Windows Phone 8.1 Update Arriving Soon

Windows Phone 8.1 update arriving soon

Windows Phone 8.1, a major update to Microsoft’s phone OS, will be rolled out to Windows Phone users over the next few weeks. If you have a Windows Phone, you’ll be alerted when it’s available, possibly as soon as this week. There are some nice improvements in the new version, as Microsoft continues to make Lumia phones into a tempting alternative to iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

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Should You Buy A Windows Phone?

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Samsung / LG / HTC have a new Android phone that’s slightly bigger / smaller / faster with more something and an improved something else!

Apple’s next iPhone will be marginally bigger than the current zzzzz

. . .

Sorry. I dozed off.

Wow, is the bloom off that rose or what? […] continued

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Google Chrome, Windows 8, And Trojan Horses

Google Chrome OS

Windows 8 users who set Google Chrome as their default Internet browser are caught by surprise when it opens in a fullscreen Metro environment instead of running on the familiar Windows desktop. I’ll explain how that works below.

Today Google released Chrome version 32, which makes their strategy clearer. The new version makes the Metro version of Chrome a vehicle for running their faux operating system Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 – a Trojan horse aimed at taking down Windows from inside. […] continued

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The Tablet Takeover

It's a tablet world

The world is changing. Here’s an anecdote to help you understand just how fast it’s happening.

My wife was at a conference last week attended by a hundred medical and legal professionals. Each person had a device for viewing the speaker slides and taking notes.

Three of them, including my wife, had laptop computers. […] continued

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LastPass 3.0 Brings New Design, New Features

LastPass password manager - new version 3.0

LastPass released a major update this week. LastPass 3.0 gives the essential password manager a streamlined look and introduces some new features. If you’re a LastPass user, you’ll see some new things happening onscreen as you move around password fields. Don’t be unnerved! The changes will seem to be for the better, I think, after we get used to them. […] continued

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The Good, The Bad, And The Mysterious Google

The Good, The Bad, and The Mysterious Google

Google is a confounding company. We all interact with it daily; almost everyone uses Google Search and Google Maps, at least. Android is running on an overwhelming number of new phones and tablets, with such a commanding lead that it’s fair to say that Android is the new Windows.

And yet . […] continued

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Sorting Out The Tablets

Nokia Lumia 2520 - Windows tablet

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

Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.

APPLE

Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.

The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple. […] 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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iPhone Fingerprint Reader And Mobile Security

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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. […] continued

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Google’s Tone-Deaf Comments On Security And Privacy

Google's tone-deaf comments on security & privacy

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. […] continued

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Microsoft Releases Office Mobile For Android Phones

Microsoft Office Mobile - Android phones

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. […] continued

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Microsoft Delivers Outlook for iPhone/iPad (Kind Of)

OWA for iPad and iPhone

Microsoft unexpectedly released native Outlook apps for iPhones and iPads today!

Well, kind of.

Office 365 subscribers with a hosted Exchange mailbox can download OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which display your mail, contacts, and calendar in a view that closely resembles Office 365 webmail. There are live tiles, push notifications of email and appointments, integration with the iPhone address book, integration with Bing Maps and LinkedIn, and more. […] continued

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Meanwhile, In The Google Ecosystem

Google Android ecosystem

Let’s peer over the wall into the Google garden.

The changes in one ecosystem are more or less irrelevant if you’re committed to one of the others. Pieces of the Google, Apple, and Microsoft ecosystems can be used across platforms, but you’ll get the biggest rewards if you declare your allegiance to one of them and ignore the others. […] continued

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