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Don’t Answer The Phone! And Other Advice About Robocalls

Robocalls are on the increase - don't answer the phone

It’s not your imagination: robocalls are on the increase. The volume of robocalls has risen sharply in 2016. Complaints are up. The government and big companies are taking new steps to try to rein in the scammers and perhaps tame the “legitimate” telemarketers. It may be a losing battle, because the scammers and nuisance telemarketers are leveraging new technology and taking advantage of decreasing costs of doing business. […] continued

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Google Chrome Steps Up With Improved Battery Life, Material Design

Chrome logo - from 3D to flat

As we move quickly into a post-Microsoft world, Google Chrome is the program where we spend most of our time on our computers. Last week Chrome was updated in a couple of small but significant ways, with a cleaner look based on Google’s “material design” aesthetic, speed improvements, and improved battery life and reduced power consumption, especially important on laptops. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

Google Duo - simple video chat

Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security

How to stay afloat in a sea of passwords

We’re drowning in passwords.

Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into  Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continued

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The World Is All Facebook, All The Time

The world is all Facebook, all the time

On a recent earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said that “people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”

Facebook has more than 1 billion active users every single day, more than 1.6 billion active users every month.

An average of 50 minutes a day. […] continued

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No One Wants A Chromebook For Business, Right?

Chromebook from HP

One is an aberration. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend.

There are three new Chromebooks on the market with some interesting things in common. It’s a trend. It might be an early sign of an important shift in the devices we use.

Let’s get some background, then take a look at the three new devices. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Is Windows 10’s Biggest Mistake

Microsoft Edge - inferior to Google Chrome in just about every way

Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continued

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A New Google Chrome Trick To Amaze And Delight You

Google Chrome - pin website to taskbar

It’s the guiding principle of technology these days: everything is simple and easy once you know how to do it. I discovered a Google Chrome trick that makes me giggle with happiness.

Chrome lets you pin a website to the taskbar.

Really, that’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Let me tell you how it’s done, then I’ll gush for a while about why it’s such a swell trick. […] continued

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Three Reasons That Google Should Be Your Next Phone Carrier

Google Project Fi should be your next phone carrier

The tech community is entranced with Google Project Fi, a partnership between Google, major carriers, and hardware manufacturers to deliver a unique and satisfying phone experience – and along the way deliver a powerful message to the carriers about how they should change their business practices. It’s audacious and ambitious. […] continued

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The Decline Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer market share is shrinking fast

Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continued

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The Real Stakes In The Apple vs FBI Standoff

The real stakes in the Apple vs FBI standoff

There are three points that are frequently overlooked in the debate about the FBI’s demand that Apple provide custom access to a terrorist’s locked iPhone.

  •  Apple is not defying a court order

  •  The FBI is seeking a broad precedent

  •  The tool requested by the FBI would compromise Apple in other countries

These are not the only issues in this debate. […] continued

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Another One Bites The Dust: Say Goodbye To Picasa

Moving on from Picasa

Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continued

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Explore Art Collections, Relive Historic Moments, And Visit World Wonders With Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

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. […] continued

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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

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? […] continued

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