WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-04-20
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Put Away Your Card, Pick Up Your Phone
Do you ever use your phone to pay for a transaction, whether it be your morning coffee, or simply buying an app? You’re definitely not alone as a recent survey by Pew Internet & American Life Project has shown that nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents believed the “mobile” wallet will replace the traditional wallet by 2020. The mobile wallet refers to using your mobile device to take care of financial transactions. As of now, 38% of smartphone users have already used the phone to make a purchase. Add to the stats that show that 46% of the same users have purchased an app and one-third use their phone for mobile banking.
Warning: Math Ahead
These stats may be a bit misleading however. ComScore released information back in February that stated 42 percent of all mobile users in the US had smartphones in 2011. Currently an estimated 234 million Americans use mobile devices, which makes just over 98 million with smartphones. Of that 98 million, only 37 million would have made purchases with their phone. Compare that to the total US population of 313 million people. Smartphone use is continuing to grow, however, with a 15 percent increase (of total mobile users) switching to the more advanced devices between 2010 and 2011. What do you think, do you think we will be seeing a vast majority of our financial transactions being completed with smartphones in 8 years?
Ads, Ads, and… Ads
Revenue from internet ads hit an all time high in 2011, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The report states that ad revenue reached $31 billion which is a 22% increase over 2010′s revenue. It may also come as no surprise that the top category of ads with the highest growth was mobile-based advertising. The $1.6 billion in ad revenue from mobile-based ads shows a 149% growth but is also a small fraction of the overall total. Other categories with growth included digital video ads, display advertising, and ads that show up in and around search results and search engines. The latter holds the biggest share of total revenue with 47%.
The increase in revenue is a sign that advertisers are putting their ads in the proper place for people to see. More and more individuals are using the Internet, making it an easy target for new ads. While most people may not be a fan of internet ads, these ads often help to generate revenue for websites that offer free content. YouTube, many online news sources, and even WorldStart are examples of sites that do this. Google even has its share of ads located in various places during a Google search.
100% Of All Hard Drives Fail!
It's Not A Matter Of "IF" Your Drive Will Fail- It's a Matter Of "When"!
In The US Alone, Over 20 MILLION People Will Have A Hard Drive Crash This Year!
110 MILLION Will Lose Data To Malware & Viruses!
Well - Now YOU DO!
When Your Drive Fails, You Only Have Three Choices:
1. Restore Your Backup
"There are two kinds of computer users in this world - Those who have lost data and those who will!"
Let's face it - we REALLY rely on our computers.
We keep our irreplaceable photos, videos, documents, and music right there on our PCs. However, a staggering 76% of us do NOT back up as often as we should!
That's Texas Chain Saw Massacre scary if you ask me!
Think that's bad? Get this - 43% of people polled admitted they've lost data from their hard drive - over the course of just ONE year! That's nearly HALF of all computer users!! "Sorry about our wedding photos hun..., Oh, and can I have $1000 to replace the iTunes library?"
Think that's scary? Then you'll want to be sitting down for this:
There will be an estimated 20 MILLION devastating hard drive crashes THIS year!
Take cover - we're talking the black Plague of the digital age!
What's even MORE outrageous is that it's SOOOOO easy to keep your irreplaceable files, photos, and music safe and sound! A good backup program is ALL you need!
I think the reason people don't worry about backups enough is we're all WAY too accustomed to things coming in a physical form. I mean, think about it - used to be we had things like CDs, photo negatives (and prints), and actual paper documents.
Those days are fading fast! Just look at digital photos - over 80% of the households in the US now own a digital camera. Around 90% of us keep digital photos on our computers - either from our cameras or from images sent by friends and family. What happens when there's a problem?
Will years of your family history simply be wiped out due to a crash or virus?
Too bad about little Timmy's first 5 years huh?
What about music? Over 70% of us keep music on our computers. If you purchased that music online, you know that if you lose it, it's gone forever! You'll have to repurchase everything- and THAT gets expensive quick!
Hey, even if you only copied CDs - do you really want to go through that hassle again???
Then of course there are all the important documents, favorite web sites, spreadsheets, tax forms, financial files, etc that we've accumulated over the years. Just how many countless hours do you have invested in creating those files? Are you willing to lose it all - right now - and start from scratch? I didn't think so!
So why isn't everyone a backup fanatic?
When asked, most people will cite one of two reasons for NOT doing backups - either they are too much of a hassle, or they simply have no idea how to do it.
Don't fall into the "I'll get around to it" trap!
The backup you're planning to make tomorrow won't help you one little bit when your computer crashes today.
Well, the program we're featuring solves BOTH the problems above with ease AND for $8.97 it's something everyone can afford. Finally! (Note - this is a one time software purchase, not a monthly fee like many online backup services)
Of course, just any old backup software won't do - you need something that will actually work WITH you to take ALL the hassle out of doing your regular backups - and we have just the program! It's called, appropriately enough, Save My Files, and you are absolutely gonna love this easy to use file backup program!
First off, let's take a peek at all the cool features:
Full And Incremental Backups - This is so sweet I'm surprised Willy Wonka hasn't named a chocolate bar after it!
A Full Backup does just what it sounds like - backs up EVERY file you tell it to. Now, that alone would usually be enough, but this program cranks it up to the next level by offering time saving Incremental Backups as well!
Incremental Backups are backups you do AFTER you've completed a full backup. Check it out - This type of "smart backup" looks at your current archive and ONLY copies files that are either new or updated! It leaves the stuff that's not changed alone!
Bottom line - You don't have to wait an hour (or hours) for a backup job to complete! Once the initial full backup job is done, the incremental backups are VERY fast (usually less than a minute)! If disaster strikes, you still have ALL your old files, so nothing to lose and mountains of time to gain. I LOVE incremental backups - and YOU will too!
Automatically Finds Files For You! Oh, you'll LOVE this! A HUGE problem with doing backups is that, well, sometimes you just don't know where all your files are - especially music and photos. This ingenious software can help!
For example, let's say you wanted to backup all your pictures. Just select the option for "Photos", and let it go to work. In a blink of an eye the program starts scouring your hard drive for photos.
It checks all over - heck it may find photos you didn't know you had!
Again - YOU don't need to know where all the files actually are - this finds and backs them up automatically! How cool is that?
You can even specify file types, so if you have some proprietarily format, it can automatically find those files too! Now THAT'S a KILLER feature!
Encrypt And Password Protect Your Backups - Do you have sensitive information in your backups? Hey, password protect and encrypt 'em!
You'll never need to worry about someone getting at your sensitive information just because they found the CD you keep your backup on. Nice!
Media Spanning - Have more to backup that will fit on a single CD, flash drive or hard drive? No worries! This can break the data apart and span it across multiple CDs, DVDs, flash drives, external hard drives, - whatever you use! WOW!
Stores In ZIP Format - This is absolutely HUGE if you ask me.
Here's the thing - what if you do a backup and then lose the backup software? How can you get your files OUT of the compressed backup file? Yikes!
Ahh, no worries - this software stores your files in a standard ZIP file that can be opened via Windows (Note - it WILL prompt you for your password if you choose to encrypt and protect the file).
Oh - and don't forget - with ZIP format, you're compressing everything! Awesome - Your backups won't take up gobs of space!!
Select ANY Location You Want To Backup - Frankly, this does such a good job with the "pre determined" suggestions it offers, you probably won't even need this feature. However, if you have special folders floating around and want to make sure they are included with the backup, this software makes it easy!
You can select ANY folder on your hard drive and it will back it up for you!
Exclude Files - OK, maybe there are some files you DON'T want the software to backup. Just tell it the what files you don't want to include in your backup, and they won't be added - even if they reside in a folder that you specified for backup - super-cool huh?
Whew - that's quite a list, and it doesn't even HINT at how incredibly easy this software is to use! Backing up is just a matter of running the program and telling it what you want to save! A few mouse clicks and you're good to go!
Don't believe me? Check out out video demonstration and I'll prove it!
Now, here's the really cool thing - after you do your initial backup, all you need to do for future backups is run the program and tell it to use your existing backup job! Talk about a time saver!
Plus, this lets you create MULTIPLE backups too! You could have several backup files - one for pictures, one for business, one for music - or lump them all together - it's totally up to you!
WOW - there's a LOT to this software, but I think you get the idea - it makes doing your regular backups SUPER easy! The program is basic enough for anyone to use but still has enough options for advanced users - what more could you want?
Oh, yeah, the deal - we're talking just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! That's got to be one of the best deals in the history of the PC - Heck most backup programs go for a MINIMUM of $50!
RUN to the site and grab your before they're gone! This was a VERY limited time offer and we can't guarantee how long this software is going to last - especially for this crazy low price!
PS - Right this very second, a hard drive is failing or a virus is destroying data - you could be next! Remember, there's a 43% chance that YOU will lose data this year! Don't take a risk - grab this amazing, easy to use backup software today and make sure you data is SAFE!
Your TIRED Eyes Need Some Assistance...
You've Tried Magnifiers, But They Hardly Ever Work...
BUT YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS ONE YET!
You Thought You'd Seen it All. You Were WRONG!
It's 4.5X Magnification That Combines UV AND LED Lighting!
8 Bright White LED Bulbs - 1 Stunning UV Bulb - 45% Magnification...
THE UV BULB GIVES YOU AMAZING RESULTS!
Get PERFECT Vision with a PERFECT Magnifier!
A Bright Sight for Blurry Eyes...
It happens to everybody: one day, you wake up and realize that your vision is NOT what it used to be. Not even close. In fact, you can hardly read a receipt any more. And when you try reading the fine print, you're left with a squint-induced headache!
From your bills to menus in your favorite restaurants, one this is for certain: YOU CAN'T READ THE FINE PRINT ANYMORE!
If you're ready to eliminate that problem, you MUST check this brand new magnifier out! It's PACKED full of awesome technology, including 8 LED bulbs and a UV light! Read on!
You Ain't Seen NOTHIN' Til You've Seen it Through THIS...
A 4.5X Magnifier With the Power of 8 LED's!
Ready for perfect vision? Then this is just what you need! The very first thing you'll notice about this portable magnifier is the 8 LED bulbs that surround the magnifying glass. These little bulbs are PACKED full of bright white lighting power - and they're activated with the push of a button!
It's like an "All Seeing Eye..." No matter what you're trying to read, if the small print is giving you fits you've gotta have this!
Whether it's a receipt, a sensitive document with fine print, even the daily newspaper - just put this 2.5'' lens over it, push the button and SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY!
Push a Button - Light It Up! It's seriously that easy. Push it once, and a UV light comes on, push it again, and 8 LED bulbs flood the area with BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT!
As you can see, the bulbs are on the rear of the magnifying glass, which work to illuminate what you're pointing at without inhibiting your vision!
This piece of visual heaven has the perfect balance between light and magnification - but there's a LOT more to it than that - read on!
Not Just 8 LED's - This Has a UV Bulb Too!
This is a NEVER BEFORE SEEN FEATURE! Coupled with the 8 LED bulbs, it creates an unbelievably bright effect! Of course, if you just push the button once, only the UV bulb will turn on - and it allows you to do things you never though possible with a magnifier!
Look what it's doing to a 50 dollar bill!
Verify the authenticity of money, check areas around your home for harmful residues left behind by UV visible chemicals, detect fluid stains invisible to the naked eye and more!
UV lights, also known as "Black Lights" are used all over the world for many, many reasons - and now you can have one too! Other, less common uses for a UV light include uses for rock collectors, insect detection and attraction, and security verifications. What will you use yours for? It's up to you!
Tough & Durable - Simple to Use!
Right when you get this in your hands, one word will be flashing before your tired eyes: QUALITY. This thing is built like a tank without being bulky - it's the perfect size for easy portability without compromising on toughness. The lens is surrounded by a tough plastic ring, and the body is comprised of hardened plastic with handle grooves. A NICE touch!
The lens diameter is a perfect 2.5'' which makes it ideal for everything. It's not so small that it limits what you can use it on, but it's not so big that it inhibits it's portability.
Go ahead and keep it in your purse, bookbag...even in your pocket!
This is also ideal for leaving in your glove box while you travel. Those maps are difficult for anybody to read, but not with this! If it's kept in the car, you'll always know where to find it to look at credit card slips, receipts, contractual documents - ANYTHING!
REMEMBER - THE LIGHTS ARE CONTROLLED WITH A SIMPLE PUSH OF A BUTTON!
Collectors Will LOVE it!
Do you collect sports cards? Coins? Antiques or jewelry? If so, you're about to be amazed! Not only does this thing work better than a loupe, it's UV bulb will show any stains, fluids or chemicals that could affect the value of your items!
Excellent Quality - Excellent Price!
Today, we're gonna let you have this super-useful, ultra-convenient set of extra eyes for the unbelievable price of just $10.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!
Get it Here and STOP SQUINTING!
PS: Grab one while you can! Not only is there a limited supply, Saturday the price jumps back up to $18.97!
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In Search of a Smartphone Part Two: Security
The mobility and technological sophistication of smartphones that makes them so popular also increases their vulnerability. With that in mind, after attempting to familiarize myself with the fundamentals (see the article, In Search of a Smartphone Part One), an understanding of security problems and (hopefully) some of their solutions begins here. Since I don’t yet own a smartphone, this information was obtained exclusively through research. As a result, there will surely be errors and omissions. Any criticism or comments are welcome.
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Sticky Highlighting Key
I’m sure you’re aware of the wonders of the Shift key when it comes to mouseless highlighting, but are you one who isn’t so great with key combinations? I mean, all those keys at once is just not something you’re good with, but on the other hand, you’d still like to use your keyboard more and the mouse less.
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We ALL Love the Warm Weather, But...
IT BRINGS BUGS! INTO YOUR HOME!
Before You Know it, You're Livin' Amongst the Flies!
You NEED The Bug Zapping Racket - It's Like an Electric Chair for Flies!
Not Only is it EFFECTIVE - It's a TON of Fun!
Swing - Connect - ZAP! No Guts, No Mess!
Awesome Racket Sends a Jolt of Electricity Through ANY Bug on Impact!
This is a MUST-HAVE Item For EVERYONE!
You Don't Have to Live Amongst the Bugs Ever Again!
Don't Let the BUGS Take Over!
There's nothing as satisfying as sitting on your couch and zappin' flies with an electronic tennis racket! Seriously!
While this thing looks like an ordinary tennis racket, it's anything but! This baby is a bug zapper! Just turn this bad boy on and swat yourself a fly, mosquito, ect, and ZAP!!! It's dead!
SOOOOO much more fun than a stupid old fly swatter - and man, that little "CRRRAAACKK" you hear when insect meets highly-charged metal is VERY satisfying!
OK, sure, it sounds like I'm maybe enjoying myself at a level that is just a bit south of healthy, but I just can't STAND all the spring and summer bugs that get into the house - I gotta get those kids to close the doors! Oh, and the flies! Don't they just drive you insane? Always buzzin' around your food, your kitchen, head, kids, dog, crawling on your TV set - it's misery!
Give 'em The SHOCK Treatment!
With this little racket in hand, you'll get an evil grin each time one of those little critters invades your close personal space! In fact, you may even start looking forward to those little buggers getting inside! A quick swing and POW! Flyin' into your house was their last mistake!
Plus, these are much cleaner to use than a regular swatter or some nasty bug spray! Think about it - no more squished fly guts smeared all over your kitchen counter (window, screen, arm, face)! This ZAPS 'em dead - a much cleaner method if you ask me (and did I mention it was a LOT more fun?)
Simple & Safe to Use - Amazing Results!
How do they work? Just pop in a couple AA batteries, and press and hold the button at the side. In a matter of seconds, it builds up a surprisingly high-voltage charge (don't touch the grate if you're pressing the button - trust me on that one)! Swat the bug and POP!! He's (literally) toast!
Fun and joking aside, these ARE safe to keep around the house: they lose their charge after you turn them off, so you don't have to worry about anyone accidentally getting a little shock.
I personally had a set of these last year and you'd be surprised how many people absolutely LOVED 'em! Without exception, every friend and family member that came over asked what it was, then went off hunting. So, these are either REALLY cool or I hang out with LOTS of bizarre people! Either way, you won't know till you try!
One CHEAP & Fun Way to Keep the Bugs at Bay!
Your price for all this bug-bustin' bliss? Just $9.97 and US Shipping is FREE! Hey, you just can't buy this much fun for that kind of money anymore! Grab yourself one - you'll LOVE it!http://store.worldstart.com/product/5698
PS - These are a super popular item, and we expect the stock to dry up fast - don't wait around, order yours before they're gone!
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