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International CES 2013

Live From The International CES 2013!

Straight from Las Vegas, Nevada, it’s the International Consumer Electronics Show 2013 – one of the world’s largest technology and electronics shows in the world.  Every year some of the biggest names in technology introduce brand new products and innovations.  This year was no different as we saw new items primed and ready for the consumer market.

It would be impossible to go over everything shown at CES this year, but there were definitely some shining moments.  This year really focused on items such as new 4K/Ultra HD televisions, Gorilla Glass 3, “smart” appliances and entire home networking, and a rise in touchscreen monitors, just to name a few.

International CES 2013

Probably the most exciting consumer electronics displayed, and definitely the ones that were pushed the most, were 4k/Ultra HD televisions.  Most televisions today are shown at “full HD” or 1080p.  That equates to 1080 lines (or pixels) worth of data shown vertically with the full resolution being around 2.1 megapixels.  4k/Ultra HD televisions aim to be 4 times that amount.  In order to be considered Ultra HD, a television must have a resolution of at least 3,840 × 2,160 pixels – or nearly 8.3 megapixels.  From a personal standpoint, these items were truly the “Wow” at the show.  We’ll have even more details involving brand new television technology, including Ultra HD, in an article next week.

Be sure to stick with us as we give new updates and details from CES in the coming week!


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You Gotta See It to Believe It!

And You'll Have NO Trouble Seein' It

Saves Your Eyes From a Lifetime of Pain


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.


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!

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


CheckPlug-And-Play Simplicity

CheckPC and Mac compatibility



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.

  PS - You won't see this amazing price forever, as it goes up to $28.97 on Monday


Computers 101

Derek from London writes:

Hi, is there a ‘quick’ way to close, or shut down, a computer running Windows 8, ie, similar to the start button, shut down with Windows 7? Thanks for the help!

For years the easy way to shutdown your computer was to click the start button then click shutdown. With Windows 8′s removal of the start button the shutdown menu has been hidden in the charms bar under the power options. However, there are a few hidden ways to shut down your Windows 8 PC quickly and easily.

Ctrl + Alt + Delete and Click Shutdown: If you hold down the Ctrl, Alt and Delete buttons you’ll open a screen with a shutdown icon in the bottom right hand corner. This is the fastest method I’ve found to shut down the PC using just the keyboard.


Go To Blank Desktop then Press Alt + F4: This is a pretty handy trick for users of the desktop mode. If you are on a blank desktop and press Alt and F4 key you’ll be shown the traditional Windows shutdown dialog box.

Make A Shutdown Shortcut: You can create a shortcut to shutdown your computer and place it on the desktop by right clicking a blank area of the desktop and selecting New Shortcut. In the location type in the following without the quotations  ”shutdown /s /t 0″. The o is a number zero not a letter o. Click the next button and you should have a shortcut on the desktop which will shutdown the PC once you double click it.


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On The Move

Curtis writes:

I’m considering buying a smart phone of some type. I don’t really need an internet connection, but I’m assuming that all plans require it. What I need most is to be able to place reminders (doesn’t have to be a calendar, just a list for me to access later) in 3-4 different lists. Since I mostly remember to add to these lists (I work in 3 locations) while I’m driving, I need the phone to reliably complete the task through voice recognition.

Which smart phone should accomplish this most effectively?

Well the great news is both Android-powered phones and the Apple iPhone can do this function easily. Android and iOS (iPhone’s operating system) both have a built in voice-to-text feature on the keyboard, allowing you to speak to the phone and have your words typed out.

But there's a war raging - find out why!

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From The Archives

MS Outlook 2010: Keeping Your Conversations Clean

Anyone who uses e-mail with any frequency can understand the frustration (not to mention overwhelming feeling) of having multiple messages in your Inbox that are nothing more than the back and forth of a conversation you’re having with someone.

You send a message… they reply with your original message at the bottom… you reply back and now your message and theirs is at the bottom… they reply back… well, you get the idea.

After a while, maybe even days later, you have a very long message containing the entire conversation but you also have all the previous ones.

Do we really need all that redundancy cluttering our Inbox?

Get cleaned up at Worldstart!

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Amanda's Coolsite


What is Waze? That’s what you are probably wondering. Well it’s an application for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other smart phones that helps you stay on top of what is happening in traffic.  I despise getting caught in a traffic jam, especially if it is avoidable. Now I have the tool to make sure that I can avoid them all the time.

I would suggest that you start your visit to the site by clicking on Guided Tour at the top of the page.  The tour explains how the application works, how it collects data, what safety measures it provides to prevent people from trying to use their phone (typing) while driving, and what you can do as a Waze user to help make the product more accurate.

If you’ve decided that this sounds like an application that you’d use head on over to the Download section. Then select the type of phone you have so that you can download the version of the application that will work on your phone. I use a smart phone with the Android operating system, so I clicked Android. It let me know that I could download it from the Android Marketplace or use my bar scanner to scan the QR code on the webpage.

This is a handy application that will help you avoid traffic jams around town!


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One More Big Deal




Everything Your PC Needs In ONE PACKAGE!


That's Fast!

 Your Slow Computer Is Gonna Feel BRAND NEW! 

Hit It With a 300% SPEED ENHANCER!

Boot Up INSTANTLY... Put Your Internet into Overdrive!


With LAB-CERTIFIED System Shield Anti-Virus!

The Anti-Virus That BEATS 'EM ALL!


System Mechanic

Protect, Optimize, Speed Up, And Secure! YES!!


FREE BONUS: DriveScrubber + Search and Recover

It's $170 Worth of Software... FOR ONLY $14.97!!


Are You Ready to Be LIGHTNING FAST?

Wish you had a new computer?

Why not just give your current one an upgrade for PRACTICALLY NOTHING?

You can make it BETTER than a new computer with just POCKET CHANGE!

No long setups, no wallet-draining price tags. Just a top-speed, error-free existence on the PC you've already got!

System Mechanic Pro is the ULTIMATE PC RENEWAL!

Bring your computer back to its peak with this amazing SOFTWARE SUPERCHARGER! 



Lightning-Fast Start Times
Programs Loading INSTANTLY
Computer Errors Fixed
Rock Solid Antivirus
OPTIMIZED Registry and Memory
Automatically Updated Drivers
Secure Online Data Backups
Computer Security Made Easy and Automatic
Quick PC Clutter Clean Ups
GENUINE Protection from Viruses and Malware

And all of it as simple as pressing a button. Seriously!

This is the one piece of software EVERYONE needs to have! It's THAT simple!

The BRAND NEW System Mechanic Pro will breathe new life into an old PC. Heck, it'll even fix up the PC you just purchased!

And after you get your PC supercharged, it'll KEEP it that way.


NOTHING compares to System Mechanic. Period.


Among the nearly COUNTLESS system utilities and programs that have been upgraded, tweaked and improved... System Mechanic Pro includes some INCREDIBLE FEATURES you've NEVER SEEN BEFORE!

System Shield Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware:

That's right, on top of everything else in this package you get the FULLY-CERITIFIED System Shield!

Not only will it find and remove STUBBORN and DANGEROUS infections or malware, it PROTECTS you from getting them in the first place!

And while most anti-virus programs eat up precious system resources while they're guarding you, System Shield was designed to be lightweight on your computer so you won't even know it's there...

Until it catches a pesky virus trying to sneak through the door... which it will promptly DESTROY!

Every PC needs an anti-virus and system maintenence program... now you get BOTH for ONE LOW PRICE!

And there's STILL more brand new stuff!

Online Backups:

Ever wish you could quickly and securely backup your data online, instead of buying an expensive external hard drive? NOW YOU CAN!

You get 5 MASSIVE Gigs of online storage space for your photos, music, videos, and important documents. They're stored quickly, automatically, and most importantly, they're SECURE!

And when they're uploaded, you can access them anytime, anywhere, on any device with web access!

Similar software like this can cost upwards of $60 BY ITSELF! BUT YOU GET THIS INCLUDED IN SYSTEM MECHANIC PRO!


Plus All The Tried-and-True Features!

The moment you pop the disc in your drive, it's gonna BLOW YOU AWAY!

The VERY first thing it does is IMMEDIATELY upgrades itself to the latest version automatically!

Yep! No hunting for upgrades, and no outdated features. You get the latest and the greatest.

The second thing you'll probably notice is this:

Oh no!! But wait! This is a lot more common than you might think. Even EXPERTS can't prevent computers from degrading without software like System Mechanic.

For everything you might know about your computer, there's at least a hundred more potential problems lurking around the corner.

But, now that you have System Mechanic, it only takes one click to get ALL those problems out of your life forever.

Just Press That "Repair All" Button!

That's the one-way ticket to a lifetime of carefree, computer BLISS.

If you want System Mechanic to give your PC the works, that's all you have to do.

But maybe you're a little more tech-savvy than most of us. Want to get under the hood with it? NO PROBLEM! Every single tool and utility with System Mechanic can be used manually to allow you total control over what it fixes and what it leaves alone.

It's the perfect program for ALL levels of technical experience.

Either way, when you let System Mechanic do it's work, you're going to get to computer paradise:

It doesn't matter how good your computer was before. Now it's better and faster. You WILL be BLOWN AWAY. Stability, speed, and peace of mind.

Remember, it's never what you know that hurts your PC. It's the million little things you could have NEVER expected.

But nothing surprises System Mechanic. It sees every nook and cranny and makes them sparkle.

Want a sneak peek at how this incredible software gives your PC the power-wash you always dreamed of? If I tried to talk about EVERY feature of System Mechanic, we'd be here until the Sun burnt out. Get ready for some major highlights that'll have your jaw dropping.

Booting up your PC is always a pain. No matter what you do, you could cook a Thanksgiving dinner before your computer is done starting. It doesn't have to be like that.

By eliminating unnecessary or even HAZARDOUS programs from your startup, there'll be no more watching the clock, wondering when you can actually begin to use your computer. And without all these wasted resources going to unneeded programs, your computer will stay fast after booting.

Do you LIKE some of your startup programs? No worries. If you don't want System Mechanic to take control, you can go in and see each and every program it wants to disable. Regardless of which path you take, it's easy and fast to get your PC booting properly.

Oh, and do you ever get those annoying error messages when you boot up? Chances are after this, you'll never see them again! YES!

In addition to startup programs, there's ALWAYS just TONS of files and applications that end up on your PC. Sometimes they came installed with the computer, other times they sneak in through vulnerabilities or hidden in other software.

No matter how they go there, they are taking up GIGs of space!!

Don't worry, CRUDD Remover is on the job.

All this CRUDD (Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers) adds up into one giant, super slow, gunk of a mess.

Even if you knew what programs were the trouble makers, it would take AGES to manually hunt through and clean up all those files. System Mechanic removes the work and eliminates all that unwanted mess - in minutes!

Fully Controllable -  You can make sure that System Mechanic doesn't remove anything you need to keep.

This thing is crazy. Not only are you going to get even MORE speed by removing all that useless junk from your PC, but talk about clearing space! Your hard drive has its limits, so taking this giant burden off its back is going to give you a lot more wiggle room for stuff you DO want.

Surfing the Internet Collects Clutter! Your computer has an "amazing" ability to hold onto a lot of useless stuff that you never even knew it saved. PC Cleanup has your back.

With the push of a button you can clean out tons of wasted space and temporary files that you didn't even know were there to begin with! WOW!

This is the ultimate solution to loaded hard drives.

You can get back hundreds of megabytes in storage space... heck, you might even get a couple GIGABYTES of space back. Maybe you won't need that $200 external hard drive you were thinking about.

Now you're saving space AND money!

Computers always manage to have a ton of errors without any indication of how to solve them. How can anyone expect you to fix a problem when all you get is a string of numbers and a giant OK button. Let System Mechanic take care of it for you!

From unintelligible error messages to mysterious lockups and even full-on system crashes, System Mechanic will find the solution.

The All-In-One Repair Tool came straight out of your dreams and now it's a reality. This program will AUTOMATICALLY fix pretty much any problem your computer throws at it. No error is too obscure for System Mechanic.

This is the total tune-up, repair, supercharge, computer fixing miracle.

EVEN IF YOUR COMPUTER WON'T BOOT PROPERLY! SERIOUSLY! You can use the System Mechanic CD to boot and recover your computer. It's a life-saver.

If just cleaning up junk didn't make your computer as fast as you wanted it, System Mechanic is only warming up. It's got a toolbox FULL of utilities to make your computer so fast it won't be street legal.

Designated Drivers - Out of date drivers can make your computer run sub-optimally, or sometimes make devices not work at all. Let this utility take the wheel for you and get all your drivers safely up to date.

Memory Mechanic - The more you use your computer, the more memory that will be taken up. Sometimes memory fragments or doesn't release properly and you run into problems that can even cause your computer to shut down. No more! Memory Mechanic will make sure your system memory is operating at full throttle!

Registry Tuner - Errors in system registry can range from causing lockups to total system failure. Registry Tuner will hunt through and clean up as many errors as it can find to get your PC running faster.

Registry Compactor - System Mechanic never leaves a job half-done. After cleaning out the registry, the compactor makes sure that the gaps left from removed bloat are closed so your computer doesn't waste time dialing through empty registry entries.

Just running ONE of these things is going to give you astonishing speed. But when you get them all going? Oh man, you're going to think someone slipped a supercomputer under your desk.

But that's not all, honestly it's barely even HALF of the performance tools alone.

Speed is great, but how about some raw, mind-blowing power? If you use some serious software, or even just want to get the most out of your PC as possible, System Mechanic has the adrenaline shot your computer needs! 

EnergyBooster! Take your PC to the next level with this incredible tool. By automatically turning off unnecessary background programs, your computer's limited resources are going to be free to turn their attention to the tasks YOU need them on!

Don't let worthless background processes hog your memory or processor, use them how you want them.

If you do high-quality video, audio, web design, ANYTHING, you'll immediately notice how ridiculously fast EnergyBooster makes your PC.

Interested in something BRAND NEW? System Mechanic is always expanding its armory of tools and this version is no different.

With new AcceleWrite, you'll almost never have to worry about disk fragmentation again. By automatically ensuring optimal storage of files, the creeping slowdown that your computer experiences over time from disk defragmentation is a thing of the past!

It does the work for you, which means more time for yourself and a healthier life for your PC.

Slow Internet? That's when NetBooster takes the stage. Each Internet connection is unique and your computer can't be pre-configured from the factory for an optimal setup for YOUR system. NetBooster examines your current connection and makes those specific changes so you get MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.

You'll see double, even TRIPLE speeds.

And remember, if you don't want to go through these individually, System Mechanic can do pretty much everything on its own. It's impossible NOT to get huge gains from running this software, and it's as simple as a few mouse clicks. What more could you ask for?

Especially nowadays, computer security has become a really big issue. You may think you're secure, but new vulnerabilities pop up ALL THE TIME! Even the tiniest of security holes can spell disaster for your privacy or your computer's ability to function. With so much on your computer, there's no excuse for taking risks.

With just one button, System Mechanic will comb your computer for security flaws and fix every single one it finds. Blocking off hackers from entry, you get peace of mind that your files and confidential information are safely protected.

You can NEVER be too secure.

After your vulnerabilities are patched up, what about other kinds of intrusions? Unwanted programs, viruses, or malware trying to hijack your system. System Guard will be the shield that keeps your PC defended and in tip-top shape.

System Guard does SO MUCH at once. If new programs try to add themselves to your startup, it will let you know. Dangerous programs trying to run? System Guard stops them IMMEDIATELY.

Browsing can be hazardous, but with System Guard, your computer and browser are protected from even the wiliest of hacking attempts. If you've ever had your homepage suspiciously changed or a new toolbar appear out of nowhere, you'll know how important System Guard is!

Privacy is just as important as vulnerabilities when it comes to security. With System Mechanic, you can make sure nothing you do gets to the wrong hands. With the Privacy Cleaner, anything you do can be erased, from browsing or search history to cookies and chat transcripts that websites or programs often automatically save.

Or maybe you need something deleted? I mean... REALLY deleted. The Incinerator will make sure any of your private files, from old taxes to company memos can't be easily recovered by ANYONE.

System Mechanic takes security seriously, and you can rest easy knowing you have the best programs protecting your PC and files.

System Mechanic is loaded with SO MUCH and if you want to, it can be COMPLETELY AUTOMATIC. But if you want to know exactly what it's doing, you can examine every tool to see what it intends to fix or change.

You'd be INSANE not to take advantage of all these amazing tools, but if you want to, you can pick and choose what you use and how you use it.

But that's not all. It comes with a tool to completely customize your PC's operations. From hiding unwanted icons to making your start menu react faster, there's almost nothing out of your control - AMAZING!

Seriously, there's STILL MORE! With your purchase of System Mechanic, you also get TWO additional programs that'll knock your socks off!

DriveScrubber - Had a virus, maybe some malware? Selling your computer or hard drive? Even if you think you deleted it, it may STILL BE ON THE HARD DRIVE. All it takes is rudimentary knowledge of computers to find ways to dig up those files you thought were gone forever.

DriveScrubber has MILITARY-COMPLIANT levels of erasing. Identity thieves are left out in the cold.

Search and Recover - Accidentally delete something? If you thought you lost a file on your computer, flash drive, or other devices like digital cameras, hold on! With Search and Recover, you may be able to retrieve the files you thought disappeared forever.

Unless you deleted them with DriveScrubber, of course.

These two free bonus programs usually sell for $30 and $40 respectively. And they ARE easily worth that much.

But you get them FREE with your purchase of System Mechanic! Yeah - $70 of programs - FREE!

System Mechanic looks too good to be true, right? Especially with all the extra free stuff, how can so much power be packed together into one amazing product? Well, you don't have to take our word for it! With over 36 million users and countless awards tell you all you need to know.

Talk About Award Winning!

My laptop was in a mess! It was slow to the point of stagnation at times but a colleague recommended your software and the result was near-magical! Speeds have improved dramatically and it has given me a great feeling of confidence. Michael H.

After I ran System Mechanic the first time, I thought I had a new machine! John N

I love your product. It's not only a great product, but it?s fun to use. Sometimes I play with the different categories and I just enjoy myself....Norton & McAfee could learn a thing or two or three or four from a great new year. Ray H

System Mechanic saved me from having to purchase a whole new computer. Well worth the investment! Arthur H.

System Mechanic is a great addition to my computer. I feel much more in control of what's going on inside it. The Internet optimizer worked great, a 1MB would take 22 seconds to download, now it takes just 7 seconds!! That is a 300% increase in internet speed. I was able to get at and get rid of a lot of unnecessary garbage that was choking up my computer. This product rates 5 out of 5 in my books! John T.

Without a doubt, [System Mechanic is] the complete difference between a well working machine and being the typical frustrated computer user?From novice to expert, this product rocks and I would recommend it to anyone who uses a computer for whatever reason. Chris H.

This product is much better than Norton Utilities and SystemWorks which I had been using since 1995. Keep up the good work!! Vern H

In my twenty years of personal computing, System Mechanic is one of the best -- if not THE best -- software I have ever installed on a PC. I recommend it without hesitation to all my friends and presentation audiences. Keep up the great work. Bob S.


And now for the BEST PART!

With all this greatness in one package you're probably expecting it to be really expensive. Well, you're right and you're wrong. If you go out to the stores to buy this, you might right into something like what you see below.

And honestly? It's worth that much. But here are WorldStart we know you want the BEST price and that's what you're going to get.

Again, you're getting System Mechanic Pro ($70), Drive Scrubber ($30), Search & Recover ($40), and System Shield ($30) - all told $170 worth of software!!

So, what's YOUR price?

For System Mechanic Pro, with the FREE bonus programs DriveScrubber and Search and Recover... it's only $14.97  with FREE US SHIPPING! You do NOT want to miss out on this! WOW!

PS - These sell like CRAZY. Don't let total PC bliss pass you by. Even if there ARE any left, the price is going up to $24.97 on Monday!  


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