Microsoft announced this morning that it will purchase the LinkedIn social network for $26.2 billion in a move that allegedly aligns with the software giant's productivity focus. But Microsoft is proving that for all the changes at the company, it is not learning the lessons of the past.
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Tech tidbits from around the web: Cyanogen 13.1 adds Microsoft features to OnePlus One phones, NFC Tap to Pay is coming to Windows 10 Mobile, Motorola is apparently keeping the Moto X available for sale, much more.
Here are some tidbits from around the web: Sony confirms it is working on the PS4.5, nothing related to video games is "Microsoft's most ambitious bet," no Halo 5 for the PC, much more.
In the spirit of making the transition to Android easier for Windows phone users, I present Google Nearby. This new Android feature works like Local Scout did on Microsoft's mobile platform, offering quick access to nearby places of interest.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft to hold a WWDC after-party, Google improves Project Fi with U.S. Cellular support, Android Marshmallow finally hits 10 percent adoption, and NFL's Twitter account is hacked.
For years, I managed digital photos much like digital music, replicating the collection across multiple devices and to the cloud to ensure that our precious memories were never lost. But in a recurring theme, smart phones have changed everything. And it's time to adapt to this change.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft Planner is now available to Office 365 commercial customers, first ever Office Insider Fast update for Mac Insiders is now available, whether we are stuck with two smart phone platforms, six more Xbox 360 games hit Xbox One Backwards compatibility, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Lenovo is at it again, Windows Mobile 10 is finally starting to rollout on U.S. carriers, how to listen to and delete everything you've ever said to Google, and a former Apple ad man says firm has lost the simplicity that Steve Jobs demanded.
When Microsoft first delivered Outlook for Android Wear last August, it provided basic email, calendar and notification support. But thanks to a major new update, you can now use Outlook as your watch face and stay on top of your day at a glance.
Google this week announced the one-year anniversary of its My Account hub, which lets the search giant's customers manage their account security and privacy. But it also revealed two new features for My Account: Find Your Phone, which works with both Android and iPhone handsets, and OK Google integration.
Have you noticed a rise in the spam email getting into your Outlook.com account? If so, you are not alone.
Tech tidbits from around the web on this Memorial Day: Microsoft answers OneNote complaints on Reddit, ASUS Avalon makes DIY PCs easier, Xbox One game streaming might be coming to Windows 10 Mobile for some reason, you can now use Amazon Echo in a web browser, and whether Microsoft cares about its customers.
With Android apps coming to Chromebook this summer, I thought it was time to upgrade from the aging Toshiba model I'd been using. And while I'd love to have a Chromebook Pixel, the $1300 asking price was just a bit too high. So I've purchased the next best thing, a new Acer Chromebook 14.
Late last week, Google announced the one-year anniversary of its Google Photos service, noting that it has collectively freed up 13.7 petabytes of phone storage by providing free cloud-based storage for our memories. I've been using Google Photos since it was announced, and have found it to be the superior photo service.
A friend with an expiring Work & Play bundle subscription noted that the new deal is not as good as it was last year: The current version of the Bundle is $50 more expensive than before and provides fewer features. In fact, it's no longer a good deal at all.
This week, Microsoft announced its May updates for Office 365, which include deeper Skype for Business integration and new Outlook and Visio capabilities. Additionally, the firm revealed a new Insider build of Office 2016 for Windows.
Twitter announced a pragmatic solution to a pressing issue for the social networking service today: It will no longer count @names, attachments, and other items against the 140 character count.
Microsoft has supported both consumer and business OneDrive accounts in its OneDrive mobile apps for some time now. But thanks to a recent update, you can also use the OneDrive sync client in Windows 10 to access both account types too. Here's how.
Google today confirmed that it is adding Android apps to Chrome OS, it's lightweight desktop OS for laptops and other PC form factors. So what does this mean?
While Google Home understandably received the most attention from the Google I/O day one keynote, the search giant also revealed a stunning array of other products and services it will deliver throughout 2016. Two of the biggest are Allo and Duo, two new mobile solutions for Android and iOS.
On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.
If you sign-in to your Windows 10-based PC or device with a Microsoft account, the personal photos and videos you store in OneDrive will appear automatically in the Photos app. But what if you don't want that?
No, these are not the placeholders you're looking for. But Microsoft last night released a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive, providing those with Windows 10-based PCs, tablets, and phones with a way to view all of the contents their OneDrive storage.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A Games with Gold reminder, Microsoft is shutting down Project Spark, Microsoft Band not working properly with Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft to tackle your digital memories, and Google may have inadvertently (pre) announced a new service called Spaces.
Last week in the article Fixing Microsoft Band, I listed several ways in which I think Microsoft should improve its wearable device. But in doing so, I realized that theFitbit Alta already did pretty much everything I wanted. How does this wearable compare to Microsoft Band 2 overall?
Tech tidbits from around the web: You can now preorder some cool new Lumia cases from Mozo, FTC could be taking a second look at Google Search, Google Chirp to compete with Amazon Alexa, Cardboard VR is available in Canada, the UK, France, and Germany now, and Google provides its Gboard keyboard on iOS.
When it comes to web browsers on Windows 10, the conversation pretty much begins and ends with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. But despite relatively low usage, Opera makes a compelling case as well. And a recent change to the browser can improve battery life in laptops by about 50 percent, the firm says.