Happy Halloween! We've put together a scary good issue to help you make the most of the month of October. It starts with a warning about malicious software dressed up to look like a Facebook video. (It's living proof that not all costumed characters are as harmless as the kids at your door on Halloween.) Please stay alert whenever you're online!
Also in this issue, you'll find plenty of inspiration for fun fall projects you can do with your family. Check out Go Pinterest-ing!, Sites of the Month, and Two to View for Halloween ideas including pumpkin carving, crafts, and costumes. To sharpen your online skills, don't miss our tips on how to email large files and how to get started with Vine, the app that makes it easy to share short videos.
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Malware Alert – Malicious Software Masquerading As A Facebook Video
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This Month's FAQ – How Do I Send Several Large Files By Email?
Question: Sometimes when I try to attach several large files to an email, it doesn't go through. I'm told the attachments exceeded the allowable limit. What should I do?
Answer: This is a common problem; we've all run into roadblocks trying to share large files by email. You can try sending the files one by one in separate emails to get around the size limits. But if you have very many files to send, this can be a time-consuming way to go. Another option is to use one of the many free online services for sending and receiving large files. Here are three of the most popular ones to consider: Dropbox, WikiSend, and Senduit.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In October
Find The Perfect Recipe ... Fast! yummly.com – This recipe site truly is a feast for the eyes. You'll get hungry as you browse through its huge collection of appetizing food photos. Quickly search by a specific dish or use handy filters including ingredients, occasions, tastes, diets, allergies, cuisines, courses, and sources. Launched by foodies for foodies, it's a delicious resource.
Halloween Headquarters spoonful.com/halloween – Don't be scared by all the Halloween preparations ahead! Spoonful has everything covered for you here — costumes for any kid, pumpkin-carving ideas, easy crafts, spooky recipes, ghoulish games, indoor and outdoor decorations, and safety tips. Don't miss the boo-tiful section just on ghost projects and treats.
How To Compare Anything diffen.com – This site does one thing and does it well. It helps you understand the difference between any two things. Just enter two different words or phrases in the boxes provided and click on "Compare." Up will pop a side-by-side comparison chart. Popular comparisons include Epidemic vs. Pandemic, Their vs. There, and CT Scan vs. MRI.
See Under The Sea Thanks To Google Maps google.com/maps/ – When you think of Google Maps, you probably think of getting directions to an unfamiliar hotel or home. But there's a whole new world to enjoy. Google Maps recently introduced a feature called "Street View Oceans," which lets you look around under the sea in a variety of places around the world.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Flying Over America Imagine you're a bird flying above some of the most spectacular spots in America — from sea to shining sea. That's the feeling you'll get from this video. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, it takes you past cityscapes and landscapes.
Pumpkin Ideas From Disney Don't settle for the "same old, same old" jack o' lanterns this Halloween. Check out what Disney does with pumpkins during the fall season at Magic Kingdom Park. They're decorated to look like Disney characters, a snowman, a hot dog, and more.
Vine is a mobile app that allows users to film short videos — maximum length six seconds — on their wireless devices for one-touch sharing to Twitter and Facebook. The secret to Vine's success is elegant simplicity. Vines (as the short clips are known) are effortless to shoot and play an automatic loop as users scroll through their feeds. There are no editing functions; Vines appear in the raw, giving them a poignant immediacy.
Just follow these steps to get started with Vine:
Get Vine. Visit the App Store (iOS users) or Google Play (Android users) to download the Vine app to your wireless device. Note: Tablet and iPod users may need to download the phone version.
Sign in. If you log in using your Twitter account, Vine will automatically populate your name and profile information. Alternately, you can enter an email address to create a new profile.
Take the guided tour. To begin filming, click the camera icon in the screen's upper-right corner. The first time you do this, Vine offers an optional tutorial. Click "Yes" to receive onscreen prompting as you make your first video.
Shoot something. From the in-app camera, touch the screen to record and remove your finger to pause. Repeat until you've filmed six seconds of footage. (The green status bar at the top measures elapsed time.) When finished, your film will play automatically on a loop. Click the green check mark to accept and share or "X" to reject and start over.
Share your work. When you accept your film, a screen appears where you can enter a caption, location, and assign a topic channel (Comedy, Family, etc.). The caption field supports Twitter-style hashtags (#royalbaby, #stopmotion, etc.). This is also where you choose the social networks to which you will share your film. To finish, touch "Done." Note: Films can only be shared from the app immediately after you shoot them. However, your device saves a copy to its camera roll.
Make yourself at home. Touch the icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to access a pull-down menu. Use the options to update your profile, follow others, and explore new content.