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How to use the Android 7 split screen feature (tutorial)

Android 7 comes with a cool new “split screen” feature where you can look at two apps running at the same time. This little pictorial/tutorial shows how to use this split-screen feature.

IBM: The TCO of Macs is lower than PCs alvin October 20, 2016 - 10:47pm

IBM says the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Macs is lower than that of PCs. You can read more about it at MacRumors and other websites.

Windows Phone sales 1.1%, Android 80.7% alvin February 18, 2016 - 4:16pm

PC World reports that Gartner reports the smartphone sales shown in the chart: Android dominates worldwide sales units with 80.7%, iOS has 17.7%, and Windows is there at 1.1%.

Android File Transfer error: Can’t access device storage (solved)

Summary: This article shows a solution to the Android File Transfer app “not working on Mac” problem, where you get the error message, “Can’t access storage device.” (This solution probably also works on Microsoft Windows systems, though I don’t know for sure.)

The Apple Tax - $299 on a new MacBook

Apple's recent announcement that Mac Java support is deprecated inspired me to look at the so-called "Apple Tax" -- the premium price tag you're going to pay when buying an Apple computer, whether that be a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro instead of a Windows PC.

I just ran a comparison of a base model Apple MacBook versus two different Dell Windows notebook PCs, and the numbers are pretty scary:

The Apple Tax on a base MacBook is a whopping $219 to $299
more than faster, better-equipped Dell notebook models.

iPad backup and restore tutorial

iPad backup/restore FAQ: How do I make an iPad backup? Also, how do I restore an iPad backup?

When it comes to making backups, the iPad is a curious device. The iPad isn't like a traditional computer where you say, "I want to backup folders X, Y, and Z." Curious about Apple's thinking, I've dug into the iPad backup and restore topic, and here's what I've found.

Mac "Office" software options

Mac Office apps FAQ: I just made the switch from Windows to Mac; what Mac Office software can I use?

One of my family members just wrote and said that despite having a firewall, anti-virus software, and spybot software installed, their Windows computer appears to have been infected for the third time in six months. She asked what they'd be facing if they made the switch to a Mac system, particularly from an "Office" applications standpoint. Here is my reply:

How to download iPhone photos to Windows XP

iPhone photos and Windows XP tip: How to download iPhone photos to a Windows XP computer.

Okay, this was surprisingly hard. I just went to download all my iPhone photos to my Windows XP computer, and assuming this worked with the normal iTunes sync process, I started the 'sync', waited a very long time, and then at the end, all my photos were ... wait ... none of my photos were downloaded from my iPhone to my Windows XP system. What the heck?