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Earlier this year, I wrote about some of the potential features that were being considered for the upcoming release of Windows 10. The release version is now complete, with Microsoft already producing packaged software for the retail channels, and PC manufacturers are producing machines with Windows 10 factory installed. Some of the big box stores and online sellers are already taking “presale” orders for Windows 10 software ($119 retail), and computers to be delivered or otherwise made available on the official release date, July 29.

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On one of the morning talk shows earlier this week, guest “Kurt the Cyber Guy,” also known as Kurt Knutsson, discussed “5 Apps That Can Help You Earn Extra Money.” All of the apps that he mentioned were free, and available for both Android and iOS devices.

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As happens a few times each year, earlier today I was the guest speaker for the local computer club. Before my presentation, one of the leaders of the computer club was answering some questions from a few of those present, and his answers led to one of the several websites that I visit daily to find the latest deals in software, Ashraf’s ShareWareOnSale.com.

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At a recent meeting, I was asked to put together a presentation on my favorite Android apps. While all of the people present had a smart phone of some type, about three quarters of those present had some form of Android phone, while about one-fourth had an iPhone of some type. What brought about this request was a discussion that we were having, and using selected apps on my phone, I was able to come up with answers and resolve problems faster than anyone else present.

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I have a gaggle of grandkids scattered across the country. When my own kids were little a few decades ago, the little Golden Books were among their favorites, and over the years, we accumulated quite a collection. Now, three of my granddaughters, each age 5 or under, have their own Android tablets with Wi-Fi access. All three can tap, pinch and swipe the screen with a degree of expertise that could put many adults to shame. Good or bad? That could be debated, but these kids are quite at home using technology.

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