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In The News 02-27-2017

Your Flying Car Has Arrived (Kind Of)

For those of you waiting patiently all these years for your flying car to arrive, you’ll want to check out the Ehang 184 AAV. This battery-powered, low-altitude drone can hold one passenger and fly 40 miles on a charge.

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This is an entirely automated vehicle, controlled by operators back at a control center. The passenger just sits there and enjoys the ride. There have been several hundred successful flights and it’s currently being tested in Dubai.

Click here to check out some pretty amazing video of the Ehang in action.

 Windows 7 Holds Nearly Half Of Desktop Operating System Market

Windows 7 is holding strong as the most popular desktop/laptop operating system. According to Netmarketshare, it is currently found on 47% of devices.  Windows 10 has roughly half that many users coming in at 25% of the market. The no-longer-supported XP is still found on an alarming 9% of devices, while Windows 8.1 in on under just 7%. Vista, which loses support in April, is found on less than 1% of devices.  All versions of the Mac OS combined account for about 5% of devices. All versions of Linux total add up to a little over 2%.

Unlimited Data Plans Are Back In Style

Unlimited data plans, which took a hit a couple of years back, are suddenly back in fashion. Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon already offer plans and now AT & T is jumping on the bandwagon with a $100 a month single-line plan. You can add additional lines for $40 per month.

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You can also add tablets or connected cars for $40 per month each. A wearable like a smart watch will cost an additional $10.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

At one time or another we've all wanted to quickly create a greeting card or flier. But most programs are so complicated, there's nothing quick or easy about the process. It's complicated and overwhelming. Or maybe you want a nice brochure, calendar, or a poster for an event. But the product turned out by your word processor some online program is underwhelming and unprofessional. What you want is something with high-quality images and an intuitive, user-friendly interface. 

And there was a great option out there... Print Shop.  It has always been my favorite go-to software for these kind of projects. So why didn't I offer it to you sooner? It was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. I couldn't get a deal on it to save my life...believe me, I've tried for years!

So you have to imagine how excited I was when I found a deal Print Shop 21 Essentials - A DIRT CHEAP DEAL!

YEAH! You read that right.

If you've never used a Print Shop program, you'll swoon when you see how simple the interface is!

As soon as you open this program you are greeted with a list of things you can create!

Wanna make a banner? EASY! How about a greeting card for a birthday? BOOM DONE! A sign for your craft show? COVERED! And that is just 3 things off the long, long list! Or just start from scratch and do whatever you want, however you like it.

Each and every one of those templates is completely customizable!

Yeah! We are talking access to over 100,000 super-high-end stock photos and sleek graphics that will be sure to give that presentation or report cover professional pizzaz it needs to stand out from the crowd!

Most Greeting card programs have just a few pre-loaded cards. You might be able to change a name or the greeting, but you can't change the font, color, or even the images! Believe me, I've been stuck in that nightmare with Microsoft Office's measly offerings.

With this program, you make a customized keepsake and not the same card everyone else in the world picked up at Walmart. And have you priced greeting cards lately? Nice ones are outrageous!

And don't think Print Shop is just a pretty face!

Doing a mail merge in Microsoft Office with Excel is probably one of the most annoying and cumbersome thing to ever have to do... It's not fun and trust me I know! With Print Shop 21 Essentials you can just add new people to your list and with one click of a button print off the whole list without blinking an eye or changing to another program!

If you're familiar with Print Shop, I know you've already added it to your cart. If you haven't checked out this amazing program yetI am telling you, it seriously has everything you need!  I am not sure if you caught this... but... THIS IS LESS THAN $5 !!! Yeah that's right! You can grab this software up for just $4.97 !!!!

Stop messing around with over-complicated and over-priced programs and click the link below to grab yours today!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/11253
 




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Computers 101

Clearing Up Gmail Confusion: Bcc

Yesterday we looked at why you might want to send a Cc message in Gmail when sharing a message with multiple recipients.

But what if you don’t necessarily want someone to know that you’ve shared that message with other people? That’s where the Bcc (blind carbon copy) option comes in handy. When you choose this option, the To and Cc recipients will be able to see who else received the message and view the other recipients’ email addresses. But they won’t be able to see the Bcc recipients. However, those Bcc recipients will be able to see them.

To add Bcc recipient(s), left click on the Bcc icon at the right-hand side of To, just after the Cc icon.

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A new line appears just above the Subject line.

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Type the addresses of the people you intend to add as Bcc recipients. Don’t forget to add To recipient(s) (and Cc recipient(s) if needed).

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Finish writing the mail, and left click on send.

~ Riya Kayal

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On The Move

Stop Facebook Video Autoplay

Here’s a minor Facebook change that many will likely find to be a major annoyance. Videos will not autoplay with the sound turned on. Previously, they were muted by default. According to Facebook, this is an update that will make “watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.”

Loosely translated it means not enough people were turning the audio on for ads.  Now, the audio won’t play if you’ve got your phone set to silent or if you’re listening to a music app while you scroll through Facebook.

Plus, it’s easy enough to shut off.  Let me show you how.  For the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the three-line menu icon and then choose App Settings.

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Scroll down to turn Videos in News Feed Start With Sound off.

For a browser, click the little arrow to the far right at the top of the page and choose...

Click here for more on stopping autoplay in Facebook.

 

From The Archives

Move Photos From iPad To PC

Elizabeth from Huntsville AL writes: “I see lots of questions about Windows 10 users not being able to download photos From their iPads to their Windows 10 desktops. Is there an answer to their being Unsuccessful? Are there any ways to successfully transfer iPad photos?

There are several ways to transfer photos that are on an iPad or iPhone to a Windows computer. The easiest method is to use online storage like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive, to mention just three popular ones. They are all free.

No matter which one you use, the method is the same. Install the app on the computer, install the app on the iPad (it works for iPhones too), and then use the app to upload photos to the online storage. The apps on the computer automatically download the photos to the PC’s disk drive.

If you use OneDrive then there is nothing to install on a Windows 10 or 8.1 computer because it is built in. Windows 7 users will need to install the app from onedrive.com

On the iPad (or iPhone), go to the App Store and enter OneDrive into the search box at the top.

1Search for Microsoft OneDrive in the iOS App Store

Tap the Get button next to Microsoft OneDrive in the search results to download and install the free app.

Install the Microsoft OneDrive app on your iPad or iPhone

Find and open the OneDrive app on the iPad and enter your Microsoft ID, such as your Outlook.com email address, Xbox Live account, Windows Phone...

Click here for more on transferring photos.

 

Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

Hearing Test

A man is talking to the family doctor. "Doc, I think my wife's losing her hearing."

The doctor answers, "Well, here's something you can try on her to test her hearing. Stand some distance away from her and ask her a question. If she doesn't answer, move a little closer and ask again. Keep repeating this until she answers. Then you'll be able to tell just how hard-o- hearing she really is."

The man goes home and tries it out. He walks in the door and says, "Honey, what's for dinner?" He doesn't hear an answer, so he moves closer to her. "Honey, what's for dinner?" Still no answer. He repeats this several times, until he's standing just a few feet away from her.

Finally, she answers, "For the eleventh time, I said we're having MEATLOAF!"

 

Holmes and Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" inquired Holmes.

Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.

Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.

Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful clear day tomorrow. What does it tell YOU?"

Holmes was silent for a minute,  then spoke. "Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent"

 

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Daily Thoughts

"Housework can't kill you, but why take the chance?"

~ Phyllis Diller

 

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~ Mae West
 
 
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”                                                                                              ~Douglas Adams

Amanda's Coolsite

Transcribe Bentham

I’m taking a great Digital Humanities class on analytics this semester. One of the projects we did for class was to try our hand at transcribing documents that have been digitized and gone through an OCR (text recognition) program.  Today’s site is one of the options we had to try out transcription. I thought it was pretty cool, so I wanted to share it with all of you.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll find that they’ve devoted a featured section on the main page for New Users. This contains everything you need to get started like information on registering for an account, the Getting Started guide, and more information about the project. Next to that section, you’ll find the Existing Users section where you’ll find information on transcribing like transcription guidelines, guides to using the interface, and the option to select a manuscript.

At the moment they are currently 43% done with all of the manuscripts they need to transcribe. I think it is a really neat idea to crowdsource this kind of work. Even if a volunteer just transcribes a few pages as a lark, that’s still pages that someone else doesn’t need to transcribe.

Go check it out for yourself today and give it a try!

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

HEY GUYS!

I have just found the coolest earbuds EVER!

REALLY!

These amazing wireless headphones are finally going to make you say “GOODBYE!” to anything with wires.

Now, let’s talk possibilities!

Most people automatically think with something like this it’s gotta be used with a phone - and well that certainly works GREAT. But there’s so much more to it than that.

Let’s check out what you can do with them!

Did you know that pretty much every Android tablet, iPad, iPod, and most MP3 players have Bluetooth?

How about that laptop of yours? Yup, it probably has Bluetooth as well!

Pretty much any modern device that plays music or video will have Bluetooth - and will work with these headphones!

Just think about how cool this can be.

You could be on a plane, a passenger in a car, on a bus - you name it - just kicking back and watching a movie... With NO TANGLED WIRES between you and the device!

Of course, works great for music too - just play your favorite music (or stream) through your tablet and listen with these earbuds.

Also great if you’re playing games - let’s face it - you like the sound but no one around you wants to hear it. With wireless earbuds it’s easy!

You are gonna totally LOVE this - cue up your favorite tunes and just stick your player in your pocket, backpack, or purse!

No wires coming up short, getting tangled up, and catching on everything!

By the way - This is AMAZING for workouts!

Got a computer?

Think about this.


If your computer has Bluetooth (most laptops and many desktops less than 5~6 years old do), you could listen to your music or watch videos with NO WIRES between you and the computer - pretty sweet.

Smartphone users are REALLY going to love this too! Of course, it pumps any sound from your phone to your earbuds, so you can enjoy music, play games, watch videos, whatever - you’re covered. But there’s so much more...

When a call comes, everything pauses and you’ll hear the caller right in the headphones. When you speak, the mic will pick up your voice and send it back to the caller with crystal clear clarity!

SWEET!!

Of course, all these amazing capabilities are useless if they don’t sound great, right?

No worries - that’s the first thing I tested when I received our sample. I expected they would be OK, but I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised when those tunes started floating to my ears - these sound like they should cost a LOT more than they do. Just amazing sound - even my picky daughter was blown away (and it took a bit of doing to get them back from her).

Oh, almost forgot - YES these are REALLY comfortable! They slip right into your ears and around your neck. In fact, you’ll forget you have them on after a few minutes.

Plus, they are totally rechargeable so you’ll never have to buy batteries!
(These just keep getting better, don’t they?)

WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR IN A SET OF EARBUDS? And you can have them for just $12.97!!!

That is one killer deal! Click the link below to order yours today!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10807




 

Monthly Wallpaper

February Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for February is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Sable Falls in Winter


Dancing Reddish Egret


Star Trails Over Golden Canyon

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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