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Microsoft Band: So I don’t need my phone to track my runs?

I’m currently rocking the original Pebble Smartwatch while slowly saving up enough dough to buy the Apple Watch when it drops next year. All that to say, I’m a fan of wearables.

The Microsoft Band was quietly announced today, and for the price, it looks pretty decent. What the MS Band has that other smartwatch/fitness/activity bands lack is built-in GPS.

From the Microsoft Band page:

Built-in GPS: Measures the distance you’ve run and tracks your pace and route. Save your favorites to retrace your steps and challenge yourself later.

With other fitness trackers/smartwatches, I still need to either hold my phone, strap it on my arm, or stick it in my shorts pocket to take advantage of the phone’s GPS. With the MS band, it can track and record distances, pace, etc. without being wirelessly tethered to my phone.

That means I can leave my phone in the car, clip my iPod Nano to my shirt (I need my tunes), and let the Microsoft Band track my run activity.

Forgot to mention the Microsoft Band works with Windows Phone, Android AND iOS…+2 cool points.

Apple (and the rest) needs to step up its game.

Terrance GainesMicrosoft Band: So I don’t need my phone to track my runs?

Selling Your Mac? Here’s How To Restore Your Mac To Factory Settings

Part one of a series of posts on how I prepped and sold my old Mac, tips and tricks on buying a new Mac, and must-have accessories for any MacBook owner.

I’ve loved my mid-2010 13″ MacBook Pro since the day I bought her. We’ve been through a ton together. From late-night side-hustle sessions, to schlepping around the county to conferences and events, she has been my gadget of choice for getting stuff done.

But, after a little of over four fabulous years, we knew we both needed a fresh new start. So we amicably made the decision to part ways. But before I could see her in the arms of another, I had to make sure that she wasn’t carrying any old baggage into her new relationship.

No Mac should continue to carry old data around after it’s in the arms of a new lover owner, so here’s the steps you should take to remove your data and restore your Mac to its original settings before selling.

Terrance GainesSelling Your Mac? Here’s How To Restore Your Mac To Factory Settings

Be Careful Out In These PowerPoint Streets…

Looks like hackers can hide a bug in a PowerPoint presentation sent to you via email, or presentations found online that when clicked on can take over your computer.

Quote from Microsoft via TechCrunch:

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

I know you’re trying to rush and get that presentation done, so you frantically scour the web for the perfect PowerPoint template with all the cool transitions already built in. Be careful and just don’t click on PowerPoint presentations from anyone.

Terrance GainesBe Careful Out In These PowerPoint Streets…