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1-Click Answers.com Part 2

I recieved this email recently from 1-Click Answers.com to my posting. I thought I would add it in seperately, rather than adding to the original post.

In addition, I want to make a clarification concerning the issues you mentioned with the 1-Click Answers feature:
-The window you summon when alt-clicking provides all the features and sources offered at Answers.com; in essence, you are simply summoning Answers.com to appear with information you have requested (so it is not only Houghton Mifflin and Wikipedia, but all other reference sources listed for that topic).
-Concerning the Answers.com toolbar in IE: You have a choice whether to opt for this or not when downloading the product (as well as opting out of the Answers bar and Today’s Highlights updates).
To get rid of the Answers toolbar:
A. To stop it from showing, open IE, click View, Toolbars and deselect the Answers.com Toolbar.
B. To completely uninstall just the IE toolbar:
1. Close all open IE windows, as well as 1-Click Answers
2. Open the Control Panel and run Internet Options
3. Choose the Programs tab
4. Click the Manage Add-ons button
5. Select the 1-Click Answers entry (should be at/near the top), then click the Disable radio button (in the settings section)
6. Click OK

-We assure you that 1-Click Answers is not “spyware,� nor do we bundle any other software with our installation. For more on this, we invite you to view our strict Privacy Policy at http://www.answers.com/main/privacy.jsp. None of the major players in the security software field identify any of our products as malware.

1-Click Answers.com

This is a meta-search tool that gives you answers to the questions that you have. It seems to use specific sources like Wikipedia and Houghton Mifflin Company. It doesn’t seem like a bad tool, the only thing is that it ads another search bar to IE, and it has that feeling of spyware.

What is nice is that I can hold down the Alt key and select anyword and I get an answers page that pops-up and defines the term.

They do have a Teacher’s Toolkit section that looks promising as well.

Jybe Firefox Extension

I tried out the shared browsing power of the Jybe firefox extension. Also available in other flavours (IE). Jybe allows you to browse websites together with a friend or a group of friends. It links your browser with theirs, has a chat area, and is generally cool for a bit of a guided web tour. You can switch leaders so one person does not have to be in control. What is really neat is the shared presentation/application feature. PowerPoint or any other office document can be loaded into a session and then discussed via chat. It is a tool worth adding to your elearning arsenal.

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