Once in a while a tech deal shows up that is so good it deserves special attention. I’ve got a stocking stuffer for you that represents one of the great bargains of the year – frankly one of the great deals of the last few years.
Let’s do this like an infomercial.
No? Okay, I understand. MP3 players are old news. How about if the same device can stream online music from Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and many other music services. […] continued
The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.
Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value.
This is the second of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. In the last month, there have been two huge corporate shakeups that will change Microsoft’s competitive posture in ways that are completely unpredictable.
Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates’ college roommate and one of the original Microsoft employees, unexpectedly announced that he will retire as soon as a successor is chosen – no more than 12 months from now and perhaps much sooner. He has been CEO since he took the reins from Bill Gates in 2000, taking a huge and diverse company and steering it through the last thirteen years to record profits and revenues, but making mistakes along the way and failing to keep pace with Apple and Google in the market for mobile devices that has become all-important. […] continued
It’s widely expected that Apple will add a fingerprint reader to the next iPhone, scheduled to be announced on September 10. If the rumors are right, your thumb will unlock the phone when you press the button at the bottom. To be successful, it has to be nearly 100% effective but that might be possible – Lenovo’s fingerprint readers in Thinkpads have become very reliable and Apple purchased leading mobile security company Authentec last year and presumably has been working on improving Authentec fingerprint sensors.
Apple’s influence is declining but its product decisions still get tremendous attention from the media. […] continued
Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones this week, with versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint optimized for small screens. Here’s where you can download it from the Google Play store.
The apps are very similar to the Office Mobile app released for iPhones less than two months ago. Like the iPhone app, the new release for Android is free but available only to Office 365 Home Premium subscribers and Office 365 business users with a subscription that includes Office ProPlus (aka Office 2013).
Microsoft unexpectedly released native Outlook apps for iPhones and iPads today!
Well, kind of.
Office 365 subscribers with a hosted Exchange mailbox can download OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which display your mail, contacts, and calendar in a view that closely resembles Office 365 webmail. There are live tiles, push notifications of email and appointments, integration with the iPhone address book, integration with Bing Maps and LinkedIn, and more. The apps are free but require an Office 365 subscription. You can read Microsoft’s lengthy description of the features and see screen shots here.
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.
So if you’re an Apple person, or a Microsoft person (like me), then consider this a quick guide to some of the new tourist attractions in the Android world.
The stream of Android phones coming onto the market has turned into a flood. […] continued
Microsoft OneNote is the hidden treasure in the Office suite, the program that might be a serious boost to your productivity but is too often overlooked.
Take another look. Your notes in OneNote are available everywhere, and the experience is even more seamless with recent updates to the iOS and Android apps – and OneNote can be used for free in so many places that it has become one of the truly universal apps.
I’ll repeat the overview for people who are not yet familiar with OneNote, then tell you about some of the recent updates.
Microsoft OneNote collects information on the fly from any source you can imagine, and helps you find it again later when you need it. […] continued
This morning Microsoft released mobile versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for iPhone users with an Office 365 subscription. “Office Mobile for iPhone” closely resembles the Office programs included on Windows Phone 8 devices, allowing files to be edited and viewed with integrated access to Skydrive and full compatibility with the Office file formats.
This brings together a number of things that we’ve been examining in the last few months.
– It’s another step in Microsoft’s change to make Office a subscription-based product. The Office apps for iPhone are only available to Office 365 subscribers with a subscription to Office Home Premium or Office ProPlus. […] continued
Think you’re keeping up with the tech industry? Here are two recent reports that took me by surprise.
Android is crushing everything in its path. In the first quarter of 2013, Android smartphones had a 75% market share. Apple’s iOS came in at a distant second place, with 17% market share.
Two hundred million smartphones were shipped in the first quarter, up almost 60% from the first quarter of 2012, according to the IDC report.
Remember when you thought the iPhone was dominating the smartphone world? It was never really true (Apple gets the lion’s share of the profits but never had more than half the market share) and now it’s old news. […] continued