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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, June 19, 2016

To all the Dads, we wish you a very Happy Fathers Day!

The writers and editors of this newsletter will be taking vacation for the next several weeks. We wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Is Your Smartphone Safe from Malware?
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Believe Spammers When They Say "You Requested"
Today's Topic: What Is Cloud Computing?
Special Feature: Your iPad and iPhone: How to Recover Deleted Photos
Websites of Interest: Father's Day; Summer Solstice; Independence Day


Special Feature: Is Your Smartphone Safe from Malware?

By Jonathan Keane of digitaltrends.com

As long as there are users and mobile users are growing every year, there always will be malware. Learn how to protect yourself and your family:



Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Believe Spammers When They Say "You Requested"

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

There are two words that you will find in almost any unsolicited bulk email: you requested.

Do not believe it.

Spammers count on your uncertainty, and that in doubt you will rather not take any action and complain about the spam.

Chances are, however, that you did not request anything, especially if there is nothing about the company or person sending you bulk email you recognize, or if the service offered does not sound like something you would ever be interested in or request.

In our next edition: Are You an Easy Target for Scammers?


Today's Topic: What Is Cloud Computing?

By Paul Gil of about.com

Cloud Computing is a somewhat nebulous term to describe users 'renting' or borrowing online software instead of actually purchasing and installing it on their own computers. It is the same business model as people using Gmail or Yahoo mail services, except that cloud computing goes much further and includes daily computing activities. Cloud computing is where individuals or entire businesses and hundreds of employees will run their computer tools as online rented products.

All of the processing work and file saving will be done in the clou' of the Internet, and the users will plug into that cloud every day to do their computer work.

Cloud computing involves three different technologies:

Online File Storage (i.e. private online cyberlockers)
Software as a Service (aka "Saas" or "SaS")
Platform as a Service (aka "PaaS" or "PaS")

Online File Storage has been around for many years, but is now becoming very widespread as hard drive space now costs less than a dollar per gigabyte. Google Docs, Microsoft Skydrive, Dropbox, Asus Cloud Storage, and many hundreds of providers now offer free or low-cost online storage for users.

Software and Platform as a Service describe the business model of users logging into a centralized hub to access their software products. Users open their files and software only while online, using only their web browser and passwords.

SaaS/Cloud Example: instead of selling you a copy of Microsoft Word for $300, a cloud computing model would rent word processing software to you through the Internet for perhaps 5 dollars a month. You would not install any special software, nor would you be confined to your home machine to use this rented online product.

You simply use your modern web browser to login from any web-enabled computer, and you can access your word processing documents in the same way that you would access your Gmail.

The Benefits of SaaS/Cloud Computing

The primary benefit of cloud computing is reduced cost for everyone involved. Software vendors do not have to spend thousands of hours supporting users over the phone... they would simply maintain and repair a single central copy of the product online. Conversely, users wouldn't have to shell out the large up-front costs of fully purchasing word processing, spreadsheet, or other end user products. Users would instead pay nominal rental fees to access the large central copy.

The Downsides of Cloud Computing

The risk of cloud computing is that the users must place a high level of trust into the online software vendors that they will not disrupt the service. In a way, the software vendor holds its customers hostage because all of their documentation and productivity is now in the vendor's hands. Security and protection of the file privacy becomes even more necessary, as the massive Internet is now part of the business network.

Read more about Cloud Computing:


Special Feature: Your iPad and iPhone: How to Recover Deleted Photos

If you use the camera on your iPhone or iPad, one of the features you'll appreciate is the ability to recover deleted photos. When you delete a photo, it remains available in the Recently Deleted album on your device for 30 days. If you decide that in fact you want to save a photo you deleted, you can easily recover it. Here’s how to recover deleted photos.

Navigate to the Albums view in the Photos app. In addition to any albums you've added, you'll see the default album, Recently Deleted.

Tap on the Recently Deleted album to view the photos you've deleted.

Tap Select to choose the photos you want to recover.

Tap Recover in the lower right corner. Confirm Recover Photo.

You can also choose to recover all by tapping Select. The option to Recover All will show in the lower right corner. You can also select individual photos to permanently delete or choose to permanently delete all.

Photos are kept in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days, after which they really are deleted. When you view the contents of the Recently Deleted album, each photo has a notation at the lower right indicating how many more days before it's deleted.


Websites of Interest:

Father's Day


Here is a website for fathers with a tremendous amount of resources that can make parenting easier.

Summer Solstice
June 21 is the first day of Summer. Read facts and information about the Summer Solstice at this site.

4th of July - Independence Day
Read the Declaration of Independence at this website:

Learn about history, customs, observances and much more.

July 4th articles, video, pictures and facts

Fourth of July Party Recipes