Fitbit Steps Into Windows Phone

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If you've been holding back on buying a Windows Phone because you weren't able to use your Fitbit with it, that excuse is officially gone. Fitbit is launching a version of its app for Windows Phone on Monday, letting users sync and share their fitness data via a native app. Fitbit for Windows Phone pairs with a wearable activity tracker like the Fitbit Flex , keeping track of the wearer's activity. When you launch the app, you'll be able to see how many steps you've walked, the number of calories burned and — assuming you wear it to bed — sleep quality, too. See also: 14 Hot Fitness Gadgets to Make You Sweat Read more... More about Windows Phone , Tech , Apps Software , Mobile , and Fitbit Read more »

Microsoft Admits to Killing the Surface Mini

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Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring. During Tuesday's quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company's line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product. See also: There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets "During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," Hood said. While she doesn't identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product's existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly. Read more... More about Microsoft , Tech , Gadgets , Mobile , and Surface Tablet Read more »

Where Will Microsoft’s 5,000 Job Cuts Come From?

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When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced some 18,000 job cuts on Thursday , he noted in a memo to employees that most of them (between 12,000 and 13,000) would come from the former Nokia. That leaves 5,000 cuts on the table, all of which have to come from various parts of Microsoft. When queried about targets, one Microsoft representative said they would come “across functions and geographies.” That could mean anyone and anything within the Microsoft sphere. The reality, though, turned out to be somewhat more specific. By Thursday afternoon, Xbox head Phil Spencer sent his team an internal memo (obtained by The Verge ) that announced the shuttering of the still-new Xbox Entertainment Studios Recode estimated that will be a cut of nearly 200 jobs, meaning that Microsoft will outsource all TV-style entertainment content scheduled to run on Xbox in the coming months. Read more... More about Microsoft , Nokia , Tech , Apps Software , and Dev Design Read more »

A Caffeinated Tech Industry Fuels Artisanal Coffee’s Third Wave

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Barry Goffe marketed business software at Microsoft for more than a decade, fueled by enough coffee to fill a hot tub. Java flowed so deeply through Goffe’s veins that he and his team of database marketers had specialty mugs made with Oracle-baiting slogans, which they gleefully handed out at the Comdex trade show in 2000. Today, Goffe is hawking coffee supplies full-time as the chief executive officer at Vaporpath. The Seattle startup created a new kind of disposable lid that aims to replicate the taste and aromas of drinking from a mug, designed for coffee snobs on the move. Instead of the standard plateau design with a small opening on the top to prevent spillage, the  Viora Lid  looks more like a valley. A large hole cut into the lid's inner wall minimizes spills by letting liquid pool in the crevice and drain back into the cup. The increased size of the opening gives drinkers access to more of the smell and flavor profile from pricey coffee beans, says Goffe. Read more »

Select Xbox 360 Owners Get $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One

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Microsoft is rewarding its "best customers" who have not yet upgraded from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One with a $75 credit to do so, according to a poster on the video game forum NeoGAF . Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that select Xbox 360 owners in the United States would receive an upgrade offer when they signed in to Xbox Live. The screen thanks the user for "being an Xbox fan" and says he will receive the credit after registering the Xbox One with an Xbox Live username. See also: Get Ready to Play All the Halo Games on Xbox One Image: NeoGAF: BeforeU The offer, according to the terms and conditions screen that was presented by NeoGAF user BeforeU , lasts until the end of July. After a user registers his new Xbox One, the $75 credit will be attached to his Xbox Live account, which can be used to purchase games and other content digitally Read more... More about Entertainment , Gaming , and Xbox Read more »

Looking for a Job? 10 Openings in Digital Media Now Accepting Resumes

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Looking for a job? The Mashable Job Board is the place to search. With over 3,000 employers, we have a wide variety of top companies seeking talented people to fill job openings in different industries. Also, be sure to read our Job Search Series for career-changing tips. Every week, we highlight recently posted openings. Check out this week's newest listings in tech and digital: Position: UX/Interaction Designer Company: McDonald's Corporation Location: Oak Brook, Illinois McDonald’s Corporation is looking to hire a User Experience Designer to embody our brand digitally in commerce, social, and media channels. The ideal candidate will have experience designing both shopping experiences and brand communications for retailers. S/he will be highly conversant with responsive design, branding and usability. Read more »

Barnes & Noble Will Split Into Two Companies

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Barnes & Noble is about to start a new chapter. The bookstore chain announced Wednesday that its board has approved a plan to split into two separate public companies: one for Barnes & Noble's retail operations and another for its Nook efforts. The plan is to finalize the split by the end of the first quarter of 2015. See also: Barnes & Noble: When Great Isn’t Good Enough "We believe we are now in a better position to begin in earnest those steps necessary to accomplish a separation of NOOK Media and Barnes & Noble Retail," Michael Huseby, CEO of Barnes & Noble, said in a statement. "We have determined that these businesses will have the best chance of optimizing shareholder value if they are capitalized and operated separately. Read more »

Microsoft Teases Possible Tuesday Launch for New Nokia X

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When it comes to product launches, it seems Microsoft likes nothing more than to keep us guessing The latest teaser from the company suggests that a new Nokia X device may be launching early next week. Unlike Nokia's other Windows Phone-powered handsets, the X line runs a special version of Android. See also: How Nokia Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Android A cryptic post on Nokia's Conversations blog simply titled "Green With Envy" seems to hint that a new product will be coming out in the next couple days. The body of the post reads "Summer brings out our inner glow... stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we've got in store." Below the text is a timer counting down until Tuesday morning, when we'll presumably find out what Nokia has planned. Read more... More about Mobile , Microsoft , Android , Nokia , and Tech Read more »

Hands On With the Beautiful, Mysterious World of ‘The Witness’

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For most of my time at E3 , I roamed the showroom floor. Sometimes, I ducked into a closed-door demo; other times, I tested out indie creations with developers explaining their concepts. The whole experience was loud. Overwhelming. Chaotic. So when I sat down in a nearly empty room for an hour to play The Witness , the highly anticipated sophomore game from Jonathan Blow, the first thing that struck me was the quiet Read more »

‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Has the Power to Turn on Your Xbox One

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Yo, Aaron Paul, please stop turning on everyone's Xbox consoles. The Breaking Bad star's commercial for Microsoft's Xbox One has apparently been interacting with Xbox One owners in real life. See also: Xbox One Ups Its App Ante With Vine, Twitter, HBO Go In the ad, Paul uses some of the Xbox Kinect's voice commands, such as "Xbox on." When an Xbox One owner with a Kinect sensor says this, the device turns on. And, apparently, when Paul says it in the commercial, the Xbox thinks someone in the room said it, and turns on. HAHAHA omg @aaronpaul_8 just turned my Xbox One via the Xbox advert. Read more »