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Quick Tip

Windows 10: Will I Pay If I Wait?

I’ve had this question in several forms and I have answered it before, but I’ll do it one more time. A reader writes: “What if I don’t download the new Windows 10 while it’s a free upgrade? Will I have to pay for it later if I change my mind?”

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The answer is “yes.” Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 from July 29, 2016 until July 29, 2016.  If you don’t take advantage of that upgrade, you’ll pay around $100 for Windows 10.

Microsoft is anxious to get as many people as possible on the same operating system as quickly as possible. It’s easier to protect and to improve an operating system when most of your customers are using it.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

Mind- Blown!

I have never seen a Bluetooth headset like this before! Wearing your Bluetooth headset can be a pain! Not ot mention the lousy ear hook that is either too small or too big or just simply SNAPS off. Plus, it just HANGS right on the side of my head like I am some sort of space creature... Not to mention to charge it up is a super hassle with the teeny tiny outlet on the bottom.

This guy has it all!

First you've got yourself the sleekest headset on the market! You've gotta check this baby OUT!

Headset fits snuggly right over your ear and looks like you just have an ear bud in! With it's sweatproof and ultra light weight design this headset is the perfect companion for on the go.

Not only can you take calls on this but you can also listen to your music!

Everythign about this is exciting!

Your the one calling the SHOTS!

Plus, the case for this thing IS the charger! Simply pop the headset in to the case and you have yourself a battery backup charger! INSANE!

Listening to music and being able to switch to phonecalls all in one bluetooth?!?! That is pretty AMAZING! Plus you can do all that with just YOUR OWN VOICE!

These things sell for well over $100! Check out those prices!

But not here at Worldstart! For just $29.97, you can have the most popular bluetooth headset on the market!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10342

Order one for yourself today!

I only was able to get 80 of these guys - so they won't last very long! Order today so you don't miss out on the next generation to bluetooth technology!

 




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Computers 101

Will Switching To Mac Avoid The Cloud?

Donna doesn’t like Windows or the Cloud very much. She writes:

After reading your tips, I wish to hell that I had waited until I could afford a Mac!

I have a car…I don’t need to know how all the mechanics work in order to make it go. I need a computer that is no more useless to me than this one with MS 8.1. I use yahoo and gmail and I don’t want now or ever to have one’s mail sent to the other. I don’t know (or care) what One Drive is. I have drives C, D, E, F etc and don’t need any additional “drives” and I don’t plan on EVER using the cloud. I don’t trust it any more than I trust our current federal government.

Your tips aren’t the problem, it is MS and their need to control everything we do. Thank you for doing your best with something that is expletive deleted. I certainly don’t want to have to speak my commands to “Cortana”. My computer commands are not the business of everyone within earshot. If things keep “improving” as they have since XP, I will likely go back to a land line, snail mail and banking in person. Everyone in the world knows or is able to know way too much of my business due to computers and OSs that are developed by people that aren’t smart enough to keep the crooks of the world from breaking their so called “security”. And don’t even get me started on cell phones and our wonderfully snoopy government.

Your tips are probably the best you can do with the garbage with which you must work and they probably will do what you say they will IF I should happen to have the version of 10 that you use as an example.

Perhaps World Start needs a separate edition to address the business versions so you, in your tips, could address the version most people will be using. (I haven’t been anti computer until recently…I started on computers with a Mac with no hard drive and graduated to a PC with DOS. Early windows weren’t terrible but if the security was addressed instead of adding Cortana and other unnecessary things, windows ‘could’ still be good).

I know, you are just doing your job and apparently do it well considering the material with which you must work. Sorry about the RANT but I have held this in way too long. BTW…I hate the tiles and just making them smaller won’t help. A menu and no other ms junk on startup would be nice…any tips for that.

Well Donna, I’ve got some bad news for you about your plan to switch to a Mac. Macs are heavily integrated into the cloud. In fact, Microsoft is following Apple’s lead in this area.  Microsoft is very proud of their iCloud Drive and their systems are actually more cloud-connected than Windows. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the iCloud is actually kind of aggressive about making sure your devices are synced with the cloud.

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You don’t have to know how a computer works to use one, I impart that information to folks to sometimes explain why something isn’t working. Just like a mechanic might if a part breaks. Using the OneDrive is completely optional (and pretty darn convenient) as is Cortana. Though, to someone with mobility issues, a digital assistant like that can be a godsend. Also, you don’t have to talk to Cortana. You can just type your questions in or choose not to use Cortana at all.

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As for combining your mail, that’s completely up to you, but some people prefer the convenience of receiving it all in once place.

We also do address the versions of things most people are using – which is why I get so many complaints about not featuring Mac and Linux systems.  Out tips are almost always written on the Home and Pro versions of Windows. Most of our writers are freelancers, so they aren’t going to have an Enterprise edition of Windows at home. But I also address the questions folks are asking, and because 8.1 was the newer system folks had lots of questions about it.

For Windows 8, you can just go to the desktop and skip interacting with the tiles completely. In fact, if you have 8.1 and are using a keyboard, it should boot to the regular desktop.  You’ll probably like the Start Menu in 10, you can remove all trace of tiles and customize it to feature the things you want.

For the record, I don’t think Windows is garbage. I’ve used both Mac and Windows systems and think they are both perfectly fine. I think one of the major issues with Windows is that it often comes on PCs that the manufacturers have stuffed with bloatware that makes it harder to use. I know I’m not going to change your mind, Donna. But I think the issue isn’t really Windows, it’s that you don’t like the direction of cloud-connectivity and information sharing that technology is moving in. But in this case, Microsoft is actually struggling to catch up with Apple on that front.

I do have to admit that a return to a land line and snail mail has its appeal. Good luck with your future computing and if you have any questions about whichever Windows system is giving you trouble, I’d be glad to try and help out.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

What Will Windows 10 Look Like?

As the arrival date for Windows 10 draws near, we keep getting more and more questions about the new operating system, including this one from Sandra:  I have signed up for the Win 10 upgrade and I wonder if you can show me what I’ll see when it opens? I’m using Win 7 now, will it be similar and will I easily be able to get to my stuff the way I do in 7?

Well Sandra, since I have been working hard on our guide to Windows 10, I can answer that question.  Here’s what your desktop will look like. Of course, your desktop may have different programs on it.

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Now let’s take a look at that Start Button.

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Click it to open your Start Menu...

Click here for a closer look at Windows 10.

 

From The Archives

Downloads 101

We get quite a few calls asking for help with downloading files, but it’s really pretty simple. A download can be anything from an eBook to a program. Each browser does it a little differently, so I’m going to give an example from each of the major browsers.

Most of the time when you download something from a website, you have to click on a link or a button. This will vary depending on what you are downloading. A word of warning: be careful what you are clicking on. First and foremost, look to download files from the site they were created on, rather than a site like download .com or softpedia .com. If you choose somewhere else or are not careful, you may unknowingly install programs onto your computer. Also, look carefully at what you are clicking on, sometimes other buttons will pop up to try to suck you into downloading.  For example, in this screen shot you can see 3 spots that look like you can download the software Avast.  However, only the Download Now link is for Avast, the other two are for another program.

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Once you’ve found the download link, and clicked on it, each browser will do something a little different.

In Internet Explorer, you’ll see a bar pop up at the bottom of the screen. Typically, you’ll want to click on...

Click here to learn the secrets to simple downloading.

 

Today's Feature

Grab For Instagram

It is no secret that Instagram is one of the most popular social networks today and it just keeps on growing. More than 300 million people users use Instagram every month, with the daily usage being estimated at a staggering 75 million users. According to recent numbers about 28% of the Americans are on Instagram and unsurprisingly; a vast majority of them use it from their mobile devices.

If you aren’t familiar with Instagram, you can check out these articles that explain how to use the popular photo-sharing service.

Get To Know Instagram

Taking An Instagram Photo

Editing With Instagram

Think of Instagram as Facebook with a lot less personal drama. It allows keen photographers to share their lives in pictures.  In fact, Instagram is so popular, there are a whole world of apps made to enhance it.

As an avid Instagram user who uses iOS devices (iPhone & iPad) to get his daily Instagram fix, I find it very cumbersome to navigate my way around the official Instagram app. Not only is it mighty unattractive (ironic for a social platform that relies on visual appeal), it is also without any advanced features. For instance, it won’t let you view pictures in full-screen view or zoom in to see details. All you can do is browse, comment on, and like pictures- not very ideal for people with small screen devices (like the old iPhones).

For quite a while now I have been on the lookout for a new Instagram app for my iOS devices and with Grab for Instagram, I think I have found the answers to all my problems.

What is Grab for Instagram?

Grab is a free iOS app that allows you to not only browse your Instagram timeline in a much efficient manner, it completely transforms the whole experience allowing you to do things that you didn’t even know you’d find useful. Let’s take a sneak peek at its features and show you how you can transform yourself into a power Instagram user within a matter of minutes.

If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, just go to the app store and look for Grab for Instagram.  Sorry, Android users. You’ll have to find another app.

Let’s take a look at what makes Grab so great:

Click here to learn more about Grab.


Amanda's Coolsite

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After bringing you that nifty clock that changes color to match hexadecimal codes, I thought it would be cool to bring you a site just on the color codes.

Enter color-hex! This site is an awesome tool that helps you get color code information for multiple kinds of color codes. You have your choicec from RGB, HSL, HSV, CMYK, css, and even html color codes.

If you need help at anytime, you can check out the site’s Help page which offers tips on searching for colors.

When you arrive at the site you’re greeted by an assortment of Users Latest Favorite Colors.  At the top of the page you’ll find the color search engine where you can type in a search using a color hex, name, rgb, etc. Or you can click the color square next to it and select the color from the palette. Click choose to go to that color’s information page.

Another really cool feature on this site is the Latest Palettes section where you can see color palettes that other users have put together on the site.

To make your own color palette’s you’ll need an account. Just click the Login button and then choose the Register Now link. It will switch the form to a registration form that you’ll fill out with a username, password, and an e-mail address.

Then to make a palette, click Palettes at the top of the page and select Add New Palette. You’ll select colors and then save the palette when it’s complete.

This site is a cool way to explore color, go check it out today!

http://www.color-hex.com/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

 

How many times do you have to press backspace on your phone or tablet because you keep pressing "D" but it thinks you're pressing "F"?

This stylus will completely change how you use your phone!

 Soft, capacitive tips let you precisely press the key or spot you wanted to press!

Navigating the keyboard, websites, even games is SO MUCH easier when you know exactly where you're going to "tap"!

Lightweight and comfortable, you'll forget you're even holding it!

But that's only half of it!

It doesn't matter how clean your hands are, they're constantly producing oils that make your screen hard to read (not to mention kinda gross!) This stylus solves the problem! No more fingerprints! Did you know crooks can use the smudges on your screen to steal your passwords? Well, not when you have one of these!

And because the tip is soft and padded, there's NO RISK of scratching!

Pop one in your pocket, or clip it to a notebook or your tablet's carrying case!

You'll always have one nearby!

And it's just $1.47! That's insanely cheap - For that price you can grab dozens of these! Click the store link below right now to add some to your cart before they're all gone.

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10528

This sale isn't going to last long! Sale ends Wednesday!

 




 

Monthly Wallpaper

July Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for July is all set and ready to go - and remember, there are hundreds of images to choose from on the site!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Sunshine Through The Rain

I FINALLY got the image I’ve been hoping for from Morton Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! First, some background. I personally think Morton Overlook is one of the best overlooks in the entire park – in fact, it may be one of the best views in the Appalachians. As such, I’ve…(More)

Peeking Prairie Dog

I found this curious prairie dog in a quiet corner of Wind Cave National Park. (Although, I think most of the corners in that little park are pretty quiet!) I had actually been scanning for coyotes while I was driving through one of the all-you-can-catch-buffets – also known as a prairie dog town. The dirt road cut ...(More)

Soco Falls

The first time I saw Soco Falls in North Carolina I all could say was, “Ahh $#%##, OUCH!” Sounds strange I know, but when your footing gives way and you end up hooking your leg around a jagged rock to stop a nasty downhill roll, you do take a little damage. Probably more to my ego than body (a laughing 12 year old reminding me of my age didn’t help any)....(More)

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For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


Attention All Wildlife Photographers!

My new book, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography, is now available! Learn how to take your wildlife photography to the next level with this comprehensive 290 page e-book!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/secrets-to-stunning-wildlife-photography/


Photography Tips - Step By Step Videos!

Is it time to improve your photography? Check out my YouTube channel - loads of helpful photography tips with more added monthly (more or less).

http://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery

 

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