Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft has purchased MileIQ, a Minecraft: Story Mode skin pack update is now available, a new Huawie smart phones features dual Leica cameras, takes fantastic photos, Samsung revenues up on strong Galaxy S7 sales, more.
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Microsoft announced today that is opening up its Outlook app on Android and iOS to support third-party tasks, events and notes in Calendar. So Outlook calendar on these popular mobile platforms will soon work with Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote.
Microsoft revealed today that it will be adding more Cortana features to Insiders, and will do so across the devices that this personal digital assistant supports. These include low battery notifications, Find My Phone/Ring My Phone integration, and, most interesting, map sharing across devices.
Tech tidbits from around the web: watch the new Star Wars movie with BB-8, Google Calendar gets reminders on the web, Google updates its Play logos, and NeXT's Avie Tevanian pops up again.
Tech tidibts from around the web: Some thoughts about a possible Surface 4, this is what would have happened to Nokia if they had gone Android, the iPhone SE is just as bendy and breakable as other iPhones, and championing "lawful hacking" is just another way to see the world in black and white.
Microsoft has moved much more quickly than Apple to integrate its personal digital assistant technology across a wide range of product types. And at Build 2016 last week, we got a fascinating peek at where Cortana is going next: Which is to say, everywhere.
Windows users moving to Android face an interesting dilemma when picking a new smart phone. Because most Android handsets are rarely if ever updated in any meaningful way, you'll want to choose wisely.
For the past year or so, I've been wrestling with how to advise Windows users who are disappointed in the failure of Windows phone and wish to choose between Android and iPhone. This week, that choice became much clearer.
Tech tidbits from around the web: No, Microsoft Edge will not natively block ads, even Microsoft’s own Build presenters have given up on Windows Phone, Apple fans don't line up for the iPhone SE, more.
During the Build 2016 day 2 keynote address, Microsoft executive vice president Qi Lu talked up the Office developer opportunity, which is expanding as Microsoft moves into the cloud and mobile devices.
Microsoft executive vice president Scott Guthrie announced that Xamarin's cross-platform solutions will be integrated into Visual Studio and will be free, even in the (also free) Community edition.
It's been a while since I wrote about my business travel setup, so here's a quick peek at the technology I'm bringing on the road this week as I travel to San Francisco for Build 2016.
Tech tidbits from around the web: a new Office 2016 Insider Preview build is now available, Microsoft launches Office 365 Connectors, Audible launches an online magazine, Steam is now selling the Atari Vault, Sony to bring PlayStation games to Android, iOS, Apple Music gets a widget on Android, more.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft allegedly working on "total update" for File Explorer in Windows 10, BLU says it is working with Microsoft on getting the Win JR LTE on Windows 10 Mobile, Starbucks is coming to Windows 10 soon, and much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Get Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One for just $10, Microsoft pledges to fix v-sync issues in UWP games, Google is working on an iOS keyboard too, AT&T-based iPhones get international Wi-Fi calling, and more.
I've recommended Google Photos since the service first launched last year. And this week, it's gotten even better thanks to a new auto album feature that appears to be replacing a previous feature called stories.
Amazon this week announced a new feature in its Audible mobile app that helps you share audiobook clips with others. The fun bit? It's available for iPhone and Windows phones ... But not Android.
Last week, Google surprised us with an early-than-usual peek at its next mobile OS, currently codenamed Android N. But with many checking out this first Android N build and discovering more new functionality than Google originally promoted, I thought I should dive in as well.
Happy St. Patrick's Day. A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft will bring HDR gaming to DirectX 12, Office Insider program updated on Android, Uber app updated with Family profiles, Teltra goes over the top with Windows 10 designs in retail stores, more.
I've long recommended the use of authenticator smart phone apps because they make using two-factor authentication easy. But with LastPass getting into the game, we now have an authenticator app that works identically across all platforms.
A few tidbits from around the web: Excel 2016 gets a Pivot Table update, Windows Store will still accept Bitcoin, Opera refreshes for Windows 10, Stardock releases WindowBlinds 10, and a reversible microUSB cable looks interesting.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft may compensate customers for Xbox Live outages, a recent Band 2 update also provides True Type font rendering, of mobile platforms, app usage and battery life, andWaze gets an improved UI on Android.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's March 2016 evaluation VMs, Microsoft's (sort of) Linux distribution, layoffs at Sonos and a look to the future, Samsung vague but positive on Galaxy S7 pre-orders, and yes, the Nexus 6P is getting updated this month too.
Google is already showing off the first features for the next version, codenamed N. And to get developers started on these new features, Google has also released the N Developer Preview with an updated SDK.
The market researchers at IDC this week claimed that detachable tablets---or what I think of as "Surface clones"---will experience big growth in the next few years, jumping to 30 percent of the overall tablet market by 2020.
(More than) a few tidbits from around the web: Teens react to Windows 95, Microsoft Phone Sign-in Beta for Windows 10 Mobile, a Halo game sale, Bill Gates on Reddit, OneDrive for Business roadmap, some quick Lumia 650 thoughts, and more.
Google is temporarily offering a great deal on its superior Nexus 5X smart phone and Project Fi wireless service, offering hundreds of dollars in savings when you buy both.