I recently held a focus group and reaffirmed what I've known for years: Microsoft's Signature program delivers the clean and reliable PC experiences that its customers deserve, and should demand.
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On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.
Microsoft is bringing its Health app to the desktop and they are also releasing a new 'Explore' tile for the Band that will track your hikes.
HP announced today that its new EliteBook 1030 ultra-portable notebook will ship later this month. Sitting between the EliteBook Folio 1020 I looked at last year and the EliteBook 1040 in HP's premium business-class portfolio, this new model is just 15.7 mm thin and weighs only 2.55 pounds.
For the past two months, I've used a tiny Intel NUC mini-PC every day as my main computer, and the experience has for the most part been very positive. But having twice run into USB issues, I decided to expanded the NUC with a new top lid that adds an additional two USB 2.0 ports.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft was more profitable than Apple at $1 trillion in revenues milestone, WhatsApp comes to Windows desktop, Microsoft releases Visual Studio '15' Preview 2, Amazon releases a new video service to compete with YouTube, and more.
This one is sort of ironic when you consider the field of view (FOV) issues Microsoft faces with its HoloLens mixed reality headset. But the software giant says it can fix virtual reality nausea by basically adding peripheral vision capabilities to VR headsets.
I had the chance to check out Rafael's Oculus Rift this week and---wow--it really does deliver an impressive and immersive virtual reality experience. The only disappointment is that it leaves me wanting more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More takes on Microsoft's phone strategy and Intel's mobile fail, Xbox at E3, Microsoft following in the footsteps of AWS, Microsoft quietly sold its stake in Caradigm health venture with GE, more.
While Windows is in no danger of losing its lock on the PC market, the Apple Mac is closing in on an important milestone: Macs now account for almost 10 percent of all PCs in use. Likewise, Windows has fallen below 90 percent usage share for the first time.
Microprocessor giant Intel has had an even harder time adapting to today's mobile computing world than Microsoft. And the latest evidence is a just-announced cancellation of an Atom processor designed for smart phones and tablets ... which I think has big ramifications for a rumored Intel-based Surface phone.
There's been an interesting push this year by hardware makers to adapt Chromebooks for business use. But HP's new Chromebook 13 for business borrows a page from its Windows phone strategy in going the extra distance and offering integration capabilities with Microsoft environments.
Two weeks after my wife and I invited Alexa into our home, we're saying goodbye to the Amazon Echo and returning it to Amazon for a refund. The reason? This technology, while interesting and a clear peek at the future, just isn't essential.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Intel Apollo Lake schedule hints at 2017 for Surface 4, Intel is faltering along with the PC market, Bill Gates opines on secret government email searches, and Apple WWDC set for June 13.
A Chinese hardware maker named PIPO has announced a set of Windows-based PCs that cram the machine's innards inside what is essentially a full-sized keyboard. This design will be familiar to anyone of a certain age, as it was used by the Commodore 64 and countless other personal computers in the pre-PC era.
When Apple first released the new MacBook in 2015, it was all compromises, with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port. Today, Apple updated that MacBook. And it ships with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port.
In the several weeks since I first purchased, assembled and then started using an Intel NUC mini-PC as my primary desktop, I've received a number of questions from readers about this setup. Was I really using a NUC? Could this inexpensive and tiny system meet my needs? Do I still recommend the Intel NUC?
Tech tidbits from around the web: Kangaroo releases Mobile Desktop Pro, Microsoft Groove app is now "truly universal," the Minecraft generation, Google Play Podcasts is finally happening, Google launches Live Cases for Nexus 5X and 6P, more.
HP today announced the new Spectre Notebook, which it bills as the world's thinnest notebook PC. Here's a quick peek at this gorgeous new device, which HP will start shipping to customers in May.
Microsoft just started shipping HoloLens Development Edition kits and after its long trek from Suzhou, China, it's here. With a clicker in tow.
It's been a while since I wrote about my business travel setup, so here's a quick peek at the technology I'm bringing on the road this week as I travel to San Francisco for Build 2016.
I'm not sure of the timing, or even exactly what I'll be parting with, but sometime in the coming weeks I'm going to hold an "Everything Must Go" event in which I'll sell and give away phones and other gadgets.
With its latest T-series Ultrabook, Lenovo is blurring the line with its upscale X1-series more than ever before. This is no frumpy corporate laptop. Instead, the ThinkPad T460s is a thin, light and durable beauty.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft throws a bone to MixRadio users, Microsoft offers big discounts on tons of Xbox One and 360 games, Vizio P-Series is the First Google Cast-compatible TV, some interesting details about iPhone and iPad sales, RIP Andy Grove.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: No 512 MB Windows phones will get Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, Action Center improvements are coming to Windows 10, a look at the $79 Endless Mini PC, Spotify strikes deal with music industry, more.
Samsung announced today that its Galaxy TabPro S---the latest in a long line of Surface clones---will ship tomorrow in the United States and cost $900. It will be sold through the Microsoft Store and Best Buy, and directly from Samsung.
As you probably know, I've been championing Intel's amazing NUC mini-PC kits for the past month. But NUC is about to get a lot more powerful with the introduction of a new "Skull Canyon" model aimed at gamers and other high-end users.