Could your next smartphone be a Windows Phone?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Moves in the Windows Phone ecosystem have been making Windows Phones ever more attractive choices as smartphones and mobile ebook reading platforms for a while now. And now, courtesy of a leak initially aired by Russian site Onetile and later picked up by WMPoweruser, it looks like we have a very [...]

Tablet or laptop? You decide

By Chris Meadows
September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Neurogadget has what looks at first like an interesting article—it sits down to compare a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to “one of [its] biggest rivals,” an Acer Aspire S7 laptop. And the article starts out well enough. It talks about Microsoft wanting to bring “more than a tablet” to the [...]

Microsoft to shut down Zune Music Pass service

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

We haven’t had any good DRM server shutdown stories for a while, so it was just about time for another one. It seems Microsoft is about to join the ranks of Yahoo, Google, Wal-Mart, Embiid, Fictionwise and eReader, JManga, and…well, Microsoft. Or at least, that’s how it looks at first glance. [...]

Seattle ‘Super Wi-Fi’ may point the way to better Wi-Fi for everyone

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

I visited Seattle and the Space Needle back in the early ‘90s, and got to go watch tiles fall off the Kingdome. But the Kingdome is long gone now, and other things about Seattle have changed as well—such as the new “Super Wi-Fi” in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center. GeekWire [...]

Microsoft prototypes Surface keyboard cover with secondary e-ink touchscreen

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The original Nook e-reader demonstrated that a small secondary touch-sensitive LCD display panel could be helpful for navigation and other tasks on the e-ink device. In an interesting symmetry, Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has prototyped a keyboard cover with a secondary e-ink display built in, [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

Modern operating systems are gradually eroding user privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

If you value your privacy, you may not be too pleased with recent developments in computer and mobile device technology. Computers and smartphones have gotten smarter and smarter, but this has come at the cost of having communicate more and more data about you, including potentially personal data, [...]

Of Windows 10 and privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is Windows 10 a threat to your privacy? How can you protect yourself? Here’s an excellent article looking at the issue. On Lifehacker, Whitson Gordon takes an exhaustive look at the many different features that have been cited as privacy-problematic, and explains what they do and exactly which [...]

Windows 10: My story so far

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

After some struggles with a progressively degrading Windows tablet hacked to run Ubuntu, the Acer Iconia w500, I decided to take a chance on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the free-to-try advance look at the latest iteration of Microsoft’s PC (and now phone) OS. Through the Windows Insider [...]

HP Stream 7: A mediocre tablet but a great micro-laptop

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

I’ve had this HP Stream 7 tablet for a couple of days, and my first impression is that it’s fairly mediocre from a tablet standpoint, but it seems like a terrific micro-laptop. With one major caveat I’m still inclined to look upon it as a great bargain at $79—especially since it included a [...]

Microsoft offers $79 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet

By Chris Meadows
March 5, 2015 // 6 Comments

If you’ve ever thought you might like to try a Windows tablet, but didn’t want to risk a significant cash outlay, Microsoft is currently offering a great deal on a name-brand tablet. has the HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet priced at $79, including a one-year personal subscription [...]

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