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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-09-28

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Quick Tip

Disable Auto Arrange

Do you wish there was a way to make certain that when you drag an icon on your desktop that it stays where you put it? This must be your lucky day, then, because I’m going to show you how to do just that!

First, Right-Click on your desktop.

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From the fly-out window that appears, put your mouse over “View”.

Un-check “Auto Arrange”. (it may say “Auto arrange icons”, too)

Now drag a few icons around and realize the freedom of a completely movable desktop! You can bunch icons together into groups, or put them in a location where they can easily be accessed! What fun!

~Andrew

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There's a ton of portable media devices out there, and they're pretty much all for just music or just video. You've got one for your music, one for videos, an e-Book reader, maybe a camera nearby, and even a portable radio of some sort, too.

Can you imagine carrying all of that around all the time? Talk about weighing yourself down!

You need to consolidate all that into one tiny, hand-held miracle.

And we've got JUST the thing.

Get ready for roomy pockets, because this MP3 player is going to be the only thing you need to carry anymore!

First off, it's a 3" touchscreen display. That means easy-to-use and the sleekest design out there. No giant panels covered in twenty different buttons. With that touchscreen you have access to ALL the cool features it comes with.

Smooth simplicity.

MP3 Music Player!

As you would expect with any MP3 player, this thing can store so much music for you and playing it back is easy. It supports pretty much any audio file you'll have, from MP3 to WMA.

You don't even need headphones to enjoy your music. The built-in speakers let you share your tunes with anyone.

The standard device stores up to 4GB (1000 songs or so!). And if that's not enough, you can pop in a microSD card of up to 8GB to expand that to a whopping 12GB of storage!

That's a lot of music, pictures, or video.

Prefer the radio? No problem! Just press the radio button and find a station! WOW!

Pop on the included headphones and enjoy your personal pocket radio.

Plus, the record button lets you record your favorite broadcast to listen to whenever you want!

Doing everything never looked so easy.

Photos and Videos!

With an outstanding 5MP built-in camera, you'll ALWAYS be ready to take the perfect picture. It even comes with some special you can use!

Or maybe you want to record some video? Easy! You can record up to 25 HOURS of videos. And it comes with cool effects like sepia or black and white for your recording!

It even PLAYS videos. Show off your own recordings, or transfer videos from your PC to watch wherever you go. Supporting AVI, MP4, and FLV, whatever video you have, you can probably bring it with you.

It's a webcam too! Seriously, this thing does it all. Hook it up to your PC and activate the webcam mode and you've got yourself one little do-it-all device that'll have your socks blown off.

No need for a bulky camera or webcam ever again.

Extra Features!

We aren't even done yet! This baby is packed FULL of useful or fun extras that'll blow you away.

Pocket Library - With an eBook and TXT reader, you can bring a bookshelf worth of reading material with you.

Voice Recorder - Record notes or important information at the touch of a button! Make sure you never forget anything again.

Tools and Toys - You've got a calculator, stopwatch, calendar, notebook, and even a minesweeper game! It's infinite entertainment.

Accessories - With the included headphones, you'll save money and effort from not having to buy anything extra. You'll get tons of use out of the USB 2.0 cable getting all your favorite music and videos onto the Ematic MP3 player.

Heck, it even comes with its own cleaning cloth so your touchscreen stays as pristine as when you first got it.

Free software! Take advantage of Arcsoft's incredible MediaImpression 2 program to organize and edit your media on your PC. Also included is Ematic's own video conversion software to make sure your videos will play on your amazing new MP3 device.

This MP3 player does it all! It's honestly kind of insulting to call it just an MP3 player. How do they even fit all those features in a device this small?

The only thing this WON'T empty your pockets of is your money. At the incredibly low price of $32.97 with FREE US SHIPPING, you can have it all, right in your hands.

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PS - Your pockets are gonna be so depressed (mostly from all the weight they'll be holding) if you miss this deal. Grab one before Friday or the price'll be up to $42.97

 




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Computers 101

iOS 6 - Worth The Upgrade?

Apple released iOS 6 September 19th for iPod Touch 4th Gen, iPhone 3GS (and up), as well as iPad 2/iPad 3, with some fantastic new features.

But is it worth the upgrade?

Let’s go through a short list of some of the biggest changes to iOS in version 6.

  • Do Not Disturb & Call Response Messages (Send text reply to calls you can’t take)
  • VIP E-mail Box (E-mail from people you list as VIPs goes into a special e-mail box)
  • Inserting Pictures/Video Into E-mail
  • Turn-by-Turn Directions with new Apple Maps App
  • Facebook Integration into all areas of iOS
  • Siri Improvements (Scores, Movie Times, Resturant Reservations)
  • General Speed Improvements/Optimizations – Much quicker browsing/e-mail responses
  • Easy Panorama Mode – Take 270 degree panoramas by turning your phone 
  • Shared Photo Streams 
  • PassBook Electronic Gift Cards/Membership Cards/Tickets
  • Over 200 improvements in total.

So is it worth the upgrade? I’ve only been playing with the official release for a few days – and some features I’m completely in love with, but that’s not to say it’s all sunshine and roses.

In Love With:

New Maps & Turn by Turn Navigation

I’m going to buck the trend (there are reports of problems with maps, roads not appearing, landmarks in incorrect places) and say the new maps, with turn by turn directions, is the best upgrade in iOS 6. Is it a full featured perfect GPS with every bit of information Google maps had? Well, no, but this is the first version of the software and it does what’s advertised. This morning as a test I held down my home button and said “Give me directions to Worldstart, Inc” and Siri found WorldStart and started voice-guided turn-by-turn directions from my current location to WorldStart’s offices.

New Call Responses & Do Not Disturb

iOS 6 now includes a slide up button on the call screen to show Reply with Message and Remind Me LaterRemind me Later will automatically create a reminder about the call, where as Reply with Message will respond back to the calls phone number with a text or iMesssage – with common responses like “I’ll call you later” or “on my way”. These are perfect for when you are in a meeting or driving and can’t answer the phone.

Do not Disturb also allows the calls to go directly to voice mail, and even has an exclusion list so you can add critical phone numbers such as your child’s school or spouse to calls that will still ring the phone even if you have Do Not Disturb on.

General User Interface & Web Browser Improvements

Safari, the built in web browser, has been improved in speed and now includes a full screen mode by simply pressing the two arrows in lower right corner. This full screen mode in landscape view allows for the bottom and top control bars to disappear, making for a much better browsing experience.

The interface also has been updated to include a better “send to” menu, with icons and more options for things like pictures, videos and web pages. You’ll also see small refinements here and there to colors, design and smoothness of an already very smooth operating system.

Not In Love With:

Inconsistencies In Interface & New App Store

The new iOs has some interface elements, such as the new dialer screen, which seem to have changed for no good reason. The keys are less defined and the top bar is different size than all the other tabs, making it look a little less flowing then previous versions.

The new App Store has changed its look also, and the interface is more difficult to use and does not show top 25 or 50 apps as quickly. 

Facebook Integration

Facebook is everywhere in the new iOS, and it poses a real question both for people who don’t use facebook and for people too young to use Facebook. I’m also not sure I need to be one click away from sharing web pages, e-mails, text or videos on Facebook, either.

Getting Old…

 

(iOS from 2010 pictured above)

It’s the same basic operating system as previous versions. Android has had widgets and customizable keyboards and iOS still refuses to implement either of these features. Apple has been good in the past with reinventing and revolutionizing what we think is possible and I’d like to see it happen again.

Final Words:

Is iOS 6 worth the upgrade? In my mind the answer is a definite yes. There are some negatives, and hopefully some bug fixes/updates will correct the issues found so far, but overall the upgrade offers more then it takes away.

~Tim

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On The Move

iPhone 5 - Steve's First Impressions

I know, I know, I usually don’t do too much of my own writing for the newsletter anymore, but I just acquired an iPhone 5 and I’m sure there are more than a few folks out there wondering if they should upgrade.

So, just for you, I hiked 10 miles through a blowing snowstorm to the nearest Verizon store, braved the belligerent masses battling for one of the few available phones, and finally wrestled a sales person to the ground and pried the last one from his fingers. A nice 32Gb unit in fact.

iPhone 5

OK, maybe I just drove to the store, stood in line a bit, and purchased one, but that’s no way to start good story is it?

Read the whole article here!!

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From The Archives

Donna from Indiana writes:

I have a lot of old home 8mm movies (I think that is what they are) You have to have a projector with two wheels that you put the movie on to play it. They must be 35 to 40 years old. Is there a way to transfer them to my computer or make DVDs?

Hi, Donna.

There were actually two types of 8mm home movies back in the olden days – 8mm, and Super 8. 

8mm, on the left in the image above, had larger gear holes than the Super 8, and they were spaced slightly further apart.  The primary advantage of the Super 8 format is that it had the option of a cartridge load system that cut down tremendously on the time that it took to load the film.  Years after its introduction, a magnetic soundtrack was added, making it the first home movie system with sound. 

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Amanda's Coolsite

PicMonkey

I found myself feeling a little heartbroken when Picnik closed down and moved to being just an integrated feature at Google. I used it to do all my photo editing. I have also used it through Google, and although some of my favorite options are missing, it still gets the job done. I figured I’d have to settle for it. That was until I found PicMonkey – a free, online photo editor with even more functionality than Picnik offered previously. Did I mention its free? 

You know what my next favorite feature of PicMonkey is? You don’t even have to register to use it! Just start by clicking edit a photo (you can also drag a photo over the edit button to start) and then selecting the photo you want from your hard drive. It will open up in the editor with the same photo tools you’d come to expect from Picnik under Basic Edits (the default – the icon to the left looks like an atom model) where you can auto fix, or manually fine tune your image with crop, rotation, exposure, color, sharpening, and resizing tools. 

But you’ve barely scratched the surface with the basic edits. If you click the other icons along the left you’ll open up new trays of tools you can use on your image.  Just below what looks like an atom model to me is a beaker. Click the beaker and I think you’ll be awed by the amount of effects – seven different categories! – that they’ve provided for you to use.

The lipstick icon beneath the beaker offers an array of touch up tools. Then below that you’ll find the P icon offers you text tools to write on your photo. The comic bubbles icon (heart, comic bubble, stamp) offers an assortment of overlays you can use on your image. The icon that looks like a Polaroid picture is where you’ll need to click if you want to add a frame to your image, and last but not least the woven square gives you textures to play with. 

Even once the subscription goes into affect for the “Royale” features, I think there will still be such an amazing amount of photo editing you can do with the free features. Just make good use of the time while the other effects are free and go edit your images at PicMonkey today!    

http://www.picmonkey.com/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

You Gotta See It to Believe It!

And You'll Have NO Trouble Seein' It

Saves Your Eyes From a Lifetime of Pain

Glowkey

Incredible Glowkey Largeprint Keyboard

Easy to Read and It GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Send Typing Troubles Back to the Dark Ages!

Hunting for keys on your keyboard is a huge pain. We've all been there. Whether the keys are too small or it's way too dark, you strain and strain just because nobody has come up with a better design.

Straining

That better design is FINALLY HERE!

The Total Solution: With largeprint keys, you'll never have to strain to find the key you need. Even better... it glows in the dark.

You read that right. It glows in the dark!

Day or night, the keys will ALWAYS be visible.

Your eyes will thank you!Comparison

So Simple - Just plug in the USB connector and you're done. Easy.

PC or Mac? Doesn't matter! This amazing keyboard works with either.

Oh yeah, and it has an amazing spill-resistant design just in case you accidentally share some water with it.

So let's recap:

CheckEZ-Read Large Print

CheckGLOWS IN THE DARK!

CheckPlug-And-Play Simplicity

CheckPC and Mac compatibility

CheckSpill-Resistant

Calling something the total package has never been more appropriate.

And even though this keyboard has EVERYTHING, it'll barely cost you ANYTHING. At only $21.97 with FREE US SHIPPING the only thing you won't see is a dent in your wallet.

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  PS - You won't see this amazing price forever, as it goes up to $29.97 on Friday




 

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...
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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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~ Steve

 

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