The Fitbit for Windows Phone app received an update yesterday that brings support for the newest Fitbit tracker, the Surge, along with some visual improvements and performance enhancements. The update is available now and it does require that your device be running Lumia Cyan to work properly and do the background synchronization between the tracker and your Windows Phone.
Today is the final day of the Microsoft 12 Days of Deals promotion and Redmond has decided to go out with a bang. Today you can get a 12 month Xbox Music Pass for only $29.90 in store. That is a $70 savings off the normal price of $99.90. Even if you don’t live near a Microsoft retail location, you can still save big online as the Xbox Music Pass at the online store is $49.90, a savings of $50. The online promotion starts at 8:00 AM EST while the in store pricing will be in effect as soon as your local Microsoft store opens and while supplies last.
Capturing a screen capture on your Windows PC is done by a key combination on your keyboard while on a Windows Phone it is done via a key combination on the device. But what about a Windows tablet? Actually it is pretty easy to do but it is one of those things that isn’t document very well and it could be easily missed. In this How To I’ll show you how to do a screen capture on your Windows tablet and will show you where those files are stored so you can edit them or move them to another folder including OneDrive.
The first question though is why do you need a key combination and not use the keyboard combination like you do on a Windows PC? Well, it’s pretty straightforward actually. To capture a screen shot on your Windows PC you press Windows Key + PrtScn. No go take a look at the keyboard on your Windows Tablet… ah! No PrtScn button! There you go. That’s why Microsoft had to come up with a solution for Windows tablets other than a keyboard combination.
Today’s promotion in the Microsoft store’s 12 Days of Deals is another great one. Today you can get the HP Pavilion x2 10″ 2-in-1 PC for an amazing $199, a savings of $130 off the regular price of $329. The HP Pavilion x2 has some great specs and at $199 is a hard deal to beat.
- 10.1-inch HD touchscreen
- Intel Atom Z3736F
- 2GB memory/32GB eMMC
- Up to 11.75 hours battery life
- MicroSD Card reader for added storage
It also comes with a built-in cover to protect the device as you carry it around with you throughout your day. The HP Pavilion x2 is powered by Windows 8.1 with Bing is of course a Microsoft Signature unit so it won’t be bloated with crapware.
Lumia Denim, the next major version of Windows Phone, is starting to roll out to Lumia devices in some European countries. The news of the rollout is welcome as Microsoft had stated they would begin pushing out the release before the end of 2014 and come on the back of their release of an update video on their YouTube channel yesterday.
The popular Age of Empire Castle Siege game for Windows and Windows Phone has received another massive update, bringing game play improvement and bug fixes. The update also brings a holiday special for those who haven’t played the game before now. If you play before the end of the year you will receive free in-game gold to make materials purchases to further your castle faster than ever.
With the release expected any day now, Microsoft has released a video on their YouTube channel on how the updating process for your Windows Phone to Lumia Denim. The video is about 3 minutes long and covers all of the new features of the next firmware update which is pretty extensive. You can read my guide on Lumia Denim to get the full briefing of what is coming.
The Hilton HHonors app for Windows Phone has been updated and it now gives you the ability to select your room number right from within the app via an interactive map of the hotel property. It is the latest update in what is arguably one of the best hotel apps available for Windows Phone. The update is free and available now in the Windows Phone store.
One of the newer games in the Angry Birds franchise has hit Windows Phone and it is free. Angry Birds Stella for Windows Phone allows you to join Stella (the pink bird) and her comrades as she battles the bad princess and her piggies in over 120 levels of fun. Now if you know me, you know I have a serious Angry Birds addiction and Angry Birds Stella presents a whole new set of challenges even for seasoned players.
The popular music discovery app Shazam has made a return to Windows Phone and it is impressive. Shazam for Windows Phone has been released as version 4.0 and it is blazing fast at discovering music that is playing around you. The new app sports a completely revamped recognition engine and user experience that is specifically designed for Windows Phone 8.1