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The Latest Toys

Ultrabooks - HP Envy Spectre 14

New toys are coming on the market, just as promised. As you look at them, keep in mind that this is only the beginning. This is a transition year that will be filled with new products, each one looking better/cheaper/shinier than the one before it.


ULTRABOOKS

By summer the shelves will be full of 13” ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight notebook computers. […] continued

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Walled Gardens Postscript: Just Tell Me What To Do!

Walled Gardens - what to do

Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google
Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

This is a transition year. There are no right or wrong answers. Buy whatever feels right and be prepared for some bumps and the possibility that you’ll replace a device or two in 2013 to consolidate everything in one garden. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

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Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google


MICROSOFT

Set your clock ahead by eight months. It’s the holiday shopping season in late 2012.

Make two assumptions.

  • Microsoft has delivered Windows 8. In its final form, the design is solid and well accepted. The app store is lively and the cloud components work as planned.
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Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google

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Previously: Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Next: Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft


GOOGLE

Far more Android phones have been sold than iPhones. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Apple was riding that tidal wave of iPhone 4S sales (with all the attendant publicity), consumers were quietly buying more than twice as many Android phones. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple

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By the end of 2012, there will be three walled gardens shaping your technology world.

Every device you buy will be in one of those gardens.

If all of your devices are part of the same garden, you will have a peaceful time enjoying the rewards of a well-groomed, beautiful landscape. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Remove Unwanted Toolbars

Unwanted toolbars - Bing Bar and Bing Rewards

We are under constant assault from advertisers seeking a foothold on our computers. We invite some of them into our lives voluntarily – every time you do a Google search or check your Facebook page, you’re making advertisers very happy (and making Google and Facebook exceedingly rich).

There is, however, a bit of advertising that you can control. […] continued

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How Does Google Make Money?

How does Google make money?

Google is a fantastically rich company. It reported revenue of more than ten billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Google also offers a vast array of services. In addition to the search engine that we interact with dozens of times a day, Google runs all of these properties:

  • YouTube
  • Google Apps, a hosted business platform competing directly with Microsoft
  • the Android operating system, which runs on more smartphones than Apple’s iOS
  • Google+, competing with Facebook for social networking
  • Chrome, catching up fast to Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser
  • Mail (Gmail), phone service (Google Voice), photos (Picasa), mapping/GPS (Google Maps/Google Earth), digitizing the world’s libraries (Google Books), and oh so much more

How does Google make so much money? […] continued

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Postscript: Crashes On Mobile Devices

Crashes Per App Launch - iOS and Android

Previously: Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Forbes published an article today that provides a nice postscript about new devices becoming more complex and cranky. Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive is rich with details but the important lesson is that these simple, reliable devices in our pocket crash all the time. […] continued

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Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Rube Goldberg - Technology Is Not Getting Easier

It’s supposed to be getting easier! After all, smartphones and tablets should be simple to use, right? iPhones and iPads are exposing hundreds of millions of people to Apple’s fabled ecosystem, and for years we’ve been told that everything is easy and intuitive in the Apple world. Meanwhile Windows 7 brings impressive advances in hardware support and security and stability to our computers. […] continued

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Syncing Photos From A Phone To A Computer

Apple iCloud - Photo Stream

Most casual photos are taken with a smartphone now. There is something to be learned from a quick comparison of the process of getting photos from a phone to a computer on an iPhone and an Android phone.

It’s a good way to understand why Apple is the most valuable company in the world. […] continued

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Take Control Of Access To Your Online Accounts

MyPermissions.org - manage access to your online accounts

MyPermissions.org does something very simple and very helpful – and it might be an eye-opener for some of you.

The site has gathered shortcuts to the pages that list the permissions you’ve granted to access your information on eight social networking services: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Instagram, and Flickr. […] continued

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Setting Up Google Apps For Business

Google Apps For Business

Google Apps For Business is a suite of Google applications customized for small businesses. Everyone in the business gets a domain email address and access to a smorgasbord of integrated Google products, including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites. Everything is completely cloud-based and can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection. […] continued

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New iPhone, New Android Phones, New Windows Phones

Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich

A new model of phone has been introduced roughly every day in 2011 but none of them have been very interesting.

Until now. Let’s take a look at three big developments in the phone world.

(Fair warning: I do not have any personal experience with any of these phones. They undoubtedly have quirks and limitations and exciting bits that might flavor your experience. […] continued

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Google Groups, Mad Mimi, And Mailing Lists

Mad Mimi email marketing

If all goes well, Mad Mimi is going to take over the mailing list for subscribers to Bruceb News. Here’s the story that led me to the odd logo on the left.

If you send an email message to more than 25 people, most of them won’t receive it. The message will be filtered as spam and tossed into a junk mail folder. […] continued

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You Are Not The Customer

Facebook - you are not the customer, you are the product being sold

Facebook has a vision that every single thing you do will be channeled back into a record of your life held by Facebook and shared in real-time with your friends – every web site you visit, every photo you take, every movie you see and song you play and place you go, every interaction with your friends, streamed and viewed and recorded. […] continued

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