SuperSite for Windows en Alexa Skill of the Week: Our Groceries <div class="node-body article-body">Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. This week's skill: Our Groceries </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:26:00 +0000 81871 at Checking out eBooks on Windows 10 Build 10514 for the Creators Update <div class="node-body gallery-body">As they delay one feature for the Creators Update, Microsoft is also introducing a new category of items in the Windows Store to introduce eBooks to the Windows 10 ecosystem.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Build 15014 eBook eBooks gallery images screenshots Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Store Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:06:00 +0000 81861 at Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15014 Hands On <div class="node-body gallery-body">With the latest new build for testing the Windows 10 Creators Update we learn that any feature could feasibly not make the final version of the feature update.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Creators Update eBook features gallery images My People screenshots Windows 10 Windows 10 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:13:00 +0000 81851 at Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for PCs <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUILD builds development Microsoft Preview Redstone 2 tracker Windows 10 Windows 10 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:15:00 +0000 77191 at Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for Mobile <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the Mobile builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUILD builds development Microsoft Mobile Preview Redstone 2 tracker Windows 10 Windows 10 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:14:00 +0000 77391 at Quick Tip: How To Turn Off Various Tips and Suggestions in Windows 10 <div class="node-body article-body">There are three places in Windows 10 where you can turn off the suggestions, tips, and tricks that Microsoft shares through various parts of the operating system.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> lock screen start menu Suggestions tips tricks Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:09:00 +0000 81841 at WeChat Suddenly Looks Like a Threat to the iPhone <div class="field-byline"> Adam Minter | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The biggest long-term threat to the iPhone isn't Android, Samsung Electronics Co. or China's bevy of cheap phone makers. Instead, it's a deceptively simple idea: Apps work better if you embed them in a single program, rather than let them proliferate across your home screen.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple apps iPhone Mobile phone Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:31:00 +0000 81831 at Enabling Alexa’s Wake Sound <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Over the 2016 holidays, many in our extended family were introduced to Alexa devices &ndash; thanks to the shopping season price drop to $39 for the Dot device. At each holiday party, Alexa quickly became the center of attention. Everyone wanted to give Alexa a try and ask her questions in hopes of stumping the cloud-based AI.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:25:00 +0000 81811 at Amazon Alexa Order Options and Cancellation Window <div class="node-body article-body">Amazon makes it as easy as possible for Prime Members to order products using its Alexa devices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:51:00 +0000 81801 at CES 2017: Reveal - Earth Friendly Tech Accessories <div class="node-body gallery-body">Reveal is a company that provides tech accessories for our digital devices but with a twist as each product sold results in a tree being planted by the non-profit organization American Forests.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> accessories CES CES CES 2017 earth friendly ecosystem Reveal tech Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:22:00 +0000 81791 at Change the Alexa Device Name <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Amazon gives Alexa device customers the ability to change the device name that is assigned to each device and the name that is shown in your Amazon Alexa account configuration. These names show&nbsp;up on the web version and in the app.</p> <p>By default, Alexa devices come with pretty standard names, but as your Alexa device farm grows (which seems to be the case for anyone who has tried Alexa) you&#39;ll want to create custom names to better identify which device resides in which location. For example, you could have a kitchen Alexa, or a bedroom Alexa.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:22:00 +0000 81781 at Hands On: YubiKey and Windows Hello <div class="node-body gallery-body">This nearly indestructible USB key can hang on your key chain and be used to log into multiple Windows 10 devices just by plugging it in and it can also act as your multi-factor authentication source for logging into programs and services such as LastPass, Dropbox, Dashlane, KeePass, Password Safe, and others.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2FA MFA multi-factor authentication security Two-factor authentication Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Hello YubiKey YubiKey NEO Yubino Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:36:00 +0000 81771 at Using Alexa on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 2016 holiday season was a great time for both Amazon and the company&#39;s voice AI, Alexa. Alexa devices won the season, with Amazon reporting that the<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Alexa Dot</a> was&nbsp;a top seller. Amazon discounted its entry device to $39 over the holidays, making the Dot a very accessible and obtainable gift for family, friends, and even oneself.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 81761 at Microsoft’s Nadella Warns Against ‘Hubris’ Amid AI Growth <div class="field-byline"> Aaron Ricadela | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft Corp. and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview Monday.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Artificial Intelligence Cortana Cloud Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 81751 at Bloomberg Changing Alexa's Wake Word <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&#39;re not totally enamored with the default &quot;wake word&quot; for your Alexa device you can change it. Amazon currently offers three options: Alexa, Amazon, or Echo. In the future, Amazon plans to allow custom wake words.</p> <p>You can change the wake word for each Alexa device that you own using the Alexa app for Android or iOS - or on the web at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:14:00 +0000 81741 at Windows 10 Build 15002 ISO Images Released for OOBE Testing <div class="node-body article-body">The release of ISO images for Windows 10 Build 15002 does not mean this release is ready for Windows Insiders on the program's Slow Ring.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15002 Build 15002 Cortana Creators Update ISO OOBE Out Of Box Experience Preview test testing voice control Windows 10 Windows 10 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:10:00 +0000 81711 at How To: Disable Flash for Microsoft Edge <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Flash is reportedly one of the most unsecure add-ons for any modern web browser and may products are now disabling Flash support by default.</p> <p>To turn off (or on) Flash in Windows 10&#39;s Microsoft Edge web browser...</p> <p><a href="/site-files/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 374px;" /></a></p> </div> Flash Microsoft Edge Windows 10 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:00 +0000 81721 at CES 2017: Camera Privacy Covers for Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones <div class="node-body article-body">You never know what you might see on the sides and in smaller booths at CES and this companies webcam privacy slides are an inexpensive way to add a little extra safety to your devices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> C-Slide CES CES CES 2017 privacy security webcam webcams Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:06:00 +0000 81691 at PC Makers Need a Reality Check. A Virtual Reality One <div class="field-byline"> Tim Culpan | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Global PC shipments fell 5.7 percent last year because ... well, you know why: Fewer people want to buy a PC. So now it's time for something new. Like, say, producing a product people actually want to buy.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hardware Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:02:00 +0000 81701 at Bloomberg What was the most exciting news to come out of CES? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>Now that we&#39;ve had a little time to sort through <strong><a href="">the deluge of product demos and announcements coming out of Las Vegas in January 2017</a></strong>, which pending technologies are you most ready to begin using?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><form action="/poll/01132017" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1741-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1741"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1741" name="choice" value="1741" class="form-radio" /> Voice as the latest interface -- I want to talk to my computer</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1751-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1751"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1751" name="choice" value="1751" class="form-radio" /> Drones -- I can think of a lot of things to do with them</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1761-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1761"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1761" name="choice" value="1761" class="form-radio" /> Robots! I am very excited about using robots for everything</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1771-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1771"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1771" name="choice" value="1771" class="form-radio" /> VR headsets -- the applications for work or play are amazing</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1781-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1781"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1781" name="choice" value="1781" class="form-radio" /> Solar panels, power generators and rugged batteries</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="81681" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-KbZQGBGJmGWgpVkBpW4wwm2aL5gsxb7VwhBKleyuEjg" value="form-KbZQGBGJmGWgpVkBpW4wwm2aL5gsxb7VwhBKleyuEjg" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> CES Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000 81681 at Hands On with Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15007 for PC and Mobile Devices <div class="node-body gallery-body">As the final weeks of development for the Windows 10 Creators Update begin Microsoft has pushed its second PC build of this week. This same build, 15007, is available for Windows 10 Mobile devices and it is the first new build in 43 days. We take a closer look at some of the highlights.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15007 Build 15007 Creators Update devices gallery images Mobile PC Redstone 2 tablet Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Insider Windows Insiders Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:43:00 +0000 81671 at Hacking Alexa: Piloting the "Elite: Dangerous" Spaceship <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Amazon&#39;s Alexa has made some serious inroads into public awareness. Just recently I talked about some&nbsp;of&nbsp;Alexa&#39;s capabilities&nbsp;in a crowd of people with whom I expected to have to explain exactly what Alexa is and does. But, that wasn&#39;t the case. Each person in the group already knew what I was talking about. That was interested enough to me that I tested the group by also&nbsp;mentioning Cortana and&nbsp;Google Home. Four out of the five people in the group shrugged ignorance.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:38:00 +0000 81661 at CES 2017: Helixee Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Helixee from Novathings delivers home based network attached storage but with remote access, sharing, and commenting features that make it a viable option for not only backing up memories but making them accessible and useful.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES gallery Hardware Helixee images NAS network Networked Attached Storage Novathings remote access storage Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:02:00 +0000 81651 at CES 2017: What We'll Be Covering This Year, Based on What We Saw Last Week <div class="node-body article-body">Rich Hay and I spent five days criss-crossing the Las Vegas Conventions Center, the Sands, and countless hotel suites and press conferences, and at the end of it, a few tech trends really stood out for me. These trends will likely percolate through our coverage for the remainder of the year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES Computer Mobile phone tablet Television Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:30:00 +0000 81641 at Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode <div class="node-body article-body"><p>You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally&nbsp;and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that&nbsp;showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly.</p> <p>There are a couple ways to minimize this from happening, both of which are part of the setup process&nbsp;for Alexa, but can also be later configured and customized using the Alexa app for Android or iOS.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:26:00 +0000 81631 at CES 2017: A Rookie Experience <div class="node-body article-body">I am home after attending my first ever CES in Las Vegas and I not only brought home the CES Crud but also a great experience and a few lessons learned.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES CES 2017 Consumer Electronics Show follow up Observations post show rookie Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:03:00 +0000 81621 at Microsoft's New Privacy Dashboard Helps Users Control Their Personal Data <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft is continuing their effort to put the user in total control of what information the Redmond company has on file about various activity such as web browsing, searches, location data, and in Cortana's Notebook.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> browsing Cortana Cortana Notebook dashboard history location Microsoft account MSA privacy Privacy Dashboard search Windows 10 Microsoft Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 81611 at Windows 10 Build 15002 Hands On Overview <div class="node-body gallery-body">The first Redstone 2 testing build release in 2017 for the upcoming Feature Update, aka the Creators Update that is expected in April, was made available to Windows Insiders with a huge list of new features.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15002 Build 15002 Creators Update gallery images Redstone 2 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Insider Windows Insiders Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:11:00 +0000 81591 at Inkin Adds Apple Watch to Supported Device List <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I&#39;ve written about Inkin before as part of a series for linking Microsoft Band with 3rd party fitness community services. Inkin is a &quot;Social Fitness&quot; service, allowing owners of various fitness wearables to come together in a central location to share and compete. This is particularly useful for those who own devices from different manufacturers but still want the ability to compete and connect with friends and others without having to shell-out additional money for new devices.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inkin Hardware Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:15:00 +0000 81601 at Fitbit Acquires Vector Watch <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hot off a CES&nbsp;where&nbsp;the wearable fitness company&nbsp;displayed new partnerships and integrations instead of new device models, Fitbit today has announced that it is acquiring Vector Watch. I <a href="">tested and reviewed Vector </a>a while back and thought the device was one of the more hopeful Windows Mobile-oriented gadgets, its performance and abilities proved to be lackluster.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FitBit Hardware Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:17:00 +0000 81581 at