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    Intro





    “So evidently music was a killer app and is a killer app for computers and the Internet; it just took the tech industry a long time to hear that message.” - Thomas Dolby


    Podcasts. Twitter. Music. Those are my top three activities on my mobile devices. Windows Phone 8 is coming into its own, and gaining traction. Thankfully third party developers have tackled our radio programs and our tweets. With music, it is the big names that came to the table. Microsoft and Nokia have the most popular music apps specific to the platform? Do we need both, is one enough, or are these not the apps we are looking for?

    Usage

    I listen to music in the car via bluetooth streaming, in the office via audio out, and throughout the day on my earphones. (I always have the Bose MIE2 earphones on me, in case you are curious.) Although I like access to my complete music collection on the go, I really only have about 1000 tracks I want to keep handy. Usually, I fire up some sort of “shuffle” or “mix” to hear my favorite tracks and to discover new ones. For some background… Pandora and Spotify were my go to apps on iOS and Android, with a little Rdio thrown in from time to time. Google Play Music All Access came to offer me all my music and radio based playlists and discovery. on Android. iTunes Radio now brings the same offerings as Google to iOS devices. I've tried them all.

    The Experience - Xbox Music

    Oh, Microsoft. They offer what sounds like a great experience. It even looks like an enjoyable one on their Windows 8/RT platform. The Xbox branding is familiar to the user base, and the UI is shared across your home, mobile and handheld devices with Xbox Music. The Xbox Music Pass is $9.99/month or $99.90/year. By signing up, you lose the ads and any streaming/skipping track limitations. You can also match your local collections with tracks found in the “cloud” library. (Note, in my experience Xbox Music Pass, does not offer the same selection as iTunes (although close), and is slightly smaller than Spotify’s offering but larger than Rdio’s. Wikipedia backs up my theory here… http://bit.ly/1645AC5) The pass, in theory allows you to add music you don’t own to your cloud colelction, and even download tracks/albums locally. So far so good.

    On the Windows Phone 8 app, you can add tracks to a playlist one at a time. You can’t simply add music to your collection either, but must download the tracks first. Overall navigation is unintuitive. If you have things setup on your Windows 8/RT device, you might be in a better place than I. Although I cloud matched my favorite 1000 tracks to the service, and added some additional music, I can’t seem to do the same from my phone. This needs to be fixed in order to take the app and the service seriously.

    For basic playback the app works. You can see Artists, Albums and Songs. In Songs, you can filter to see just locally stored tracks, tracks stored in the cloud, or both at the same time. Playlists are there too, but these are almost useless to me due to their limited management features. Genres round up the panels, and is the quickest way to get going. Once playing a track, you can see a brief list of upcoming tracks. Also, a menu provides quick access to a feature known as Smart DJ Mix. This can offer a blend of both tracks you have in your collection (either locally or in the cloud) and music that is new to you. Again, so far, so good.

    The worst part is on your phone, you can’t just do everything in one place. To find new music, you need to back out of the Xbox Music apps and jump over to the Store. Yup, the same store where you find apps. Of course, they try to sell you music to download, even though you have the rights to listen to it, and download it all for free with your pass. Good luck figuring out how to add the music to your cloud collection. Oh and you can’t add the music you just found to an existing playlist, only a new playlist. If you pick the same name as an existing playlist, it’ll wipe out whatever was there previously.

    Xbox Music, although a great service if you have everything setup on your PC, and want to just browse it from your Xbox and phones. It could be the best mobile music service. Microsoft needs to add complete playlist management, simplify navigation between “store” and player, and make it clear all the pass really gives users. I signed up for a year of the Xbox Music Pass, and basically regret doing so. Hopefully, the situation improves with GDR3 this fall and Windows Phone 8.1 in 2014.

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    The Experience - Nokia Music

    The first time I used Nokia Music on Windows Phone 8, I was not blown away. It felt like a Pandora alternative with a few more options. However, I did sign up for the Nokia Music+ service, mainly for the free trial and $3.99/month cost. Since using the app more and more, and thanks to some recent updates… it has become my favorite music app on the platform, and a standout compared to other platforms. The subscriptions allows a user unlimited skips, unlimited saving of mixes offline, higher quality audio streaming, lyric support, and web based usages from any browser (via http://music.nokia.com). Nokia Music is all about mixes, brought to you by artists, DJs, Nokia and others… including the user. They are more than just randomly selected tracks.

    Starting up the app, you see a list of heading for My Music, Mix Radio, Create A Mix and Offline Mixes along with Favorites, Store, Gigs, Settings & Help. Scroll over for currently playing track and mix info. By hitting Recently Played, you can see a long list of the music played recently. This is very handy for finding out what you were listening to, and for quick access to your favorite mixes. Mix Radio presents dozens of custom mixes created by Nokia and their partners. Your carrier may even have special mixes just for you, like AT&T is my case. These mixes are all very solid, and I find myself enjoying the variety of music I know and love, and music I don’t know and fall in love with.

    Mixes are what makes Nokia Music shine, and their are tons of options. Your favorite mixes can be pinned to the start screen. You can create an artist mix by typing in 1 to 3 artist names. The mixes work well, especially when you go crazy and pick artists with seemingly nothing in common. Recently, I discovered the Personalize mix options. If you have music locally stored on your device, Nokia Music will scan the library and create a ton of mixes based on your collection. Even cooler, there is a note to download a companion app for PC or Mac. This app installed on my Mac, scanned my music folder and made the personalization even better. I seem to be Rock and Pop heavy as you will see in the screenshots, although I do have a nice Comedy selection as well. Any and all mixes can be downloaded for offline playback.

    The app doesn't stop there, and has beautiful live tiles for both the app itself and the mixes you pin. Lyrics are available for most tracks, and follow along with the song. You can access your Xbox Music right from inside Nokia Music. It’ll add your personalized artists as favorites, and allow you access to recent tweets and upcoming gigs. You can also discover new artists to add as favorites. The app can even provide live tile updates so you don’t miss a live show coming to your area. There is a link to a music store, and it feels more fluid than Microsoft’s approach. The app has seen regular updates since I joined the platform this summer.

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    Verdict

    As you can probably tell, I love Nokia Music+. Give Nokia your money, and enjoy the service on your Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, on Windows 8/RT, and on any desktop OS via a web browser. Their web client can go full screen and provides a beautiful experience. Basically, Nokia Music+ gives you a great experience that rivals Xbox Music Pass. However, it is artist and mix based. Many might prefer the Xbox Music Pass for it’s on demand track and album access. I would too, if it offered better one device navigation and playlist management. Many people will use Xbox Music and Nokia Music and pay neither Microsoft or Nokia any money. They will have a great free experience. But for me, the $3.99/month I pay Nokia brings me hours of enjoyment from their professional well crafted customized mixes.

    Both apps are free and come bundled with all Nokia Lumia phones. The subscription plans are optional.

    [caption id=attachment_1232" align="alignnone" width="180] Nokia Music & Xbox Music[/caption]

    Dave
    We are wrapping up the talks on the Microsoft / Nokia deal and getting right to the good stuff.  New hardware!  We're talking Surface 2, Nokia Bandit, Surface Pro, Haswell, and Bay Trail. This is a big episode for hardware.  We also talk about the Lumia 520 and how great it is for the price.  Get it for $85! Link in the show notes.  John Wiskowski and Jim Collison join in as well.

    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe, John Wiskowski, Jim Collison

    Darren’s site, darrencohen.me

    Welcome John Wiskowski. Find all of his great writing here.

    Jim Collison podcasts from Omaha, NE. Give him a listen.
    Meetup 2013 is September 21st!

    I have new "I am 3%" shirts in blue.  Check the YouTube for more info. Stay tuned for photos. Order here.




    Lumia 520 for $85




    Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s devices & services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services, Microsoft News Center, September 3, 2013




    Accelerating growth, Presentation, Microsoft's strategic rationale for deal announced with Nokia, Microsoft News Center, September 3, 2013




    Steve Ballmer email to Microsoft employees on Nokia Devices & Services acquisition,




    The Next Chapter: An open letter from Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop, The Official Microsoft Blog, September 2, 2013




    Steve Ballmer, Stephen Elop, Brad Smith, Terry Myerson and Amy Hood: Microsoft Nokia Transaction Conference Call, Microsoft News Center, September 3, 2013




    Nokia Announcement, Video, September 3, 2013




    Lumia tablets? Surface phablets? Microsoft's tricky new post-Nokia positioning challenges, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, September 3, 2013




    With Nokia, Microsoft wants to triple Windows Phone marketshare by 2018, The Verge, Jeff Blagdon, September 3, 2013




    Microsoft and Nokia: Where do we go from here? Surface Geeks, John Wiskowski, September 3, 2013




    Worries That Microsoft Is Growing Too Tricky to Manage, New York Times, September 8, 2013, Nick Wingfield




    Windows 8.1 Tablets and PCs Unveiled @ IFA, Blogging Windows, Nick Parker, September 5, 2013




    Intel Bay Trail Impresses "You won't have Atom to kick around anymore." Forbes, Dave Altavilla, September 11th, 2013



    Microsoft Raced to $7.2 Billion Deal With Soul-Searching Nokia, Bloomberg, Matthew Campbell & Aaron Kirchfeld, September 3, 2013





    Nokia Windows Phone dominates PCMag’s 2013 Business Choice Awards for end-users, Windows Phone Central, Daniel Rubino, September 10, 2013




    PCMag Business Choice Awards 2013, PCMag, Ben Gottesman, September 9, 2013




    Nokia slaps Apple with backhander during iPhone event, CNet, Chris Matyszczyk  September 10, 2013




    Microsoft's Surface 2: New reports on Surface RT's successor, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, September 9, 2013




    Microsoft holding Surface 2 event on September 23rd in New York City, The Verge, Tom Warren, September 9, 2013




    Surface 2 Details Emerge, Surface RT no more, but still Windows RT on the inside where it counts, Win Super Site, Paul Thurrott, September 9, 2013




    Surface RT 2: Tegra 4, 1080P screen, and more, NeoWin.net, Brad Sams, September 9, 2013




    Tweet It! takes on Rowi – A Windows Phone 8 App Review, Surface Geeks, John Wiskowski, September 10, 2013




    Skype 2.10 for Windows Phone 8: now with Video Messaging, Skype Blogs, Lara Kingwell, September 4, 2013




    Microsoft reveals 20 upcoming Excel Web App features, including Android tablet support and chart editing, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, September 11, 2013

    Nokia Lumia 1520 Launch Date




    Dave's app of the week is targeting to replace the surface or,other windows tablets.  Parallels Access




    Skype Pre-Release Arrives on Windows 8.1, Aga Guzik, September 9, 2013




    Microsoft Claims Windows 8.1 RTM Downloaded Two Million Times In 24 Hours, Ubergizmo, Adnan Farooqui, September 11, 2013




    From the Surface Geeks Forum: Are You Downloading Windows 8.1 Yet?




    Microsoft offers free versions of Office 365 to nonprofits, CNet, Dara Kerr, September 10, 2013




    Haswell signs up four new Chromebooks, CNet, Seth Rosenblatt, September 11, 2013




    $100 Android tablets coming soon



    Record share for Windows phone, Kantar WorldPanel, September 2, 2013




    Kantar: Android Took 65% Of Sales Across Major Markets In Last Quarter; Windows Phone Grew By Tapping Dumbphone Users, TechCrunch, Ingrid Lunden, September 3, 2013





    Meetup Info – Surface Geeks & Home Server Show




    September 21st, 2013




    Indianapolis, Indiana




    Holiday Inn Express, 9791 North by Northeast Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037




    http://www.surfacegeeks.net/forums/index.php?/topic/488-surface-geeks-meetup-2013/







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    Dave
    We're talking Essentials R2 tonight with a large panel of folks.  John Zajdler is back with Christopher Courtney with him.  That's Drashna in the forums by the way.  We cover Windows 8.1 issues, Essentials R2 issues and come back to the topic of whether or not Essentials is right for the home.  Enjoy and see you in the forums!
     
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    BYOB Episode 131

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    This week Michael and I talk about a variety of topics from  Asus motherboards, power line adapters, issues with Windows 8.1, Chromecast, to Bluetooth earphones,  and more.  We hope that you enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback.


    Asus Haswell motherboard (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_HERO/)
    TrendNet 500Mbps Powerline Adapters (http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=105_TPL-401E2K)
    Bluetooth earphones from Plantronics (http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/backbeat-go-2)
    Highlights of the Apple Announcements
    Chromecast – Old News but just want to share my experiences with it.
    Windows 8.1 Issues – Evernote, Lastpass, Norton Internet Security, and Live Writer
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    Dave
    Tweet It! takes on Rowi
     
    Intro
     
    "Twitter is not a technology. It's a conversation. And it's happening with or without you."
     
    Regular readers will remember how important podcasts are to me. Equally as important, is my Twitter timeline. I used to bookmark my favorite sites, and manually visit them throughout the day. Then I discovered RSS. Google Reader is my source for news, opinions, stories and discoveries. Then Twitter came into the world. I could keep up with more faster than ever. Rowi became my client of choice shortly after moving to the Windows Phone platform. When Tweet It! recently saw a major upgrade, I thought I would check it out. Is Rowi still the Big Bird?
     
    Usage
     
    I check Twitter first thing in the morning, every couple hours during the day, and catch up before bed. I need to always pick up right where I left off, because Twitter is my news feed… my life feed. I save 5-10 longer posts to Pocket to consume later when I have downtime. I do like to open links to site, pictures and videos right in the app to save time. I need a reliable client, offering the features I need.
     

     
    Rowi – The Experience
     
    Starting at the basics, Rowi allows you to read your timeline, mentions and direct messages. The all important username auto-completion feature is there. Another key for me is the ability to save to Readability, Instapaper or Pocket right from within the app. This is a necessity on the Windows Phone 8 platform, as there is no easy way to share data between apps. I also find the Internet Explorer browser is not as compatible as a desktop browser, or mobile Safari/Chrome. Re-tweets and Replys come easily with a tap or even quicker via a tap-and-hold. Rowi also allows the user to customize the app’s home screen with direct access to friend’s timelines and searches. By paying for the app, ads are removed and push notifications are enabled. Your live tile and toast notification can reflect new mentions and direct messages. I found it very reliable, and close to the timing as other Twitter clients on the various platforms.
     
    Rowi offers every feature I want in a Twitter client. The number one being it always remembers my last read position. Every single time I launch the app, it presents my last read tweet and lets me scroll up for more. This happens with and without enabling TweetMarker. By enabling TweetMarker, it allows similar functionality across apps and platforms. i.e. I can pick up my Windows 8, iOS or Android tablet, launch a Twitter client supporting the service, and pick up were I left off. No feature means more to me. That above all keeps my happily using Rowi.
     
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    Tweet It! – The Experience
     
    Tweet It! is a breath of fresh air thanks to the gorgeous animations, elegant UI and feature set. Inline image presentation saves one from tapping to see attached pictures, and YouTube video previews work great as well. Fresh ideas like Street Mode use your camera to create a live background for the app. You need to see it to believe it. Similarly, TweetIt! has a great compose window offering a quick way to add photos and location. It even changes the background of the window to reflect the image you’ve attached. Tap to hold offers Reply, Retweet, Quote and Favorite on the fly. A two-finger tap can be configured to quickly Retweet, Reply and more. Tapping a tweet offers a full conversation view, with Replys listed below. A quick menu bar appears that can be expanded. The expansion includes everything… literally! Reply, Retweet, Favorite, Quote, Save to Pocket, Bing! Translate and Sharing to NFC, SMS, Email, Facebook, Twitter and copying to the clipboard. Whew, I am exhausted! As you can see, Tweet It! has everything. Or just about. I was bummed to see TweetMarker support is absent. I could never cover all TweetIt! offers, so download the trial version and see for yourself.
     
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    Verdict
     
    Rowi seems to be a solid pick for both novices and pro Twitter users. However, Rowi is in danger of never being available again to new users. They hit their limit of “tokens” for authorized users, and had to take down their Lite and Trial versions. (Read more here: http://bit.ly/181zn3Q) Hopefully Twitter clients like Rowi can convince Twitter to change, or find new ways to bring their apps back. So, although I prefer Rowi and use it daily… I need to recommend another client to new users.
     
    Tweet It! is a beautiful client, with most features users need. It also offers a great settings panel with a plethora of personalization options. Tweet It! seems to remember my last read position very well, and the only downfall for me is the lack of TweetMarker support. Inline image previews are a great standout. The multitude of features can be overwhelming. I recommend that new users start using the app, and let it grow with you over time. Tweet It! is fast and friendly to use. If you follow a ton of little birdies, give Tweet It! a try.
     
    All applications were tested on an unlocked Nokia Lumia 925.
     
    App: Rowi
    Price: $2.99
    Version: 3.4.0.0
    Author: Hidden Pineapple, LLC
    Link: http://bit.ly/181xYuc
     
    App: Tweet It!
    Price: $0.99
    Version: 6.2.0.0
    Author: My Amazing Big Fork
    Link: http://bit.ly/14CS3RB

    Dave
    Where do we go from here?
     
    “Where do you want to go today?” was Microsoft’s edict in 1995. In 2013, everyone is asking where does Windows Phone go from here?
     
    2013 has been full of changes in the technology space. Personally, it was the year I began moving away from iOS, to Android, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8. Industry wide, it was the year of thinking new for Apple, Google and Microsoft. On Tuesday, September 3rd, Microsoft assumed control of the Nokia Devices & Services division, the Lumia brand, Stephen Elop and a boatload of patents.
     
    The merger means many things for Microsoft. But no platform will be more impacted than that of Windows Phone. I started using Windows Phone 8 as my daily driver only a few months ago. Although mainly a positive experience, it can baffle many, including myself, how much is missing from the OS and the applications we love. Recently, I had come to believe Nokia would fill in the holes left by Microsoft in designing the Windows Phone experience. Nokia has already brought many great applications, settings controls and features to millions of Lumia owners. Heck, some of their innovations have even been made available to the competitors. What will happen now?
     
    Hands off the hardware
     
    I hope they don’t change anything. Really. The issues many had with the 920 were size and weight. There are now a multitude of Lumia devices from 3.7” to 4.7” with probably a 6-inch class model soon enough. The 925 and 1020 can take over for the 920, and offer reduced size and weight, along with increased design aesthetics and feature sets. These devices can take us into 2014. It is the software that is quickly falling behind.
     
    Software, software, software
     
    Nokia Music+ and HERE Drive+ are two examples many point to when discussing what Nokia can bring to the table. I point to the recent (and still coming soon for some) Amber update, and the settings and options found on Lumia devices. Accessories, Access Point, Call+SMS Filter, Display+Touch (with Nokia Glance) and Storage Check are items Microsoft never got around to including in their OS. Nokia had to do it for them. I hope the Nokia team, sorry the Devices & Services team, continues that tradition. Software is where the changes are needed. A strong OS and app team needs to work together in producing best of class features, applications and services.
     
    Besides first-party changes, the new team needs to help developers. Forget waiting for “triple-A” applications, support third party developers, and they’ll come through faster and maybe even better. MetroTube and 6tag blow away any official applications the service owners will ever provide for the platform. Those two apps, and many others, not only rival but also exceed similar offerings on the iOS and Android platforms. Windows Phone apps should be different, and leverage the unique look and feel of the OS along with the enhanced hardware features found on the platform. Lumia devices have arguably the best cameras and some of the best display technology out there. The developers know that, and should be assisted by the new team in making the hardware shine.
     
    Services for everyone, and everything
     
    Microsoft has almost everything it needs. Luckily Nokia will keep doing their navigation development outside of Microsoft, and they will only get better that way. Outside of that, partner internally and externally to make sure Bing, SkyDrive, Outlook.com, etc… are integrated deeply into the OS, first-party and third-party applications. I should never need to sign into SkyDrive within an app. It should just work. Also, work with Google and Apple the best you can. Make concessions and be willing to give up some control, even if just in the short term. Make sure anything that can help switchers feel more comfortable about coming over is present on the platform. Third-party developers can do wonders here as well.
     
    Communicate the vision
     
    Microsoft has nothing to lose. Let the community know that new innovations will likely take time. Also share what you can, as soon as you can. Give us a peak into the 12-18 month roadmap. Layout the strategic vision for 2015 and beyond. Tie Windows Phone into Windows RT/Windows 8 in real ways. Make Google and Apple jealous of what only Microsoft can offer. Keep offering Lumia devices from anywhere between $50-500 off contract. Change the naming conventions. Let us know what you get and don’t get at the different price points. Make it clearer for yourselves, for your current community, and those yet to venture in to our world. Don’t give up. Most important of all… make sure everyone knows you won’t.
     
    P.s. for the Devices & Services division
     
    Dump the enterprise, or at least thoughts of the enterprise. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

    Dave
    We got the news late Monday evening on this, the last day of the American Labor Day holiday.  Surface Geeks is on call and covering the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft.  Here is a short commentary about the acquisition and the information we know.  We will be back at our regular live time on Wednesday so don't miss that one!
     
    Microsoft to acquire Nokia's device and services division

    As part of $7.1 billion deal, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will step down to become an executive vice president of the division.
     
     
    Don’t forget the video!  That YouTube link is here.

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    I AM 3% Shirts

    By Dave, in Windows Home Server,

    I got the idea for that title some months ago but it took a post in the Surface Geeks Forum to get me fired up enough to do something with it.  The poster went to his local Verizon store to get a Nokia Lumia 928 and was advised against doing so because, "Windows Phones don't operate properly."  I ran into the same issues when I tried to purchase my Windows Phone from Verizon. I got pushback from the store rep as well as a rep on the phone.  Besides informing Microsoft about the issue I don't know how else to help.
     
    The logo was also born from another experience I had at my local Microsoft Store. I walked in and received a text or twitter notification so I pulled out my Nokia Lumia 928.  A store employee was taken back and asked why I used it and how I felt about it.  I stated that I "enjoyed using it." and that carrying a Windows Phone "made me feel different than everyone else."
     
    That's how I felt.  Different.  Not better, mind you, but different from all of the "i" users out there.  If you're a phone watcher like me you notice what phones people are carrying and you really notice when you see another Windows phone!

    I need a different way to tell people around me about who I am.

     
    Being different is cool.  I am 3% means your not afraid to step out and be different. You don't follow the crowd because that's the "in thing" at the moment.  You are a part of creating the "in thing" for the future.
    I realize that Windows Phone will grow beyond 3% and it practically already has at 3.7%.  The number 3 has the most meaning to me.  It's almost a state of mind really.  I probably won't keep printing T's at 3.7, 4.2, and so on! I think the enthusiasts will get the idea of the shirt and hopefully it will be a conversation starter when you are out in public.  I've added just a little bit of help on the back of the shirt by printing the domain, windowsphonegeeks.com.  That domain currently points to surfacegeeks.net and I'm planning on putting the logo up or create it's own landing page.
     
    I've heard Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott talk about "being 3%" and 3.7% as a user base of Windows Phone on their Windows Weekly Podcast.  Although my idea wasn't derived from their exact wording of 3% it lends me to believe that people might be interested in this type of t-shirt. Although, I do plan on shipping them a shirt if they will accept one.  I'll also be shipping one to Joshua Grzybowski aka @sonofnun for helping with the artwork.

    Here are the details since I couldn't talk the screen printer into giving them to me for free.  

    I have a limited first run of these in a Gildan Charcoal t-shirt.  This first run is going to be $20 per shirt shipped to you in the continental United States.  I'm not going to ship out of the states right now.  This is already way out of my comfort zone.  If this is popular enough my goal is to reduce the cost and increase the quality of the shirt.  If you are coming to Meetup 2013 you are free to buy one now or I might be able to make them available at registration.  All of these options above depend on the demand.

    I have any color you want as long as it's charcoal.  Size too, as long as it's Large or X-Large. I'm wearing the XLarge in the photo above. (please don't judge me on my laundry skills!)
     

    SOLD OUT!
     


    This post was first published at surfacegeeks.net



    Dave

    I am 3%

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I got the idea for that title some months ago but it took a post in the Surface Geeks Forum to get me fired up enough to do something with it.  The poster went to his local Verizon store to get a Nokia Lumia 928 and was advised against doing so because, "Windows Phones don't operate properly."  I ran into the same issues when I tried to purchase my Windows Phone from Verizon. I got pushback from the store rep as well as a rep on the phone.  Besides informing Microsoft about the issue I don't know how else to help.
     
    The logo was also born from another experience I had at my local Microsoft Store. I walked in and received a text or twitter notification so I pulled out my Nokia Lumia 928.  A store employee was taken back and asked why I used it and how I felt about it.  I stated that I "enjoyed using it." and that carrying a Windows Phone "made me feel different than everyone else."
     
    That's how I felt.  Different.  Not better, mind you, but different from all of the "i" users out there.  If you're a phone watcher like me you notice what phones people are carrying and you really notice when you see another Windows phone!

    I need a different way to tell people around me about who I am.

     
    Being different is cool.  I am 3% means your not afraid to step out and be different. You don't follow the crowd because that's the "in thing" at the moment.  You are a part of creating the "in thing" for the future.
    I realize that Windows Phone will grow beyond 3% and it practically already has at 3.7%.  The number 3 has the most meaning to me.  It's almost a state of mind really.  I probably won't keep printing T's at 3.7, 4.2, and so on! I think the enthusiasts will get the idea of the shirt and hopefully it will be a conversation starter when you are out in public.  I've added just a little bit of help on the back of the shirt by printing the domain, windowsphonegeeks.com.  That domain currently points to surfacegeeks.net and I'm planning on putting the logo up or create it's own landing page.
     
    I've heard Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott talk about "being 3%" and 3.7% as a user base of Windows Phone on their Windows Weekly Podcast.  Although my idea wasn't derived from their exact wording of 3% it lends me to believe that people might be interested in this type of t-shirt. Although, I do plan on shipping them a shirt if they will accept one.  I'll also be shipping one to Joshua Grzybowski aka @sonofnun for helping with the artwork.

    Here are the details since I couldn't talk the screen printer into giving them to me for free.  

    I have a limited first run of these in a Gildan Charcoal t-shirt.  This first run is going to be $20 per shirt shipped to you in the continental United States.  I'm not going to ship out of the states right now.  This is already way out of my comfort zone.  If this is popular enough my goal is to reduce the cost and increase the quality of the shirt.  If you are coming to Meetup 2013 you are free to buy one now or I might be able to make them available at registration.  All of these options above depend on the demand.

    I have any color you want as long as it's charcoal.  Size too, as long as it's Large or X-Large. I'm wearing the XLarge in the photo above. (please don't judge me on my laundry skills!)
     

    I also have inventory control turned on so orders will shut down when I'm out of shirts. I'm contemplating turning it off in order to gather orders. I'll decide on Friday. 
    I know it's hard to tell but it's a lighter blue and it will be a softer material than the charcoal Gildan shirt. I'm also going to do a single pass silk screening on this round which will result in a lighter logo with some artifacts.  It will have an aged look.  It will also not be as thick.  There are also more sizes available.
     

     


    Dave
    It's a light week of news but Jim is back and I'm recovering from last week's awesome show with the SBS Diva.  This week we are talking Synology, Meetup, and my new T-shirt. Yes, a shirt.   You'll just have to listen or you can watch it on
    .  Oh, I also announce a HUGE give away item for meetup attendees.  It's the biggest give away i've every done. 
    I have a schedule set up for future podcasts if you would like to take a look.  I promise they are not all about the meetup! Join in on a podcast if you would like.  See that information here.

    The Third Annual Home Server Show Meetup
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    Dave
    While we are searching for a new CEO for the mother ship Darren and I will discuss a whole bunch of news, the Surface Geeks Meetup, and a T-Shirt!  All on Surface Geeks 36!
     
    Don't forget the video!  That YouTube link is

    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe
    Darren’s site, darrencohen.me
     
    If you are listening to the audio version and wondering about the t-shirt here is a shot of it.
     

     
    On Dickens, Rashomon and Twitter, The Official Microsoft Blog, Frank Shaw, August 27, 2013
     
    Post from Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.  In response to the ‘biased’ coverage of Ballmer.
     
    British Bookmaker Taking Bets on Next Microsoft CEO, All Things D, Ina Fried, August 28, 2013
     
    From the Forum: Ballmer Out…
     
    Windows 8 Device Stats: Quick Overview, New Devices from Nokia, Microsoft, AdDuplex Blog, August 25, 2013
     
    Windows ARM tablet rumors heat up: Surface 2, Nokia 'Sirius' on deck, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, August 26, 2013


    There are at least two new Windows ARM tablets in the pipeline: The Microsoft Surface 2 and Nokia 'Sirius,' according to evolving rumors.
    Nokia Sirius: a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that looks like a Lumia, The Verge, Tom Warren, August 26, 2013


    Priced comparatively with Apple's iPad
    Nokia "Sirius" Preview, Yes, Nokia will ship a Windows RT 8.1 tablet soon, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, August 26, 2013
     
    Nokia "Sirius":


    Quad-core Qualcomm 8974 (ARM) chipset
    Screen: 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS screen that features "outdoor readability."
    The battery life is rated at up to 10 hours
    Starts at $499
    Name TBD
    Launch NYC Sept. 26


    Weight is 1.3 pounds, and its .35 inches thick
    Alleged Windows 9, Windows 10, Windows RT and Windows Phone details emerge (rumor), WinBeta, Zac, August 26, 2013
     
    According to WZOR:



    Windows 9 will be similar to the desktop OS
    Microsoft is planning to bring the old Aero interface back
    Windows 10 will be a full 'cloud OS', and that an internal desktop concept will be available on September 1st. As this is an 'internal' concept, we doubt it will be seen by the public.
    Windows Phone and Windows RT, he claims that Microsoft is planning to merge both operating systems together.

    From the Forum: Nokia Tablet Coming to Market
     
    Microsoft's Surface 2 could drop the 'RT' moniker, The Verge, Aaron Souppouris, August 27, 2013
     
    Microsoft Germany Creates Digital Piano Using 88 SurfaceRTs (Video), Microsoft News, Suril Amin,
     
    Microsoft updates SkyDrive Pro for businesses, now with 25GB of space, better file sharing, and more, The Next Web, Ken Yeung, August 27, 2013
     
    Microsoft Adds OCR Capabilities to SkyDrive Photos You call THAT a rapid release cycle? THIS is a rapid release cycle, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, August 28, 2013 Why is Microsoft keeping the final release of Windows 8.1 secret? ZDNet, Ed Bott, August 28, 2013
     
    For the first time in modern history, Microsoft is releasing a new Windows version that its traditional partners, developers and IT pros, won't get early access to. Why the change in policy? And will this decision backfire?
     
    The Leaks Begin: Windows 8.1 Enterprise X64 zh-CN (Screenshots), Microsoft-News, Suril Amin
     
    Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 head to manufacturing partners, The Official Microsoft Blog, August 27, 2013
     
    From the Forum: What are your Impressions of Windows 8.1?
     
    Foursquare’s impressive new Windows 8 app: Good for Foursquare, great for Microsoft, Venture Beat, Ricardo Bilton, August 28, 2013
     
    Foursquare Looks Great on Windows 8, The first serious tablet version of the check-in app is here. Techland Times, Harry McCracken, August 28, 2013
     
    Top New Apps for Windows Phone 8, Surface Geeks, John Wiskowski, August 27, 2013
     
    The 6tag Instagram Client for Windows Phone 8, Surface Geeks, John Wiskowski, August 27, 2013
     
    Misc
     
    http://winsource.com/2013/08/21/what-is-windows-phone-gdr2/
     
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57599976-71/krugman-apple-might-be-in-bigger-trouble-than-microsoft/
     
    https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu
     
    http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2021682849_brierballmerlegacyxml.html
     
    http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/blog/Bringing-some-Outlook-2010-features-into-2013-with-the-add-in
     
     

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    Dave
    The 3rd annual Home Server Show meetup is about to get underway and I’m proud to announce the event is sponsored by Synology.  Scheduled for September 21st, the meetup will not just feature homeservershow.com but also feature SurfaceGeeks.net and TheAverageGuy.tv.  This year’s meetup is looking to be bigger and better than the first two combined!  We have more space, more speakers, and a lot more hands on time.  There will be a healthy mixture of  home storage and mobile products.  There will also be a lot of gear and servers and as I said I’m leaving us a lot of time to chat and work with the gear that will be available.


    The meetup will be held in the Indianapolis area, Fishers Indiana to be exact.  Here is a map to the address and the hotel information.   Registration can be found at EventBrite.com and you have to be registered in order to get in!  Use this registration Link:  http://hss2013.eventbrite.com/.
     
    If you are coming in on Friday night we will be having a setup party and pre-registration.  Hopefully we can get a lot of you checked in Friday so we don’t lose any time on Saturday morning.  We will be setting up some networking and backend gear and Jim and I will be doing last minute prep for the opening keynote!
     
    Meetup 2013 is sponsored by Synology and I have a big Synology presentation planned right after lunch on Saturday.  There will be three different Synology NAS boxes for you to look at and work with during the meetup.
     
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    The DS712+, the DS1513+, and the DS1813+ will all be on hand.  Oh, and see that one in the middle?  Yes, the 5 bay DS1513+. It’s going home with somebody Saturday.  This will be our featured give away item.  A lucky attendee will head home with the 1513 under their arm!
     

     
    A big thank you to Synology for sponsoring this year’s event.  If you have questions read up on everything at the Home Server Show Forums.  This post has a ton of information about the meetup and those attending.  There is also a thread on how to get from the airport to the venue.  If you need anything put a question there in the forums.  If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the meetup or have something to offer please get in touch with me by e-mail.  podcast(at)homeservershow.com

    Dave

    Top News Apps for Windows Phone 8

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    All News Is Good News
     
    A review of top news applications for Windows Phone 8.
     

     
     
     
    “If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”
    – Mark Twain
     
    I haven’t read a print newspaper in years, and rarely visit the major news outlets’ websites. I do like catching up on my phone though. I tested several news apps on the platform, and landed on one fairly quickly. Then, Bing News became available. Can the newest news app of the platform take me away from my top pick in the space?
     
    My Usage
     
    I like to receive push notifications for breaking news. I dive into interesting articles when I have down time. I launch my news apps a couple times a week, unless breaking news alerts prompt me to learn more immediately. The live tiles are very important to me, as I rely on them for regular updates and interesting tidbits. Live tiles are key until Windows Phone gets a true notification center. Lock screen updates are nice, but I prefer the Bing Image of the Day to any other option.
     
    The Apps and Experiences
     
    Bing News is the newest addition to the platform. It is a fast app that offers news from various sources (too many to count). Starting the app up, brings one to the “Top Story” which is also the one shown on the live tile. However, Bing News never has a top story that I feel is deserving of live tile placement, nor front-page view. The live tile seems to be stuck on a top story longer than any other app. Syncing with the desktop client is not present, but not a deal breaker by any means. Breaking news alerts are fortunately infrequent.
     

     
    Consuming the news is a real treat with this app. Scrolling through long articles is fast and responsive, and you can even swipe left and right to find other articles to read. Out of the box, top news typically comes from The New York Times, The Associated Press, and Reuters. Photos are presented inline, and can be clicked on for access to the article’s photo gallery (if present). Pinch to zoom is supported. You can change font sizing on the fly. Sharing options are non-existent however.
     
    Default sources are provided, but they can be modified to fit your personal tastes. Everything is there, from top new agencies, to tech blogs, style publications and local offerings from Chicago, NY, LA and more. Searching of the sources is supported as well. Topics can be added manually. These really help to personalize the experience. Finally, videos from the top sources are listed separately. It is very nice to see video from multiple sites all listed together. However, the quality seems to be lower than other apps.
     
    CNN was the first news app I installed on my Windows Phone, and on every other phone before it. The app starts very fast, but pauses to load new articles. It is basically an all black application, with white text and red CNN branding. Articles and their reader comments can be consumed quickly. Sharing options are present and focus on Facebook, Twitter and SMS messaging. You can even save an article to SkyDrive for later viewing. SkyDrive support also allows the syncing of your settings between installations of the CNN app. CNN’s live tile is not much better than Bing News, and rarely changes.
     

     
    The Latest News section (and the other sections) is separated into articles and videos. There is no easy way to switch between articles, as one must go back and forth manually. The Sections area includes a listing of Saved Articles, and the ability to pick from major categories. Video quality is superior to Bing News, and present snippets of news items that were previously broadcasted on CNN.
     
    CNN offers a basic news app, and the breaking news alerts are the most frequent, yet not as overwhelming as they are on other platforms. The app provides the news, along with some video, but it all feels very curated. It is probably perfect for some, but those that want control of their news will find themselves enjoying Bing News more.
     
    NBC News has a gorgeous live tile that always displays headlines that matter. It updates regularly, and flips through more than one story. The live tile looks great in both medium and wide mode. A clear change from CNN, this app is mostly white, with light blue highlights and branding. Although labeled simply NBC News, content is pulled from the Nightly News, Dateline, Today, and Meet the Press.
     

     
    The articles are beautiful and allow sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Email and SMS. The app offers the option to have articles read aloud to you. Text to speech seems accurate, and it is a great feature to have. I find myself using it more than expected. You can even navigate the app using your voice. It is yet another unique offering. Instead of swiping for navigation, buttons are present to allow access to the previous and next articles.
     
    Slideshows are present, but pinch to zoom is not supported. The topics for the slideshows always feel a few days behind, but vary nicely. TV shows have their own section, and playlists are provided for each show, but you can skip to the segments you want to see. The Today show has the best content, covering many stories from the news of the day. Meet The Press is great for the political pundits out there.
     
    Video quality starts poor, but immediately turns to high quality mode once a little buffering takes place. The videos tend to include commentary from the broadcast anchors, and are basically mini segments from the network. I enjoy them thoroughly, and the Today show team is usually good for a few laughs.
     
    USA Today presents a live tile look and feel throughout. Although the app’s start screen live tile feels boring in comparison to other apps, it does flip to show current weather conditions. The current temperature is visible on the home page of the app as well. Sections are color coded, and the app feels like every other USA Today offering. Snapshots are a unique feature that allows you to vote on national polls and quickly see the results. The Photos are beautiful, and can be viewed without text present. However zooming is not supported. Videos come from various news outlets. Today in History feels like a PBS style segment. Overall quality is lower than the other apps in this round up.
     

     
    Reading articles is a nice experience, with the font set rather large by default. It can be changed to your personal liking. Swiping left and right works for navigation, with buttons also present. Sharing is there too, with the usual suspects available. Some articles have videos in place of the opening image. Scrolling is buttery smooth throughout, with articles in being shorter than those found in other apps. Everything can be accessed quickly and easily, and is present in a bite-sized fashion. This is the USA Today, and it is perfect for glance and go reading.
     
    Closing
     
    These are all great apps for the platform. Personally, the NBC News app is on my start screen and is what I use. The text to speech, voice navigation, sharing features, and high quality video all make it stand out. Also, the commentary along with the news offers up a feeling of a modern media experience. The NBC News live tile is the nicest to look at, most frequently updated, and conveys relevant news items. However, USA Today is great mix of news and weather on both the live tile and within in the app. CNN is as simple as it gets, and is a preferred choice for many on other platforms. CNN’s saved articles features is nice to have, along with SkyDrive syncing. The Bing News app is for the power users out there, and anyone in love with the Windows 8 version of the service will be pleased. It offers the broadest range of news, while being highly customizable. Bing News almost has it all, but the lack of sharing options and poor video quality keeps me from staying around.
     
    All of the apps are free and were tested on my Nokia Lumia 925.
     
    App: Bing News
    Version: 1.1.0.38
    Author: Microsoft Corporation (Powered by Bing)
    Link: http://bit.ly/16mqiiE
    Website: http://www.bing.com
     
    App: CNN
    Version: 1.5.1.0
    Author: Nokia Corporation
    Link: http://bit.ly/19roiad
    Website: http://www.cnn.com
     
    App: NBC News
    Version: 1.1.1315.2
    Author: NBC News Digital LLC
    Link: http://bit.ly/14reRDp
    Website: http://www.nbcnews.com/
     
    App: USA Today
    Version: 1.9.1.0
    Author: USA Today
    Link: http://bit.ly/16UomNw
    Website: http://www.usatoday.com/

    Dave
    Hey Synology owners, DSM 4.3 is ready for you!  Disk Station Manager, or DSM, version 4.3 will be released tomorrow (08/27/13).   We got the beta bits on July 9th, but this one is the final! So what's new?  Let's touch on a few things before you head off to download the new DSM.


    Dont have a Synology NAS yet?  You can get into a 2 bay version for $189.99    Link -  2 disk model for as little as $189.99 at Amazon.com.



    This is a great way to store a second copy of your data in your home.  I use a two bay version in a JBOD setup.  So I have two, 2TB drives, setup in a manner that gives me 4TB of storage.  If one drive fails you lose pretty much everything.  It's a secondary storage for me so that's ok.  I get secondary storage and I can take advantage of all the apps that Synology has out for Android, Windows Phone 8, and iOS.  A bunch of other goodies as well.  Don't want to run JBOD? Don't! Synology Hybrid RAID is a great way to let Synology optimize the redundancy in your NAS.  Peace of mind.
     
    Tune in each week to The Home Server Show Podcast for more info on the Synology platform.
     
    Ok, go ahead and start your download from the Control Panel, and DSM Update Icon.  But come back here and finish this article!
     

     
     


    Cloud Station is now 30% faster with delta-updates
     
    Linux users are now supported with an official desktop client.
     
    DS Cloud has been enhanced with selective sync; allowing users to select which file types, even down to which documents get synced.
     
     Improved mobile apps - iOS, Android, and Windows Phone updates
     
    Photo Station global search – including meta-data
     
    SSD Caching on selected models
     
    ADS Trusted Domain support
     
    TRIM support for SSD
    Read more about the changes in DSM 4.3 here.
     
    Learn about  DSM here. 
     


  • Our picks

    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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