Tip o’ the Week #273 – Projecting your Windows Phone

It’s often handy to be able to show to an audience what’s happening on a phone’s screen (or other device). Many an A/V technician has had to deal with the challenges of switching from PowerPoint bore-ware to an analogue ELMO  projector, trying to set autofocus so as not to make the audience sick, and the…

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Tip o’ the Week #272 – Finding your phone (again)

(breaking the fourth wall) Inevitably, when writing the Tip o’ the Week for 4½ years, the odd topic is revisited, sometimes because there’s a notable improvement or update, and sometimes just because it makes sense to do so. I try to keep the stuff that’s written about here as broadly relevant as I can, and…

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Tip o’ the Week #270 – Renaming Windows Phone

No, we’re not talking about the rumoured change of brand from Windows Phone to simply, Windows 10. This week’s tip is inspired by Edward Hyde, whose several-phones-in-one-family position meant that it was difficult to tell one from the other when referring to them by name. Edward’s specific scenario is when you’ve paired the phones to…

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Tip o' the Week #260 – Scan cards to OneNote

Business cards are still a big part of business culture – even if many of us primarily communicate via email, the ceremony of handing over a little card with your name on it, at the start of a face-to-face meeting, is still quite important. Some countries, such as Japan, have very particular etiquette rules surrounding…

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Tip o' the Week #243 – Parliamo Glasgow?

The great Stanley Baxter had a famous series of comedy sketches looking to help Sassenachs and Embrafowk understand how to navigate a conversation (at say, a Hogmanay party) in the city that recently hosted the Commonwealth, and was hitherto known as “Second City of the British Empire”, or just Glesga to its natives. Navigating regional…

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Tip o’ the Week #240 – Word Flow on Windows Phone 8.1

Another week, another Windows Phone 8.1 (aka Nokia Lumia “Cyan”) tip. Still no word from HTC about when 8.1 will roll out to 8X and 8S users, though there has been some news regarding the release of the already-in-testing “GDR 1” update for WP8.1, in relation to HTC handsets. A developer/test build of the GDR…

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Tip o’ the Week #238 – quiet hours on Windows Phone 8.1

The time of year has rolled around where many of us are travelling – maybe time for a last, late Summer Holiday. Now, if you take your phone on vacation, you’ll know how important it is not to have colleagues phoning you up in the middle of the night to ask where you are. Even…

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Tip o’ the Week #236 – Lumia Cyan on the way

Nokia took to packaging updates for Windows Phone and referring to them by a code name – Lumia “Black” being the last biggie for Windows Phone 8. The packages are a combination of operating system upgrades (that will be made available to all handset manufacturers) along with Nokia-specific upgrades, which may improve the way their…

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Tip o’ the Week #229 – Cortana, let’s rock!

(Another slightly out-of sequence tip as this could be more timely now than in a few weeks) One of the most written-about and eagerly-awaited features in the soon-to-appear Windows Phone 8.1, is Cortana – the “digital assistant”, named after the character in the Halo games. If you’re desperate to get hold of the developer preview…

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Tip o’ the Week #220 – Wireless networking, 15 years on

It’s amazing how quickly technology goes from an expensive frippery to a cost-insignificant near-essential. It’s not so many years ago that WiFi and Bluetooth first arrived (remember the Ericsson T29 or T68, the latter of which not only had a COLOUR screen but came with Bluetooth support – all you’d need is a £100 “Socket”…

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