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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-11-21

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In The News 11-21-14

Companies Add Free Cloud Storage With Subscriptions

Subscribers To Microsoft’s Office 365 and Amazon’s Prime video and music streaming service are getting more storage space. Unlimited storage space, in fact. Microsoft is offering unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for Office 365 subscribers.


Amazon will now allow users to store unlimited photos in the cloud. Previously the unlimited storage only applied to photos taken with a Kindle Fire.

The storage boost from Office comes as the company makes mobile Office apps available for free. Previously, you needed an Office 365 subscription to edit and compose new documents with the apps. 

WireLurker Targets Apple Devices

A new malware threat called WireLurker is targeting Apple devices. The malware stays hidden until the device connects with a Mac computer and then hops onto the computer via the USB connection.


Apple says it has managed to neutralize the threat by blocking the infected apps. This bug got into iOS devices from third-party app stores and shows that Apple devices are vulnerable to malware threats just like Windows and Android operating systems.

Whether you are using Apple or Android devices, you’re much safer using the official app store for the device.

Showtime Adds Service For Cord Cutters.

Showtime is joining HBO by offering an Internet-only subscription for viewers without cable or satellite services.  Viewers who pay for the channel as part of a cable or satellite package can currently watch programming on line, but this is the first time the service has been offered to Internet only subscribers.

The service is expected to be available in 2015.

~ Cynthia

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You Know That Outlet...

Every home has one... it's the only remaining outlet, and you NEED to plug something in. But it's right behind the only place your couch fit (who DESIGNED these places?!) So now what?

You either pull out that couch a bit EVERY. TIME... or you pretend it doesn't exist and use an extension cord or a less convenient plug!


Wish there were a better way? THERE IS!

Just pop one of these guys on that outlet and now you've got 6 easy-to-use plugs!

So what makes THIS one so great?

Think about it...  outlets are all along the wall. Whenever you plug something in, the cord sticks STRAIGHT back into the room... now that's a tripping hazard. But even worse... if you have ANYTHING in front of the outlet...  you can't even USE it!

Plugs are a bulky, and it's SO ANNOYING to lose outlets just because you have furniture in front of them!

They're your outlets... use 'em!

And on top of that genius idea... it turns your standard two-outlets into a WHOPPING SIX!

You will NEVER find another outlet multiplier that's so low-profile! Every other one I've seen has been a BIG BULKY MESS!

And it'll feel so good knowing you finally have control over ALL the outlets in your home!

The Bottom Line

These are low-profile and low-cost while being highly convenient and highly efficient. You just won't find a better outlet multiplier anywhere!

And just how low-cost are they? You can get YOURS for just $6.97!!

We weren't able to get our hands on many of these... so make sure to grab yours before they're all gone! And the few that remain by Saturday will go back to $16.97!!


Computers 101

Speed Up Google Chrome - Part 2

In part one of this article, we introduced you to The Great Suspender, a free extension that can speed up browsing in Google Chrome. If you haven’t haven’t read part one yet, check it out to learn how this extension works and how to get it.

In part 2, we’ll look at some of its great features.

I already showed you how you can manually suspend tabs to speed up your browsing, but there’s a way of automating the process of suspending and unsuspending pages. Click on the Great Suspender icon again and this time select the button called Settings. Once you’re on the Settings page click on the second checkbox. This automatically unsuspends any tab you’re viewing.

Next, set the time it takes for a tab to suspend itself. Click on the dropdown menu that says “Never”. Chose a value that suits you, my preference is 15 minutes. From now on, any tab that you haven’t viewed for fifteen minutes will suspend itself and will stay that way until you bring it into focus again.


Now, the whitelist that I mentioned in part one becomes important. There might be tabs that you don’t want to suspend even if they are not in focus, YouTube comes to mind. To make sure this happens, enter the website’s address into the “Whitelist” form.

You can add the website yourself or you can have the extension do it for you. If you chose the former, type the websites address into the Whitelist form, make sure to have a whitespace before and after it, like this “ ”.


Be careful!  If the formatting is off even a bit, the tab will get suspended. Adding it through the extension is usually easier and safer. Do this by going to a page and suspending it –you have to do this because all pages now automatically reload when you’re viewing them. Clicking on the link that starts with “add” adds it to your whitelist. To remove it, go to Settings and delete the website address from the form.


On a final note, when a page is suspended, all form data is lost. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re drafting a lengthy reply to an email or filling out a registration form. Also any tab that was suspended when you closed Chrome will be suspended the next time you start it up. This has the added benefit of faster browser startups.

Have fun with your new and speedy Chrome browser!

~ Tiberius

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On The Move

Office Apps Now Free For Mobile

Microsoft is now making Office apps available for free across all platforms. That means that not only can you use Office, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote for free online at, you can also download them for your mobile devices.

Previously the mobile app was free, but if you wanted to be able to do anything more than read documents, you needed an Office 365 subscription, which costs $99 a year.

I’ve written before about how much I like Office for Android phones.

Touch-friendly Office for iPad has also received rave reviews from a lot of users. Microsoft is even going so far as to offer prorated refunds Office Mobile for iOS customers who subscribed to Office 365 just to be able to edit documents.  That refund is only good for Home and Personal subscriptions placed after March 27 and only activated on Apple devices...

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From The Archives

Paint 101: Hidden Tricks Stamp/Clone Tool

Paint – Microsoft’s free image program that comes with Windows- has a few tricks that Microsoft doesn’t want you to know about. Well, at least it seems that way because these functions aren’t on any of the tool menus. But I’m going to show you where they are. 

Now, we’ve already covered a lot of tips and tricks for using Paint in previous articles. If you haven’t read them yet, click here to learn about all that Paint can do for you.

We’ll start out assuming you already know how open or create an image in paint. If not, check out the previous tutorials mentioned above.  Now let’s learn a few tricks.

1. Stamp Tool

This trick allows you to take pixels from one part of the image and copy them somewhere else.  Let’s begin with an image I took of a country church on a visit to my hometown in Southern Ohio. I’ve opened this image in Paint.

What I’d like to do is remove the power lines in front of the church. First, we’ll zoom in on the image by selecting the magnifying glass icon from the menu at the top.

Then select the area where we wish to zoom in.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Crime Reports

I’ve been buried in research for possible Ph.D programs, and one of the categories I’m investigating is the crime rate of the area. In the course of my research I ran across this really handy site, and I thought I’d share it with you!

Crime Reports is a crime mapping site, which will immediately be obvious when you load the site because it’s a giant map! When you arrive it will be set to default to the US  & Canada map, but you can switch it to the UK map by clicking the Switch to UK link at the top of the page. 

To get started you can either use your mouse to zoom in and out of the map, to be able to see all the locations possible, or you can type an address into the search field and click the magnifying glass button. 

This will bring up the location and populate it with bullets on the map for where a crime has been committed. 

Looking for certain types of crime? Or incidents? Well, you can customize the search field by clicking the Advanced Search tab. This will bring up another window where you can check or uncheck options to refine your search by. You can also search for specific date range from the advanced search options. 

This is a great way to do extra research about areas that you live in or are thinking of moving to. Check it out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal


Tiny Adapter.  POWERFUL Results...

Let's cut right to the chase here.  You already know why you need a wireless adapter.  You stick it into your USB port for a jolt of wireless speed.  It's simple.

So why do you need this one?  Now that's the right question.  This wireless adapter is the newest technology available, and it's going to blow you away - check it out!

All you do is plug it into your USB port and let it work it's magic.  Not only is this ideal for the home, it's also great when you're using your laptop in places like airports, or coffee shops, libraries - anywhere!

Compatibility is VERY Important.  What do you Have?  Doesn't Matter!

It's 802.11 N (the newest available) and it's also FULLY compatible with B and G networks!  No matter what you're working with, this is going to work and work very well.

No laptop?  No problem!  Stick it into your desktop's USB port for the same results at home.  The beauty of this thing is it's tiny size.  You no longer have to pull your computer out three feet from the wall to use an adapter!  

Stay Protected With Easy Security!

You can rest assured that your network is completely secure while you cruise along at high speeds.

What kind of security are we talking about?  WEP, WPA and  WPA2.

I Rest My Case...

You need this thing and it's ridiculously cheap, so there's no reason not to own it!  Today, get yours for just $12.97! 

That's a deal you won't be able to find anywhere else! 

You better act fast!  The price is set to increase to $14.97 Saturday!


Monthly Wallpaper

November Desktop Wallpaper Is Ready

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

Note, this month, things are a little different. I have three normal featured wallpaper images, but for November I also added three verticals for use on vertically oriented devices (phones, tablets, etc). These verticals can be accessed directly via their main image pages (the "...more" link) or you can find them scattered under the featured images in the wallpaper section. Just navigate with your tablet or phone to the link below and follow the prompts like you would for regular computer wallpaper.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Nose To Nose

This was captured shortly after I drove into Yellowstone from Gardiner. Normally, expectations tend to be low as you make the 5 mile or so drive from Gardiner to Mammoth, but today would prove an exception to that rule. As I drove along, admiring the freshly fallen snow, I rounded a corner and spotted a group of elk congregating in an area known as the “Chinese Gardens”. I wasted no time maneuvering …(More)

Big Sable Lighthouse

Finally got it! This shot was literally 2 years, 5 hikes, and two separate trips in the making – but I was finally – finally - able to pull it off June 2012! Grant and I had been to Ludington State Park the year before and stayed several days in an attempt to get a good shot of the Big Sable Lighthouse – and we failed. ...(More)

Sleeping Bear Stormy Sunset

Talk about a last chance! We had been trying for three days to get something – anything – at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It doesn’t seem to be a great morning location, so that left us with just three chances – one for each evening we were there. The first evening saw a sunset that was blocked by clouds, the second was ...(More)


Black Bear On Alert

I really love this black bear! We’d seen him (I think it’s a him) a few times in the Cade’s Cove area of Smoky Mountain National Park and he never disappointed us. Working with him does require a bit of a “soft touch” since he’s always a bit more nervous then most of the other bears in that area. It sure doesn’t take much to force...(More)

Owlet Peeking Through The Grass

I love – absolutely LOVE – Burrowing Owls! I don’t know that I’ve ever come across a more photogenic bird. They are amazingly expressive with a dash of cute on the side. This little guy had emerged from his..(More)

Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

YES! Finally got it! The first time I saw this waterfall, I was floored. You come around a corner and at first you just see the “auxiliary” falls on the left. Then in the course of just a few excited steps the rest of this amazing scene seems to materialize right in front of you! As the bridge and three tiered falls comes into view, you’re literally...(More)


For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!

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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