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In The News 02-05-2016

Safari Users Bugged By Crashes

Folks using the Safari browser are reporting that it keeps crashing when they try to search from the address bar using their iPhones or Macs.

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The problem has been reported by users in several countries, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting everyone. Right now, users say they were able to fix it by disabling Smart Search features in the browsers and then clearing out the browser history.

Firefox Will Brings Notifications To Your Browser

Chalk this one up to the convergence of mobile and desktop platforms. The Firefox browser will now push social media and e-mail notifications directly to the browser without the need to open the site for Facebook or your e-mail in another tab. Much the same way your phone offers notifications, even if the app isn’t open.

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You won’t have to worry about unwanted updates.  Websites will need your permission to start pushing the notifications.

Football Fans Blame Surface For Loss

It seems many football fans think that the Microsoft Surface 3 tablets used by the NFL are to blame for the Patriots failing to make it to the Super Bowl.

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Commentator on the game broadcast told the audience that the tablet failed just as the team was using it to make a crucial last-minute decision. But Microsoft defended their tablets, saying that there’s not been a single Surface tablet failure in the two years the tablets have been used on the NFL sidelines. They say that the WiFi went down in the stadium and the NFL backed them up issuing a statement saying that a network cable malfunctioned.

The NFL went out of its way to say that Surface tablets were not part of the problem. I’m sure that has nothing to do with the huge amount of money Microsoft pays the NFL to be the official tablet.

I’m also sure many of you would like to point out that there’s never been a reported case of paper notebook failure on the sidelines.

~ Cynthia

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Monthly Wallpaper

February Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for February is all set and ready to go. 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

Every now and then it happens. You get a good snowfall before the water freezes. It doesn’t happen every year – heck sometimes it’s two or three years between windows, but WOW – when it hits, it’s sweeeeeeeetttt! This photo was taken…(More)

Eye To Eye With A Frog

For those who would like to "Think Spring" I decided to include this guy. This was captured by getting in the muck with the frog and lowering the tripod low enough to go eye to eye with my little buddy here. It’s very time consuming, since one wrong move and the frog is gone. I had to s-l-o-w-l-e-y maneuver the tripod and camera into place, all the while, sort of...(More)

Coyote In A Snowstorm

We were about done one late fall day in Yellowstone National Park and decided to head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. Ahh, but there’s still a hint of light left, it’s snowing, and there’s that little dirt road…. We gotta take a look! Sure enough...(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!


Announcements

Say there's a break-in at your house while you're out. You come home and call the cops, but the crooks are long gone.

They almost NEVER find out who did it! It’s INFURIATING!

Or someone is breaking into cars or stealing lawnmowers in your neighborhood.

You could spend a fortune to have an pricey video security system installed. But not only is it expensive, it means a whole bunch of wiring and guys tearing into your walls!

What if I told you that you DON’T NEED TO DO THAT? What if I said that you can have ONE camera that you can MOVE anywhere you want and watch your house DAY OR NIGHT! Watch your loved ones, your pets, or even your car all with your smartphone or tablet? Well, I'm telling you, you CAN…

YES!!! YOU CAN HAVE ALL THAT!

I used to have one of those cameras that you can order with your alarm system. I spent well over $100 on this thing. So I thought that I had a pretty good camera… I had set it up (wires and all) to watch my front door. But two days after getting it someone broke into my garage. So I tried to move it so the camera faced the garage. Do you know how hard it is to move something that is WIRED into your house??? Yeah, it’s pretty hard!

With this camera you don’t have to fool around with any of that!

With no wires to move you just pick this guy up and MOVE IT! The camera connects to your WiFi. Than BOOM you’ve got yourself totally portable and totally accessible surveillance whenever and where ever you want!

So, you wanna watch the kids play in the yard – EASY, just put this in the window and you’ll be able to pull up the video on your tablet or smart phone or PC. Wanna watch your great Aunt Nancy just to make sure she's okay? DO THE SAME THING!

Paying someone to babysit your toddler or look after an elderly relative? You owe it to your family to check in and make sure they're okay. You can record everything!

Worried about your pets home alone?  Or just a little concerned as to what the teens are up to after school? Just log in and take a look.

Not only can you see what is going on day or NIGHT - YOU can also LISTEN! Just image how convenient that is!

Oh, and did we mention that this guy has...

so no matter what time of day (or night) you can always know what is happening! The night vision works up to 15 feet away from the camera! So think about it... Most crimes are committed at night, right? Well, this guy can help keep you protected!

And with the Uniden AppCam, not only are you NOT TIED  to some contract to pay big bucks every month to run the camera, you also have FULL control over the camera as well. So you can record your videos onto an SD card to check later.  Or use the motion detector (so it records when someone walks by) and get e-mail alerts when something triggers the camera! 

For just $29.97 you can have the freedom of home monitoring on your terms!

CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND ORDER YOURS TODAY!!!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10732

Seriously, I wasn't joking about the limited supply thing... I was only able to get a few of these bad boys, so once they are gone - they are gone! 




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Computers 101

Rotate Desktop Image

E. C. from Philadelphia is having an issue with his dekstop appearance. He writes: “I CAN’T ROTATE MY DESKTOP PHOTO. I FOUND OUT HOW TO ROTATE IT IN MY PICTURES AND ON MY FACEBOOK. BUT I POSTED IT ON MY DESKTOP BEFORE I FOUND OUT HOW TO ROTATE. CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE ?”

I’ll be happy to, EC.

You didn’t mention which OS you’re using, but the process if pretty similar for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

First let’s start with the basics of applying a picture as your desktop photo.  Start by right-clicking on the desktop, and then clicking on PERSONALIZE.

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This will open up your personalization window.  Here you can change your background, color, sound and screen saver.  Click on BACKGROUND.

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Here you can decide what pictures to show, how they’ll fill your screen, and how often it changes the picture.

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 Since the Windows default for the background is a slideshow, you’ll notice that all of the pictures in the selection window are checked.  To select just one picture, click CLEAR ALL at the top, then check the box next to the picture that you want from your directory.

Now for the bad news.  There’s no way to rotate the picture within the desktop chooser.  The good news is that there’s an easy way to rotate the picture in your directory, so that when you choose it will be rotated correctly. 

First, click on the DOCUMENTS icon on your desktop.

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Open the directory that you want.  If WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER isn’t your default for opening pictures, then right-click, hover over OPEN WITH and choose WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER.

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Once it opens, you’ll see your picture options at the bottom of the screen.  Two of these are looping arrows, one to the left and one to the right.  This will rotate your image ninety degrees to the left or the right.

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 Once you close the photo viewer, it will save your picture with the new orientation.  Then, when you select the image in your background chooser, it will have the correct orientation.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer

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On The Move

Smart TV To Your Router: Step-By-Step

In part 1 of this article, Joanne wanted to know if she could connect her SmartTV to her home router.  Yesterday, I explained how the process worked. Today, I’ll walk you through it step-by-step.

When you are first setting up a smart TV, you should connect it to a wireless network to gain all the benefits of owning one. Usually, there are menus on the TV that will assist you with set up. My television happens to also be a Samsung, so the menus may be similar to what you see, but also could be completely different. I started by pressing the Menu key on my TV remote. This brought up a menu with various options, one being Network. I navigated down to this and found the following menu.

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Under Network Settings, it will ask you to set up your wireless using the build in LAN adapter. Then, it will search for your router. This is where you will need to know the SSID that your router is using. If your wireless comes from your Internet provider, this was determined and configured when the router was installed. The SSID may even be listed on the bottom of the router, or been on a card given to you at the time of installation, if you never changed from the default settings. If it is provided by your Internet provider, you may be able to call them to find that information. If you set up (or someone else helped you set up) your own wireless, then whoever set it up needed to record this information. As you can see, my search brought up a list of various routers the TV found nearby.

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Choose the network you want to connect to, and you will be asked to enter the security key, which I imagine is what you are calling the pin. This is the password for the network, or in other words, your router.  Again, if you have never changed the settings on your network, this will also be listed on that sticker or card, or known by whoever set up your wireless. If you’re not sure you know that password/pin, it’s the same one you use to connect all your devices to the wireless network that you use, such as your laptop, phone or tablet.

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Once you correctly enter that pin/key, your TV will confirm that you are connected to the network. Once you’ve done this once, the TV will automatically use that network from then on.

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If you or no one else knows that password/pin, and you really want that TV on your wireless, then you may want to log into your...

Click here for more on our step-by-step tutorial.

 

From The Archives

Secure Outlook.com

Most security experts say that simply securing your e-mail account with a username and password is not enough. They say you should turn on 2-factor authentication whenever possible. That simply means that instead of authenticating your account with one piece of information like a password, you need two pieces of information to log on.  I’ve covered how to do this in Gmail and Yahoo! mail in previous articles. Let’s take a look at how to set it up in Outlook.com

Go to your Outlook.com inbox, click the gear icon in the upper-right and choose options.

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Under Options, choose Managing your account and then Account details,

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Choose Security & privacy at the top and then More security settings under Account security.

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Scroll down to Two-step verification and click Set-up two-step verification.

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You’ll see a quick overview of the...

Click here to learn how to set up two-factor authentication.

 

Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

Confused

A guy took his girlfriend to her first football game. Afterward, he asked her how she liked the game.

“I liked it, but I couldn’t understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents,” she said.

“What do you mean?” he asked.

“Well, everyone kept yelling, ‘Get the quarter back!'”

 

Help Wanted Ads Translated

Energetic self-starter: You'll be working on commission

Entry level position: Minimum wage. Or less, if we can
get away with it

Experience required: Our staff doesn't know the first
thing about any of this

Fast learner: No training

Flexible work hours: Lots and lots of mandatory overtime

Good organizational skills: File clerk

Make an investment in your future: Pyramid scheme

Management training position: Sales position. Expect to
travel. A lot.

Much client contact: Cold calling

Must have reliable transportation: breaking speed limits
is mandatory

Must be able to lift 50 pounds: No health insurance

Opportunity of a lifetime: You will not find a lower
salary for so much work

Planning and coordination: You book the bosses' travel
arrangements

Problem solver: Project is months behind schedule already

Strong communication skills: Writing documentation, or
"boiler room" call center. Or both.

New Phone

This one is for Star Trek fans:

Daily Thoughts

"I believe that a bad Super Bowl halftime show is still better than a soccer game."                                                                                                                                    ~ Ron White
 
 

"I remember my dad asking me one time, and it's something that has always stuck with me: 'Why not you, Russ?' You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl?"
~ Russell Wilson

 

"It's ridiculous for a country to get all worked up about a game—except the Super Bowl, of course. Now that's important."                                                              ~Andy Rooney

 

Amanda's Coolsite

Findie

Welcome to Findie! This site provides you amazing high quality videos from all over the world.

When you arrive at the site you can start by clicking Explore More to dive right into the videos. That makes the welcome pop-up go away so you can navigate the main page.

You’ll find the options Magazine, Recommended, Watch Later, and Favorites along the top of the page. Right now all you can access is Magazine (the main page) because the other options are personalized to you and require you to register for a free account.

As you scroll down the page, you’ll find a number of featured videos you can watch. I’d like to call to your attention the top left corner of these videos because there is displayed helpful information about the video. You’ll find the run time, genre, and rating there.  In the bottom left corner you’ll find the Title, and a brief synopsis of the video.

All you have to do to play a video is click on it.

If you decide that you’d like to use the personalization features, it is easy to register for a free account. Just click the red Sign Up button at the top of the page.  You can register with your e-mail address or connect via social media with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo.

If you like to watch video or short films, you should go check this site out today!

https://www.findie.me/

~Amanda

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Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

From my iPhone to my tablet to my rechargeable speakers, I LOVE all of my gadgets. But how annoying is it to have all the outlets in your house taken over by stupid charging ports and cables? Pretty darn annoying! It turns into a tangled mess. Your outlets look like there should be a great, big warning sign flashing "Electrocution Danger Zone!" And forget about plugging in your vacuum, because there ain't any open plugs.

Or maybe you want to use a flash drive in your PC. Now you have to unplug your phone and your tablet because they're charging in the ports.

Super-easy and convenient charger lets you charge up to 6 devices at once, with JUST ONE outlet! All you do is plug the 6-port charger into a single outlet and plug your devices into one of 6 USB ports!

Oh, and don’t worry about over-charging! This guy has automatic identification for your device's charging needs! That means you can charge up your USB-powered flashlight,   tablet, and cell phone with no need to worry that you'll fry ‘em!

So no more guessing if your electronics are getting the proper amps to charge! The LCD display will tell you everything you need to know!

Anything you plug in with a USB cord you can plug into this guy!

Even though it charges up to 6 devices, this thing is COMPLETELY PORTABLE! The compact size lets you take it anywhere!

Now, you can designate one spot in your home where all your devices can charge. This is so much smarter than charging two in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one in your bedroom – You’ll have it all in one simple, safe spot! No more searching for your phone or tablet!  I've got a designated shelf at my house now and every night I check to make sure everyone has their devices plugged in before bed. So no more kids not answering my call because they let their phone die overnight.

These guys are so popular that I had a heck of a time getting enough to sell. I had to strike a special deal with my supplier! I was only able to get a very limited amount of these at a super-low price!

For just $21.97 you can grab yours up today!

HURRY AND CLICK THE LINK BELOW!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10796

This amazing deal isn't gonna last very long!!! Make sure you grab yours before Saturday !!!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

February Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for February is all set and ready to go. 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

Every now and then it happens. You get a good snowfall before the water freezes. It doesn’t happen every year – heck sometimes it’s two or three years between windows, but WOW – when it hits, it’s sweeeeeeeetttt! This photo was taken…(More)

Eye To Eye With A Frog

For those who would like to "Think Spring" I decided to include this guy. This was captured by getting in the muck with the frog and lowering the tripod low enough to go eye to eye with my little buddy here. It’s very time consuming, since one wrong move and the frog is gone. I had to s-l-o-w-l-e-y maneuver the tripod and camera into place, all the while, sort of...(More)

Coyote In A Snowstorm

We were about done one late fall day in Yellowstone National Park and decided to head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. Ahh, but there’s still a hint of light left, it’s snowing, and there’s that little dirt road…. We gotta take a look! Sure enough...(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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