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One of the new features on Windows Phone 8 with update 3 (GDR 3) is the opportunity to turn on the driving mode when connected with specific Bluetooth connections like your vehicle. This feature enables you to ignore text and or calls. I see this as a welcomed feature to enable safer conditions on the road with those less distractions. In my earlier article I explained that you can get the Windows Phone 8 update 3 on your developer unlocked Windows Phone 8. This feature will be standard in all new released Windows Phone 8 hardware. If you want this you can easily get a $19 developer account and bypass Read more

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I have been a longtime fan of Waterfield SF Bags, cases and sleeves. Their quality and design have been outstanding and worth the cost of their products. The Staad backpack is the first long-anticipated backpack for WaterField designs. I am looking forward in reviewing this backpack since it could be the ultimate minimalist backpack for our slim devices. I currently use their Ultimate SleeveCase made for the Microsoft Surface Pro. Designed to flow easily from casual to professional office environments, the Staad’s refined masculine look delivers an immediate fashion upgrade. Its stream-lined exterior and thoughtfully-organized interior snugly secure a Mac or commensurate laptop and an iPad or tablet plus accessories—all Read more


Did you upgrade your Surface Pro to Windows 8.1 and suddenly the previous registry hack to add more rows of tiles on the start screen isn’t working anymore? Well indeed that hack won’t work anymore and you will only have three rows of apps and everything will seem very big.  However Windows 8.1 has a setting now that will allow you to change the sizes of apps an text if your screen supports it. And the Microsoft Surface Pro does. Steps how to change the size of apps and text on the Start screen of the Microsoft Surface Pro. Make sure you are on the start screen mode. The screen Read more


Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1 already through MSDN or Technet? You have seen that you can have the same background in start as your wallpaper in your desktop mode! But you can’t seem to find it in the personalize settings. That’s right. It is kind of hidden, but I will show you in some easy steps how to activate this. Steps to make your desktop background also your Start background Option1 Make sure you are on the start screen mode. The screen showing the tiles. Bring up the setting charms and select settings by either: -Swiping your Finger from the right side of your screen and tapping settings charm Read more


Just before the launch of the new Apple iPhone 5S and 5C we are getting a glimpse of some of the colors of the iPhone 5C. The images are from a case manufacturer showing their clear case and exposing some colors of the new  cheaper iPhone. As you can see below the case manufacturer Luvitt shows their Clear case for the iPhone 5C exposing the Aqua Blue and Pink color of the cheaper soon to be announced Apple iPhone 5C. In a few hours we will know what all the possible colors will be.   Exposed here.


Samsung just announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin their first Smartwatch the Samsung Galaxy Gear. According to the announcement the Galaxy Gear will be available in over 140 countries worldwide starting September the 25th. Compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) and soon with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy SIII after the software upgrade available in October 2013. Features From the image below you can see that the casing is in brushed stainless steel. The wrist bands are in 6 vibrant colors. Always connected to your Samsung Galaxy phones and family and friends. Raise your hand to your ear and you can answer Read more


If you haven’t read it yet, your read it now! Nokia was bought by Microsoft. Of course Apple has it own phone hardware division. Google bought Motorola for it’s phone hardware division (still using Asus for tablet though) and Microsoft needed to find the right partner to make Windows Phone successful and become a staple. Well. This is how I see it played out…… Microsoft bought Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion to secure to rising future of the Windows Phone business plan. Hey! Google did it with Motorola. But I think ther purchase was too early since Motorola had limited world market penetration. As of last month, Motorola phones Read more

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I just received an OtterBox case for the Nokia Lumia 1020, and now I truly feel like my phone is indestructible. As always, this defender case comes standard with OtterBox’s three layers of protection, built to withstand bumps, drops, and shocks, and anything else which might cross its path. Right off of the bat, I have to say that if you want to use this case, make sure you want to use it for a LONG time. Getting this case apart without the phone in it is a challenge in and of itself. Once my Lumia 1020 was in there, the only feasible way to remove it from the case Read more


I just received my Chromecast in the mail and of course had to set up right away. I used my iPad Mini to set it up to identify with the right wireless network and tried all my options. I used a Windows Desktop, Laptop, Android (Samsung Galaxy S4) and the iOS  (iPad Mini) device. If you were early enough you could have gotten this device for just $11 after getting 3 month worth of free Netflix. Even if you were a current user. But unfortunately the stopped with this promotion Well it is a good start but it is lacking in one specific area I wasn’t expecting. Set-up The easy Read more