Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 128 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 128. We kick things off in this show by updating our experience with the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview over the past week including several tips and tricks for the latest version of Microsoft’s phone operating system. In our Start Up segment I talk about renting gadgets, Google’s checking out of your incoming and outgoing Gmail, another big credit card breach, laptop battery warnings from Sony, sales tax on Amazon purchases for those of us who live in Florida, a Maxpad large screen Windows 8.1 PC/TV and Instagram reassigning a supposedly dormant user account to an employee. Of course there are many other things we had our eye on this past week and they included The Mobile First/Cloud First/Data First Microsoft, Carriers now backing a kill switch on phones, Nokia will become Microsoft Mobile when acquisition closes later this week, Microsoft picks up the Windows update release pace, More about Cortana, Windows business for Microsoft is far from dead, Enabling Enterprise mode in IE11, The cheap custom XP patches is not what you think it is, Using Windows 8.1 compared to Windows XP, More Windows Phone 8.1 features, Windows Store redesign, Built in Apps on Windows Phone 8.1 vice system integration, New Windows Phone Dev Center blog, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 side by side, Dual SIM Nokia Lumia 630, Use SMS/Text to add calendar appointments in Windows Phone 8.1, The Me Tile in Windows Phone 8.1 has changed significantly, The new and improved calendar in Windows Phone 8.1, VPN on Windows Phone 8.1, Xbox Music update for Windows Phone 8.1 arriving soon, Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center, Windows Phone 8.1 Volume Controls, Devs can begin replying to Windows Phone Store App reviews, Favorite tweaks on Windows Phone 8.1 from a dedicated iPhone user, Windows Phone 8.1 grabbing attention of users, Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Windows Phone 8.1 released, PS4 vs Xbox One March sales update, Office 365 Personal now available, Office 365 IT Pro Network, Outlook.com users can now import Yahoo Mail to their accounts, Basic pricing tier rolled out for Azure, Intel’s take on tablets, Gross gadgets, All in One Media Keyboard from Microsoft, Lenovo FLEX 2 laptops, Asus VivoTab Note 8 review, Belkin’s latest beast of a router, Privacy and cloud computing, Ears for Microsoft Surface, Password Managers, Liking brands on Facebook and your legal rights, Twitter web profiles updated, Comcast bills and scammers, Building Windows App in Windows Phone App Studio, New Microsoft Specialty Stores opening soon, Buy instead of rent your cable modem, NASA JPL IT Director talks future of IT, Bing gets personalized cards, World Wide Telescope from Microsoft and Cortana-isms. Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

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