Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia join lawsuit against President Trump’s temporary travel ban

Microsoft has promised to support their 76 employees affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order which blocked nationals from a selection of predominantly Muslim countries from entering USA, even if they had proper legal standing to be there. Now Microsoft has joined Amazon and Expedia in Washington State’s legal suit against the order launched in Seattle federal court yesterday. The suit claims the executive order  “undermining the state’s sovereign interests” [Read Entire Story]

You can now buy a digital mirror running Windows 10

Despite German company Dirror’s claims, theirs is not the first digital mirror in the world, but it may very well be the first commercial one running Windows 10. The company is selling a range of Windows 10 tablets with half-silvered screens packaged in wooden frames at rather elevated prices, targeting well-off households and businesses. The devices come in 3 configurations. The Dirror S has a 10.1-inch display with a resolution 1280 x 800 powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor [Read Entire Story]

Doodle God: Ultimate Edition now available for the Xbox One

Mobile classic Doodle God has made the jump to our favourite console. Unleash your inner god and create a universe in this addictive, all  ages, puzzle game. Mix and match different combinations of fire, earth, wind and air to create an entire universe. As you create each element watch your world come alive as each element animates on your planet. Gallery : Doodle God: Ultimate Edition The new “Planet” mode offers a new challenging way to create a universe of your dreams but you’ll have to work [Read Entire Story]

Samsung’s Galaxy S8’s Continuum-like desktop solution confirmed by USPTO filing

Earlier this month we reported that, according to an unsourced slide posted by Windows Phone site AAWP , Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will have a Continuum for Phone-like feature which would allow users to access a desktop-like experience by connecting to a full-sized monitor. Now TrustedReviews report that a trademark filing has shown up for Samsung Dex, which would be: Application software, namely, for projecting the screen of mobile device to displays via computer peripheral devices and [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft Q2 FY17 Earnings: Phone revenue down 81%, possibly less than 1 million Lumias sold

Microsoft has just announced their financials for their FY Q2 2017, covering the last 3 months of 2016. Hidden away in the data, and likely the area in which many of our readers are most interested in, Microsoft revealed that their phone revenue is down 81% Year on Year, compared to the last quarter of 2015. This was the first holiday season after the great “retrenchment” was announced, and even then Windows Phone sales were severely impacted, with revenue down 49% and phone sales [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft reveals only “thousands” of $3000 HoloLens headsets have been sold

We regularly post articles on a wide variety of enterprise customers trialling Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset. It seems these various try-outs have not yet resulted in mass adoption of the device, which costs between $3000 and $5000 depending if individuals or companies purchase it. At the BETT show in London Thursday, Roger Walkden, Microsoft’s HoloLens commercial lead, revealed that sales of the headset are so far in the “thousands,” but was not particularly [Read Entire Story]

Deal: Xbox One S 500GB with Battlefield 1 for $219.99

US gamers can now get the Xbox One S 500GB with Battlefield 1 from online retailer Ebay for only $219.99, with free shipping. The Xbox One S Battlefield 1 (500GB) includes the Xbox One S 500GB Console, full game download of Battlefield 1, one month of EA Access, Xbox Wireless Controller, HDMI cable (4K Capable), Power cable and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. This is a new system you will be receiving, you can grab it from here. SOURCE: MSPoweruser - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Windows 10 Build 14393.726 pushed out to Insiders in the Release Preview ring

Microsoft is getting ready for its monthly Windows 10 maintenance update by pushing out Windows 10 Build 14393.726 to the Release Preview ring for testing. No changelog (KB3216755 ) has been announced, but the update should only bring the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Insiders in the Release Preview ring can get the update by Checking for Updates in Settings. SOURCE: MSPoweruser - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Verto announce Verto Studio VR – 3D Modeling for HoloLens

Verto Studio LLC today announced Verto Studio VR for HoloLens and Windows Holographic Devices. The app is a fully-capable holographic 3D modeling studio and generalized augmented reality tool. The app supports importing of FBX, DAE, OBJ, STL (and more) files, allowing users to download thousands of different wire mesh models or create their own. Any 3D file that users have sitting on their PC or tablet is now instantly a hologram-capable file. Verto Studio can perform optimizations such as [Read Entire Story]

HSBC France says Microsoft’s abandonment of their phone platform led them to withdraw their Windows Phone app

There is a narrative that the public rejected Windows Phone, but certainly in Europe it was more a case of Microsoft suddenly withdrawing their handsets from the market. The OS managed to build up quite a user base before that fateful decision, but this is now rapidly withdrawing, and with that goes the apps which were so hard-fought for over the years. HSBC France is the latest to add to the now torrent of apps leaving the platform, having sent this message to their subscribers on Windows [Read Entire Story]

Codemasters to bring “Micro Machines World Series” to the Xbox One, PC and PS4 this April

Codemasters has announced that they are bringing the classic Micro Machines racer to the Xbox One, PC and PS4 this April. The nostalgic will recall the game from its first release in 1991, and even from its last release, which was more than 10 years back in 2006, when it was released as “Micro Machines 4” on the PS2, PSP, DS and PC. The game will feature its own unique race track themes, with some races taking place on a billiard table, gardens, kitchen, and computer desktops. Each [Read Entire Story]

Newly published Microsoft patent aims to eliminate paper

Anyone who works in an office would attest that the paperless office remains a dream, with computers and printers often resulting in mountains of papers building up around one’s desk. A recently published patent by Microsoft aims to address this by using e-Ink displays, which can of course be endlessly recycled and re-used, which would result in a significant reduction in paper usage. Unfortunately e-Ink displays are at present a poor substitute for paper, offering neither the low cost or [Read Entire Story]

Viber for Windows 10 updated with user experience improvements

Viber app was recently updated to v6.6 in Windows Store. The update brings a number of design and functionality improvements which makes the app easier to use, including: Changes to the Share UI with new options and improved photo sharing. After Tapping on the share icon in chat windows you will now be able to see six options – to send photo & video; take photo & video; send file (NEW); share contact; send location (NEW); hold & talk. Viber now has a built-in photo picker opening by [Read Entire Story]

WhartonBrooks’s offers a peek of their Windows 10 Mobile handset for the first time

We recently reported that US based company WhartonBrooks was still full steam ahead with their Windows 10 Mobile handset designed by fans for fans. Now the company have given us their first official sneak peek at the devices by posting a picture of bubble-wrapped final samples on twitter. The final samples are on their way from Shenzhen. Fingers crossed that they are ready for the testing labs. Should we name them? pic.twitter.com/wyNOK8JnqZ — Cerulean Mobile (@ceruleanmobile) January [Read Entire Story]

Windows 10 Build 15007 may take long to install on your PC

If you are a Windows 10 Insider and are having some issues installing the latest 15007 Build we have some bad news and some good news for you. The bad news is that this is a known issue, but the good news is that it is self-resolving. Microsoft noted that there is an issue where the installation proceeds to 99% and appears to get stuck. Microsoft suggests that users not reboot, but just wait it out, as there is a bug which causes the installation to take an abnormal amount of time. It will [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit signing up beta testers for Call & SMS Notifications support on Fitbit wearables

We recently reported that Microsoft worked with Fitbit to bring GATT Server profile to Windows 10 Insider Build 15007 and suggested this meant we should see support from that company soon. It seems this was indeed the case, as Fitbit is now collecting users for a closed beta to test the feature on Windows 10 Mobile. To become one of the beta testers you need to: Own a Windows 10 Mobile and Fitbit device Be a participant of the Windows Insider program. Be willing to provide your Microsoft [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft patent propose using everyday objects as HoloLens controls

While Microsoft’s HoloLens technology is great for displaying information from the virtual world, actually controlling that presentation is still relatively awkward, involving a series of gaze and hand gestures which remain imprecise and hard to get right consistently. Now in a new patent application Microsoft has proposed using gaze tracking and the everyday objects around you to help users access and control the virtual world. Microsoft envisions HoloLens users being able to select [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft details upcoming gaming enhancements for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One, expects rollout to start next week

Microsoft has announced a number of improvements for Windows 10 Creators Update directed at improving the OS for gamers. The updated make it easier to stream by making Beam a feature on Xbox One and Windows 10, improves the performance of your PC games through the all new Windows Game Mode and brings Arena on Xbox Live, where you can play in organised tournaments or create your own, making eSports available for everyone. These updates are focussed on four key themes: Streaming, Performance, [Read Entire Story]

Samsung planning to withdrawn their Windows Phone SmartThings app

In a blow to Windows Phone users into the Internet of Things, Samsung has announced on their Smartthings blog that they will be withdrawing their app from the Windows Store on April 1, and would stop supporting it after June 2017. They write: We also regret to announce that version 1.7.0 of the SmartThings app for Windows Phone will be the last major release for the Windows Phone OS. We are no longer able to provide the desired level of updates and support for this platform and have made the [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft worked with Fitbit to develop GATT Server in Windows 10

The recently released Windows 10 Insider Build 15007 finally brought GATT server support, important for notifications from some wearables, to Windows 10, and now Build 15003 of the Windows 10 Preview SDK is available to get developers started on implementing support for the feature. The update actually brings 3 new Bluetooth LE improvements: GATT Server This allows Bluetooth client devices to read data from your smartphone, such as notifications, and has long been the reason why Fitbit devices [Read Entire Story]

January Insider Slow Ring Office Mobile update now available (changelog)

Microsoft has released the January Insider Slow update for Office Mobile on Windows devices, taking it to version 17.7766. In a blog post Microsoft detailed the following new features and additions: What’s new in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: Make your pictures pop: Add Shadow and Reflection to enhance pictures in your documents, workbooks, and presentations. Use Your pen to select and change objects: Now, you can use the Surface pen in Word to grab object handles to resize, rotate, move, [Read Entire Story]

Xbox One DID outsell the PS4 in the second half of 2016 in USA after all

We saw a lot of momentum in Xbox One sales in the second half of 2016, and now Microsoft has finally been able to confirm that they did indeed outsell the PS4 in the last 6 months of 2016 in USA, according to NPD data. Huge thanks to all for making @Xbox #1 selling console in US according to NPD in second half of 2016 & Dec our biggest sales month ever! — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) January 13, 2017 The news comes via Aaron Greenberg, the head of Xbox One marketing, and he [Read Entire Story]

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