Google is an advertising company. Roughly 95% of its revenue comes from displaying ads on web pages. But it spends large resources on projects that are genuinely good for the world, even if they don’t directly make money. The Google Cultural Institute is one of those projects that I had missed in the five years since it was launched. […] continuedRead more
Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.
It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continuedRead more
Hey, this is fun! I think I’ll start writing all my headlines like Buzzfeed. “You won’t believe what happened when I got an iPhone.” “Five things that will shock you about Office 365.” Nah, it won’t work. I’ll still want to write articles that are full of complicated stuff like nuance and details. […] continuedRead more
Executives at Dell and HP and Lenovo put their head in their hands and moaned as they watched Microsoft’s presentation of new hardware on Tuesday.
It was Microsoft’s best presentation in years, showing off new phones that can turn into computers; a Hololens augmented reality demo that had a goggle-wearing presenter shooting lightning bolts at robots climbing out of the walls; and the Surface Pro 4, which is generally improved in just about every way from the already impressive Surface Pro 3. […] continuedRead more
Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continuedRead more
The security hacks into our computers have turned out to be the tip of the iceberg; a constant stream of new vulnerabilities are teaching us that developers and manufacturers have not given security the attention that it requires, even as technology spreads to our cars, our phones, and the devices in our homes. […] continuedRead more
Each week, Spotify creates a personalized playlist with thirty songs on it, tailored specifically to my taste in music. I’m starting to look forward to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Monday morning, knowing that it will have a lot of names I’ve never heard before and a lot of music that I like very much. […] continuedRead more
I’ve been using Chrome as my primary web browser instead of Internet Explorer for the last few months. I’ll have more stories to tell you about what that’s been like but today I just want to mention a few cool tricks for Chrome users. There are hundreds! These are just a few that I’ve found useful. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft wants Skype to be everywhere. It got a little over-zealous with a poorly-designed version of Skype for Windows 8 that never caught on and is being discontinued, but it rallied this week with a new version of Skype that runs in a web browser.
Skype was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. […] continuedRead more
Google Photos is the free service introduced last week that gives you unlimited online storage space for your photos and makes them as easy to search as email or files. It has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: the data analysis transforms it into far more than just another photo app. […] continuedRead more
The SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer will be updated in June to protect you against online advertising that might harm your computer. It’s a long overdue step to provide basic protection that really should have been covered years ago by your antivirus program.
The scum writing misleading “advertisements” have become more brazen, putting up outright lies to fool you into installing their crap. […] continuedRead more
Last week Google changed the rules about how websites must be designed to make Google happy and have your website rank high in search results. The “mobile friendly update” – or Mobilegeddon, as it was dubbed by tech journalists and SEO specialists – is not quite an apocalyptic change but it does give small business owners one more thing to worry about. […] continuedRead more
The next generation of USB is making its debut this month, and it’s a big step forward. USB-C is so much more versatile than existing ports that it can and eventually will replace most of them. It doesn’t just handle USB devices like memory sticks and external hard drives; USB-C can also handle high-resolution video, Ethernet data, and it carries power in and out, allowing it to be used to charge a computer or for the computer to charge a device plugged into it. […] continuedRead more
There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft demonstrated many of the new features in Windows 10 at a press event yesterday, beginning a campaign to drum up excitement for the relaunch of Windows on computers, tablets and phones this fall.
It was an exciting event for tech enthusiasts. Don’t count out Microsoft! It is engaged in a long project to redesign Windows and integrate your experience across all your devices, trying to stay dominant on the desktop and become relevant in the mobile world. […] continuedRead more