Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender) Did Not Make The Cut

April 15, 2015

Call me crazy, but I have never paid for antivirus software due to the FREE options that are available (and have never had a virus on any of my PC’s — “knock on wood”). I personally do not care for the security suites that often ship with new PC’s and will actually remove them. I have found that these suites embed themselves too much; are often times memory hogs; and can be over aggressive at times (causing confusion for the end user). No matter what antivirus package you have installed, if you do not use good common sense and pay attention to what links you are clicking on, you are susceptible. If you have a doubt, don’t do it…  Believe nothing and verify everything!

If you are looking for a FREE antivirus option, I encourage you to read PCMag’s recent article, “The Best Free Antivirus for 2015“…

PCMag - Antivirus Comparison

The top two on their list (Panda Free Antivirus 2015 and Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition 2014), I use, and highly recommend. Pay close attention to this article and you will see that Microsoft’s Security Essentials (Windows Defender) did not make the cut.

Just remember, if you do decide to uninstall antivirus software from your PC, make sure you visit the antivirus software maker’s website for uninstall instructions. Often times they will have a specialized utility developed that will uninstall the software completely from your computer.

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Microsoft Office Online and Dropbox Are Shaking Hands

April 11, 2015

If you follow the tech news you will know that Microsoft and Dropbox had earlier established a partnership with a goal to make it easier to work with your Microsoft Office applications from Dropbox. This goal is now to the point where the integration between Dropbox on the web and Office Online is a reality.

Now, when working in Office Online you can add your Dropbox account to easily browse, open and edit Office files with Office Online. You can also create new files in Office Online, and save them directly to your Dropbox.

The same integration is available from Dropbox in a web browser. You can now access Office Online directly from the file you are viewing. Just click the Open button when you’re previewing a Word, PowerPoint or Excel file from Dropbox on the web, and you can edit the file right from your browser using Office Online. [ source: Office Blogs).

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Best Sellers In Notebook Computers (at Amazon for Friday, April 10, 2015)

April 10, 2015

I was just reading yesterday how desktop computer sales are down. I do not know if that applies to notebook computers, but here is the top ten sellers at Amazon, as of the date of this posting. What you will notice that these are all low end notebooks (or chromebooks) for under $300…

If you are late getting to this, you can check out the current listing of best sellers — click here

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 8:15:33 EDT

Lenovo G50

Lenovo G50 15.6-Inch Laptop (Core i3, 6 GB, 500 GB)
by Lenovo
Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 151 days in the top 100
3.9 out of 5 stars(325)

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Turn Your Big Display Into A Windows Based Computer

April 8, 2015

Soon you will be able to buy (for approximately $150) Intel’s Compute Stick that will enable you to turn your TV into a Windows based or Linux based computer. This Windows on a stick device will be available later this month. The Stick has built-in Wi-Fi and built-in Bluetooth support that will enable you to add a keyboard and mouse. Also on board: a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, 32GB of storage and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. If you check around, you can pre-order today

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A New Smartphone Battery Technology (charge your phone in less than a minute)

April 7, 2015

A hot topic in the tech news is the aluminum battery that is being developed that is not only safer than the current existing lithium-ion batteries; but, can be fully charged in less than a minute…

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Turn Your Android Phone Into A Pocket Document Scanner With Microsoft Lens

April 7, 2015

Currently circulating around in the tech world is news about Microsoft’s popular and free Office Lens app, which turns a smartphone into a pocket document scanner, NOW being offered in Android and iOS versions.

I did take this for a spin and found that it does a nice job of using your camera on your phone and/or tablet to capture a document and saving it to Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Word, Powerpoint, or as a PDF or as an image file… One option that I would like to see, is an option to directly share my scanned docs to other services.  You can share to other services, but you have to jump through some hoops to make this happen.

Features in a nutshell:

  • Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by key word for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Converts images of paper documents and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting.
  • Captures business cards and generates contacts you can add to your phone.
  • Inserts images to OneNote or OneDrive (as DOCX, PPTX, JPG or PDF format) and gives you options to save, export and share the image.

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An Intelligent Android Voice Recorder App (with no advertisements)

April 6, 2015

Voice recording on our Android smartphones and tablets is a built in feature; however, a clumsy feature to find, get to and use. I wanted a voice recorder that acted and functioned similar to a real standalone voice recorder that we typically use to record a class instruction or lecture; business meeting; etc… I went on the hunt, found quite a few and then settled for the intelligent voice recorder called Skyro. As a matter of fact, I like Skyro so much, I have it set as one of my main apps on my home screen.

Skyro

Skyro is very easy to use. Simply launch the app, hit the record button and Skryo does the rest (such as timestamping the recording in various formats). You can also set Skyro to upload the recording to your Dropbox account. I am not a Dropbox user, but this app gave me a reason to use the Dropbox account that I never used. Another cool feature is that you can add pictures and notes to your recording(s) and Skyro will tie this all together with a slideshow presentation.

In the end, this app is very good looking, worked flawlessly, and is very easy to use… AND, guess what, NO ADVERTISEMENTS.

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