Tip o' the Week #258 – The Network of Your Stuff

As buzzwords go, 2014 has been a big year for the “Internet of Things”, or IoT. A term coined 15 years ago by a specialist in RFID, it was later refined in a paper as referring to a world where machines can share information (perhaps about themselves) with each other, to better manage the environment…

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Tip o’ the Week #256 – Clip Art clips off

Exactly 5 years after publishing the very first instalment (though it was internal only for a year before I started posting the tips on this blog), Tip o’ the Week goes Old Skool: #256, or 28, the number of combinations possible from a single byte. If you want to join the retro-fun, Sir Clive is backing…

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Tip o' the Week #255 – Rating apps in the store

The Store was a key innovation when Windows 8 launched, and continues to grow, both in terms of the number of apps published and the way popular and well-rated apps are surfaced. Earlier this year, Microsoft said there were over 150,000 apps in the Windows 8 store, though now the total reported is combined between…

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Tip o’ the Week #253 – Using Cortana in the Car

There are many cool things that Cortana can do, which make using Windows Phone 8.1 a pleasure. Try asking the following, if you have Cortana enabled: “Find the best nearby restaurants”, then… “Which are open now?” … “Traffic to the 3rd one” … “Drive there” After each command, following commands will work in context with…

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Tip o' the Week #252 – Web browsing on WP8.1

Many of us will be familiar with using the web browser on our phones – unkindly, one might say that it’s partly due to the fact that Windows Phone users sometimes don’t have a choice, whereas iOS and Android devices might be redirected to install some native app rather than using a browser to view…

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Tip o’ the Week #251 – Toasting a new email message

You got a new email – hurray! Back in the early days of using email, it was expected practice for your email program to play you a little fanfare, pop up a message box to tell you that you’ve got mail, put an envelope in your system tray etc. In the last decade, nobody in…

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Tip o' the Week #250 – Xbox One updates

It’s been a busy few weeks and months for Xbox One, as it approaches its first birthday. The console started shipping a little while back in a new, Kinect-less (dis-Kinected?) package (even if some thought that was a bad move), and there have been a few software updates to as well as numerous announcements from…

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Tip o' the Week #249 – Sync your Desktop

This week’s tip comes as a direct result of a conversation had over a glass of wine and a plate of food, with Content & Code’s supremo, Tim Wallis. Most of us who’ve been using PCs for years will have picked up or held onto habits that are probably not ideal, at least not as…

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Tip o' the Week #248 – Sense the WiFi

Sense the network: Use the Force. One of the cool new features in Windows Phone 8.1 is “WiFi Sense” –  it’s enabled by default and, in a nutshell, is used to let other people access WiFi networks you already know about, without them having to type in the network password. It also lets you connect…

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Tip o' the Week #247 – Block the adverts in IE

Adverts. The economy of much of the web is dependent on them, as evidenced by where Google makes its money. Of course, other advertising services are available. Sometimes, you’ll get ads targeted at you, offering things you didn’t know you wanted. The day that happens, make sure you buy a lottery ticket. Sometimes you’ll get…

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