Showing posts from April, 2017

You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password

Microsoft Account holders can now use just their smartphone to sign in. Microsoft is enabling a new phone sign in option as part of the company's iOS and Android Microsoft Authenticator app. While you've been able to use the app for two-factor authentication requests previously, the latest update lets you bypass ever having to enter your password at a Microsoft Account login prompt.
To enable the feature you can download the Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS or Android and select your account from the dropdown button and choose enable phone sign-in. Every time you sign into a Microsoft Account in the future it will generate a login request that you simply match a number on your machine with the number within the Microsoft Authenticator app.
You can always choose to use your password to sign in if you've forgotten your phone, but this process is far easier and ultimately more secure. Microsoft was quick to respond to Google making two-factor authentication a lot easier wi…

Apple’s GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps are now completely free

Apple is making its GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) apps totally free for all Mac OS and iOS customers as of today. In late 2013, Apple began offering the software for free to anyone that purchased a new Apple device — either a Mac or iPhone / iPad — on or after September 1st, 2013.
Owners of older hardware who wanted to install the apps had to pay for them. iMovie and Garageband were $4.99 for iOS, according to 9to5Mac, and the iWork apps were each $9.99. Some of their desktop Mac counterparts were more expensive; iMovie was $14.99 and Pages, Numbers, and Keynote were the priciest at $19.99 each.
Apple's Eddy Cue at a 2013 event. Previously, these apps were only "free" with a recent Apple hardware purchase. But now, no one has to pay anything to use these apps anymore. Some of them — GarageBand in particular — remain killer apps for iOS with no direct Android competitor. (Google has said that it plans to include new APIs and features focus…

Microsoft Invites Mac Users to Preview Google Calendar Support in Outlook 2016

Microsoft Invites Mac Users to Preview Google Calendar Support in Outlook 2016
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Microsoft has begun inviting Mac users to try its new Google Calendar and Contacts support in Outlook 2016 by downloading and installing the application from its preview site.

Up until now, many of Outlook's more advanced email features have only been available to users with an, Office 365 or Exchange email address. This week's global rollout means anyone with a Gmail account can take advantage of several of Outlook's advanced features, including Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries.

Previously only available to Microsoft's Office Insider Fast Community, the new updates support all the core actions and enable anyone to add, delete, and edit events in a Google Calendar through Outlook for Mac. All changes update between the desktop software and Gmail or Outlook for iOS,…

Windows 10 Creators Update Released

After making Windows 10 Creators Update available for manual download about a week ago, Microsoft has finally started rolling out said update today. Windows 10 users will gradually receive the update over-the-air if they don't want to go through the process of downloading it manually. However, that option exists for those who just don't want to wait to get their hands on the latest software.
Bear in mind that it will take up to a few months for the over-the-air rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update to be completed. This is why it will be more prudent for users to take advantage of the Update Assistant and get the Windows 10 Creators Update immediately.
Microsoft has added tons of new features in this update and has improved upon the points that were shared by users. It has improved the update experience with differential downloads which will not only reduce update sizes but also provide users with more flexibility on when they want to install the updates.
It goes without s…

Software Update Will Allow Pebble Watches To Work Indefinitely

Last year the folks at Fitbit confirmed that they would be acquiring Kickstarter smartwatch darling Pebble. The announcement saw Fitbit ultimately decide to halt the sales of Pebble watches, although the company did reassure Pebble owners that their watches would keep working through 2017.
We know some Pebble owners might be feeling a tad cheated by this, but the good news is that may no longer be the case. In a recent update that has been released for Pebble devices, it seems that this has removed the dependency of the watches on cloud services, meaning that your Pebble watch will continue to work even after Fitbit shuts Pebble's servers down.
According to Pebble, "If a Pebble authentication server can't be reached, the mobile apps will let Pebble devices keep working. The login process can be skipped, apps can be side-loaded, and the latest watch firmware (including language packs) can be installed." However once the servers are shut down, there will be some apps t…

Netflix adds offline streaming to its Windows 10 app

Netflix has offered users the option to download videos to watch later in its Android and iOS apps since late last year. And today that feature is finally making the jump to desktop with the addition of offline videos to the Windows 10 PC app, as reported by Windows Central.
Like the mobile apps, the Windows 10 PC app does have a few limitations when it comes to downloading content. Offline downloads are only available for a seemingly random swath of Netflix's catalog (unsurprisingly, most of Netflix's own original series and films are eligible), but there's some pretty good stuff available, including Stranger Things, all the Star Trek shows, and the whole run of Breaking Bad.
The update should be rolling out to all Windows 10 users through the Windows Store today, although it's still unclear whether the Windows 10 Mobile or Xbox One versions of the app will be getting a similar update at this time.…