Who Should Buy A Chromebook?

Samsung Chromebook Plus

Previously: Why Your Next Laptop Might Be A Chromebook

If you read the last article about Chromebooks, you know that the virtual store shelves are lined with lovely laptops at prices that start at $450 and go down from there. Let’s make some broad generalizations and you can see if you recognize yourself. […] continued

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Why Your Next Laptop Might Be A Chromebook

Asus Chromebook Flip C302

Chromebooks are laptop computers. They don’t run Windows or Mac programs, but they’re powerful computers that can do many useful things. They’re simple, secure, fast, they feature long battery life, and they’re always up to date. The best of them have high quality touchscreens that can flip over so they can be used in tent mode or as a tablet. […] continued

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Why Is Microsoft Obsessed With Windows Store?

Windows Store

Microsoft has a modern platform for apps that would make your computer safer, more reliable, and perform better. All that’s needed is for you to give up everything that you do on your Windows computer today and start over again with new programs from the Windows Store that don’t look or work like the programs you’re using now. […] continued

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Google Bets That Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Buy Its New Devices

Google's new hardware devices 2017

Today Google introduced eight new devices that will be released this fall – phones, home assistants, a laptop, a virtual reality headset, and more. It’s the most diverse new product lineup from a technology company in recent memory. Apple just announced three new phones, Amazon just announced a slew of new variations on the Echo, but Google outdid both of them for sheer quantity and variety. […] continued

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Windows Themes And The Failure Of The Windows Store

Windows 10 themes in the Store

Microsoft believes that Windows can return to its position at the center of our technology world if all of us begin to use the Windows Store to install programs.

It is a flawed, desperate vision. Windows is going through a slow, long-term decline. The Windows Store will not change that. The decline is broader than Windows, and it is permanent. […] continued

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Be Still, Your Beating Heart! Bruceb News Turns Twenty

Bruceb News twenty year anniversary

I registered the domain name bruceb.com on September 11, 1997, exactly four days before the name google.com was registered.

Some people believe Google has done more with its domain name than I have done with mine. They are tiny, bitter people. Pay them no heed.

Twenty years of Bruceb.com! Sure, you’re impressed. […] continued

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New Premium Phones: Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy S8

Previously:
The Latest Smartphone Trends
New Premium Phones: Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
 

With the announcement of the upcoming iPhone X, Apple opened the door to phones that cost a thousand dollars or more. Samsung and Google have each increased prices on the new models of their premium phones, hoping to capture profits like Apple from customers who are not particularly sensitive to price but will pay for better (and more expensive) screens, extra features, and the cachet that comes from carrying the latest and greatest. […] continued

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New Premium Phones: Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus

Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

It’s new phone season! Here’s the view from 10,000 feet of the premium phones from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

The manufacturers spent the last few years making our phones bigger and improving the cameras. They’re about as big now as anyone reasonably wants, and the cameras of the best phones are arguably already better than most people need for casual snapshots. […] continued

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FIXED: iPhone/iPad Bug With Office 365 And Outlook.com

iOS 11 upgrade - Office 365 bug

Update 09/26/2017: Apple has released iOS 11.0.1, which fixes the problem.

Update 09/25/2017: I’ve seen reports that Microsoft was able to take steps internally to resolve this problem. No confirmation yet, but with luck your mail will work fine after the iOS 11 upgrade.


There is a bug in iOS 11 that breaks the connection between the built-in Mail app on iPhones & iPads, and Office 365 & Outlook.com mailboxes. […] continued

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The Latest Smartphone Trends

The latest smartphone trends

Ten years ago Apple introduced the iPhone and changed our world. Today more than three-quarters of all adults in the US carry a powerful computer – a smartphone – around with them at all times.

Phone manufacturers introduce new phones each fall. There are a few common themes this year that are worth pointing out as an overview of the industry in 2017. […] continued

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Outlook Disconnected From Office 365? Try Disabling IPv6

Outlook disconnected? Try disabling IPv6

(This tip is for IT pros. Non-technical readers should still read this article because it involves a thrilling mystery, it teaches important lessons for healthy living, and it has a fresh minty aftertaste. But if you’re not sure, don’t do anything to your computer without the support of your trusted IT support person.)

Outlook 2013 and 2016 can occasionally lose their connection to an Office 365 hosted Exchange mailbox. […] continued

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Google Changes Its Programs For Storing Photos And Files Online

Google Backup and Sync

Google is changing the programs that Windows and Mac computers use to store photos and files online. You’re not required to do anything right away but some of you will be prompted to update to a new program in the next few months. Let’s see if we can unravel some of the details of Google Backup and Sync, and Drive File Stream. […] continued

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Do Not Call The 800 Number!

Do not call the 800 number for "tech support"!

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published on March 2, 2016. Phony warnings about viruses continue to be the most common online scam in 2017.)

If your computer displays a message while you are browsing the Internet claiming that you have been hacked or infected with a virus, it is a lie by criminals. […] continued

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Improved Calendar Sharing For Office 365 Users

Outlook - OWA webmail calendar sharing

Here’s a tip for business Office 365 users that I wish I’d known about sooner. Early this year, Microsoft significantly improved the experience of sharing Outlook calendars. The secret is to share your calendar in webmail instead of doing it from the Outlook desktop program.

Office 365 webmail (aka Outlook Web Access, OWA, “Outlook on the web,” and too many other names) can be viewed at https://mail.office365.com. […] continued

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Create PDFs With Your Phone

Scan documents and create PDFs with your phone

One of the technology challenges in 2017 is simply remembering what can be done with your phone or computer. It’s easy to add apps to your phone or install programs on your computer; it’s harder to remember them a few weeks later when you have something new to do.

There are several ways to create PDFs with your phone. […] continued

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