Apple iPad 2 with Retina Display is $499 at Best Buy and Future Shop but Apple is selling them for $399
Both Best Buy and Future Shop are charging $100 more than the price Apple posted on October 22, 2013
With the launch and November 1, 2013 availability of the new iPad Air, Apple dropped the price of iPad 4 to $399 for the 16GB base model. Update – see the end of the story but these are OLD iPad 2 models with A6 chip and Retina display to be replaced in a few weeks with better model at $399.
Best Buy Canada and the sister store Future Shop are trying to take another $100 out of your wallet at $499. Continue reading
Free license to Office 2013 RT included with Surface 2 may be useless for any other than very personal use
Buyer Beware – In the fine print, Microsoft is restricting Office on the Surface RT from being used in charities, in a small business or in any occupation that earns money
Buyers of the Surface 2 will be in for a surprise if they read the fine print of Microsoft’s conditions on their license. Surface 2 owners can’t use Office for anything that makes money or even in a nonprofit unless they pay another $200 plus to Microsoft for a full license to Office.
That little stroke of the MS Office pen takes away $220 from the price of a Surface 2 effectively killing the re-launch of last year’s least popular tablet. We are checking with people in power at Microsoft but no positive word yet. Stay tuned. Continue reading
We didn’t have to wait long for Roland to come through with 32-bit and 64-bit drivers for Windows 8.1
Roland Corporation U.S. is pleased to announce that new Windows® 8 USB drivers are available for a whole range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers and more. Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates. This gives musicians the immediate access they need to keep their creative visions flowing through Roland’s leading electronic musical products.
Roland understands the importance of keeping pace with technology, and by forging strong links with Microsoft and Apple, engineering teams are able to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.
New 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 drivers are available for these Roland products. Here’s the link – Roland Windows 8.1
But I am glad to have left the Apple cult with the Microsoft Surface 2
Getting a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet that works fast, uses the same apps as Windows 8.1 and Office 365 are more for me important than being able
to play Candy Crunch and other games.
Yesterday I went to Future Shop to get a shiny, new Microsoft Surface 2. It was the same day, October 22nd, that Apple announced new iPads so light they are called Air and screens so wonderful they are named after my Retina. I don’t get it. A faster, lighter, clearer tablet that will
not give me Office 365 is a waste of money. Continue reading
Windows 8.1 comes embedded with Bing Search which now has search-by-date. Here’s how to turn it on
Bing in Windows 8.1 may be pretty but is it smart? That has been the criticism of Bing for years. Bing search results are not as good as Google search. Continue reading
While Facebook is the king of web traffic, Pinterest is 3 times stronger than Twitter at referral traffic
Statista – When it comes to referral traffic from social networks, it is no surprise that Facebook is the undisputed no. 1. According to Shareaholics, 10% of the traffic on websites from 200,000 publishers comes from the world’s largest social network. Continue reading
Apple users are voicing frustration with bugs in iOS7 and no upgrade policy on older devices
USA Today reported that users are complaining loudly about the bugs in the latest mobile operating system from Apple named iOS7. Reports of issues up to the “blue screen of death” have been reported since iOS7 was launched.
Other users are frustrated because Apple has declared their not-too-old devices incompatible with the upgrade and obsolete if the app requires iOS.