With the announcement earlier this week that Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will ship new vehicles utilizing Apple's CarPlay system this calendar year, it's not hard to stack up the various in-dash entertainment and communications options and come to an obvious conclusion: Microsoft's Windows-based solutions, despite being in market the longest, are being quickly eclipsed by newer alternatives.
Roku announced today that it will soon release a $50 streaming stick device that closely resembles the Google Chromecast but comes with two key advantages: It includes an actual remote control and it of course features Roku's much wider array of supported services. While I feel that today's Roku devices are already superior to the Chromecast, this inexpensive device should settle the argument for most others.
This morning, I used the OneDrive app on my iPad mini to open a Word document in Apple Pages to reacquaint myself with productivity workflow, such as it is, on competing mobile platforms. Let's just say I found the experience lacking.
If recent reports are accurate, Windows users may have a new Frankenstein-like platform to consider: A new generation of handsets that can dual-boot between Windows Phone and Android. While it's unlike that these phones would offer this ability on the fly—instead, they might be sold to users in only one of the two configurations—their appearance could offer more and better choices to users.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss Apple CarPlay, Android's ascension as the number one tablet platform, a possible free version of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing, Windows 8.1 Enterprise and how the Xbox One is doing.
Unique among the platforms supported by Xbox Music, Microsoft's Xbox 360 provides access to music videos. So when the Xbox One appeared sans music videos, I figured that was the end of that. But not so fast: Starting today, music videos are making a comeback on Xbox One.
Microsoft has finalized the first major update to Windows 8.1, which is internally called Windows 8.1 Update 1, in keeping with the update naming conventions for Windows Phone. Externally, Microsoft has referred to this update as the "Windows 8.1 Spring Update" and even more simply as "Windows 8.1 Update," so the messaging is about as clear as ever.
If you're an amateur historian of video games as I am, you know that every generation of standalone consoles has come with its own surprises, and that leadership in one generation in no way guarantees leadership—let alone success—in the next. But there is almost no precedent for Sony's PlayStation 4, which has sold an incredible 6 million units in just over 3 months.
Microsoft this morning announced that an improved version of Skype for Outlook.com is now rolling out to customers worldwide after a nearly year-long preview in select markets. Since I've been hobbled by this piece of junk for much of that year, I can say this. It could only be improved.
As expected, Microsoft confirmed on Monday that Tami Reller and Tony Bates are leaving the company. But a publicly-released memo to employees by new CEO Satya Nadella also provides some tantalizing clues about the real reasons for their exits. It seems a few people were not "all in" with the new strategy.
Microsoft launched a number of important SharePoint and Office 365 improvements tied to the kickoff of its SharePoint 2014 Conference in Las Vegas on Monday. Among the changes: a standalone OneDrive for Business, new Office 365 developer tools and APIs, the first service pack for SharePoint 2013, and, most intriguingly, some new Office 365 social experiences that could really change things.
Tied to the opening day of this week's SharePoint Conference 2014, Microsoft has unveiled a number of changes to OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro). Among the updates are a new standalone subscription version of OneDrive for Business, user experience enhancements, and new mobile apps.
Apple today announced that it has rebranded its iOS for Car as CarPlay and that its automaker partners will begin rolling out the system in their in-dash systems in new cars starting this year. CarPlay lets iPhone users access their phone-based content and online services from compatible automobiles using voice and touch-based controls.
Microsoft announced today that it is providing a free version of a third party data transfer tool to help individuals still on the decade-old Windows XP make the transition. To be clear, this tool is for consumers, not businesses.
Lots of changes since July, including the return of my desktop PC tower, a new keyboard and mouse set, many new tablets, new phones, Windows 8.1, new noise- cancelling headphones, the Xbox One and much more....More
Every so often, I publish an updated version of my “What I Use” document, which details the technology products and services I actually use day-to-day. Since I’m currently on my third business trip in five weeks, this is perhaps an ideal time to discuss the technology products I rely on when I travel and a few related points....More