"…No single device will be the hub of activity forever. The hub is you."
These were among the closing words from Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella as he concluded Microsoft's highly anticipated, and in my estimation, successful #Windows10Devices event on October 6th, 2015.
Looks like the Cortana team is putting the final touches on their Uber integration. Starting today some users, including ourselves, noticed that under Cortana's Notebook > Connected Accounts an option for the call-up car service has appeared. The ability appears only to be for those using Insider releases of Windows 10 and not build 10240.
Unfortunately, once you begin the process of linking Cortana to Uber, it appears to fail. This issue is likely due to something on Uber's end as the coordinated effort goes forward.
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
This week was Windows Week.
This time of year it seems like everybody in the tech industry is taking turns claiming all of the news coverage for a week, and this week was all about Windows 10. Microsoft dominated the news cycle with the announcement of a pair of new Windows Phones, the Surface Pro 4 tablet, and the surprise 2-in-1 Surface Book.
If the Windowstravaganza wasn't your thing, this week also saw the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Android Nexus device, BlackBerry's CEO talked about the Android-powered Priv and the future of his company, and iMore reviewed the new iPhone 6s and the bigger iPhone 6s Plus.
And so much more, so let's get right into it!
In June at E3, Microsoft officially revealed the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. Now that adapter is available for pre-order on Amazon, which will allow people to play Windows 10 PC games wirelessly with Microsoft's current Xbox One controller. The price for the adapter is $24.99.
Earlier this summer, the popular file-sharing app Xender finally launched its Windows Phone version. Today, the app has received another small update, to fix a couple of bugs that have been found since the launch.
"I Can Be Productive Like a Boss Wherever I Am Now!"
The whole presentation was a blast, but we particularly enjoyed this little segment. So we put it on our latest special edition t-shirt! We love Bryan, we love his Fedora, and so too it seems does the Internet! (Check the twitter link at the bottom of this post for more!)
The Windows Phone Store has a broad selection of children's games that are a great way for your kids to pass the time with. As a bonus, these Windows Phone games also hold an educational value to teach them a few things as they play the games.
Sago Sago is a developer who has a nice collection of gaming titles in both the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Store that are simply designed, entertaining and educational games for our younger audience. The gaming collection is structured more for toddlers (ages 2-5) with colorful graphics and simple controls. They seem to focus more on social skills and life lessons than a scholastic lesson, with plenty of opportunities to interact with your child and expand on the game's lessons.
The developer caught our attention this week by offering their entire collection free from both Stores and for this week's roundup, we'll focus on a few of Sago Sago's offerings from the Windows Phone Store. At the time of this posting, the titles are still listed as free. However, we do not know how long this promotion will last so if anything catches your eye, now is a good time to pick up a few children's games and save a little along the way.
Microsoft may not be launching a new Windows 10 Mobile build for Insiders for at least a few more days, but the company decided to push out new updates for its Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) for the OS earlier this morning.
If you own an Xbox One and you're a fan of Blizzard games, you're in for a treat. Microsoft has teamed up with Blizzard to offer a live stream of BlizzCon 2015's opening ceremony on the Xbox One starting Friday, November 6.
Coinciding with its ROG gaming event in San Francisco today, ASUS has unveiled quite a few items of interest for gamers. There are some new monitors making their debut, along with a motherboard, a graphics card, and some gaming laptops that the company previously showed off at IFA earlier this year.
If you are running Windows 10 Mobile things just got a lot more interesting. The Microsoft Messaging app has been updated from 1.0.12715 to 1.10.7000. What's new? Just the ability to integrate Skype messaging.
Skype Messaging was in an early beta for users but now it looks like the feature is nearly complete as Microsoft has folded it into the official Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile. This release is also newer than 1.0.12748 release of the Messaging Skype preview version bringing along with it a dark grey background (no longer black) and much improved performance (yes, it seems faster).
Likewise, Skype Video Preview is just called Skype Video now and should install along with the Messaging app update.
Every week, lots of new stuff drops on Groove Music and Movies & TV, and it becomes hard to keep up. Well, that's where we come in. Every weekend we'll highlight some of the hottest albums and singles on Groove Music.
We'll also let you know what movies and television shows just dropped on Movies & TV for your viewing pleasure. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
In case you missed it, 343 Industries has teamed up with NASCAR to run two Halo 5: Guardians-themed cars at the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 18. At the time of the announcement, all we had to go on was a teaser, without an actual look at the cars, but Microsoft has now unveiled what the cars will look like, and they are pretty snazzy.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving the Master Chief-themed car, while Jamie McMurray will be behind the wheel of the car sporting the Spartan Locke theme. Both themes look pretty cool, and it will be fun to see them speeding down the track on October 18.
Source: Xbox Wire
Crowdfunding has brought some games to life over the last few years, including Broken Age, Wasteland 2, and The Fall. And as crowdfunding proliferates, developers and publishers continue to try new implementations for it. See Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Shenmue III, two games that asked for only a portion of their overall budget, with the rest to be provided by big publishers.
Lab Zero Games (creators of Skullgirls) and 505 Games have just such a project going right on Indiegogo. Indivisible is a Metroidvania-style platformer (similar to Ori and the Blind Forest) mixed with RPG-style battles (like Child of Light) and beautiful hand-drawn art. Indivisible is planned for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. The game's playable prototype is available to everyone right on PC – read on for our detailed impressions!
For the last few months, I have been talking up the Lumia 950 XL including the smart cover and Surface-style pen. To be clear, this isn't a rumor. I have images from Microsoft with the Lumia 950 XL, Pen, and Cover, and I know for a fact it was something being planned.
So, what happened and is the pen still coming?
The Windows 10 Devices event at New York City this week was one of the finest Microsoft events in recent times. Not just the devices that were launched, the demos and the presenters too got a big thumbs up from most people – including the ones on the other side of the fence.
While Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft was the star of the overall presentation, a brief appearance by Bryan Roper for a demo earned several fans. It's not typical to do a stage appearance in a fedora hat with a uniquely sculpted beard and leave the audience with a pretty neat catchphrase – "I can be productive like a boss wherever I am now."
Microsoft has now confirmed the price of its Display Dock accessory for its upcoming Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones to be $99. That price point for this accessory is the same as we exclusively reported it would be back in July.
Microsoft's Windows 10 Devices event on Tuesday goes down as one of their best shows yet. The presentation was convincing, there were no real lags, and the products announced were all awe-inspiring. Well, almost.
One area though that was rather peculiar was in regards to Panos Panay's presentation on new Lumias. Specifically, the short duration and lack of enthusiasm were quite evident. It felt like he wanted to get through it get on to the real story, those new Surfaces. I even joked that Microsoft may squeeze in the Lumia 550 during the event, and sure enough it got about 15 seconds of stage time.
With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.
For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.
They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.