Back towards the end of last year, I wrote about my new Lumia 920 Windows Phone. After having using for an entire year I can say it was probably my favorite tech gadget of 2013. In the past year we’ve seen a couple of big updates to the Windows Phone OS, and a big uptick in popular apps coming to the WP platform such as Instagram. I know lots of people who have also been ditching their current phones for Lumia’s and have been just as happy.
The Lumia 920 is great, and Nokia has also pushed a couple other phones out there during the year as well. The 1020 with it’s big 40mp camera, and the big 1520 with an incredible screen on it. Having Windows Phone so closely tied to Windows 8 has also been valuable, especially as the owner of a Surface as well. SkyDrive integration throughout has been way more than useful, and it’s taken preference over Dropbox this year too.
I’m sure in 2014 we’ll see the iPhone 6 which will probably bring a biggerscreen size, so we’ll see what Microsoft and Nokia bring out this year as well.
I’m getting rid of gear that I can’t use anymore, and today I have a RaioShack PRO-163 triple-trunking radio scanner on eBay. This retails for $200 and is hard to find in stock.
- Store up to 1,000 frequencies, covers police frequencies in most metropolitan areas
- Hear storm reports before they are broadcast on TV or radio, alerts you to severe weather locally
- Easy to read in low light or completely dark areas
- Download frequencies from your computer with software and patch cable (SKU 20-047, sold separately)
- Clones with another PRO-163, 20-163 desktop or with the handheld version, PRO-164, 20-164
I’ve been a Gmail user since the beginning, even way before it was public. In the years since it has been my mostly primary e-mail, although I regularly used my (at the time) Live.com accounts as well. I’ve been wanting to fully switch for a while, but it’s not the easiest thing to do with so many online accounts being tied to that one e-mail. I don’t like Gmail for numerous reasons, but the latest being the addition of ads disguised as actual e-mails was enough for me to finally make the full switch. With having Windows 8, Surface, and a Windows Phone, switching fully to Outlook.com is a no-brainer. It obviously works seamlessly with these devices, and the web interface for Outlook.com is so much cleaner and easier to use than Gmail.Read More
For several years I’ve been using the Apple wireless keyboard that came with my iMac. It has held up from use and I really can’t say anything bad about it, aside from the fact it’s small and the wireless version doesn’t come with a numeric pad. I had a coupon for Staples and saw the Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard was on sale, so I decided to try it out as I was looking for something new.
I went with the Logitech K750 for a couple of reasons. First, I like Logitech and have owned many of their products with pretty much no issues. Second, I liked the fact it’s solar and won’t require any batteries. I need more time to see how this actually works out, but so far I see no problems. Lastly, I like having a full-sized wireless keyboard that has a numeric pad.Read More
After a year of trying out Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s time to say so long. I decided to try out Creative Cloud which was offered at a discounted rate of $29.99 for owners of previous Creative Suite products. Now after that year the price moved up to around $50 a month, so I opted not to renew.
This has nothing to do with the Adobe apps themselves. They are the best tools for design and media creation there is, but the real problem here is the subscription model. As I’ve written about before, Adobe recently moved their entire Creative Suite product line to the cloud that is only available by subscription. There’s no more ‘owning’ the software as we are used to. You pay the monthly fee and you have access to the software. You can’t buy a full license any longer, so if you don’t subscribe you don’t get access to the software.Read More
I’ve been a Gmail user for a long time, and for a variety of reasons I’ve been meaning to move away. When Outlook.com was introduced I not only switched my Hotmail address to it, I also created another e-mail address to use. Outlook.com has lots of benefits like scheduled cleanup, social integration, inbox Sweep, and coming features like Skype integration. There was one thing missing that I was waiting for, and that was two-factor authentication. Security is obviously very important, and I was happy Microsoft added it so soon after launch. If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication, it’s basically adding another layer of security on your account which requires two pieces of information to access your account. While I have been talking about Outlook.com specifically, this cover your entire Microsoft account.
Once you enable two-factor on your account, along with entering your password you will also need a code which you can obtain from a text message, Authenticator app, e-mailed, etc. I recommend using the Authenticator mobile app as it’s quick and easy to get your security codes.Read More