Tech tidbits from around the web: evidence of updated Xbox One emerges, sort of, Skype for Business Updated on Android and iOS, Spotify declares war on Sweden, HTC's New Android phone supports Apple's AirPlay, and you'll be able to get your USB-C cables tested.
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Tech tidbits from around the web: Titanfall 2 trailer arrives, Microsoft is adding a QR code to the BSOD, developers are already running Linux GUI apps in Windows 10 using Bash, another take on streaming music and revenues, Kindle Oasis leaks.
Audible---the world's leading source of audiobook and spoken audio entertainment---this week launched a beta version of a new Channels feature which provides members with free access to ad-free podcasts, news, comedy, and exclusive shows.
Roku announced today that it is accepting pre-orders for its new Roku Streaming Stick, which provides 8 times the processing power of its predecessor, Roku OS 7.1 with numerous new features, and a private listening feature that works with your smart phone. Best of all, it's as cheap as ever, at just $50.
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 tidbits from around the web: On the way to San Francisco, Xbox One's growing backwards compatibility library, what was lost when Microsoft restarted work on Gears 4, coming Groove Music improvements, and more.
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.
The Recording Industry Association of America reported this week that revenues from streaming music services surpassed those of both digital downloads and physical media for the first time in 2015, ushering in a new age for the music industry.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft throws a bone to MixRadio users, Microsoft offers big discounts on tons of Xbox One and 360 games, Vizio P-Series is the First Google Cast-compatible TV, some interesting details about iPhone and iPad sales, RIP Andy Grove.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: No 512 MB Windows phones will get Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, Action Center improvements are coming to Windows 10, a look at the $79 Endless Mini PC, Spotify strikes deal with music industry, more.
A source very close to Microsoft tells me that the software giant is now internally testing TV DVR (digital video recording) functionality for Xbox One, meaning that customers will soon be able to record live TV shows from the console.
Over the weekend, we were treated to premature reports that Spotify had killed support for its app on Windows phone. But Spotify has since clarified matters: Windows phone support is continuing, and a new version of the app will better support Windows 10 (Mobile).
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.
I'm flying home from Seattle today, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to Microsoft Movies & TV on April 1, Samsung SSD hits 15 TB, Amazon is shipping two new Echo devices.
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.
And just like that, the parts of Nokia that made the company special have been scattered to the wind. The latest casualty: MixRadio has been axed by its new owner, LINE.
A few tidbits from around the web: A goofy new Microsoft app for iPhone, a one-day Surface Pro 4 sale, a free Hulu deal for Xbox One users, and an update to the Windows Device Recovery Tool.
A few tidbits from around the web: Major updates coming to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition Explode by the end of the month, LibreOffice 5.1, Apple Music + Sonos, and Google improves Gmail security.
When Microsoft revealed that it was using renaming its Xbox Music service to Groove, there was a bit of confusion. After all, there was another music app out there with the same name as well.
Another day, another snow storm. And some more tidbits from around the web: A great sale on BLU Windows phones hits on Saturday, of Apple and Error 53, a Super Bowl technology fail, a future without passwords, and more.
Here's a special treat for those using Groove with Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft has issued a major update to this app, adding significant performance improvements and many new features.
While I'm a fan of digital media, I am of course of a certain generation. Which means that I grew up with physical media. And that I still have a hard time overcoming an internal desire to own and even collect such things.
I'm in New York for two days of meetings, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Bing app updates on Android/iOS, Microsoft stole Iowa from Trump, Facebook's 3.5 degrees of separation, and an awesome new Simpsons search engine.
A few tidbits from around the web: More details on that Surface power cord recall, a WWII shooter game hits Kickstarter, Lenovo's quarterly results show the firm is still mostly a PC maker, Google's podcast service is imminent, and Amazon is opening more retail book stores.
A few tidbits from around the web: Windows Defender goes from goat to hero, Audible gets a nice update on Windows phones, worries over slowing iPhone sales growth, Spotify to add videos, and "Peak Prime."
Microsoft originally planned to ship two Xbox One consoles, one for gaming, and one for living room-based entertainment. But in dropping the latter device, the software giant has missed out on a huge opportunity. And I think it's time to revisit the notion of a much less expensive Xbox One.