How to install and use the Adblock Plus extension in Microsoft Edge

As Windows 10 becomes more popular, more people are starting to use Microsoft’s new web browser Edge. Microsoft are continually improving Edge as they now do with Windows 10 (no more waiting for giant service packs to be released) as a result Edge is becoming quite the capable browser and improves on an almost weekly basis.

Initially Edge was quite limited in it’s functionality and I couldn’t use it as my primary browser, but now that extension support has become available and 3rd party developers are releasing their own extensions for it, there a re fewer and fewer reasons NOT to use it as your primary browser. In fact this week I made the switch to Edge full-time and I haven’t had to use Chrome, IE or Firefox at all !

So this is the first in a series of videos about Edge. Over the series we will look at the features and functionality of Edge and we will look at the extensions available.

In this video we install and take a look at the features of the Adblock Plus extension.

If you have any questions or comments about the Edge browser, let us know, we’d love to hear them.

 

Walmart Canada will stop accept Visa Payments in July

According to MSN money  Walmart Canada and Visa have failed to agree new terms so from  July 18th. Walmart will stop accepting Visa as a payment method across all its stores in the country.

Can’t see this going well can you? Although my guess is that this is a negotiating tactic and it’ll all get sorted out before then.

Oh well it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

 

Mozo Cover for Lumia 650 – First Look

The, light wood, Mozo case for my Lumia 650 arrived yesterday. So I thought I’d post some photos.

Mozo Cover

It’s not real wood, but the plastic they use is a very good reproduction.


The cover is a little thicker than the original one, so the camera is now flush with the back.

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Actually I think it makes the device feel nicer in the hand.


I wasn’t sure about the appearance of cover at first, something about the black trim on the phone mozo-light-back-view-1that surrounds it didn’t seem quite right to me, but the cover has attracted quite a bit of attention since I’ve put it on – people who hadn’t noticed the phone at all since I’ve been using it, have suddenly been asking me about it. Apparently people think it looks great…so I guess I’ll be keeping it on 🙂

 

 

Video review is coming shortly.

 

 

 

Windows 10 fast build 14361 now available

If you are signed up for the Windows Insider program and you are subscribed to the ‘fast ring’, then you’ll be pleased to hear that build 14361 is now available for both PC and Mobile.

Some highlights:

  • Lastpass extention for Edge browser is now official supported
  • Hyper-v containers
  • Windows Ink improvements
  • Settings improvements
  • New Icons
  • more bug fixes and improvements for PC
  • more bug fixes and improvements for Mobile

No point me repeating the details, you can get them all here from here:

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361

Enjoy !

OneDrive locks up and so does the keyboard [updated]

[update]
The service just started working again on it’s own. SO it must have been an issue at Microsoft’s end.


Ran into an issue today after updating my imac.  OneDrive was no longer synching.
Worse than that the application appeared to be hang. Hovering the mouse over the OneDrive icon in the notification area would just show the infamous spinning color wheel.

onedrive lockup

Right-clicking would NOT bring up the menu – basically the App was hung.But what I also noticed (as I tried to Google Bing the issue) was that my keyboard was unresponsive too! A force-quit of the app would bring everything back to life, including my keyboard.

Of course I tried uninstalling the App and re-installing, but the same thing kept happening.

Out of desperation, I uninstalled the app, renamed the folder and re-installed. This looked promising !

onedrive setup

so I got to setup OneDrive again and choose a new folder.

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It started synching and I thought I was good….but after a few minutes it hung again the behaviour returned. Darn !

As of right now I haven’t found a solution. But I did find others with this problem:

https://community.office365.com/en-us/f/153/t/445749

and

https://community.office365.com/en-us/f/153/t/445091

So Microsoft appears to be aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

I’ll update this post when I find the fix, in the meantime all you OS X users will need to use the web version of OneDrive.

Good Luck !

Microsoft Photos App update available

A new update is available for the Microsoft Photos App on Desktop and Mobile.

microsoft photos app

What’s new?

• Save still photos from videos and living images
• Slow-motion videos taken with a Windows phone can now be edited on your PC
• When importing photos to a PC, quickly clear and select all
• View your OneDrive storage usage in Settings
• Adjust the lighting in photos taken with a Windows phone using rich HDR
• New OneDrive pictures appear more quickly in Collection
• Items now stay selected until you cancel or take action on them
• Bug fixes

You can get the app below:

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfjbh4

 

 

Lumia 650 first look

I finally got my hands on the Lumia 650 today. I wasn’t quick enough to grab one when the initial pre-orders opened in Canada a few months back and since then they’ve been out of stock.

lumia 650 box

Unfortunately the only place you can buy a Microsoft Mobile device in Canada is directly from Microsoft as none of our carriers sell them – so I’ve been patiently awaiting them to be re-stocked so I could get one.
Last week I noticed they had a few available so quickly hit the ‘order’ button.

For $199 CAD I’ve got a Black, unlocked, Dual-Sim 650. It supports the major bands so can be used on any carrier in Canada including Wind. I’ll be using it on Fido / Rogers for the next few weeks as I review it.

I’ll post an unboxing shortly (for those people that like that kind of thing) and a review will follow in the near future.

In the meantime, here is a sway with a few more images of the device.