Jim’s WebLetter for 8/13/16


While reading into the Tech world of stories that daily populates my devices, I came across a piece about temporary tattoos that got my attention. Personally, I don’t have a tattoo and don’t feel the need to adorn myself with ink applied just under the skin line with the use of needles. But I am intrigued with NFC (near field communication) and the use of something other than a mouse or other small hand-held device for controlling my computers. Near field communication is as it implies, is connecting or communicating one device with other devices. Most times it’s done with Bluetooth wireless.  

Well now scientists have created a new kind of high-tech temporary tattoo that can act as a controller for smartphone apps and other devices. Called DuoSkin, the tattoos were created as a joint effort between MIT researchers and Microsoft Research. The temporary tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo. Made of gold leaf and sometimes with tiny LED lights, the tattoos look more like jewelry than the temporary tattoos of the past. These NFC-enabled tattoos allow the ability to exchange information by tapping a smartphone on the tattoo. In the prototype the researchers created, they can share their “skin status” via a smartphone app when someone tapped their phone on the tattoo. But the method could be used to share just about any type of information or enable a mouse-control on a computer screen. Get more details and watch the video at … http://duoskin.media.mit.edu

While reading stories from News 360, I came across the piece on Google’s Gmail. As the company continues to improve security of it’s most-used product, it is adding a new form of warning when you receive an email with a Web address included. Gmail’s artificial intelligence system researches that address the second you click the link, and if it’s on it’s list of suspected sites where malicious viruses are suspected, it pops up a warning ‘Visiting this website may harm your computer!’. The warnings are an extension of the Gmail Safe Browsing protection available to various web browsers, including Google Chrome, now used by more Web searches than any other. http://news360.com/article/364552899

Finally today, the subject of Internet streaming always comes up when I talk with someone about seeing something on the Web. Watching movies, listening to music, socializing … It’s all coming from the Web. But, with higher quality images and more people uploading and downloading material, the high speed internet is challenged to the point of breaking. You may notice it when it might take “forever” to download a file or when watching a video, you get a screen freeze. The issue is a slow internet being shared by many people. The Next Web released a story listing five ways to improve the streaming in your home. If you’re experiencing problems, this makes a good how-to. http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2016/08/10/5-ways-to-improve-your-streaming-experience-at-home/
That’s it this week. I hope you enjoy a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.


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