Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:15:41 +0000
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:15:41 +0000Welcome to Episode 210 of Observed.Tech! After a month of a couple of travel and catching up cycles I am finally back behind the microphone in my own recording studio and it felt great to get cranked back up again. However, that did not mean I was not doing any podcasting over the last four weeks - it just meant I was a guest on other shows like the New Zealand Tech Podcast with Paul Spain, the MS Power User Podcast with Vernon Smith, and The Surface Smiths Podcast with Colin and David Smith (no relation by the way). It was great to meet those folks and sit down with them in person to talk tech. The crazy travel schedule doesn't end though as I talk about heading to NYC next week for Microsoft's Windows 10 event and what might come of that. Plus the Office event that is now scheduled for the following week, also in NYC, and of course my annual trek out to Redmond and the Microsoft Campus for the MVP Summit at the beginning of November. After catching everyone up with my schedule madness I dove into the headlines of the last week or so including an update on the progress of Windows 10 Redstone 2 development builds and the steady pace of build releases each week. These latest builds have added quite a few new features and have me itching to install them on the Surface Book but I am resisting that urge for now. Of course, I also spend some time talking about apps coming and going from the Windows 10 platform and other companies like Amazon expanding their Prime subscription offerings to make their annual $99 fee even more of a bargain. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including Xbox now being the best selling console in the US for three months in a row, the awesome and beautiful Forza Horizon 3, Outlook.com Premium Preview availability, Windows Hello peripherals, and a US Navy ship I would go back on active duty to serve on just to call the commanding officer "Captain Kirk". Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:20:06 +0000Welcome to Episode 209 of Observed.Tech! In today's show I start off talking about the trip to Atlanta next week for Microsoft's annual Ignite Conference and what the week is looking like for keynotes, sessions and other events. It is going to be a busy week but it looks like myself and David Smith from the Surface Smiths Podcast will be getting together to record Episode 210 of Observed.Tech at some point. We will talk about Ignite, Surface and any other tech news stuff that pops into our heads. I also mention another podcast, this one from Dave McCabe, which is called RESET and will be about all kinds of subjects including tech, tools and resources. Dave recently ended the Home Server Show podcast which he has been doing since the early days of Windows Home Server and RESET is his new endeavor. In other areas we talk about exploding batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and those that will not charge properly on the Surface Pro 3. Both are being addressed but continue to be filled with issues with one being much more dangerous than the other and thus the subject of a federal recall. No Observed.Tech show would be complete without talk about Windows 10 and its ecosystem so we cover new apps, Project Centennial (aka Desktop Converter), the end and removal of the Get Windows 10 App from Windows 7/8.1 systems and Microsoft Edge still ruling the roost when it comes to battery efficiencies. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including Xbox gaming news, HP blocking third party ink cartridges in their printers and Outlook's new way of sharing files/images on the web based email service. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:18:37 +0000Welcome to Episode 208 of Observed.Tech! This show starts off with a discussion about my continued experience with the Nexus 5X and my recent foray into virtual reality with Google Cardboard. It was pretty spectacular to be blunt and the wife thought it was cool as well. Next up is the latest Apple iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 product announcements and mixed reviews on the lack of innovation with the latest iterations of Apple's flagship device. Several key reviewers are also telling readers that this might be a year to skip the upgrade if you are happy with what you currently use. Then of course we jump into this week's Windows 10 news including the first cumulative update for the month old Anniversary Update and the latest Redstone 2 build that is starting to reveal some new features that are headed to the third major update for Windows 10. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including the availability for the first third party peripheral which supports Windows Hello facial recognition, blocking outdated ActiveX and Flash controls in IE and Windows 7, HoloLens being named a breakthrough product and Xbox winning the console sales battle for the second month in a row. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:18:16 +0000Welcome to Episode 207 of Observed.Tech! This week I start off by telling you about my experience so far with the LG Nexus 5X and how it compares to the BLU R2 HD and the Lumia 950. Next up are details about where we stand with Windows 10 on Current Branch, the latest cumulative update plus the most recent Redstone 2 testing build that has just been released this week. Windows 10 and the reliability of its update process has come under fire in the last couple of weeks because of some very public failures after the Anniversary Update so I discuss those and what I have heard from Microsoft on the matter. After that I share some of the latest tips and tricks myself and others have shared for Windows 10 to help you take advantage of features and deal with any challenges you might encounter during your use of Microsoft's latest operating system. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including the latest on Windows 10 hardware from IFA 2016 in Berlin, BLU dropping Windows Phone from their portfolio, the delayed Outlook.com transition and the Grandpad tablet that really isn't that great a deal in the long run. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:25:05 +0000Welcome to Episode 206 of Observed.Tech! I start things off on this show by talking about the state of the Windows mobile market and that it is time for a reality check and acceptance of where the platform is these days. Bottom line is that the mobile battle has been won by Android closely followed by iOS. Next up is the Windows 10 Anniversary Update including what is being called #WebCamGate and the continued steady roll out to current Windows 10 users. I also share my latest collection of Quick Tips and an app tour of the new Amazon app for desktop and mobile devices. Then in hardware I share about some of the latest happenings with Surface including an update on #Batterygate and some new coverage of the design studios for Surface that hit publications this past week. Sony and its PlayStation 4 is making headlines as well for planning to deliver a feature Xbox One already has in its console. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including an Evernote to OneNote Converter for Mac users, a new visual bookmarking tool from Microsoft, updates to Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android, unlimited data and data plan changes from wireless carriers, Google's plans to update Android more often and an acquisition by Pinterest. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:50:31 +0000Welcome to Episode 205 of Observed.Tech! Today's show went for almost an hour so there is a lot to discuss as it has been a busy week around Microsoft and tech in general. I start off by spending some time talking about the latest concerns around Windows 10 regarding privacy and security then I bring everyone up to date on the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for mobile devices. We are also now fully into the development of Redstone 2, the next major release of Windows 10 expected in 2017, with the release of Build 14905 this week for PCs and mobile devices. Windows as a Service (WaaS) with its cumulative updates is now rubbing off on Windows 7 and 8.1 as those systems will now start getting updates rolled into a single package. This is causing some concerns right now but in the long run should improve the update experience on these versions of Windows. It kicks off in October of this year. In the Xbox world we talk about the companies acquisition of livestreaming service Beam, the win in July for console sales versus Sony and Game Previews coming to Windows 10 this fall. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including Microsoft once again changing their support policy for Intel's 6th Gen Skylake chipset, online safety resources, Windows 10 getting some security respect from an unexpected group and unboxing the Nexdock device for your small form factor PCs. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:59:38 +0000The Windows Insider Program for Windows 10 over the last eight months released 50 builds between PCs and Mobile devices in preparation for the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Well, the Xbox One Preview Program, which is currently getting preview builds for the expected Fall Update is seeing 3-4 new builds every week....
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:25:27 +0000Welcome to Episode 204 of Observed.Tech! I get things started reminiscing about my retirement from the Navy five years ago today and some thoughts on entertainment and language in a recent movie and an upcoming TV series. Then I convert into full Windows 10 Mode as I discuss the first week with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and how that is going including the reported issues of freezes, crashes, etc. that are happening to some users. Of course that is followed by plenty of content about the update and the need to get ready for new development builds to begin rolling out for Redstone 2. Believe it or not there is an organization in this world still depending upon Windows XP on 27,000 devices and we also have some rumors about new Surface hardware that might or might not be coming out next year. It is even rumored that OneDrive Placeholders might find their way into Redstone 2 as well. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including Satya Nadella talking about Microsoft at this stage in the companies existence, a free portal to get the key needed to unlock your files that are being held for ransom and the origin of Microsoft's popular NinjaCat. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:15:33 +0000Welcome to Episode 203 of Observed.Tech! This is the one that is all about Windows 10 now that we live in a world where Windows 10 Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.10) is available to everyone running Windows 10. The second major update to Windows 10 released in less than a year, not to mention the initial release of the OS, happened this week so there is plenty to talk about. I cover the final build, how to get it if you are tired of waiting for the staggered roll out to hit Windows Update on your devices and discuss some of the upgrades highlights and new features. There is of course the issue of the mobile version of the Anniversary Update not being released and promised within the coming weeks. I then go over some gaming related news on Xbox One since it also unleashed their Summer Update plus talk about the Xbox One S that is now kind of available. I also share some news about trading in your Xbox One towards a new Xbox One S. Of course Windows 10 is also on HoloLens and there is some news about the availability of Microsoft's augmented reality hardware to the public. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including development related releases for the Anniversary Update, what this release means for IT Pros, UWP apps on Xbox One, whether it is OK for Microsoft to point out that Chrome uses more battery than Microsoft Edge does and finally the Surface commercial. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:15:21 +0000Welcome to Episode 202 of Observed.Tech! I can confirm there are no Pokémon's in this show! What is in this show is a summary of Dona Sarkar's appearance on Windows Weekly from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto and she talked about some interesting tidbits for Windows Insiders. I also give you a run down of the major announcements that came out of the conference that cover areas like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Windows 10 and Surface Hardware. Microsoft's main message to partners was transformation of their businesses to help others make the move to a digital world. Next up is Windows 10 and the progress being made to deliver the Anniversary Update in just a little more than two weeks from now. Insiders have had three builds for PCs and Mobile devices in the last week and there are more to come. Alongside the latest testing builds we also gained access to a new extension from Amazon for Microsoft Edge plus a long awaited firmware update for Lumia 950/950 XL that adds back a very popular feature.. This past week was also Patch Tuesday so we talk about the latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Current Branch and some hardware driver updates. As always, you can expect plenty of other tidbits throughout the episode including Skype for Linux, photo back ups with different services, magnets and 2-in-1 devices, the new Outlook.com and some Xbox news including how to get the Kinect Adapter for your Xbox One S. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!