Have an out-of-warranty Nexus 6P with the boot loop error? You can’t even pay Huawei to fix it

I bought a Nexus 6P from Amazon in April 2016, wanting a relatively up-to-date Android device at a reasonable price. I liked the phone well enough — it wasn’t perfect, the camera was a bit slow, and the headphone volume was a bit low. But it served me well enough for a little over a […]

Fugoo’s excellent Sport XL rugged Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $179

I’m a huge fan of the Fugoo XL Bluetooth speaker, as evidenced by my review of the Sport XL model. It sounds great, it’s durable and waterproof, and its battery lasts a good while. It’s hooked up to my Amazon Echo Dot and provides vastly superior sound to the Echo speaker with all of the […]

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop makes no sense to me

Here’s a challenge for you: name one thing about the Surface Laptop that supports the idea that Surface is about creating new categories. Go ahead. I’m waiting. I’m guessing that you drew a blank. I certainly did when I considered the same question. As far as I can tell, the Surface Laptop does absolutely nothing […]

What in the world is going on with Microsoft’s Surface Book 2?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to Microsoft’s Surface Book 2. It’s highly pertinent — my Surface Pro 4 (and the Surface Pro 3 that preceded it) was a great machine for my previous workflow, but the screen’s just too small and the Type Cover too constraining for what I’m doing lately. I’m […]

Asus ZenWatch 3: A quick unboxing

So, I was surprised last Friday to see that Amazon has the Asus ZenWatch 3 available for order. Most sites still indicate the new Android Wear device as “coming soon,” including Asus’ own web site, and so I was quite pleased when I saw it available for order. I received the watch this morning, and […]

What’s going on with The Tech Chat?

  You might have noticed that I was spending some time over at WinBeta.org as a Senior Editor–you can check out all of my writing there via this link. I was having a blast, and as a long-time WinBeta reader, I couldn’t think of a better site for my Microsoft-focused ramblings. I’m also working as […]

Fugoo Sport XL Bluetooth Speaker Review

  Product reviewed: Fugoo Sport XL ($299.99 at Amazon), also available as Fugoo Style XL ($279.99 at Best Buy) and Fugoo Tough XL ($329.99 at Best Buy) Summary: Significant improvements in sound quality over the original, with an equally significant increase in size. The Fugoo XL is worth its higher price, but make sure you […]

Microsoft Ending Support for Lumia Photo Apps in Windows 10 Mobile

I was just thinking this morning about how Microsoft will handle the old (Nokia) Lumia photo apps that are preloaded on my Lumia 830. Will apps such as Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, and Lumia Refocus continue to be supported in Windows 10 Mobile, or will they be phased out in deference to the stock apps […]

Issues Accessing Microsoft Word Documents on OneDrive in Windows 10 (Update: Office 2016)

Update: I didn’t mention in my original post that I’ve been running the Office 2016 Preview, and it struck me that this might be a contributing factor. So, I did some digging: Uninstalled Office 2016, rebooted. Installed Office 2013, rebooted. All files in the OneDrive folder performed well and as expected, including Word files. Uninstalled […]

There’s Nothing Paradoxical About Microsoft’s Strategy

I’ve been meaning to comment on an article I read a few weeks ago that made a fascinating statement about Microsoft’s new cross-platform strategy. It’s written by Andrew Cunningham at the always-excellent arstechnica.com, and it’s titled “You win, Microsoft: How I accidentally went back to Microsoft Word.” The piece is generally good, and makes mostly […]