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Category: Windows 10

Edge is another bust for Microsoft as they move the browser to Chromium

Redmond, Wash. — A year after killing Windows Phone, Microsoft is hitting reset on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft will be merging Edge with Chromium in the coming months. This is due to very low adoption rates for its Edge browser, which was created in 2015 to replace Internet Explorer.

One Windows Insider made a claim with scant proof that Google kept breaking the compatibility in its browser, Google Chrome, and leaving the Edge developers on the Windows desktop ecosystem to fix the issues.

‘JoshuaJB’ posted on Hacker News: “I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn’t keep up. For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail (should now be fixed in Win10 Oct update).”

He added: “What makes it so sad, is that their claimed dominance was not due to ingenious optimization work by Chrome, but due to a failure of YouTube. On the whole, they only made the web slower.”

Edge’s move to Chromium now leaves three web engines in a cutthroat environment: Chromium, Safari (Apple’s default browser) and Mozilla’s Firefox. Opera, Dolphin and Chrome are all powered by Chromium.

The Inquirer

HP Elite x3 Review

The most important Windows 10 device in the history of the operating system is also a good one. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellular PCs are a massive failure in the making


Redmond, Wash. — When one person thinks of cellular, they think of a Windows phone or a small IPad or Android tablet.

When people think of a PC, they think of a MacBook or a Windows desktop product (desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook and/or tablet).

Now, Microsoft wants to make the Cellular PC a thing.

Big mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Tech: T-Mobile outs the Alcatel Idol 4s & Apple unveils new MacBooks


Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile jumped the gun on Wednesday.

Big Pink outed the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, the superphone that many talked about Alcatel working on since January.

The phone showed up briefly on T-Mobile’s web page during the early afternoon, before the company took the page down. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook for Windows 10 is here!


Menlo Park, Calif. — This afternoon, Facebook has released its long-awaited Windows 10 app for phones.

This app is different in that Facebook themselves created the app – not Microsoft – and they used IPhone code to port it over to Windows 10, which is being used by only 2% of the American people.

The app may be a teeny bit sluggish on lower end phones such as the Alcatel Fierce XL, Acer Liquid M330, and the Microsoft Lumia 550, 640 and 650.

The app is also much larger than the Microsoft app, coming in about 70 megabytes larger than the Microsoft-created Facebook app for Windows Phone 8.x.

Download it here:

Developer: Facebook Inc
Price: Free

Image via MSPowerUser

NEW Redstone 2 cumulative build released to Windows Insiders

Redmond, Wash. — Not even twelve hours after Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for eligible Windows 10 Phones, the corporation released a new Redstone 2 cumulative build to the Release Preview Insider ring.

Jovan’s Alcatel Fierce XL received the new cumulative build update. It bumps the phone to 14393.82.

Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings will not get this build due to the fact it is a cumulative build instead of a preview build.

No changelog is available yet, but it is probably logs about squashing bugs and nothing else.

Be patient if you’re on Release and hasn’t gotten this update yet. It’s coming.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here!

Redmond, Wash. — If you are among those with a Windows 10 Phone, today is the big day!

At noon EDT, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for the phones. This comes two weeks after the targeted date for the update.

Dona Sarkar, the Windows 10 Mobile Insiders chief, wrote this on the Windows Blog:

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has begun rolling out for Windows 10 Mobile. The Anniversary Update includes additional features and improvements for your Windows 10 phone. To manually check for the update, on Start, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Update & security > Phone update > Check for updates. Note that availability may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations and other factors.

Here are the phones that are eligible to get the update:


Liquid Jade Primo
Liquid M330


Fierce XL




Moly x1
Moly w5


Lumia 430
Lumia 435
Lumia 532
Lumia 535
Lumia 540
Lumia 635 (Sprint variant only)
Lumia 636
Lumia 638
Lumia 640
Lumia 640 XL
Lumia 735
Lumia 830
Lumia Icon (929)
Lumia 950
Lumia 950 XL
Lumia 1520






Phone Biz

Any phone not listed here is ineligible for the Anniversary Update and will remain on Windows Phone 8.x or Windows 10 build 10586.

Check your phones and get ready to download!

Acer to bring the Liquid M330 to North America


acer-liquid-m320-m330-1Taipei, Taiwan — Acer America announced earlier this week that their two Windows 10 phones can be expected on the shores of North America very soon.

The Taiwanese corporation announced that their Liquid M330 and their flagship Liquid Jade Primo will be available in the US and Canada before spring ends on June 19.

In fact, they announced that the midrange Liquid M330 can be expected by April 27.

The Liquid M330 will be sold online on Acer’s and Microsoft Store’s web pages, and will be sold at Microsoft Store physical locations such as in their Atlanta, Charlotte, Tysons Corner, Va., Louisville and Lexington, Ky. stores.

The price will be $99.99 before taxes.

Here are the specifications on this phone:

Snapdragon 210
8 GB storage with up to 256 GB of expandable microSD storage
5 MP rear and front facing HD cameras
Windows 10 (probably build 10586.218)
FWVGA screen
Removable 2,000 milliampere hour battery
Dual Sim

2G: 850/900/1800/1900
4G: Band 2 (1900), Band 4 (1700/2100), Band 5 (850)
LTE: Band 2 (PCS, 1900), Band 4 (1700/2100), Band 7 (2600), Band 12 (700)

Will you purchase this phone? Why or why not?

NASCAR finally releases universal Windows app

DAYTONA BEACH — Over four months after they announced it, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has released it’s universal Windows App.

Unlike the previous app, this one has in-app purchases. This is also the final year Sprint Windows Phone customers can take advantage of the season’s perks for free. After November 20, Sprint will no longer sponsor the sport’s top series.

Download the app now.

Verizon Wireless is blocking all five Windows 10 phones from accessing network


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — A damning investigation as to why Microsoft, Alcatel and Acer had disabled the CDMA radios and removed support for Band 13 LTE on their phones has gotten a lot more explosive.

Several independent investigations found that Verizon Wireless is deliberately blocking all five Windows 10 phones, none of which have been released at the moment, from accessing their expansive LTE and CDMA networks.

From YouTube, with Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley:

Mr. Thurrott and Ms. Foley talk about Microsoft’s two flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and how Verizon, since July, had blocked the phones from accessing their network. We at Aiken Area Progressive also suspect that Verizon is blocking the other three Windows 10 phones – Microsoft’s budget Lumia 550, Alcatel’s One Touch, and Acer’s flagship Liquid Jade Primo – from accessing their network.

For some reason, I knew that Verizon (VZ, VZW) would pull some kind of shenanigans and lo and behold, I was right.

Verizon has done nothing to earn my business and everything to lose it. I’ll never get a phone on their network now.

I have a Verizon SIM card that I’m willing to sell for a nominal fee of $2. Any IPhone owners want it?

Windows Central

Lumia 950 and 950 XL announced!


NEW YORK CITY — This morning, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 flagship phones, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL.

Both phones have Continuum, 5 megapixel front facing cameras, 20 megapixel primary cameras, Windows Hello and microSD card slots, dual SIM option, CDMA/EVDO radios and LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40 and 41.

There are three main differences: the Lumia 950 is a half inch smaller than the Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 950 has a Snapdragon 808 while the 950 XL has the 810, and the Lumia 950 XL has an LED flash on the front facing camera.

The Lumia 950 will cost $582.99, while the Lumia 950 XL will cost $688.99.

AT&T will sell the Lumia 950.

What are your thoughts about these devices?


Continuum is coming to phones!

OAKLAND, Calif. — During Build on Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Continuum, a feature introduced in Windows 8 for tablets, notebooks, netbooks and desktop computers, will be expanded to phones in Windows 10.

Joe Belfiore, an executive at Microsoft’s Windows division, posted a video on YouTube about this. Watch above.

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