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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-12-19

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In The News 12-19-14

Microsoft Pulls Another Update

In what seems to be turning into a regular occurrence, Microsoft is pulling another problematic update. This update only affects Windows 7 users. There are reports that the KB3004394 update may prevent users from installing new updates and also prevent drivers from installing.

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We covered how to uninstall an update in this article. Just look for the update named KB3004394.

 

Android Increases Smartphone Market Share

Android phones came on strong in the third quarter of 2014, accounting for 83.1 percent of the more  than 30 million phones sold worldwide.  Apple accounted for 12.7% of the worldwide market, while Windows  Phones were down year-to-year to 3% and Blackberry sales fell by more than half to account for less than 1% of the phones out there.

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The major growth came in inexpensive Android phones. Samsung was the top manufacturer with 25%  with  Apple at almost 13% fueled by sales of the iPhone 6.

 

Is WhatsApp coming to PC?

WhatsApp, the popular smartphone and tablet app that lets users message each other all over the world for free, may be coming to your PC. Facebook paid an astounding $19 billion dollars for the app back in February and there’s been a lot of speculation about what they planned to do with it.

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Now reports say you can expect the app to become a truly cross-platform system that would allow you to take messages on your phone, tablet or PC.

 ~ Cynthia

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Announcements


Have you tried a tablet yet?

No?

I'm not surprised... taking just one look at the tablets they're selling at the stores would be enough to send anyone running for the hills!

I mean, over $600?! That's CRAZY!

But they're getting so good they practically replace computers entirely! Anyone who gets one always loves 'em!

They do EVERYTHING you can do at a PC... but in a convenient, portable package!

Ready for a surprise?

You could get a BRAND NEW 10" tablet for just $126.97!!

When I say brand new, I MEAN brand new!

These things are top-of-the-line, loaded with all the features and components that make for a powerful tablet. When you go to browse the web, go to read your e-mail, watch a movie, or anything... it's going to do it lightning fast!

Why?

And just wait until you see this...

If you've never really looked at tablets before, you're gonna be as floored as I was when I tested out this one!

Because it's not just the best tablet I've come across yet!

This one also comes with a COMPLETE kit of accessories ABSOLUTELY FREE!

This isn't just stuff you want - it's stuff you NEED!

If you got a tablet without this crazy bonus kit, you'd be spending between $50 and $100 to get all these extra pieces!

ANYTHING you use your computer for, this can do it too!

It does web browsing, it does e-mail, it takes pictures, you can use it for typing, calculating, it has a calender with date and time, it even lets you watch movies or read e-books.

Do you like to read the newspaper? Pop open any news site or digital newspaper and now you've got local, state, national, even worldwide news RIGHT at your finger tips!

Most libraries even have a full digital collection of videos, books, magazines and more that you can read right on your tablet!

AND THE BEST PART?

Chances are, you've been using a computer for YEARS... aren't you tired of being tied down to that desk?

Even if you're using a laptop, you KNOW they aren't as portable as they advertise! They're heavy, the keyboard & screen take up a lot of space!

You want something BETTER!

Quad-Core Processor For Unrivaled Speed!

Amazing 10" High-Definition Touchscreen!

8GB Of Memory!

4,500 Milliamp Hour Battery!

Orientation Sensor for Viewing In Landscape or Portrait!

Built-in Speaker & Microphone!

Front & Rear Facing Cameras!

Integrated Wi-Fi!

EVEN BLUETOOTH!

This tablet is portable, it's LIGHTNING FAST, and has a BEAUTIFUL HD display!

And it's designed to be useable wherever, whenever you want! Laying down, standing up, sitting down, you could even use it doing a handstand!

Just the other night, I was watching a movie on my tablet, when it finished I just pressed TWO buttons and the book I've been working on opened up right where I left off.

THIS IS THE TECHNOLOGY EVERYONE'S BEEN DREAMING OF!

Not only can it access any WiFi networks in range, it even has BLUETOOTH compatibility built in!

You know what I love to do with my tablet? I have a little portable Bluetooth speaker that pairs up instantly and lets me hear my tablet throughout my WHOLE house!

Look at all these apps you can get (this is just a FRACTION of what's available!)

The ONLY reason everyone doesn't already have a tablet is because the big box stores rob you BLIND if you even look at one! We're talking $200 MINIMUM... and if you're after these kinda specs... say hello to a $500 price tag!

And it's no surprise: you're getting a REAL computer that fits in your hands. 

BY THE WAY - IT EXPANDS!

Not all tablets can even do this! Right off the bat, it's got a huge amount of storage... but it has a microSDHC slot that lets you expand it with up to 32GB of EXTRA space!

All it takes is slidin' in a new memory card and you're rockin' GIGS of extra space - how cool is that?

And if you're concerned about learning new tech... DON'T BE!

This tablet is the very definition of intuitive!

Everything is right at your fingertips and you'll be an expert in no time!

I know it sounds impossible, but you really CAN get this unbelievable touchscreen tablet for just $126.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!

Big box stores are shakin' in their boots... they just CANNOT compete! Grab yours at the link below, but make sure you get to the store before they're gone!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10119

*LIMITED QUANTITY* We couldn't get many at the price we're passing on to you, so make sure you get to the store before they run out, or when the sale ends Saturday and they go up to $135.97!

 




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Computers 101

Judy asks:

I had to have my computer wiped out and reinstall windows. I lost my Windows Mail email and a ton of folders full of information that I need. Can this stuff be retrieved or is it gone forever?

Well, that depends. Did you back up the e-mail in your mail client and save it somewhere? If you did export your data and save it to an external drive or cloud back-up, you can re-import it.

To export Live Mail messages, click the drop-down windows at the top left of your inbox and choose Export email.  Then choose Email messages. You can also choose to back up all of your account information, which is a great idea.

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Choose to export the messages as Windows Live Mail messages and then click next.

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Now select a location to back them up to. You could choose an external drive or put the data in a documents file that you regularly back up to an external drive or the cloud.

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In the event of a catastrophe, such as having to reinstall Windows, you would reinstall Windows Live Mail on the computer and choose Import messages from the drop-down menu.

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Choose Windows Live Mail and then next.

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Then select the external drive where the data is saved and import your messages.

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If your messages were not backed up all may not be lost just yet. I notice you have a Gmail account – so depending on your settings, all of your mail may still be up there save and sound in the cloud. I would go to Gmail using a web browser and check to see if the mail is there.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Walter from VA writes:

Hi,
I see articles all the time about upgrading Smartphones to take advantage of the newer apps & programs but have yet to find anything for my Samsung Rugby SGH-1847 Smartphone that is still using Gingerbread 2.3.6.  Is there an update available anywhere that will bring my smartphone up to date? 

Walter, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to update your phone to the newest version of Android, Lollipop, but you may be able to update to Jelly Bean, depending on your phone service provider.  Whether or not an update is available to a non-rooted phone depends on the manufacturer. Android is a little bit different on every device that uses the operating system and the manufacturer needs to tweak the update to suit the device. Usually, if those updates are available they will be pushed to your phone and you’ll receive a notification that an update is available.  Unlike a Windows or Apple device where the operating system and its updates are the same across all devices running that OS, each Android device is different.

Usually on an Android device, you can check if an update is available by selecting Settings.

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If you aren’t sure which version of Android is on your device, you can tap About device or About phone.

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To see if updates are available, look for...

Head on over to WorldStart for more!

 

From The Archives

More XP File Transfer Tips

The acclaimed Windows XP had a good run of 12 years, remaining the dominant operating system on many computers well past the launch of its successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. With Microsoft’s support for XP officially ending on April 8th, there will be no more security updates and hardware and software vendors will no longer be working to make their products compatible with the operating system.

XP support is ending

Unfortunately that means it’s time to bite the bullet and either get a new computer or upgrade your existing machine’s operating system. But what about all your current data and account settings? You don’t want to lose all those files, and there are several ways to migrate them over to your new computer.

First and foremost is the good old fashioned drag and drop onto a USB flash drive. Just plug in the USB drive, open “My Computer,” and then click and drag any folders or files you want to save. While this method works just fine if you only have some photos and word documents to transfer, it will be much less useful if you have a huge amount of data from years of using a computer.

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For bigger transfer jobs, Microsoft has a tool available specifically for migrating all your files from a Windows XP machine to a new Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. You can download the LapLink tool right here.

To get started...

Want more? Just click WorldStart!

 

Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

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Amanda's Coolsite

How To Make A Wreath

Growing up I can remember my mom making holiday wreaths. They were always different every year depending on her mood. I never learned to do it, and I was thinking about making one instead of buying one this year. That means I had to go look for a guide!

Today’s site  is a step by step guide to making your own holiday wreaths! 

The site lays out the materials and tools you’ll need to make the wreath, and then walks you step by step through its creation. As someone who does wire work jewelry, I cannot stress how important it is to not use your floral sheers to try and snip the  wire. You’ll just wreck your shears. 

I  loved that they had photos for each step. So that you can get a visual of what you are supposed to be doing. 

The really awesome thing about this is that most wreaths can last up to a year as they dry out!  I really like that they include tips for picking out materials to include in your wreath. I’m thinking I’l definitely add eucalyptus and lavender to mine for the added scent. 

I can’t wait to get started! Go check this out today!

http://food52.com/blog/11816-how-to-make-a-wreath-step-by-step

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

The worst part of your tablet or phone has just been made EASY!

FINALLY!

Think about it: moving files on your computer is SO easy. You open the folder, drag and drop, and boom! They're right where you want. It's even easier when you have a flash drive... you can move files to ANY other computer on the planet, all you have to do is plug it in!

WHY CAN'T YOUR PHONE OR TABLET BE THAT SIMPLE?!

Not only is it a pain to have to connect your phone to your PC just to transfer, finding the files is just as bad!

(And let's not get into hoping your computer recognizes what you're trying to DO with your phone, instead of just trying to update or charge it)

You can't even transfer over WiFi without paying for an app!

THAT'S RIDICULOUS!

I have good news, though: I just found the GREATEST device ever made for computers, smartphones, and tablets:

The Super Talent Android USB Flash Drive!

It works on computers.

It works on Android phones.

It even works on Android TABLETS!

Plug it in. Save your data. Transfer it ANYWHERE!

If you have photos/videos on your phone, this baby will let you get them on your PC in no time!

No cords, no weird software, no hunting for files... just save your pictures to the flash drive & plug it into your PC!

THAT'S IT!

(Everyone in the world just went "Oh man, I should've thought of that!")

If you've ever used a card reader for your memory cards because you were tired of hooking your camera up to your computer... this is kinda like that, except even BETTER!

It's just like a flash drive. That means it's simple, fast, and AWESOME! All you have to do is plug it in to the device you're using and move the files onto it!

Drag & drop - it doesn't get easier than that!

Now you can finally get all your photos and videos off your phone to share them on your computer!

But this isn't a one-way street!

Check out all the ways you could potentially use this thing to transfer files!

Phone to PC!
Phone to Phone!
Tablet to Phone!
Tablet to PC!
Tablet to Tablet!
Sharing Files Just Got EASY!

BAM! INSTANT ACCESS TO THE FILES YOU WANTED!

I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I absolutely HATED data transfers between my mobile devices and my computer.

It was ALWAYS a pain... not anymore!

But that's only HALF of why you'll want this awesome thing.

If you don't need to transfer some data right now, you can use it as extra storage!

You've NEVER been able to use a flash drive for extra storage on an Android device... until now!

YES!

Squeeze some extra music on your phone even though the internal storage is full! Keep a backup of your PC's most important documents and photos!

It's all up to you! This device does EVERYTHING and it makes it look so easy!

Hold Onto Your Jaw...

...because it's about to hit the floor!

This incredible one-of-a-kind flash drive is ONLY $14.97!

Easy, fast, amazing, and CHEAP? Quick, get one (or two!) at the link below, before they're all gone!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10121

*LOW QUANTITY ALERT* I'd hate for anyone to miss out on these, so I gotta warn you... I wasn't able to get many! Make sure to hop on it before they're gone, and definitely before they go up to $18.97 Saturday !!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

December Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for December 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!

Arctic Titan

This was captured during the last hour of the last day on the arctic. It was windy, the snow was blowing, and he really didn’t seem to mind one little bit. In fact, if I had to describe his emotional state, I think he seemed …(More)

Great Blue Heron In Flight

I captured this great blue heron image at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Florida – one of my all time favorite places for bird photography. This guy almost made it too easy. He actually had a nest about 75 yards from this position, and when he took off the flight pattern was always...(More)

Undine Falls With Snow

This gorgeous falls is located just outside of Mammoth on the way to Cook City in Yellowstone NP. Funny thing is, first time I was visiting the area I drove by it no less than a dozen time before I finally bothered to pull into the parking lot. I had expected some long, strenuous hike, but discovered you can ...(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!

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!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com

~Steve

 

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