In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss how Android apps will work on Chromebooks and how this change will impact Microsoft, Windows and PCs, and coming changes the Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10 that will make Windows 10 more appealing to gamers.
This week, Google released an interesting app called Motion Stills ... for iOS. It turns an iPhone's live photos into animated GIFs and short movies that can easily be shared.
For years, I managed digital photos much like digital music, replicating the collection across multiple devices and to the cloud to ensure that our precious memories were never lost. But in a recurring theme, smart phones have changed everything. And it's time to adapt to this change.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Steve Ballmer unveils the new Clippers logo, there's a hilarious Change.org petition to have Microsoft investigated for Windows 10 ... by the EFF, Amazon app is officially pulled from Windows Phone Store, more.
While there's been no official announcement, Microsoft is now offering a Surface Membership plan for its Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface 3, allowing small business customers to buy the devices on a monthly payment plan.
Microsoft is working on a new to-do style app currently called Project Cheshire and while it is not available currently, I was able to get my hands on the product.
As you may have heard, Microsoft has discounted its Xbox One consoles by $50, with the cheapest bundle now selling for just $299. That's a great price. But you shouldn't buy an Xbox One now, given the high probability that Microsoft will announce one or more new consoles next week.
As Windows phone users transition to Android and iPhone, they can take advantage of the much more vibrant app and content ecosystems found on those successful smart phone platforms. But you lose something too.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft Planner is now available to Office 365 commercial customers, first ever Office Insider Fast update for Mac Insiders is now available, whether we are stuck with two smart phone platforms, six more Xbox 360 games hit Xbox One Backwards compatibility, more.
A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, we can see how these two platforms will work together.
In tandem with the staged release of the Anniversary Update on its Xbox One console, Microsoft is also making major changes to the Xbox app on Windows 10. Among them is a nice surprise: Win32 game integration with Xbox Live.
This week, Xbox One Preview members will gain access to the first pre-release version of a summer update for the console. It's the first of two major updates planned for 2016 that will bring Windows 10 Anniversary Update functionality to the Xbox One, Microsoft says.
Samsung's attack on Google continued this week with the consumer electronics giant announcing two new fitness wearables that are based on Tizen rather than Android. But to be fair, Tizen may be better suited for the lower functional requirements of these devices than it is, say, for a full-featured smart watch.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my plans to build a few PCs this year, including a gaming PC for my son. Well, the time has come, and I've ordered the parts for what I think will be a decent gaming PC.
When Microsoft revealed Windows Hello last year, I figured that the firm and its hardware partners would deliver compatible peripherals for existing PCs in time for 2015 holiday season at the latest. That didn't happen, and over a year later there are still no mainstream Windows Hello hardware peripherals available. What gives?
Tech tidbits from around the web: Lenovo is at it again, Windows Mobile 10 is finally starting to rollout on U.S. carriers, how to listen to and delete everything you've ever said to Google, and a former Apple ad man says firm has lost the simplicity that Steve Jobs demanded.
The Microsoft Health app for Android is being updated today, adding support for the Cortana digital personal assistant. Yes, that means that you can now use Cortana on your Band 2.
When Microsoft first delivered Outlook for Android Wear last August, it provided basic email, calendar and notification support. But thanks to a major new update, you can now use Outlook as your watch face and stay on top of your day at a glance.
Folks, the train has left the station: HP this week released a series of videos about its upcoming Elite x3 Windows phone, eliminating any doubt that it plans to re-enter the smart phone market with Microsoft's failed platform.
Microsoft announced this week that it is bringing its Windows 10 app versions of Outlook Mail and Calendar to the HoloLens. I know. Try to restrain your excitement.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft may have just jumped the shark when it comes to deceptive/forced Windows 10 upgrades, Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership is $20 off now at Amazon, just $40, Smart Lock lets you unlock a Chromebook with your Android phone, more.
Nearly two years after it was acquired by Microsoft, Minecraft sales have soared past the 100 million mark, with the game now selling at a pace of 53,000 units per year this year. Started as an indie game project, Minecraft is now one of the most successful video games of all time.
Google this week announced the one-year anniversary of its My Account hub, which lets the search giant's customers manage their account security and privacy. But it also revealed two new features for My Account: Find Your Phone, which works with both Android and iPhone handsets, and OK Google integration.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft's plan to merge VR and AR into mixed reality with its hardware partners, hardware news from Computex 2016, new Windows 10 builds and other news, Outlook.com's spam meltdown, and more.
While AMD long ago ceded the high-end of the PC microprocessor market to Intel, the firm has plans for a big comeback later this year with its Zen processor architecture. In the meantime, AMD is making news with its 7th generation A-Series CPUs, which are aimed at mobile PCs, and the Radeon RX Series of VR-capable graphics solutions.
I received an interesting email from GOG (formerly Good Old Games) last night: Thanks to a new feature called GOG Connect, you can now important certain Steam games into your GOG game library and manage them from a single location.
While Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users have been testing pre-release versions of the Anniversary Update for months, Microsoft has yet to provide similar access to those on the Xbox One Preview Program. But that's about to change.