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Peeking Behind The Scenes At Spotify & The Music Industry

Spotify, streaming music, and record companies

Spotify and Apple Music have helped the music industry recover from a disastrous decade. Here are a couple of interesting perspectives on streaming music – a look behind the scenes at the relationship between Spotify and the music industry, and a thought about our shift to streaming music.

Let’s call them “record companies.” A bit of an archaic term, but that’s the familiar name for Universal, Warner, Sony and a few others – the businesses that continue to stand between artists and the public, demanding a huge cut of revenue from music recordings and performances. […] continued

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Google Photos Transforms Your Memories

Google Photos transforms your memories

Google Photos is transformational. Some name will emerge to describe the next wave of technology – “post-Internet” or “A.I.-enabled,” maybe. References to “artificial intelligence” and future technology can be vague and scary. Google Photos is here today to show you that what’s coming is exciting, not scary, and it has the potential to transform our lives as profoundly as the Internet itself has changed our world in the last twenty years. […] continued

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Box Drive: The Next Step In Moving Files To The Cloud

Box Drive - the next step in moving files to the cloud

Today Box announced that Box Drive is generally available. We are beginning a profound shift in the way we think about our files. This deserves some attention even if you don’t use Box – Dropbox and OneDrive will be following suit before long.

Box Drive is a new program that lets you use Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder to browse through all the files stored online in Box. […] continued

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Google Lens Might Be The Future Of Google, The Future Of Mobile, The Future Of Everything

Google Lens - store

Google announced a number of new products and services at its developer conference last week. One of them, Google Lens, might change the world. It might be the most important technology announcement in ten years. Of course, it’s just as likely that it will turn out to be nothing important, just another bit of vaporware that is underwhelming when it appears and is abandoned two years later. […] continued

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WeChat, QR Codes, And The Future Of Mobile

WeChat customized personal QR codes

China uses smartphones differently than anywhere else in the world. It’s a fascinating story! Understanding WeChat and why QR codes are displayed everywhere in China will give you a context to understand the importance of Google’s announcements last week. I’ll tell you about Google Assistant and Google Lens in the next article. […] continued

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Windows 10 Cloud & Device Independence

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud event announcement

On May 2 Microsoft will announce a new generation of Windows for low-cost computers targeted at education. Information has leaked about some parts of that announcement and tech journalists are speculating about what it might mean. There is one thing that has not been discussed and it is crucial to the success or failure of the new venture. […] continued

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Technology Is Boring

Technology is boring

Technology in 2017 is just a bit . . . dull. There’s not much going on. You hadn’t really thought about it but now that I mention it, you know it’s true, right?

Choose your metaphor. It’s a plateau. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re almost – but not quite – at a couple of tipping points. […] continued

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Microsoft Comes Unstuck In Time

Microsoft time server error

Microsoft can’t tell time.

On April 3, an odd glitch caused computers all over the world to show the wrong time. Three of my clients called me because all the computers in their offices were six minutes off. I researched it and fixed it and moved on. It was another example of Microsoft carelessness but appeared to have been fixed. […] continued

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Storing Business Files Online: Dropbox, Google & Box Are Sprinting While Microsoft Falls Behind

The race for online shared folders

Microsoft is losing another race. This one should have been Microsoft’s race to win but it is falling behind for familiar reasons: an inability to keep up with the competition, and its self-inflicted injuries from making overly complex, confusing services with poorly chosen names.

Small businesses and law firms want to store shared files in the cloud instead of on a server in the closet. […] continued

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Dropbox Finally Adds New Business Features

Dropbox Business - new plans, new features

Dropbox has begun to roll out important improvements in its services for business. In particular, Dropbox team folders finally make Dropbox a viable competitor for Box for shared online company folders.

Some background before we get to the new features.

Although Microsoft and Dropbox try to make things fuzzy, the reality is that OneDrive and Dropbox were both built to hold files owned by individuals. […] continued

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Google Chrome Gives You That Syncing Feeling

Google Chrome syncs tabs, bookmarks & history

This is a tip that is basic, elementary, beginner level. Unless you don’t know it, in which case this will help you feel centered and peaceful – slightly radiant, really.

Google Chrome syncs open tabs, bookmarks, and browsing history to all your devices.

That’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? […] continued

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How To Use Office Online For Fun And Profit

Office Online - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote

A difficult part of using technology in 2016 is simply remembering what tools we have at our disposal. It’s all well and good for me to report on all the swell new programs and services that are available, but that doesn’t do any good if you don’t remember which one will help you when you’re trying to get work done. […] continued

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Google Adds Blue Skies And Photo Scans

Google Photoscan, Deep Blue editing

(Happy Thanksgiving! Next article will be Monday, November 28.)

Google continues to provide the best tools for non-professionals to work with photos. It has introduced a new app for scanning old photos, and it has improved the editing tools in its Google Photos app. Your skies will always be blue.

Google Photoscan is a new iOS and Android app to make great looking digital copies of paper photos. […] continued

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Quickbooks Moves Inexorably To The Cloud

Quickbooks Online

A year ago I wrote about Intuit’s promotion of Quickbooks Online and the bleak long-term prospects for the desktop version of Quickbooks. It’s not really a choice for Intuit; it’s the only way to survive. Intuit’s bet is paying off. It’s good news for Intuit, not good news for traditionalists who hope that this cloud stuff is just a fad. […] continued

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LastPass Is Now Free On All Devices

LastPass now free on all devices

LastPass announced this week that it is now free to use on all your devices, including computers, phones and tablets. Here’s the LastPass announcement. If you’re a LastPass user, you can install the LastPass app on your phone or iPad now. If you’re not using LastPass yet, there are no excuses: it’s time to take control of your passwords. […] continued

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