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10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills

Source: 10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills

We have collected a list of some of the best websites that can teach you a new skill…entirely for free. Simply click on the links or pictures to be taken directly to the sites where you can find out more. Now there is really no excuse not to get your learning cap on and see if you can pick up a new hobby, no matter how old you are!

  1. Learn a New Language – Duo Lingo
  2. Learn to Type Quickly – Type Fu
  3. Become a Photographer – Udemy
  4. Take a Psychology Course – Masters In Psychology Guide
  5. Learn How To Knit – Instructables Knitting Courses
  6. Improve Your Memory – Kwik Learning
  7. Learn How to Draw – Draw Space
  8. Learn How To Meditate – Online Meditation
  9. Learn How to Invest in Stocks – Investopedia
  10. Learn…Pretty Much Anything – Academic Earth


Academic Earth was established according to the principle that ‘everyone deserves access to world class education’. The site collects together the best free online college and university courses from around the world, all available to browse via an easy three-point search mechanism. Whether you want to explore a new topic or improve your understanding of one you already know a little bit about, this fantastic resource will have something for you.

17 Very Useful Android tips for Beginners | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

This is more advanced than a beginner but I found some great items. Here’s one. -keith

Are you getting annoyed by app notifications that just keep on coming? If you are, and want to turn them off, here’s how:

  • Long press on the unwanted notification in question.
  • Tap App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

Android is a great addition to the modern cell phone, but it can be a little daunting and complex to the newcomer. Therefore, here are 20 really useful Android tips.

Source: 17 Very Useful Android tips for Beginners | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

Here’s How to Study 1000s of Courses for Free! | Computers & Internet – BabaMail


7 Free Online Education Websites

Nothing makes me feel more alive than learning something new. Every day, by investigating subjects I don’t know enough about, I give myself a shot of childlike wonder. Thanks to the internet, there is now a great wealth of information available at our fingertips, and we are not restricted by age or even by wealth. That’s why it was so easy for me to put together this great list of 7 high quality online education websites that are all totally free. Consider donating a small portion of your time to these sites every day – it’ll do wonders for your mind!

Source: Here’s How to Study 1000s of Courses for Free! | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

In Brief

1. Open Culture Online Courses
2. Academic Earth
3. edX
4. University of the People
5. TED-Ed
6. Сoursera
7. Khan Academy

Read Books Online for Free | Reader’s Digest


Calling All Book Lovers! 7 Ways to Read Books for Free Online

Support your reading habit without paying a dime or even taking a trip to the library.

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Google Books
The Library of Congress
Open Library
Project Gutenberg
Internet Archive

Source: Read Books Online for Free | Reader’s Digest

Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All: MedlinePlus Health News

Study also finds using it helps them feel less isolated, may boost their health

Monday, September 12, 2016

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(HealthDay News) — The notion that seniors shy away from social media may be off the mark.

A new study found that many older people enjoy using social technology, and it helps them combat loneliness and might even benefit their health.

The findings challenge the popular belief that seniors aren’t interested in or have difficulty using social technology, such as email, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter or Skype.

Michigan State University researcher William Chopik examined survey responses from nearly 600 older Americans, average age 68, and found that more than 95 percent were either “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with social technology, while 72 percent said they were not opposed to learning new technologies.

“Despite the attention that the digital divide has garnered in recent years, a large proportion of older adults use technology to maintain their social networks and make their lives easier,” Chopik said in a university news release.

“In fact, there may be portions of the older population that use technology as often as younger adults,” he added.

Chopik also found that social technology use was associated with lower levels of loneliness, which was tied to better physical and mental health. Seniors who used social technology tended to be more satisfied with life. They also had fewer symptoms of depression and fewer chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. But the study did not prove that social media use improved health.

The study was published online recently in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, Aug. 25, 2016

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Source: Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All: MedlinePlus Health News

Reduse Digital Clutter – tips

Delete, file, repeat: 3 weeks to less digital clutter

Clear space and stress — a little at a time — with these tips
My smartphone is out of storage space — again. Where’s that online receipt? I have how many photos?!

Sound familiar? Could be time to take control of the digital clutter in your life. Increase your virtual space — and reduce your stress — with this step-by-step approach.

Week 1: Delete the obvious first
Trash or uninstall anything that’s not needed. Look for easy targets like these:

  • Unneeded or duplicate files or email messages
  • Old bookmarks and shortcuts
  • Rarely or never-used apps and programs

What about your vast volumes of photos and documents? Don’t get hung up trying to sort through the hordes. Tackle them as separate projects. For example, you’ll see we take on photos in week three.

Bonus points: Be decisive. If it helps you keep moving, create a “Possible trash” folder. But only use it when you really can’t make a decision. You can revisit it later in the process.

Week 2: Develop a clear digital filing system
Create a folder structure that’s easy to understand and use. This can help with cleanup — and with finding what you need later. For example:

Main folder Subfolder 1 Subfolder 2
Receipts 2016 09-2016
Photos 2016 08-2016 — Vacation

Give files simple — but specific — names too. A little detail in the name makes finding stuff a snap. The file name “List” isn’t as helpful as “2016 — Holiday to-dos.”

A quick tip: Use numbers for months. That way files and folders sort in chronological order. So you don’t end up with April at the top of your list instead of January.

Bonus points: Now that you have a good filing system, it’s time to revisit your “Possible trash” folder. File what you want to keep — then delete the rest, including the folder.

Week 3: Pare down your pics
Our digital photos and videos can be a source of joy — and stress. To tackle an unruly collection:

  • Time for a trash bash! Selfies gone bad. Accidental shots of the floor or wall. Thirty takes of the same sunset. Keep the best — and discard the rest.
  • Is your collection overwhelming? Set a timer for short sessions — so you’re not glued to a screen for hours.
  • Have a solid backup plan. Protect your cherished photos — and all your important files — by saving copies to disks, external hard drives or a cloud-based service.

Bonus points: Learn more about preserving your digital memories

Stay organized
Did you make it through this initial cleanup? Congratulations! Take a moment to appreciate your tidy technology. Then make a plan to stay clutter-free, including:

  • Delete or file new documents or emails as soon as possible — before they pile up.
  • Try to spend even five minutes a day using the decluttering tips you’ve learned to keep your devices tidy.

LightbulbWhat to do next
Get more strategies to help simplify your life. You can also pick up practical pointers from Organized Audrey’s online seminar: “Being organized in being balanced.”


Remove information from Google

This is pretty techie but a good source for privacy folks. -keith

“Get something off Google” means different things to different people. We’re going to try to help you remove the information that you want to, but you must help us by reading the information below carefully.
Step 1: Understand the problem

Source: Remove information from Google – Search Console Help

The Strongest Material in the World | Science & Tech – BabaMail


Graphene – This newly-discovered form of carbon is the next big technological revolution. It’s flexible, yet harder than diamonds, while also being thinner than paper. What’s more is that it can conduct electricity better than almost anything known to man. But the really amazing thing is you have probably held it in your hands before, and didn’t even know it. By using graphene, engineers have been able to make new kinds of electronics that never break or shatter when dropped and computers that are lighter, thinner and cheaper than anything that came before them.

Source: The Strongest Material in the World | Science & Tech – BabaMail

Hacking Your Phone – CBS News

My super cautious wife is right. Be aware of this. Watch and read at the link below.

(…) Nohl’s team is probing the security of mobile phone networks.
Sharyn Alfonsi: Is one phone more secure than another? Is an iPhone more secure than an Android?
Karsten Nohl: All phones are the same.
Sharyn Alfonsi: If you just have somebody’s phone number, what could you do?
Karsten Nohl: Track their whereabouts, know where they go for work, which other people they meet when– You can spy on whom they call and what they say over the phone. And you can read their text messages (…)

Source: Hacking Your Phone – CBS News

A Beginner’s Guide to Tablet Computers | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

Have you ever considered buying a tablet, but not yet done so? It could be that you’re hesitant because you don’t feel that you’re well-informed enough to make the right decision. Don’t fret – this guide is the quintessential beginner’s guide to purchasing a tablet.

Source: A Beginner’s Guide to Tablet Computers | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

14 Easy-To-Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Computer | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

We’ve all rushed into a purchase in the past, and then come to regret it. Take heed of these 14 easily avoidable mistakes when buying a new computer.

Source: 14 Easy-To-Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Computer | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

Cloud Computing: What is it? | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

You might be asking yourself: “what does it <cloud computing>  have to do with me?” and you’ll be surprised with the answer.

Regular users utilize cloud computing.  for example:

  • Did you know that YouTube is a cloud-based service? All of those videos are kept in a cloud-based system, making them accessible anywhere in the world, 24/7/365 with lightning speeds.
  • If you’re using Gmail or YahooMail (for example), your emails are not saved on your own computer, they are kept on Google or Yahoo’s cloud system, just like the YouTube videos.
  • Young people who enjoy video games but can’t afford to buy the equipment needed to run them can simply have the game run on a distant computer, with just the images & sound being broadcasted back to their screen (“streamed”).

Full story Source: Cloud Computing: What is it? | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

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