Good morning. Here are some tech tidbits from around the web.
1/14/2016 10:19:20 AM
Devs, mark your calendars: Build 2016 registration opens next week
If you’re serious about attending Build 2016 in late March, you need to be quick, since this event always sells out immediately. And on that note, you’ll need to be by your PC on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET: That’s when Build 2016 registration opens. Good luck!
Bing gets a new logo
And it’s like getting a new Bing in your Bing. Or something. Anyway,Advertising Age explains something no one would have otherwise even noticed:
Microsoft on Thursday plans to introduce a new version of the logo for Bing, the No. 2 search engine, switching to green from yello and putting the “b” in upper case. The changes come partly because the green “is easier to see over yellow,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said, and because the new look displays well “across Windows devices and services.”
Here’s the change:
Today, we are excited to share with you that we’ve just made the sources for ChakraCore available under the MIT License at the ChakraCore GitHub repository. Going forward, we’ll be developing the key components of Chakra in the open.
Microsoft quietly squeeks out a Delivery Beta app for Windows 10
There is little information about this app: The Features list just reads, “internal beta.” But the Version notes list:
- Animations. Everyone loves animations.
- Support for mobile phones.
- Package list roaming across all your devices.
- Assorted bug fixes.
Running the app, it appears obvious enough: Just enter a tracking number (UPS, FedEx, whatever) and it will track the package. That doesn’t seem too interesting, but if it could integrate with email or other sources and be automatic, we might be onto something here.
Google Maps will predict where you’re going and provide navigation advice
Google Maps is one of the primary apps I really miss when I use a Windows phone (though Waze certainly helps on the navigation bit). There are many reasons: No other mapping/location/navigation solution works so well, is so full-featured, or is updated so often. And on that note, Google just updated Maps again, this time with a new Driving Mode feature that suggests destinations based on the time, your habits, and the traffic conditions.
Now with just one tap on Android, you can find out whether you should hit the road or put in some gym time while you wait out the gridlock. Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices and quickest routes to familiar places–like home, work and recently searched destinations–all without entering a destination.
Related to this is a little discussed feature of Android that works like “deep link” tiles in Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile: From within Maps, you can create a Driving shortcut on your Android home screen that takes you directly to this functionality.
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