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Opolis (www.opolis.eu) provides a free secure email solution. Secure email is important if you need to send sensitive information by email. It requires that both parties be set up with matching encryption keys. This site has a good step by step process. Their solution requires that you use their email client to view and read secure messages. You can restrict forwarding, printing, and saving of messages and attachments that you send.
 
Download free Kindle books at Zero Dollar Books .
 
UserTesting.com is a fast and inexpensive online user testing tool for evaluating your website’s usability.
 
Windows Live will be discontinued, and replaced by a new set of online apps that work with Windows 8.
  • (old) Windows Live ID — (new) Microsoft Account (Online and computer logins will merge.)
  • (old)  Windows Live Mesh —  (new)  SkyDrive App  (Fewer features but added desktop integration.)
  • (old)  Hotmail —  (new)  Mail App
  • (old)  Calendar —  (new)  Calendar App
  • (old)  Photo Gallery —  (new)  Photos App  (Fewer features.)
  • Movie Maker will likely be discontinued.
  • Live Writer may be discontinued.
If you want to use Windows Live programs, they will continue to be supported. You may want to download them in the next few months if you think you will use them – they may be supported but not available for download. 
 
Users who visit the Windows Live Gallery page are now redirected to a Looking for Gadgets page that states that the “Windows Live Gallery has been retired”.

A coming Microsoft promotion will provide Windows 8 Pro to buyers of any version of Windows 7-based PCs for a rumored cost of $14.99. The promotion begins June 2.

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer

Windows 8 will likely release in October  of this year. The “Preview”  will be out in early June. As always, we recommend waiting at least 6 months before considering it for business use.  An estimated 32 Windows 8 Tablet devices will be released in the next year from  HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asustek Computer  and  Toshiba .

Windows Phone 7 already uses the “Metro” interface as used in Windows 8, which looks like a series of tiles, all with live data:

Windows Phone 7 Metro Interface

VLC  is a popular media player that can play most forms of video and audio. On some video websites, the audio is out of sync with the picture. You can use the J or K keys to move it forward or back by 50ms per click.

Facebook.com received 9% of all U.S. Internet visits in April . The social network's users are 56% women. 96% of visitors to Facebook were returning visits. Average visit is 20 minutes.  Facebook’s IPO  (public stock sale) is this Friday May 18thBeginner’s guide to Facebook

A new version of the Bing toolbar has been released.

The first retail 1.3 GBps speed wireless router is now available using the proposed 802.11ac wireless standard. The router (called the Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H) and the media bridge (called the WLI-H4-D1300) are each $179.99. They are backward compatible with wireless N devices.

Rumors that the new iPhone will have a 4" display for release this fall.

Windows 7 Screen recorder : From a Windows 7 or newer machine type psr.exe in the search bar.  It’s a built in utility that does an amazing job of recording your troubleshooting (or training) steps and automatically saving them to a web viewable file with screen shots and a step-by-step list of instructions outlining what you did on your screen.

SECURITY

Windows updates
 were released May 8th. All can be installed.
MS Support article 2686509 details what to do if KB 2686509 (for Windows XP and Server 2003) fails to install.

Here’s how your computer can get infected simply by reading an email with HTML enabled.

A Security Checklist for Online Accounts. Good passwords are not enough. You need to understand the rights granted when you link accounts to multiple sites. Keep a separate email account for password recovery, and do not use it for anything else.

QuickTime 7.7.2 addresses security flaws.

How to harden your smartphone against stalkers— Android edition, iPhone edition
Android malware families nearly quadruple from 2011 to 2012. 34 of the current malware families are designed to steal money from infected smartphones.  Many apps are designed to look and sound like popular legitimate apps such as Angry Birds, Instagram, and Temple Run.

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® updating to version 3.1

NEWS

Crucial M4 SSD drives have a critical firmware update. We have already notified those of you who we sold one of these drives to.

Media Temple, our web host for PHP and low cost websites, is ending support for PHP 4 on June 14th. They are opting for the more secure PHP 5.3. Those of you that host websites with us using PHP 4 will be contacted individually.  PHP is a server side programming language used to power many websites.
Facebook: The New Timeline
(FPU Workshop)


12 - 1 PM | Thursday, June 21st
 
Facebook business pages have a new look, called “Timeline” which requires changes to your Social Media strategy. Come learn about the new format, and how you can best take advantage of it for your business. This is a hands on workshop – bring your Facebook login if you have one.
  • Changes in layout
  • Developing your “Cover” graphic and brand
  • How this affects your “like” incentive page (Fan Gating)
  • Changes in admin tools, including enhanced tracking
  • Get your Facebook questions answered.
Workshop will be held at the Fresno Pacific Visalia Center
 
Free Visalia Chamber Lunch Bytes Thursday June 21st, 12-1PM . Bring Lunch if you wish. RSVP with the Chamber at 734-5876 or call our office at 733-1940 to reserve a seat.

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