Articles by Mark Guim

Windows 10 offline Maps
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by Mark Guim
May 28, 2015

When visiting a new country, you might not always have internet connection right away. Fortunately, Windows 10 Mobile (and Windows Phone 8.1) lets you pre-download maps if you need directions even when you're offline. It's really simple. Watch our how-to video on a Lumia 830 running...

Windows 10 Start Screen
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by Mark Guim
May 26, 2015

When Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10122 was released, one noticeable change was the removal of the toggle to expand the Start menu. According to Microsoft, people usually pick the appropriate size (or just go with the default) for Start and stick with that, which makes having this...

Astro Bouncer
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by Mark Guim
May 25, 2015

If you want to play a game that's easy and won't stress you out, go check out Astro Bouncer. It's a free casual endless game that's has just been released for Windows, Windows Phone and Android. The goal is simple. Bounce to collect stars, while avoiding the spiky aliens. Watch the...

Roboto
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by Mark Guim
May 22, 2015

Roboto, a beautiful platform shooter that has been available on iOS and Android, has made its way to both the Windows and Windows Phone Store. You can buy it once and install it on your Window Phone and/or tablets. It's about a robot with a hoverboard who has to battle its way through...

OneClip
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by Mark Guim
May 22, 2015

This morning, an unannounced app by Microsoft for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 was revealed. OneClip leverages OneDrive to easily copy and paste documents, photos, text, phone numbers and more to share between your devices. We go hands-on with the apps on Android, Windows...

MSN apps
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by Mark Guim
May 21, 2015

We've shown you screenshots of the universal Windows MSN apps on Windows 10 Mobile earlier today, but you can now see them in action in our hands-on video. The new apps use the same design language, so they look very similar to each other. Take a look.

Windows 10 Preview build 10122
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by Mark Guim
May 20, 2015

Windows 10 Preview keeps getting better after every update. We've just installed the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10122 on our HP Spectre x360. You can see the full list of what's new here, but we've also put it in front of our camera so you can see it in action. The most noticeable...

Asus Zenbook Pro UX305 limited edition
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by Mark Guim
May 19, 2015

It's hard not to say WOW when you first set your eyes on the ASUS ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition.

It's thin, light, and we don't often see laptops in this color. The 13-inch matte in-plane switching (IPS) multi-touch display with QHD+...

Surface 3 docking station
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by Mark Guim
May 15, 2015

I love the size and weight of the Surface 3. It feels just right when holding it while I'm in the sofa, browsing the web or watching videos. But there are times when a bigger screen and a mouse on the side can provide a better experience. Fortunately, there's an accessory that can help...

6tag non square
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by Mark Guim
May 15, 2015

Sometimes the best Instagram photo isn't square. However, the popular photo-sharing service forces users to upload images in square aspect ratio. There are workarounds, and we'll show you the best way to do it on your Windows Phone. We'll use the popular third-party Instagram app, 6tag...

Windows 10 mobile
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by Mark Guim
May 14, 2015

The latest build for Windows 10 Insider Preview for phone has just been released and we've quickly played with it on the Lumia 830. You can now also install this on the Lumia 930, Icon, 640, 640 XL, and HTC One M8. This is a preview, so you'll encounter frustrations and ugly interfaces...

Topic
by Mark Guim
May 14, 2015

The Lumia 540 has a $150 USD price tag that will be very tempting for people looking to get their first smartphone. It features a 5.1-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and runs Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro
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by Mark Guim
May 14, 2015

We've installed the newly announced Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro on the Surface 3 and took it out for a spin.

We used footage from the Lumia 930 while driving in the woods. It's all handheld. No special rigs or tripods were used. We've imported the clip into the...

Awesome Band Backgrounds
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by Mark Guim
May 13, 2015

The Microsoft Health app for Windows Phone lets you change the wallpaper and theme color on your Microsoft Band, but you have limited choices. There are only 12 wallpapers and 13 theme colors. If you want more choices, there are third-party apps that can help. A new app that we like is...

Windows Phone Calendar
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by Mark Guim
May 12, 2015

Week numbers are important in some places especially in some European countries. Many Windows Phone users have requested to see week numbers in the built-in calendar, and it arrived earlier this year. If this is an important feature, then you probably already know how to enable it. If...

Walk Reminder
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by Mark Guim
May 12, 2015

Every time I find a cool third party app for the Microsoft Band, I ask myself, "Why didn't Microsoft think of that?" For example, Walk Reminder is an app for the Microsoft Band that reminds you to take a walk when you have been sitting down for too long. This is perfect for those with...

Xbox One SmartGlass
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by Mark Guim
May 11, 2015

One of my favorite features on the Xbox One is voice command. I love saying "Xbox on" or "Xbox, turn off" to power on or off the console. This isn't possible without a Kinect and it's not available in all regions. There's another way to power up the Xbox One in addition to pressing the...

Band Sports Tile
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by Mark Guim
May 11, 2015

If you need to check sports scores without turning on your phone, you should check out Band Sports Tile for the Microsoft Band. Install the app on Windows Phone and then set your favorite sports and teams. A new tile is added to your Microsoft Band that you can check anytime. Check out...

Bounce for Band
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by Mark Guim
May 08, 2015

The Microsoft Band has a lot of potential and third-party apps are doing a great job giving us a glimpse of what's possible. For example, take a look at Bounce for Band. It's a game for Windows Phone that requires the Microsoft Band to control the action. The goal is simple. Bounce as...

Surface 3
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by Mark Guim
May 07, 2015

Taking screenshots is one of the most common tasks I need to know when using new devices. It's useful for how-to guides, troubleshooting, or sharing fun images with friends. Taking screenshots is very similar among Windows 8.1 devices. I've just received the Surface 3 and use six...