MWC Preview 2015 – Microsoft Lumia 640 & 640XL

As expected, Microsoft did not, in fact, release anything close to a flagship at this year’s MWC. But they did release a… hmm. A couple mid-rangers, I guess? See, the thing is that Windows Phone gets me a bit confused sometimes. Technically the line starts with the 530 and 535, or maybe you’d count the 430 as the starting point, even though it’s better than the 530, confusingly enough. But honestly, the Lumia 600 series is normally the entry level category for most people. So calling last year’s Lumia 635 a “mid-range” phone is a bit strange. Especially since it … Read more…

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Buy a Signature PC to Avoid Superfish-like Issues

From the perspective of someone who’s bought, sold, used, and repaired numerous Windows-based PCs and laptops, the fact that Lenovo pre-loaded adware onto their PCs for years doesn’t surprise me. Every OEM does it. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, everyone. Lenovo’s example is the most public and potentially egregious example I’ve seen, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t dozens of examples of malicious adware already installed on your future PC. Now this is where your average tech blogger would suggest that you do something positively face-cringing like tell you to buy an Apple computer. People, stop. While that’s an answer … Read more…

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How to Uninstall your Superfish Worries

Throughout the last few days, the software program Superfish has found itself sharing headlines with the pre-build computer giant Lenovo. While some may say that no press is bad press, I would argue that neither company would like to be called out for distributing adware to unwitting customers. And most likely, if you’ve browsed even a single headline from any online-based news organization that may or may not even pay any attention to tech, you’ve at least heard that Superfish, Lenovo, and adware are somehow related. Well first of all, I’m here to tell you that while this is potentially … Read more…

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HabitRPG

Like most people, I have delusions of grandeur. I expect my free time to be filled with nothing but productivity. Also like most people, shiny things distract me from those dreams. And for every video game, Adventure Time episode, Top Gear binge session, and hour of Redditing I do, I feel bad. Because I could have found a great job, wrote an amazing article, wrote the next chapter of my book, etc. In today’s high tech and high paced internet-centric world, we face an epidemic of distraction. We could all use a little motivation in our lives. That’s where HabitRPG comes in.

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Windows 10 Preview: Build 9926

Last Wednesday, Microsoft unleashed their sweeping consumer vision of Windows 10 on the world. We were expecting a lot from this conference, and despite your opinion of Microsoft’s announcements, it’s hard to argue that they didn’t deliver. Windows 10 is the most ambitious release in Microsoft’s history, but it has to be. Microsoft lost a lot of ground with the badly regarded Windows 8, and Windows 10 is going to have to be a tour de force if Microsoft hopes that “people will love Windows again” as Satya Nadella said. However, when Terry Myerson said the next preview build of … Read more…

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Microsoft’s HoloLens Looks Incredible

Yesterday, Microsoft had their consumer focused Windows 10 event, where they announced a ton of new and amazing stuff. Windows 10 looks to be the most significant Windows version since, oh I dunno, probably ever. However, I’m not really ready to talk about that stuff yet. While I was blown away by the conference, I do want to test out all these features and be able to demonstrate them for you, rather than just talk about someone else talking about it. I’ll be checking out the next official build of Windows 10 when it’s released next week, and then I’ll … Read more…

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A Discussion of the State of Windows Phone

This article has been a few months in the making. But every single time I sit down to write what I want to write here, I end up descending into some sort of angry fanboyism and mention every single thing I hate about other platforms, making me question the reason for the article and even question whether I really like the platform for the right reasons. Then I go back to my phone, use it for a few more days, play with the iPhone 6 and a few Android phones in my local electronics retailers, and continue to realize how … Read more…

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879

While I was away writing a book for NaNoWriMo during November, Microsoft released what was supposed to be the last Windows 10 Developer Preview build of the year. Presumably, the next build would be the Consumer Preview in January. However, Build 9879 turned out to be incredibly buggy. Many DP users were running into BSODs, File Explorer issues, and OneDrive functionality issues. Add a rather controversial change to OneDrive, and this build has had a pretty rocky existence. Microsoft has since released an updated version of Build 9879, which I am reviewing in the video below. But before I show … Read more…

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Windows 10 Build 9860

As promised, I will be delivering video previews of new Windows 10 build and features as they are revealed/released. I will also mention at this time that although the build seems fairly stable for the most part, I still do not recommend running this on a primary machine. This is still Alpha software and although Microsoft has been very good at squashing bugs in Windows 10, you should still be wary of using it in its current status. Also keep in mind that a lot of the UI is still very rough. For instance, hitting the WiFi button at the … Read more…

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Why The Windows 10 Preview Should Get You Excited

After months of leaks, Microsoft finally unvealed Windows 10 on Wednesday. Sort of. In reality, Microsoft broke with tradition and unvealed the Windows 10 Technical Preview. We’ve received technical previews in the past, like with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, but Microsoft broke tradition with this particular release by unvealing a product that was not finished. Unlike previous Technical Previews, we are seeing a mere peek of the feature set of the future of Windows. But that’s not a bad thing. What we can see with this preview is a fairly exciting future for Windows, both through the … Read more…

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