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In The News 10-24-14

Linux Foundation Wants To Build Drones

The Linux Foundation, the people behind the free operating system, has announced a new project. They’re working on an open-source system to operate drones.  Among companies taking part in the project are 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, Qualcomm and SkyWard.

Drones are currently being used in industries from agriculture to energy to collect data and TV stations and the film industry use drones to take aerial shots for a much lower cost that hiring helicopters.  More than 1,200 developers will be working on the Dronecode project.  Amazon caused a stir awhile back when the company said it hoped to soon deliver packages by drone, but a project like this could make drone delivery a reality for many businesses.

Hackers Grab 100,000 Snapchat Photos

One of the selling points for the Snapchat App is that the photos don’t hang around forever. Images and videos are supposed to disappear after a few seconds. Now a hacker has released over 100,000 images and videos, allegedly grabbed from the service over the past few years.

It looks as if the users were victimized by a third-party app that held on to their images. Snapchat says their servers were never breached. Many of the users are teenagers and some of them have been known to post nude photos. That means the person who stole and released those photos is dealing in child pornography, which can get you in more legal trouble than hacking ever could.

Tablets Are Second Screen For Many Viewers

TV viewers love to use their tablets to talk about broadcast events on social media. According to ShareThis research, big events have users turning to their tablets while watching TV. When the NFL kicked off the season, sharing on social media from tablets jumped 159% during the game. For Shark Week on the Discovery channel, there was a 99% jump.

Most of this activity happens in the evening between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.  You’ve probably noticed that many shows have responded to this trend by including social elements like hashtags as part on the show. A hashtag will look something like this #sleepyheads.  Tagging a social media post with a hashtag makes it easier for other users to find and read. It’s sort of like putting all of the comments in a file and labeling it.

As more and more viewers turn to watching things on demand and time-shifting via DVR, using social media to encourage viewers to watch life is becoming more and more important to networks.

~ Cynthia

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Computers 101

Fred from Winston-Salem, NC writes:

How do I delete the Icons of choice at the bottom of the screen next to the clock?

Those icons are called System Icons and that area is known as a System Tray. We aren’t really going to be deleting them, so much as hiding them.

You can choose to turn System Icons off completely.  Go to the search box in your Start Menu or Search Charm and type “Turn system Icons on or off.” Then click on the search result.

The Taskbar and Start Menu properties window will open. Choose customize.

Another window will open. At the bottom, choose Turn System Icons on or off.

Next to each icon, you’ll have the option to turn it on or off.

You can also choose to add icons for other items, such as security programs, to your system tray from the notifications area window.

Hope this helps.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Put A Planetarium In Your Pocket

Confession time: I am an astronomy geek. I have been ever since the second grade when Mrs. Woodward taught us all about the planets.  Then Cosmos came along and reinforced my obsession. I cried when the Mars Curiosity Rover landed. ( I follow Mars Rover on Twitter.) This is one of my favorite apps under the sun. The Google Sky Map app for your Android phone allows you to track the heavens without a telescope. It can also assist you in pointing your telescope in the right direction!

I first learned about Sky Map from my husband, who downloaded it so we could track when the International Space Station was in orbit  over our area.  We went outside with a smartphone, held it up to the sky and this app immediately showed us where to look.

To download, head on over to the Google Play Store to download for free.

Hold it up to the sky where you are and it will identify what you’re looking at up there.

Looking for a particular planet or star? Sky Map will help you find it. “Hey Mars Rover! What’s up?”


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From The Archives

Judith from Sydney, Australia writes:

On the left/hand side of your monthly emagazine there are three icons – i.e. Thumbnails, Bookmarks, Attachments. Would you give details of how one would use these features.  I am a 79 years old “learner”. Thanks for all the helpful tips and information I have gained from reading the daily newsletters and monthly emagazine.

Judith, the icons you are seeing are on the side of Adobe Reader, the PDF reader, you’re using to read our monthly e-magazine. Adobe Reader is a very useful program and is available for free from Adobe at this link.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Free Pik

With over 1.4 million free graphics to choose from, Free Pik is a site you definitely want to check out for your image needs. I’ve been building a website to host a blog for some of my school-related work and stumbled across this site when I was graphic hunting. After I got done checking it out, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. 

When you arrive at the site, you’ll find a featured selection of content on the main page as well as the prominent placement of the Search field to allow you to search with ease for the images you want. You’ll find a navigation strip across the top of the page that offers you the categories Vectors, Stock Photos, PSD Files, and SVG icons. 

I started browsing by scrolling down through what was on the main page and then clicking See All Resources. After finding myself impressed, I decided to check out the What is FreePik? link at the top of the page. It serves as their about page, and even explains why the images are free.  

You can register for an account using either F-connect for Facebook or by filling out a form with your e-mail address, and creating a username and password. This allows you to keep track of your downloads, and to favorite content for later use. 

This is an excellent way to discover graphics to use for creating websites, stationary, presentations, magazines, newsletters, and whatever you can think of! Check it out for yourself today! 

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~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

 

Getting Locked Out... It's TERRIBLE!

It's happened to the best of us.

You set down your keys, walk away for 10 seconds... and then they MAGICALLY disappeared!

It doesn't matter how high or low you look - it's like someone is hiding them!

One little key gone and your car turns into the biggest waste of space ever! And if it's your home key? You can't just leave the house unlocked! That's just ASKIN' for trouble!

Bottom line: you NEED to keep track of your keys and keychain.  If it's your house key, your car key, an office key, or anything else... you can't afford to lose them!

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Losing your keys is SCARY!

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After all, have you ever tried calling your phone to find it? You can hear it but you can't QUITE pinpoint where the noise is coming from... THIS SOLVES THAT COMPLETELY! You can get the general idea from the beeping, then the flashing light gives you the EXACT location! It's a two-hit combo of AWESOME!

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Monthly Wallpaper

October Desktop Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for October is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from, including a lot of "autumn" themed images!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Autumn Magic At Bond Falls

You know, I’m starting to really like Bond Falls. It’s located – more or less – in the north central area of Michigan’s UP, and let me tell ya – I’ve been there twice and pulled out a good shot each time! The first time was of the main falls, this time I went for the upper falls. In fact, back when I took the main falls I just -…(More)

Fall Cascades In The Smokies

Sometimes the good shots aren’t where you think they are. It was autumn in the Smoky Mountains. If you’ve never been there in the fall, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a quiet, peaceful time of year when the tourists have flown home and you have the place to yourself. Nope, it’s a zoo. I think fall is actually getting as busy as – or even busier than - ...(More)

Black Bear Stare Down

It was “Bear Week” in Yellowstone fall of 2007! Seems like everywhere I went, I ended up takin’ snaps of bears. This guy was by far my favorite though. He was walking below the ridge line and we...(More)

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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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