Windows Users Beware…

I’m starting to see this warning pretty frequently and from reputable sources. The U.S. Government is recommending that you uninstall QuickTime for Windows immediately.

Here is an article from PC World, “Uninstall now! Apple abandons QuickTime for Windows despite lingering critical flaws: Apple is giving up on QuickTime for Windows and another article from Ubergizmo.com

Here’s how you uninstall or change a program in Windows (source: microsoft)

  1. Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clickingPrograms and Features.

  2. Select a program, and then click Uninstall. Some programs include the option to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many simply offer the option to uninstall. To change a program, click Change or Repair. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

If you need help, email me or call me.

QuickTime (source: Wikipedia)

QuickTime (source: Wikipedia)

MIT’s New ‘DATA U.S.A.’ Website presents U.S. Data visually to make it “easier to sift through” AND to ENJOY.




Warning: A new online project from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) may just blow you away!

DATA U.S.A: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE VISUALIZATION OF U.S. PUBLIC DATA” came out on Monday and was announced in the NY Times.  The story is titled, “Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to Sift Through“. It does, indeed! The article goes on to show you how it works…

Type “New York” into the Data USA search box, and a drop-down menu presents choices — the city, the metropolitan area, the state and other options. Select the city, and the page displays an aerial shot of Manhattan with three basic statistics: population (8.49 million), median household income ($52,996) and median age (35.8).

Lower on the page are six icons for related subject categories, including economy, demographics and education. If you click on demographics, one of the so-called data stories appears, based largely on data from the American Community Survey of the United States Census Bureau.” (Source: NYTimes.com)

The Website pulls off a major feat in that there is so much to look at (in a good way – you’ll WANT to look at more) but it is never cluttered.

One cool feature is that a small number of ‘suggested’ searches scroll across the search field every 4 seconds ago – if interested in one, simply click on ‘Search’ while the keywords are in the field. For example, ‘computer science’ scrolled across the field for me. That was of particular interest to me because #1 I love computers and #2 my son is majoring in computer science. Here is a search on ‘computer science’.

On the left are other links you will want to look at (if the list disappears, click on the ‘hamburger’/3 horizontal lines)




I typed in 28405, a zip code from Wilmington, N.C. and it brought me to a page that looked like this (cropped here) –

http://datausa.io/profile/geo/new-hanover-county-nc/

Thanks to ResearchBuzz.com for the heads up on this!

Prediction: Voice Search Will Soon Become More Popular Than Typing Into A Search Box




A speaker at the SMX West 2016 (Search Marketing Expo and Conference) in San Jose made that bold prediction. Indeed, voice activation control of computers is becoming more and more common. Just a couple of weeks ago I solved a student’s inability to type by showing her how to type in Google Drive by her voice.

The prediction was presented in MarketingLand.com’s article – “The rise of personal assistants and the death of the search box: Columnist Eric Enge recaps the SMX West 2016 keynote by Googler Behshad Behzadi, who envisions a not-too-distant future in which voice search becomes more ubiquitous — and may even replace the search box.

The article ‘speaks to’ (pun intended) to the future of search and how it is changing quickly toward voice commanded search.

Talking to Siri on an iPhone or another voice activated device is not that different from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk communicating with his computer as shown in this YouTube video –

Not on board yet? That’s okay. You may be sooner than you ever imagined though. More and more voice activated devices are being put on the market and the prices and the abilities are improving rapidly. If you watch TV, you’ve even seen more commercials featuring them. A Super Bowl ad for Amazon Echo featured Alec Baldwin, Misty Elliott, Dan Marino, and Jason Schwartzman.

Other devices that are voice activated that you might have heard of include:


and…

  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple iPhones, Watches, etc.
  • Honeywell Smart Thermostat
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smartwatch 3
  • and many more.

 

Here is a list of 15 voice activated devices.

 

BIGGEST News from Apple may not be about a iPhone, iPad, or a Mac computer…

…The biggest (at least recent) news might be about Apple Carekit. It was announced on May 21st in a press release, “Apple Advances Health Apps with CareKit: New Software Framework Helps Developers Empower People to Take a More Active Role in their Health“.  This is really exciting news for healthcare as well as for app and hardware developers.

CareKit will be released as an open source framework next month (April 2016) allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple.

The second part of this article from Tech50Plus.com talks about Carekit.

Wired.com suggest that ‘Apple’s CareKit Is the Best Argument Yet for Strong Encryption

 

Have You Filed your Taxes Yet? You may have longer AND more options than you thought.

Filing Taxes Online - Flickr

Filing Taxes Online – Flickr

Did you know that Taxes are to be filed for 2015 tax year by Monday, April 18th, rather than the traditional April 15th. Here is the reason:

Emancipation Day is an official public holiday in the District of Columbia. It usually falls on April 16, but when April 16 is a Saturday – which it is in 2016 – then Emancipation Day moves to the previous day (Friday). (Source: IRS.gov )

TheFiscalTimes.com lists ’10 Important Tax Dates for 2016′. 


 

It used to be that you had two options – use a tax preparer OR use tax software. Before that you either used a tax preparer OR you wrote down your taxes on forms you picked up from the library or post office.

Now you have all kinds of options! You can still use a tax preparer (a CPA, an accountant, H&R Block, Jackson Hewett, Liberty Tax Service, etc.) OR you can…

I’ve used H&R Block Tax preparation service and have been pleased with the service. For one thing, it helps to have someone working with you rather than you feel all alone in the process. The price for a service can be steep though.

I’ve also used both online and software versions (mostly TurboTax). Each year they seem to get better and better and easier and easier. I’ve actually used the software the same year that I’ve used a service and the results of both were very similar.

I have not used APPS and probably won’t but if someone has very easy taxes, it might work out great.


 

Security, of course, is an issue with any of the choices but what are you going to do. It seems to me the risk is about the same with all the choices, although the risk in each is different.


 

Good luck on those taxes! YOU CAN DO IT!

New Online Map showing NYC Historical Landmarks

ResearchBuzz.me is absolutely the best source of interesting information! I can’t wait to read what Tara Calishain shares each day. Sign up for their email alerts and/or follow them on Twitter 

Here is a great one just posted…

“All of New York City’s historical landmarks (article about it >) are now available on one big map. “There are tens of thousands of officially-designated landmarks in New York City, and today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a fun new tool that lets you explore all of those protected sites.”

Here is a link to the map itself . It is searchable by address.

Enjoy!

Here is an example of an ENLARGED section. Click on a dot or pin for information. (the actual will have clear text)

NYC Landmark Map - 'Statue of Liberty'

Monitor Election Buzz w/ AP news,Twitter & Google

Election Buzz from AP news, Google and Twitter

This 2016 Presidential Election season will undoubtedly go down in history. Are you interested in the ‘buzz’ of what people are saying?

ResearchBuzz.com introduced a way to monitor it – “Twitter, Google, and the AP are teaming up to launch a tool to monitor election buzz….You can drill down to view the past 24 hours, the past week, the past month, or everything since August 1, 2015, to see how major events like debates, caucuses, and endorsements have changed public interest in the election. Meanwhile, the tool shows the top election issues being searched on Google and discussed on Twitter over the past 24 hours.”  (Source: ResearchBuzz)

Buzz –

http://elections.ap.org/buzz

Article about it –

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/twitter-google-ap-launch-tool-monitor-election-buzz/