Jim’s WebLetter for 4/4/15

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Hi-ya Viewers!

You know what is becoming the rage on the Internet now?  Streaming video.  OK, this isn’t the first time streaming video has been a big deal.  Matter of fact, it’s been going on for years.  I remember using an app called QIK in streaming the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival back when I was their Webmaster.  Today, thousands of businesses stream events and churches stream services, to mention a couple of examples. Video streaming services like Ustream, Live Stream and even Onyx Servers, the people we use to stream services and events held at church, offer live streaming via the Internet.  

But with new Applications being released to Android and IOS devices, it seems everyone is getting into streaming.  Case in point, Joanna Stern, writer for the Wall Street Journal, is featured in her story “Streaming Your So-Called Life” in which she discovers fifteen people are watching her boil water in preparation for cooking pasta.  While that doesn’t sound like a vast number of onlookers, it does bring up a point:  streaming an event will lead to people watching.  After all, we were brought up  watching television and this is an extension of that with more Reality TV thrown in for good measure.  (Speaking of Reality TV, “An American Family” featuring the Loud Family was considered the first reality TV series in America, broadcast on PBS in 1973.)   In her case, Joanna is cooking – one of the leading viewership subjects.  Just ask the Food Channel.  

So what does Joanna use to demonstrate the fine art of pasta cooking?  Twitter’s Periscope, a new app recently launched for Apple devices with an Android version coming soon.  I like Periscope because it’s easy to use and you can write comments or questions while viewing the stream.  Check out Joanna’s story, watch her video and see if you become inspired to stream something for others to watch …  http://www.wsj.com/articles/streaming-your-so-called-life-1427422795?mod=ST2&ref=/news/personal-technology

When you spend time reading about and exploring the Internet, and particularly about the Web, you tend to forget about the multitudes of people living in areas without access.  As I have written previously, Internet dot org is working to connect everyone around the world.  But until that happens, there is something relatively new going on called the Outernet.  Where the Internet provides communication and information between two sources, the Outernet provides only information to a source.  That means new and updated information can be received in countries where there is no internet through satellite feeds to special dishes that record and send those feeds like a hotspot to other data recorders and devices so that information can be read at a later time.  They can feed schools like those in Kenya with such information as provided by Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg.  This story from the BBC gives you more details and a video worth watching … http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32117447

This week, Apple marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad.  While it has come a long way in its processing and design, the overall look has remained much the same.  With talk about how the tablet market may be slowing and even coming to an end, it seems for folks like me who own one (actually two – the iPad and a Nexus 7), there is still a lot to do with it.   The Verge columnist Jacob Kastrenakes wrote a timeline story on the iPad from start to now and includes images and video of the announcement from Steve Jobs.  http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/3/8339599/apple-ipad-five-years-old-timeline-photos-videos

But certainly the biggest tech birthday wish this week has to be for Microsoft.  Today, April 4th, the company turns 40 years old.  Hard to believe, I know.  On the day of its birth, Bill Gates was 19 and partner Gary Allen was 22.  From operating systems, to new coding.  From hardware to software, Microsoft pushed the computing world into the shape it’s in now all the while making its founders rich beyond anyone’s belief.  And despite the bumps it’s had along the way, MS still has some tricks up it’s sleeve with the new Windows 10 about to be launched, the HoloLens apparatus coming out soon and Microsoft applications that can run on Windows, Android and Apple devices.  http://www.zdnet.com/article/as-it-turns-40-microsoft-still-has-some-surprises-left/

Want to read additional stories that didn’t make it in this issue?  WebLetter is the companion magazine with stories of the Web … http://web.jimonline.com

Tablet owners are turning to iTab Magazine, the magazine for tablet users.  http://iTab.jimonline.com

===HuMoR===
Told by our 5 year old recently at the family reunion.
What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?
It gets toad away.
(Thanks, Bobby)
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When I asked a friend the secret to his 52 years of marriage, he replied, “We never go to sleep angry.” 
“That’s a great philosophy,” I noted. 
“Yes. And the longest we’ve been awake so far is five days.”
(Thanks, Howard)
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Have a great weekend friends.  Celebrate Easter for what it represents, victory over death by our Lord.  May God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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