Prisma Turns Your Photos Into Works Of Art

Prisma - Vernal Falls

Prisma is a free app for iOS and Android that turns your photos into works of art in seconds. In a way it’s similar to the filters that have been around for Instagram and Snapchat for years, but these are the best filters you’ve ever seen.

Look at a few samples, then I’ll tell you some of the details down below. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

Google Duo - simple video chat

Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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Security Tip: Hover Over Links Before You Click

Security tip: hover over links before you click

When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.

This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continued

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Improvements to Windows Defender In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender - improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continued

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Upgrade Your Computer With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade your computer with a solid state drive

You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.

It’s a combination of two things:

•   Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.

•   Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.

There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continued

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Logging In With A PIN Is Easier Than A Password–And Safer, Too!

Windows 10 - logging in with a PIN

Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password.  In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.

A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continued

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What You Need To Know About Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 on Tuesday. Your Windows 10 computers will be automatically updated. Eventually.

Here’s what you need to know.

  •   What is the Anniversary Update?

  •   When will you get the Anniversary Update?

  •   What’s new in the Anniversary Update?

  •   Are there any snarky examples of things that look stupid? […] continued

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What Are All Those Unfamiliar Tiles In Your Office 365 Menu?

Office 365 menu

In the early 1990s Microsoft was the dominant company in personal computing but its products did not recognize or incorporate the brand new concept of something called the “Internet.” After a famous 1995 memo from CEO Bill Gates, Microsoft embarked on a pivot that led the company to integrate the Internet into everything it produced – one of the most stunning turnarounds in business history, and one that ensured the company would continue to dominate personal technology for the next fifteen years. […] continued

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Augmented Reality: You’ve Been Using It All Along

Augmented reality - the NFL yellow line

In the last article, Pokémon Go And The Future In Front Of Your Face, I painted a picture of augmented reality that sounds like science fiction. Smart contact lenses, information floating in front of your eyes, walking on a virtual reproduction of the surface of Mars – admit it, you know things move quickly but you mentally put it in the category of things that won’t affect you, right? […] continued

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Pokémon Go And The Future In Front Of Your Face

Pokemon Go - augmented reality

Pokémon Go was the most downloaded app in its first week of release in the history of Apple’s iOS App Store. Everyone has been playing Pokémon Go. It is the biggest example yet of Things That Unexpectedly Become Worldwide Obsessions Even Though They’re Pointless (TTUBWOETTP). (Also see Gangnam Style, vuvuzelas, Grumpy Cat, Flappy Bird, ice bucket challenge, and PewDiePie.)

The game doesn’t matter. […] continued

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What To Do When Excel Opens . . . Very . . . Slowly . . .

Excel - Windows 10 slow to open files

This bug only affects a small number of people, but it’s an interesting one because it’s been a problem for almost a year and there’s still no clear understanding of what’s going on.

It happens on Windows 10 computers running Excel 2013 or Excel 2016.

On some computers, double-clicking to open a .XLSX spreadsheet file is followed by a 30-60 second delay before the Excel logo appears and the spreadsheet loads normally. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Drag And Drop With The Right Mouse Button

Drag and drop with right mouse button for big rewards and happiness!

Always use the right mouse button to drag and drop.

That’s it. That’s your tip for the day. Ta ta! Back on Thursday!

Oh, all right. I’ll give you some details since you ask nicely.

When you drag and drop with the left mouse button – the way you’ve done it your whole life – Windows decides what to do based on complex rules that you could memorize if you were a particularly dull person. […] continued

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The Pain Of Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10 updates updates updates

Windows 10 updates are driving me crazy. Well, so are lots of things, but the update process has become a persistent annoyance. Let me gripe about my experiences a bit, then I’ll give you a suggestion that might ease the pain.

Microsoft changed the update process in Windows 10. System updates (including drivers) are now mandatory for anyone running Windows 10. […] continued

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Scan Documents And Create PDFs With Your Phone

Scan documents and create PDFs with your phone

It has become easy to use your phone for quick scans and to create PDFs on the fly. Find an app to use and remember it when you get a receipt or document that should be scanned on the fly.

Each of the major cloud services – Microsoft OneDrive (Office Lens), Box (Box Capture), Dropbox, and Google Drive – has an app for scanning documents with the phone camera and storing the scans online. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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