Jim’s WebLetter for 1/10/15

Hi-ya Folks!

A couple of things caught my attention this week while on the Web.  Much of it as a result of the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Each year companies parade their new products out for the world to see.

I hope someday to make the trip out to see and experience CES in person.  Until then, I can follow reports like the one published in The Next Web from Natt Gerun … http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/01/10/ces2015-recap-selfie-mania-punctuated-4k-curved-tvs-concept-cars-drones/

One of the keynote announcements at CES made by Joseph Clayton, Dish TV’s chief executive included information about a new service they are rolling out called Sling TV.  Simply put, no need for satellite hardware or even a contract.  Just $20 a month for network channels including ESPN.  This service joins the growing number of options for cable cord cutters who want service without the long contracts or high bills.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/business/media/dish-network-announces-web-based-pay-tv-offering.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Also in the news this week, the French streaming service, Deezer, is buying a subscription service for prepaid mobile phones.  Muve Music’s primary clientele is lower income.  The long term plan for Deezer is to move into the U.S. Market, much like Spotify did.  They figure that by offering music streaming for as low as $6 a month, they can catch a large number of listeners who want more for less.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/business/media/deezer-a-french-streaming-service-to-buy-muve-music.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

In an effort I am happy to see, Facebook is buying a video service to improve their video performance.  If you’ve uploaded a video to FB before, you might have noticed that it takes a while for it to be ready for viewing and the quality of the video wasn’t as good as you might expect.  Quickfire Networks, as they posted on their website, “was founded on the premise that the current network infrastructure is not sufficient to support the massive consumption of video that’s happening online without compromising on video quality”.  So they have created a means of pushing video that loads fast and looks better than most services.  Look for an improvement in Facebook videos soon.  http://mashable.com/2015/01/08/facebook-acquires-quickfire/

In this week’s issue of WebLetter Magazine, the tax software war is heating up, the Bing search engine now recommends books for you to read, and today’s computers face more threats than ever.  Read the stories and get the facts … http://web.jimonline.com

And iTab Magazine includes articles this week about the growing number of tablet users worldwide, in-car tablets, and why one writer bought the Nexus 9 for his mother for Christmas.  http://iTab.jimonline.com

A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while.
“I can hardly believe my eyes!” he exclaimed. “That’s the smartest dog I’ve ever seen.”
“Nah, he’s not so smart,” the friend replied. “I’ve beaten him three games out of five.”
(Thanks, Bud)
A man pulled into a crowded parking lot at the local shopping center and rolled down the car window to make sure hisLabrador Retriever pup had fresh air.  She was stretched full out on the bakc seat and he wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there.  Whe walked to the curb backwards pointing his finger at the car and saying emphatically .
“Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay!
The driver of a nearby car, a pretty young blonde, gave him  a strange ook and said,  “Why don’t you put it in Park?”
(Thanks, dad)
Make it a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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