Jim’s WebLetter for 5/10/14


It’s Mothers Day weekend. If you’re a procrastinator, chances are you will be trying to figure out how to get a card to your mom today. Well, if you own a mobile device, go to the App Store or Google Play Store and download Red Stamp for free. It’s a new app you can use to create a card and send it, via email. Unlike other online card creating websites, Red Stamp doesn’t bombard you with ads, just card ideas you can personalize and email or post on social media. Or for a couple of bucks, by mail. Of course at this point, snail mail will mean your card will arrive late. Check out the app online at http://www.redstamp.com or download the app from here … https://www.redstamp.com/app (they have a lot of other cards available, too.)

Snapchat has become a popular app used by the young crowd because they believe that any video, text or photo they shoot, they can send to a friend or group, and it disappears after a few seconds. Well guess what? They don’t disappear after all (collective sound of shock). Once they fade out from your screen, the file is renamed and moved into a hidden folder of the app on the mobile device. Right about now, all the Snapchat users are looking down at their phones and tablets trying to find said folder. Instead, click this link for details … http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2014/05/08/snapchat-settles-ftc-charges-about-false-disappearing-posts/

The issue with Snapchat is like that of a number of other internet companies whose claims didn’t add up. Millions of users were deceived into thinking that using the application or visiting a website had something none of the others had. That there was an advantage to using that product, and there was a measure of safety being connected by using that company’s product. The Federal Trade Commission stepped in and did what they could do to bring light to this matter.

We have reason for being concerned about our privacy and security. It was reported this week by NBC news that last year, one in 10 Americans had an invasion of their privacy and the result was hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from personal accounts. And now the new crime, cellphone theft, provides the thieves with hardware worth hundreds and information worth much more. While the result of the Federal Trade Commission in the case of Snapchat might seem small, the voice of the internet brings full attention to their lie. They knew the files didn’t disappear. Instead they hid the fact that the files are stored and can be easily retrieved. The first offense is a wrist slap by the FTC. But now everyone knows the truth about Snapchat. Read the story and decide for yourself if you want to use this app … http://readwrite.com/2014/05/08/snapchat-ftc-wrist-slap-user-privacy#awesm=~oDOVZGp41xbgeJ

Last but certainly not least, Apple is buying Beats Music and putting its two big wigs (Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine) to work in the Apple music division. With all the speculation over the purchase, the bottom line is Apple is paying $3 billion for what is considered as an excellent music service and they have the cash to spend. In case anyone was wondering, the age of music download is now history. Long live streaming. http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304655304579552363078848706-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwOTEwNDkyWj

My daughter had just received her learner’s permit and was eager to drive our car. She got in the driver’s side and adjusted her seat and shoulder belt.
After glancing at all the mirrors, she turned to me with a puzzled look and complained, “I can’t see myself in any of these!”
(Thanks, Jeff)
My sister-in-law works as a waitress at an Atlanta restaurant. One day, a large family came in to eat.
In accordance with the restaurant’s policy of serving large parties, the tip was automatically added to the bill.
After she presented the bill to the father, she heard him bellow, “Gratuity? Who ordered the gratuity? I told you kids that we weren’t going to order any dessert!”
(Thanks, Sally)
Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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