Photo Management For Computer Users In A Mobile World

Photos on a computer in a mobile world

All the people who have asked me how to manage their photos on a computer are over 40.

If you’re under 40 (“young’un” is the technical term), you take several hundred photos a day and it never occurs to you to “manage” them. If you want an old photo, you scroll through the camera roll on your phone with thumbs moving at the speed of hummingbird wings until you find it, right? […] continued

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Prisma Turns Your Photos Into Works Of Art

Prisma - Vernal Falls

Prisma is a free app for iOS and Android that turns your photos into works of art in seconds. In a way it’s similar to the filters that have been around for Instagram and Snapchat for years, but these are the best filters you’ve ever seen.

Look at a few samples, then I’ll tell you some of the details down below. […] continued

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Scan Documents And Create PDFs With Your Phone

Scan documents and create PDFs with your phone

It has become easy to use your phone for quick scans and to create PDFs on the fly. Find an app to use and remember it when you get a receipt or document that should be scanned on the fly.

Each of the major cloud services – Microsoft OneDrive (Office Lens), Box (Box Capture), Dropbox, and Google Drive – has an app for scanning documents with the phone camera and storing the scans online. […] continued

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Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Microsoft work and personal accounts - finding your way through the maze

Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.

Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continued

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Box Adds Document Scanning With Box Capture

iOS iPhone document scanning with Box Capture

Box continues to knock me out with its smart choices of apps and features for small businesses. Last week Box announced another essential addition to its lineup. Box Capture is an iOS app for document scanning that integrates directly into your business processes and provides security features that are not matched by anyone else. […] 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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Simple Photo Editing From Adobe


We are awash in photos. Our phones take better photos every year, and it’s so easy now to snap a dozen pictures where we would have taken one in the past, trying to get a picture with everyone’s eyes open. The selfies and landscapes, the pictures of food and loved ones and dogs and cats, all of them are accumulating in our Camera Roll and Pictures folders by the hundreds and thousands. […] continued

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Upload Your Photos To Google: Trade Privacy For Big Rewards

Google Photos - trade privacy for big rewards

Google Photos is the free service introduced last week that gives you unlimited online storage space for your photos and makes them as easy to search as email or files. It has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: the data analysis transforms it into far more than just another photo app. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: The Wide World Of Apps

The wide world of Android apps

Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Three Cool Wallpaper Tricks For Dual Monitors

Windows 8 dual monitors - different pictures for wallpaper

Here are three cool wallpaper tricks for Windows 8 users with dual monitors.

Set different pictures as wallpaper for each monitor

You can use two different pictures as wallpaper on your dual monitors. Like the best tips, this one is easy and not a soul knows about it.

  •  Right-click on the desktop and click on Personalize. […] 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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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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Windows 8.1 Tip: Display Photos On Your Lock Screen

Windows 8.1 - display photos on your lock screen

Windows 8.1 can display a slide show of your photos on the lock screen. It’s a surprisingly fun distraction if you have an ever-expanding collection of photos.

The lock screen is the full-screen picture that comes up before you log in to Windows 8. Most of you see it briefly when the computer restarts or when you come back to the computer after the monitor has turned off. […] continued

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‘Tis The Season For New Software

Software upgrades for business

As we head into the fall, the software publishers are lining up their annual updated versions of the core Windows programs for businesses. Here are some of the ones that have come up on my radar screen.

  • Microsoft Windows 8  The official unveiling is October 26. I’ve been running Windows 8 on all my computers for months.
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Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google


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


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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