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Microsoft's New Privacy Dashboard Helps Users Control Their Personal Data
Microsoft is continuing their effort to put the user in total control of what information the Redmond company has on file about various activity such as web browsing, searches, location data, and in Cortana's Notebook.
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Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode
You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly. There are a couple ways to minimize this from happening, both of which are part of the setup process for Alexa, but can also be later configured and customized using the Alexa app for Android or iOS.
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CES 2017: Helixee Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device
The Helixee from Novathings delivers home based network attached storage but with remote access, sharing, and commenting features that make it a viable option for not only backing up memories but making them accessible and useful.
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Hacking Alexa: Piloting the "Elite: Dangerous" Spaceship
Amazon's Alexa has made some serious inroads into public awareness. Just recently I talked about some of Alexa's capabilities in a crowd of people with whom I expected to have to explain exactly what Alexa is and does. But, that wasn't the case. Each person in the group already knew what I was talking about. That was interested enough to me that I tested the group by also mentioning Cortana and Google Home. Four out of the five people in the grou...
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Hands On Experience with the HP EliteBook 1040 G3
After using the HP EliteBook 1040 G3 for a few weeks I am ready to share about the devices performance and its top security feature.
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CES 2017: Camera Privacy Covers for Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones
You never know what you might see on the sides and in smaller booths at CES and this companies webcam privacy slides are an inexpensive way to add a little extra safety to your devices.
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CES 2017: A Rookie Experience
I am home after attending my first ever CES in Las Vegas and I not only brought home the CES Crud but also a great experience and a few lessons learned.
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CES 2017: What We'll Be Covering This Year, Based on What We Saw Last Week
Rich Hay and I spent five days criss-crossing the Las Vegas Conventions Center, the Sands, and countless hotel suites and press conferences, and at the end of it, a few tech trends really stood out for me. These trends will likely percolate through our coverage for the remainder of the year.
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Survey: IT professionals think Microsoft Teams will overtake Slack in two years
Microsoft Teams has been setting itself up for a major fight with Slack, the team chat app that has dubbed itself the fastest-growing enterprise service in history. We covered the launch, including its impressive array of integrations and clever use of bots. Apparently one group is already pretty sold on it: IT professionals.
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Hands On with Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15007 for PC and Mobile Devices
As the final weeks of development for the Windows 10 Creators Update begin Microsoft has pushed its second PC build of this week. This same build, 15007, is available for Windows 10 Mobile devices and it is the first new build in 43 days. We take a closer look at some of the highlights.
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What was the most exciting news to come out of CES?
Now that we've had a little time to sort through the deluge of product demos and announcements coming out of Las Vegas in January 2017, which pending technologies are you most ready to begin using?
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PC Makers Need a Reality Check. A Virtual Reality One
Global PC shipments fell 5.7 percent last year because ... well, you know why: Fewer people want to buy a PC. So now it's time for something new. Like, say, producing a product people actually want to buy.
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Introduction

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed in the Microsoft MVP Windows Expert-Consumer category each year on January 1st.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

My other area of passion is space, as in Low Earth Orbit and Outer. I have attended four official #NASATweetup #NASASocial events as well as many unofficial gatherings related to our Space Program.

I am also an amateur photographer learning my way around my second DSLR camera – a Nikon D5100.

My wife and I are avid Harley Davidson fans and we put miles on a 2007 Ultra Classic every chance we get.

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