Spotify has introduced a number of new features that help tailor the music your music listening to different parts of your day. The new Now section will serve up playlists tailored to activities and times of the day, like the early morning, for your commute, or when you go to bed.
Just a few weeks after India-based Micromax launched its Windows 8.1 2-in-1 notebook, the Canvas Laptab, in that country, another local OEM, iBall, is joining the party. This week, it announced a new Windows 8.1 7-inch tablet, the Slide i701, that should go on sale later this week for Rs. 4,999 (about $79).
Well, it's finally here. I've hyped myself into some frenzy over this game, and if you follow me on Twitter you're probably sick of all my Witchery tweets (sorry about that).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt culminates Geralt's story, but it also hopes to dethrone the likes of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Dragon Age Inquisition from the RPG throne.
I've played for around 2 hours so far. Our full review is in the works, but I wanted to offer some early impressions for those who might be curious and to kick-start discussions for those who have already picked up the game.
Minor plot spoilers for the first hour or so follow.
Fans of puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga might find something new to play with Gameloft's just-launched Ice Age Avalanche for Windows Phone. It's a free-to-play "match 3" puzzle game that's based on the popular animated movie series.
The new Windows 10 PC Insider Preview build 10122 is making its way to Windows Insider members on the Fast ring. Microsoft has fixed quite a few bugs in this version compared to earlier builds but there are still some known issues that have yet to be addressed.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on a white edition of Microsoft's Xbox One, you have another chance. The company will start selling a limited number of Xbox One units in the US in a cirrus white color later in May. It comes bundled with a digital code to download a free copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the price of $349.
You might not even know that you can change how quickly you get updates to the Windows 10 Insider Preview, nor which speed you're currently getting them at.
Fortunately, changing between the "fast" and "slow" rings is extremely simple to do. And since build 10122 has some pretty showstopping bugs for some folks using AMD GPUs, you might need to get onto the slow ring in a hurry.
Here's what to do.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege, the free-to-play action-strategy game that Microsoft released for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 in September, is coming to the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft is in the middle of a "soft launch" for the game on those devices. it is currently available for Canadian residents to download and play.
Unless you actually know for sure, buying a microSD card to go with your new Windows Phone is potentially confusing. Thankfully, the Windows Central Forums helps break down the techy talk.
Manufacturers spec sheets often don't list the type of microSD card that you can use with your phone. And so the confusion arrives for some picking up a new phone, like the Lumia 640
Microsoft has many challenges in the mobile world, and one of them is cracking the Japanese market. Previously, the company had a few offerings and partnerships, specifically with Toshiba for Windows Phone 7 (the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T from 2012). Since then, the OS has floundered there even worse than in the US.
Now, Mouse Computer, a Japanese PC OEM, who has some significant presence in the region, is detailing their new Windows Phone. Named MADOSMA (Mado = window in Japanese. Sma = Smartphone) the device sports some decent mid-range specifications.
Microsoft continues to promote 3D printing in its Windows operating systems. It added native 3D printer drivers in Windows 8.1, along with its own 3D Builder app and will continue that support for Windows 10. Now the company is teaming up with the 3D modeling site CGTrader to give one person the chance to have his or her 3D model pre-loaded in Microsoft's 3D Builder app for Windows 10.
While the Oculus VR team has already announced their will be attending the E3 2015 video game trade show in Los Angeles, it appears they have some stuff to talk about before it begins on June 16. Some members of the press were sent invites late on Tuesday asking them to attend a media event centering on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset on June 11 in San Francisco.
If you are bored with the match three genre of Windows Phone games, take a look at Alien Hive. It is a relatively new game (came out late last month) available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 that combines the match-three gaming style with a sliding puzzle.
You shift the tiles around to create matches of three or more of the same symbol and when you do, the elements transform into a new tile style. The goal is to complete as many matches as possible and evolve the objects into a new alien species. There are two gaming modes with Alien Hive, nice graphics and challenging game play.
In playing Alien Hive over the past few days, it comes across as a challenging match-three game that requires a little more strategic thinking than your run of the mill game. The game has had a good amount of success over on iOS and Android platforms and Alien Hive should see the same level of success here on Windows Phone.
Following a successful vote on Twitter, Gabe Aul has mentioned that the next Windows 10 Insider Preview build will be released to fast ring users very soon, even though it has an issue that causes the Spartan browser to crash frequently on machines running AMD's range of Radeon GPUs. Aul advised users with AMD hardware that do not want to receive the update to switch to the slow ring for the time being, with Microsoft working closely with AMD to resolve the issue.
Last week, we reported on what seemed to be confirmation from a T-Mobile support rep that the Lumia 640 would arrive at at the carrier on July 16. As we noted, neither T-Mobile, nor Microsoft, had given an official announcement of availability at the time. Today, another rep has confirmed that the July 16 date was incorrect, and the device is still vaguely expected for a spring release.