Tag: Windows Phone 8.1

Wednesday - February 21st, 2024

Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 238 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 238 of Observed Tech. This week was actually not too busy in the world of Microsoft with the exception of Microsoft’s 4th Quarter FY17 financials being announced and they were very good. The companies stock continues to trade at all time highs which is great for stock holders and the continued transformation of their business on the digital front is working in many ways. On the Windows 10 development front we saw no new builds this week because a tentatively planned release hit a publishing snag and so it did not get pushed out to testers. However, there were two Windows Insider Bug Bash Livestreams on Mixer and we learned a few things from those about future updates and features. The final Bug Bash for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update wraps up this weekend and it also looks like this feature update is pretty well locked in on the feature side including its name. I also delve into an opinion piece that surfaced this week about the Windows Insider Program and how that author feels like the program has lost its way.  Spread throughout the show are plenty of other tidbits across a wide range of tech subjects so be sure to listen all the way until the end. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 144 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 144. Well last weeks temporary recording setup garnered some nice feedback and was actually clearer that my home recording setup. Pretty impressive for a digital voice recorder. I have done some experimenting at home with my standard recoding gear and have applied a few tweaks to the audio in post editing to try and find similar clarity. Please let me know how this weeks edition sounds in comparison. I kick things off by talking about my shift from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. Microsoft was offering such a good deal and it was just a week before my birthday so my wife, who is the greatest already, got me the Xbox One from one of the Microsoft Store’s in Orlando. The deal was excellent as I got the Madden NFL 15 console bundle (without Kinect) plus the free game offer (I chose Forza 5) and a $50 Xbox Live Gift Card. So two games, the $50 gift card and the console was $425 including the tax. The timing and the deal was pretty spectacular. Of course, my acquisition of an Xbox One was not the only news over the last seven days. Some big news over the weekend was that Microsoft should be announcing on Monday the $2.5 billion dollar purchase of the company that makes Minecraft, lots of Windows 9 screenshots and video leaks and the analysis of what was being seen plus Apple announced their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which will be available soon and an Apple Watch that will not be available until next year sometime. Of course, there are many other areas with news including a summary of all the new OEM’s building Windows Phone devices, Xbox sales double in August but Sony still leads overall sales for 8th month in a row and the era of apps and services that make information expire as a norm. Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

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