In our last Thursday episode of Windows Weekly--we move to Wednesdays starting next week--Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss our Microsoft predictions for 2014, Windows and Windows Phone news, bogus reports about Chromebook sales, CES, Skype's Twitter account hacked, Midori and M# and more.
Running time: 2:20:17
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Tip of the week: News Years tech resolutions
Be secure: Complex, different passwords for all your accounts, managed by LastPass, backed by two-step authentication wherever that is supported.
Back it up: Figure out a common sense backup strategy and stick with it. High-level: One backup should be on-site and one in the cloud
Consolidate: Pick the online service(s) that make the most sense for you and dump the rest. Pandora vs. Spotify vs. whatever, etc. SkyDrive vs. Dropbox vs. whatever, etc.
Use the right tool for the job: While a Windows transforming tablet thingamagig may make sense theoretically, having an Ultrabook, mini-tablet and smart phone isn't such a bad way to go. Each performs a certain job very well.
Software pick of the week: Games for Gold
Xbox 360 users: Don't forget that you get two free games every month. This month, they're "Sleeping Dogs" and "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light"
Enterprise pick of the week: Changingplans gets (somewhat) easier
Rumor of the week: What will 'Threshold' be designated as, officially? It's all about the nines
Beer pick of the week: Omnipollo Fatamorgana
A great double IPA with a great story and name
Audible pick of the week: NOS4A2
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, narrated by Kate Mulgrew
A little long, but a great Stephen King-style supernatural horror story.