WTAM 1100 – Apple TV and iPad Pro

Bill Wills and I talk about upcoming Apple products, including the iPad Pro and Apple TV, as well as alternatives already available on shelves, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Roku 3. Listen to #TechTuesday at 7:50am every Tuesday on WTAM 1100 Newsradio.

WTAM 1100 – Support Scams and Windows 10 News

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – January 27th, 2015:

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioJohn, a longtime #TechTuesday listener had emailed Bill Wills of the Wills & Snyder in the Morning on WTAM 1100 Newsradio to share his story of being called by scammers pretending to be Microsoft. This continues to be a concern for both computer users and legitimate tech support companies, and Bill and I discussed how listeners can help avoid falling for these phishing scams.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, here’s an article on how fake tech support phishing scams work, as well as tips on what to do if you are scammed.

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Also on this week’s #TechTuesday segment, last week was a big week for news around Windows 10. While Microsoft made their formal Windows 10 announcement last year, much of the news was around their enterprise features. Microsoft spent a full day introducing their upcoming consumer-orientated features for the new operating system. Some highlights:

  • Release Date: An exact date still hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s expected to be later this year, and likely closer to October.
  • Free Upgrade: Microsoft will provide a free Windows 10 upgrade for a year to current Windows 8 and 7 devices. Windows Phone 8.1 users will also see a free upgrade. Unfortunately, no free upgrade for Windows Vista and XP, and Windows RT doesn’t currently have an upgrade path. Microsoft has not announced pricing once that year ends, or for new devices.
  • Cortana: Microsoft’s “intelligent digital assistant” jumps from Windows Phone to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, allowing you to speak or type questions or requests and get news, set appointments, control your PC and more.
  • New Web Browser: Code-named “Project Spartan”, Windows 10 will get a brand new web browser that does not contain legacy code from Internet Explorer. IE will likely still be available for Windows 10 for compatibility with certain sites and enterprise apps, but the new browser is expected to be the primary access on the new OS.
  • Unified Apps: While not every software developer will make use of it, they will have the option to create “unified apps” that can run across any Windows PC, tablet, phone and even the Xbox One. An example Microsoft used was a new Outlook app to give you the same look and menu system across your devices, yet still optimized itself for the different screen sizes. Combined with Microsoft One Drive cloud service, you could check your same email account across devices.
  • Continuum: For the growing number of 2-in-1 devices that can switch from being a laptop to a tablet, Continuum is a Windows 10 feature to instantly shift between the standard mouse and keyboard interface of the PC and the touch controls of a tablet.
  • Xbox One Streaming: If the family TV is being used by other family members, gamers can stream their Xbox One games to a Windows PC or tablet screen to play elsewhere in the house.

Expect more information to come from Microsoft at their Build Developer’s Conference at the end of April.

WTAM 1100 – Protect Windows XP, Look Forward to 10

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – November 4th, 2014

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioWhile Microsoft support for Windows XP ended on April 8th, there are still some owners who are holding onto their Windows XP systems for a while longer. Either they have a proprietary business app that’s only designed for the older operating system, or they simply don’t want to move onto Windows 8 quite yet, those systems still need protecting in an online world full of malicious software.

For tips on helping keep Windows XP, here’s the Geek Squad guide on what to do if you want to keep Windows XP after support ends.

Eventually, even the most stalwart Windows XP users will need to upgrade as 3rd-party software support wanes and old hardware begins to fail. Fortunately, Microsoft is be making their next operating system more inviting to those users.

Find our more in Meet Windows 10, a Geek Squad UK guide to the features Windows users will most be interested in when it arrives in the latter half of 2015.

WTAM 1100 – Windows 10 Coming in 2015

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – October 7th, 2014

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WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioMicrosoft showed off their upcoming Windows 10 operating system, due sometime mid to late 2015. The return of the Start menu, and better compatibility with 2-in-1 devices were some of the many features announced.

For more, check out Geek Squad UK’s Meet Windows 10 article.