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The world will be saved from climate change, poverty, and dirty politics because of people like Manoj Bhargava, founder of 5-Hour-Energy. He’s focusing on projects like transforming sea water into drinking water and independent sources of electricity for the 3rd world. The new film “Billions in Change” focuses on these projects and more.
The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.
Interested in seeing the whole film? You can see it here.
Today is the day many have been waiting for with excitement (and fear). This new version of Microsoft Windows is released today as a free upgrade for “genuine” users of Windows 7 and 8. It was provisionally reported in error that the this long awaited update would be free for both genuine and pirated copies of Windows. Today the company made it official via an email to Windows Insider members:
For PCs running Genuine Windows 7/8 – these machines qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update. (You can also do a media-based upgrade though the Microsoft Software Download site.)
For PCs not running Genuine Windows 7/8/10 – you can purchase Windows 10 at your local retailer or at online retailers like Microsoft Store.com.
I am disappointed in the restriction, but understand it was a business choice. It has been reported that some pirates are successfully upgrading to Windows 10. Upgrading my HP Envy running a legal copy of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was a beautifully simple process. Your results may vary.
A few of the features Microsoft is promoting about Windows 10 include:
- Its fast and familiar with the Start menu, Taskbar, and Desktop we are all used to using.
- Its the most secure Windows ever and includes Windows Hello.
- It includes a new version of the Cortana personal digital assistant.
- The new Microsoft Edge browser has arrived and replaces the much hated Internet Explorer.
I expect this to be the best Windows yet. How about you? Have you already updated? What do you think?
WordPress version 4.2 has been released. It is named “Powell” in honor of jazz pianist Bud Powell, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. The new features in 4.2 focus around more easily sharing others content (with source links), extended characters support and emojis! Links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter can now auto embed in your posts when you copy/paste a link and more.
Read more and get all the details at: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/powell/
It’s here! The second teaser trailer for the first Star Wars movie in decades just posted online. What do you think?
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.
Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/theforceawakens
Sometimes it can be nice to add a simple feather effect to the borders of photos for online galleries or scrapbooks. Here is a simple how-to guide to show you how to make it happen with Photoshop in 8 steps. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 in this example but these general instructions will work in many previous versions as well.
1.) Open your image.
2.) Set your “Feather” size.
3.) Select your “Marquee” or “Lasso” type.
4.) Make the selection you want over your image.
5.) Click “Select” and then “Inverse.”
6.) Set your Background Color.
7.) Click “Edit” and then “Cut.”
8.) Save your image.
That was easy wasn’t it? If you have any questions leave ’em in the comments.
UPDATE: As of 12:40 CST on 1/1/15 Netflix reports that the search glitch has been fixed
I’ve been looking forward to Friends hitting Netflix for months. Sure we own the show on DVD, but haven’t see it in forever because its so much work to switch discs. Could it BE any more difficult? Anyways, the show hit the streaming network today. I found it on Netflix.com on my Mac no problem, but couldn’t get it to show up on my Apple TV. It wasn’t “Featured”, it wasn’t under “TV Comedies” or “Recently Added.”
I found two ways around this via @NetflixHelps on Twitter:
— Daddy’s Grounded (@DaddysGrounded) January 1, 2015
1.) Add the show to your “My List” via the website:
@DaddysGrounded Hey not to worry, we can help get you watching it on there! You can go to the website and add it to “my list” for that. *BE
— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) January 1, 2015
2.) Search via an actor/actress in the show. In this case a search for Jennifer Aniston did the trick:
@Netflixhelps a search for Jennifer Aniston had it show up. Thanks!
— Daddy’s Grounded (@DaddysGrounded) January 1, 2015
I hope this post helped! Have fun watching the show.
WordPress released version 4.1 today. It includes the new Twenty Fifteen theme and several usability updates. This release is named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington. It is available for download or update via the WordPress dashboard now.
One of the biggest improvements in this version of WordPress is the distraction-free writing mode. When turned on, everything around the editor fades away when one starts typing. Want to get everything back? Just move mouse out of the editor to reveal all of WP’s powerful tools everything again.
There is now a plugin recommendation engine that suggests plugins to try based on the ones you already use. Vine videos can now be easily embedded by pasting a URL onto its own line in any post. Plus several more updates details on the official WordPress blog at: https://wordpress.org/news/2014/12/dinah/
We’ve been waiting for it. There have been numerous fan made fake trailers online in the last few weeks. Now, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 88-second teaser trailer has been officially released. This new Star Wars movie (Episode VII) opens in theaters on December 18, 2015. Watch it below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Source: Star Wars on YouTube – http://youtu.be/erLk59H86ww