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PUBG Miramar Map Test Begins Soon on Xbox One Consoles

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:20:20 +0000

After a five month wait, console players of the popular PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) battle royale game will now be able to try out a second map. The Miramar Map on PUBG, often referred to as the Desert Map, gets mixed reviews by PC players. Based on what I have read on the PUBG forums and...

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 263 #OTP

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:02:56 +0000

Welcome to Episode 263 of Observed Tech. I am excited to unveil the new Observed Tech PODCAST Logo with this episode. The anchor element of the logo, which you will see across all properties that publish the show, includes an awesome hand drawn headshot by fellow Microsoft MVP @reverentgeek. The background is of course my favorite color of blue, #004A7F, the same I use here on WindowsObserver.com. After fawning over the new logo, I jump in and talk about the latest on Windows 10 Redstone 4 and Redstone 5 development builds. We unexpectedly got a new build this past week that quickly made its way from Fast Ring into Slow after four days. Less than an hour later it was already in Release Preview ring for testers. Can you say release fever? Anyway, I then spend some time talking about the whole Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17133 process and why the community needs to stop focusing on RTM builds. In reality there is no such build anymore when it comes to Windows. Build 17133 was simply a Release Preview and that information came directly from the testing ring it was released to - no guessing required. Anyway - we need a new approach so I make my case for that for a pretty good chunk of the show. My show - my soapbox! Of course, there are other news headlines throughout the show so be sure to listen all the way until the end and not miss anything. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Alexa Blueprints Make You A Code Free Skills Creator

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:09:03 +0000

This past week Amazon made available a new tool called Alexa Blueprints. This web based site enables you to create your own skills for Alexa without any coding skills. If you can follow a wizard based interface and straight forward instructions then you can build your own unique skills for Alexa. First you must have...

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Twitter PWA Update Adds Pinned User Tiles & Slimmer Snapped Sizing

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:59:36 +0000

The folks at Twitter continue their work on advancing the capabilities of their freshly minted official app on Windows 10. In the latest additions to the app that were made public late yesterday, Twitter has added pinned user tiles and a new slimmed down snapped mode for the app. After a little more than three...

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Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17133 History and Expectations

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:28:38 +0000

Windows enthusiasts everywhere, well at least those that play close attention to such things like members of the Windows Insider Program do, are catching their breath this evening after a significant shuffling of the cards happened with the next feature update of Windows 10. Many observers have been under an expectation these last couple of...

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 262 #OTP

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:03:44 +0000

Welcome to episode 262 of Observed Tech. Although there was very little Windows Insider activity this past week, I have some stats to hare from Windows Insider Chief Ninjatcat Dona Sarkar. She shared some details about the program including good news from a meeting with Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie who is overall responsible now for Windows Core after the recent reorganization at Microsoft. I also update everyone on the latest rumors, speculation, and reality around the release of Redstone 4. What has me quite excited lately is seeing Twitter's work on their three week old Progressive Web Application on Windows 10. They are iterating quite quickly and really showing the strength of this method of delivering services and features. Of course, there are other news headlines throughout the show so be sure to listen all the way until the end and not miss anything. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Twitter PWA App Adds JumpLists

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:51:20 +0000

It is starting to feel like WindowsObserver.com is becoming TwitterPWA.com but I promise you that is not the case. However, documenting the progress that is happening on the Twitter PWA app has been quite fascinating. The Twitter PWA app first replaced its now archaic Universal Windows Platform (UWP) counterpart back on 23 March. Since then...

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Add Bluetooth to Your Desktop for Near Share Feature

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:56:30 +0000

When Microsoft releases the fifth feature update for Windows 10 a new sharing option will become available. Near Share in Windows 10 Redstone 4 uses Bluetooth capability to make any device accessible as a local share target for files and website links. This upcoming feature of Windows 10 is part of the operating systems Share Dialog....

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Twitter PWA on Windows 10 Now a Share Target

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:00:20 +0000

It has been pretty amazing watching the progress of the Twitter PWA app on Windows 10 over the last few weeks. Twitter’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app never gained many of the latest features of the service. No 280 character tweets, no images or sharing of tweets in Direct Messages, and no bookmarking of tweets....

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Background Updating Progressive Web Apps

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:52:40 +0000

When Windows 10 Redstone 4 is released in the near future, one of its key enhancements will be support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 has cataloged its first batch of PWAs and this process will increase after the Redstone 4 update is finally made available to the general public....

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