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Mac Gets A Virus (And Other Apple Woes)

Mac - Flashback malware virus

A nasty bit of malware named “Flashback” has reportedly infected 600,000 Macs worldwide, more than half located in the US. Here’s some news coverage when the announcement was made last week by a Russian security company, followed by corroboration by Kaspersky Lab.

Apple is gaining market share, which inevitably will draw attention from bad guys. […] continued

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Walled Gardens Postscript: Just Tell Me What To Do!

Walled Gardens - what to do

Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google
Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

This is a transition year. There are no right or wrong answers. Buy whatever feels right and be prepared for some bumps and the possibility that you’ll replace a device or two in 2013 to consolidate everything in one garden. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

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Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google


MICROSOFT

Set your clock ahead by eight months. It’s the holiday shopping season in late 2012.

Make two assumptions.

  • Microsoft has delivered Windows 8. In its final form, the design is solid and well accepted. The app store is lively and the cloud components work as planned.
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Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google

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Previously: Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Next: Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft


GOOGLE

Far more Android phones have been sold than iPhones. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Apple was riding that tidal wave of iPhone 4S sales (with all the attendant publicity), consumers were quietly buying more than twice as many Android phones. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple

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By the end of 2012, there will be three walled gardens shaping your technology world.

Every device you buy will be in one of those gardens.

If all of your devices are part of the same garden, you will have a peaceful time enjoying the rewards of a well-groomed, beautiful landscape. […] continued

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The New iPad And A Look At Apple’s Future

The New iPad 3 HD

Whenever Apple releases a new product there is a tidal wave of news coverage. You already know there’s a new iPad on the way. I won’t go through the details, just comment on the big picture. If you want a rundown of the specific new features, try this.

The new iPad is a minor upgrade of last year’s iPad 2. […] continued

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Be Careful With Confidential Data On Mobile Devices

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As much as we all hate remembering passwords and thinking about security, it’s hard to ignore the constant headlines on the front page about hacking and security and privacy.

You’re getting better. You’re well trained to practice safe computing on your home and office computers. With the help of LastPass, many people have begun to use complex passwords for web services. […] continued

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Windows 8 And Post-PC Computing

Windows 8 Logo

The logo for Windows 8 that was unveiled over the weekend symbolizes a lot of things that will have a deep effect on you sooner than you think. In a couple of weeks Microsoft will unveil a “consumer preview” of Windows 8 and begin a drumbeat of publicity that will lead up to the launch of the new operating system at the end of the year. […] continued

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How Does Google Make Money?

How does Google make money?

Google is a fantastically rich company. It reported revenue of more than ten billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Google also offers a vast array of services. In addition to the search engine that we interact with dozens of times a day, Google runs all of these properties:

  • YouTube
  • Google Apps, a hosted business platform competing directly with Microsoft
  • the Android operating system, which runs on more smartphones than Apple’s iOS
  • Google+, competing with Facebook for social networking
  • Chrome, catching up fast to Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser
  • Mail (Gmail), phone service (Google Voice), photos (Picasa), mapping/GPS (Google Maps/Google Earth), digitizing the world’s libraries (Google Books), and oh so much more

How does Google make so much money? […] continued

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Postscript: Crashes On Mobile Devices

Crashes Per App Launch - iOS and Android

Previously: Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Forbes published an article today that provides a nice postscript about new devices becoming more complex and cranky. Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive is rich with details but the important lesson is that these simple, reliable devices in our pocket crash all the time. […] continued

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Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Rube Goldberg - Technology Is Not Getting Easier

It’s supposed to be getting easier! After all, smartphones and tablets should be simple to use, right? iPhones and iPads are exposing hundreds of millions of people to Apple’s fabled ecosystem, and for years we’ve been told that everything is easy and intuitive in the Apple world. Meanwhile Windows 7 brings impressive advances in hardware support and security and stability to our computers. […] continued

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Syncing Photos From A Phone To A Computer

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Most casual photos are taken with a smartphone now. There is something to be learned from a quick comparison of the process of getting photos from a phone to a computer on an iPhone and an Android phone.

It’s a good way to understand why Apple is the most valuable company in the world. […] continued

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OneNote For iPads

OneNote for iPad

A few weeks ago Microsoft released a OneNote app optimized for iPads.

Long-time readers know about my fondness for OneNote, the program you’ve never heard of that’s included with every copy of Microsoft Office 2010, right alongside Word and Excel and Powerpoint. Here’s more information to get you oriented. […] continued

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Free Screen Sharing With Join.Me (Now For iPads Too)

Free screen sharing with Join.Me

In addition to its flagship products, LogMeIn also runs Join.Me, a free service that you can use to share your screen with someone at another location so easily that it will amaze and delight you. I’ve written about Join.Me before but it deserves to be called out again; it should be one of your basic and frequently used tools. […] continued

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Speech Recognition And Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 Home Edition

I’m about two weeks into one of the more amazing experiences I’ve ever had with a computer. I don’t say that lightly; over the years I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences with computers and this really stands out.

On the other hand, there are a thousand reasons why you might not have the same experience. […] continued

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