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.
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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.
While Google's Chromecast Audio is an amazing and inexpensive way to fill a room or even a whole house with sound, the firm offers other ways to achieve the same ends. And this week at CES, Google announced coming updates to both.
Back in October, Microsoft announced that it had partnered with iHeartRadio so that one could see iHeartRadio radio station links for artists within the Groove app in Windows 10. But how does this really work?
It's always a bit slow, news-wise, over the holidays. But here are a few tidbits from around the web: A new Google Glass, Microsoft Casual Games, Amazon comes through with The Beatles, and more.
It's a Christmas miracle: The Beatles' entire catalog of 15 studio albums and 4 special collections will soon be available for streaming on Microsoft Groove.
Some tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's fitness tips, Chromecast games, Android vs. iPhone, Pandora deals, a Ford and Google partnership, more.
Some more tidbits from around the web: Your Xbox Live stats from 2015, Apple Music rumored to get Hi-Res Audio in 2016, and a Black Ops III DLC trailer.
Some other tidbits from around the web: A new Microsoft Apps, um, app on Android, $400 off Windows Server Datacenter, Translator on iOS/Android, dubious Windows 10 advice, free Plex on Xbox.
This one isn't honestly a huge deal, as Netflix already has modern, native apps for both Windows PCs/tablets and phones, but the firm today announced its first universal app for Windows 10.
With the release of Windows 10, the Pandora music streaming streaming service is going all-in, and has released a universal app for PCs/tablets and phones.
Slow day today. Here's what I could dredge up: Some dueling mobile payment announcements, a preview of Office 365 Planner, beta support for Apple Music arrives on Sonos.
Day 12 of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals provides a $50 gift card to Microsoft's content stores when you purchase a one-year Groove Music Pass subscription.
News from around the web: PC focus group today, Xbox One is not MIcrosoft's final console, Xbox One Wireless Adapter now works with Windows 7 and 8.1 too, more
Here are some more tidbits from around the Internets today: Cortana to float, big update for Groove on Windows 10 Mobile, Wal-Mart mobile payments, Tim Cook disses Chromebook.
A new Google Play Music family plan lets subscribers add up to five additional family members for $5 more per month. The offering undercuts Spotify handily.
Here are some tidbits from around the web: A possible combination of Vaio, Toshiba, and Fujitsu, the EU moves to digital content roaming, iOS 9.2, Mozilla kills Firefox OS.
Choosing a living room set top box can be trying for the Microsoft technology fan, and each of the best devices comes with its own set of pros and cons.
What else is going on in the (tech) world? Microsoft's remaining 12 Days Deals are leaked, Twitter looks back on 2015, and Spotify's free tier rankles some.
What if you rent a movie from Microsoft's Movies & TV service on your Windows 10-based PC and want to watch it on the Xbox One instead? Is that possible?