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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-09-01

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Quick Tip

Fix Your E-Mail Address On Your iPad

I’ve noticed when sending myself email and notes from my iPad that my last name was spelled wrong. I’ve had the problem for years, but just never sat down to look at the issue.

After a quick look, I found out that it was in my Settings I’d initially set up on my iPad. My last name is Distler, but that great autocorrect decided I meant Distiller, so it “fixed” it for me. To fix, all I had to do was go to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendar – Account – then change my name.

I never send much email from my iPad, and if it do, it’s often to myself, so it was nothing more than a slight annoyance. However, all I needed was 5 minutes to fix the issue. I wish all problems were like that!

- Audra

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Why Do Batteries So Small Cost SO MUCH?

Because Big Box Stores Are Robbin' You Blind!

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Warning: Low Battery...

...oh no! You knew it was coming, but it still made your heart stop.

You think to yourself "I have NO CLUE what battery this is using. All those little button ones look the same and more importantly, they cost 10 bucks per battery to replace!"

We've all been there. Heck, I've played with more clocks and watches and flashlights that need button batteries than I can even remember!

But you know what?

It DOESN'T have to be hard.

It DOESN'T have to be expensive.


Stop going to the big box stores for these things!

They'll charge you $8-10 for a battery or two and send you on your way! You aren't even sure if they're the right one, and besides - if you have to replace the batteries again, it'll end up costing more than the device you're using them with!

We've got EVERY common button cell battery RIGHT HERE!


Watches, calculators, thermometers, radios, alarms, toys, games. It doesn't matter what you need 'em for - now you'll finally have them.

And we're not kidding! Feel free to walk to any big box store and see what they're charging for small packs of two or three batteries! It isn't cheap - they think you don't know any better!


PS - Sale ends Wednesday and these will cost $8.97 then!


Computers 101

Press Win + X To Monitor Your Laptop

There’s a great shortcut for those of you with Windows 7 and Vista laptops.  Press the Windows Key + X and you’ll get a dashboard that lets you monitor and control key functions on your laptop.

Here’s what it looks like.

You can adjust brightness and sound with slider bars.

Check the status of your battery…

and turn wireless on or off and monitor your connection.

You can also connect to an external display and control that display, plus sync your settings all from one handy control panel.

Pressing Win + X in Windows 8.1 will bring up a version of the Start Menu, which includes the option of going to the Mobility Center.


It looks pretty much the same as it does in 7, but you do have an option for Presentation Settings.

If you have a Windows 7 laptop, give this shortcut a try.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Say Hello To The Sony Xperia

The race is on for the latest generation of smartphones, and Sony has an impressive entry with  the Xperia Z1S exclusively at T-Mobile. This phone is reminiscent of many other phones out on the market, yet is still undeniably a Sony product. 


One of the most impressive and immediately noticeable features of the Z1S is its design. The front and back glass covers are joined together by a durable aluminum frame, which has the two-tone shading reminiscent of other Sony products. The full HD 1080 x 1920p screen boasts a 16 million color contrast ratio making it great for movies and games alike, according to GSM Arena. It also is protected by a scratch resistant cover; however, this does affect the picture quality when viewing the screen at an angle.


When closed, the phone is fully dust and water resistant to a depth of over 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. With thousands of phones damaged or destroyed every year due to water damage, this can be a huge advantage. But, the waterproofing does affect the sound quality of the built in speakers.

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From The Archives

Pat from Minneapolis writes:

I’m using movie maker 2.6 to make a movie & the pictures on my CD are very blurry–please help!

First of all Pat, that’s a pretty old version of Movie Maker.  If your system will permit, I’d go to Microsoft and download a newer version. Click this link to learn which version your system will support.   Then download the newer version if possible.

If that doesn’t take care of the issue, one possibility is that are exporting the video to a DVD or DV-AVI resolution. The resolution of those formats may be much lower that a photo taken with a higher mega-pixel camera.

Consider using a higher resolution output.

When you’ve finished editing your movie in Movie Maker , choose Save Movie on the right side of the screen.

Click the arrow beside Save Movie and you’ll see many options for the resolution...

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Today's Feature

Facebook Permissions Compared

We’ve published a few articles in the past couple of weeks that  address concerns over the permissions required in Facebook Messenger. We said that the permissions required for Messenger are no different that the permissions required for the standard Facebook Mobile app.

If you were comfortable with the permissions you had already allowed for Facebook Mobile, there was no reason to be nervous about the same permissions for Messenger. 

I am more than willing to admit that apps like Facebook do want to know a lot about you. Like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and any other free service, they trade in your information which they use to target advertising to you.  Whether you are comfortable with apps tracking your location or knowing about your contacts, is completely up to you.

But just to show that the permissions are exactly the same, my fellow writer Audra and I tried a little experiment. Audra installed both apps on her phone, taking screen shots of the permissions.

You will notice that Messenger does ask to be able to edit and send text messages, where FB only asks permission to read them. This is because you can compose text messages and send them with the messenger app. The Facebook Mobile app actually asks...

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Amanda's Coolsite


Welcome to Fatherly – a practical lifestyle guide for parenting! While this site is geared towards Dads, (an under-served parenting market in my opinion) there are tons of articles that are just full of practical parenting and lifestyle advice that I think would appeal to any parent.  Check out their About page for more information about why the site is geared towards Dads specifically, as well as more information about what the site tries to provide – parenting hacks, advice, and more! 

I was impressed with the content on the main page, and immediately had to click into one of the featured articles called Tips on Packing School Lunch from 4 James Beard-winning Chefs . I love seeing what advice chefs have to offer on everyday routines like packing a lunch, so it was interesting to me despite the fact that I’m not a parent and don’t have children to pack lunches for. I thought the advice was solid, and also suggestive of making kids adventurous eaters. 

You can check out all the featured articles on the page by scrolling down and clicking into the ones that interest you. You’ll also find a navigation menu along the top of the page with the categories: Child Care, At Home, Food & Health, Work & Money, Relationships, and Culture. 

Right now Fatherly is in private beta, which means you can fill out the form to sign up for their Recommendations system where you’ll get practical information and recommendations based on your child’s age. 

Overall, I thought this was a really cool parenting site, and I’m glad I could share it with you! Check it out today!


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One More Big Deal


Can you see why I love this thing?!

Get it? "Can"? Okay, sorry. I'm just REALLY excited, because this thing is awesome!

No matter how you deal with them, cans are always a pain in the rear!

If you have an old-school can opener, your hands get stiff and sore before you get half-way around the cut!

And if you have one of those newer, automatic appliances?

Well, if it's a REALLY heavy can, sometimes the magnet'll drop them after it's opened, causing a HUGE mess. And then you have to deal with that dangerous, sharp, lid stuck to the magnet!

(Not to mention they're big and bulky themselves, taking up a lot of precious kitchen real estate!)

So here's how it works:

You pop this thing down on the lid of a can.

Then you press the button.

Now you just sit back and watch it go!

The can opener works its way around the can by itself, and after it's done, you simply lift it up and the magnet pulls the lid off!

Open cans of ANY size!

Because of the way this works, it doesn't care if the can is 2 inches in diameter or 100 inches! It'll just go around its merry way until that can is OPEN!

Regular can openers leave those sharp, dangerous edges around the cut! Not only does it make it a risk to hold, those lids LOVE to rip open your garbage bags if you throw them away!

Better yet - the convenient size makes it a joke to store! You can put this with your silverware!

Heck, if you go camping, this is going to be a great tool to pack along!


Electric can openers run you about $30 for a reliable one. Plus they're big, heavy, and take up a lot of kitchen space.

Why even bother?!

This isn't just smaller, lighter, and MORE EFFICIENT... it's cheaper too!

You can grab one of these amazing can openers for just $14.97!

Unless you wait until tomorrow, then you might just see a big "Out of Stock" notice!

There's a chance some of these might last until Wednesday but even then, the sale will be over and they'll cost $22.97!


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August Wallpaper

The featured desktop wallpaper for August is ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from!

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Cub In A Tree

I found this little guy as I was driving through Cade’s Cove in the Smoky Mountains early one morning. I saw him at a distance and decided to walk up a little and investigate. I grabbed the gear (my longest lens setup), and slowly made my way towards his position. Mom was…(More)

Angel Wings

This was just one of several keepers from a furious 45 minute session just before sunset. The light was absolutely perfect, and after observing where all the birds seemed to be congregating, I positioned myself so I could get some backlit wings as they came in. Now, I’d love to say that...(More)

Split Rock Moonrise

This photograph almost didn’t happen! The day this was created was the day after the full moon, with moonrise coinciding with sunset pretty closely. I knew from checking my compass that the moon would be in a good location, but you can imagine my disappointment when I saw that huge bank of clouds along the horizon. We were literally packing it in and calling it a night when...(More)

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PS - I also want to thank all the people who helped support the wallpaper with a voluntary contribution over the last few months. Your support helps to keep the wallpaper comin' every month! THANK YOU!



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