Microsoft is celebrating the holidays in grand fashion with price cuts on a ton of its computers and tablets. Among them is the Dell XPS 15 15-8947sLV Signature Edition Laptop. This light, yet loaded, powerhouse normally retails for $1899.00 at Microsoft Stores, but can be had for only $1499.00 during the sale.
Microsoft is still offering Windows Insider members new automatic updates to the current 9879 Windows 10 preview build. Today, they should see the latest update to the OS, with this one preparing Windows 10 for the next major "awesome" build release.
If you are looking to save some money on a new Surface Pro 3 tablet, Amazon currently has a nice deal that not only cuts the price of the 12-inch device by $100, but also throws in a free $100 Amazon gift card with your purchase.
Grand Theft Auto Online has a ton of free holiday content available for all Xbox One owners. Most of the new items, including new cars and weapons, are available permanently, while some of the more festive things, like snowfall in San Andreas and holiday masks, are only around until January 5. On top of the new items, Rockstar is also kicking off a #FestiveSurprise holiday photo contest with a big $1 million prize in in-game cash.
Even as Microsoft has quietly begun the Lumia Denim firmware updates in parts of Europe and Asia, including India, it has also made a change to its North American support website. The site no longer lists the current status of upcoming firmware releases for each device and carrier in the US and Canada.
The Microsoft Portable Power DC-21 smartphone battery charger, which was first announced in October, is finally on sale on the Microsoft Store website for $49.
The 6000mAh battery can charge a smartphone — such as a Lumia Windows Phone device — two times before the charger itself needs to be plugged in again. It can also hold its charge for up to a month if needed, and can be plugged in and charged while also charging a smartphone.
In a surprise announcement, LINE messenger has picked up MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE is one of the biggest messaging services around, although it is mostly prevalent in non-Western countries at the moment.
Microsoft announced the news on the Lumia Conversations blog. The deal is expected to be completed by "early 2015" with the MixRadio team staying in Bristol, UK.
Microsoft has released an update to its Extras + Info app for Lumia Windows Phone devices, and while the change notes claim there are just "general fixes and improvements", it appears that this update adds one interesting feature. It now allows Lumia Windows Phone owners to see how much RAM they have on their device for the first time.
Designed to be ultra-compact, this charger is convenient to carry with you while traveling. Included with the wall charger adapter is the Micro-USB data cable that measures 3 feet in length, enough to reach around common obstacles. The wall adapter has a USB port built-in on the side, making it simple to plug in the included cable when you're ready to take charge! Yours for just $9.95 today
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has finally landed on Windows 8.1, having been available on both iOS and Android since April. The game challenges players to help rebuild Quahog after it was destroyed by Peter Griffin, accidentally of course. If you're a fan of the show, it's worth downloading this title right now.
Update: The HERE team has posted an official update on this stating: "we have noticed some discussions in the blogosphere about HERE on Windows Phone. We want to clarify that we are committed to providing great products and consumer experiences for Windows based phones. We will continue to support our HERE apps to ensure that they will be compatible with future versions of Windows."
Original story: It looks like Microsoft is taking over development of HERE Maps for Windows Phone from Nokia. The change comes after it was revealed that Nokia was looking to develop the client from the ground up for Android and iOS platforms.
There are Xbox One deals galore around of late and British retailer, GAME, is continuing the trend by offering up a great deal on titles like The Crew, just recently launched for Xbox One and Xbox 360. On the former, the title has been reduced to just £24.99, a £20 saving on the RRP, but Xbox 360 owners can also join in by snagging it for just £21.49.
Today's Microsoft Store daily deal is for either the HP Pavillion x2 or the Dell Inspiron 15 notebook (depending if you live in the US or Canada), but what about for Friday, December 19, the final day of the sales event? As it turns out, it's for a 12-month Xbox Music Pass, which will allow users to stream and download as much music as they want for just $49.90, or for $29.90 if they show up first at a Microsoft Store location.
BADLAND, the dark and moody hit game from developer Frogmind, is celebrating hitting 20 million players today with the release of the "Daydream" level pack. Included in the pack are 10 new levels, 30 new missions, and 5 new achievements. As an added holiday bonus, you can pick up the new pack at a discount for a limited time.
Today sees the day for Minecraft's next content patch on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Version 1.6.4 is quite the release, bringing horses to the consoles. As well as the four-legged animals to tame, new players will be able to take advantage of a new tutorial world to get used to how the Minecraft world works.
The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.