A few tidbits for a Saturday morning: We're having a meet-up Monday night in Redmond, what to do now that Slysoft has been shut down, a new high-end lifestyle shopping experience for gadget fans, Apple just killed my 401K, and Google Inbox courts Mailbox users too.
Recent Microsoft-Band Stories
This week, Microsoft offered up a quick guide to extending the battery life on its Band 2 fitness wearable. It's a decent guide, but I have some better advice, based on real world usage, that will make a real difference in Band 2 battery life.
Just got back from New York, but here are a few tidbits from around the web: A Microsoft Health update for Windows phones, App-V in Windows 10 Redstone, Plumbago ships, Apple's smart new Trade Up with Installments plan, and more.
Microsoft announced today that it has started rolling out updates to its Band wearables, with improvements to the sharing, Cortana, golf, and guided workouts experiences.
A few tidbits from around the web: BLU Win HD LTE and BLU Win Jr on sale today, a new weekly workout series, a great concert video shot with the Lumia 950, Apple's new strategy for iPad, and a MacBook USB-C recall.
I'm not sure why it's doing so now, but in a bid to perhaps stave off the sales doldrums of winter, the Microsoft Store online is offering great savings on some of Microsoft's first-party devices, including Band 2, Surface Pro 4, and Xbox One.
Microsoft this week updated its Band 2 wearable with a new battery-saving GPS mode and weight tracking functionality. The software giant says that both changes were driven by customer feedback.
With Microsoft reporting its earnings for the final calendar quarter of 2015, we have some useful data for evaluating how the firm's devices businesses are doing. And as you should expect, there's some high points and some not-so-high points.
A few tidbits from around the web: New Dropbox mobile app on Windows 10, updates to Office on iOS, Brave new web browser will "fix the web," Google Cultural Institute looks pretty amazing, and heart rate is more important than steps.
You can get up to $250 off the cost of a Microsoft Band 2 when you trade-in an eligible smartwatch or fitness tracker. But you have to act fast: This deal is available through the end of this month only.
Today promises to be another busy day, so let's dive right in: Evernote's 5 percent problem isn't new, Microsoft Band 2 + Volvo cars, Wi-Fi Alliance announces Wi-Fi 802.11ah, and my take on some screwy tech headlines.
Freed from bonds of 15 years of archival data, I was curious to see what the top most-read posts on this new site would be. So here they are, the top ten posts on Thurrott.com from 2015.
Wearables are all over the map, encompassing everything from high-end smart watches to low-end fitness bands. So there is great choice, but also great confusion. Not helping matters, many aren't sure whether wearables will have any staying power.
Some tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's fitness tips, Chromecast games, Android vs. iPhone, Pandora deals, a Ford and Google partnership, more.
A few notes from around the web: Microsoft's Holiday Super Sale, a misunderstanding about the success of Kinect, wining some and losing some with universal apps, and some great Android dev videos.
Microsoft had an incredible year, with some epic moments. So without further ado, here's my look at Microsoft's 2015, the good, the meh, and the WTF.
Microsoft Band 2 can now remotely control playback of any music (or other audio/media) on your handset. This feature is easy to use ... once you know the secret to using it.
Thanks to a recent firmware update, your Band 2 can now remind you to be more active if its noticed you're not moving around too much. Here's how to enable and configure this key new feature.
A new update for Microsoft Band 2 adds long awaited activity reminders and music playback controls, plus an improved Exercise tile.
Lots going on today, including a major Surface fail on MNF, how Band 2 estimates VO2 Max, Apple's iPhone 6S battery case, Star Wars game complaints, more.
Microsoft has announced another partner for its Band wearable, Lose It!, bolstering the device's ability to help you manage nutrition and weight management.
In my experience the real-world battery life of Microsoft Band 2 is 24 hours or less if you use the GPS. So my advice is to charge it every day if possible.
Once you get your new Microsoft Band 2 home and sync it up with your smart phone for the first time, the next step is to customize it. Here's how you do so.
With Band 2, Microsoft is again firing on all cylinders, delivering the right mix of features---fitness and health, plus productivity---and improvements.
Happy weekend. What else is happening today? Steve Ballmer comments on Microsoft v. Apple, maybe Halo 5 will ship on the PC, and Pandora talks Apple Music.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss Apple's refreshed iMac lineup, Microsoft's new premium PC push, and Microsoft Band 2.