Amazon has been making some odd product decisions lately, and the latest was just announced today: the Kindle Voyage, a black & white e-reader with some modest improvements over the current Kindle Paperwhite that sells for a luxury price, starting at $199 and scaling up to as much as $289. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8.1 includes six best-of-class apps designed to show off the Windows 8 full-screen Metro environment. Last week Microsoft announced that they will be rebranded as “MSN apps” and made available on additional platforms. Give them a look – each one is beautiful and packed with useful information. They’ve become part of my daily routine. […] continuedRead more
It’s Patch Tuesday and your computers are dutifully installing the usual crop of Microsoft updates and restarting overnight, or asking you to restart when you log in Wednesday morning. It’s a modest collection of Patch Tuesday updates this month.Read more
One of the advantages of using Office 365 to host company email is its broad support for mobile devices. Office 365 mail can be set up across more platforms than almost any other mail service – iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Windows devices have built-in support for Exchange mail, and Microsoft also supports POP/SMTP and IMAP for devices that don’t talk to Exchange. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Google are stepping up their efforts to gain market share by encouraging manufacturers to sell large quantities of ultra-cheap phones, tablets and computers. And in an interesting new development, some of those cheap devices won’t suck.
Let’s talk for a minute about the strategy behind the upcoming flood of low-end devices, then look at some examples. […] continuedRead more
The cost of online storage continues to drop as Microsoft, Google and Amazon race to build out enormous online data storehouses. Last week Dropbox finally dropped its price for 1Tb of online file storage to $9.99/month to match the competition. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive will also give you 1Tb of space for $9.99/month. […] continuedRead more
After a quiet summer, we’re heading into the season for new product announcements. Here’s a roundup of some of the phones that will be arriving soon.Apple – iPhones
The big announcement of the season will be the new iPhones, which will be announced by Apple on September 9. It is widely believed that Apple will offer two models with larger screens than the current 4” iPhone – probably a 4.7” screen and a 5.5” screen. […] continuedRead more
There are too many possible connections for monitors. It’s increasingly likely that you won’t be able to set up the monitor configuration you want without frustrating trips to Amazon searching for the right adapter.
There are no answers here except to be prepared for stumbling blocks when you set up a new computer and monitor, especially if you have a laptop and you want to use dual displays. […] continuedRead more
When you go into a Verizon or AT&T store, you aren’t buying a smartphone. You’re buying an entry ticket into a beautiful garden, an ecosystem full of wondrous delights. Apple and Google are working nonstop to make their gardens into bigger and better places, with the hope that you will stay with them as you buy more devices. […] continuedRead more
Eighty-five percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2014 were running Android.
Eighty-five percent for Android! Astonishing.
Apple’s share of the global phone market slipped below 12%. The market is growing so fast that Apple’s shipments were up from the previous year while their share of the total market declined. […] continuedRead more
This week’s Patch Tuesday updates included a security update that will block old, insecure versions of Java and other outdated ActiveX controls. Java has been a huge security problem for years and this is an overdue way to keep it from being exploited by the bad guys. (Microsoft’s security record is good overall but in this case it’s behind Chrome and Firefox, which have had similar blocklists for several years.)
In its announcement, Microsoft pointedly noted that Java exploits accounted for between 84% and 98.5% of all Internet Explorer attacks by exploit kits (bundles of malware sold commercially) each month in 2013. […] continuedRead more
Here are some shopping tips about the best Windows laptops on the market today.
It’s a good time to buy. There’s nothing revolutionary on the horizon. Later this year or early next year, Intel’s next generation of processors will extend battery life even further, but not enough to justify a delay. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a tip for people who buy and set up business computers.
Dell sells almost all of its business desktop computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. That continues to strike me as wrong in many ways, especially now that Windows 8.1 has been significantly retooled for keyboard and mouse users, but perhaps it suits conservative enterprise buyers. […] continuedRead more
By this time all Windows 8 computers should be running Windows 8.1, the update that is installed from the Windows Store. (If you’re not sure, this article will help you find out if you have Windows 8.1 and give you some tips about how to install it.)Read more
Next week I’ll be attending a strategy and planning session with a hand-picked selection of high-powered executives. Among others, the attendees include the Chief of Medical Legal Affairs at Kaiser Permanente-Santa Rosa; one of the partners at Studio Bondy Architecture in San Francisco; the CEO of Coyote Coast Youth & Family Counseling; and the founder of web development firm Sutro Research. […] continuedRead more