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

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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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Procrastinator Alert: Last Chance For Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 10 upgrade procrastinator alert - free upgrades end July 29

Windows 10 will celebrate its first birthday on July 29. That’s the last day to upgrade a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer to Windows 10 for free.

Here’s the latest Windows 10 news.

•   Every Windows 8 computer should be upgraded to Windows 10. Windows 8 will quickly become the Windows Version Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken, abandoned and ignored by Microsoft and manufacturers. […] continued

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As Ignorable As It Is Interesting: Increase Productivity With The Sounds You Won’t Hear

Ambient music - as ignorable as it is interesting

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.“ – Brian Eno, liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)

Ambient music and sounds can increase your productivity. Here are some apps and music selections that might be the best thing you’ve ever ignored while you’re getting work done. […] continued

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Microsoft, LinkedIn, And Identity Management

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(Warning: this article gets pretty geeky by the end. Feel free to look away. I’ll try to make the next article about a Dancing Kitten app or something.)

Last week Microsoft agreed to pay $26.2 billion cash to acquire LinkedIn. It’s one of the largest technology industry deals in history. It dwarfs Microsoft’s previous big acquisitions of Skype, Nokia and aQuantive. […] continued

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Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane

Outlook 2016

Here’s the story of an odd Outlook 2016 bug that you might run into.

Microsoft has been urging everyone with an Office 365 license for the Office programs to update to Office 2016. It’s a modest upgrade at best, as the programs are virtually identical to the 2013 versions, but it feels good to get the latest version for free, right? […] continued

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How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Bring clarity to your Microsoft work and personal accounts

“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”

Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continued

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Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Microsoft work and personal accounts - finding your way through the maze

Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.

Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continued

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Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs help avoid crapware

Here’s a shopping tip if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop PC: check the Microsoft Store for Signature Edition PCs.

Signature Edition PCs are shipped with Windows 10 – and nothing else. The drivers are installed that match the specific hardware but Signature Edition PCs don’t have any unnecessary programs at all. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security

How to stay afloat in a sea of passwords

We’re drowning in passwords.

Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into  Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continued

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