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Amplifi! Orbi! Luma! Eero! And Other Words About Wi-Fi

WiFi - home mesh network

“Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

– First words spoken by Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series

Before we begin our article about Wi-Fi mesh networks, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Amplifi! […] continued

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Google Chrome Steps Up With Improved Battery Life, Material Design

Chrome logo - from 3D to flat

As we move quickly into a post-Microsoft world, Google Chrome is the program where we spend most of our time on our computers. Last week Chrome was updated in a couple of small but significant ways, with a cleaner look based on Google’s “material design” aesthetic, speed improvements, and improved battery life and reduced power consumption, especially important on laptops. […] continued

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Prisma Turns Your Photos Into Works Of Art

Prisma - Vernal Falls

Prisma is a free app for iOS and Android that turns your photos into works of art in seconds. In a way it’s similar to the filters that have been around for Instagram and Snapchat for years, but these are the best filters you’ve ever seen.

Look at a few samples, then I’ll tell you some of the details down below. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

Google Duo - simple video chat

Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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Pokémon Go And The Future In Front Of Your Face

Pokemon Go - augmented reality

Pokémon Go was the most downloaded app in its first week of release in the history of Apple’s iOS App Store. Everyone has been playing Pokémon Go. It is the biggest example yet of Things That Unexpectedly Become Worldwide Obsessions Even Though They’re Pointless (TTUBWOETTP). (Also see Gangnam Style, vuvuzelas, Grumpy Cat, Flappy Bird, ice bucket challenge, and PewDiePie.)

The game doesn’t matter. […] continued

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Scan Documents And Create PDFs With Your Phone

Scan documents and create PDFs with your phone

It has become easy to use your phone for quick scans and to create PDFs on the fly. Find an app to use and remember it when you get a receipt or document that should be scanned on the fly.

Each of the major cloud services – Microsoft OneDrive (Office Lens), Box (Box Capture), Dropbox, and Google Drive – has an app for scanning documents with the phone camera and storing the scans online. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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As Ignorable As It Is Interesting: Increase Productivity With The Sounds You Won’t Hear

Ambient music - as ignorable as it is interesting

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.“ – Brian Eno, liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)

Ambient music and sounds can increase your productivity. Here are some apps and music selections that might be the best thing you’ve ever ignored while you’re getting work done. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security

How to stay afloat in a sea of passwords

We’re drowning in passwords.

Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into  Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continued

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The World Is All Facebook, All The Time

The world is all Facebook, all the time

On a recent earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said that “people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”

Facebook has more than 1 billion active users every single day, more than 1.6 billion active users every month.

An average of 50 minutes a day. […] continued

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Office 365 And The Sharing Problem

Office 365 and sharing calendars & contacts on mobile devices

The Exchange mailboxes run by Office 365 are now standard in businesses of all sizes. They are supported on every device imaginable, from Windows and Mac computers to the native mail/contact/calendar apps on iOS and Android. Office 365 is one of the most commonly deployed applications among businesses. It has surpassed Google Apps and it’s growing fast. […] continued

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It’s Now Or Never For Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 10 upgrades - last chance

Microsoft says that the offer to upgrade Windows 7 and 8 computers to Windows 10 for free will end on July 29, one year after the release of Windows 10. The free upgrade was always described as a one-year offer but many people expected Microsoft to extend it indefinitely. No such luck. […] continued

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No One Wants A Chromebook For Business, Right?

Chromebook from HP

One is an aberration. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend.

There are three new Chromebooks on the market with some interesting things in common. It’s a trend. It might be an early sign of an important shift in the devices we use.

Let’s get some background, then take a look at the three new devices. […] continued

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Three Reasons That Google Should Be Your Next Phone Carrier

Google Project Fi should be your next phone carrier

The tech community is entranced with Google Project Fi, a partnership between Google, major carriers, and hardware manufacturers to deliver a unique and satisfying phone experience – and along the way deliver a powerful message to the carriers about how they should change their business practices. It’s audacious and ambitious. […] continued

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The Decline Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer market share is shrinking fast

Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continued

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