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Security Warning: Be Alert For Amazon Scam Email

Amazon scam email

The email above landed in my inbox this morning. It’s phony. I don’t know how it got through the junk mail filter. We are required to be paranoid these days! It’s sad. Let me give you some tips for staying safe out there.

The message purports to be from Amazon. It’s got the look and feel of Amazon’s emails. […] continued

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OnePlus One – The Best Android Phone You’ve Never Heard Of

OnePlus One - Android flagship killer

OnePlus calls its OnePlus One phone the “flagship killer.” It’s true. The OnePlus One is one of the best phones on the market, able to hold its own against the iPhone 6 and offering more than any of the other leading Android phones. It’s taken the tech community by storm with cutting edge specs for half the cost of other flagship phones. […] continued

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Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone

iOS & Android - Windows is a weak alternative on mobile devices

I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] 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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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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Please Click On The Amazon Link On The Bruceb Favorites Page (For The Children)

Not Andrew & Nate

At this special time of year, perhaps your thoughts turn – as mine do – to the truly meaningful things in life, like: What can you do to help Bruce have a happy Christmas?

There’s one easy thing. If you have any last-minute shopping to do at Amazon between now and Christmas, or between Christmas and New Year’s Day, or between New Year’s Day and any day in 2017, I would be pathetically grateful if you would click on the Amazon link on the Bruceb Favorites page. […] continued

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Afterword: Amazon And Microsoft Are Preparing To Offer Hosted Desktops

Amazon Workspaces - hosted desktops

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer
Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets. […] continued

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It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Tablet shopping - choose the ecosystem, not the device

The holiday shopping season is nearly here. You’re faced with quite a selection of tablets and no obvious way to choose one over another.

  –  The level of engineering is so high that almost all of the new tablets are gorgeous and strong and light, with beautiful high-resolution displays.

  –  Battery life has been extended far beyond what was possible even a couple of years ago. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Don’t Forget The Kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Although specific sales numbers aren’t available, we know that Amazon is selling millions of its Kindle Fire tablets to people who want a tablet for the lowest price and who are happy living in the Amazon ecosystem.

Last month Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” tablets (available on October 18), with better specs and lower prices than anything else on the market. […] continued

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Updates For Unloved Surface RT Tablets

Surface RT and Surface Pro

Let’s not mince words: very few people have purchased Microsoft’s Surface tablets. It’s still early in the long game that Microsoft is playing but the world is not exactly being changed overnight.

Microsoft is trying to position the Surface devices more clearly in the market.

The original Surface RT ($499 and up) is the one that runs Windows RT, a rewritten version of Windows for ARM processors that can’t run any traditional Windows programs. […] continued

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New Phone To Beat: HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC previewed the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S at a press conference last week, with Steve Ballmer beaming onstage like a proud father. The phones will be available sometime in early November, along with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, the Samsung Ativ S, and likely others. The HTC Windows Phone 8X looks like the new high-end Windows phone to beat, with stylish lines, a high-quality camera, and very light weight. […] continued

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Amazon Will Begin Collecting California Sales Tax On September 15

Amazon collecting California sales tax September 15

Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on California purchases on September 15. If you’ve been thinking about doing some online shopping, you can save money by placing the order this week.

This glosses over two technical details.

First, it’s actually a use tax, not a sales tax – something to do with Amazon being an out-of-state company.

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Amazon’s New Kindles Take On The iPad

Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon unveiled an array of new Kindles at its press conference today, from a $69 basic Kindle (a reduced price on last year’s model), all the way up to a high end tablet that tops out at $599.

The details are interesting but the big picture is even better. Amazon has updated last year’s Kindle Fire to the point that the Kindle Fire HD is effectively a brand new device – a full-fledged tablet that can stand toe to toe with the iPad at a fraction of the cost. […] continued

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Sixty Days Of Technology

changescoming

Get some popcorn, keep a grip on your wallet, and settle down. The action is about to begin.

There are big changes coming up in the world of mobile devices, and the thrilling conclusion will affect your computers as well when Microsoft officially releases Windows 8.

Here’s a look at what lies ahead. […] continued

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The New York Times Explains Smartphones And E-Books

New york Times Guide To Smartphones

A few days ago the New York Times ran two articles that might be helpful to you if you feel like you’re adrift in the technology sea.

A Guide to Deciphering the Language of Smartphones covers the most important (and confusing) acronyms and concepts in the phone world. There are explanations in plain English of basic terms like “wi-fi” and “apps”, as well as some recent jargon introduced by the carriers – “tiered plan,” “CDMA vs. […] continued

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