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In The News 08-31-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology 


Samsung VS. Apple

A federal jury handed down a verdict last Friday recommending that Samsung pay Apple over $1 billion in damages.  The jury stated that Samsung was guilty of “willful” patent violations on numerous mobile devices.  The jury also did not suggest Samsung should get any payment for its counterclaims against Apple for patent infringement.  Apple originally asked for $2.7 billion, claiming that Samsung “ripped off” the designs of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple stock also jumped $12 after the news, making it a very good day for the world’s most valuable tech company.

Samsung was upset about the verdict but not only because of the fact they may pay Apple a cool billion.  Samsung stated that the verdict would be seen “as a loss for the American consumer.”  They also said that it would lead to reduced innovation, higher prices, and reduced choices in mobile devices.

A South Korean court also handed down a decision last week stating that both companies ripped off patents off of each other.  The decision had Apple paying Samsung $35,000 and Samsung paying Apple $22,000.


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Stop Getting Caught in the Deadzone!

WiFi is Supposed to be Convenient

It Shouldn't Require a Recon Mission...

Just to Find a Network!

Meet your New Best Friend

One Button to Find the Best Hotspot

Never Setup Without WiFi Again!

WiFi seems to be everywhere nowadays... until you need it! Whether you're traveling or just trying to figure out your own home's WiFi access, it can be a pain to locate signals.

The hunt is over.

All you need is one of these little guys in your pocket and you're always prepared to find the strongest WiFi access around.

Seriously, just compare your options here. You can pull out your laptop, notebook, or netbook, turn it on, wait for it to boot up, stare at it while it locates available networks, and pray that it finds something you can use.

Well, that's great if it finds something, otherwise you gotta carry your laptop around trying not to knock everything over or just pack up and try against elsewhere.

Or, you could just pop out your WiFi detector, press the button, and... that's it. You'll know if you should set up here or keep movin'. No wasting time, no maneuvering around a coffee shop with your open notebook.

The lights on the front clearly indicate the level of signal you get wherever you are.

Perfect spots are just a button away.

The convenience is amazing, but you'll really appreciate it when you're pressed for time. Airports, around the office, even out and about town, you'll know right where to stop.

Perfect for home, too! Test your house to see what rooms get the most connectivity. Great for configuring a new setup or just putting your current one through the paces.

You won't need a detector to find the best price though, because you're already at Worldstart! This pocket-sized time saver is only $9.97 with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US! Wow!

PS - We don't know how many of these we'll be able to get, so don't miss out. Assuming we don't run out instantly, these are going up to $15.97 on Saturday!


Computers 101

Mohammed Ali from Qatar writes:

I have a Lenevo laptop with a Core-i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and Windows 7 Home Basic. I want to change my theme, but  it’s giving a message ” this edition of Windows doesn’t support themes.”

What’s the deal?

Windows 7 Basic, or starter edition, has some limitations that are not present in other versions of Windows. The differences are covered in a fantastic Wikipedia article available here.

Don’t worry though! The good news is Microsoft included an “Anytime Upgrade” option in Windows to allow you to upgrade your version of if you want/need these more advanced functions. If you go to the Start button and type in the search box “Anytime Upgrade” (without the quotation marks) you will get the Windows Anytime Upgrade tool.

This tool allows you to purchase, at a discounted price, the upgrade to a higher version of Windows 7. You can also enter a serial number from an upgrade disc purchased online or at a retail store to upgrade, too. Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate are common upgrades for people needing to connect to corporate networks (called domains), while Windows Home Premium is the popular upgrade for users of Windows Starter or Basic to gain all the functionality of Windows, minus enterprise and encryption services.

Hope this helps! 


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On The Move

CamScanner Mobile Phone Scanner

CamScanner turns your mobile phone into a portable scanner by using the camera to snap pictures of paper articles or documents (receipts, bills, etc.), and converting them to PDFs. It also includes an editor that offers crop and enhance features and–once the editing is complete–the document can quickly be sent via email or SMS, or uploaded to cloud storage.

My first thought, upon hearing about mobile scanners, was, “I can already photograph documents with my phone, why do I need a scanner?” However, in addition to the ease of conversion to PDF, the CamScanner editor creates a clear, crisp, and very readable image of text. The image below was scanned from a book, edited, and converted to PDF in just a few minutes.


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From The Archives

MS Word: Location and Text Wrapping in One Setting

It’s not uncommon for us to find ourselves dragging a picture or drawing object around a document to place it where we need it, and then to turn around, go back to the Ribbon to set the word wrapping.

Let’s face it, sometimes it feels like a good 10 minutes before we’re done tinkering with these basic things, after inserting a picture or drawing object.

If you start throwing in the whole size, shape, recoloring and other settings, you’re now looking at pretty good time investment.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Virtual Tours of Britain

You’ll need QuickTime to view the Virtual Tours. If you don’t have it, click on the Get QuickTime button to be directed to the download site. It’s worth it! You’ll have the ability to play virtual tourist at sixty-six different locations around Great Britain. 

Once you’ve got QuickTime (or if you already have it), just select a location from the list, and let the panoramic view load. 

Beneath the panoramic view, you’ll find a description of the location that you’re checking out. For example, I visited Fairy Glen in North Wales (a gorgeous view of a gorge on the Conwy River) and beneath the video it explains where the location is, what village is near it, what visitors enjoy doing in the area, and that its near Snowdonia National Park.  It’s now on my must-see list for when I visit in the future. 

Some of my favorite places to view were Jane Austen’s house and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (she was Shakespeare’s wife), as well as The Tower of London, and the Beatles’ Abbey Road. It is interesting to take a peak at places I’ve only ever read about or have seen in photographs.

Where will you explore?


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One More Big Deal

Wanna See Your Laptop Blow Up?

Didn't Think So!

But If You Don't Protect It from Surges...


Super Convenient In-Line Laptop Surge Protector

Keep Your Laptop, Files, and Sanity Intact

Your PC is probably hooked up to a surge protector, right? The price of one is a fraction of replacing your whole PC. Everyone knows it only takes one bad storm or electrical mishap to turn your favorite desktop into a bulky paperweight.

So you definitely have one on your laptop too, then, right? You don't? ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Laptops are just as expensive as home PCs, sometimes even moreso, and you might find they're at even HIGHER risk than your computer for surge damage!

Think about it... how many times have you plugged your laptop in to charge at some shady hotel? A restaurant? A conference room? Airport? Even your OWN HOUSE? Every time you plug in could be the one time (and it does only take one) where bad wiring causes your laptop to turn into a melty pile of plastic.

I know what you're gonna say, too... "You expect me to carry around a bulky surge protector?" NOPE!

These surge protectors have the most AMAZING design to give YOU protection without the bulky annoyances. All you do is take the surge protector and plug it in between your main power cord and the adapter. And... you're done. Now just go about your business as usual.

Protection and convenience are an unbeatable combo.

That's not even all! These tiny wonders come with Thermal Overload Protection... that means additional protection for your laptop from drawing to much power or from a socket that has too much sustained voltage.

Bottom line? More safety, fewer melted laptops.

It doesn't matter where you go, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that your laptop is safer. Your music, your documents, and especially irreplacesables like family photos will have that extra line of defense against being lost forever.

So how much does it cost to safeguard your laptop from electric doom? Not much. At only $9.97 with FREE US SHIPPING, it's a no-brainer. Compare that to buying a brand new laptop... and all the priceless files you'd lose.

Just choose the protector that fits your laptop. There's two-prong or three-prong connectors.

For HP, Compaq, Dell, Panasonic, Acer, or any laptop that plugs in with a 3-prong connector:

For IBM, Toshiba, Sony, Gateway, NEC, or any laptop that plugs in with a 2-prong connector:

PS - These are going to sell lightning fast. If you don't grab one quick you're going to get caught when these go up to $14.97 on Saturday!



Monthly Wallpaper

August Wallpaper!

OK, trying something different this month. Due to a crazy schedule, I'm going to do a "best of" wallpaper series this month. These images are our most popular for wallpaper, so enjoy!

As always, all the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free.

Mesa Arch Sunrise

Late August, Canyonlands National Park, 4:30 AM at the Mesa Arch parking lot. It’s empty! If you’ve never been to Mesa Arch, you might be thinking... (more)

Dead Horse Point Lightning Strike

We had just been out scouting around for new location in nearby Arches National Park and had decided to come back to camp for a break when these thunderstorms really began to pop (late afternoon). By the time we arrived at the Dead Horse Point, I couldn’t get to the overlook fast enough. We scrambled down the sandstone to a spot that I had scouted out the day before and... (more)

Split Rock Moonrise

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... (more)

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