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Take advantage of your smart phone apps this summer!

Smart phones are powerful tools that can be used to enhance the things we enjoy. One of the great features of smart phones is all of the apps (applications) that can run on your phone. These programs make your phone a more useful tool by adding more functionality, especially when you’re on the move. Here are just a few of those handy apps.
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Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: Jamesey Thomas/Number of views (102)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Mastering Gmail’s powerful search capabilities

Gmail has some serious search tools built in. What else would you expect from the premier search site?

There are a lot of reasons to love Gmail, and the ability to search using just about any parameter in an email is one of them. I'll show you how to use Gmail's powerful operators and boolean constructions to find just about anything in Gmail or Google Calendar.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (470)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Four steps to protect yourself from hackers

The act of hacking and system cracking has been in existence since the earliest forms of electronic communications. Here are four steps you can take to protect yourself from this kind of attack.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Author: Ron Wisdom/Number of views (950)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Facebook wants to be in the middle of your free Wi-Fi

Like to surf the Internet using free Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop? You might soon find that you are asked to check in via Facebook for the privilege.

Facebook Wi-Fi might be coming to your favorite free hotspot soon. It'll ask you to check in to the business' s Facebook Page in order to access the free Wi-Fi. Using Facebook Wi-Fi can result in posts of your location to your timeline, even automatic posts in future visits. Find out what this means and how you can control your privacy settings.
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Monday, June 02, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (324)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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eBay latest to suffer massive data breach

Stolen employee credentials were used to gain access to user information according to online retailer

eBay has announced that it will begin asking users to change their passwords later today after the discovery of a massive data breach.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (401)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Word Online course available to OASIS partner organizations

Microsoft Office Online is a free resource for those who don’t need the full version – and it’s free!

 Word Online is published and available for OASIS Connections partners. This free online version of Word was requested by instructors who wanted an easier, free version of Word to teach to students without the need for expensive software.
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Monday, May 19, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (462)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

New in your News Feed: Facebook Trending

It’s what people are talking about on Facebook

Facebook has introduced a new feature you may have noticed on your homepage. Trending, which lies to the right of your News Feed, is a compilation of some of the hot topics trending on Facebook. Each suggested topic has a title and a short explanatory introduction.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (528)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Mother's Day in a connected way

Making interactions that count ... and matter

Calling your Mom on Mother's Day?  Now there may be a better way.  Facetime, Skype and texting are all great means of connecting with Moms.  But what does new research by experts Sherry Turkle and Catherine Steiner-Adair say about how Moms are connecting with their kids?
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Thursday, May 08, 2014/Author: Amy/Number of views (699)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Easy to remember, hard to crack

Here's another way to create a secure password that might not drive you insane

Incomprehensible passwords with numbers, capital letters, and characters like the asterisk are secure but maddening to remember. They are also time consuming to type on mobile devices. But security specialists are promoting another type of password option that might be a little bit more to your liking – long and readable. They just can’t make sense.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (614)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Technology

Huge security flaw found in Internet Explorer

Newly discovered vulnerability could allow hackers complete access to your PC

Microsoft revealed the existence of a major security vulnerability in in Internet Explorer over the weekend. This is of special concern to users that still haven’t upgraded from Windows XP, as there will be no patch forthcoming.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (593)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Skype group calling is now free for everyone

Former premium feature is now available at no cost to all Skype users

You can call a group of up to 25 of your closest friends and colleagues for a video chat absolutely free now in Skype.
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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (562)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating
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Older internet users suffer less depression

New evidence supports technology training approach

Michigan State University's Shelia Cotten finds computer use among retirees reduces the risk of depression by more than 30%--using a model similar to OASIS Connections.
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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: Amy/Number of views (847)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Facebook axes chat and texting functions from mobile app

Mobile users will have to install stand-alone Messenger app to chat with friends

Facebook mobile users are in for a surprise. Messenger is gone! Facebook has removed the popular texting function from the mobile app and replaced it with the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app. Don't despair, the new app is easy to install and use.
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Friday, April 25, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (727)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Heartbleed averted

OASIS not vulnerable, member records safe

OASIS summer classes start soon and class registration is just around the corner. By now you’ve most likely heard of the new online security bug called “Heartbleed.” Whether you register in person or do so online, you can rest assured that your information is safe with OASIS, as we were not impacted by this bug.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: Ron Wisdom/Number of views (726)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Facebook annoyances: auto-play video

Don’t like the videos that Facebook automatically plays in your news feed? Here’s how to turn them off.

Facebook recently updated the news feed to include videos that play automatically. If you aren't a fan, or are concerned with videos eating up too much of your data plan, then here is how to turn them off.
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Monday, April 21, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (703)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Google's new one click picture-friendly email

No more hunting for photos, Gmail users now have instant access to their Google+ gallery

Here’s another reason to use Auto Backup for the pictures you take with your cell phone (Android or IOS.) Google has added a new insert button that instantly accesses all of your photos from within the Gmail window.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (530)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Top five apps for travelin' light

Being prepared without dragging along the library

I try to be ready for anything on the road, a tendency that was burned in during my scout leader years of "Being Prepared." Smartphones make it easy to bring along maps, itineraries, tour guides and resources – so all the information you need is in your hip pocket.
Here are my favorites, in Part Two of the "Travelin' Light" series.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014/Author: Janice Branham/Number of views (936)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Celebrating the connections our volunteers make

Happy National Volunteer Month!

This National Volunteer Month we express our gratitude for the astounding work done by volunteers to help people 50+ across the country adopt new technology!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014/Author: Amy/Number of views (796)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Should you trust online reviews?

Yelp, Trip Advisor, Angie's List, all plagued with fraudulent reviews

Online reviews can be helpful, when they are true. Online review sites have been in the news recently, plagued by revelations that businesses have been manipulating the system, paying for great reviews of themselves and, sometimes, hit pieces on their competition.
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Monday, April 14, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (567)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Too old for Twitter? You bet your magic beans you're not

Social media an important tool for seniors

I had a lovely surprise this weekend at the movie theater when the preview trailer for "Draft Day" played. See for yourself in this 10 second clip with Kevin Costner and Ellen Burstyn . . .
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Monday, April 07, 2014/Author: Amy/Number of views (1629)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 3.0
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