Still More Free OneDrive Storage. Can Dropbox survive?

Microsoft OneDrive - more storage space, lower prices

This week Microsoft announced huge increases in the amount of free online storage space with each OneDrive account, and sharply reduced prices again for additional space. Synced online file storage is turning into a basic component of our devices, something that we expect instead of a premium feature that we pay for. […] continued

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Monitor Your Google Rank With KnowMyRankings.com

Monitor your Google rank with knowmyrankings.com

KnowMyRankings.com is a simple and elegant tool for anyone who wants to know how their website ranks in Google searches. If your small business or law firm has a website and you want to know whether people can find you online, sign up for a free trial.

There are two things that set KnowMyRankings.com apart from other services. […] continued

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The Rising Price Of Search Engine Optimization

The rising price of search engine optimization SEO

If you’re a small business or law firm with a website, you probably have a vague understanding of “search engine optimization” (SEO), the process that is supposed to cause your site to rank high in Google searches. SEO is constantly changing as Google adjusts its search algorithms and competition for those high search result spots becomes more fierce. […] continued

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Change Is Difficult! (Or, What Happened To Google Maps?)

Google Maps - new design

Google Maps got a completely new look a couple of weeks ago. (On a computer in a web browser, not on your phone or tablet.) There is a huge amount of information packed into the new interface but it is not an easy process to discover it all. Many people (myself included) find it frustrating because it seems simultaneously streamlined and cluttered, and familiar things have been moved around and seem more difficult to use. […] continued

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Attacked by Advertising

Attacked by adware and advertising

Tech bloggers were in an uproar today when it was discovered that extensions to Google Chrome are being hijacked to insert unwanted ads onto web pages. It’s only a symptom of a deeper problem that will plague all of us this year: the hunger to deliver ads to your eyeballs is making advertisers more desperate and more willing to resort to subterfuge and deceit. […] continued

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Google Chrome, Windows 8, And Trojan Horses

Google Chrome OS

Windows 8 users who set Google Chrome as their default Internet browser are caught by surprise when it opens in a fullscreen Metro environment instead of running on the familiar Windows desktop. I’ll explain how that works below.

Today Google released Chrome version 32, which makes their strategy clearer. The new version makes the Metro version of Chrome a vehicle for running their faux operating system Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 – a Trojan horse aimed at taking down Windows from inside. […] continued

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The Tablet Takeover

It's a tablet world

The world is changing. Here’s an anecdote to help you understand just how fast it’s happening.

My wife was at a conference last week attended by a hundred medical and legal professionals. Each person had a device for viewing the speaker slides and taking notes.

Three of them, including my wife, had laptop computers. […] 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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Sorting Out The Tablets

Nokia Lumia 2520 - Windows tablet

Previously: It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.

APPLE

Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.

The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple. […] continued

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It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Tablet shopping - choose the ecosystem, not the device

The holiday shopping season is nearly here. You’re faced with quite a selection of tablets and no obvious way to choose one over another.

  –  The level of engineering is so high that almost all of the new tablets are gorgeous and strong and light, with beautiful high-resolution displays.

  –  Battery life has been extended far beyond what was possible even a couple of years ago. […] continued

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Google’s Tone-Deaf Comments On Security And Privacy

Google's tone-deaf comments on security & privacy

Since the early days, Google has proclaimed that one of its core values is: “Don’t be evil.”

Faith in that slogan is being tested as Google matures into a corporate behemoth. Its reputation was not helped last week by a couple of tone-deaf responses to security and privacy issues. […] continued

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Meanwhile, In The Google Ecosystem

Google Android ecosystem

Let’s peer over the wall into the Google garden.

The changes in one ecosystem are more or less irrelevant if you’re committed to one of the others. Pieces of the Google, Apple, and Microsoft ecosystems can be used across platforms, but you’ll get the biggest rewards if you declare your allegiance to one of them and ignore the others. […] continued

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Leaving Google

Leaving Google ecosystem

I’m leaving Google.

Oh, not completely. I’ll still use Google for searches and maps. I’m not crazy.

But I’m extricating myself from the Google walled garden as much as possible.

It’s about simplicity.

Some people have privacy concerns about Google, which collects more information about us than any other single data collector on the planet. […] continued

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Google Street View Takes You Inside Buildings, Under The Ocean, And Around The World

Google Street View - Great Barrier Reef

Google Street View is one of the wonders of the world. I know you normally would never use your computer to kill time browsing the Internet but really, you should spend an hour looking around the world to discover what the Google Street View team is doing.

Google Street View is the feature of Google Maps that gives you a street-level 360-degree view driving up and down roads all over the world. […] continued

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The Bizarre, Pointless Google Chromebook Pixel

Google Chromebook Pixel

Google has achieved a rare distinction: it has now launched not one but two of the strangest, most pointless products in the long history of stupid tech products.

Last year Google introduced the Nexus Q, an orb-shaped streaming media player designed for living rooms. It had an unbelievably small set of features that did not match anyone’s habits in the real world, combined for some reason with a high price tag that made it bizarrely unappealing in almost every way. […] continued

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