The Real Cost of Returning the Start Menu to Windows

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When Microsoft first removed the Start Menu in builds of Windows 8, I flinched. It’s presence had been drilled into my very existence. Every computer I ever touched had that Start Button and its accompanying area of shortcuts and deep links in the right hand corner. On the other hand: this was the birth of […]

SlingPlayer App Now Available for Windows 8.1 and Surface Tablets

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SlingMedia the maker of the Slingbox has announced that there is now a SlingPlayer App available for Windows 8.1, which means that Windows users who own Surface Tablets, and other Windows 8 devices can now view their home TV and DVR content. The App costs $14.99 but you can try it out for free for […]

Free Windows Phone & Windows RT Rumored, Could Heat Up Competition

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Microsoft could allow manufacturers to create devices running Windows Phone and Windows RT absolutely free of charge, according to recent reports. Reports of Microsoft dropping the licensing fees it charges Windows Phone and Windows RT partners surfaced this week in a report from The Verge. Citing sources with “familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” it’s the publications […]

The Start Menu Could Be On Its Way Back to Windows

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Microsoft will restore the Start Menu and change-up the versions of Windows that it makes available to users and businesses. At least that’s according to Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, who shared what he’s heard about the next big update to Windows earlier today. According to Thurrot’s report, Windows “Treshold,” what’s he believes to be a […]

Mobile Tech Specs We Don’t Need to Worry About Anymore

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For most of our mobile lives with gadgets we’ve been concerned about speeds, feeds, and mobile tech specs for the devices we lust after. And, I bet there’s been a spec or two that may have kept you from parting with your hard earned money if those specs didn’t meet your expectations. (Can anyone say […]

Drawboard PDF for Windows 8.1 Now Free

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If you mark up PDFs and use Microsoft Surface Tablets this might be a deal you want to look at. Drawboard PDF, a PDF mark up App is currently available in the Windows Store for “free.”  The “free” price tag is listed in the Windows Store as “for a limited time only,” so I don’t […]

Bing Food and Drink Hands-Free Mode Review

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Are you preparing a family meal this Thanksgiving? Or are you just bringing a side dish to the big family get together? Either way that means you’ll be doing some cooking or food prep. One of the nice things that Tablets have brought to the table (or kitchen counter) is use as a display for […]

Windows, Windows RT and Windows Phone Merging? Microsoft Says Yes

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The days of users having to know the differences between Microsoft’s three different consumer-oriented operating systems could soon be a thing of the past, according to comments made by Microsoft’s own Devices and Studios chief. Julie Larson-Green, Vice President of Devices and Studios for Microsoft, hinted at the company’s future plans for Windows on stage at […]

Tablet Christmas Shopping? Things to Consider

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So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and make this a Tablet Christmas. Good for you. Tablets are great things. Whether you’re looking at a Tablet as a companion device or as your next computer they offer a distinctly mobile experience that can free you up to work or play in a variety of locations […]

The Microsoft Surface 2: Thoughts After One Month

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I’ve now spent a month with the Microsoft Surface 2 and I consider it time well spent. The Surface 2 is by no means a perfect machine and I would still label it a work in progress. I stand by my initial thinking that the Surface 2 is a very good next step for Microsoft […]

How To Turn Off Auto App Updates on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1

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Arizona Senator John McCain famously asked Apple CEO Tim Cook “Why the hell do I have to keep updating my apps on my iPhone all the time and why you don’t fix that?” I’m waiting for the day that McCain or some other Congress critter flip-flops and asks for instructions on how to turn automatic […]

Review: Flipboard for Windows 8.1 Finally Launches

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Surface RT and Surface 2 users are a patient bunch when it comes to App availability. The Windows Store is full of a lot of crap Apps and many of the big names are missing. Even some of the big names that exist don’t regularly update their Apps. But a long awaited entry into the […]

Microsoft announces Facebook Login for Windows Phone and Windows

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Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone are showing a bit of progress when it comes to device sales. That being said, a lack of high-quality applications and useful third-party tools following into both of the operating system’s stores remains one of the few valid criticisms about both operating systems. It seems Microsoft is hoping that bringing […]

The Microsoft Surface 2 Take 2

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Sometimes you get a lemon. And with gadget lemons it is tough to make lemonade. I’ve had a Microsoft Surface 2 since launch night on October 22 and have written quite a bit about my experiences. (See the links at the end of this post.) Early on with the device I experienced a few random […]

Microsoft Merges Windows Phone and Windows Development Accounts

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Developers creating applications for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows platforms won’t need to register two different accounts with the company going forward. In a move that could telegraph future platform mergers to come, Microsoft has combined the developer registration process for both operating systems. Microsoft announced the transition in a blog post late yesterday saying, […]

Dell Venue 11 Pro now available

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have enjoyed about a month as the top of the lists made by users looking for a Windows tablet that is capable of running traditional Desktop applications, but not anymore. Starting today these users can also purchase the Dell Venue 11 Pro for $499.99 online. Users can purchase the […]

3 Windows Features Microsoft Needs in the Next Windows Update

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Facing increasing competition from Google and Apple, Microsoft needed to reinvent Windows. It needed to think outside of the box and deliver something exciting and different. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s reinvention has turned into something worth using in every form factor that it comes in. However, there are a few key changes I think Microsoft […]

The 10 Metro Apps Windows 8.1 Needs Right Now

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Windows 8.1, the free update that adds another layer of customizability and usability changes to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, address many of functional issues that plagued the operating system early on. Gone are the one-size-fits-all Live Tiles and drab Start Screen options. Users can even open as many as seven different Metro-style applications at […]

Microsoft Surface 2 Review Part 3: The Vision Thing

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When I began this three part review of the Microsoft Surface 2 I said that Microsoft had taken some important and positive steps with this second generation of its Surface RT Initiative. I still feel that way. I also still feel that Microsoft has a lot of work to do if its vision is going […]