In just a few days, on July 29, Microsoft will begin the public rollout of Windows 10 in 190 countries. If you want to upgrade your desktop or laptop computer, it's a free upgrade in specific circumstances. Lifehacker has a simple flowchart that makes it quite easy to see if you qualify. The only difference to this chart is that Windows 8 won't get you the free upgrade but Windows 8.1 will. According to Microsoft: The only requirements are that a) your device is compatible, and b) you’re … [Read more...] about Windows 10 is just around the corner
On July 29 - in just over two weeks' time - Microsoft will begin the formal roll-out of Windows 10, the new edition of the Windows operating system for PCs and tablets (and Windows phones). It's been the subject of a comprehensive beta-testing programme by around five million people since the programme was launched at the end of September 2014. I've been part of this programme as a Windows Insider since last October, running the incremental builds of 'Windows 10 Insider Preview' as they … [Read more...] about Windows 10 shows the scale of Microsoft’s ambition
For the past few months, I've been enjoying the experience of using a Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Ultrabook computer. This is one of the new breed of multi-purpose devices defined by the word 'Ultrabook' that are coming from a wide range of vendors to offer a compelling mix of computing power, contemporary usability and portability. I've written quite a bit about the Q704 as a "Fujitsu Insider," part of the Master Your Business blogger programme I'm in that's run by Fujitsu. The Q704 is a … [Read more...] about Finally a fix for the noisy fan on a Fujitsu Stylistic Q704
Last month, I bought a Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch. It's been on my wrist every day over the past few weeks, replacing my usual traditional watch that tells the time and shows me the date. Of course, a digital smartwatch can do a lot more than just that, one of the reasons why people buy them. You want to check your heartbeat? Count how many steps you take walking, or running or hiking? Track your sleeping time? The Gear 2 Neo does all of that and more. I'd argue, though, that dedicated … [Read more...] about Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch – some initial impressions
I speak and write quite a bit these days about wearable technology, a topic I have a keen interest in. While the overall tech is a major part of my interest, it's also largely about how people use it, especially in one area that's getting a lot of attention - smartwatches. As I don't have one myself, I've been thinking about which one to get. It surely is hard to talk about a device with even a little credibility if you don't use one yourself. After spending time these past few weeks in … [Read more...] about Putting a Samsung Gear 2 Neo to the test
I don't think many people would disagree that Apple creates some of the most beautifully-made products in their range of mobile devices. None currently is more desirable than the iPhone, a smartphone that is held in high esteem by the millions of people around the world who have used one or more of the evolving models since the first-generation device was launched in 2007. The iPhone and Apple's iOS operating system, together with smartphones running Google's Android operating system, … [Read more...] about iPhone 6 review: Is this the most desirable smartphone in the world?
An important item on my tech shopping list is an ultra high definition (UHD) monitor to go with the new desktop PC I'm planning to buy for the home office. So when Samsung UK's PR agency asked me if I'd like to test drive Samsung's new 28-inch LED UHD monitor just launched in the UK, why would I say no? And so late last month, a big box arrived containing a brand new Samsung U28D590D 4K UHD monitor manufactured in May 2014, a sticker on the back said. And it's been the primary display screen … [Read more...] about Test driving Samsung’s new 28-inch 4K UHD monitor
The bane of contemporary mobile life is your smartphone running out of juice sooner than you expect (what many would undoubtedly see as a classic 'First World problem'). It usually happens to me at a conference or other event when I'm using my device a lot for tweets and pics and sharing them online, and there's no nearby power outlet; or, more typically, I don't have a charging cable with me that I can plug into a PC's USB port. So when the good folk at Nomad in California asked me if I'd … [Read more...] about With Nomad, you’ll always find juice