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In The News 09-07-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology 

September 12

Ready For 5?

Apple announced this past Tuesday that it will be holding an event on September 12.  Most people believe this will be the event the new iPhone 5 will be announced, especially after the invitation shows the number 12 casting a shadow that looks like the number 5.  It has already been widely expected that Apple would announce the new phone in September and the event looks to confirm everyone’s suspicions.

It also looks like Apple will be sticking to its naming pattern and calling the new phone the iPhone 5.  Apple unveiled its new iPad earlier this year and decided to name it the new iPad as opposed to the iPad 3.  This had many wondering if Apple was going to do the same with the iPhone.

So what’s expected of the iPhone 5?  Many rumors have been swirling around – some almost demanded while others just wishing.  Some of the features that are widely expected are a slightly larger screen, a new dock connector, and 4G capability.  In fact, if the new phone does not have 4G capability, expect a bunch of people to be mad. On the flip side, if the phone does in fact tap into the faster network, you can probably expect record-setting sales numbers for the iPhone.


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It's Time to Make Your World Picture Perfect

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Trying to summarize this program is like trying to count every star in the sky!

And the best part is that it's SO EASY! Other photo editing software suites are notorious for being WAY too expensive and having ridiculous learning curves. The only reason to use them is if you hate having money and time!

With Photo Expressions Platinum 5, you're getting total control over your photos at an unbeatable price.

You'll be astounded at what you can make now that you have an INTUITIVE program to edit your photos and turn them into magnificent works of art.

Say Hello to Editing Perfection!

You love your photos, but sometimes they don't come out just as you wanted them, right? Sometimes you need to crop a little here, sharpen the image there, and how many times have you seen a photo ruined by glowing red eyes?

No problem! With the easy fix solutions, you'll be turning flawed photos into flawless ones with just a few mouse clicks. Sometimes all it takes is just a minor modification to get a photo that EVERYONE wants framed for their house.

Sometimes you wanna add some style to your photos... it's got that too! Filters, creative effects, and the extensive face beautify tools will give you tons of options to perfect your scrapbook.

Speaking of Scrapbook...

Just having amazing photos isn't always enough... maybe you want to turn them into the ultimate photography project. It's easy as pie to get your photos together into some seriously impressive projects.

So many possibilities at your fingertips! Scrapbooks, greeting cards, calendars, slideshows, even panoramas and MORE! Tons of power with no experience necessary.

Making the most amazing collections of your favorite photos has never been more convenient. It's like having a professional photographer in your computer.

So now you've got amazing photos and you've combined them to make even MORE amazing projects... what's next?

Share Your Perfections!

There's nothing wrong with just getting your photos to the highest level of quality, but where's the fun if you can't show them off? Photo Expressions Platinum 5 knows you want everyone to see the world you've captured, so it makes sure sharing your creations is as easy as a few clicks.

Convenient Conversions - Turn your photo files into almost anything they need to be to get them on your mobile device. Formats ranging from iPod to PSP to almost any media-enabled phone makes sure you can bring your photos wherever you go.

Finally! Stop fighting with "file type not supported" errors!

Uploading your photos is a snap. Get your photos from your PC to your favorite social media website practically instantly. With upload support for websites like Facebook or Flickr, everyone you know will be enjoying your pictures as soon as you put them out there.

If you want hard copies, burning your creations to a DVD or CD is just as quick. If you can drag-and-drop, you've got all the skills required to get your photos on a DVD. And when you get your slideshows on a disk, you can show them off to the whole family on your TV too!

Not to mention all the cool bonus tools for your disks, like making custom labels with photo, text, or even designing a music playlist for the disk. Supporting many of the popular label paper templates, you'll have professional quality disk covers ready to go.

Good luck finding any other software with Photo Expression Platinum 5's unbelievable combo of power, speed, and ease-of-use. And on top of all that, the price is practically unbeatable. Photo perfection can be yours for just $14.97  with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US!

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Computers 101

Become a Member of Linkedin

Linkedin is the world’s largest professional online network available today!  It has become what many job recruiters and job hunters are using to find employees and career openings, respectively.  The concept is similar to that of other online social networks in which you create an online profile or user account.  The only difference is that your online profile essentially becomes your online resume, which employers can use for recruiting purposes.  Employers also have their own pages, which job hunters can use to help identify potential positions in which they may be interested.  The Internet and online social networking has brought innovative ways to the whole process of finding a job in today’s society.

First, log onto – you can make an account by typing in your name, email address, and creating a password.  Next, a confirmation email is sent to the email address you entered, which you need to access in order to activate your account online.  

Congrats, you have officially created an online professional profile!  So what next?

Linkedin provides you with a “To Do” list in order to help set up your profile page with information most employers will want to see.   For example, what industry you are in, your current job position, previous places you have worked, college degree(s), skill sets you may have, etc.  You may also upload a picture of yourself if you would like that to appear on your public page.  You can always go to any of these categories (Summary, Experience, Education, Personal Info, Skills) at any time if you wish to update or remove any information you have posted. 

On top of the page, there is a toolbar that reads: Home, Profile, Contacts, Groups, Jobs, etc.  If you click on home, it will bring you to the homepage, which will prompt you to add your email address to search for colleagues or people you may know on Linkedin to add as a “connection.”  You can type in and share any updates that you wish to appear under your username (similar to Twitter or Facebook), and the page will feature news that relate to your industry or area of interest. 

If you click on Profile, you can either edit or view your page, manage or make any recommendations, or organize your profile.  However, the profile organizer requires an upgrade of Linkedin – so we will not discuss that here.  In terms of recommendations, you can ask colleagues, past or current employers, or even clients to endorse your current/past work so it will appear on your profile.  You can also make recommendations for another user on Linkedin if you wish to promote his/her work.  Recommendations can really help make a difference when employers are deciding if they want to recruit you. 

Under Contacts, you can Add Connections.  ”Connections” will be your online user friends, or colleagues in this context.  You can add classmates, employees, employers, faculty advisors–you name it!   You can always add or remove connections, and you can search for connections using email addresses.  Groups are a newer feature on Linkedin.  Becoming a member of professional groups can help advance business goals and initiatives.  For example, your current job position may have a Linkedin group that you can become a member of to help stay active in your current position and bring in more trusted connections and expand your network.  

Under Jobs, there are a few options for you – to search for a job, a special category for students and recent graduates, posting a job (for employers), managing jobs, finding talent, and hiring solutions.  The first option simply allows you to search for any type of job you are interested in using a general search bar.  The “Job Seeker Premium” option requires an upgrade (fee involved for subscription plan).  Talent Finder is meant to enhance your search for a job position based on your talents or skill sets, but this also involves an upgrade of your user account.   Finally, recruiting solutions are meant for employers or job recruiters.  

Next, there is your Inbox.  Your inbox will display any messages you may have received or invitations for connections on Linkedin.  A number displaying the amount of unread messages or invitations will be listed in a red box next to the Inbox tab.  From here, you may also compose a message to send to any of your online connections.  The next tab is Companies.  You can search for a company from here or “follow” a company (similar to Twitter).  If you choose to follow a certain company, you will receive updates and notifications from them on your main homepage.  If there is a company you currently work for or are interesting in working for, following their updates can be a great way to advance your position.   

Finally, the News tab will take you to a page that displays news articles tailored to your particular needs and interests.  Any articles you have flagged or are following can be saved and accessed from here, and Signals will post updates or headlines of potentially open job positions.  This is simply a start of what Linkedin can do or what it can mean for you.  Open a profile today and get started on making those professional connections!


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On The Move

Cool Windows Mobile Apps – Part 3

Here is the last set of five cool apps for Windows phones. If the price isn’t mentioned, the app is free. 
Happy app-ing!

11. DivX Mobile Player: DivX is known for quality, and allows you to play complex media formats that a windows media player can never hope to. But again, among the many video formats, DivX videos are more crystal clear than others on the market. Load Divx videos and use this mobile player for all its worth. 

Get the rest (and parts 1 and 2) here!

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From The Archives

Anna from San Antonio, TX writes:

I am running Windows 7 and cannot figure out how to change to single click. My mouse will appreciate it, as well as myself.

Hello Anna, and thanks for the great question. You and your mouse will be glad to know that it is very simple to change to single click.

Click the Start button in the lower left corner and then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens on your screen.

Click the View By Category option in the upper right corner and select Small Icons. Click Folder Options from the list of icons displayed on your screen.

But wait, there's more! Click here!

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Amanda's Coolsite

Virtual Tours of Mars

I’m still riding on a high from the deployment of Curiosity on Mars, so I was thrilled when I found this virtual tour of Mars site and couldn’t wait to share it with you. 

There are ten different virtual tours of Mars that you can check out. They are Mars Rover Curiosity, Mars Opportunity Erebus Crater, Pathfinder Mission 1997, Spirit Rover Hills Over Yonder, Spirit’s Landing Site, Spirit Rover “Larry’s Lookout”, Spirit Rover “Everest” Panorama, Spirit Rover “Husband Hill Summit”, and Spirit Rover “Independence” Panorama. Pick one to start your tour! 

When the tour loads, you’ll have a control panel in the bottom center of the screen with the options to zoom in and out, navigate left, right, up, and down, as well as make the panorama full screen. You can also navigate with your mouse by dragging it left, right, up, or down. 

Once you’ve explored all that your tour has to offer, you can choose another tour from the lower right hand side of page (if you’re not in full screen mode) just use the arrows to either side of them to scroll through your options. Pick a new one and then explore some more! 

I hope that as Curiosity explores its mission that we receive more of these tours to experience.


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One More Big Deal


Wow! We’ve offered some pretty cool LED worklights in the past, but this one is certainly the MOST POWERFUL yet!


You know some of those projects of yours require all the light you can get. Well, you’ll clearly see what you are doing when you turn this bad boy on!

This extraordinary amount of light is just the first of its many attributes!

It can be hung from its swivel hook, (which also folds away when not in use)!

It can be attached to your toolbox or any other metal surface with its magnetic back!

Or, it can be setup anywhere else you may need it!

7 of its 37 LEDs are on the top end of the unit so it WORKS AS A FLASHLIGHT TOO!

It’s ergonomically constructed so it fits your hand perfectly and the on/off buttons are exactly where your thumb can easily reach them as you carry it to light your way!

Now we get to the really cool features...


It’s Shockproof! That means if you drop it or accidently bump it off its hook, it’s still gonna be there workin’ for ya when you pick it up!

AND, It's Waterproof! When you get caught in the rain with that project only half done, this light will continue to chase away the soggy darkness!

Of course this is PERFECT FOR EMERGENCIES at home or on the road!

But consider these uses too:

  • In that dark closet -- Grab the right shirt next time!
  • In the attic -- Stop hitting your head on the rafters!
  • Under the hood of the car -- It hangs, remember?
  • At the campsite -- In the tent or on the table at night!

Lots and lots and lots of light!

37 LEDs that will last seemingly forever! We’ll even throw in the 3 “AA” batteries needed!

Today you can snag this light for only $14.97!

It’s a worklight and a flashlight in one! And it ships for FREE in the US!


Monthly Wallpaper

September Wallpaper Is Ready!

It's that time again - time to dress up your monitor with some brand spankin' new wallpaper!

Big Sable Lighthouse At Twilight

Finally got it! This shot was literally 2 years, 5 hikes, and two separate trips in the making – but I was finally - finally - able to pull it off June 2012! My son Grant and I had been to Ludington State Park the year before and stayed several days in an attempt to get a good shot of the Big Sable Lighthouse – and we failed. Every evening we’d ...(More)

Three Irritated Little Owlets

Think they had enough of me? Sure looks like it from the photo! These little bundles of joy were photographed in Cape Coral FL in early summer. And, in reality, they were pretty happy with me for the most part – I think I just caught them at a...


Roaring Fork Rush

This image was captured on a trip to the Smoky Mountains that featured a LOT of excess water. Normally, Roaring Fork isn’t all that robust, but this time is was really flowing with some serious enthusiasm. So, we started hiking upstream looking for compositions. We skirted the bank for as long as we could, and….. (More)

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