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Impressive new Microsoft Surface Book ‘ultimate laptop’

October 6, 2015

Microsoft introduced a new laptop at a New York press conference on Tuesday that’s getting a lot of buzz. Microsoft calls it the “ultimate laptop.” I haven’t got my hands on it yet but, based on what I saw from watching the press event online, I think I want one. [...]

Once mighty Microsoft faces PC competition from Google

October 1, 2015

Bill Gates told a senate committee in 1998 that the software industry "is an open economic opportunity for any entrepreneur in America" six month before Google was incorporated. And he was probably more right than he had imagined. [...]

Why Carly Fiorina’s Call To Ditch Flip Phones Isn’t Necessary

September 28, 2015

Fiorina said that, if elected president, she would “Go into the oval office once a week and ask you to take out your smart phones, no flip phones allowed, they won’t do that … and I’m going to say, for example, fellow citizens to take out your do you think it’s important that we know where every dollar of your money is being spent. Press 1 for yes, press 2 for no.” [...]

Identity theft can hit children too

September 24, 2015

by Larry Magid Identify theft can be a serious problem for victims. It can destroy your credit, get you in trouble with the IRS and sometimes even result in your arrest if someone commits a crime in your name. Other consequences, wrote Katie Morell in the book, “Stolen Identity,” include counterfeiting and forgery of documents, stealing medical services in your name and filing tax returns as [...]

Local libraries offer movies and other digital content

September 17, 2015

(This post has been adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News) I’ve been patronizing libraries since books were mostly hardbound. But now I’m checking out digital content from my local library, including movies, TV shows, ebooks and music. One service, called Hoopla allows patrons of many libraries around the country to “borrow” media, including ebooks, movies, TV shows, [...]

Are Apple features like 3D Touch gimmicks or life savers?

September 12, 2015

Apple has a very enviable problem. Its iPhone has been so well received that it’s tough to impress people with new models. That’s especially true now that millions of iPhone users have their hands on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — the models unveiled a year ago that are finally larger than the original 4 inch iPhones and on-par with competitive products. On [...]
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