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.
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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.
Microsoft's SwiftKey this week launched a new Swiftmoji keyboard app for both Android and iPhone that delivers emoji-predicting capabilities. That is, it offers emoji suggestions based on what you just typed and your emoji preferences.
Tech tidbits from around the web: I'm in Paris, Microsoft is changing how it reports Windows 10 users, Richard Irving leaves Xbox, Microsoft Press finally figures out paper is dead, a new Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer, more.
Google announced this week that it has issued the final Android N developer preview ahead of the mobile OS's official launch. Like previous developer previews, this one is available mostly on select Nexus devices only.
The first-ever major update to the Microsoft Groove apps on Android and iPhone brings most of the improvements we've seen in the Windows 10 version of the app these more popular mobile platforms. This is a big deal.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Game play footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the HP Elite x3 is very expensive, Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2 TB Bundle is the first custom Xbox One S, Microsoft Flow now available on the Google Play Store, more.
I travel a lot for work and pleasure, and if I’m going to be spending at least one night away from home, I make sure to pack my laptop bag and a luggage-based gadget bag appropriately.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft won't force you to use Cortana on Xbox One, Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free storage to 5GB, the new Moto G is now available, and Nintendo is releasing a mini Collector’s Edition NES that includes 30 classic games
Today, Google announced the second preview release of its upcoming Android Wear 2.0 platform for wearable devices, adding support for new features and some bug fixes too.
Google's Project Fi is a near-perfect reinvention of what a wireless carrier can and should be, a great service with reasonable and fully transparent pricing. The one major issue is that it only works with a small selection of Nexus handsets and devices.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft and University of Washington researchers set record for DNA storage, four new handsets have been added to the Windows Device Recovery Tool, Samsung discovers that it can succeed if it stops making crap, so much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Chromebooks can now make voice calls with Skype for Web, whether there is code from Windows 95 still in Windows 10, new security features make Windows 10 Anniversary Update a must, Google adds instant translation to Now On Tap, more.
Moving from Windows phone to Android or iPhone is a revelation for most Microsoft fans, since the software giant generally provides better coverage on these mobile platforms than it does on its own. But there's one obvious exception: Groove.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft is adding a wheelchair for Xbox Live avatars, Samsung S Health now integrates with Microsoft Health, Almost half of Steam gamers use Windows 10, terrible Amazon app disappears from Windows Phone, more.
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.
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.