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No More LogMeIn Free

January 22, 2014 in Software

lmiThere are probably more remote access options out there than most people care to think about but one of the biggest and well known is switching their business model and no longer allowing free accounts. Existing users will either need to upgrade to a pro account or switch to a competitor. Hamachi, Cubby and Join.Me are apparently unaffected at this time but will it be long before these free services will stop too? I personally thought Hamachi would be the first to go.

Let us know in the comments how this change is affecting your business or personal life. If you switched to a competitor, what solution are you now using? If you use other free LogMeIn services, will you now be worried?

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Next-gen USB to be Finally Reverstable

December 5, 2013 in Hardware

PCMACLINK2.CUSB has been a staple in the world for everything from convenient mobile storage and mobile phones to permanent printers and external hard drives. Work has begun on a new USB cable standard that will not be compatible with existing connectors but WILL fit both ways. The goal is to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, using the USB 3.1 spec, is expected to be ready mid 2014 and will be the Type-C standard. There are no images yet but its expected to be the size of a Micro USB plug with the reversible functionality of Apple’s Lightning connector.

In their press release, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders said that Type-C will “meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability” while it should also allow for future scalability in charging and data transfer. Type-C “will enable an entirely new super-thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops,” says Alex Peleg of Intel. “This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power, and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”

I’m all for this change but the main concern is also that the new specification doesn’t render countless USB chargers obsolete. This change is a good move not only from a usability standpoint but micro USB has come as far as it can. The USB 3.0 adaptation is pretty ugly and makes the Galaxy Note 3 look like it charges over an old 1990’s parallel port.

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Office 2013

July 16, 2012 in Software

its rumored that Microsoft will be unvailing their new version of Office toda. With their new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet computer coming out, this year is very important. The 5,000-employee Office division now includes 170 user experience designers and researchers, twice as many as it had a year ago. This goes without saying, it will be interesting to see how the new metro styled OS will impact the Office UI.

Clearly Microsoft intends to make the product more touch friendly. The new Office also comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.

A consumer preview of the new Office is available today and can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Microsoft is promising this will be more than just a work tool and more of an every day program users will enjoy to use. More to come soon!

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Today, You May Not Have Internet

July 9, 2012 in News

Last night a friend asked me why some people would be without internet this Monday, knowing about this issue since last Friday I found it somewhat funny that it took so long to truly circulate. Basically for those who don’t know, some people created malware that changes the DNS settings on your computer – appropriately named DNSChanger. When you type in a website, instead of the DNS pointing your web browser to the real website, it would point you to a website that would make profit off of you visiting the page through ads and other monetized functions. No big D though, the FBI found the fraudulent DNS server and turned it into a proper DNS server.

Since then, Google and Facebook have been monitoring incoming DNS requests and provided users with a friendly message explaining that their computer has been compromised and given some easy ways to fix the problem. Now today, July 9th the FBI plans on turning off this DNS server… Now this may not make sense to anyone but the DNS server had the power to point your computer to any website they wanted… So instead of turning it into a normal fully working DNS server, why didn’t the FBI just make it so any website request pointed users to a tool that would fix their DNS settings, thus avoiding the whole catastrophe of having over 200,000 users suddenly not have internet any more! Sure, it probably would have been “illegal” but if it was done by the FBI for a constructive and positive reason, who cares? Everyone would have known about the problem right away and been able to fix it.

I can’t complain though, things like this keep me employed! =)

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Google Play

March 26, 2012 in News

Bored? Google now introduces Google Play! “Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that’s accessible from the Web and any Android device.”

Though we have waved goodbye to Google products buzzkilled, I have a feeling Play will be around for good. Many users may notice Google Music will redirect you to Google Play, and here’s why! Some of Play’s key features are:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles

So now it seems they have Android Market, Google Music, Google Books, and Youtube’s new movie rental all in the same place! I guess it means this isn’t really new after all…

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THIS MUST STOP

March 7, 2012 in News

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OS-X Mountain Lion

February 20, 2012 in Software

It seems like Apple is taking another step towards unifying OS-X and iOS. With information coming out about Mountain Lion it seems Apple is moving towards an annual release cycle with Mountain Lion being scheduled for this summer. You may remember five years ago, Apple was borrowing developers from the OS X team to help meet deadlines for the iPhone, but with things moving this quickly, you can really see just how large and successful Apple has become. OS X will come with over 100 new features and HUGE iOS influence. Things are getting far more simplified!

iCloud will be a big part of this release and allow basically everything to be synced between devices so you can start something on one device and continue it on another. A few apps will get new names like iCal, iChat and Address Book – they will simply be Calendar, Messages and Contacts. Now OS X will also have a unified notification center just like iOS. AirPlay Mirroring will let you stream basically everything to your Apple TV. Gatekeeper provides a middle ground between standard apps and App Store apps, signed by a developer but not approved by Apple – not sure how I feel about that one yet…

No word on Siri but as the iPad 3 release date approaches I think we will soon get a good idea if they will be adding the voice assistant to every iDevice in the future. To me it seems like a logical next step. A developer preview is already out and should help developers and Apple get the bugs worked out to meet their summer deadline.

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PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming Soon!

February 17, 2012 in News, Software

Finally a solid date has come out of the woodwork. It seems PlayBook OS 2.0 will be dropping on February 21st and featuring native email, calendar and contacts. The new OS will bring a TON of other great features too such as being able to run Android apps!

I think what I’m looking forward to the most is Open On, updated Video Chat, and Android market!

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Mobile Devices Now Account for 8.5% of Internet Traffic

February 10, 2012 in News

Everything looks like it’s back up and looking good now. I thought I would leave you with this interesting fact I came across. Turns out since 2010 we have DOUBLED the amount of traffic we use on our mobile devices! As mobile internet gets faster I can only expect these numbers will go up in the next few years, how much will be interesting to see.

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