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This week’s Patch Tuesday updates included a security update that will block old, insecure versions of Java and other outdated ActiveX controls.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
Sure, you’re a Windows power user, but there’s always room for a few new Windows tricks, right? Here are some little-known ways to speed things up. These tips work in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Many of these tricks use the Windows key. That’s the key on the physical keyboard to the left of the space bar, usually between Ctrl and Alt. […] continuedRead more
X1 Search 8 is a program for searching files and emails. It is not for everyone but there are some law office and small business professionals who will find that it immediately enhances productivity and quickly becomes an essential tool.
Windows and Outlook are indexed and searchable already. It will take a minute to explain why you might want to spend $49.95 on a program that does the same thing that you can do already for free. […] continuedRead more
Windows Phone 8.1, a major update to Microsoft’s phone OS, will be rolled out to Windows Phone users over the next few weeks. If you have a Windows Phone, you’ll be alerted when it’s available, possibly as soon as this week. There are some nice improvements in the new version, as Microsoft continues to make Lumia phones into a tempting alternative to iPhones and Android phones. […] continuedRead more
On October 1, Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 plans for small and medium businesses.
The good news is that the new plans are more flexible and slightly cheaper than the small business plans available today.
The bad news is that Microsoft cannot find its way out of the branding maze it has created and the new plans only increase the confusion. […] continuedRead more
Windows 7 and 8 are hard to attack if the user does not have local administrator privileges. Small businesses can reduce the amount of adware and malware and cruddy software on office computers by removing administrator rights from employees.
This requires some background, and it’s not a magic bullet – there are some tradeoffs when you implement this. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has added yet another nifty feature to make OneNote easier to use. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to a webpage, a screenshot of the webpage will automatically be added to your Quick Notes in OneNote.Read more