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Windows 10 May update is here. Here's what to expect.

Windows 10 May update is here. Here's what to expect.

Here is a rundown of the changes and additions to the Connections manuals.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (103)/Comments (0)/
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Who’s Craig and why does he have a list?

Learning never stops, no matter how old we get. What you choose to learn depends on where you are at in your life, what needs or interests you might have. Finding good programs to help you learn more about them becomes first and foremost for a lifelong learner. Technology, humanities, art, history, you name it … people at Oasis centers across the country know just how important this is. So what’s the big deal about a class with a funny name? 
 
Monday, April 01, 2013/Mary Wilson| Profile/Number of views (4894)/Comments (0)/
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Think Facebook is a waste of time?

Think again. While our kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc., are all abuzz about this thing called social media, you might be thinking, “it’s not for me, I’m too old for that,” or “I don’t need that.” Recent research on the use of social media from the University of Arizona provides a very good reason to think otherwise, and in fact, encourages embracing social media as part of your life. Why?
Friday, April 26, 2013/Mary Wilson| Profile/Number of views (4817)/Comments (0)/
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Countdown to Zero-Day for Windows XP

Microsoft ends all support for the aging operating system on April 8

Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and updates for Windows XP after April 8. The aging operating system is obsolete, and users who still have XP need to upgrade—or face an increasing risk of exposure to malware and viruses. Learn more about the options you might have for upgrading your software, or purchasing a new computer. Microsoft is offering a $100 discount on selected new devices through June 15, 2014.
Thursday, March 27, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (16871)/Comments (0)/
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Microsoft Office 365 subscription on sale at Amazon

One-year subscription 33% off, good for up to five devices

If you have been waiting to try an Office 365 subscription, now might be a good time to jump in. Amazon is offering a Home Premium one-year subscription at a 33% discount. That subscription is good for installation on up to five devices, including the just-released Office Web App version for iPad.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (19308)/Comments (0)/
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Teaching Siri how to pronounce difficult names

Have an odd name like me? Here's how to teach Siri to recognize and pronounce it correctly

Siri is awesome but she can really Travoltify names at times. This can lead to a frustrating experience when you want to use voice commands, and the occasional panicky hang-up when Siri dials the wrong number. Fear not, it’s actually really easy to teach Siri how to recognize the name you are speaking, and say it back to you surprisingly well. There are two ways to go about it. I’m going to show you both.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (20948)/Comments (0)/
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Passwords: a love-hate relationship

We hate incomprehensible passwords, but we love the protection a good password provides

Good passwords are an inconvenience and we hate having to have a different password for each of our accounts. There, that’s out of the way. It’s the price we pay for living in an online world. So if you love peace of mind, here are some good tips for staying ahead of the hackers.
Friday, April 04, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (19057)/Comments (0)/

Microsoft finally responds to the masses, the Start menu is coming back

Update to Windows 8.1 features Windows 7 style Start menu with tiles

An update to Windows 8.1, expected later in 2014, will see the return of the Windows Start button and old-style menu, with the addition of Metro-style tiles.
Friday, April 04, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (8297)/Comments (0)/
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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 . . .
Monday, April 07, 2014/Amy VanDeVelde| Profile/Number of views (20418)/Comments (0)/
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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.
Monday, April 14, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (9039)/Comments (0)/
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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!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014/Amy VanDeVelde| Profile/Number of views (7557)/Comments (0)/
Top five apps for travelin' light

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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014/Janice Branham| Profile/Number of views (23144)/Comments (0)/

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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (14622)/Comments (0)/
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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.
Monday, April 21, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (11437)/Comments (0)/
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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.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Ron Wisdom| Profile/Number of views (8282)/Comments (0)/
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