HP Spectre X360 Joins The Best Business Laptops

HP Spectre X360

The new HP Spectre X360 joins the small group of the best business laptops.

A business-quality laptop costs $1,000-$1,200. The best laptops in that price range are not gold-plated; they’re not over-powered; they don’t have unnecessary extra features. Instead, they’re perfect. They’re thin and light, they have long battery life, the screens are crisp and large enough to get work done, and they have full-size keyboards that are comfortable to type on. […] continued

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Microsoft’s Enterprise Products Are Literally Overwhelming

Definition of overwhelm

Overwhelm (verb)  Defeat completely; give too much of a thing to someone; inundate

Microsoft’s roadmap for business apps and services is overwhelming.

Good news! It’s also not for you, my loyal small business readers. I’m going to list a staggering number of upcoming Microsoft products and services to give you an idea what the company is up to, but I give you permission to pay no further attention to any of them. […] continued

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Yahoo Is Dangerous And Endangered

Yahoo - hackers and spying

Yahoo is in free fall. It is negotiating a sale of its Internet business to Verizon but that sale is in jeopardy, likely at least to be renegotiated to lower the price by one or two billion dollars and perhaps on the verge of collapse into acrimony and lawsuits. In that case, Yahoo is effectively dead – oh, it will continue to exist in some diminished form but its decline will be quick and ugly. […] continued

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Photo Management For Computer Users In A Mobile World

Photos on a computer in a mobile world

All the people who have asked me how to manage their photos on a computer are over 40.

If you’re under 40 (“young’un” is the technical term), you take several hundred photos a day and it never occurs to you to “manage” them. If you want an old photo, you scroll through the camera roll on your phone with thumbs moving at the speed of hummingbird wings until you find it, right? […] continued

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Chromebooks Gain But Google Isn’t Talking

Chromebook future uncertain

Chromebook sales are steadily increasing. In the third quarter, Windows PC sales were down 5.7% and Mac PC sales plummeted by 13%, while Chromebooks dominated back to school shopping and continued their long-term climb. Chromebooks now outsell Macs in the US. Part of that is because Apple has allowed its Mac lineup to languish; Mac sales will revive when new models are finally introduced this fall. […] continued

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Use Splashtop For Remote Access To Office Computers

Splashtop - affordable remote access

Splashtop is the best choice for remote access to office computers in small businesses.

Splashtop is an alternative to LogMeIn and TeamViewer, each of which have their own problems.  Splashtop is affordable, works well, has an easy learning curve, and works on many types of devices. You can control Windows or Mac computers. […] continued

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You Might Not Want To Know How Much Google Knows About You

Google - My Activity

You have a vague idea that Google knows a lot about you.

You’re right.

Google has nothing to hide. It’s prepared to show you everything it has collected about you.

Are you sure you want to know? It’s a bit . . . creepy.

A few months ago Google created a tool named “My Activity” that gathers all its personal information about you into one place. […] continued

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Update

Microsoft just keeps on making friends with its updates.

Anniversary Update is a major refresh of Windows 10 with new features, changes and improvements throughout the entire OS, and lots of bug fixes. All the details are here. The new features are just the teensiest bit underwhelming but there was reason to hope that the process was continuing to make Windows 10 a stable long-term platform. […] continued

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Spotify Daily Mix: Better Playlists Through Algorithms

Spotify - better playlists through algorithms

If you’re a regular Spotify listener, you’ve got to check out the new Daily Mix playlists!

Before we get to that, start with the advice: if you listen to music, you should have a paid Spotify subscription. For $9.99/month, you can play just about anything from the entire history of recorded music on demand. […] continued

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Stylish Desktop PCs Are Just Myths, Right?

HP Pavilion Wave

The gently curved triangular cylinder in the above picture looks like a particularly attractive speaker. Wrapped in thick-threaded fabric, a lid that looks like it’s made for distributing sound evenly – obviously it must be a subwoofer or all-in-one speaker. And in a sense you’re right, because that’s a high-quality Bang & Olufsen speaker blasting out through that lid. […] continued

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Don’t Answer The Phone! And Other Advice About Robocalls

Robocalls are on the increase - don't answer the phone

It’s not your imagination: robocalls are on the increase. The volume of robocalls has risen sharply in 2016. Complaints are up. The government and big companies are taking new steps to try to rein in the scammers and perhaps tame the “legitimate” telemarketers. It may be a losing battle, because the scammers and nuisance telemarketers are leveraging new technology and taking advantage of decreasing costs of doing business. […] continued

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Microsoft Starts To Untangle Microsoft Accounts And Office 365 Business Accounts

Microsoft's tangled knot of personal & business accounts

Background: Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Tip: How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Last week Microsoft candidly acknowledged that it has created a confusing and frustrating tangle with its two identity systems – personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts. According to Microsoft, four million people use the same email address to log into their personal Microsoft account and their business Office 365 mailbox. […] continued

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Amplifi! Orbi! Luma! Eero! And Other Words About Wi-Fi

WiFi - home mesh network

“Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

– First words spoken by Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series

Before we begin our article about Wi-Fi mesh networks, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Amplifi! […] continued

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Google Chrome Steps Up With Improved Battery Life, Material Design

Chrome logo - from 3D to flat

As we move quickly into a post-Microsoft world, Google Chrome is the program where we spend most of our time on our computers. Last week Chrome was updated in a couple of small but significant ways, with a cleaner look based on Google’s “material design” aesthetic, speed improvements, and improved battery life and reduced power consumption, especially important on laptops. […] continued

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You Can’t Escape From A Ninja

You can't escape from a ninja

If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continued

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