Be Careful With Confidential Data On Mobile Devices

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As much as we all hate remembering passwords and thinking about security, it’s hard to ignore the constant headlines on the front page about hacking and security and privacy.

You’re getting better. You’re well trained to practice safe computing on your home and office computers. With the help of LastPass, many people have begun to use complex passwords for web services. […] continued

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Postscript: Crashes On Mobile Devices

Crashes Per App Launch - iOS and Android

Previously: Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Forbes published an article today that provides a nice postscript about new devices becoming more complex and cranky. Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive is rich with details but the important lesson is that these simple, reliable devices in our pocket crash all the time. […] continued

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Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Rube Goldberg - Technology Is Not Getting Easier

It’s supposed to be getting easier! After all, smartphones and tablets should be simple to use, right? iPhones and iPads are exposing hundreds of millions of people to Apple’s fabled ecosystem, and for years we’ve been told that everything is easy and intuitive in the Apple world. Meanwhile Windows 7 brings impressive advances in hardware support and security and stability to our computers. […] continued

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Syncing Photos From A Phone To A Computer

Apple iCloud - Photo Stream

Most casual photos are taken with a smartphone now. There is something to be learned from a quick comparison of the process of getting photos from a phone to a computer on an iPhone and an Android phone.

It’s a good way to understand why Apple is the most valuable company in the world. […] continued

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Free Screen Sharing With Join.Me (Now For iPads Too)

Free screen sharing with Join.Me

In addition to its flagship products, LogMeIn also runs Join.Me, a free service that you can use to share your screen with someone at another location so easily that it will amaze and delight you. I’ve written about Join.Me before but it deserves to be called out again; it should be one of your basic and frequently used tools. […] continued

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The Growing Popularity Of Reddit

Reddit growing in popularity

Reddit has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet. It didn’t happen overnight – Reddit has been around for five years – but 2011 is when it came into its own and became a social force.

It is a firehose of posts submitted by its users, loosely organized into “subreddits” in bewildering complexity. […] continued

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Kindle Fire And Exchange ActiveSync

Amazon Kindle Fire mail setup - no built-in Exchange ActiveSync support

While we’re talking about the Kindle Fire, it’s worth noting one strange omission: the Kindle Fire does not have a built-in connection to Exchange mailboxes. The picture on the left shows all the built-in mail connectors: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and “other” (which covers POP3 and IMAP accounts). Where’s Exchange? […] continued

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Speech Recognition And Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 Home Edition

I’m about two weeks into one of the more amazing experiences I’ve ever had with a computer. I don’t say that lightly; over the years I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences with computers and this really stands out.

On the other hand, there are a thousand reasons why you might not have the same experience. […] continued

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New iPhone, New Android Phones, New Windows Phones

Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich

A new model of phone has been introduced roughly every day in 2011 but none of them have been very interesting.

Until now. Let’s take a look at three big developments in the phone world.

(Fair warning: I do not have any personal experience with any of these phones. They undoubtedly have quirks and limitations and exciting bits that might flavor your experience. […] continued

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Operating System Market Share Might Be Different Than You Think

OS market share - Apple vs Windows

Apple’s brilliant success since Steve Jobs returned in 1997 has made it the largest company in the world by almost any measure, with a market capitalization that exceeds Microsoft and Intel combined. iPhones define the smartphone market, even if they do not completely dominate it now that Android has taken the lead in market share. […] continued

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Privacy And Geotagged Photos

Privacy and geotagged photos

Many people instinctively protect their privacy. In their minds, it’s not anybody else’s business where they shop, who they visit, what they talk about, or what movies they watch.

The divide is getting wider between naturally private people and the rapidly growing number of people who simply do not have that instinct and are living their lives in public with no reluctance and little regret. […] continued

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Comparing The Tablet Home Screens

Here are representative screen shots of what tablets present and future look like side by side.

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad - home screen

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

(standing in for all the Android tablets)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - home screen

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire - home screen

Microsoft Windows 8

(a preview look at Microsoft’s tablet interface)

Microsoft Window 8 - tablet home screen

Mary-Jo Foley makes an important point:

Obviously, buying choices aren’t entirely based on just one factor.

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Amazon’s New Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

With its announcement of the Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday, Amazon did something worthy of Apple: it invented a niche that it is likely to control, not directly competitive with anything currently on the market.

You will see endless discussion about how the Kindle Fire compares to the iPad, or whether the Kindle Fire is an “iPad killer.” […] continued

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Gorilla Glass And Your Phone

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You jangle your keys in your pocket next to your Motorola phone and the screen isn’t scratched. You drop your iPhone and the glass doesn’t break. You jab with an icepick over and over at a Thinkpad X1 laptop and for goodness’ sake, I hope you stop to wonder what in the world is wrong with you – but the screen isn’t damaged. […] continued

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iCloud And The Competing Paths To The Future

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Apple’s announcement of a collection of services sharing the name “iCloud” has generated endless articles about what it all means. I’ll talk about some of the details in the next few days but let’s step back and look at the bigger picture, because it encapsulates so many things that are happening right before your eyes. […] continued

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