17

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Hi-ya Internet Explorer users, Photographers, and would-be Cable-cutters!

This week’s WebLetter has a heads up for you …

If you are using Windows 10’s Internet Explorer or the Edge browser, you should use either Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox at least until Microsoft issues a fix for a bug that exposes your personal information when the browsers are being used to fill out online forms.  

The bug was found in November by Google researchers, but details are only now being released after a 90-day deadline Google gave Microsoft to find a fix before announcing to the online community.

Microsoft has yet to say when it will produce a patch that removes the bug.

Until they do, it’s best not to use the browsers.

Google Photos, the company’s photo storage app, is introducing another way to improve your snapshots without any hassle. 

The company announced a new “auto white balance” feature on Thursday. Now, when users select a filter, the Google Photos app will correct the white balance in an image in addition to the exposure and saturation. Users can tweak things further by going into “Color” and adjusting the warmth and tint of their photos. 

Simply put, white balance is a tool used to render colors correctly. Sometimes because of lighting, photos can turn out too yellow or blue. Auto white balance is a standard feature of most cameras and photo-editing tools, and it helps your pictures look better and more natural. 

Google has been steadily added useful updates to Google Photos since it launched it with such features as integrating smart albums and a tool called PhotoScan to digitize old Photos. Photos represents a free addition to the group of Google tools by simply creating a Gmail account.  https://www.google.com/photos/about/

Contenders for cord cutters continues to grow in number. Now, if you want to watch live TV you can choose from Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Fubo TV, PlayStation Vue, and newly added to the list is YouTube TV. At some point Hulu and Vidgo will join that list and cord cutters will have 6 or 7 live TV streaming services to pick from.  

Even though they’re just starting out, YouTube seems to hold the best selection of channels including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, with prices running $35 a month and no contract. Sign up to receive notice when YouTube TV is available in your area. https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/

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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