When you are on the move you need to pack light. With the demands of today’s electronics and the lack of standardization of chargers and myriad of connectors it is near impossible to leave without being saddled with a multitude of chargers and plugs.
The Zolt offers a neat solution that will charge not only all of your portable device needs BUT it will also replace your laptop charger! Dump off of your existing charging blocks and simply leave home with the Zolt! Over 90% of the world’s laptops are compatible with the Zolt, even some of the Apple Mac magsafe laptops can be charged using their USB to Magsafe connector.
The cost of the Zolt is less than a spare charging block for pretty much any laptop, with the added portability and device charging functionality this is a must have device for any road warrior.
Here is a very rough comparison of step counts between the Microsoft Band v1 and a Fitbit Charge – Monday my Band lost power!. As you can see the step counts vary – this is not exercise but just day to day step counting and yes my day job is sitting on my butt at a desk so the step counts are low and need to improve in 2016!!
My personal experience, hence ending up with a Fitbit Charge, is that the Fitbit in general has a higher step count – not always the case BUT mostly.
This means that I was at a disadvantage using my Band for steps. Also, as I had a couple of Lumia phones I was also able to use SensorCore and count steps using the FitBit app and their software tracker. Again the step counts were much lower than having a Fitbit device.
The devices are both great, I love the GPS tracking on the Band and the Microsoft software is pretty great as is the expandable apps and functionality – Band v2 improves on the first one greatly! The GPS mapping with your speed during your run/exercise is very useful as is the overlay of heart rate information – the app is a nice piece of work on all platforms which is surprising! Missing is the daily challenges and THIS is the greater functionality with the Fitbits as it is a major motivator in getting up and competing with friends and family. I have been competing across time zones with family in the UK which is great fun!
The Fitbit again is a great device, great fit and if I had opted to pay more has a great heart rate monitor in the Charge HR AND more functionality on the Surge too. I love that the Charge also counts floors – something missing on the Band v1 but addressed with the v2.
Microsoft has informed users of Office on Windows Mobile that they will have to have a subscription to Office 365 if they actually want to use Microsoft’s new productivity tool Continuum as marketed.
*Editing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Continuum for phones will require an Office 365 subscription, but is available to try without Office 365 through March 31, 2016.
Now this does fall in line with their previous licensing of Office apps on screens greater than 8 inches BUT come on Microsoft, given the barren app landscape, let alone the low to next-to-none adoption of Windows Mobile handsets, shouldn’t you throw your Windows Mobile 10/Office Mobile road warriors a bone?
Comically the requirement for subscription functionality kicks in on April 1st 2016 – for now the functionality is available for free as a ‘trial’
This is a typical Microsoft marketing/strategy screw up – let’s think about the latest OneDrive debacle. Only now are Microsoft reacting to client uproar and only Enterprise users with subscription will keep unlimited storage. They have ‘apologized’ for the changes being implemented and offered up 15Gb to those who confirm via a certain portal site which is not widely published so probably most people ‘not in the know’ will be downgraded to 5Gb.
This people, is software a a service, subscription operating system for the masses with added on layers of services. This is why the upgrade to Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and up installations – Microsoft wants to tap into as larger share of subscribers as possible. Yes, while this is just business and monetizing services is what companies do; you can help feel more than a little ripped off and jaded when services as promised or demoed get wound back in functionality and locked behind a subscription.
I think this will damage even further the uptake of Windows Mobile, not everyone is an Enterprise Office 365 user so losing the ability to work on the road or use your phone functionality in the office just got more expensive – and that is on top of paying full price for the off-contract never available to order Lumia 950/XL devices and their overpriced accessories.
It has been widely reported that there have been problems with the initial rollout of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices. There have been screen flickering issues as well as battery drain issues that have been identified as being related to Windows Hello – Microsoft’s secure login system. The flickering issues were sorted fairly quickly but the battery woes still remain and will do so until sometime in the New Year when further patches are released.
An apology of sorts has been posted in the Microsoft Answers support forum:
A Note to Our Customers from The Microsoft Surface Team
First, a big thanks to all of our customers for your open and candid feedback on Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. For those of you who’ve had a less-than-perfect experience, we’re sorry for any frustration this has caused. Please know that we’re reading your comments and hearing you loud and clear. Your input is incredibly valuable in helping us address your questions with timely updates and fixes. Since launch, we have aggressively pursued the most pressing feedback. We have already issued a number of updates via Windows Update and are working to issue additional updates and fixes as soon as possible to further improve the overall Surface experience. To ensure that you have received the most recent updates, we recommend you check out our support page with instructions on how to download and install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Surface Book update history can be found here and Surface Pro 4 update history can be found here.
Looking for a flexible but affordable laptop/tablet solution for the kids this Christmas?
Check out the NEXT Flexx laptop/tablets from Walmart. The top model has extra memory and storage which will be better in the long run but cheaper sub $200 models are available too with 1Gb RAM, 32Gb Flash Storage and 10.1 inch screens.
Armed with a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student you are good to go with a laptop for school and very basic gaming with the flexibility of detaching the keyboard and using Windows 10 in tablet mode!