Jim’s WebLetter for 3/28/15

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Hi-ya WebFriends!

It’s the weekend and time to dive into the Web and see what there is to discover …

As you know, one of the topics I’m following in the tech world now is that of companies like Facebook and Google that are actively working to get everyone connected to the Internet.  Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is fronting Internet dot org with their goal of connecting 100 countries in a year, while Google is working on everything from high flying balloons to satellites all providing high speed connection to areas that don’t have it.  Just this week, the story going around the Web is that Facebook is testing a solar powered, super-sized drone this Summer reportedly the size of a Boing 737 and shaped like a V.  Realize that something of this nature is experimental at this phase, but it does present great possibilities for the not-so-distant future.  The Wall Street Journal blog features a picture of the drone dubbed “Aquila” … http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/03/26/facebook-moving-ahead-with-drone-plans-test-this-summer/?mod=ST1&ref=/news/technology

Get more info about Facebook, a better way to handle Gmail, and pass phrases you can use in this week’s issue of WebLetter, the companion magazine … http://web.jimonline.com

Tablet users, in this week’s iTab Magazine read about simple tips to a longer lasting tablet, Blackberry is back with a tablet, and the sub-$400 Android tablet that works like a Microsoft Surface… http://iTab.jimonline.com

Of course, it’s designed to bring Internet access to areas that don’t have it.  But what about remote areas, like northern Arizona where last month, vandals severed the fiber optic cable rendering the area without Internet, phone and TV service.  Without backup, the area had to wait until it could be repaired.  The advantage of being near large metropolitan cities is there is typically a backup program in place.  Not so much for rural areas.  Maybe something like Facebook and Google are working on could be expanded to cover those areas, too.  http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2015/Vandalism-and-other-Internet-outages-reveal-lack-of-backup-systems-for-US-broadband-service/id-08443bb3c46743df8a0b729e97d2db8d

With all that’s been written about YouTube, and I know I’ve raved about the videos that Google’s service provides for entertainment and education, there is one thing that it doesn’t provide … really clean, smooth videos.  HD videos tend to be just a little fuzzy looking and not as clean and clear as watching HDTV, for instance.   A few months ago, YouTube increased video performance by allowing as much as 60 frames per second on video that is uploaded.  Given that the average frame rate is 30 frames a second, that means the eye sees clearer, smoother video from higher quality cameras.  Well this week, it was announced that they are experimenting with even higher rated video – 4k.  This ultra-high definition allows for even better viewing.  Of course that means it has to be shot with a camera capable of 4k speed and to date, those cameras are much more expensive than say, your smartphone.  This does mean however, that YouTube is looking to the future of video and is working to stay up with the increased performance.  http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/26/youtube-is-experimenting-with-ultra-high-def-ultra-smooth-video-playback-here-are-the-examples/

Finally, I came across an article this week about additional uses for Google’s search engine.  This is one of those stories that is good to scan because chances are, you may know a few of these search tricks, but there are 12 of them and one is bound to be a good one to know and remember.  So here are “12 Google Search Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know” … http://www.thegooru.com/12-google-search-tricks/

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Aboard a flight from Los Angeles to New York, an elderly lady was taking her very first flight. 
They had only been aloft a few minutes when she complained to the flight attendant that her ears were popping. 
The attendant smiled and gave the older woman some chewing gum, assuring her that many people experienced the same discomfort. 
When they landed in New York, Grandma thanked the flight attendant. 
“The chewing gum worked fine,” she said, “but tell me, how do I get it out of my ears?”
(Thanks, Tim)
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Over the years, my husband and I have usually managed to decode the cute but confusing gender signs sometimes put on restaurant restroom doors (Buoys and Gulls, Laddies and Lassies, etc.), but every so often we get stumped. 
Recently my husband wandered off in search of the men’s room and found himself confronted by two marked doors. One was labeled “Bronco,” and the other was designated “Cactus.” 
Completely baffled, he stopped a restaurant employee passing by. “Excuse me. I need to use the restroom,” he said. Gesturing toward the doors, he asked, “Which one should I use?” 
“Actually, we would prefer you to go there,” the employee said, pointing to a door down the hall marked “Men.” “Bronco and Cactus are private dining rooms.”
(Thanks, Steve)
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Have a great weekend friends and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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