Jim’s WebLetter for 10/3/14

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My wife and I are heading for a weekend in South Carolina, so I have posted this a day early.

This week, Microsoft announced a new version of their Windows operating system. Where normally the next system would have been Windows 9, they fooled everyone and went straight to Windows 10 claiming that it’s a whole new system and not simply a revised version of Windows 8 which most everyone says is full of issues too many to name here. http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/fix-common-problems-windows-8/

So with the big update come big changes and MS is working to ensure once the system is ready to roll out, which could be early next year, users will be happy with the result. The Technical version is now available for developers to try and build from, so unless you’re someone who likes to try things that could crash or not work properly every time, it’s best you wait for the full release. http://www.extremetech.com/computing/190865-windows-9-changes-and-new-features-everything-we-know-so-far

Several stories this week about something new from Google. The term “Physical Web” is being used to mean how we will connect with devices without having to include an app. A protocol is being developed for us to interact with other sources and products using a smart device without all the needed applications to make them run.  Clearly this looks to be the next thing and if successful, could mean the end to all the apps we carry around on our mobile devices. http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/02/googles-physical-web-will-let-you-interact-with-connected-devices-without-an-app/

I first reported this next site years ago because it was a trend setter in creating innovative videos from photos and mixing them with music. Now Animoto has taken their program to a very cool next level and added apps for IOS and Android in addition to online website. Load in your photos, select one of several themes with music and let them do the rest. The free version allows you to send or load onto social media, while a monthly payments gives you additional options like saving the video. The new features are really good … http://www.animoto.com/

Canva is a comprehensive online graphic design tool, allowing users to create designs for blogs, presentations, Facebook cover photos and much more. Choose from a million images and hundreds of fonts and create! By the way, mobile browsers aren’t supported at this time. You need to use a laptop or desktop to browse the site. http://www.carva.com

The doctor was making her rounds and walked into the semi-private room in the hospital to examine old Mrs. Williams.
After the exam, in her best professional voice, she said smoothly, “You are coughing much more easily this morning.”
“I should,” snapped the patient, “I’ve been practicing all night.”
(Thanks, Mike)
A Mom was helping her son review his math while her daughter was in the kitchen. “You have seven dollars and seven friends,” she said. “You give a dollar to two of them but none to the others. What do you have left?”
From the kitchen her daughter called, “Two friends.”
(Thanks, Dianne)
Have a great weekend friends, and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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