Happy 4th of July! Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale starts tomorrow, Xbox Play Anywhere launches on September 13th, Your Groove gets a little bit groovier, NuAns NEO running Windows 10 Mobile heads to Kickstarter, more.
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This week, Microsoft issued a major upgrade to its Arrow Launcher for Android, offering integration with the commercial versions of Office 365 and improved performance.
Yesterday, I received two related emails: One, from Evernote, explained that my free account was about to become a lot more limited, and that I'd need to pay for features I'd been getting for free. The second was from Microsoft, providing a solution to my Evernote problem.
Today, Microsoft announced its June updates for Office 365, which it says focuses on improving customer experience across Office apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Key among these updates are Office Planner, a preview of GigaJam, and improvements to Office inking on Android, Sway, and Outlook.
Today, Amazon announced a new navigation experience for Kindle that spans its e-readers, Fire tablets, and mobile apps on Android and iOS: It's called Page Flip, and it makes it easy to flip through the pages of a Kindle e-book as you would a real, paper-based book.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for unintended Windows 10 upgrade, a quick tour of Microsoft building 87, ISOs for Windows 10 Insider preview build 14366 are now available, and Google Project Bloks brings software development to the physical world.
A new report claims that Google will build its own smart phone for release by the end of 2016. But the search giant should learn from the past, lest it fall prey to what I call the Surface Curse.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More info on Microsoft letting users associate Windows 10 licenses with their Microsoft accounts, Kevin Gallo speaks about future of Windows Phone, the Apple Pencil Holder, and much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: AT&T's Lumia 1520 can get Windows 10 Mobile now, a closer look at Battlefield 1, Apple quietly discontinues its Thunderbolt displays, offline viewing is coming to Netflix, more.
Earlier this week, Microsoft began rolling out a new version of its Wallet app for Windows 10 Mobile devices, adding support for Tap to Pay mobile payments. This is good news, but credit card support is currently lacking, rendering the feature useless for many.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Opera attacks Microsoft's Edge battery claims, figuring out what kind of TV you need for Xbox One S and HDR gaming, the user base for Microsoft Wallet with Tap to Pay is tiny, more.
This week, Google announced that Gmail and Google Apps users can now avail themselves of a simpler form of two-step verification. Now, they can now approve sign-in requests with a single tap.
Tech tidbit from around the web: Microsoft will sell games via Steam (again), the full list of Xbox Play Anywhere games, Android apps and Play Store arrive on Chromebooks in early preview, an interesting OnePlus 3 review, try PlayStation VR for yourself now, and more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft buys Wand Labs, Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list swells to 200 Xbox 360 games, Microsoft gets high, new Insider update for Office Mobile, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft delivers Starbucks add-in for Outlook, Sony PlayStation VR launch set for October 13, Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster, Nintendo belatedly offers new Zelda, more.
Google announced the 4th Developer Preview release of Android N today and revealed that the final version of the mobile OS will roll out to consumers "later this summer." Additionally, the final Android N APIs are available to developers today.
Microsoft's Xbox app is now available on Android and iOS. It replaces the Xbox SmartGlass apps that Microsoft previously provided on those platforms, and it looks and works exactly like its Windows 10 cousins.
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.
This week, Motorola announced the next version of its flagship smartphone, which adds some much-needed features. But the big news here is a new modular expansion system called Moto Mods that I think will really differentiate these devices from the me-too masses.
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.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Steve Ballmer unveils the new Clippers logo, there's a hilarious Change.org petition to have Microsoft investigated for Windows 10 ... by the EFF, Amazon app is officially pulled from Windows Phone Store, more.
As Windows phone users transition to Android and iPhone, they can take advantage of the much more vibrant app and content ecosystems found on those successful smart phone platforms. But you lose something too.
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.
A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, we can see how these two platforms will work together.
Samsung's attack on Google continued this week with the consumer electronics giant announcing two new fitness wearables that are based on Tizen rather than Android. But to be fair, Tizen may be better suited for the lower functional requirements of these devices than it is, say, for a full-featured smart watch.
The Microsoft Health app for Android is being updated today, adding support for the Cortana digital personal assistant. Yes, that means that you can now use Cortana on your Band 2.