30 min ago
Reviewed: Fitbit Charge
Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.
The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.
1 hour ago
Shoot all the things with the new Sunset Overdrive Weapons Pack for $4.99
The recently released Xbox One exclusive open world action game Sunset Overdrive can now get even crazier for the player with the release of the new Weapons Pack expansion. It's now available for download for $4.99, but people who purchased the Sunset Overdrive Season Pass get it for free.
1 hour ago
My Friend Spooner, a comic book adventure for Windows Phone
2 hours ago
Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion
Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.
5 hours ago
Microsoft launches Lumia 535 in India; available starting November 28 for INR 9,199
Lumia 535, the first Windows Phone from Microsoft, was announced earlier this month adding another affordable Windows Phone device to the budget Lumia range.
At a press event in New Delhi today, Microsoft launched the Lumia 535 in India. While the Lumia 535 sounds like an upgrade to the Lumia 530, thanks to 1GB RAM, front camera, and rear camera flash, it is a considerable upgrade over the Lumia 630 as well. The Lumia 535 that will be available in India is a dual-SIM version.
6 hours ago
Download box set collections from Xbox Music for just $2 (US only)
Following on from the 100 albums available for free download through Xbox Music, which we covered yesterday, Microsoft has also confirmed that numerous box sets can be purchased for just $2. Artists include the likes of John Lennon, Elton John, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, KISS, James Brown and Nirvana.
14 hours ago
Watch our Xbox One platformer Twitch stream tonight and win Kalimba codes! [ended]
We've got a busy week of Xbox One Twitch streaming lined up for you guys, and plenty of great prizes to sweeten the deal! Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll give you a chance to see two new and upcoming 2D platformers.
First we'll stream our first look at Kalimba, the latest game from Press Play, makers of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Tentacles. Kalimba won't launch until December 17, so tune in to see it early! After that, we'll stream Thomas Was Alone, the clever and artistic ID@Xbox platformer from Mike Bithell and Curve Digital.
The stream has ended, but you can still watch the archive videos to see what each game was like. Don't miss them!
15 hours ago
Windows 10 to support FLAC audio format
It looks like there's some good news for audiophiles in Microsoft's next Windows iteration. Teased via a tweet, it appears that Windows 10 will officially come with FLAC support for all of your lossless audio needs.
16 hours ago
We chat with the co-founder of Lucid Games about Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
It started out as a mini-game inside Project Gotham Racing 2 for the original Xbox but Geometry Wars has grown since then to become a well known stand alone game franchise on its own. This week, the arcade shooter series gets a new installment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, from UK-based Lucid Games. It's being published by Activision as the first game under their revitalized Sierra brand, which will be dedicated to launching smaller, downloadable titles.
Geometry Wars 3's biggest feature is that it uses 3D grids for the first time, as players control their ship and combat a variety of enemies with different power ups in its unique retro art style. The game is out this week for the PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms, among others. We got a chance to ask some questions, via email, to Lucid Games co-founder Craig Howard about their work on Geometry Wars 3.
17 hours ago
China levies $140 million fine against Microsoft for tax evasion
China has levied a fine of $140 million, or 840 million yuan, against Microsoft for tax evasion. The fee would cover back taxes and interest owed. Additionally, the agreement reportedly stipulates that Microsoft would pay more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.
18 hours ago
Learning a new language is like playing a game with Duolingo for Windows Phone
Duolingo, the popular and free language-learning app launched on Windows Phone last week, and I've been playing with it to refresh my Spanish lessons from high school. I like it because it feels like a game I have to beat. If you haven't tried it out yet, we've installed Duolingo on the Lumia 930 and placed it in front of the camera. Go watch the hands-on video.
18 hours ago
Windows App Studio developers can now add Twitter feeds to their apps
Microsoft's easy-to-use Windows App Studio development tools now include Twitter Data Source features via OAuth integration, allowing people who want to make apps for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 to add Twitter features inside.
18 hours ago
Climb the evolutionary ladder with the Windows Phone game Sparkle 2 Evo, this week's myAppFree deal
Sparkle 2 Evo is a game of survival for our Windows Phone that has you rising up from the primordial goo as a tiny aquatic creature and progress up the evolutionary ladder.
The evolutionary path has several options including becoming an aggressive carnivore, a sluggish herbivore or an omnivore, which is described as something in between a carnivore and herbivore. The game include 15 levels of play and plenty of boss-like battles to fight.
Available for low-memory Windows Phone, Sparkle 2 Evo normally runs $2.99 but through the myAppFree deal, you can pick it up for free over the next 24 hours.
19 hours ago
Threema's Windows Phone secure messaging app is due out on Thursday
Threema has been promising for some time that its popular end-to-end messaging app was in development for Windows Phone. Today, the company confirmed that the app will be released in the Windows Phone Store sometime on Thursday.
20 hours ago
Windows 10 9879 preview build gets another patch to fix an IE Flash Player issue
After releasing a bug fix and the stand alone ISO files for the Windows 10 9879 preview build on Monday, Microsoft is at it again with yet another patch for the OS, this time to fix an issue with the Flash Player included with Internet Explorer.
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