Microsofts Ups the Ante in Windows 10

Getting Windows 10 couldn't be easier

Microsoft is taking several pages out of Apple’s book of tricks for Windows 10 — and Windows users are likely to love them. Security leaps forward First, they’re leapfrogging Apple in security.  Not only does Windows 10 do fingerprint recognition to secure your devices; it also does facial recognition or retina scan.  That’s not retina Continue Reading

Phone Accessories Make Selfies & Panorama Drop Dead Easy

ellen-selfie

  In my current TEQ column I talk about the Pocket Clickstick from thumbsUp, a British company that I found has a knack for developing and marketing useful smart phone accessories. One of them with a lot of potential is the Panoramic Pod, a small, telescoping tripod that holds your phone and spins it around Continue Reading

Zoom Lens for your SmartPhone

Images with and with Carson HookUpz and Bushnell binoculars to zoom image

  Don’t you hate not being able to zoom in with your smart phone camera.  It always gets to me when I’m at one of my kid’s concerts and too far from the stage.  I really want to capture smiling faces; but neither my iPhone, nor my wife’s Android phone can do the job by Continue Reading

Moto 360 Watch — It’s About Time

In some ways, the Moto 360 is a fashion statement

    Motorola calls the Moto 360 a “watch for our times”.  It’s certainly the first of only a few wrist watches to herald in the smart watch as more than a plastic device that shout “geeky” about the geeks who wear them.   In fact, in many ways, it’s fashionable.   Fashion Statements Defined Continue Reading

Kindle Fire phone both excites and disappoints

Fanfare as Bezos intros Kindle Fire phone. Firefly feature is cool & useful.

  The Kindle Fire phone, on the AT&T network represents both sides of the spectrum — one of the most amazing devices I’ve ever seen, as well as a device with one of the biggest downside risks. As soon as I took it out of the box, I recognized how remarkable it is — because Continue Reading

Pirates pull triple play – first at PNC Park

Josh Harrison tags third & turns as he starts the Pirates first ever triple play at PNC Park

  If you didn’t have a chance to see this weekend’s Pirates triple play against the Cubs, it’s worth taking a few minutes to watch it (and smile).  They did it the hard way — around the horn from third base. Josh Harrison has lots of reasons to be proud this season.  Being among the Continue Reading

The Apple watch – decades in the making

In 1983, Apple had a watch. It took 21 years to perfect & announce it.

Today Apple finally introduced its wrist watch — a design marvel.  But it has taken decades to get here.  This photo is the watch that the company was designing in 1983 — 21 years ago! Thanks to “Keep it simple: the early design years of Apple” by Hartmut Esslinger.  That’s where this photo came from. Continue Reading

QuickBooks 2014 plays together well; offers enhancements

QuickBooks 2014 - choose your platform to help reduce the chore of doing your books

I have had the opportunity to take an extended look at 3 different versions of QuickBooks 2014 — the desktop versions for Mac & Windows, and the Online version.  Intuit is pushing the Online version with the goal of moving many users to that platform, but they haven’t forgotten the desktop users, and have been Continue Reading

Joining the indispensable: Evernote

With incomparable text recognition to help you extend your brain's memory, Evernote becomes a go-to app

Getting onto my list of indispensable means getting over a very high bar.  There are only a handful of applications that meet the standard — and those have to meet a specific criteria: “Is it more difficult to get through a day without it than with it?” It took a while to make the list, Continue Reading