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By Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Get Ready for Windows 10 — with These 4 Steps

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With the return of the Start Menu, fantastic new search tools in Cortana, and lots of under-the-hood tweaks that will translate to speed boosts for many users, Windows 10 is a great step forward.

Follow these four steps to get ready for it.

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Microsoft Releases Outlook for iOS and Office for Android Tablets


Yesterday Microsoft released Office for Android Tablets, which allows users to perform basic functions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free while requiring an Office 365 subscription for more advanced functionality.

They also released the long-awaited Outlook for iOS, rounding out the Office for iPad suite of individual apps. Available for free, this elegant app gives users the flexible email, calendar, and schedule workhorse on their iPads and iPhones.

An Android version is also available, though currently in Preview only. A final release for Android is most likely coming in the next few months.

Here’s what impressed us about these new apps.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, November 07, 2014

Office for iPhone: What You Need to Know

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This week, Microsoft released an update to the Office for iPad apps and brand new Office for iPhone apps. The main attraction with these new apps is a pair of features that Microsoft has clearly targeted with laser focus.

For the first time, most features of the Office apps—both on iPad and iPhone—are completely free. And Dropbox support has been added, giving users more options for cloud-based storage.

By Nick Brazzi | Monday, November 03, 2014

Find Out What's Brand New in Outlook for Mac

The new Outlook for Mac looks much the same as the old

Microsoft has just released an all new version of Outlook for Mac, the productivity application for managing email, calendars, address books, and more—and we’ve got a first look course ready to get you up and running with this new version.

The course will be useful for new users. But if you’re upgrading from Outlook 2011, this transition is going to be really easy for you; the new version of Outlook for Mac has barely changed at all compared to Outlook 2011.

By Jeff Carlson | Monday, September 22, 2014

OS X Yosemite Update — Starts with a Good Backup System


With iOS 8 in the wild and new iPhones now in customers’ hands, Apple customers are looking to the hills for the company’s next big thing: specifically, at the gleaming face of Half Dome projected as the desktop picture of the next OS X release, Yosemite.

Expected in October (although Apple hasn’t yet announced a date), Yosemite is a dramatic update of the software running Macs.

But to do a system upgrade right, you need a reliable backup system.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bid Adieu to U2? How to Remove Music from Your iTunes Library

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At the recent iOS 8/iPhone 6 launch event, Apple surprised iTunes users with a gift: The new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” is available for free to all iTunes users.

To make things even easier, this new album automatically shows up in your iTunes account as something you’ve already purchased—though you haven’t. So now any iTunes user can listen to or download the album as if they had purchased it in the iTunes store.

For me, this is great. I love U2! New U2 record for free? Yes, please.

But not everybody shares my opinion. It turns out lot of people don’t want the record. A music collection is a very personal thing and some folks don’t want music that they didn’t hand-select to show up in their music library.

So how do you remove the U2 album — or anything else — from your library?

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, August 22, 2014

Facebook Messenger: Understanding Privacy Settings


Earlier this month, Facebook made a move that sparked lots of controversy on the Internet. That’s a statement that’s been made about many Facebook moves over the years. But this time we’re talking about Facebook Messenger—a handy little smartphone app that gives users access to Facebook messages.

Facebook messages are private, like email or chat messages; they can only be seen by the people involved in, and invited to, the conversation. So messages are very different from public wall posts and status updates.

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a while. Justin Seeley covered it very well in his Up and Running with Facebook course. What’s changed is that Facebook has made the move to require all users of the Facebook smartphone app to switch to Facebook Messenger to access messages. That means the only way to work with Facebook messages on an iPhone or Android is to install and use the Facebook Messenger app. But that’s only half of the story.

By Nick Brazzi | Monday, August 18, 2014

Sneak Peek: SIGGRAPH Interview Series


Last week I went to the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver with Rob Garrott, the Content Manager for all of the lynda.com training in Video Production and Visual Effects.

SIGGRAPH is one of the oldest running conferences in the computer graphics industry. Each year graphics pros from all over the world gather to exchange ideas and demonstrate new techniques and products. 

While I was exploring the SIGGRAPH show floor, Rob was busy interviewing some of the visual artists at the conference—folks who specialize in visual effects, motion graphics, storyboarding, and 3D print design.

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