Happy Tuesday! We're gearing up for Build 2016 and we couldn't be more excited. You?
The biggest story of yesterday and why you should care today: The big one everyone is going to be talking about is the FBI asking US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym to vacate her order compelling Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters behind the December 2015's mass killing in San Bernardino, as the FBI apparently found a way to open the phone. The news now raises fresh questions about the security of Apple devices, and the story is ongoing.
Something to keep an eye on is the release of the Oculus Rift to customers this week. Four years in the making, the virtual reality headset and its slate of more than 30 games lands the same week as Microsoft Build, where journalists are being scheduled for hands-on demos of what's new with the Microsoft HoloLens. Stay tuned for apples-to-oranges comparisons of the two virtual reality experiences and headsets.
The most useful tech news and how-tos:
8 Everyday Things That You Can Track with Text Files
15 Creative Ways to Get The Most Out of Google Hangouts
How to Master Microsoft Office Word
This Handy Chrome Extension Makes Binge-Watching Netflix Even Easier
The most amusing tech news: Oenophiles, brace yourself for a whole new way to enjoy wine now that the Kuvée has launched. The $200 decanter aims to revolutionize the wine industry with a bladder and special valve that prevent oxygen from seeping into a just-opened bottle of wine, so you don't have to kill a bottle in one night or risk the remains turning to vinegar before you get to them again.
What we published yesterday:
Why did the Windows 10 Mobile Launch Feel So Anti-Climatic? — Are we the only ones who feel like the launch of Windows 10 Mobile was just another release in a long series of builds for the mobile operating system?
A Glance into the Build 2016 Schedule — By diving into the Build 2016 schedule, which is now available over on the Channel 9 Build Event Page, we can peek into the future and discern some of those new features that might get revealed on the keynote stage.
Hands On With Todoist: Four Things It Does Well, Five Things It Could Do Better — Why not see whether an app could make the process of to-do list drafting -- and execution on those to-dos -- easier?
Evernote vs. OneNote: A rundown of how each works — Sometimes, a deep dive into a topic is just what you want; sometimes, you're waving your hand impatiently and saying, "Skip to the end." This gallery goes back through my three-part examination of OneNote compared to Evernote, and pulls out the most relevant information, namely: What can each of these apps do and how can they do it?
Gibson Research Tries Its Hand at Stopping Windows 10 Upgrades — If you’re one of those Windows or Windows 8.1 users who have complained about Microsoft’s on-again, off-again Windows 10 upgrade reminders, Gibson Research is offering a new application, called Never10, that is intended to keep Windows 10 off your system until you actually want it.
Windows 10 Build 14295 for PC and Mobile Available for Fast Ring Insiders — By releasing Windows 10 Build 14295 to its cadre of Windows Insiders for testing, Microsoft has shipped the same build for both PCs and Mobile at the same time on two consecutive ship days as it was just nine days ago that Build 14291 was available for testers on both platforms.