Windows better for mobile?: HP Elite X2 1013 G3 hands-on

HP’s done a pretty good job of remaining relevant in the fast-changing mobile space, at least as it relates to laptops and 2-in-1’s. Delivering sleek looks and high value, detachables and convertibles like the HP Elite X2 have joined the loudening chorus of Windows 10 devices which have made Android tablets and even iPad’s less relevant, albeit to varying degrees. This year, HP’s building on this success by emboldening security, streamlining further, and as always, packing value in the new, LTE-capable HP Elite X2 1013 G3. Starting at $1499 this detachable is slated for a June release, but we were …


WhatsApp updates its Windows Phone app to add new features and comply with privacy laws

New European privacy rules take effect on May 25th, which prevent companies like Facebook from using members’ personal data without express consent. Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp has just updated its Windows Phone platform to conform with the new privacy laws on the continent. The update takes the latest version of WhatsApp to v2.18.88, and also includes some other features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

With the update, users of the messaging app can request to see data that the app has collected from them. Similar to Facebook, clicking on “Request Account Info” in settings …

Windows 10 Mobile April 2018 update coming to compatible handsets according to Microsoft

Microsoft’s own support page now includes a bulletin from the software giant that says Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets will be receiving the April 2018 software update. As Microsoft notes on its support page, “Availability may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations, and other factors.” While these handsets automatically download and install updates when available, you can try to get it manually by going to Settings > Update & security > Phone update > Check for updates. The version of Windows 10 Mobile that includes …

Windows 10 is getting a great new screenshot tool

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As someone that moves from macOS to Windows frequently and takes screenshots all the time (I admit, it’s a little specific, but I can’t be the only one), one of the most annoying things about Windows is the lack of an integrated, powerful screenshot tool. 

Yes, there were several ways to take a screenshot in Windows, but nothing compared to the simplicity of hitting Shift+Command+3 or 4 to capture your entire screen or a portion of it. 

Well, this has changed in the latest beta version of Windows 10 (Build 17661, via The Verge), which brings Screen Sketch — previously a part of the Windows Ink Workspace — as a standalone app.  Read more…

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Apple to shut down Texture's Windows app in July; Android, iOS apps to continue running

Windows users who enjoy reading magazines online through the Texture app on their PC, will have to consider purchasing an iOS, Android or Amazon Fire HD tablet to keep up with their reading. That’s because Apple, which purchased Texture for an undisclosed amount in March, plans on shutting down the Microsoft Store based Windows app in July. Texture charges $9.99 a month for access to 200 digital versions of popular magazines. It has earned the nickname the “Netflix of magazines.”

After Apple purchased Texture, there was talk about the company absorbing Texture into Apple News to create a …

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL boots up with Windows 10 for ARM installed

For hacker Ben | imbushuo to be able to install Windows 10 for ARM on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, he had to develop a custom Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) bootloader for the phone. After all, Windows 10 requires a secure boot environment. The hacker did the work on the custom UEFI last month, and today he tweeted images of a Lumia 950 XL running the ARM version of the operating system.

In case you’ve forgotten, the Lumia 950 XL was launched in November 2015, and is powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset containing four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores. The phone was released …

Microsoft retires enterprise messaging services for Windows Mobile

Microsoft has announced that after May 20, 2018 enterprise messaging services on Windows 10 Mobile will be terminated. The company is ending support for Skype for Business, Teams and Yammer. Microsoft does add that they continue to support Windows 10 Mobile, just not these apps anymore (for now). The apps will no longer appear in the Microsoft Store and the tech giant says it cannot guarantee that previously downloaded apps for Skype for business and Yammer will work. It also declared in its statement that Microsoft Teams will no longer launch, even if you still have the app. 

What …

The Wileyfox Pro Windows 10 Mobile handset is available once more

Back in February, U.K. phone manufacturer Wileyfox went into administration, which is the British version of a bankruptcy filing in the U.S. The company found a savior in a company called STK, which made a deal to sell, distribute, and support the warranties for Wileyfox’s handsets. In the UK, Europe, and South Africa, Wileyfox’s Android phones are once again being offered for sale from the manufacturer’s re-opened website.

Also on the Wileyfox website, you’ll find the Wileyfox Pro. This is a Windows 10 Mobile powered handset that was launched late last year. The manufacturer promises to …

Microsoft has finally sold every Windows 10 Mobile device

Alas, Microsoft has finally sold all of its Windows 10 Mobile devices. Microsoft released its last self-designed Lumia phone some time ago. Over the last year or so, they had only third party devices in their Microsoft Store. Mostly this was limited to the Alcatel Idol 4S and the HP Elite x3. the last few months have seen both of these phones go on sale including the HP dock bundle. In the last several days, some lucky (or unlucky?) customers purchased the last of the company’s hardware stock and they are now sold out. Of course you can still purchase these phones on auction sites, Amazon …

Instagram reappears on Windows 10 mobile

It lives! Well, sorta. It appears after a short absence, Instagram has re-emerged on Microsoft’s dying (dead?) mobile platform. As we reported several days ago, the Universal Windows app for Instagram was updated to v.30 and the Mobile platform was dropped. It has since reappeared for Windows 10 mobile, but as v.10 which is an older version of the software. It is reported that users have lost some of the upgrades (which weren’t numerous to begin with), but are now able to access the site via app again. 

What does it all mean? 

It most likely …