Office 2016 Is Now Available! Well, For Some Of You, Anyway

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The new version of Office 2016 for Windows is now generally available.

The takeaway:

•  Most of you will get it automatically.

•  Most of you won’t care very much.

Microsoft has completely lost control of branding and licensing. There is no way to explain any of this without getting hopelessly tied up in knots. […] continued

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Why You Should Wait Until October To Buy A Laptop

Intel Skylake processor - new laptops & tablets soon

In October the market will be flooded with new laptops and hybrids, powered by a new generation of Intel processor. If it’s convenient, wait a month or two to buy new computers.

The manufacturers will almost completely turn over their lineups of computers and laptops in the next 60-90 days. […] continued

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The 3M Precise Mouse Pad Is My Favorite $7 Accessory

3M Precise Mouse Pad

It’s the little things that count. My mouse pad makes me happy. It’s my favorite $7 accessory.

I’ve used a 3M Precise Mouse Pad for years. 3M calls it a “mousing surface.” It’s got a microtexture on the surface that you can barely feel with your fingers, something like a subtle version of the ridges on those pictures that you can tilt back and forth to get a 3D effect. […] continued

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Eliminate Crapware With Signature Edition PCs

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs - no junkware

When you’re shopping for a new computer, especially a laptop, take a look at the Microsoft store for Signature Edition PCs. The selection is interesting, the prices are comparable to what you might pay elsewhere, and the opportunity to get a clean PC is worth considering.

A new computer is more likable when there is no crapware installed on it – the junk programs chosen by the manufacturers to make a few extra dollars by preinstalling unnecessary utilities, useless apps, terrible games, and advertising-laden trials of unwanted programs. […] continued

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New Dell XPS 13 Signals A Good Year For Laptops

Dell XPS 13 2015 edition

Dell is selling a new 2015 version of the XPS 13 laptop that represents Dell’s return to form after years of ho-hum products. It’s one of a number of exciting laptop announcements this month that make me optimistic for the entire computer industry.

There are two sides of the big picture. […] continued

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Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015–The Perfect Laptop Gets Better

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015

Lenovo will shortly begin selling a laptop with a rare distinction: it is perfect. It has everything that a business user wants from a laptop. It comes at a premium price, granted, but perfection has a price.

In 2013 Lenovo introduced the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, a nearly perfect laptop – impossibly light and thin, with everything that road warriors want. […] continued

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OnePlus One – The Best Android Phone You’ve Never Heard Of

OnePlus One - Android flagship killer

OnePlus calls its OnePlus One phone the “flagship killer.” It’s true. The OnePlus One is one of the best phones on the market, able to hold its own against the iPhone 6 and offering more than any of the other leading Android phones. It’s taken the tech community by storm with cutting edge specs for half the cost of other flagship phones. […] continued

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A Few Shopping Ideas (And A Plea For Help)

Bruceb Consulting office - you can help!

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! […] 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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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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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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Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft and Google are stepping up their efforts to gain market share by encouraging manufacturers to sell large quantities of ultra-cheap phones, tablets and computers. And in an interesting new development, some of those cheap devices won’t suck.

Let’s talk for a minute about the strategy behind the upcoming flood of low-end devices, then look at some examples. […] 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” […] continued

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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook

Here are some shopping tips about the best Windows laptops on the market today.

It’s a good time to buy. There’s nothing revolutionary on the horizon. Later this year or early next year, Intel’s next generation of processors will extend battery life even further, but not enough to justify a delay. […] continued

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Going Paperless: The Joy Of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanners

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 desktop scanner

Offices are stepping up their efforts to go paperless by scanning and recycling paper files and incoming documents. For years I have told clients that the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (previously the ScanSnap S1500) is the best tool for desktop scanning. I knew that from its reputation but I had never owned one. […] continued

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