Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to send a web page from your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC?

In the last Windows 10 Build, Microsoft introduced a nice feature to link your Android phone to your computer and once that link is established, you will be able to send a web page from your phone to your bigger screen computer. In this article, I will show you how to set it up. This feature is currently available to Windows Insiders only for testing.

Once you've installed the latest update, proceed to Settings - you can do so in the Start Menu or through the Action  Center on the right. You will notice right away that Microsoft added a new setting called "Phone". Go ahead and click on that to begin the link process. For the time being, you can only link an Android phone, with support for iOS coming later.

Next click "Add a phone" to open the "Link your phone and PC" window where you will type in your phone number and select your country, then click the Send button.

Shortly after clicking that Send button, you will receive a SMS on your phone with a link. Opening the link takes you to Google Play Store to download the "Microsoft Apps" app. Once installed, open the app and you will see a tile addressed to Windows Insiders with a "Try it now" button. Tap to get started on your phone and go through a quick tutorial.

Hit the "Try it now" button to launch Chrome which takes you to the Surface devices website - Saw what you did there Microsoft. Tap Share in Chrome and select "Continue on PC". You will be offered two choices: "Continue now" and "Continue later". Tapping the former will immediately open the web page on your computer and the latter option will add the link in the Action Center on your computer for you to access later at your convenience. 
You will be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account at this point.  Whichever option you choose, the web site will open in Microsoft Edge browser on your PC and there is nothing wrong with that. Edge is actually better for reading than Chrome thanks to the "Reading View".

That's it. Now you have linked your Android phone to your Windows 10 computer. This is a first release of this functionality and I like it for its simplicity and I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.

Have you linked your phone to your Windows 10 PC yet? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Windows Blog

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Playcast gets XBOX One support and more.

Playcast has been developed to allow users to cast movies, songs and pictures not only to Google Home, but also to Google Cast Audio, Apple TV (AirPlay), DLNA Smart TV, Miracast, Internet Box, Xbox One, Xbox 360 etc. Playcast cost $3.99 and offers a week trial before you make the decision to buy it and I can tell it is a well worth purchase. There are not many apps in the Windows Store that let you throw stuff to your TV. Plus the app is regularly updated with new features and fixes. 

Speaking of updates, Playcast has been updated this week. Check out the change log:

  • XBOX One ready.
  • Chromecast Audio Multi-room support.
  • German language.
Download Playcast in the Windows Store. Playcast is Windows Universal App. Buy it once and you'll be able to use it on your Windows phone and PC.

Pushbullet client for Windows gets speed improvements and bug fixes.

Like many apps in the Windows Store, Pushpin is a third party client of a popular software called Pushbullet that is available on Android and iOS. Pushpin brings a very useful feature to Windows Phone. With Pushpin, you can easily share files, pictures, links, news with your friends and the world, provided people subscribe to your channel. I use Pushbullet on all my phones and computers and like how stuff I push almost show up instantaneously on my other devices. Pushpin can be installed on as many devices you want and you can choose to which device you want to push to. Pushbullet also handles your SMS so you can reply to them on your computer instead of reaching out for your phone as the messages come in. For this feature to work, download Pushbullet for Windows here.

Back to Pushpin. Whether or not you own multiple phones and, at least a PC and you have been emailing files to yourself, you should give Pushpin a try. It is free with the option to donate via Paypal to the developer for his efforts into bringing this utility to Windows. 

In the latest update, the developer added ads in the full trial version of the app and made some speed improvements and bug fixes. Again, if you haven't tried Pushpin yet, head over to the Windows Store and get your free ad supported copy or pay $1.49.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Viber brings animated stickers to Windows Phone.

Viber has updated its app for Windows Phone today allowing the few Windows Phone users out there to use and send animated stickers, bringing some fun to a platform that has lost its identity thanks to its creator. I'm still a fan of Windows Phone, but it's sad to see the platform losing ground everyday. Viber also lets users save photos and videos to Viber folder as well as sharing them to any app.

Grab the update in Windows Store for free. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Asphalt 8: Airborne update for Windows brings new competition, rewards and new cars.

If you're having a lonely and boring Saturday with your Windows Phone, download the latest update to Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne game to enjoy great new features. Today's update introduces Multiplayer Seasons where players will race against other players to score points in time-limited races to unlock prizes. The multiplayer league lets players earn bigger rewards at the end of the season as you drive your way through the top of the league.

An update of Asphalt 8 without new cars is not an update per se. This one adds more virtual cars for your pleasure: Falcon7, Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG series, GT by Ctroen, Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid. The developer promises more cars you cannot afford in future updates.

Check out the full change log before heading to the Windows Store to download and update Asphalt 8: Airborne:

- MULTIPLAYER SEASONS: Multiplayer just got a nitro boost of competition and rewards! Race your best against other players to score points and unlock prizes in limited-time Racing Seasons. 

- MULTIPLAYER LEAGUES: Your skills behind the wheel will be fully recognized as you score high ratings and make your way into higher leagues. The better your league, the bigger your rewards at the end of the Season! 

- NEW CARS: Hungry for more speed machines? The Falcon F7, Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series, GT by CITROEN, Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid, and more will be added regularly, so check back often! 

- NEW EVENTS: Are your skills sharpened and your engine revved for the new R&D event and 2 new Enduro Challenges? Be among the first to claim some of the most powerful cars ever added to the game! 

 - RIO & AREA 51 UPGRADES: We’ve improved our newest tracks with greater visibility, better lighting and lots of tweaks to make every race more vivid than ever.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Game Troopers launches Pebble game for Windows Phone.

I like those games that do not take a toll on your sanity and helps you enjoy, have fun and relax. Pebble from game powerhouse Game Troopers seems to fall into that category with a game that is simple, "easy to play but really hard to dominate, the perfect mixture between minimalism and velocity, all inside a peaceful environment with relaxing music". I have not played it yet, but this description definitely makes it tempting.

The game play is simple. Drag the pebbles inside a circle as long as their colors match. Should you miss, it's game over.

The game features:

  • Drag the pebbles of the right color inside the central circle.
  • Challenge your friends and play together on the same device.
  • Infinite game play, how many points can you score?
  • Boost your game play with amazing power-us.
  • Log in every day to get big rewards.
Before proceeding to the Windows Store to download Pebble on your Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, check out this short video: 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Runtastic for Windows Phone introduces Shoe Tracking to protect your joints and prevent injuries.

I never heard of shoe tracking up until today. At first, I thought it was surreal, but Runtastic really wants to help you track your shoes condition from the time you buy it and for the next 500 km you use to run or walk. Why 500 km you may ask. Well according to a study by Cook, Kuster and Brunet, "the initial cushion of running shoes dropped to 67% after about 150 miles (240 kilometers) and further to 60% after a little more than 500 miles (800 kilometers)." And another study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences "has shown that as the number of miles increases, the cushioning capability of the shoes decreases, exposing your joints to greater shock and force." So take note and mind your joints as from now on. But don't freak out, Runtastic has you covered with an update to their app for Windows Phone. 

They introduced Shoe Tracking to help keep track of the mileage on your running shoes. The app has a builtin database of shoes from which you can choose, and if your's are missing, snap a picture of your shoes to add to the app. If you have an existing shoe, specify when you started using it and include your mileage and Runtastic will take it from there. It is also capable of handling several shoes. 

Head over to the Windows Store to download the updated Runtastic and add Shoe Tracking to your fitness statistics.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Candy Crush Jelly Saga for Windows gets 420 new tasty levels.

I don't know about you, but my Candy Crush intake has dropped to the zero level now, even if the game comes pre-install in Windows 10. Candy Crush, like the Angry Birds franchise, are those games that just plain refuse to disappear. Candy Crush for its part keep adding more "chewy episodes" for the fans out there and I can tell there are a lot and I'm making this statement based on the number of phones and tablets that popup during commute with the different versions of the game running.

In order to keep the fan base happy, 420 levels were added to the game today. Yep, you have to be a fan to enjoy going through all of this. I never got to get above level 10 because I get bored very quickly. For the fans out there, head to the Windows Store to grab the update.