I've recommended Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android since the first version launched last October, but there's always been one little gotcha. Well, not anymore: Now, Microsoft is allowing users to fully customize the home screen.
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Tech tidbits from around the web: Bing goes to the Olympics, a big sale on PCs at the Microsoft Store, new Nokia smartphones are confirmed, a Lenovo profit is driven by a real estate sale not by PCs, and AT&T raises prices for some, lowers prices for others.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
Back in May, Google announced two innovative new mobile messaging apps, Allo and Duo, which are aimed at text and video messaging, respectively. And today, Google delivered the first release of its Duo video calling app for both Android and iPhone.
Tech tidbits from around the web: an interesting follow-up from Alan Mendelevich, Minecraft for Windows 10 now works with the Oculus Rift VR headset, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL get permanent price cuts, Windows 10 earns the respect of security experts, more.
With Windows 10 now available across a variety of device types---including PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s, phones, HoloLens, and more---Microsoft has once again tweaked how device limits work. So its time to take another look at this little-understood aspect of Microsoft account ownership.
As promised, Microsoft has updated and renamed its previous account verification app for Android and iOS, Azure Authenticator, to Microsoft Authenticator. This app lets you use multi-factor authentication (MFA) with your online accounts. And do so more easily than before.
Windows phone fans have suffered countless indignities in the year since Microsoft surrendered the smartphone market to Android and iPhone. But none are as hard to bear as the growing exodus of apps from the platform.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Dolphin snatches iPad at SeaWorld Orlando, NuAns fails to meet its Kickstarter goals, August 2016 evaluation Windows developer virtual machines, HP.com will start selling Elite x3 on September 5 in the US, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: My road trip, 2 TB Xbox One S is selling out, Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available for the Raspberry Pi 3 too, Microsoft exec calls out Apple on its aging Mac hardware, more.
Back in Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability to "cast" your PC's display to an HDTV or other external display. But now you can cast your smartphone's display to your PC in Windows 10.
For over a year now, I've been recommending Google Photos as the ideal service for backing up your smartphone-based captures. But Microsoft was clearly listening, and in recent months, it's improved OneDrive to match the Google Photos features I enjoy so much.
Over the past week, Microsoft has updated its Cortana apps on both Android and iOS with photo reminder and cross-device support. These changes make Cortana the only truly cross-platform personal digital assistant.
While I often focus on the gadgets and other hardware I use when traveling, I've also come to rely on a number of mobile apps and services. Here are a few that have proven invaluable on my current trip to Paris.
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, Google is bringing extensibility functionality to the Android versions of its Docs and Sheets apps. But Google's Docs and Sheets add-ons aren't as sophisticated as what Microsoft provides, and they aren't cross-platform.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Lawsuit claims Microsoft forced users to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft just revealed a new Windows 10 product version, Microsoft makes subtle but important change to Windows 10 hardware requirements, and much more.
Google today announced new family sharing functionality for its Google Play Store. Called Family Library, this new feature lets up to six family members share apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books acquired via the Google Play Store.
I've been paying exorbitant phone, text, and data fees when traveling internationally, and I've long dreamed of a day when I could simply use my smart phone outside the U.S. with no fear of these extra charges. Thanks to Project Fi, that day has arrived.
Tech tidbits from around the web: The first NexDock shipments will now happen in mid-August, Cortana for iOS updated with support for photo reminders, Microsoft provides another peek at Halo Wars 2, Google Maps gets a great update, more.
This week, Microsoft announced an extensive list of updates coming to Office 365 customers. Key among them are new Researcher and Editor features for Word and the addition of Focused Inbox to Outlook on Windows (desktop), Mac, and web.
This year's home swap is different for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that our son opted out of the trip for the first time. But with less time away than usual, I've reexamined how to approach the trip from a work perspective, and I've brought less gear than usual.
Microsoft announced that it will ship new versions of its Microsoft Authenticator app to "all mobile app stores---Android, iPhone, and Windows 10 Mobile---on August 15. This new app will combine the functionality from two previous authenticator apps and will work with both consumer Microsoft accounts and business-focused Azure AD accounts.
Cyanogen is reportedly laying off 20 percent of its staff and halting its Android-based OS efforts to "pivot to apps." So, naturally I'm wondering how this impacts its deal with Microsoft, and the development of a very Microsoft-centric version of Android.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Windows Server moving under Terry Myerson, the Skype app for Windows Phone 8.0/8.1 will soon stop working, the Xbox One backwards compatibility train rolls on, and Google Play Books gets "bubble zoom" for comic books.
Stung by the superior functionality in services like Google Photos, Microsoft has begun to improve OneDrive to follow suit. And one Google Photos-like feature I've started noticing in recent days---automatic photo albums---is just one of a handful of recent OneDrive updates.
Chances are you've heard about the "Pokémon Go" craze that's swept the planet. I don't actually play the game, being an adult male. But my daughter does. And with its arrival here in France, her vacation has been transformed.