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Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

For our ninth day of 12 Days of Hidden Gems, we are looking into family safety. Combined with a SmartThings setup and the highly rated Life360 Family Locator app and service, your smartphone can be an all seeing eye to keep track of children and family members. Life360 is not a new app, but it...
How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

Am I really positing that the Microsoft Band will beat the Apple Watch? Yes, I am. How will they accomplish this you ask? While Apple is diligently courting the elite, Microsoft is purposefully launching out into the deep, and they are aiming to commandeer the seas. Today Apple is priming the...
Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

We take on the hamburger menu debate in Windows 10 on phone, discuss alternatives and then give you a poll to vote on! One of the most controversial aspects of the design language of Windows 10 has been the near ubiquitous adoption of so-called hamburger-style menus. Microsoft has used the three...
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Highs and Lows Part II: Microsoft's smartphone strategy and the seeds of success

Highs and Lows Part II: Microsoft's smartphone strategy and the seeds of success

In "Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?" we discussed Microsoft's strategy to increase its market share by targeting "the next billion" by disseminating low-end, low-cost devices into the mobile space. In this and the two following pieces, we...
HoloLens

I tried the near-finalized version of HoloLens, this is what I think

Late yesterday, some of us were able to try once again Microsoft's HoloLens here at Build 2015. This experience was my second time with the wearable holographic device, and 99 days since its announcement, Microsoft has made some significant strides. You can read about my January experience here...
Windows 10 desktop will come out before Phone in a staggered release cycle

Windows 10 desktop will come out before Phone in a staggered release cycle

Earlier today at Build, Microsoft held a special gathering of media and journalists to meet with some of the Windows leadership team. The purpose of the event was less formal, and more of a chance to interact with and ask questions. As such, video and photos were discouraged. To kick off the...
Microsoft's transformation isn't just words, we're now seeing the action

Microsoft's transformation isn't just words, we're now seeing the action

Microsoft keeps telling us its transforming, becoming something bigger and better than ever before. This past week shows that this isn't just marketing talk, and that we're ultimately the ones to benefit from this. Just before Build 2015 began, I had the privilege to sit in on a special...
Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2015

Hellooooo everyone! It's the end of the month, and that means it's Community Update time! Within we will take a closer look at the happenings around the Mobile Nations Network, including Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.
Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?

Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?

"Why don't Windows phones have front facing cameras?" This was the question posed by my 14-year-old niece from the back seat of the car on Easter Sunday. She will soon be the recipient of a Lumia 635 Windows Phone. Good news right? Well, kind of. The device will be passed down to her from my...
The Best Laptops

The Best Laptops

If you’re on the hunt for the best laptop available, look no further. We’ve got the very best options available right now. These include buttoned-down workhorses, versatile convertibles, gaming beasts, and super-slim ultrabooks that are ready for the road. The great thing about Windows is that...
From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

I've stepped in and borrowed Dan's desk for this weekend (not really, but his looks a lot cooler than mine) to wrap up at the end of what's been a very busy period in these parts. In quick succession we've had a new desktop build of the Windows 10 preview, a new phone build of the Windows 10...
WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone is coming soon, as announced over a year ago

WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone is coming soon, as announced over a year ago

One benefit of doing this job is you tend to have a bird's eye view of the mobile landscape. Specifically I mean you tend to know the history of every bit of software and hardware, unlike the casual consumer. Case in point is WhatsApp and voice calling. New articles are making their way around...
AI Wars Part II: Watch Out Cortana, Apple May Have Taught Siri a Nasty Left Hook

AI Wars Part II: Watch Out Cortana, Apple May Have Taught Siri a Nasty Left Hook

In part one of this two-part series, "AI Wars: Hey Cortana is that you on my iPhone?", we focused on Microsoft's strategy of bringing Cortana to rival platforms. We looked at the benefits such a move would bring to the Microsoft ecosystem. In this piece, we would like to look at what Cortana's...

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