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Jim’s WebLetter for 12/2/17

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Hi-ya!

With all the hustle-bustle of Christmas, there’s a lot of expectation about the new year already coming across the Tech headlines. For instance …

Apple is rumored to be releasing a new iPad for 2018 that will be like the 9.7 inch one that came out this year … only cheaper. For folks who have been wanting to update their iPad to a newer model but don’t want to pay $600+ for one, the new iPad 2018 will be somewhere under $300.

This year when Apple released the “2017” model for $329, my wife and I bought two … it was literally getting two tablets for the price of one. These are faster, clearer and cheaper than what we had before. No complaints here. Now with the new models in 2018, you know they’ll have to do something to make them worth buying, at an ever smaller price. http://bgr.com/2017/12/01/ipad-release-9-7-model-cheaper-than-300/

If you explore the internet, you use a browser to do it with. There are several available, but normally people use what came with their PC, MAC or other internet device. Right now, more people use Google Chrome than any other browser on the market. More than Apple Safari, more than Windows Internet Explorer.

Last month, Mozilla released a new Firefox browser. Ok, I know what you’re thinking … “Firefox? Wasn’t that the one that caused problems? It’s a bunch of you know what!”. But that’s the old Firefox. The new Firefox actually manages to evolve the entire browser experience, and is designed for the mobile-first world. I like it at least as much as Google Chrome … it loads pages faster than Chrome, and it’s smarter than Chrome. I know, I didn’t believe it either. But it should be your go-to browser.

Firefox, this one is called Quantum, has better memory usage … If you’re looking at a page on your phone and want to load that same page on your laptop, you just tap “Send to Device,” pick your laptop, and it opens and loads in the background as if it had always been there. Clever!

Mozilla has a huge library of add-ons, and if you use the Foxified extension, you can even run Chrome extensions in Firefox. Best I can tell, there’s nothing you can do in Chrome that you can’t in Firefox. And Firefox does them all faster. See for yourself. Firefox Quantum may become the browser you use for everything. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

You know what else is big this season? Mobile data usage. Oh yes it is! You’re spending more time using your phone to look up good deals, contacting family to set up parties and get-togethers and messaging friends and well wishers. And if you’re not careful, you’ll go over your monthly data plan ( unless of course, you have unlimited ) costing you more.

So, what do you do? Android users, I recommend you install Datally, Google’s new data management app. It’s able to see how much data your phone is using to stay connected, and alert you to apps that consume more than the amount with which you’re comfortable, granting you the ability to cut their access off with a single tap.

What’s more, Datally shows you how much data you’ve used over the course of your day, week, or month. It relies on your phone number to check how much data you have left in your plan, and uses a VPN to manage what data is allowed or restricted.

There is also a built-in “Find Wi-Fi” feature that lets you know about nearby Wi-Fi hotspots that could help you save a few megabytes.

Want to download the app? You’ll need a phone running at least Android 5.0 Lollipop. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.freighter

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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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