Jim’s WebLetter for 8/29/15


Summer brings on tropical storms. Today’s JWL includes changes the Internet has seen with tracking them and your safety. Also today, get tips on Gmail and the latest on Microsoft’s new release.
With the activity in the Atlantic in particular, Google this week added a new set of features to better alert and inform you about major storms. When searching for information on hurricanes or tornados, Google will show maps pinpointing their location with detailed forecasts and visuals based on NOAA data along with safety tips based on their situation. When you click on News, Google switches to all the news and images concerning the storm your researching. http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/28/9219187/google-hurricane-public-alert-crisis-response
Because technology continues to improve, the National Weather Service isn’t the only one tracking weather. Several sources provide an eye in the sky and a means to track tropical storms from their vantage point. Additional sources include the American Red Cross which provides an App to download and install which includes timely information and emergency contacts for your area. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article32590542.html
 Something new rolled out with Gmail this week with a closer integration with Google Calendar. Imagine you book a flight and hotel reservation and get a confirmation by email. What typically happens at this point is you open up Google Calendar to put the entry in, as a means of keeping track of the schedule, right? Now, when you go to add that entry in, you notice Google has already entered it and has a reminder set to go off. Talk about a time saver and this works with purchasing tickets to an event, or a dinner reservation. But it only works with Google’s Gmail and Calendar. http://venturebeat.com/2015/08/25/gmail-will-now-automatically-add-google-calendar-events-for-emails-with-flight-hotel-restaurant-or-ticket-info/
Windows 10 hits 75 million devices in less than a month. That’s the headline on the internet this week. Microsoft has turned on all the lights to highlight their new operating system and it’s easy to see that it’s become so popular. First, it’s free. Their roll out promises to show different versions running on different hardware platforms. Already Windows is working to run its programs on Mac and Android. It’s just a matter of time before everyone’s programs will run on the Windows 10 system. http://mashable.com/2015/08/26/windows-10-75-million-devices/
This week in iTab Magazine, the new tablet from LG, how to make an iPad as powerful as a laptop, and my favorite App for research, Pocket, gets an important upgrade. http://iTab.jimonline.com

Signs that scientists have gone too far with genetically modified food: *Your hot dog just fetched its own ketchup and relish. 

*You spot the tell-tale signs of a primitive central nervous system in your Jell-O. 

*Chocchini: looks like zucchini, tastes like a Ding Dong. 

*The black-eyed peas on your fork just winked at you. 

*Every time you pour a glass of orange juice, your garage door goes up.

(Thanks, Chuck)


While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table and we started talking. He asked where my kids go to school. I told him we home-school them. With a raised eyebrow he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family. I said no, I also work—out of our home. Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in.

“He was born at home,” I answered.

The man looked at me, then said, “Wow, you don’t get out much, do you?”

(Thanks, Carol)


Have a great weekend friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.


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