WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-04-19
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In The News 4-19-2013
Why the IRS says your private electronic communications aren’t private.
Recently disclosed documents from the IRS indicate that the agency thinks Americans are entitled to “generally no privacy” when it comes to e-mail communications or “private” social media messaging in like Twitter direct messages and Facebook chats. That means the IRS doesn’t feel it needs a warrant to go through your communications as part of an investigation. But there’s been a push to change the laws to protect privacy that’s supported by both conservatives and liberals as well as businesses.
Legislation to require warrants for electronic communications is currently in the House and Senate and the Justice Department says it won’t oppose the change.
Google Glass Specs Revealed
Google has released more information about the much-buzzed about Google Glasses, a tiny computer you wear on your face.
The tech giant promises that the adjustable frame will fit any face. The tiny display that drops down in front of one eye will have a resolution similar to looking at a twenty-five inch HD TV from eight feet way. The built in camera will take photos at 5 mega-pixels and video at 720 p. Audio will be provided by a bone conduction transducer.
The glasses feature both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a 12 GB on memory synched with the Google Cloud. According to Google the battery should last for a full day of typical use, but if you take a lot video, you’ll use more battery power.
No Hard Drive Lives Forever...
Hard drives are sensitive, complex mechanical devices. Most modern hard drives can hit over 7200 RPMs!
But it's not without a cost: No matter HOW hard you try, 100% of hard drives will eventually crash.
AND THAT ALMOST ALWAYS SPELLS DISASTER!
What do you do when your hard drive crashes?
Well, there are only two outcomes...
1. If you don't back up your data:
It's gone. Throw your hard drive in the trash and start fresh... because you are NOT recovering that data. A dead hard drive is just that. It's game over.
2. If you DO back up your data:
You take your handy little Super Talent16GB back up flash drive and put all your saved files on your next computer. With JUST ONE CLICK!
You don't lose a single file, and you don't spend the weekend wishing you had printed those vacation photos that you'll never get back.
Which one would you prefer?
There's only ONE reason not to back up data: it USED to be hard. It took a lot of time, it took expensive hardware or software, and it took some tech-savvy. You had to know file extensions, directories, the whole works.
NOT ANYMORE! IT JUST GOT AS EASY AS ONE SINGLE CLICK!
The Super Talent 16GB Instant Backup Flash Drive!
NO software. NO set up. NO time consuming steps. All you do is plug it in and click "backup"!
Could it BE any easier?
The first time you pop it in, it just asks you what directories you want to backup. After that, every new backup is just a click away.
What's great is that it keeps ALL of your directories and folders right in the order you have them on your PC. So you'll know EXACTLY where to find them on the flash drive or after you back them up to another PC!
AND USING IT IS AS EASY AS A CLICK! LOOK!
Think about everything you have on your computer: TONS of photos. ALL of your favorite music. Family videos and contact information.
How about work documents, important files, sensitive documents. Even your passwords, e-mails, favorite web pages... EVERYTHING!
After a crash, you can't get those photos back. The videos are now distant memories. And your passwords? Good luck remembering the ones you haven't had to type in for years.
BUT IF IT'S BACKED UP, YOU WON'T LOSE ANYTHING! PERIOD!
And with backing up this easy, you won't even have to think about it!
This DEFINES User Friendly!
We tested it out, just check out the video:
Ultra Sleek, Ultra Secure, ULTRA FAST!
It looks, feels, and acts just like your standard flash drive (of course, standard flash drives can't hold a candle to this one) so you know it's gonna be easy and lightweight to move or store.
Plus, when you aren't using it, you can flip the drive around to protect the connector! YES!
IT WORKS JUST LIKE A REGULAR FLASH DRIVE TOO!
That's right - Just drag and drop files to it and use it like any other flashdrive! Talk about the best of both worlds!!
Take it anywhere! Back up any PC or laptop! Use it for EVERYTHING!
And if you're looking for fast, this thing is gonna BLOW YOU AWAY!
This is a Super Talent high-speed USB 2.0 drive.
We're talkin' up to 480Mbps of PURE SPEED!
Last but not least: IT'S SECURE!
When you back up anything on this drive, you can choose to encrypt it and guard it with a password of your choice! Nobody but you or those you trust get access to YOUR files.
So all your tax, financial, and confidential documents? You can back them up too without worrying! FINALLY!
It's not just passwords, either. It's full-power encryption!
All those passwords on your PC don't mean a thing if you don't have SECURE backups.
But with the included backup software, it's not a problem.
A Backup Drive For UNDER $19! WOW!
If you go anywhere to try and get a backup drive, you'll be looking $40 for the BARE MINIMUM! And those are bulky, heavy external hard drives that you really can't move or store.
Personal note - I needed another backup drive for all my photography, and these were just PERFECT for the job! They're sooooooo handy!
You will NOT find a faster, more convenient backup drive out there for just $18.97 with FREE US SHIPPING anywhere else!
These are simply one of the coolest devices I've ever seen. PLEASE don't miss out on this deal. We only have so many and once they're gone... that's it.
LIMITED QUANTITY - Seriously! If these run out, they're gone! We don't always get to offer items like this! And after Sunday this sale will end, with the price going back up to $22.97! HURRY TO THE STORE!
Patricia from Buffalo, NY writes:
An email was sent to me with an attachment containing a photo. I would like to use the photo(of my grandson) as the Desktop background on my PC. How do I do that? I am somewhat computer illiterate. Thanks in advance for your help.
To set a photo as your background you want to start by saving the photo to your local computer. Right-click on the photo and select save as or save image as and save it to your pictures folder (or a folder of your choice). Now right-click on a blank area of your desktop and click Personalize.
Click on Desktop Background on the lower bar and then click Browse and select the folder where you saved your picture, then press OK. Click on your photo from the displayed photos and choose Save Changes.
The image should now appear as your desktop background.
P.S. Using Windows XP still? You can read Microsoft’s directions for setting a desktop background photo by clicking here.
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Microsoft Type Keyboard - Can A Tablet Keyboard Measure Up?
Let me start off this review of Microsoft’s tiny Type Keyboard for Windows Surface RT and Surface Pro with a confession – I am a touch typist. I learned to type not by tapping out text messages on my phone, but sitting at an IBM Selectric Typewriter (Google it, kids) under the watchful eye of my typing teacher Mrs. Knight. I’m a writer by profession and a pretty fast typist. When I decided to purchase a Surface Pro tablet, I knew I’d want the optional keyboard. You don’t need one, since you can pull up a virtual keyboard on the touchscreen and type away, but I don’t enjoy typing on touch screens.
The snap-on keyboard for a Surface or Surface Pro tablet also functions as the cover, they are that thin and light. You have two options for a keyboard:
The ultra-thin touch cover which comes in a variety of colors and weight about as much as a piece of heavy cardboard. It costs $119. The surface is pretty smooth and I couldn’t really tell where the keys were by touch alone (first rule of touch typing – don’t look at the keyboard). Back in the 1980s I went on a tour of IBM with my typing class and the guy conducting the tour told us that they had the technology to do keyboards that operated by touch alone with no mechanical elements. This was pretty crazy futuristic stuff to kids who were still using typewriters. But he also told us that people just didn’t like them. They wanted that click and not having the feel of keys and the sounds they make slowed people down at the keyboard. He said IBM was waiting for people to be ready . All these years later, I’m still not ready for the touch keyboard, even if it does come in pretty colors.
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Q: Why do people make viruses?
A: This is a very good question! I know it seems like the maker of a virus gets absolutely nothing out of the deal, but there are some real reasons that hackers make viruses.
1. Personal problems - I start with this one because I think it’s funny. Some people make viruses because it makes them feel better or more powerful. They get nothing but the ability to know that they made something that did so much damage. This is why it is not good when viruses make headlines in the news because the more media attention they get, the more reason there is for someone else to make one. If they can know that their virus was bad enough to be in the news, it’s more reason to try and make an even worse virus later.
2. Money – Obviously money had to be a reason to make a virus, but how does a virus make money? There are a lot of ways, most of which have to do with the theft of data. When you get a virus, it will most likely steal data from your computer and send it back to a different location. If the virus can somehow get a hold of your personal info or credit card info, it can be used to make fraudulent purchases. This is one way that a virus can make money. Another way is through ransom. There are many “ransomware” viruses out there. They will lock your computer down and not allow you access until you pay the ransom.
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The History Kitchen
I love history and I love cooking, so it absolutely makes sense that I love this site. I just can’t believe I haven’t found it sooner.
The History Kitchen helps you discover the stories behind the food you love. I found the site through a search looking for information on a Betty Crocker cookbook I want to acquire and found an article on this devoted to uncovering the history behind Betty Crocker. Right now it is one of the featured articles on the scrolling featured section. Also featured is the history of Nutella, Coffee, and Fingerfoods.
Other navigation options include the navigation strip at the top of the page with the categories Home, What They Ate, Did You Know, Videos, Recipe Index, and easy access to the search field. If you scroll down pas the featured section you’ll find a selection of more featured posts.
You know all you need to now to dive and discover the history of your favorite foods, so go check this site out today!
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BIG BOX STORES ARE RIPPING YOU OFF!
A Different Charger For Every Device!?
GET ONE THAT DOES 'EM ALL!
Even Better: It Works At HOME & In The CAR!
This Brand New AC/DC USB Charger ROCKS!
Any USB Device - Anywhere You Are!
2 High-Speed USB Ports to Charge Everything You've Got!
The Plugs Even Fold In!
Talk About Portability and Convenience!
You're used to it by now, right? You have a cell phone charger that plugs into the wall at home. You have an iPod charger that connects to your computer. You have a battery charger for your digital camera. How many others?
So let's say you're on a road trip and your iPod dies before you reach your destination. Oh, and your phone is down to one bar on the battery.
To charge either one of these, you need to be at home where you have a wall outlet (or your computer for your iPod).
What do you do? You drive in silence and turn your phone off. That certainly sucks, doesn't it?
Now You Can Charge ANYTHING... ANYWHERE!
This USB AC/DC Power Adapter is an AMAZING new charger that allows you to charge your USB devices both at home AND in the car!
It's a PERFECT hybrid of two chargers that we ALL have to use to keep our devices charged. So now instead of having a bunch of them laying around, you can just keep one - and bring it with you EVERYWHERE!
Imagine NEVER worrying about your devices running out of battery power again - whether you're at home OR on the road!
How's it Work? LIKE A DREAM!
It's SIMPLE! As you can see from the picture above, there's an AC plug meant for charging through an outlet, AND there's a DC plug that goes directly into your cigarette lighter in your car!
Now, no matter where you are, your devices won't run outta juice! There's a single USB port on the top of this bad boy, so whatever USB device you have, it'll charge! All you need is your USB Power Cord that came with whatever device you're charging, then BAM! You're powering up your device!
WORKS ON ANYTHING THAT CHARGES VIA USB!
iPods & MP3 Players!
ANYTHING that charges via USB!
This is REAL universal power!
IT DOES WHAT? IT FOLDS!
As if this thing could get ANY better - it does!
That wall outlet would be quite a pain, but guess what? IT FOLDS IN when you're not using it! So when you're charging in the car, you fold the AC plug in and it's like it's not even there! This is also PERFECT when you're traveling!
And if you're using it at home, you can fold the DC plug in! YES!
Maximum Storage, Maximum Portability, HUGE Power!
So what USB devices do you have? DOESN'T MATTER - it'll charge it up with speed! Whatever USB device you throw at it - it'll charge in no time!
The PERFECT Charger at an AMAZING Price!
How much do you think you'd pay for one of these at your local box store, say Best Buy or Radioshack? Oh, somewhere around $35+ AT LEAST! But not at WorldStart...
Today, this REVOLUTIONARY home AND car charger hybrid can be yours for just $12.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!
Act fast or these chargers will be ALLLLL GONE! And on Sunday the price goes up to $18.97!
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