Netflix Streaming Adds Account Profiles: Netflix has just added a new feature to its streaming account settings – the ability to add different profiles. And by “streaming,” as you may well know, I am referring not to the subscription service that has Netflix sending subscribers DVDs through the mail by the Netflix streaming service which allows subscribers unlimited access to the Netflix streaming library of titles 34/7/365 from anywhere they have an Internet connection. And what the fancy computer terminology “profiles” means is I think most simply explained by saying that up until now Netflix streaming subscribers logged into their account and had one list of favorite titles that they saved to watch later and this single list would have to do for everyone in a family so if the Jack the family patriarch loves documentaries and nine-year-old Sally Anne loves  cartoons and they have both saved their favorite videos in the favorites list to watch later – then all those videos would be jumbled together “Dora the Explorer” might be found in between National Geographic and PBS documentaries! And now with the new profiles feature five individual family members can log into the same account have their own favorites list (their own profile list) of titles so all of Sally Anne’s cartoons can be on her list, Jack’s documentaries on his list, all the scientific programs on son Tyler’s list and the dramas can all be on matriarch Jane’s list. So in essence, the streaming Netflix subscription now is like a PC – you can log in under your own profile and customize your favorites list and not see the listing of other videos you aren’t interested in!

Here’s a link to a USA Today article that offers more info on the subject titled “Netflix Adds New Profile Feature;”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/01/netflix-adds-new-profile-feature/2603675/

Apple’s Next iPad Mini Will Have Retina Display: The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D reports that Apple suppliers are currently working on components for second generation iPad Mini which will have a Retina display – although this being Apple we are talking about it comes as no surprise that there is not yet a release date for the second generation iPad Mini. However, if Apple follows its refresh pattern from last year just perhaps we will see new iPads this fall.

Here’s a link to the All Thing’s D article which is titled ‘Apple’s Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have ‘Retina’ Display From Samsung;”

http://allthingsd.com/20130801/apples-next-ipad-mini-will-likely-have-retina-display-from-samsung/

The Top 5 Free Anti-Virus Softwares: The tech site Mashable offers a cool list today of five free anti-virus softwares. And if you have a computer and go online at all you really should have a virus protection software on your computer. Of course you can pay for virus protection software and two of the most popular paid softwares are Norton Anti-Virus and McAfee. However, the Mashable list offers five solid, and free, alternatives. Counting them down from the top pick to the fifth the softwares are: 1. AVG Anti-Virus, 2. Comodo, 3. Ad-Aware, 4. Malwarebytes & 5. avast! The Mashable article features a gallery of photos, also known as a slideshow if you’d like to know more – here’s the link:

http://mashable.com/2013/08/01/free-antivirus/

And remember if you need assistance in learning about a personal technology device like an iPad, e-reader or brand new laptop — drop by the library or call us to make an appointment for a free One-On-One session with a member of the library’s tech team!

We’re here to help!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Fee, Jess. (2013, August 1). 5 Best Free Antivirus Software Options. Mashable. Online. Accessed August 1, 2013. http://mashable.com/2013/08/01/free-antivirus/

Luk, Lorraine. (2013, August 1). Apple’s Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have “Retina” Display From Samsung. All Things D. Online. Accessed August 1, 2013. http://allthingsd.com/20130801/apples-next-ipad-mini-will-likely-have-retina-display-from-samsung/

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