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Google And The Quest For One True Answer

Google and the quest for One True Answer

The European Union’s head of antitrust enforcement hit Google with a $2.7 billion fine last week because of a shopping service you’ve never heard of.

The EU’s action comes after seven years of tussling with Google. The case was almost settled in 2014 but intense lobbying caused the proposed settlement to fall apart and led to the much stricter punishment announced last week. […] continued

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Google Photos Transforms Your Memories

Google Photos transforms your memories

Google Photos is transformational. Some name will emerge to describe the next wave of technology – “post-Internet” or “A.I.-enabled,” maybe. References to “artificial intelligence” and future technology can be vague and scary. Google Photos is here today to show you that what’s coming is exciting, not scary, and it has the potential to transform our lives as profoundly as the Internet itself has changed our world in the last twenty years. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Make PDFs Open In Acrobat

How to Make PDFs open in Acrobat

One of the first things everyone does with a new Windows 10 computer is install basic programs and utilities and set defaults so files open in the right program. This is a quick note for people who want to use Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader to open PDFs, using “Set your default programs” in Control Panel. […] continued

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My Favorite Technology Of 2017: Set Multiple Timers On An Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo - Alexa now supports multiple timers

Now you can say what a timer is for when you set it on an Amazon Echo. “Alexa, set a timer for the pasta for eight minutes.” Then set a second timer: “Alexa, set a timer for the laundry for 30 minutes.” Eight minutes later, the Echo will chime, and Alexa will say, “Your pasta timer is done.” “Alexa, how much time is left on my laundry timer?” “Twenty-two minutes.” You can set reminders, too. […] continued

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Google Lens Might Be The Future Of Google, The Future Of Mobile, The Future Of Everything

Google Lens - store

Google announced a number of new products and services at its developer conference last week. One of them, Google Lens, might change the world. It might be the most important technology announcement in ten years. Of course, it’s just as likely that it will turn out to be nothing important, just another bit of vaporware that is underwhelming when it appears and is abandoned two years later. […] continued

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WeChat, QR Codes, And The Future Of Mobile

WeChat customized personal QR codes

China uses smartphones differently than anywhere else in the world. It’s a fascinating story! Understanding WeChat and why QR codes are displayed everywhere in China will give you a context to understand the importance of Google’s announcements last week. I’ll tell you about Google Assistant and Google Lens in the next article. […] continued

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Surface Laptops And Lessons About Desperation

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Next month Microsoft will begin selling Surface Laptops, elegant and sexy, Microsoft’s first Surface devices with a traditional clamshell design. You’ll be tempted to buy one, but in the end you won’t. Almost no one will buy  them. Microsoft will sell some Surface Laptops, of course, but sales volume will be insignificant – no shame but no bragging rights. […] continued

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Windows 10 S Will Be Microsoft’s Next Failure

Windows 10 S & Surface Laptop - failures waiting to happen

Microsoft made two big announcements this week at an education-themed press event. They’re related in a couple of ways. One common element is that Microsoft will fail at both of the new ventures it announced. I think each one is deeply flawed.

The two announcements:

•  Microsoft will soon release Windows 10 S,  a new version of Windows 10. […] continued

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Windows 10 Cloud & Device Independence

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud event announcement

On May 2 Microsoft will announce a new generation of Windows for low-cost computers targeted at education. Information has leaked about some parts of that announcement and tech journalists are speculating about what it might mean. There is one thing that has not been discussed and it is crucial to the success or failure of the new venture. […] continued

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Technology Is Boring

Technology is boring

Technology in 2017 is just a bit . . . dull. There’s not much going on. You hadn’t really thought about it but now that I mention it, you know it’s true, right?

Choose your metaphor. It’s a plateau. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re almost – but not quite – at a couple of tipping points. […] continued

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Gazing Into The Abyss: Republicans Are Selling Out Your Privacy

Gazing into the abyss - Republicans are selling out your privacy

When you think about the future, you may start to suffer from “abyss gaze,” the depression that settles in when you realize that we’re all doomed. Warren Ellis coined the term in a novella named “Normal,” which tells the story of futurists who suffer nervous breakdowns after discovering that there is no hope for humanity as a result of the trends in whatever area they study. […] continued

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Storing Business Files Online: Dropbox, Google & Box Are Sprinting While Microsoft Falls Behind

The race for online shared folders

Microsoft is losing another race. This one should have been Microsoft’s race to win but it is falling behind for familiar reasons: an inability to keep up with the competition, and its self-inflicted injuries from making overly complex, confusing services with poorly chosen names.

Small businesses and law firms want to store shared files in the cloud instead of on a server in the closet. […] continued

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Smart Contact Lenses And Our Science Fiction Future

Smart contact lens

Smart contact lenses are coming. There are no products on the market today and no one can predict how quickly the technology will be ready for public use, but it may be sooner than you think.

If the technology can be developed, smart contact lenses have the potential to solve what I call the interface problem. […] continued

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Tales Of The Unknown, Volume 17: Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome is a web browser. I kind of vaguely knew that it could do other cool tricks.

I stumbled on a pretty amazing Chrome app that I’ve been overlooking for five years. Sometimes it seems like Google is having all the fun with new technology.

With Chrome Remote Desktop, you can control a Windows or Mac computer remotely from almost any other device: another Windows or Mac computer, a Chromebook, an iPhone or iPad, or an Android phone or tablet. […] continued

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Chromebooks Will Change The World (Someday. Not Today.)

Chromebooks will change the world. Someday.

Chromebooks are poised to change the world. Delicately balanced. Teetering on the edge. Any day now, they’re going to take off. Whoosh! Any day now.

Not today.

Chromebooks are low-cost laptops that run Google’s ChromeOS instead of Windows. ChromeOS is basically the Chrome web browser taught a few new tricks and dressed up so it works with laptop hardware. […] continued

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