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Tuesday - July 27th, 2021

Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 232 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 232 of Observed.Tech. It has been a huge busy week to catch up on from all the new hardware at COMPUTEX, a little Windows Insidering adventure with inadvertent build releases, Google blocking ads, continued discussions around system security and real-time protection, and a new podcast I am now hosting for work. Starting with that last item, I am happy to invite all of you to listen in on the inaugural episode of the IT Pro Today PODCAST that we just started over at Penton and the Windows IT Pro website. I co-host with one of my Content Editors and the format will include an interview with someone in the IT Pro/Tech Community plus a follow on round table segment to talk about current news and other items. I hope you will come over and check out the show as we are getting started. Many of you know last week that some builds were inadvertently sent out to Windows Insiders and so we talk about that and how to sort your device out if you ended up getting the unintended build. Of course, COMPUTEX was big last week with so many hardware related announcements so I discuss those and how OEM hardware is improving overall plus what impact some new gear will have on Microsoft’s mobile plans. Sprinkled through out the show is other news such as Google Chrome and blocking ads, how smartphones have impacted customer service, Amazon forking out a lot of money for some unauthorized purchases, the 2017 Internet Trends report, and one of the biggest airplanes you have ever seen! As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 225 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 225 of Observed.Tech. Of course this show has some more Windows 10 goodness as the Creators Update has now been officially released along with a bevy of information from Microsoft on the upgrade. I have info about the overall update and some specifics about Microsoft Edge’s continued maturation. However, we start the show off talking about some recent release of several exploits that were released by a hacking group. The good news upfront is that after reports that Windows was very vulnerable, it turns out most currently supported systems are patched already against these issues or are not susceptible to them. We then talk about some new features that have recently come to Windows 10 over on Xbox One and also the discovery of a modern version of a very handy system tool for Windows. We also have a huge amount of news about the future of Windows 10 Mobile and what devices will be officially supported for the Creators Update on mobile, which will be released on the 25th of April, and the Windows Insider Program. That list of supported hardware only has 13 devices listed and that is causing a lot of consternation for Windows 10 Mobile users. I also have tidbits about Steve Ballmer and his reflective perception of Microsoft’s mobile moves, commercials triggering your digital assistants, ad blockers and the way some companies are approaching them, and Apple’s drop on the Best & Worsts Laptop Brands of 2017. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 188 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 188 of Observed Tech. In this show I start off talking about more Universal Windows Platform apps, Windows 10 Mobile and its status, continued progress on Windows 10 Redstone builds and the recent Microsoft Band 2 update. I then jump into tablet sales numbers for 2015, what the former Microsoft CEO has to say about the companies direction, the basics of Mainstream vs Extended support from Microsoft and the lack of Surface Pro 3 devices on store shelves. I then wrap up talking about the senior wearables market, a reboot of Circuit City, Amazon’s shipping costs and eBay’s failure to completely fix a vulnerability on their website that can target customers. Of course there are plenty of other items sprinkled throughout the show so please enjoy everything and thanks for listening.

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 148 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 148. This is our post Windows 10 focused episode but we still have lots of Windows 10 information to be discussed. In fact, something tells me there will be no shortage of Windows 10 info for the next year or so. Now that the Windows 10 Technical Preview has been out for a couple of weeks different enthusiasts have been poking under the hood and discovering some pretty handy information about where Windows 10 may be headed. I also spend some time talking about the new Microsoft hardware I recently reviewed that is either already available or will be out by the end of the month. There is also plenty of news on the Surface front from a huge conference give away, new Surface Pen firmware and a new app to manage some Surface Pro 3 settings. Also up for discussion is Microsoft popularity as a global brand, a mis-step by their new CEO and an in-depth look at the three Microsoft CEO’s and where the company is heading by Vanity Fair. Of course there are many other items to be discussed this week so make sure you listen in to catch all the news. Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 141 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 141. I kick off today with some big news on my end. I was hired earlier this week by PC Pitstop to do Customer Service and Tech Support for them. I am quite excited to be joining this growing company. I also shared with you about receiving my FreedomCase for my Surface 2 and how the AT&T MicroCell has helped improve our mobile phone use around the house. I also talk about some other stuff in the tech world including Steve Ballmer moving on, Rapid release and related issues on Patch Tuesday, Windows 8 Lifecycle and Update Support, Surface Pro 3 gets Out-of-Band Firmware Update, Windows 9, Google seeks kid customers, Symantec slims down, Global Web Access Shifts to Smartphones, Windows Stores Only At Best Buy Open in 24 new stores in Chicago, OneNote updates Windows Store app gets a big update, Tips to unplug on vacation, 15 inch tablets, PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One, Sony’s Share Play not all it seems, Microsoft vs Apple vs Rationality, Amazon bullying continues, It’s Too Early to Write Off the Third Smartphone Ecosystem, How Perception Will Kill Windows Phone, Windows Phone: The final review, Connecting the world’s developers results in innovative apps, Microsoft and UserVoice Feedback Portals, Miracast on Windows 8.1, No cross platform IE on Android and iOS, Selling Windows Phone, On the Threshold of the next version of Windows, Windows Phone replacing Windows RT, Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, Mobility has become the new normal, Google owned Waze will likely see no more updates on Windows Phone, Google’s Music Service inadvertently revealed, Twitter experiments with your timeline continue, Which email application is right for you between Outlook and Gmail, Surface RT plus Azure and Windows Phone security project, After 10 years Munich bailing on Linux and heading back to Windows, Improved Skype notifications, Windows Phone Convert from iPhone and Android and Sorry for the ads. Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

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