Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Review

The Dell XPS 12 is a powerful 2-in-1 laptop and tablet combo that includes a 3840x2160 screen, Core m5 processor and 8GB of RAM to give you flexibility in how you work.

HP PageWide Pro MFP 577dw Review

HP packs enterprise features into a printer targeted squarely at small and medium sized businesses. 50 pages per minute, dual-sided scanning, and extended life paper and ink options are just a few of the things that make this printer great.

How to Delay or Block Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Sometimes Windows 10 forces me to reboot for an update in the middle of a project. Is there a way to delay Windows 10 updates or block Windows 10 from updating until I'm ready for the software upgrade to happen? Microsoft adopted a very different approach to updates in Windows 10, especially for any user with the Windows 10 Home edition. Instead of allowing you to choose when updates are downloaded and installed, Microsoft will automatically download updates in the background and only provide a fairly brief window of time before you are forced to install the update. Sometimes this results in needing to stop what you are doing and perform the software update whether it's convenient for you or not. There is one solution to this, which is to trick Windows 10 into thinking you are on a different type of connection than your home WiFi network. By browsing to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi you can change the configuration and Set as a metered connection. This setting basically makes Windows 10 think you pay for a limited set of bandwidth every month and prevents the operating system from blowing through your data cap without your permission. This won't prevent all updates, because Microsoft will still download priority updates automatically, but it will give you a greater deal of control over how often you are forced to update. Upgrade to Windows 10 Professional for More Control Windows 10 Pro users have more control over upgrades. If you want to define more specifically when you perform updates, paying the $99 to upgrade from Windows Home to Windows Pro can give you some piece of mind. Once the update is complete, you can use the Group Policy console gpedit.msc to define the following options for updates: Defer upgrades for the following duration allows you to choose a length of time to delay major upgrades for up to eight months. Defer updates for the following duration allows you to choose a length of time to delay both security updates and cumulative updates for a period of up to four weeks. Pause upgrades and updates allows you to delay until the next monthly upgrade or update....

iMessage Waiting for Activation Error

When I upgraded to the latest iPhone, all my settings and apps were easily transferred from my old phone using iCloud backup. I signed into a few accounts and quickly started using all my favorite apps. When I went to send a text message from the Messages app, the message sent as a text message instead of sending as an iMessage, even though the recipient also had an iPhone. After trying another message with the same result, I went to Settings > Messages to see if iMessage was disabled for some reason. What I found was a message that said iMessage was Waiting for Activation. I tried re-entering my Apple ID and password with no luck. The login seemed to get stuck and another test message went as an SMS message instead of as an iMessage. After checking some other settings, like verifying that my phone was properly connected to the network, I ultimately had to follow the set of steps below in order to finally make iMessage work. 1. Go to Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage. 2. Go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off FaceTime. The reason you turn both off is they are typically linked in this activation issue. When one doesn't work, the other one generally doesn't either. 3. Restart your iPhone (or iPad if you have this problem on an iPad). 4. Turn iMessage back on in Settings > Messages. 5. Turn FaceTime back on in Settings > FaceTime. At this point, if you need to enter your Apple ID and password again, both iMessage and FaceTime should be active and able to send and receive as expected....

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HP EliteBook 1020 and Dell XPS 13 Comparison

When buying a new laptop, the latest and greatest hardware is important, but it's also important to consider a number of additional features so you get an experience you will love for the next 2-3 years you own it.

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Review

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a 13-inch business class laptop that can easily handle anything you throw at it. After spending a little over a month taking one for a test drive, I'm left impressed with the performance for handling everything from pivot tables in Excel to video encoding when I'm publishing movies from Sony Vegas. Read more about why I think this is one of the best laptops I've ever used.

HP Duet Pen and Paper Folio Demo

I don't find myself writing on paper very often these days. I still know plenty of people who prefer taking paper notes. At the HP Global Partner Conference, I got the chance to demo the new HP Duet Pen that ships with the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 Android tablets. The Duet Pen is designed to be dual purpose, allowing you to write directly on screen as a stylus or in combination with the HP Paper Folio. The pen is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology and works extremely well. My handwriting isn't the greatest and I had no trouble using the stylus and having it feel as natural as a pen would. Much like the DotPen from Dot-Tec and the Evernote Jot Script 2, the Duet Pen fits neatly in this new category of stylus products that are designed to let people actually work the way the can be most effective. If handwritten notes are your thing, you won't be disappointed with the Duet Pen. One challenge for me in using other stylus products is they tend to feel a bit squishy, which results in trying to find the perfect balance of pen pressure and hand angle in order to write something legible. The Duet Pen on paper gives all the tactile feedback you expect from putting pen to paper and puts your writing in a digital format too. The Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 tablets both come with some HP apps that are optimized for use with the HP Duet pen, like HP Notes. There are additional apps promised to be available in the Google Play App Store. It's also worth noting that the ink in the Duet Pen works on any paper, but using the Paper Folio lets you automatically capture your paper notes in an electronic format. You can see in the video demo I did that the pen works for left handed people like me. It also works for all you righties out there too....

Greyhound and the Internet of Things

At the recent CIOsynergy event in Dallas, Texas, Jake Ludington spoke with Greyhound Lines CIO, Chris Boult about how the company is using IoT sensor technology to help them innovate and gain business insights more quickly.

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Making the Shift from IT to Business Technology

IT is trapped in the cost center side of the business equation instead of being associated with creating measurable value for the business. Headspring, a company that excels at application modernization has identified 5 key ways for companies to embrace IT as an integral part of the business.

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HP EliteDesk 800 Desktop Mini Giveaway

I'm giving away an HP EliteDesk 800 Desktop Mini. Read the full post to find out how to qualify. All qualifying posts must be made by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on 30 January 2015 to be eligible.