It’s widely expected that Apple will add a fingerprint reader to the next iPhone, scheduled to be announced on September 10. If the rumors are right, your thumb will unlock the phone when you press the button at the bottom. To be successful, it has to be nearly 100% effective but that might be possible – Lenovo’s fingerprint readers in Thinkpads have become very reliable and Apple purchased leading mobile security company Authentec last year and presumably has been working on improving Authentec fingerprint sensors. […] continuedRead more
I made a trivial change to Outlook that made me so happy I have to share it with you.
Like many of you, I use Outlook’s calendar to view one week at a time. It shows work appointments during the week, plus personal events on the weekend.
It’s always been vaguely annoying that the weekend was split up – Saturday at one end, Sunday at the other end. […] continuedRead more
Many things in technology are easy once someone shows you how to do them. I have “D’oh!” moments just as often as you do. Here’s one I just figured out about Outlook Contacts.
The Contacts folder in Outlook 2013 opens by default in a streamlined vertical view with names on the left and an expanded view of a highlighted name on the right. […] continuedRead more
Since the early days, Google has proclaimed that one of its core values is: “Don’t be evil.”
Faith in that slogan is being tested as Google matures into a corporate behemoth. Its reputation was not helped last week by a couple of tone-deaf responses to security and privacy issues. […] continuedRead more
These two photos look identical to me.
This isn’t about computers, but indulge me for a moment. This is extraordinary technology and might be as important for some of you as it is for me.
Eight percent of men are red-green colorblind. (Almost no women. It’s a genetic thing.) It’s hard to describe, because my world has a full spectrum of colors – “colorblind” does not mean the world is grey. […] continuedRead more
If your Internet connection feels a little slow, it’s probably because the Bruceb News site is sucking up the world’s bandwidth to accommodate well-wishers, gawkers, and passers-by eager to see what all the commotion is about. It’s a milestone: this is article number 2400 in the never-ending series of Bruceb News posts! […] continuedRead more
Microsoft assembled some numbers to show that Office 365 has had almost no downtime for the last year. For four quarters in a row, the Office 365 services (hosted Exchange email, Sharepoint, Lync, and Office Web Apps) were up and running more than 99.9% of the time – between 99.94% and 99.98%, to be exact. […] continuedRead more
The Service Soon Not To Be Known As Skydrive got some nice updates recently – along with a court decision that gives Microsoft yet another nasty branding problem.
The good news is that Skydrive continues to add new features at a rapid pace. (If you’re new to Skydrive, you’ll find lots of articles here to help you get caught up.)
PHOTOS If you have photos stored in Skydrive, the Skydrive web site now offers new options for viewing them. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has been upgrading Office 365 subscribers to new servers during 2013, with improved webmail and a completely overhauled dashboard for users and the latest versions of Exchange Server and other server platforms on the back end. The upgrades haven’t all gone completely smoothly but it seemed like good news all around once the migration was complete. […] continuedRead more
There’s a new little icon in the lower right corner of the screen for Bruceb Remote Management subscribers.
Most of my clients’ computers are running the Bruceb Remote Management service, which silently monitors them to make sure things run troublefree. Desktop and laptop computers are kept up to date with the latest patches for Windows and Office plus dozens of other utilities and programs – and staying up to date has become the single most important thing you can do to be safe online. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones this week, with versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint optimized for small screens. Here’s where you can download it from the Google Play store.
The apps are very similar to the Office Mobile app released for iPhones less than two months ago. […] continuedRead more