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Synaptics adds capacitive touch to your spacebar, because why not?

"SmartBar" tech and fingerprint readers for PC mice shown off at Computex.<p>Synaptics thinks your spacebar is "underutilized," and it wants to fix the …

Canaccord: Apple took home 93% of mobile profits last quarter

How did Apple, with 20% of the global smartphone market last quarter, manage to rake off 93% of the profit?<p>The math, as Canaccord’s T. Michael …

Windows Runtime - Roaming Data Between Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone Store Apps

Use Roaming Data<p>One of the nicer aspects of using roaming data in your apps is that it’s automatically available and it requires no configuration or …

Lumia 535 Smartphone Review: Windows Phone's Brilliant Budget Bullet

Microsoft’s release of the Lumia 535 Windows Phone is a critical moment in the mobile mission of Redmond. Not that every handset release shouldn’t be regarded as critical (it’s never too early to start #failing), but the Lumia 535 comes at an important transitional time for the company as it is …

Take it from a software engineer: learning code can be a nightmare

I was just a guy in a suit in an office with a vague startup idea. Then I decided to learn to code.<p>I overheard some guy at a happy hour bragging about how easily he was able to automate his office workflows by using a language called Ruby. I thought, “huh, Ruby.” I went home, googled it, and within …

Microsoft open-sources .NET framework and offers Visual Studio Community 2013 for free

Microsoft has been swiftly moving towards being a more open company. For example, when CEO Satya Nadella told the audience at the Windows 10 preview event that Microsoft loves Linux, it wasn’t a surprise, but rather a bold statement for a company that at one point saw Linux as a threat to its …

iOS 8 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Material Difference

This week Google announced the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the most radical design overhaul of Android since it launched in late 2008. Six weeks ago Apple announced iOS 8, one of the most exciting and expansive releases of iOS since it debuted in 2007 (under the name ‘Mobile OS X’). It is now …

Bitcoin servers go up in smoke in a very modern mining disaster

Mining Bitcoin may not carry the same risks as traveling deep underground to chip away at rocks, but it’s by no means worry-free. In a very 21st …

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Microsoft's Band has some flaws but offers a lot for the price

Microsoft’s first shot in the fitness tracker space is a solid one. The company spent a lot of time developing its $199 Band bracelet, even as the fitness wearable market heated up. But fitness trackers are still making their way into the mainstream, so Microsoft may be making it to the party at …

The iPhone just lost its perfect security record — now what?

For most of the iPhone's lifespan, it's been effectively immune to malware. There were theoretical attacks and viruses targeting jailbroken phones, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware in the wild has been nearly impossible. If you didn't jailbreak your phone and …

Universal Windows Apps - Reuse Code Assets with Universal Windows Apps

App Project Support<p>In a typical scenario where developers target both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Solution Explorer displays three distinct …

Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime

<i>This blog was written by Jelena Mojasevic, Program Manager at Microsoft.</i><p>We are pleased to announce that <b>Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime</b> has …

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Windows 9 Technical Preview Screenshots Leak: An Analysis (Part 2)

Two German technology blogs have leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview, which is billed as build 9834. Here's a further …

Windows 9 will kill Microsoft's awkward Charms menu, introduce virtual desktops

Microsoft is stepping even further back from its Windows 8 vision in the next major version of Windows. Alongside a new Start Menu and windowed "Metro-style" apps, Microsoft is planning to remove its Charms bar, an overlay used to access search, share, the Start Screen, devices, and settings. While …

Windows Store - Integrating OneDrive into Your Windows Store Apps

Introducing the Live SDK<p>Access to the contents of OneDrive is facilitated by the Live SDK. At its core, the Live SDK is a collection of JSON-based …

Write Once, Run Everywhere, AND Be Native?

May 28, '14 Comments [91] Posted in Mobile<p>Sponsored By<p>I worked in Java for a number of years at Nike, writing an order management application that …

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin explains why he writes on a DOS machine

The fact that George R.R. Martin writes the mammoth <i>Game of Thrones</i> novels on a DOS machine is no secret but it is still delightful to hear him explain why. The beloved fantasy author said on <i>Conan</i> that he enjoys the simplicity of WordStar 4.0 and dislikes modern autocorrect and spellcheckers. "If I …

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1

If you're an app developer who wants to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C#, check out this course, taught by experts who have …

C# - A C# 6.0 Language Preview

C# : A C# 6.0 Language Preview<p>Mark Michaelis | May 2014<p>By the time you read this, Build—the Microsoft developer conference—will be over and …

Microsoft Build 2014: Everything Announced on Day 1

At its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft made a slew of software and hardware announcements.<p>Here’s a quick recap of everything announced at the event – and we’re not including the fact that all attendees were treated to an Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card. …

Of Orcs and Software Craftsmanship

Sometimes people will approach me and ask “what is it like to be a software craftsman?”. I’ll usually answer with: “Pffft, don’t ask me, I just …

Exploring FAKE, an F# Build System for all of .NET

March 14, '14 Comments [24] Posted in Open Source<p>Sponsored By<p>I've been orbiting around F# - but not really jumping in - for a while now. In fact, I …

Announcing the new Roslyn-powered .NET Framework Reference Source

February 24, '14 Comments [40] Posted in Musings<p>Sponsored By<p>In 2007 ScottGu's team announced they were releasing the .NET Framework source code for …

Windows Phone 8.1? With the size of these updates, it’s more like Windows Phone 9

Convergence will come closer to reality with Microsoft's next smartphone OS.<p>Microsoft isn't yet talking about the next update to Windows Phone. …

Microsoft launches new Office Online

Microsoft has today launched the newly rebranded Office Online (www.office.com) suite of apps, succeeding the popular Web Apps. Today's launch also …

Nokia shows how the Lumia Icon beats Samsung's Galaxy S4 in drag race recording

Featuring two loud engines revving up and ready to race, Nokia takes both the Lumia Icon and Galaxy S4 for a spin, recording the same scene. It's …