By Mark Guim, Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:38 pm EDT
The Microsoft Band Sync app for Windows or Mac lets you sync your Band to the cloud while it is connected via USB cable. Your phone can already sync your Microsoft Band, but Microsoft says this method syncs faster than your phone while your device is charging over USB.
Another reason why you would want this app on your Mac or PC is that it lets you get updates and restore the software on your Microsoft Band.
The Microsoft Band made quite a splash with its brisk unveiling, and since then stock of all three sizes on the Microsoft Store has completely dried up. At $199 it isn't exactly in "impulse buy" range for many people, and you have to think Microsoft had quite a few of them in anticipation of the launch, so a complete sell out is interesting to see.
If you're a fan of NCAA football, Cortana will help you stay on top of the latest college football scores. Microsoft has rolled out an update to Cortana on its end, which means no action is required on your part, to allow the Windows Phone digital assistant to give you the latest college football updates. You can track your teams by going into the Cortana settings and adding them.
Last night we hosted one of our most exciting Twitch streams yet. Hundreds of viewers tuned in to get an early look at Halo: the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. Yours truly played through one mission each from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary.
I absolutely didn't remember where to go in either mission, and sometimes I struggled against the Covenant hordes (especially the Hunters in Halo: CE). But we all had a great time, met some new readers and viewers, and maybe even learned a little something about life. See yesterday's post for archive videos of both games.
Tonight's stream focused on Halo 3 and 4. These two games haven't received the same level of enhancement as Halo and Halo 2, but they still look and run better than ever on Xbox One – especially Halo 4. The stream has now ended and prizes have been awarded. Check out our replay videos to see both games in action!
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm EDT
Last week we were all about boats for our weekly photo contest. This week your job is to go out and find some sweet looking curves. Lines are all around, so head out and look for some lines in your environment that have a curve to them.
By Mark Guim, Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm EDT
What makes the Microsoft Band really cool is that it supports multiple platforms. It works with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Have an iPhone? We'll show you how to set up the Band with it. Watch our how-to video.
Owners of the new Microsoft Band health and fitness wearable device will be able to get custom workout plans developed by the well known fitness franchise Gold's Gym, along with a two week free trial membership to any of their locations.
Earlier today, we did a full unboxing and tour of the new Microsoft Band. Since playing with the new smart device, we have been finding numerous neat little features that you very likely do not know about, making this health tool much more appealing.
In this new video, we take a deeper dive into the Microsoft Band's settings, including VIP email list for notifications, Clock Mode, auto brightness levels, and more!
With the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just a few days away, we've got a quick giveaway for you fine folks who'll be grabbing yourselves a copy. With the new, special edition, Call of Duty Xbox One controller that we took a look at earlier this week, comes a download code for a free, in-game, multiplayer supply drop. And we're giving it away to one of you.
Owners of the HTC 8XT on Sprint's network will have to wait even longer to get their promised over-the-air update to Windows Phone 8.1 as a company rep stated today the update won't be coming out until early December.
By Mark Guim, Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
When you stop playing with the Microsoft Band, by default, the display turns black. It looks kind of boring, but you can enable Watch Mode so that your Microsoft Band turns into a digital wristwatch. The time and date will be displayed when the screen times out. It's like the Glance screen for Windows Phone. Here's how to enable it.
Windows Central's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Contest!
We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Windows device (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Windows best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #TrickOrWP. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!
Lots of news happening today regarding Microsoft and their new fitness smart Band and one of the big questions people have: Do you need Lumia Cyan? The thinking here is Lumia Cyan disabled Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth LE, ergo it cannot work with a device like the Verizon Lumia Icon. Right?
Luckily, for you we just successfully paired up our Lumia Icon running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, not even the latest version, and we had zero issues synchronizing and pairing.
Late last night, Microsoft in a surprise move announced the Band, a new health and fitness wearable that includes a heart rate monitor, UV sensor, Cortana integration and a gorgeous color touch display.
Perhaps even more impressive, the $199 is available today from Microsoft Stores and online. Stock is limited and, unfortunately, the Band is U.S. only for now as Microsoft tests out the waters.
I managed to pick one up this morning. Here is a full unboxing, tour, and how the Band interacts with Windows Phone.