Category: Software Review

In defense of Microsoft Surface

This isn’t a formal review of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Plenty of people can tell you about the original Surface RT’s 1366 x 768 pixel display, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor and the various ports and sensors. And many have—in not-so-glowing terms when software and hardware are examined together. As I write this, Microsoft has.

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Nine Much Needed Updates to Microsoft Office

Microsoft looks to Office 2013 as an “modernization” it is much more a throwback than an evolutionary step forward.  Although Office was just updated, 2013 breaks some things, fails to deliver in others and introduced new quirks as well — here is a list of updates that will make Office 2013 better without completely rewriting.

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My 8 Hour Ordeal with iOS 6

As far as I could tell, my day-to-day work was unaffected by the iOS update. And then Friday night my wife asked me to play “Your Move” by Yes. I opened Music on my iPad 2 and found it empty. I went to System Preferences and discovered that iTunes match was turned off. I flipped.

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MoPix Video Service Transforms Independent Films into Apps

Cross-posted from iPhone Life:  MoPix Video Service Transforms Independent Films into Apps The world of film has become increasingly democratized with the advent of the Internet. People can create films and distribute them with ease. Unfortunately, posting a video to YouTube may generate hits, but it doesn’t necessarily generate bank deposits. MoPix, of Los Angeles,.

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What is Inkling? Getting an inkling for Inkling

I have been playing with electronic books in anticipation of my upcoming series of columns on education and iOS for iPhone Life. Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis. I think we are at the very beginning of a major transformation, a beginning that Matt calls the “front edge.” What.

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Apple iTunes Match-First Impressions

Over the last couple of days I have been slogging through iTunes Match with mostly good results, but not universally good results.  First a couple of observations: With over 16,000 "songs" it took a couple of days for iTunes Match to match my music. During the process, what was going on wasn’t clear. iTunes crashes.

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Keynote Performance Key to iPad 2 Upgrade

I was going to wait, but I use my iPad for presentations. Keynote worked well on the original iPad, but heavy graphics often challenges performance, forcing me to flip back to the lagging image rendering after flipping past it when patience ran out the first time. Not a good thing for fluid presentations. So I.

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