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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-08-29

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In The News 08-29-14

Mom Invents App That Stops Kids From Ignoring Calls

One Mom was so fed up with kids ignoring her calls, she invented an app that allowed her to lock her teenagers’ phones if they ignored her calls.  The app, called Ignore No More allows you to have a special code that will shut down your child’s phone. The phone cannot make or receive calls or texts with the exception of calling the parent or 9-1-1.

Once the child has called home, the parent can choose to unlock the phone. The app costs $1.99 in the Google Play Store.

Delaware Allows Relatives To Inherit Social Media Accounts

The State of Delaware now allows heirs to take over social media, email accounts and devices with a loved one passes away. The law is called the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Many social media accounts already have plans in place for closing or continuing accounts in the event of death, such as the Facebook policy outlined in this article.

A group of legal experts is also currently working to standardize the laws across the country as to what happens to your digital assets after you die.


Ballmer Says Goodbye To Microsoft

Steve Ballmer has given up his seat on the Microsoft board of directors. He retried from his position of CEO earlier this year after catching a lot of flack for what many perceived as the bungled launch of Windows 8.

Ballmer spent 34 years at the tech giant and in his resignation letter called it his life’s work and said the company will need to work towards increasing paying business subscriptions, ad revenue and hardware profits to stay competitive in a mobile-first world.

Ballmer won’t be hurting for things to do. He recently paid $2 billion to buy the L.A. clippers basketball team.

 ~ Cynthia

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Ever have this happen before?

"What'd the doc say?"

"He told me I need to... uhh... he said the muscle will heal as long as I... dangit, I don't remember."


And sometimes that information is CRUCIAL!

We use glasses to supplement our vision, we use hearing aids to hear better... why aren't ya using a recorder to help remember stuff?!

Oh right, because most of them are way too EXPENSIVE!

You used to have two options:

You could go with a $70 recorder to give you real audio quality, or you could go with an $5 piece of junk that's so bad you can't even understand the recorded audio.

We managed to hunt down an incredible voice recorder!

Oh, and it's CRAZY inexpensive!

Pretty sweet, huh?

Record Now, Listen Later!

The WORST part of standard recorders is they don't actually "save" anything. They just hold onto it until you record over it.

Not only does that mean you can upload it to your PC or laptop to store forever - it means you can "organize" your recordings.

It stores files just like a flash drive would, so when you plug it into your computer the files pop up immediately and you can listen, transfer them to your computer, or save them for later!

Yep! You won't get stuck "surfing" through one continuous recording to find the specific part you need!

Turn it on, it starts, turn it off, it stops and saves that whole "part" to one file. Turn it back on right after and it's recording in a separate audio file!

It was already gonna save you tons of stress, but now it's gonna save you TONS OF TIME!

(Not that we're encouraging it, but this is even perfect for more... "discrete recording." Now you can finally catch your Aunt Lily tellin' one of her inappropriate jokes with PROOF!)

Yeah, those dinky tape recorders can't do that!

You could turn this on, set it down ALL DAY and it'll record the WHOLE thing!

If you tried that with a regular tape recorder? You'd get maybe 2 hours before you ran outta space & then the batteries would die out and you'd have to replace those too!

Use this recorder for WEEKS without needing to recharge or make space! When you need to remember your groceries real quick, when you take a trip to the doctor's, then when you're at a meeting at work.

Steve Lays The Price SMACKDOWN!

Recorders at this quality would cost you upwards of $60

I did a quick search for 2GB voice recorders and this was the first thing that popped up:

Why pay double the price for the same high-quality audio you can get from this discrete rechargeable recorder?

For a limited time only, we've got these for just $21.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!

Click the link below!

This price is ONLY going to stay so long as our supplier lets us get them as the crazy low price we did - so next time you see these they might not be at such a bargain!


Computers 101

Are You Spreading Lies Online?

Rumors, false acusations and urban legends are nothing new. But in the age of social media, they can spread like a wildfire.

After Robin Williams’ suicide, you may have seen the post below pop up in your social media feeds.

No such video exists, but it’s not what you think of as a virus, either. This is an example of a click-bait scam. When you follow the link, you’re asked to share the video and complete a survey in order to view the video. But even after you do that, you can’t see the video, because no such video exists.  Several people I know fell for this.

Another example is from a site called Empire News. This story was making the rounds after NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a competitor who ran out onto the track in the middle of a race.

Click this link  and you’ll find a totally false, but somewhat believable story saying that Stewart is not not only retiring from driving, but selling his race team.  Why lie? Because it draws you to their website and boosts their web traffic, enabling them to sell advertising.  Other stories on this site include Wal-Mart charging customers to check out, a 10-year-old receiving breast implants and a waitress hitting a toddler with a plate...

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On The Move

Google Planning To Offer Kid Accounts

Reports say that Google is planning to offer special accounts for users under the age of 13. Right now,  pre-teens aren’t supposed to be able to open YouTube or Gmail accounts, but lots of them do by lying about their age, just as many youngsters under 13 sign up for Facebook accounts. Sometimes they sneak, other times they do it with their parents’ full knowledge.

Google is trying to come up with a special account that parents would set up for kids. That would leave the adults in charge of which Google products kids can partake of.

Those who worry about privacy wonder what this means for kids’ information, though the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act limits what type of information companies can collect about kids. Companies cannot collect any information on kids without their parents’ permission.  But there are worries that people will just accept the terms of services for these accounts without reading what types of permissions come along with them.

It’s expected that the account would have a dashboard that allowed parents to keep control of their activities and include a kid-friendly version of YouTube, limited to programming suitable for kids, as well as a kid-safe search engine.

Head on over to WorldStart to learn more!


From The Archives

Ron from IL writes: 

Why not just reinstall from the “D” drive for Vista or Win 7. The “D” drive has a copy of the system as it existed when it came from the factory – doesn’t it? 

I did not get any set up disks when I purchased my HP with Win 7 on it a year ago. I was told that the vendors now use the “D” in place of disks.

Hi, Ron.  I agree… why not?  It’s probably the easiest way to do it, and the vendors who told you that computer manufacturers are now using a partition, called a “restore partition” on your hard drive to restore now rather than optical discs are correct.  Probably the most important reason for this (from the manufacturer’s point of view) is that it costs less to use a restore partition than it does to manufacture optical discs.  The reason that it’s good for us as computer users is because we frequently lose our restore discs.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but the only way that I’ve really been able to keep track of them is when HP produced a PC that had a storage area for them on the computer case itself.

Here’s how you restore from a restore partition. Be sure to back your computer up before you do this.  Odds are that you’ll be able to do what’s called a “non-destructive” restore that will allow you to keep all of your files intact, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

You’ll want to check and make sure that your computer includes a restore partition.  All HPs and Dells manufactured within about the past five years or so include them, as do most other computers these days.  You do this by clicking START and then COMPUTER.  What you’re looking for is labeled “restore” or “recovery”.

Next, click START and then enter “recovery” into the search box.  Click on RECOVERY MANAGER.

When you run the recovery manager, you’ll see a screen that looks something like the following.  This is an HP screen, so if your machine is a different manufacturer, it may look different, but the options should be virtually identical.

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Amanda's Coolsite

I Know Where Your Cat Lives

One of the long running jokes on the internet is that it was created so we could look at cute cat pictures and videos.  Now Owen Mundy has created a site that takes the pictures of those cats posted on the internet to create a data experiment. The goal is to show a million pictures of cats on a world map and situate them by latitude and longitude.

To learn more about the project head over to the About page. I suggest watching the video and then scrolling down and reading the FAQ. The idea behind this site is to share adorable cats, but also to paint decreasing privacy with a broad stroke that makes it obvious how much privacy on the net is decreasing. It’s important to note that these are all publicly shared photographs.  So you can protect your data, in fact, it’s imperative that you are at least aware of what your agreeing to when you read privacy policies, and that you might want to set permissions on who can see your content (I’m thinking of social networks and photo sharing websites).

On the main page, you get a map full of cat pictures! There are tons of awesome cat pictures on the site, and most of them are seriously adorable like this cat from Berlin.  Using the map is easy. You can either just keep clicking the blue Random Cat button at the top of the page. Or you can interact with the map with the zoom tools on the left side of the page. 

I thought it was really interesting to zoom out till all you can see are the continents themselves because I wanted to see how many images came from each one. Then scroll in on the continent you want to view, down to the next level and see the numbers by country. After that I picked the location I wanted to explore and zoomed in till I had cat pictures again. 

This is a really interesting experiment!  I hope you’ll check it out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal


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You Know What's Just Foolish?

Using paper towels to clean or dust your electronics! You'll use one on your computer monitor, then one on your television screen. Later on, you'll use one on your cell phone screen and to clean off your iPod. This creates a couple of HUGE problems...

To start with, you're not doing your expensive electronics any favors.

This TOTALLY defeats the purpose - why even clean 'em, if you're just going to ruin 'em?

It's also VERY WASTEFUL! Paper towels aren't really expensive, but they are when you constantly have to buy them because you're wasting them. Ready to put an end to that madness?

You Need the Miracle Monitor Cloth -

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Seriously, for less than $2, you can get a cloth that was actually meant for cleaning off your electronics!

And you'll never have to worry about replacing it, either - it's woven strong and it'll NEVER wear out!


It's the ANTI-DIRTY: Lint & Static Free!

Some materials attract the worst - it's like dirt, dust and lint are magnetized to them. And really, they are due to the static electricity they create! All you're doing with those are wiping dust right back onto what you're trying to clean off. Talk about counter-productive!

BUT NOT THIS ONE! The material is actually anti-static and will not attract lint or dust - it'll just eliminate it from your electronics for a clear, clean finish!

Again, inferior cloths are coated in some chemical that stays on no matter what you do. What is thIS mystery chemical? Who knows...but it couldn't be good for you, or your devices.

This cloth is 100% FREE of any chemicals or solvents, so it won't leave some greasy, streaky residue. Use it once, and you'll see: it's the BEST cleaning cloth EVER!

And It's REALLY Cheap!

That's right - for today and today only, you can get the Miracle Monitor Cleaning Cloth for just $1.97!

Actually, make that for TWO of them! Because it's BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Wow - that's a sweet deal!

PS: This amazing price is ONLY good for a limited time! The same product will cost you $8.97 Saturday,so don't wait - get it NOW!



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August Wallpaper

The featured desktop wallpaper for August is ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from!

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Cub In A Tree

I found this little guy as I was driving through Cade’s Cove in the Smoky Mountains early one morning. I saw him at a distance and decided to walk up a little and investigate. I grabbed the gear (my longest lens setup), and slowly made my way towards his position. Mom was…(More)

Angel Wings

This was just one of several keepers from a furious 45 minute session just before sunset. The light was absolutely perfect, and after observing where all the birds seemed to be congregating, I positioned myself so I could get some backlit wings as they came in. Now, I’d love to say that...(More)

Split Rock Moonrise

This photograph almost didn’t happen! The day this was created was the day after the full moon, with moonrise coinciding with sunset pretty closely. I knew from checking my compass that the moon would be in a good location, but you can imagine my disappointment when I saw that huge bank of clouds along the horizon. We were literally packing it in and calling it a night when...(More)

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PS - I also want to thank all the people who helped support the wallpaper with a voluntary contribution over the last few months. Your support helps to keep the wallpaper comin' every month! THANK YOU!



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