Friday, February 13, 2015

Visa New App to Help Prevent Fraud

Look forward to the release of a new app, Visa Mobile Location Confirmation for your phone if you use a Visa credit card.  The app is designed to help prevent fraud. The software company where it is being developed in Finsphere.  CNET has an article with the details.

In short, it is designed to verify your location using GPS on the phone - where you are making the transaction.  The idea is that if you are purchasing something with the Visa card, you will have your phone with you.  The app is an opt-in service.

You can read more with the CNET news article at

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Microsoft Office Clip Art - gone

I read several weeks ago that Microsoft Clip Art was going to disappear  - and it has.  If you are using Microsoft Office 365, you will notice it is no longer a choice on the insert menu. 
You can read more about it in the article, Microsoft is Killing Off Clip Art in Favor of Bing Images

The article, How to Find Images for Office Documents Now that Microsoft's Killing Clip Art provides information on how find copyright free images with the Bing search engine.  Bing does have images that are licensed with Creative Commons (CC) licensing, however, there are 6 different CC licenses.  If you want to use an image for a commercial product, like a book, you need to verify that you have permission to do so. 

Outlook App Finally Available

I read in the New York Times today that the Outlook app was released last week.  It is available for iPhones, Android phones, and the iPad.  The app is free.  I was using OWA as an Outlook app, but it did not have the robust features of Outlook.  If you use Outlook, try out the app. 

To learn more, go to