Season’s greetings! I hope the end of 2014 finds you warm and safe, with plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep you entertained.
The last year was the best of times and the worst of times for technology. Apple released the iPhone 6, which raised the bar for mobile devices. Google responded with continuous updates for Android that pushed it out of its gawky adolescence to become a mature and polished platform. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
This week I’m starting a makeover of the main office at Bruceb Consulting Global Headquarters, pictured above. With a bit of new equipment and a thorough hosing down, I’ll be ready to do an even better job providing support as a disembodied voice on the phone next year.
You can help! […] continuedRead more
The hacking attack against Sony Pictures might be the most significant corporate intrusion in history – and the first salvo in a new and dangerous escalation of cyberattacks against governments and businesses.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures’ employees – all of them – discovered that their Windows computers were unusable, displaying the threatening image above. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.
It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released a massive update for Windows 8.1 and a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 this week, in addition to the Save-The-World patch for Windows servers described in yesterday’s article.
If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, an odd update has appeared on your computer with no fanfare, listed as an “Optional” update in the Automatic Updates window in Control Panel. […] continuedRead more
On Patch Tuesday last week, Microsoft released the usual collection of updates to Windows and Office to fix day-to-day vulnerabilities.
This week brings a bonus patch for all versions of Windows on servers and workstations. Microsoft only issues an “out-of-band” update, outside the normal Patch Tuesday schedule, when a potentially nasty threat is being exploited by the bad guys in the wild – and this is very nasty indeed. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has made it easy to download and create an install disk or USB drive for Windows 8.1. Now you won’t be stuck if you have to reinstall the OS from scratch for some reason and you can’t find the DVD that came with the system from the manufacturer.Read more
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. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8 does not include built-in support for playing movies from a DVD. If you can’t play a movie, your options are different than you might expect.
It was easy with Windows 7. Windows Media Player isn’t a very good program but at least it can play a movie in Windows 7 when you pop a disk in the drive. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continuedRead more
Google has released a Software Removal Tool that resets Chrome back to its default settings, removes extensions, and scans for bad software. It’s the nuclear option to return Chrome to normal after an adware attack.
Adware and malware authors are starting to target Google Chrome with the same dirty tricks that they’ve used against Internet Explorer for years. […] continuedRead more