Skype Basics: What It Does And How To Install It

How to install and log into Skype

Skype has become a story of duplicates – two programs, two ways to log in.

Skype’s core function is video and voice calls over an Internet connection to anyone else using Skype, from a computer or other device running Skype software, signed into a free Skype account. Let’s start with a quick description of the other things it does, followed by some information about how to install it on a PC and how to log in. […] continued

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Apple’s No Good, Very Bad Day

iPhone 6 Plus - prone to bending

The picture above shows an iPhone 6 Plus being bent by someone with his bare hands, giving credence to complaints that the new iPhones are bending in some users’ tight jeans pockets.

A video showing an iPhone 6 Plus being bent went viral on Wednesday as tech blogs and Twitter lit up with articles and comments about the “defect.” The video has been watched 17 million times as of Wednesday evening. […] continued

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15Gb Bonus OneDrive Storage Space! Free! Limited Time Only!

OneDrive - 15Gb free for activating camera roll backup

Free! Additional 15Gb of OneDrive storage! Limited time only! Expires soon! Operators are standing by!

Microsoft has been steadily improving OneDrive this year, dropping the price of online file storage and forcing Dropbox and Google to lower prices to match Microsoft. Now Microsoft is using the iPhone launch as an excuse to push a few more people into the OneDrive camp. […] continued

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Luxury Reading With The Kindle Voyage, And Other Amazon Mistakes

Amazon Kindle Voyage luxury e-reader

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. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Explore the Bing Apps (Soon To Be “MSN Apps”)

Bing Apps (soon to be MSN Apps)

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. […] continued

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Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Fixes Wi-Fi Issues

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 firmware update

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.

Surface Pro 3 owners are getting an important firmware update that may fix a number of small but noticeable problems. […] continued

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Office 365 Tip: How To Set Up And Wipe Mobile Devices

Office 365 - set up and wipe mobile devices

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. […] continued

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Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

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. […] continued

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Dropbox Lowers Prices, Still Comes Out Behind OneDrive

Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box

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. […] continued

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Bigger iPhones, New Android & Windows Phones, And Selfie Sticks

iPhone 6 - 4.7 & 5.5 inch screens rumored

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. […] continued

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The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

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. […] continued

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It’s Not The Device, It’s The (Expanding) Ecosystem

It's not the device, it's the ecosystem - Apple iOS vs. Android

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. […] continued

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It’s An Android World! Is There Any Hope For Windows Phone?

It's an Android world! Is there any hope for Windows Phone?

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. […] continued

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Internet Explorer Will Start Blocking Old Java Plugins

internetexplorersecurity

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. […] continued

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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook

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. […] continued

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