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In The News 01-20-2016

Comcast Hopes New App Fixes Its Customer Service Problems

Comcast routinely tops the list of companies with the worst customer service. Now, the company is hoping a new app that works with its latest modem/router can help fix the problem.  They say the app will help streamline setting up your network and assist in diagnosing any connectivity issues and troubleshooting problems with any of your devices.

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You can even check the connections for all of the devices on your network.  Notice that none of this help involves any actual human beings helping you out. But I guess considering some of those videos of super-nasty behavior from their service reps that you can find on YouTube, that may be a good thing. What do you think?  Would you rather take your chances on a helpful phone app than deal with making a customer service call? Click here to let us know what you think in the comments.

Breast Pumps Go Wireless

New technology hopes to make life easier for new moms, especially those who work outside the home.  The wireless Willow breast pump tucks discreetly inside the nursing mother’s bra and collects milk quietly into a bag while tracking the amount of milk with an app.

Since it is quiet and hands-free, women can continue working or taking care of tasks around the home. The device doesn’t come cheap, it’s expected to retail for around $430.

Adobe Teases Voice Controlled Image Editing

Adobe is teasing users with the possibility of using artificial intelligence to assist in videos. The company showed off a video on YouTube its Adobe Sensi project which uses voice commands and cloud-based Natural Language learning service. They company says it hopes this is a first step to allow more function to be accessed using smartphones.

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Click here to watch the video.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

Hey everyone, Steve here and I am really, REALLY EXCITED!

 My most ambitious project to date - WorldStart’s Video Guide To Windows 10!

This project was done 100% by me - Steve - and it’s totally JAM-PACKED with all my best tips, tricks, and advice for Windows 10! It was a TON of work. This took over two months to put together, but it was worth it!  I wanted YOU to have the very best how-to video ever created for Windows 10!

See, so many times I have friends, family, and even customers tell me, “You know I wish I had someone who could just come in, sit down, and SHOW me how to use all this stuff! I mean, I hear about all these great new features, but I have no idea how to use any of them. If only SOMEONE would come in and just spend some time helping me get up to speed!”

It’s just like having me sitting next to you, showing you how to take advantage of all the incredible new Windows 10 features step by step. With this video I discuss everything you want to know in easy-to-understand language.

As you watch the video, you’ll see EVERY mouse move and EVERY click as I explain each feature step-by-step.

There’s absolutely NO WAY you won’t learn a TON with this!

This is designed so you can EASILY follow along and understand all sensational new features in Windows 10. Heck, you’ll discover TONS of stuff you never knew was there!

As you watch these videos, you’ll discover that this is far more than just a video-based instruction manual. Not only do I show you how things work, but I also offer my advice as well.

Here’s the thing - Windows 10 is the new standard in Windows operating systems and it really is the best Windows operating system to date. All new PCs are coming with it pre-installed - and rightly so - it’s GREAT!

Sure, a new version of Windows can be intimidating, but with the help of this video not only will you master everything you need to know about Windows 10, you’ll end up LOVING it too!

Good question! I can say with absolute confidence that this video covers EVERYTHING you want to know about Windows 10. During the video, I pay extra attention to all the dazzling new features that mean the most to YOU - and there are a TRUCKLOAD of those!

How can I be so sure? Well, that’s the advantage of having a tech website! I based my video on the questions I see coming from our customers and I give extra attention to topics that seem to cause confusion, frustration, or grief.

The video content was literally designed by YOU - and was done for YOU!

The truth is in a matter of hours you’ll be rocking Windows 10 like a pro!

Heck, when you’re done, teenagers will be coming to YOU for tech advice!!

The lessons are divided between 7 chapters and each video has a table of contents so you can easily jump to any topic quickly and easily!

Below is just a tiny taste of what’s covered in the over 4 1/2 hours of video tutorials! Keep in mind that it’s easy to just jump to the areas you’re interested in.

- Desktop basics
- Amazing tricks with the improved Snap feature
- Why you’ll love Task View
- Why Virtual Desktops are one of the best features - ever!
- The trick to adding and managing your Virtual Desktops the easy way
- Changing your desktop background and Lock Screen
- Creating your own theme
- The secret for putting system icons on the desktop
- The super sneaky way to log in without a password
- Clock and calendar tricks that will blow your mind
- Unlocking the new Action Center
- Adding cool toolbars to your task bar
- Unleashing the power of Task manager
- Find out what programs are hogging your resources
- The secret to changing your task bar icons to something better
- Tons of options and customizations for your task bar

- Why you’ll LOVE Cortana
- How to do text searches with Cortana
- How to use a microphone with Cortana
- What kind of questions you can ask Cortana
- How to ask about the weather, get directions, and more
- How to have Cortana set up reminders and appointments
- Understanding all the settings locked away in Cortana
- How to get Cortana to answer when you say, “Hey Cortana”
- Tips for personalizing Cortana just for you
- Unlock a huge stash of topics you can ask Cortana
- Discover the best kept secrets of the new Start menu
- Take advantage of your Most Used apps section
- Understating the All Apps area
- Unleash the power of the Start Menu Tiles
- The secret to moving and managing your tiles
- Renaming and modifying tile groups
- Creating your own tile groups
- The power of right-clicking the Start menu
- Find out where to manage your account
- How to change your password
- The secret to setting up a PIN or Picture Password
- How to add accounts for family and friends
- How to sync your settings across all your devices

- Learn all about the new MS Edge Web Browser
- How the amazing new “Reading” option works
- The easy way to add Favorites
- Why you MUST understand the new HUB feature
- How a reading list works - and why you should use it now
- Where to find your downloads
- How the amazing new WebNote feature works
- How to browse without Edge tracking your history
- How to pin a page to your Start menu
- The secret to adding a home button to your toolbar
- How to set up multiple homepage
- How to save password and form info
- The easy way to set up mail accounts
- Creating, sending, and receiving e-mail
- Managing or adding accounts
- Linking your accounts to one unified inbox
- Tricks for managing and sorting messages
- How to personalize the Mail app
- Setting up a signature file

- Discover the new File Explorer
- Unlock the secrets to the new Quick Access area
- Choose what shows up in your Quick Access area
- The secret to single click icons in Windows 10
- Privacy settings you’ll want to see
- Uncovering the “This PC” view
- Supercharged folder and file navigation
- The easy way to use the new Ribbon Menu in File Explorer
- How to share your file
- Where to burn your files to CD
- Where you can Zip files
- Unleash all of your file viewing options
- Discover exactly what the heck One Drive is
- Why you’ll LOVE the cloud
- How to save files to One Drive
- How to drag and drop files to One Drive
- The secret to accessing your One Drive files from ANY web browser
- How to access the FREE MS Office that’s included with One Drive

- Discover how the new Windows Update works
- How to check for updates
- Options for how you update (automatic or scheduled)
- Find out what’s in the latest update
- Where to remove updates that go wrong
- HUGE warning about where your updates come from
- Windows Defender basics
- Why you should NOT use Windows Defender
- Where to find better Anti-virus software
- How to reset your computer
- The ingenious backup software that’s built into Windows
- How to recover past revisions of your work
- How to backup and restore files
- The secret way to get hard drive space back
- The easy way to optimize your hard drive
- The smart way to uninstall apps
- How to discover what’s hogging up your hard drive space
- How to set your default save locations
- The trick to setting your default apps

- Calendar basics
- Color coding your accounts
- Adding events the easy (and advanced) way
- How to reschedule an event
- Setting up a recurring event
- Customizing your work week, work day, and more
- Using the new Store app
- The best ways to find software, music, and movies
- How to find the best deals
- Step by step purchase procedure
- How to find you past orders
- Overview of the incredible new Photo App
- The secret to letting you Photos app know where your photos are
- Selecting and sharing options
- Creating an album
- How to view photos
- The trick to starting a slide show
- How to get rid of red-eye
- How to retouch
- How to enhance your images
- Using filters
- Adjusting color
- Save photos the RIGHT way
- Music app overview
- How to select songs, albums, or artists
- Where the music controls are and how they work
- Music sorting options
- Telling the Music App where your songs are
- Sorting options
- Music settings

- How to find out about you PC’s hardware
- Cool mouse tricks
- How the new WiFi Sense feature works
- Ease of access options
- How to setup your Privacy settings
- The new app that let’s you contact Microsoft with problems
- How to save just about ANYTHING as a PDF
- The secret power user mode that will blow your mind
- How the new Weather app works
- Secrets to the Money and News apps
- Unleash the raw power of the new Maps app

Whew - and again, this that’s only the tip of the iceberg! It would take page after page to give you a complete overview of everything that I cover in this video!

Again, this is just like having me sitting next to you with your computer walking you though all the incredible features of Windows 10!

It’s time to STOP worrying about upgrading or using Windows 10 - let my video show you everything you need to know to make Windows 10 your new favorite operating system!

Here’s the thing - Windows 10 is - BY FAR - the most customizable, most capable, and most complete version of Windows ever - and there are a TON of features that everyone misses. It’s a shame, because if you REALLY knew what you were missing, you’d grab this deal instantly.

Ready to make your Windows 10 life better?

You can have it for JUST $6.97

You read that right, just $6.97 !

Head to the link below and order your copy today - don’t miss out! This is destined to be the hottest item we’ve ever sold!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10766 




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Computers 101

Exploring Edge: Part 3

We’ve been checking out what’s new with Microsoft’s newest browser, Microsoft Edge. There have been several tweaks to the program since it came out in 2015. Click here to read part 1 and here to read part 2.

Let’s look more at Edge.  When you first open a tab in Edge, you’ll probably ask yourself, “Where the heck is the address bar?” Until you choose a homepage, you’ll open your tabs on the default start page which shows top sites and features news and weather. To get to a site you need to start typing in the search box. You can type whatever you’re searching for or just the address.

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To choose a new homepage, you’ll need to click the menu button. That’s the little icon of three dots to the far right of the
page.

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Click the icon and you’ll get a drop-down menu that gives you a lot of choices. You can open a new window or choose to use
open a New InPrivate Window to give you extra-secure browsing that doesn’t allow cookies. It may be difficult to use
some sites in a private Window. Use Zoom to make the page larger or to zoom out. Zooming out is especially helpful if the
whole web page doesn’t seem to fit on your monitor.

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Cast Media to Device lets you broadcast your Edge content on compatible devices like an Xbox One. Find on page lets you
search for particular words on a webpage. Pin page to Start puts a shortcut to a page on your Start page. If you’re having
trouble with a page behaving properly in Edge, try Open with Internet Explorer.

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Monday, in the 4th part of this series, we’ll look at how extensions work in Microsoft Edge.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Pick A Home Security Camera: Feature You Need

Yesterday, we learned how important a camera can be to your home security and looked what type of camera would best suit your needs.

Today, we’ll talk about what type of features to look for in that camera.

Check out the resolution.

One of the most important specs on a camera, resolution tells you the size and clarity of the images produced. As a general rule, the higher the resolution number, the bigger and clearer a picture will be. If you’re looking at older, analog security cameras, the measurement will be in TV Lines (TVL). New, digital cameras show resolution in pixels (p). While most security setups won’t need an ultra-HD resolution, most homeowners will prefer the clarity of a high-definition 720p or 1080p resolution over a 480p option.

Verify low-light capabilities and range.

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Once you’re sure you can get a clear image on your camera during daylight hours, turn your attention to its low-light capabilities. While there is some variation in the way security cameras record in darkness, all night-vision cameras use special technology to capture images that might otherwise be lost. Some function best in situations with a low level of atmospheric lighting, some cast infrared (IR) or near-infrared beams—invisible to the naked eye—to read surroundings, and some use thermal sensing to provide a visual heat-map of an area. Generally, the cameras that use IR technology are the most versatile and functional for consumer-grade cameras.

Whichever method a camera uses to capture images in low light, you’ll want to check the...

Click here for more on which features to look for in a camera.

 

From The Archives

Repurpose A Smartphone For A Child

If you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade to a new Android or iPhone, you could either trade your old phone in or sell it. But there’s another great option if you have kids.  You can re-purpose that phone at a WiFi only device.  Your child will then have a nice digital camera, a perfectly good music player and eReader and a tablet to play games on. After you’ve deactivated the device as a phone. You can make it great for kids with just a few steps.

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If you like, you can control keep the WiFi turned off, so they can’t surf the Internet or play games , but can still use the camera, play music that’s already been downloaded onto the phone and read books that are downloaded.

You’ll want to create a restricted user account.  In Android, got to settings and choose add user. Then create a restricted account.

If your phone doesn’t have that feature, go to the Google Play store, select Settings and then choose Parental controls.

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Turn Parental controls on.

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You can then select a...

Click here for more on making an old phone kid-friendly.

 

Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

Fair Warning

My creative mother enjoys doing crafts, such as making potpourri boxes decorated with ribbon and lace. Sometimes she gets so involved that she disappears into her upstairs workroom for hours, forgetting about more mundane things, like making dinner.

One evening, I arrived home to find the kitchen empty again. But this time, I found a note that said, "Warning! Small craft advisory. Buy yourself a pizza!"

 

Real Product Labels

On a Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping.

On a blanket from Taiwan: Not to be used as protection from a tornado.

On a steering wheel lock: Warning--remove lock before driving.

On a flower pot: Houseplants are for ornamental use and should not be consumed.

On a bottle of milk: After opening, keep upright.

 

Limited Time Only Sale

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Daily Thoughts

 

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.” ~ Honoré de Balzac

 

“The difference between being in a relationship and being in prison is that in prisons they let you play softball on the weekends.” ~ Bobby Kelton

 

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot different.” ~Bill Watterson

 

 

Amanda's Coolsite

Spark

I like to keep my inbox clean, and with the addition of an extra email account in my life now that I have to use a MAC for work, I need a way to keep up with that easily. So I went looking for apps, normally I wouldn’t bring you something that isn’t available for multiple devices, but I really like Spark and want to share it with those of you who use Apple products. If you’re using an Android device, you might want to try MailDroid.

Spark is very easy to use and lets me manage my email without much effort.  I recommend checking out the video before you begin navigating the site. It does a great job of highlighting all the features it offers. Then all you have to do is scroll down through the page to learn more about the different features.

I love that I can very quickly assess what is important in my inbox and what isn’t. It makes finding the items I need to respond to quickly a breeze. Did I mention this app is free? That makes it even more awesome!

Go check it out for yourself today!

https://sparkmailapp.com/

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

 
 
Hey everyone Steve here and I’m going to keep this simple. 
 
We have a deal of a lifetime on MASSIVE 128GB 3.0 flash drives.
 
 
It's our LOWEST PRICE EVER!!
 
First off, yeah, you read that right - we’re talking 128 whopping gigs of storage goodness right at your fingertips, coupled with the fastest USB connection you've ever had. This is beyond ideal for backing up or transporting photos, video, and more. 
 
Think about all you can store on it - probably every file, photo, and video on your hard drive with room to spare.
 
Ever run out of space? Not anymore! The KING of flash drives just walked into your life!
 
 
It’s bat-poop crazy to mess with dozens of smaller flash drives when all your stuff will fit on just ONE massive drive, isn’t it? Why take a chance on losing bits and pieces of your digital life with a bunch of smaller drives? (You know the drawer you keep ‘em in eats them.)
 
Why not keep all your files in one easy to locate place with MASSIVE storage that you can access with a quickness?
 
 
You may be thinking that the speed of your USB drive DOESN'T matter. But it totally does! USB 2.0 is redicuously slower than you would think. You don't even notice how slow it is until you use a USB 3.0!
 
I mean heck, I used to think putting some pictures on a flash drive was SUPPOSED to take 15 min... Then I got a 3.0 USB drive and WOW 15 min dropped down to 90 seconds - THATS 13 1/2 EXTRA minutes I have to do other stuff!
 
Here - let me SHOW you!
 
 
NOW How could you not want all that storage to have that kind of speed!
 
Until now, if you wanted storage of this magnitude, you’d have to pay dearly for the privilege.
 
Not today, not for you. 
 
Look at what other places are selling these for!
 
 
Today only, you can get this for just $34.97!
 
Pretty much the biggest no-brainer of all time. 
 
Check it out, but you need to move fast. There are only a handful of these available and once they sell out, it could be years before we see them again for this kind of price!
 
 
PS - Seriously - less than a hundred of these at this price. You’d have to be crazier than an outhouse rat to miss this one!
 
~Steve



 

Monthly Wallpaper

January Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for January is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

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

Comin' Through


Icy Lighthouse


Ghost Of The North (great for phones / tablets!)

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

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


 

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