Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Could Skype be the one communications client to rule them all?

June 23, 2014

Google has Google Voice (soon to be part of Hangouts, expanding their footprint for the ailing – or morphing – Google+ by forcing users to switch), Facebook has their Messenger client, there’s Viber and Line in the Voice space and WhatsApp and SnapChat delivering text and image messaging. The iPhone has Visual Voicemail and iMessage. Where is Microsoft fit in all of this? (more…)

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Mobile Browsers getting better

December 14, 2011

After struggling for years with sub-par browsers on small screen devices Apple did a good job raising the bar with Safari on the iPhone and now iPad. Google for some reason stumbled a little out of the gate with the browser on Android – rather than take their existing and proven Chrome they delivered an older and less capable core and it looks like only now with the 4.x generation devices that they’re finally starting to improve things (though that doesn’t help the 80-90% of their existing user base who will never get an upgrade to the latest goodness)

With the initial release of Windows Phone 7 it seemed like Microsoft had fallen into the trap of not treating mobile browsing as a first class experience and they shipped an IE7-like browser. That changed however with the release of v7.5 “Mango” which brought the full capabilities of IE9 (arguably the most standard adherent HTML5 browser) to the platform.

With people paying more attention to the mobile browser evolution and digging into capabilities (such as this review from Sencha) and arguing that the mobile web is not going away any time soon it would be great to see how the "Mango" with IE9 stacks up in these tests against the other two… Would be great to see Sencha or similar run their tests against all three? So far playing around with IE9 in Mango, it seems to do a really good job in most situations but I’ve not drilled down to quite the level of detail that they have yet.

BootCamp and Blank Screens

December 10, 2010

I have my MacBook Pro running BootCamp and a 64 bit Windows 7 (so I can use all of the 4GB RAM). I also have a DynaDock so I can drive a total of three screens (the MacBook Pro screen, one via the Apple connector and the third via the DynaDock connector, which I also use for all my USB connections, wired Ethernet and speakers)

The problem is that when the laptop goes to sleep sometimes I don’t get all my screens coming back to life – they stubbornly sit there showing nothing. Just stay black.

I’d made sure that I had the latest DynaDock DisplayLink drivers and checked Windows Update and BootCamp to make sure everything was the latest and greatest… but I’d not thought to check that the Nvidia drivers themselves were up to date.

Luckily Nvidia have a smart detection page which works out what display hardware you’re using and lets you quickly and easily install the latest drivers. Turns out form my GeForce 9400M BootCamp had installed version 527.79 of the driver, when the latest “Verde Notebook Release” was 260.99.

A few minutes to download and install, a reboot and … so far not a black screen to be seen.

Powerpoint crashing in BootCamp

December 9, 2010

On my MacBook Pro I just upgraded to the latest BootCamp 3.2 and boom… my PowerPoint 2010 started crashing every time I tried to edit a document.

I ended up trying a bunch of things – reinstalling Office, reinstalling BootCamp, using Remote Desktop to edit PowerPoint on another machine but… turns out the issue might be related to keyboard drivers so…. if you are having unexplained crashes in PowerPoint and other apps when you try to edit text see if these steps help you

1/ Open Control Panel and select “Change Keyboards or other input methods”

2/ Select “Change keyboards…”

3/ If you only have the “United States (Apple)” keyboard installed then add the “US” option from the list. If you are not in the US select the equivalent default for your country

4/ Click okay lots of times to get back to the desktop, and then start Powerpoint again… and hopefully enjoy a crash-free experience

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