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2 years ago

Foursquare gets new redesign as private-beta app spied on the Store

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Earlier this year, Foursquare broke off their popular check-in service with the release of Swarm to all mobile platforms. Focusing on social interaction and planning, Swarm expands upon some of the core features of Foursquare, but it leaves a muddled message.

For a few months now, the company has spoken about a redesigned Foursquare experience, and that looks to be coming closer today, as a private beta has gone out to testers.

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2 years ago

WinTV app launches for Windows 8.1 to let users DVR TV shows without a connection

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Although cable and satellite TV today is rather ubiquitous, there are still many people who do not have either the time or the money for such a luxury. Likewise for people who are often traveling, the tethered subscription does not make much sense.

Luckily, there is now a service to cater to those people too, and it is now on Windows 8.1: Win TV.

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2 years ago

Microsoft confirms touch-friendly Office apps are coming with Windows 10 [Update]

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Microsoft will offer touch-optimized Office apps for Windows, but there's a big catch; the company will launch those versions alongside the release of Windows 10, which won't happen until sometime in 2015. Microsoft didn't offer any other information on those touch-based Windows Office apps, but it did show a screenshot of a preview version of PowerPoint for Windows 10.

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2 years ago

You can now watch Xbox One's Upload videos on the web and Xbox 360

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Microsoft's Upload gameplay video feature in its Xbox One console is expanding its reach to other platforms. This week, owners of the older Xbox 360 will be able to start watching curated clips from Xbox One owners on their own Upload app. Also, anyone with an Internet connection and a web browser will be able to watch a selection of Upload videos from Xbox.com. But uploading? That's still limited to just the Xbox One.

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2 years ago

Reachme, a simple Windows Phone app for sharing your location

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Reachme is a Windows Phone app that offers a simple means of sharing your location with others. The app is a Microsoft Garage project and lets you send your location, along with turn-by-turn directions to get to that location. While sharing your location with Reachme is presented in simple fashion, to share your location the recipient will need a Microsoft Account, be listed in your contacts and have Reachme installed on their Windows Phone.

All of which does give Reachme a rather restrictive feel that will likely tarnish any appeal the app has to offer. The app has potential and I can see it coming in handy, but Reachme needs a option of sharing your location without the need for the recipient to have a Microsoft account and Reachme installed.

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2 years ago

Duolingo teases possible Windows Phone app, coming out on November 19

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Duolingo is a free service that allows you to learn new languages using apps available on both iOS and Android. Looking at the official Duolingo Facebook page, the company has teased what appears to be a Windows Phone version of the app, which will be made available on November 19. Releasing an image showing nothing but a window, one can only assume that this is a hint at Microsoft's platform.

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2 years ago

Microsoft wants to rock your world with 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection'

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Microsoft's Halo: The Master Chief Collection is arriving on November 11, as you might expect, the software maker is heavily promoting the launch, including events at all of its retail locations in the US and Canada. Microsoft is now rolling out a commercial that highlights the game, as well as touting the $349 promotion that is valid on the Xbox One for the holidays.

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2 years ago

Dell announces new 27-inch UltraSharp 5K monitor for that empty spot on your desk

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2 years ago

WhatsApp to remain free in developing countries like India

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2 years ago

Lenovo posts a healthy quarterly growth buoyed by strong PC sales

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2 years ago

CNN commentator labels iPad controversy 'false and idiotic', claims he was using both tablets

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CNN's Jake Tapper mentioned on Twitter that the controversy surrounding the commentator's use of iPads over the network-provided Surface Pro 3 was "false and idiotic". Microsoft partnered with CNN to give its Surface Pro 3 tablets airtime during the broadcaster's election coverage, which backfired as commentators were found to be using iPads hidden behind Microsoft's tablets. Tapper said that he was using his iPad for tweeting while the Surface Pro 3 was showing statistics of the exit polls.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's 3D soundscape technology helps visually impaired people navigate with ease

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Microsoft is launching a prototype version of its 3D soundscape technology that allows visually impaired people to navigate with ease thanks to verbal cues. Created in collaboration with charity Guide Dogs UK and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult, the technology involves pairing a Windows Phone with a bone conducting headphones. The smartphone is used to communicate with indoor and outdoor sensors, and relay that information to the headphones, which in turn transmit the information directly to your inner ear.

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2 years ago

Mobile transition earns Microsoft second place in new brand rankings

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Microsoft has earned itself the second top spot for being the world's most valuable brand, trailing Apple and leading Google. Thanks to a transition to mobile, Forbes is ranking Microsoft second and gives the company a brand value of $63 billion, which is up from prior years. Microsoft's focus on mobile, its successes with the cloud, and coveted NFL sponsorship all helped to bolster the company's brand reputation.

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2 years ago

WhatsApp gets enhancements and bug fixes in latest update

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2 years ago

Congressional committee meeting to discuss privacy in wake of recent nude leaks

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A congressional advisory committee will be taking the initial step Thursday to discuss the legal ramifications of protecting Internet privacy. Prompted by the recent hacks resulting in the leak of nude photos of celebrities like the high profile case involving actress Jennifer Lawrence, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will be discussing the topic of privacy and the legal remedies against hackers, websites, and those partaking in revenge porn.

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