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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Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Fixes Wi-Fi Issues

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 firmware update

It’s Patch Tuesday and your computers are dutifully installing the usual crop of Microsoft updates and restarting overnight, or asking you to restart when you log in Wednesday morning. It’s a modest collection of Patch Tuesday updates this month.

Surface Pro 3 owners are getting an important firmware update that may fix a number of small but noticeable problems. […] 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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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

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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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Why InstantGo Is The Next Buzzword You Need To Know

InstantGo - instant startup for Windows laptops

InstantGo is new laptop technology that is making its first conspicuous appearance in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop/tablet. Expect to see it mentioned in marketing materials for more new laptops in the next year. It’s a subtle but wonderful feature that new processors and hardware can use to improve your experience. […] continued

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Is The First True Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 is the first device that can replace both a laptop and a tablet with a single hybrid that fits in both categories. It has a 12” screen and full-powered internals worthy of a powerful laptop, combined with a detachable keyboard and the impossibly thin and light characteristics of a tablet. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

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A Few New Computers (And A Couple Of Tablets)

Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one with touchscreen

In the market for a new desktop computer? Laptop? Tablet? Phone?

Good luck! There are way too many choices. I can’t imagine how you pick one.

The good news is that almost everything is good enough, especially in the desktop and laptop worlds. Just about everything on the market that’s above the bottom shelf at Walmart has a big enough this and a fast enough that. […] continued

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The Latest Windows Tablet News

Microsoft Surface 2 & Nokia Lumia 2520

A few quick notes about recent developments in the world of Windows tablets.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Power Keyboard

Nokia released the Lumia 2520 before Christmas without an accompanying keyboard. It’s been an odd delay, since the keyboard is an important part of why Windows tablets are more of a productivity device than iPads or Android tablets. […] continued

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What’s New In The World Of Microsoft Devices

Nokia Lumia 2520 10 inch tablet

The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.

WINDOWS PHONES

Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value. […] continued

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Sorting Out The Tablets

Nokia Lumia 2520 - Windows tablet

Previously: It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.

APPLE

Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.

The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Don’t Forget The Kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Although specific sales numbers aren’t available, we know that Amazon is selling millions of its Kindle Fire tablets to people who want a tablet for the lowest price and who are happy living in the Amazon ecosystem.

Last month Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” tablets (available on October 18), with better specs and lower prices than anything else on the market. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – The Other Windows Tablets

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Windows tablets have a lot to offer business users whose time is spent using Microsoft Office programs on Windows computers and notebooks. If you slip into Microsoft’s ecosystem, your files will follow you onto the tablet along with your settings and your Internet favorites, and you’ll get the advantages of familiarity and compatibility along with better security and manageability than you’ll find on iPads or Android tablets. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2

The landscape for tablets has been straightforward for the last year.

—  Apple supports a rich echosystem of apps with the 10” iPad and increasingly popular 8” iPad Mini, elegant and responsive and expensive.

—  Android is available on tablets from a number of manufacturers, with a slightly more Wild West feel to the ecosystem – lots of variety, sometimes a bit flaky. […] continued

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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

The Future Of Microsoft

Part 1: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows
Part 2: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

This is the second of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. In the last month, there have been two huge corporate shakeups that will change Microsoft’s competitive posture in ways that are completely unpredictable. […] continued

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