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In The News 09-30-2016

Election Ads Shift From TV To Internet

Broadcasters had predicted that this year would see record spending on political ads. Turns out they were wrong.  Stocks for TV and radio companies took a big drop after Sinclair Broadcast said they’d seen a significant drop in the amount of political spending.


So what’s up? It’s a hotly contested election. However, candidates, especially Donald Trump, are turning to the Internet opting for viral videos and social media campaigns instead of TV and radio spending.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Breaks Some Webcams

Having an issue with your external webcam after the latest Windows 10 update?  You aren’t alone.

The update caused several models of USB-connected webcams to lock up or shuts down. Microsoft promises to fix the issue with an update soon.

Group Wants Microsoft To Pay For Windows 10 Aggravation

Some people say it’s time for Microsoft to pay up for all this aggravation. A British consumer group called Which? wants Microsoft to pay Windows 10 users for problems caused by their upgrade. It says it has received hundreds of complaints about the upgrade.

Microsoft says the upgrade was voluntary and that they offer free customer support to users who are having problems.

~ Cynthia

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You guys have seen us sell tablets from time to time… You’ve seen the Android 4.0 all the way through Android 5.5. You’ve seen them with keyboards, without keyboards, with and without out Bluetooth, but always without the one thing you really wanted: WINDOWS - just like on your PC.

But after I found this tablet deal I was on the phone making sure everything this tablet had was THE REAL DEAL!

Imagine this… A tablet that is pretty much a LAPTOP!

With this bad boy running off of Windows 8.1 you can use it just like you do a laptop or desktop computer! Except this guy fits easily  in your bag, purse, or even your glove compartment! What’s even cooler is that Windows 8.1 is fully supported by Microsoft! That means regular security updates and bug fixes!  AND you can use all of your favorite programs like Word and Internet Explorer! (And with Office online or Office apps from the Windows stores, Microsoft Office is completely FREE!

Being able to use flash is HUGE! Almost all tablets don’t let you use flash, and without flash you can’t play your favorite online games! Also, with this  Quad-core processor, you’ll be playing and surfing and having fun SUPER-FAST!

But that’s not all: This BRAND NEW tablet (or laptop, whatever you wanna call it) can do!

Bluetooth 4.0 lets you connect to anything wirelessly! So you can pair your speakers, headphones, or keyboard! A 4.0 Bluetooth connection will make sure that you can getting the fastest wireless use ever!  You could even add a Bluetooth mouse to your set-up if you want! 

And lets talk about the cameras! Normally on tablets the front facing camera is better than the rear facing camera. But that’s not the case with this guy! Each camera is 2.0MP! So you know those Skype calls you make to family and friends? Well, a 2.0MP camera will ensure that your family or friends get the best!

But wait there’s more!

Every tablet should be protected with a case, but sometimes finding one that fits your needs is a pain! This amazing little laptop comes with a protective case that doubles as a stand!  And to add to the awesomeness inside the protective case is a BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD!  Yep, a REAL keyboard. Touchscreens are great for playing games, but when you're writing an email or a document, you want a keyboard.

Now we know you guys are thinking that this thing is gonna cost you between $200 to $500. But you’d be dead wrong because we’ve got this BRAND NEW FULLY-LOADED WINDOWS 8.1 tablet for just $59.97!!! 

YEAH JUST $59.97!!! That's an INSANE price for a tablet like this! Our tech writer, Cynthia actually cried a little when she saw this price. She paid over $500 for hers and the keyboard was EXTRA!

Hurry and click the link below to grab your tablet today!


Computers 101

Facebook: Mute A Chat Conversation In A Browser

A group message in Facebook can be a great way to get information out about an event, but it can also lead to a heck of a lot of annoying notifications.

A group message could cover anything from an invitation to Thanksgiving to updates on Grandma’s medical crisis.  If you aren’t interested at all, you can just leave a conversation. But what if you want to stay informed? You want to get the updates on Grandma, but just not while you’re in a meeting or you want to shut them off to get some sleep.  I’m going to show you how you can temporarily shut off those notifications.

Open Facebook in your browser. Then click on Messages and select the group message.


Open the message. Since there are 16 people on this message, every time someone comments or asks a question, you’ll get a notification.  Tap that gear symbol in the top left next to the X.


Choose Mute Conversation from the drop-down menu. If you don’t mind being out of the loop forever, you can choose Leave Conversation.


You can choose to mute the conversation for an hour, until the morning or until you choose to turn it back on. That means the chat window won’t pop up to show you the conversation. This also mutes the conversation on your phone.


When you open the conversation, you’ll see a notice that it’s been muted. You can unmute with one click.


~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Snapseed:  Add Text To Photos

I’ve talked to you before about the great, free photo app Snapseed.  You can check out some of the previous articles by clicking here and here.


Now, there’s a cool new feature: The ability to add text to photos! Let’s check out how it works! First, open Snapseed and choose an image to edit. Then select the edit icon. It looks like a pencil.


You’ll see a menu of editing options, including a brand-new option to add text.


Swipe left or right below the image to...

Click here to learn more about adding text in Snapseed.


From The Archives

Facebook Coupon Scam

There’s a coupon scam making the rounds of Facebook. It promises a 40% off coupon from Kroger  if you just like and share a post. Kroger is a popular grocery chain in the Midwest, but there are also version of this scam that mention Kohl’s Department Stores, Publix, Aldi and many other well-known stores.

But they all work about the same. This post appeared in my feed when a friend shared it.


Click the link and you’ll be directed to this page or one like it.


Users are asked to share the page, comment on Facebook  and then hit Like.


But let’s look at that web address again.


Think you’re on  You’re not.  You’re actually visiting...

Click here to learn more about this scam.


Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

The Golfer

A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon.

He figured that if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old man to join him.

To his surprise, the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot.

There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age, I'd hit the ball right over that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally laid.

The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age, that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."


Great Way to Look at Things

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was. The students laughed.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognise that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

But then... A student took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, pulled a can of beer out of his backpack, and poured it into the jar. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full. "No matter how full your life is," the student quipped, "there's always room for beer!"


Behind You


Daily Thoughts


“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” ~ Shira Tamir


"Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring." ~  Doug Larson


"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." ~ David Letterman


Amanda's Coolsite

Quote Investigator

Have you ever run across a quote on the internet that you’re familiar with, but the person it is attributed to seems off? This happens all the time on the internet. But how do you fact check a quotation?

Well, you can do very specific searches and then limit the results with filters, or you can head on over to Quote Investigator and see if it is among the quotations already investigated on the site. If it isn’t, you can check out the Resources page for tips on places you can look to find out for yourself who the quote should be attributed to. 

The site is easy to use because it is set up blog style. Just scroll down the page and browse through the latest entries.

You can also browse the Archives by selecting a month from the drop down box. Beneath that there is a list of people that you can also choose to browse by as well. Just select a person from the list and you’ll see the quote thought to be said by them followed by the investigation. 

What I love about this site is that not only does it solve the mystery of who said something, but it also provides citations for where the information is coming from. This way, you know that the research has been done and you don’t just have to take the Quote Investigator’s word for the way you do with a lot of quotation sites.


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One More Big Deal

You Need To Be Careful!

Fumbling around for your cell phone while driving is GOING to cause an accident! PLUS, In most states, driving with your phone to your ear is AGAINST THE LAW!

That's why you NEED this Bluetooth car kit! With the car kit you decide if you want to wear the Bluetooth headset or use the speaker phone. You can even swap seamlessly between the two! You're in control with this one!

The Bluetooth headset charges easily in the dock while you're not using it! And with an amazing 5 hour talk time you can chat all you want! Even continue your conversation when you get out of the car! That's the beauty of Bluetooth technology.

Plus, it comes with 3 extra ear tips and an adjustable ear hook!

This is the BEST deal on a headset I have ever seen! But wait, I haven't even finished telling you what else this guy can do!

You don't have to use that wimpy speaker on your phone... Those built-in speakers are a joke compared to this guy!

If you want to go "private" with your call just slide out the Bluetooth ear piece and continue to talk.

It's like getting THREE things for half the price of ONE! What a deal!!!

Now I know what you're thinking. I'm just building this up so I can charge you 30 or 40 bucks...  WRONG!

This deal is less than HALF of what you'd expect to pay. I got a super-limited deal at an incredible price and I'm passing it along to you.  $12.97! Isn't that CRAZY!?!? That's not even 1/3 of the price you'd pay if you got a ticket for using your cell phone while driving!

Click here to add to your cart before they're all gone!

Order today! Price goes up to $19.97  on Saturday !


Monthly Wallpaper

September Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for September 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:

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

Ghost Crab

I found this little guy the last time I was in Florida. He was busy doing some tunnel maintenance and he would pop up from time to time with his claws full of sand. As he worked his excavation …(More)

Hurricane River Sunset

I was on my fall trip and decided to spend some time at the Hurricane River area. I had been to this location before and had always struggled to find a composition I liked. So, I spent quite a bit of time in a mental tug-of-war trying to decide if I even wanted to give this another go. In the end I decided to take an evening and see what I could make of it. Upon arriving, I went down to the river to check out the scene. The first thing that ...(More)

Marching Fawn

I love this little fawn! I had spotted her a few times out at my local park and I love the erratic spotting she has going on. It’s kind of like the fawn equivalent of a bad hair day I suppose. Regardless, she’s generally ..(More)

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


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