Jim’s WebLetter for 1/31/15

Hi-ya friends and fellow techies!

This week’s WebLetter has lots to show and tell, so let’s get started …
After their keynote last week in which Microsoft showed off the new operating system, Windows 10 and the new apparatus, HoloLens, this week they released a new app for Android and IOS devices. Outlook has been used by millions of users on laptops and desktops, and now it’s available on iPhone and iPad as well as any Android based device. Although some reviews I read are mixed, everyone agrees this is what is needed to improve emailing. After all, it seems half the world has used Microsoft Outlook in some form or another. After a fast install, I entered my Gmail address and within seconds the app imported my mail, contacts and calendar. That means I can rid myself of separate apps I use for each. I will try it for a few days and make a decision before deleting what I currently use. http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/01/29/microsoft-outlook-for-ios-android/
Also this week, YouTube flipped the switch and went from Flash run videos to HTML5. Why? Well, it’s been a long time coming. The Web had begun using the newer markup language even before it was approved by the World Wide Web Consortium, the governing body who decides what is safe and what needs improvement when it comes to matters such as this. The new format means videos can run on computer systems that don’t support Flash, like phones and Apple computers and their mobile devices.
It was Apple that began the change away from Flash when it announced years ago it wouldn’t support the Adobe program on it’s mobile devices. That made everyone using Flash to run videos on their websites to begin making the changeover. In emerging markets, developer interest in HTML5 has surged. In places like South Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa, HTML5 is even more popular than iOS—which means that the technology Apple helped make popular is giving it a run for its money. So now the video powerhouse from Google (which reported this week that every minute of every day some 300 hours of video is being uploaded by its’ users to their site) has finally turned away from the old format and embraced the new. With YouTube looking to become a mainstream provider in Internet TV, this makes perfect sense. http://www.youtube.com/
Speaking of Apple, the newest software update for iPhone and iPad was released this week with the report that there are bug fixes, performance improvements and for the first time ever, less space required in downloading and installing the update itself. That only took years for Apple to come around. So far, the update, IOS 8.1.3, seems to be working well. Just glad that after all the issues Apple has caused its users since 8.0, they seem to have gotten this upgrade right. http://readwrite.com/2015/01/27/apple-iphone-ios-8-1-3-storage-space
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Google announced its moving its fast broadband into more cities and in particular, those on the east side of the Mississippi. Google Fiber has download speeds far faster than anything your local cable company can offer. The price is comparable or even lower than what the cable guys charge, too. So congrats to cities like Charlotte and Atlanta. Your internet is about to become a whole lot better! https://fiber.google.com/newcities/
And the race for 5G is heating up. If you have a smartphone, you have connectibility either through wifi or your carriers’ signal. Older phones receive 3G while the newer models use 4G. This new, faster and wider broadband signal will mean more for the Internet of Things as well as mobile devices. BBC’s Ed Ram spells out the facts of the new technology that can download data up to 100 times faster than the current signal. Now that’s fast. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30224853
The patient who came to my radiology office for abdominal X-rays was already heavily sedated. But I still had to ask her a lot of questions, the last one being, “Ma’am, where is your pain right now?”
Through her medicated fog, she answered, “Oh, he’s at work.”
(Thanks, Janet)
I was recovering from knee surgery and also the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. I was lying on the couch with an ice bag on my leg and hot-water bottles against both cheeks.
From the kitchen I heard my wife cry out in pain.
Through a mouth stuffed with gauze I asked her what had happened.
“You know,” she replied, “there’s nothing worse than a paper cut.”
(Thanks, Jack)
That this week’s look into the Web, friends. I hope you have a great weekend … may God bless you and keep you safe.
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