We love the new search function in Windows 8.1. Click the “Start” button and type the name of a country. “Morocco,” for example. You’ll see a list of any files that mention Morocco. (On Joy’s computer, Bob’s bio came up, since he went on an archaeological dig there.) You also get a map and basic stats about the country, such as its population and GDP. Slide to the right to see links to videos, tourist information and other links. We typed “England,” and got main attractions, tours, pictures, history and — rather oddly — some apps for New England Patriots fans. (The computer just latches on to key words.)
Just when you thought print was dead, along comes a new magazine from the website AllRecipes.com. Instead of going from print to digital, it’s going from digital to print. Of course, the website will still exist, but this November you can get the magazine too. The new “AllRecipes” magazine will cost $12 for a two-year subscription. The initial subscriber base is expected to be 500,000, which is very big. (People are always asking “What’s cooking?”). Print is handy to have in the kitchen. It’s easier to drip tomato sauce on a printed page than on your iPad. Mashable.com reports that print advertising in the food category is up over 10 percent this year. Bon Appetit’s advertising revenue was up 42 […]
We listen to online radio nearly every day but still enjoy our FM radio stations. Turns out we’re not alone. Ninety-three percent of teens and adults use old fashioned radio, according to a Pew Research report. Though online radio use has surged from 28 percent to 56 percent of the population, it’s still common to flip on a regular radio station. Regular TV use is even more common. Some 98 percent of us watch TV the ordinary way at least some of the time, in addition to whatever devices bring us the online version.
Wow! This is the way to go! Coursera.org offers more than 100 free courses from universities such as Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, Rice, John Hopkins, U.of Illinois, and 11 others. The number of students is approaching a million. Bill Gates’ favorite online learning site, KhanAcademy, has hundreds more college courses, many on technical subjects, and they too are all free. Is this a trend? Is it the future? We certainly hope so. Considering the cost of attending a major university these days, there has to be an alternative. Sending a student to four years at one of the biggies like Princeton, Harvard, U. of Chicago, etc., costs around a quarter of a million dollars. Have two kids? That’s half a […]
Fifty million people downloaded Draw Something before we got there, but Joy is now hooked. You get three suggestions on what to draw. Even the free version lets you draw in color on your Android or iPhone/iPad screen. An email or Facebook partner plays back a mini video watching your pen strokes and tries to guess from the scrambled letters below. Then they draw something and you guess. You can also save your mini masterpiece, which Joy wishes she had for her brilliant rendition of “Slam Dunk.” Her friend Emily did a great tow truck and peacock. As of last month, there were six billion drawings being done on this game, at the rate of 3,000 a second. It’s also owned by Zynga.