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WorldStart Tech Tips 2015-05-07

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Quick Tip

Why Won't Your Tip Work On My PC?

Sometimes not every tip works for everyone.  That happened to Lamar who wrote:

Why is it that sometimes when I try the tips you make, such as ‘The Best-Kept Secret Of Windows‘ for 04/13/2015, they don’t work? I followed the simple instructions on my 8.1 system and the search screen came up blank.

I’ve discussed before how there are several different versions of Windows 7 and of Windows 8.   That can sometimes make instructions work differently. In this case when you search Steps Recorder, it should turn up in the results. I just did it again now to test it out on my Windows 8.1  PC. There could be an issue with your search function.

You might also try search Record Steps To Produce A Problem.  Or go to your File Explorer and search for Steps Recorder on This PC.


Or you can go to All Apps and look for Steps Recorder there.


Hope one of these help.

~ Cynthia

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Whether you're on the computer daily, hourly, or all night... the LAST thing you want to be fighting with is a spotty, "dragging its feet" wireless Internet connection!

E-mails taking forever to load, videos buffering for 10 minutes, and your kids sent you a great vacation photo... but it refuses to download!


You've tried everything! You reset the router, you unplug the modem and plug it back in, you've even called out your ISP to check on the issue!

Guess what?

The solution is WAY simpler than you thought!

You need a LAN adapter that's not holding you back!

See, no matter what kind of Internet you pay for, if your LAN adapter isn't up to par, it's costing you speed and stability! All of the data has to go through there, and poor adapter performance is notorious for being the bottleneck ruining your online experience!

If you never updated your wireless, you're living in the PAST!

Wireless-G is what used to be the standard... so if your laptop or PC is on the older side, you've got a DECADE old adapter trying to handle modern Internet!

This will make a HUGE impact and improve your quality! If you're replacing an older adapter, you're going to INSTANTLY tell the difference!

Not only can it handle ANY home network...

Not only does it setup in SECONDS by simply plugging into a USB port...

Not only will it increase your speeds...


So you get all the benefits of increased coverage without having a GIGANTIC antenna sticking out!

That room you WANTED to use your laptop in, but the Internet always dropped the moment you walked in?

Or maybe your basement/upstairs that never could even FIND the WiFi before?

Now you CAN! And you don't have to have a gigantic antenna sticking out to do it!

You can use this Comtrend adapter anywhere and you won't have to worry!

Talk about being travel-friendly!

It's an eyesore, it blocks other devices, and honestly it puts them at big risk for getting snapped off!

(Once you snap a USB device out of the port... you're going to lose the port too!)

Despite it's mini design, it's still PACKED with power, especially with the internal antenna!

To test it out, we hooked it up to one of the computers in the office that's furthest away from the router!

I went from having a moderate connection to a strong one instantly!

And it STAYED there! No more drops, no more loading errors!

"Hey Steve, what about security?"

Of course! I would NEVER recommend any wireless network device that wasn't secure!

This thing comes with all the standards:

  • WPA
  • WPA2
  • 64-bit WEP
  • And 128-bit WEP!

That means you can do anything from logging into e-mails, to online shopping, to even online banking and you don't have to worry about a thing!

One WICKED Price!

Okay, so get get this...

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, I'm selling this monster LAN adapter for just $12.97!

That's cheaper than we usually have wireless adapters that only go to 150 Mbps!

So yeah, this is a deal you do NOT want to miss. Make sure to grab one before they're gone, because you KNOW they're gonna be gone soon!

If these sell out, the sale is OVER! Even if there's a few left, Friday they go back to $19.97 so don't delay!


Computers 101

Take Control Of Your Google Privacy

Google is known for keep a whole lot of data about its users.There are simple steps you can take to manage what information Google stores about you. To manage this, you’ll need to be logged into a Google account.  Click here to go to your account history.

Here you can decide what information Google will retain.


Your first option is for searches and browsing activity.  Click the little blue button to pause it. If you use Google Now, you’ll still get cards based on Chrome activity. If you don’t want these, you’ll have to switch that off separately by clicking on Turn these cards off.


A pop-up window will open. You’ll need to confirm that you really want to pause.


The button will turn gray and say “paused.”


You can also pause Location History. Google creates a map of where you go with your logged in devices in order to help you with map searches and things like commuter routes. There’s also an option to pause information like contacts, calendars and app data across all of your devices on Google.


There’s also an option to pause your video search history on YouTube.


When you take this step, you may notice that searches aren’t turning up results that are relevant to you.  That’s because Google does use your date to try to tailor the search experience to your needs. If you search “Gino’s Pizza,” Google uses the location data to find a restaurant with that name near where you’re located and not one halfway across the country.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Android: Are Your Apps Hogging Power & Data?

In a comment on our article about how some free apps drain your battery power, Nick asked: How about doing a series of stories on the free apps that use the most battery power, interrupt you the most often, interrupt you for the longest periods, hog the most resources, send your personal data out to other advertisers, modify your computer’s settings.

That task could prove difficult for a small company. Downloading a hundred different apps to compare would take a lot of time, effort and more manpower than we could muster. But it’s pretty easy for you to find out which apps are taking up the most resources on your device.

On an Android phone or tablet choose settings.


Then look for the Data usage icon and tap it.  On my phone it is Settings under Connections.


Scroll down to a list of apps that use data and how much they use.


You can tap the icon for the app to see...

Click here to find out how to tell which apps are hogging data and battery power on your phone.


From The Archives

Tom asks,

You requested that I send you a photograph of the activation code for my software and I’d like to know how to take a file  and attach it to my email. My kids tell me to attach something to email, but never have the patience to show me how. Please help!

Hi Tom,

You are not alone in not knowing how to do this. We probably get this question most often when a customer has trouble activating one of our software programs and we need an actual image of the code in order to troubleshoot. So let’s start with a rundown of what you can do to get a picture of the activation code.

First, if you have a scanner, you can simply scan the activation code in and save it to your computer. I’d suggest saving to the desktop, or moving it there after you scan, so that you can easily find the file. I can’t give step by step directions on scanning, as each scanner does it differently, but hopefully you have instructions that came with the scanner.

You could also take a digital picture, using a digital camera or a cell phone. If you don’t have one, someone you know probably does! Once you take the picture, just hook your phone or camera into the computer, usually using a USB cord, and again, save the picture to the desktop. You can usually find your device listed under Computer, then Drives and Devices. Navigate to the image files, then drag the correct image to the desktop.

Once you have saved the file, you can then open up your email program. Basically, while they may look different, the idea is the same on attaching a file to any email. Once you hit compose, you see a toolbar on the screen, either at the top or bottom. One of the icons on the toolbar will look something like a paperclip.

This is a screenshot from a Yahoo account, but any email account will look similar. You can click the paperclip and it will likely open up a...

Click here to learn how attach a photo to an e-mail.


Today's Feature

YouBeam - Web Video Streaming In The Palm Of Your Hand


Big things come in little packages with YouBeam, a handy, free  web browser device that connects to televisions and connects to the web providing exclusive paid service ($7.99 a month) through a unique video search engine/browser. This 9-ounce wonder acts like a media center and works to get people to cut their cable service and instead stream content from the Web to their televisions. You Beam has a handy handheld size, simple hardware setup, and blocks viruses, adware, spyware and those annoying pop-up ads.

The new YouBeam gadget puts the power of movies, sports, TV shows, international TV channels, and other video content directly in the palm of your hand at up to 1080p HD from the Web to multiple TVs in a home. YouBeam searches and locates free movies and TV shows on the Web – and strips all viruses, malware, etc. from them. Minimum Requirements: Windows 7 or 8, Internet Connection with at least 1 mb/sec download, TV with HDMI input, Wifi.


The surprisingly small package includes the main piece (Inateck BTSP-10), a micro USB changing cable, a 3.5 mm audio cable, user manual, and handy carrying bag.


The YouBeam hardware piece contains a...

Click here to learn more about YouBeam.

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Amanda's Coolsite


This free site teaches you to step by step how to code by creating real-life start-up projects.

When you arrive at the site you’re introduced to the founder of site, Leo Trieu. You’ll also find featured content like the latest projects, popular projects, and things that are coming soon.

To create a free account, just click the Create Free Account button at the top of the page, and fill out the registration form. You can also sign in with Facebook, GitHub, and Google.

I used Facebook like always and found myself automatically logged in after connecting. The next thing I did is click Projects. There are four listed: Project Zero, Project Ninja, Project Hero-Newbies, and Project Hero Pro. The first three are free courses that you can use to learn to code like a champ!

To start the project, click the Take this Project button. It will add it to the My Projects page (you can get there anytime by clicking your username and selecting My Projects) and then you’ll click start. Each project page offers you an About section, Videos, and Discussion. To start learning click on the video tab. The videos show you how long they run, and have the option to change the play speed (0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.50x, and 2x).  

I think this site is exceptionally helpful and practical if you’re thinking about creating a start up. It also offers lots of valuable coding information that you can apply to other things as well. Go check it out today!


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One More Big Deal


This may be my very favorite product that we offer! I buy them by the dozen. You'll find one in every desk drawer and in the purse or pocket of everyone in my house. We love them! Plus we hear the same thing from you!  Why are these 3 in 1 pens so popular? Just check them out!

Pen, Stylus and Flashlight... COMBINED!

Have you ever been sitting there, fighting with your phone, just trying to dial in the right numbers? But the touchscreen buttons are too small, your fingers are too big, or the phone just seems not to want to listen to you?

Or maybe you noticed that after just a couple uses, your touchscreen device is COVERED from top to bottom in nasty smudges that look awful and get your screen blurry!

Oh, and scratches? Those are PERMANENT DAMAGE!

And how many times have you been out-and-about, ready to write a check, note, sign something... only to realize YOU HAVE NO PEN! It's infuriating!

Let's not forget how often you're DYING to find a flashlight, too! Whenever you need one, they all seem to disappear!



It's a capactive touchscreen stylus , plus a smooth and precise pen!

And to top it all off, there's an LED light built right in! SWEET!

If you've never used a stylus on your touchscreen device... you're in for a HUGE TREAT!

All those times you couldn't quite hit the right button, couldn't get your phone to "feel right", or were just fed up with all the oily smudges all over... NO MORE! They are PROBLEMS OF THE PAST!

And if you're gonna carry a stylus around... why not make it a pen too?

All of your writing needs = fully covered!

The stylus end is covered in a rubber-tip which glides smoothly across your touchscreen! And because of its soft-rubber texture, it won't risk scratching your screen!

No smudges? No scratches? FINALLY!

Lightweight Design - Yep! This thing is light as a feather (but still feels solid as stone in your grip) for the perfect touch! Whether you're writing on paper or on your phone... you're gonna LOVE this!

That grip is comfy as a pillow, too!

There's a lot of stylus designs out there... but none of them come CLOSE to this! Not only does it FEEL like a real pen... IT IS ONE!

And to top it all off... if you buy one during this INCREDIBLE limited-time deal... YOU GET ONE FREE!


I know it sounds insane (and maybe it is!) These crazy stylus-and-pen-all-in-one are only $4.97 and if you BUY ONE, YOU GET A SECOND FREE!

Grab 'em here!

Click here to add one or a dozen to your cart right now!

PS - These are a special offer for a short time only! Grab yours QUICK before they're all gone! And Friday  the price goes up to $8.97!!


Monthly Wallpaper

May Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for May is all set and ready to go. Due to some car trouble I was stranded for a few days and I didn't have time to get any new wallpaper ready. However, I did find some images that just seemed to scream "Spring!" - and I've featured them below.

And remember, there are hundreds of images to choose from on the site!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Springtime Iris

This cool little Iris was photographed right in my backyard. Hmm, that’s not very exciting, let me see if I can liven it up a bit for ya! So, I see this little Iris off in the distance and I knew despite the danger it could make for a sweet photo. I gather my gear and with my heart pounding in my chest I begin the relentless 10 foot hike over to its location. It was a tough trek – the cement and freshly cut grass under my feet a constant reminder that any little mistake could be my last. I setup carefully, my…(More)

Eye To Eye With A Frog

Sometimes, the best shots are close to home. I created this photo at a local park that’s only a few minutes from my house. 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...(More)

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 under the tree didn’t seem the least bit concerned about my presence. Still, the ‘ole heart was beating pretty fast as I...(More)

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