Category Archives: Computer Tips

  • Vaio surges back into the party with a unique convertible tablet offering

    Down but not out, the now almost-independent computer manufacturer Vaio is ready to make a return to the market with a premium convertible tablet offering not unlike the Surface or iPad Pro. The Vaio Z Canvas marks the first system that will be sold in the United States since the brand mostly split from Sony, […]

  • How Can a File’s Size be Zero?

    We all occasionally run across a ‘situation’ on our computers that leaves us completely baffled, such as a file that has a size of zero, but how is that even possible? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision […]

  • Confusion Over Windows 10’s ‘Free’ Upgrades

    Late last week, it seemed as if Microsoft was ready to give Windows 10 away for free to virtually anyone with a pulse. In a corporate blog posting that originally went up June 19, Gabe Aul, an engineering general manager for Microsoft’s Operating Systems group, suggested that anyone running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home […]

  • Which Online Providers Protect Your Data?

    Which tech companies do the most to safeguard your data? In its fifth annual report (PDF) on online service providers’ privacy and transparency practices, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) gave five-star ratings to Adobe,Apple, Dropbox, Yahoo, WordPress, and a handful of other companies. Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest all received four stars; Google, Slack, […]

  • Apple made it harder for hackers to breach FaceTime and iMessage

    As a means to further secure your digital life, Apple said today that it’s adding two-step verification to FaceTimeand iMessage. That still leaves the likes of iTunes and the Apple website vulnerable to ne’er-do-wells who want to remotely access your sensitive info (and have your password), of course, but now Cupertino’s universal messagingand video chat […]

  • The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and improved

    Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive. When you start you can integrate the app to other services like Linkedin (it’s required to use the app), and Twitter. The […]

  • Custom Keyboard for iOS gives your keyboard a totally new look

    With all of the new iOS 8 keyboard apps, we’re seeing new functions, languages and features.Custom Keyboard (US$0.99) gives the standard iOS keyboard a completely new look based on whatyou want. It’s appearing in the App Store today. Custom Keyboard provides control of backgrounds, colors, fonts, shadows and even animations for key pop-ups. It’s easy […]

  • CES 2015: LifeProof and Scosche say it’s OK to play in the water

    A couple of announcements out of Las Vegas seem to be telling those of us with iOS devices that it’s going to be OK to play in the water this year. Both LifeProof and Scosche have announced new waterproof goodies at CES 2015 that promise to provide power to your iOS toys while keeping them […]

  • Google’s Inbox: Beginning of the End of Email as We Know It?

    Feel overwhelmed by your email? Google has an app for that. It’s called “Inbox.” Not meant as a Gmail replacement, Inbox is designed to help power users sort and prioritize their mail, important reminders and other alerts on the small screen. “There’s a learning curve involved,” noted Baydin CEO Alex Moore, “because it doesn’t feel […]

  • Dell OEM: The Magic Is in the Mystery

    As we move to wearable devices I think the OEM model that Dell is using could become far more common. I can imagine a future when your PC/tablet/smartphone component is a module that you insert in something you 3D-print in your home, based on a design you created or licensed from the Web. In the […]


    by Victor Davis Hanson Americans now have more computer power in their smart phones than did the Pentagon in all its computer banks just 30 years ago. We board a sophisticated jet and assume that the flight is no more dangerous than crossing the street. The downside of this complete reliance on computer gadgetry is […]

  • Getting Off The “Happy Path”: A Cool Approach To Synthetic Data.

    As developers, most of us first code our solution to data that we know will work.  Some people call this the “happy path” – so I will never use that term again. The better developers will write their test cases first to fail, then provide their code and assert their test which will pass. I […]