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The Wednesday Roundup For June 19, 2013

Posted in Apple Inc

Welcome to the June 19, 2013 edition of the Wednesday Roundup brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. Lots of interesting reading on the web this week, so let’s jump in.

Well, Apple has come up with a way to foul thieves who practice “Apple picking”. The new “kill switch” Tool is part of the new operating system for the iPhone. Apple is taking this step to make the mobile devices less attractive to thieves. It requires a password to deactivate “Find My Phone” or wipe data from the iPhone.

As mobile devices become more popular, stealing them has become a unique sort of crime that has law enforcement and government officials taking notice. In New York, a special unit was formed to deal with stolen mobile devices. It was noted in the article that if you subtracted just the increase in Apple product thefts, they would have had an overall decrease in crime in New York.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/11/tech/mobile/iphone-ios7-kill-switch

Google Reader is going away in a couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but I am going to miss it. There are several replacements on the market, and probably more to come. Rumor has it that Facebook will announce their launch of an RSS feed .
Most people used Google Reader because it is a News feed, not a social feed. It’s a tough call, what DO you think about this rumor
http://gigaom.com/2013/06/15/why-facebook-isnt-the-right-company-to-create-a-google-reader-replacement/

In this article the author and others discuss Mobile Office which is available for the Iphone and the Windows phone. The opinion is that Mobile Office has the same functionality on both devices, however, some functions are more desirable on the iPhone. I personally can’t wait to try this out.
http://www.zdnet.com/office-mobile-for-iphone-and-windows-phone-have-the-exact-same-functionality-gallery-7000016862/

The headline reads: St. Luke’s leads fight against childhood blindness with PHL’s First RetCam3.”The RetCam3 is a fully-integrated, wide-field digital imaging system capable of capturing ophthalmic images for premature infants and children, and can now be found at St. Luke hospital’s International Eye Institute. ideal for the diagnosis and documentation of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP),a disease of the eye affecting prematurely-born and underweight babies who have received intensive neonatal care. Now that is what I call an amazing use of technology. In my life as a blind person, I have met many individuals who have these types of eye diseases. Isn’t it marvelous that there may be a way to prevent such diseases in the future?
 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/312515/cbb/st-luke-s-leads-fight-against-childhood-blindness-with-phl-s-first-retcam3blindness-with-phl-s-first-retcam3

My last story today comes from Virginia Beach, VA
And involves a subject in the minds of everyone in June. No, not getting married, but graduating from High School. Well, the young lady in this story graduated from her High School with her sighted peers. With direction from her devoted mother, and educators who were eager to help her gain technical skills to keep up with schoolwork in the most efficient manner, she made it. What a great story of accomplishment and desire to excel and not fail because of having a visual disability. This young lady will surely excel in all she does by utilizing skills she has learned in her journey. She plans to attend a school to learn how to live independently and then attend college. What a story of what a blind person can do if they are given the tools to achieve success.
http://hamptonroads.com/2013/06/blind-va-beach-student-graduates-her-class

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