Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Doubling down on its hardware to complement Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled the first laptop it's ever designed, the Surface Book, at an event today in New York.

Microsoft opened with some numbers worth mentioning. It claims that 110 million devices have installed Windows 10 so far, including 8 million business users, with 650 billion page views in the new Edge Web browser. The company also claimed that Windows 10 users are using the Netflix app more than... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows Mobile , Microsoft

Transfer your data to a new iPhone

You're eager to start using your brand-new iPhone, but if you try to manually move your apps, photos, music, documents, and contacts, your exhilaration will soon turn to frustration. Don't do it the hard way. Here's how to transfer info to your new device using iCloud or iTunes.

Back up before you transfer

First, create a current backup of all the data on your old phone. You can use iCloud or iTunes. Which one should you choose?

iCloud... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone

Office for Mac 2016 and El Capitan off to a rough start

With the release of El Capitan (OS X 10.11) this week, some Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac users are reporting significant issues running the Mac version of Office on Apple's new OS.

On Microsoft's community forums, Office users are noting that Office 2016 apps crash and hang on El Capitan. While many of the reported problems center on the new version of Outlook, others note issues with Word or Excel running alongside another Office app. And some are... Read More »

Topics: Office Suites , Mac Software

How to browse safely in Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 has raised concerns with its collection of certain user data. You can't turn that off, though you can adjust the OS's privacy and security settings. You can also tweak Edge, Windows 10's new default Web browser. We've given you a tour of Edge's major features, but now let's drill down into the settings specific to your privacy and security. (If you're also using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, we have security tips for those browsers, too.).

Open... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Security Center , security , browser , Internet Explorer , Internet security , privacy

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

In the wake of concerns about the amount of user data that Windows 10 collects and sends to Microsoft, the company has spoken out in defense of its methodology on its official Windows blog. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, laid out the company's game plan, based on two principles: (1) "Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you," and (2) "You are in control with the ability to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Security Center , Windows 10 , security , privacy

Wi-Fi Assist may be costing you

If you've upgraded to iOS 9, as 50% of iOS users have, then you're probably enjoying new features like News, improved Notes and Wallet, Spotlight search, and the ability to multitask on newer iPads. But you may not have even noticed Wi-Fi Assist, which switches your connection from Wi-Fi to cellular when you're in a poor coverage area. This is a huge boon if you watch a lot of videos, play music, or surf the Web... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS , wi-fi

A visual look at El Capitan

El Capitan (OS X 10.11) offers a collection of neat enhancements that should make using Apple's new OS a visually pleasing experience.

For example, El Capitan has a new system typeface named SF, a member of the font family used on iOS devices and Apple Watch. Apple designed the font for readability, which you can judge for yourself below. On the left, you see the SF font in use in Safari's View menu in El Capitan. On the right is... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Apple's Live Photos: can you share them?

Live Photos is one of the most interesting Apple photo features ever, and it's coming with iPhone 6S, which starts shipping this week. You simply shoot a photo as you always do, and the iPhone captures the second and a half before the shot and the second and a half after to create a combination JPEG and MOV that looks like a mini video. You can even set one as your wallpaper.

While we've seen some enticing... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: photography , photos , photo , digital photography

Microsoft Office 2016: buy vs. subscribe

Microsoft's game plan, from Office to Xbox to Windows 10, is to get users to think of its products as services, and to subscribe rather than to pay one time. There will be casualties of this strategy. This week Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows and Mac (following Mac's Office 365 edition in July), and now comes the reckoning of what you get if you buy the suite outright, versus what you get if you opt for Office... Read More »

Topics: Microsoft Office , Windows Software , Productivity Software

Tags: Microsoft , Office

Gmail gives you more control over annoying email

Google today is rolling out a Gmail update that lets you block an individual's email address and unsubscribe more easily from a mailing list.

In both the browser and Android versions of Gmail, you can now block specific email addresses. Once blocked, the sender's messages will go to your spam folder. (You can always unblock the sender if you want their messages to show up again in your inbox.)

In the Android Gmail app, tap the Action overflow menu (the three vertical... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Android Software , Android