Display archivesGoogle Earth Pro is now free

February 4th, 2015
Google Earth Pro used to be $400 a year. It’s now completely free, and you don’t even have to sign up. Works on #Windows and #Macintosh.


The Pro version will let you create animated flyovers and export the animation as Windows Media and QuickTime at 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also has advanced measurements, high-res printing, and lets you import spreadsheet data.





Display archivesOutlook for iOS is now available. And it’s free.

January 30th, 2015
The other day, Microsoft released a version of Outlook that will run on iOS devices: your iPhone and iPad. After a quick look and some struggles getting it configured, my opinion is that it’s a very good initial release, but it isn’t finished, yet.


Like the built-in iOS Mail app, there are pre-made settings to configure common types of e-mail, like Exchange, Yahoo, gMail and Outlook.com.┬áRight now, these are the only choices, so you can’t use it for POP or IMAP service (if you’re using mail with your own web address, like flisser.com, POP or IMAP is probably what you use). The good news is that support for these services will be available in a future release.


Download the app for free from the App Store.





Display archivesGreen screen sighting

November 30th, 2014
There’s been sighting of a green screen setup. That can mean only one thing: a new course is on the way.





Display archivesMicrosoft: goodbye PowerPoint, hello Sway

November 19th, 2014
PowerPoint became a victim of its own success and ubiquity. So Microsoft, under new CEO Satya Nadella, is making another big change: they are introducing an online, multimedia-rich presentation application called Sway. Sway will compete with Prezi, which got to this market, first. Sway is still in beta, but you can get an invitation to try it for free at www.sway.com.



Display archivesEasy way to send & receive money electronically with your smart phone

November 5th, 2014
When you want to send money to someone electronically, it can be surprisingly difficult. If you aren’t lucky enough that your bank and the recipient’s bank have compatible payment systems, your bank might end up sending the recipient a paper check. If you both have PayPal accounts, that also works well. Other than that, there’s no universal process.


The Square app (iOS and Android) is great for this, though it’s mostly geared for businesses to use as a cash register. And you either need the small card reader, or you have to key in a credit/debit card number. But Square just introduced the Cash app, which lets you send money with a text message. The money goes directly into the recipient’s bank account in seconds, compared with several days when using PayPal.


The transaction is free for the sender, and 2.75% to 3.5% for the recipient. Pricing details are here. For more info, see www.square.com/cash.



Display archivesNew Windows will be called Windows 10

September 30th, 2014
The new version of Windows (code-named Threshold) that will be released next year will be called Windows 10, and will run on multiple hardware platforms. Microsoft is skipping the name “9″ as a way of showing that this will be the last major release of Windows. Future releases will be small updates. Read more on ZDnet.