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In The News 11-16-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology 

Google Fiber

That’s Fast.

Google Fiber is finally here.  What is Google Fiber, you ask?  Earlier this week Google launched a fiber network offering internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps in Kansas City, Kansas.  On top of that, they’re offering the new high speed for only $70 a month.  Both the speed and price tag beat out most traditional Internet Service Providers.

While the new internet speeds will not consistently run at 1 Gbps, many early users of Google Fiber are claiming constant speeds of around 600 to 700 Mbps over Ethernet and around 200 Mbps over a Wi-Fi connection.

Google Fiber is also providing more than just its super-speed internet connection.  Don’t want to pay $70 a month?  Kansas City residents have the option of getting a 5 Mbps internet connection for free (that’s $0).  Of course, they have to pay around $300 for an installation fee, but that guarantees the ability to get the free internet for seven years.  Google Fiber also has the option of adding a cable subscription for $50 more.  The catch?  The TV package is missing ESPN (I quit), TNT, and HBO.

It seems that people are liking Google Fiber in Kansas City so far.  The question is, when will it come to your city?

 
Texting

OMG RLY?

Here’s an interesting bit of news for you. For the first time ever, the amount of texting in the United States has gone down.  Over the last quarter the average number of monthly texts sent has decreased to 675 per customer.  The quarter before that showed an average amount of 700 per customer.

The reason for declining text messages can mostly likely be attributed to the rise in internet-connected devices. Instead of just texting, phones allow us to communicate and send messages in many different ways beyond the simple text message.  In fact, nearly half of all phones in use in the US now are smartphones.  This means that instead of using potentially expensive texting plans, people are sending messages over apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google Voice, and more.  Apple’s iMessage and Research In Motion’s Blackberry Messenger are also directly built into their devices and can send messages over data plans instead of a texting plan.

There’s also this: the cost of a single text message is usually 20 cents.  At 160 bytes per message, the total cost of sending 1 MB worth of data would end up being $1,250!

And you thought your data plan was overpriced…

-Mike

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Announcements

 

So you've got a closet full of old VHS tapes sitting around collecting dust and takin' up tons of space!

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could put 'em on DVD?. Heck, maybe you've got a ton of home videos that you shot with a camcorder and you have a bunch of home movies you shot with a camcorder and you wish you could transfer them to DVD! (Heck just think of all the closet space you'd free up!)

That's why I was so excited when we discovered an INCREDIBLE little device that will turn your wishes into reality! You just gotta check this out!



 

EasyCap Video Capture Box takes your videos and transfers 'em to your computer (then onto DVD or Video CD)!

How's it work? Pretty simple really. You just plug your VCR / DVD Player / Video Camera into the standard Audio / Video inputs on this device (or, for even better quality - plug into the "S" Video plug). Pretty easy so far huh? Now, just plug the EasyCap into your USB port and run the software!

To transfer, just hit PLAY on your VCR (or DVD player, or camcorder, or whatever) and RECORD on the included software! That's really it! This can record ANYTHING that you can plug into it! Old VHS movies, your favorite home videos, even copy DVDs to your computer so you can watch them on an iPod or portable video player! Pretty sweet huh?

Really, just plug in a couple cords, follow the software prompts, and you're good to go!

Just check out the video at our site - Gary will show you how incredibly easy this actually is!!


If you have a closet full of old VHS tapes, why let them deteriorate to the point of no longer being playable? Hey, VHS doesn't have that long of a shelf life - 15 years is probably optimistic.

If you have a stack of VHS tapes that you want to keep, you absolutely HAVE to get them transferred to something more reliable - and this makes it easy!

Besides, when was the last time you saw a new VHS player at a store? Doesn't happen very often now - they are an endangered species, and they aren't far from permanent extinction! The day is coming where even if you WANT to buy a VHS player to look at those old tapes it simply isn't going to be an option! Better transfer 'em while you can!

Oh, and do you have a camcorder that uses an odd-sized tape - you know, so
you have to hook the camcorder up to the TV to see your videos? Well, why not hook that little camcorder up to this and finally get all those tapes transferred over to digital? From there, you can enjoy them on your computer or create your own DVD / Video CD to watch in a standard DVD player!

That's right - you don't even need a DVD burner on your computer - you can make a Video CD that will play in any standard DVD player!

Airlink 101 USB 2.0 Video Capture Box w/Audio Everything is SUPER easy to work with!

You'll be able to get things transferred over in no time!

Why let your tapes fade into an analog ether? This can save 'em before it's too late!

Your cost? Get this - Just
$22.97 and US Shipping is FREE!

For that kind of money, it's crazy not to grab this and start transferring all those old VHS tapes and camcorder movies to your computer or DVD! Heck, this can even record from a DVD player if you need an extra copy of something! Check it out, but hurry - this is something we've had a LOT of requests for and now that it's finally here, it's bound to fly!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/5249

PS - Don't miss out - this little gadget makes transferring your old VHS / Camcorder tapes to DVD incredibly easy - get yours today!

PPS - This sale ends on Saturday when the price will go back up to $29.97!!




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Computers 101

Rosa from TX asks:

What are “Pen Flicks”? My tech-savvy friend suggested enabling them on my touchscreen computer.

I think the reason people love touch screens is because of how natural the hand gestures feel. For example, to scroll down a document, it feels better to just swipe down instead of pressing a little arrow key. If you’re looking to bring some of these intuitive gestures to your Windows computer, then might I humbly recommend that you enable Pen flicks.

To utilize pen flicks, your computer must be touch screen, or your laptop’s trackpad must support gestures. If you have a graphics tablet, then that will also allow pen flicks as well.

Begin by pressing the Start button, and selecting Control Panel.

Select the Classic view, and double click Pen and Input Devices.

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Now choose the Flicks tab, and check the box labeled Use flicks to perform common actions quickly and easily.

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Now you have two options: the navigation flicks, or the navigational flicks with editing. I personally prefer the latter, as it allows me to copy and paste with ease. Choose the option that best suits you, and of course, you can always change this setting.

If you select Customize, you can hand select what action a flick in a certain direction will perform. If you’d like to add a custom keyboard shortcut, just select the add option. For example. I made it so that a downward flick will close the program using the keyboard shortcut Alt+F4.

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Finally, one last setting I’d like to bring to your attention is the flick sensitivity. If you find that you have to repeat a gesture several times before Windows recognizes it, then you should make the sensitivity more relaxed. However, if you find gestures are occurring by accident, than you should move the slider to the precise setting.

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I hope this setting makes your computer feel a little bit more natural. Enjoy!

~ Jay Neil Patel

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On The Move

Control Your iPad Notifications

My wife, bless her heart, is always downloading new apps for our iPad to try out. However, one app in particular likes to play a sound every time there a “reminder” for something – even when the tablet’s just sitting on my desk.

It scares the pants off me, so here’s how to put some control on the situation:

Check it out here!

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From The Archives

Bob from Edgewater, Florida asks:

I have “Western Digital” My books, 500 Gig external hard drive. I can not access any of the information that is on the drive. Is there any way I can retrieve the information? Maybe software, freeware or anything that I can do. Thank you for any help you can give. I keep the hard drive hooked up all the time, Was this the wrong thing to do?

Well, let’s start with Bob’s last question. Leaving an external hard drive hooked up all the time should not damage the drive. I have a portable 500 gig hard drive that has been hooked up to my desktop for several years with no ill effects. I use it for my primary document storage.

After that, things become more complex, because I’m not sure what you mean by not being able to access any of the information. So let’s look at a couple of options.

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Amanda's Coolsite

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do

Whether I can believe it or not, I often get asked for advice on how people can improve their writing.  This past semester, three of the students I was doing academic coaching for asked, and sometimes I get random e-mails about it.

After giving it some thought, I searched the net for a collection of tips that encompassed the advice I normally give and offered more. I found The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do posted on McSweeneys.

The great thing about writing is that you can always get better at it. Even published, best-selling authors can improve their writing (you might notice this if you read a series – I sure do!) and I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in my own writing just over the last four years of actively writing for school and work.

Here you’ll find ten tips that will help you write better than you normally do. I agree with all of them, but I’d add the caveat that it is important to recognize that there are different kinds of writing as well: commercial, academic, creative, etc. So you have to know your audience in order to be successful at what you are doing.

The one I have the most trouble following is Don’t Procrastinate. I confess, I do all my writing for school at the last minute, I believe I write better under the pressure of getting it done. I even experimented this semester with getting an early start, and got nowhere. So I’m still battling with that one. It applies to my creative writing too, especially since there are no deadlines, I tend to start a story and then get distracted and not come back to it, but I’m working hard this summer to revisit those things and get some of them finished.

If you’re a writer, what is it that you struggle with? Did a tip on the list help you?  I hope you’ll find them as useful as I did!

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-ultimate-guide-to-writing-better-than-you-normally-do

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

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Ever forget? Yeah, me too!

It happens to the best of us... and somethings are worse than others to forget!

For example, you know that feeling you get when you just sit down, you hear the phone ring... and then it hits you! Without even answering the phone, you just INSTANTLY remember you were supposed to be somewhere... and now someone's waiting on you!

Never again! With AnyTime Organizer 12 Deluxe, you've got EVERYTHING planned and all the information on hand!

That Familiar Look - If you've ever used software like this, or even a notebook, calendar, agenda planner, ANYTHING to organize your schedule or events, you'll be right at home with this snappy software!

It's intuitive and your notes go in exactly how you'd expect them to!

This thing is PACKED with features. If you think it needs to be organized, it's probably part of this incredible software!

And with ALL the different printing layouts, you can keep your lists and calendars with you anywhere you go!

Make it a PDF and you can print it or e-mail it to ANYONE exactly how you want it to look!

Check out some of the things you can do!

Make Full-Day, Hour-By-Hour Notes
And Weekly Day-by-Day Notes
View the Whole Month at Once!
Or Even the ENTIRE YEAR!
Make Quick Sticky Notes
Track Expenses and Planned Purchases
Keep Addresses, Passwords,  a Notebook and To-Do Lists

And those are just a TASTE of the features... this thing is FULL of amazing ways to note, update, and share TONS of information!

If you need to remember it, plan it, or expect it... you can keep yourself in-the-know with this INCREDIBLY handy program!

NEVER forget another appointment!

Anniversaries, birthdays, gatherings, sports games, TV shows, dinner plans... you'll NEVER have to throw anything together at the last minute again!

All the numbers and addresses for your family, friends, business associates, plumbers, repairmen... ALL of it will be right at your fingers!

Have monthly or weekly recurring events? Set it as a recurring event and it can automatically repeat in your organizer for the time specified! It's AMAZING!

You can even set alarms to particular notes so that you DEFINITELY won't miss out on time-sensitive matters!

Even BETTER is that the alarms can be set to MP3 music! And on top of THAT, you can have the alarm send e-mail or text message reminders to your contacts!

Speaking of phones, this software can sync with TONS of PDAs, phones, and other pocket PC devices!

Stay organized on-the-go!

World Time-Maps!

Planning a vacation? Got family all over the nation or world? Like I said... this'll organize YOUR WORLD! LITERALLY!

This world map is the COOLEST way to see the timezones of the world!

Not only does it show the timezones across the world, it also gives you some handy information like sunrises and sunset times!

Mouse over a location to see the timezone it's in become highlighted... and it even shows where it's day or night!

You can even setup different clocks to show you simultaneous times of day! WOW!

This software has EVERYTHING!

...and it costs you NEXT TO NOTHING! For the INSANELY low price of only $4.97 you can keep yourself informed, prepared, and make sure the unexpected doesn't ruin your day!

And remember, any order over $5 gets FREE US SHIPPING!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/8292

PS - You'll wish you had this program sooner to make a note for yourself about this! On Saturday the sale ends and the price goes back to $16.97

 




 

Monthly Wallpaper

November Wallpaper Is Ready!

Time to dress up your desktop with some new calendar wallpaper! Pick from the featured photos below or head to the site for a complete selection (including some nice winter scenes)

Featured Wallpaper For November:

Egret Take Off

Finally! This was a shot I’d been after for awhile and I’m pretty excited I captured it. We arrived at Ritch Grissom Wetlands early in the morning and came upon this guy. I set the tripod and got into position, just watching his behavior. He wasn’t really fishing anymore, so I knew the next move would likely be...(More)

Soul Of The Canyon

So, there we were, hiking through Lower Antelope Canyon with our guide. My 10 year old son Grant and I were exploring this incredible slot canyon and we’d already done a LOT of photography. We were making our way back when we noticed a light beam coming down – through the “eye” of this rock formation! The guide, who’d been doing this awhile, was...
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Adler Falls

This fairy-tale like waterfall is located in a remote location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, although pretty much everything is in a remote location in da UP, eh? It was actually taken a few years ago and I just “rediscovered” it in my files recently. I’ll never forget the day I captured it though! You start off on a brief little jaunt down a bouncy two track road, park, and then make your way down a hill. It’s only about a quarter mile, but the hike down really... (More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!

 

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