Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

Season’s greetings! I hope the end of 2014 finds you warm and safe, with plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep you entertained.

The last year was the best of times and the worst of times for technology. Apple released the iPhone 6, which raised the bar for mobile devices. Google responded with continuous updates for Android that pushed it out of its gawky adolescence to become a mature and polished platform. […] continued

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Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.

There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continued

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HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps

Nokia HERE Maps - soon on Android

There were two interesting announcements today about the free Nokia HERE mapping and navigation smartphone app. With some background, you’ll understand why the announcement of improvements in the Windows Phone apps is less important than the general availability of HERE Maps for Android (and iOS around the corner).

First, some history. […] 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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Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?

The future of Windows Phone

Windows Phone is barely a blip in the market compared to the overwhelming market share for Android and the overwhelming mindshare of Apple iPhones. The Windows Phone operating system is unique and lovable; the live tiles on the home screen are more attractive and more useful than the wall of icons on iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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Crazy Eddie Sale On Microsoft Office–They’re Giving It Away!

Crazy Eddie - Microsoft is giving away Office

Microsoft unexpectedly announced that the Office apps on iPad, iPhone and Android devices can now be used for free without an Office 365 subscription. There are new versions of the core Office programs – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – for iPhones, updates for the already excellent iPad programs, and touch-optimized versions of the programs for Android tablets are right around the corner. […] continued

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What The Deal Between Dropbox And Microsoft Really Means

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Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: Box.com Rides To The Rescue

Box.com - online file storage for small business

Previously: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com has matured into a service that meets the needs of small businesses and law firms for online file storage of shared company files.

Box was founded almost ten years ago. It has grown into a large company with a fast-growing user base, including almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. […] continued

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Bluetooth Takes Center Stage

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Bluetooth has been around for more than ten years powering our phone headsets but not much else. Now that we’re using phones and tablets as our primary technology devices, Bluetooth is turning up everywhere.

Bluetooth is a special kind of wireless signal designed to work over short distances. Frequently you’ll see references to a range of thirty feet but the reality is frequently far less. […] 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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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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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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