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WorldStart Tech Tips 2015-05-29

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In The News 5-29-15

Hackers Take Data From More Than 1 Million Insurance Customers

Hackers managed to get data on over a million current and former customers of CareFirst Anthem Blue Cross Health Insurance.  Even worse, it took the company nearly a year to figure out that data was compromised.

The data includes names, dates of birth and other information, but the company says health records and Social Security numbers were not affected.

Anthem is offering free identity theft and credit monitoring service for those affected. Click here to learn more.

 

Press-On TV Less Than 1 MM Thick

LG showed off a new “press-on” wallpaper TV that’s less than 1 mm thick. The flexible screen uses OLED technology that doesn’t require any back lighting. The prototype TV attaches to a wall with magnets, so there would be no need for heavy and expensive mounting hardware.

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The screen can even be rolled up for easy transport. The same technology could also be used for flexible computer monitors and tablet screens.

Restaurant Spends Millions On Changes For Instagrammers

Popular restaurant chain Chili’s is changing the way it presents food, all to appeal to the Instagram crowd.  It’s made changes such as putting fries upright in a cup to make sure meals look appetizing when smartphone users share photos on social media.

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The company also spent nearly a million dollars to develop a new egg wash to make buns photograph better.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

 

Every once in a while, I'll come across a deal that I can't even believe. When I got a sample of these TekNMotion Air Capsule speakers and tried it out, I checked the price twice to make sure the decimal point wasn't in the wrong place.

It sounded as good or better than those fancy speakers my brother-in-law spent a house payment to buy.

When I shut my eyes, I thought for a minute that the Rolling Stones were actually in my office. I opened my eyes and there was no Mick Jagger, just this tiny little audio powerhouse.

You can bet I called my supplier ASAP and said, "I'll take all that you've got!"

I read an online review of this amazing speaker that asked "Why does no one know just how great it is?"  I don't know, but I'm sure glad they don't know yet, because then I wouldn't be able to give you this amazing deal!

Oh, and that tremendous value comment came from someone who paid $39.99 and not our amazing price of only $12.97!

How much do I love this little speaker? Let me count the ways!

Use a wireless Bluetooth connection or plug it in! That's right! It works with almost every device!  Use Bluetooth to instantly pair it with your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Or plug it into any device with a 3.5 mm jack! The high-quality Bluetooth v3.0 connection give you crystal-clear audio.

Use It With - Phones, Tablets, Music Players, Computers.  iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android phones & tablets, PCs, Macs - it works with everything!

Bluetooth or wired, it doesn't matter! 

The technology on this tiny dynamo is astounding! The drivers are magnetically shielded to give you a dynamically tuned, full-range sound for less than $13 !

I know some of these little speakers just sound like you're using a tin can on a string. Not this one. You have to check out the deep, tight bass! I've never heard anything like it at this price.

Thanks to the powerful, omni-directional built-in mic, it's easy to have hands free calling.

I know speaker calls can be full of noise and hard to hear... but not with this phone. The special echo and noise cancelation technology takes out ambient noise, so you can hear loud and clear!  Here at WorldStart, we work with a lot of people who work from home, so conference calls are a must!

But sometimes trying to make out what people are saying on the speaker of  cell phone is impossible! And they can't hear you either! Wait until you make a call with the Air Capsule! Speaker phones finally make sense instead of sounding like the teacher in Charlie Brown. You know, wa... wah...wa... wah...wah... wa...

Oh and the LED indicator lights let you know when you're on standby or receiving a call!

Just recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery via USB. But don't worry, you won't have to do it often. You'll get up to 15 hours from one charge!

This compact, sleek beauty fits right in on your desk without taking up room or right into your pocket, purse or backpack to go anywhere.

You have to hear it to believe it! These amazing little speakers are the best-kept secret in audio. So SHHHH... don't tell anyone. At least until after you've ordered a few for yourself at only $12.97!

Hurry! People are opening their newsletters and adding these to their carts right now!  Click the store link below to get yours now, before they're all gone!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10433

Once the word gets out, I can't imagine that these will last until the sale ends on Saturday! Get yours now!




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Computers 101

Chrome Browser: How To Delete Cookies

In a previous article, I showed you how to delete cookies in Internet Explorer. We talked about what cookies are and how to get rid of them.

Let’s go over how to delete those cookies in Google Chrome. First, click the menu button on the top right. Then click on History.

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On the tab that opens, click Clear browsing data…

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A menu will come up in the middle of the screen. Similar to IE, you can delete all or just parts of the browsing history. You can also change the time period you want to delete, from the last hour to the entire time you’ve used Google Chrome.

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Mark what you want to clear by checking or removing the checks by each option. If you only want to delete cookies, uncheck everything but Cookie sand other site and plug-in data.  Then hit Clear browsing data. Again, when you delete all cookies, you may find you’ll have to log in to websites that you were automatically logged into before, and may have to reenter passwords as well, and when choosing to delete other data you may find websites load slower the next time you go to them.

~ Audra

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On The Move

What To Do If Your iPhone Is Lost Or Stolen

There is no piece of electronics stolen more often in America today than Apple’s iPhone products.  There is such a demand for these products that stealing them for cheap resale has become a growth industry in and of itself, including mass sales of stolen phones to call centers that have only one purpose… to call the phone company that carries the device and get it unlocked.

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Exact statistics on cell phone thefts are difficult to pin down because of the number of people who report a phone stolen that is actually lost, especially from teenagers who fear reporting a lost phone to their parents, but there are millions of thefts reported annually.  So how do you protect against this?

First, and most importantly, KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR DEVICE.  Up until now, people have been somewhat lax about cell phone security because cell phone providers were selling phones for less than a hundred dollars, or even giving them away for free.  This gave people the idea that these devices are not inherently valuable.  This is changing across the industry as devices grow more and more expensive.  More providers are switching to a plan where you pay full price for your device over time, and will eventually become the only way to get a new phone. 

Second, enable whatever security features are available for your device.  I have been an Android user as long as I’ve used smart phones, but one thing that I’ve always been jealous of iPhone users of is Find My iPhone.  This is a feature that allows you...

Click her to learn what to do if your phone is lost or stolen.

 

From The Archives

eSata Explained

Benjamin from Coshocton asks:

I have a Toshiba Satellite L655-S5074 laptop. It as an eSATA port. What can I do with this, and what do I need to do to use its port? Do I need a cable?

Hi Benjamin. An eSATA port is a port designed for use with an external SATA drive. In the case of your laptop model, this port can be used for a SATA device or as a USB port. The eSATA port is advantageous for use with an external drive because it allows for faster transfer speeds than a USB 2.0 port, and can be comparable, or better in some aspects, to the newer USB 3.0 speeds. These faster speeds are because the data does not have to be translated between the interface and the computer, but uses the same technologies as your internal hard drive.

This eSATA port requires an additional power source, so if you do want to use it with an external drive, you need to look for one compatible with an eSATA port but not one that says eSATAp port. The p at the end of that stands for...

Click here to learn more about eSata.

 

Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

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Amanda's Coolsite

Be Funky

We’ve shared BeFunky with you before, but I thought that you might all appreciate the heads up that they’ve updated their Photo Editor!

Available as both an app and a browser based photo editor, BeFunky’s new interface is really easy to use.  If you start with the Learn More button, you can learn all about the new features and upgrades that are in the new version of BeFunky. It also has a How To button where you can find handy tutorials for using the interface and creating awesome photos.

For the web version all you have to do is select between the Photo Editor or Collage maker with the buttons at the top of the page. Once you’ve picked one, you’re ready to start creating.

The Photo Editor is also linked to the Get Started button. Once the editor loads, you’ll need to start by uploading the photo you want to tweak. Clicking the upload button at the top of the page offers you a variety of locations you can source your photo from like Desktop, Webcam, BeFunky, Facebook, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

Once it’s loaded you can use the menu strip on the left of the page to Edit, Touch Up, Add Effects, Textures, and even Text.

The Collage Maker is also easy to use. Click a square on the collage and then the + button to add a photo to that square. Want to change the layout? Use the menu strip on the left side of the screen to select different layouts, effects, and text.

I love all the changes they’ve made and can’t wait to keep using the photo editor in the future. Go check it out for yourself today!

http://www.befunky.com/

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

 

Have you ever dropped your keys under the couch?

Or maybe lost a screw behind the fridge?

Remember how much of a nightmare it was? Moving furniture, patting around every square inch of the ground... it's not fun.

You tried to take your flashlight to find what you dropped, but the flashlight is too big to fit. Or maybe you can't angle it just the right way to see where you need it... THAT'S EVEN MORE ANNOYING!

I have JUST the thing you need and you are going to absolutely love it!

And it's only $9.97!!!

Check this out: it's only about 9 inches fully collapsed.

When it's like that, it functions just like any flashlight you've ever used! Point it right where you need it, no fuss, just pure illumination!

BUT IT CAN BE SO MUCH MORE!

You don't have to struggle to fit the whole flashlight where you need it to go - now you can just get the head shining right in!

Angle it right where you need it and you'll be grinning from ear to ear!

If it's something you need illuminated, this is the light that can do it! FINALLY!

Don't forget about the magnet!

Like I said - IT'S ONLY $9.97! This guy won't last very long at a price like that!

Hurry and click the link below to get the ULTIMATE flashlight EVER!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10332




 

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:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

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)

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!


Attention All Wildlife Photographers!

My new book, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography, is now available! Learn how to take your wildlife photography to the next level with this comprehensive 290 page e-book!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/secrets-to-stunning-wildlife-photography/


Photography Tips - Step By Step Videos!

Is it time to improve your photography? Check out my YouTube channel - loads of helpful photography tips with more added monthly (more or less).

http://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery

 

 

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