Jim’s WebLetter for 7/12/14


When they came out, I bought a Google Chromecast dongle for my TV set ($35) and downloaded the free apps on all my devices so I could feed the dongle with video and photos and show them on the set. I discovered that most of what I wanted to see wouldn’t work except for what I found stored on YouTube. Now, in itself, that’s quite a bit of programming to watch … From funny bits to educational courses to old movies. But I felt that Chromecast just didn’t give me all I was hoping for. Knowing how Google works, I decided to hang on and wait. Today, my patience has begun to pay off. Google announced that many of the Android devices like my Nexus 7 tablet, can now be displayed on the TV. That includes my Amazon Prime app, network apps … Anything I can stream on my Nexus can be seen. Get details and see the list of devices supporting this new feature. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/09/googles-chromecast-now-lets-you-send-anything-on-your-android-screen-to-your-tv/

Once again, Microsoft has released a statement for Internet Explorer users to use a different browser until they can fix another flaw. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/microsoft-ie-certificate-flaw,news-19135.html#xtor=RSS-211. I know Internet Explorer came with your PC when you bought it, but that doesn’t mean that you should use it. A lot of bloatware comes with computers and cellphones, but that doesn’t mean it’s useful either. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, don’t use Internet Explorer browser. Instead, download Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ or Google Chrome https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/ for internet access. They are much safer, particularly when accessing your online bank account or paying bills through websites. When the maker of a product tells you not to use it, that should be a red flag.

With more than a third of the US population owning a tablet, you may be considering a purchase. Visit iTab, the online magazine for tablets and their owners for helpful and informative stories. It’s free and updated each week … http://iTab.jimonline.com

So Google bought music service Songza for a reported $15 million. Why? They already have their own music service. Google Music lets you purchase music or upload your own, and play it from their database. I have my favorites stored there (they allow you to keep up to 20,000 songs for free), so what’s up? http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/07/01/google-buys-curated-playlist-service-songza-immediate-plans-change-product/

Just because iPad doesn’t allow Flash to be used on the device doesn’t mean it’s no longer being used. PC users still find countless instances of it being used in websites all over the internet. Much of what is being used also carries a “backup” called html5 which allows videos to be run on MAC and iPad devices. But this week, Adobe, the owner of the popular Flash program put out a notice with an update saying that hackers can get into your computer using cookies stored by Flash. So, update the software whenever you see the notice pop up. http://mashable.com/2014/07/09/adobe-flash-exploit/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss

Lots more info available in the WebLetter Magazine, the companion to this WebLetter, now online at http://Web.jimonline.com

A couple went to a Chinese restaurant and ordered Chicken Surprise from the menu. Moments later, the waiter brought their order to the table in a cast iron pot with a lid. Just as the wife was about to server herself, the lid of the pot rose ever so slightly revealing a pair of beady eyes looking around before the lid slams back down. Startled, the wife asks her husband if he saw what had happened. He reached for the lid to find it raise again just enough for two beady eyes to be seen looking around before the pot lid slammed back down. The waiter is summoned and the man demands an explanation of what just happened. The waiter asks what was requested by the couple. They reply, “Chicken Surprise”. He thinks for only a brief moment before smiling and saying, “pardon, sir, I brought you Peking Duck by mistake”!
(Thanks, Thomas)
Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons, are with him.
He asks for two witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:
“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses.”
“My daughter, Sybil, you to take the apartments over in the east end.”
“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Center.”
“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river.”
The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, “Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.
Sarah replies, “Property? …. the jerk had a paper route!”
(Thanks, Nancy)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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