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R.I.P. Windows Phone

RIP Windows Phone

Windows Phone is dead.

Last week Microsoft announced that it will lay off almost all of the remaining employees inherited from its purchase of Nokia, and write off $7.6 billion from the Nokia deal – more than it paid for Nokia last year. Although Microsoft will still develop the Windows Phone OS and there will still be a few Windows Phone devices released going forward, the announcement was a frank acknowledgement that Microsoft failed completely in its attempt to build a third phone operating system to compete with Android and iOS. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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Sony Hack Might Be The Worst Cyberattack Ever

Sony hack - red skull screen displayed to employees

The hacking attack against Sony Pictures might be the most significant corporate intrusion in history – and the first salvo in a new and dangerous escalation of cyberattacks against governments and businesses.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures’ employees – all of them – discovered that their Windows computers were unusable, displaying the threatening image above. […] continued

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It’s An Android World! Is There Any Hope For Windows Phone?

It's an Android world! Is there any hope for Windows Phone?

Eighty-five percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2014 were running Android.

Eighty-five percent for Android! Astonishing.

Apple’s share of the global phone market slipped below 12%. The market is growing so fast that Apple’s shipments were up from the previous year while their share of the total market declined. […] continued

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Bruceb Backup Pro Now Available

Bruceb Backup Pro - maximum protection, fast recovery

I’m pleased to announce that Bruceb Backup Pro is now available for small offices that want maximum protection and fast crisis recovery.

All of the details are now available online on brand new web pages. Well, actually it’s all just a lightly-modified rewrite of the article I wrote about Bruceb Backup Pro last month, but it’s laid out nicely with lots of white space and the front page has pictures that look very high-tech, so that’s good, right? […] continued

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An Overview Of Bruceb Backup Pro

Bruceb Backup Pro - secure backups for small business

Bruceb Backup Pro is intended to meet the challenge of business continuity with backups that are secure, redundant, and focused on disaster recovery.

I’ll be offering Bruceb Backup Pro to clients later this month. Each element has been chosen to complement the rest and put you in the best possible position to recover from any kind of technology crisis, from a missing file to a failed server. […] continued

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Switching To A Standing Desk Might Be One Of The Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

Sitting Is Killing You - The Benefits Of A Standing Desk

I adore my standing desk.

I feel more energetic. It’s easier for me to stay focused. The health benefits are in the back of my mind all the time, helping me feel virtuous and keeping me on my feet even when the chair is calling.

Maybe you’ve noticed that anything you research turns out to be the worst thing in the world. […] 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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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

The Future Of Microsoft

Part 1: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows
Part 2: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

This is the second of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. In the last month, there have been two huge corporate shakeups that will change Microsoft’s competitive posture in ways that are completely unpredictable. […] continued

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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows

Windows 8.1

Part 1: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows
Part 2: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

This is the first of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. No one can predict the future in this dizzying hyper-competitive environment – there are too many variables to know whether Microsoft will be dominant or irrelevant in a few years. […] continued

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Sony PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox One (Tip: Don’t Bet On Sony)

Xbox One vs. Playstation 4

Sony and Microsoft have now both shown off their next-generation living room consoles. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available this fall. Each will be solid gaming machines, as well as offering features for non-gamers – integrated access to the web, streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, et al.), some TV integration, and more. […] continued

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Windows RT Tablets For Business Users (And The Imminent Arrival Of Outlook)

Windows RT and Surface RT tablets

Windows RT is the special version of Windows 8 that runs Microsoft Surface RT tablets and a few tablets from other manufacturers. When eight inch Windows 8 mini-tablets appear soon, they will be running Windows RT.

There are some good reasons to consider a Windows RT tablet instead of an iPad or Android tablet – and there was an announcement about Outlook this week that makes them particularly tempting if you want a tablet for business or law. […] continued

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Our Changing Tech World

Android is crushing iOS in the market

Think you’re keeping up with the tech industry? Here are two recent reports that took me by surprise.

Android is crushing everything in its path. In the first quarter of 2013, Android smartphones had a 75% market share. Apple’s iOS came in at a distant second place, with 17% market share. […] continued

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Comcast Speeds Up Internet Service In California

Comcast speeds up Internet service in California

Without much fanfare, Comcast has doubled the speed of its Internet service for most California subscribers, at no extra charge.

Comcast has several service tiers. Most subscribers are in one of the plans that have been upgraded – Performance, Blast, and Extreme. The increases range from 25% faster downloads in the Performance tier to a full 100% increase in the Blast and Extreme tiers. […] continued

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Growth In Smartphone And Tablet Markets Continues Unabated (And It’s All Android And Apple)

Smartphone and tablet duopoly - Android & Apple

The number of smartphones and tablets sold worldwide in 2012 is absolutely staggering. The sense of amazement is the same no matter how you measure it – number of units sold, growth year over year, spending, profits, comparison to declining computer sales. There is something profound going on in the world. […] continued

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