Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.

There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continued

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HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps

Nokia HERE Maps - soon on Android

There were two interesting announcements today about the free Nokia HERE mapping and navigation smartphone app. With some background, you’ll understand why the announcement of improvements in the Windows Phone apps is less important than the general availability of HERE Maps for Android (and iOS around the corner).

First, some history. […] continued

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Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone

iOS & Android - Windows is a weak alternative on mobile devices

I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] continued

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Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?

The future of Windows Phone

Windows Phone is barely a blip in the market compared to the overwhelming market share for Android and the overwhelming mindshare of Apple iPhones. The Windows Phone operating system is unique and lovable; the live tiles on the home screen are more attractive and more useful than the wall of icons on iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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Crazy Eddie Sale On Microsoft Office–They’re Giving It Away!

Crazy Eddie - Microsoft is giving away Office

Microsoft unexpectedly announced that the Office apps on iPad, iPhone and Android devices can now be used for free without an Office 365 subscription. There are new versions of the core Office programs – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – for iPhones, updates for the already excellent iPad programs, and touch-optimized versions of the programs for Android tablets are right around the corner. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: Box.com Rides To The Rescue

Box.com - online file storage for small business

Previously: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com has matured into a service that meets the needs of small businesses and law firms for online file storage of shared company files.

Box was founded almost ten years ago. It has grown into a large company with a fast-growing user base, including almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. […] continued

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Bluetooth Takes Center Stage

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Bluetooth has been around for more than ten years powering our phone headsets but not much else. Now that we’re using phones and tablets as our primary technology devices, Bluetooth is turning up everywhere.

Bluetooth is a special kind of wireless signal designed to work over short distances. Frequently you’ll see references to a range of thirty feet but the reality is frequently far less. […] continued

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Skype Basics: What It Does And How To Install It

How to install and log into Skype

Skype has become a story of duplicates – two programs, two ways to log in.

Skype’s core function is video and voice calls over an Internet connection to anyone else using Skype, from a computer or other device running Skype software, signed into a free Skype account. Let’s start with a quick description of the other things it does, followed by some information about how to install it on a PC and how to log in. […] continued

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Apple’s No Good, Very Bad Day

iPhone 6 Plus - prone to bending

The picture above shows an iPhone 6 Plus being bent by someone with his bare hands, giving credence to complaints that the new iPhones are bending in some users’ tight jeans pockets.

A video showing an iPhone 6 Plus being bent went viral on Wednesday as tech blogs and Twitter lit up with articles and comments about the “defect.” The video has been watched 17 million times as of Wednesday evening. […] continued

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15Gb Bonus OneDrive Storage Space! Free! Limited Time Only!

OneDrive - 15Gb free for activating camera roll backup

Free! Additional 15Gb of OneDrive storage! Limited time only! Expires soon! Operators are standing by!

Microsoft has been steadily improving OneDrive this year, dropping the price of online file storage and forcing Dropbox and Google to lower prices to match Microsoft. Now Microsoft is using the iPhone launch as an excuse to push a few more people into the OneDrive camp. […] continued

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Luxury Reading With The Kindle Voyage, And Other Amazon Mistakes

Amazon Kindle Voyage luxury e-reader

Amazon has been making some odd product decisions lately, and the latest was just announced today: the Kindle Voyage, a black & white e-reader with some modest improvements over the current Kindle Paperwhite that sells for a luxury price, starting at $199 and scaling up to as much as $289. […] continued

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Office 365 Tip: How To Set Up And Wipe Mobile Devices

Office 365 - set up and wipe mobile devices

One of the advantages of using Office 365 to host company email is its broad support for mobile devices. Office 365 mail can be set up across more platforms than almost any other mail service – iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Windows devices have built-in support for Exchange mail, and Microsoft also supports POP/SMTP and IMAP for devices that don’t talk to Exchange. […] continued

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Bigger iPhones, New Android & Windows Phones, And Selfie Sticks

iPhone 6 - 4.7 & 5.5 inch screens rumored

After a quiet summer, we’re heading into the season for new product announcements. Here’s a roundup of some of the phones that will be arriving soon.

Apple – iPhones

The big announcement of the season will be the new iPhones, which will be announced by Apple on September 9. It is widely believed that Apple will offer two models with larger screens than the current 4” iPhone – probably a 4.7” screen and a 5.5” screen. […] continued

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It’s Not The Device, It’s The (Expanding) Ecosystem

It's not the device, it's the ecosystem - Apple iOS vs. Android

When you go into a Verizon or AT&T store, you aren’t buying a smartphone. You’re buying an entry ticket into a beautiful garden, an ecosystem full of wondrous delights. Apple and Google are working nonstop to make their gardens into bigger and better places, with the hope that you will stay with them as you buy more devices. […] continued

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It’s An Android World! Is There Any Hope For Windows Phone?

It's an Android world! Is there any hope for Windows Phone?

Eighty-five percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2014 were running Android.

Eighty-five percent for Android! Astonishing.

Apple’s share of the global phone market slipped below 12%. The market is growing so fast that Apple’s shipments were up from the previous year while their share of the total market declined. […] continued

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