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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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
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Sorry. I dozed off.
Wow, is the bloom off that rose or what? […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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 . […] continuedRead more
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.Read more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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
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
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
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more