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Your weekend reading: Here's everything we published this week

Another big week in tech news -- and we've got you covered with the useful, hands-on application of all the tech. Here's what we posted this week.


We posted some how-tos:

How to Optimize Your Android Phone's Storage — By employing some digital fat-trimming smarts, you’ll be able to save room for that next tower-defense game, or to take a few more videos of your kids wrestling with the cat. Stop the digital hoarding and reign things in with these tips.

How-To: Create a Windows System Image for Windows 10 Devices — By creating this system image on a routine and regular basis you could have your system restored and back up and running in a very short period of time compared to a clean install of the OS and other software.

How-To: Use File History Backup in Windows 10 — The process of creating a backup of important data needs to be easy to implement. The tools also need to have the capability to take care of itself for the most part and leave you to just test your backups every once in a while.


We took tours through some recent Microsoft releases:

Windows 10 Mobile is Now Available - Here is What You Need to Know — This article will provide you the details about the upgrade, how the process will work, resources that are available to assist you during the transition period and details about the specs those Windows Phone 8.1 devices must have to be eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade.

Windows 10 Mobile Caveats for Windows Phone 8.1 Upgraders — While more devices could be added in the future, those who are making their first move to Windows 10 Mobile will want to be aware of some caveats that Microsoft has provided today concerning the differences between the two OSs and available services.

Windows Insider Program Eligibility Shrinks After Windows 10 Mobile CB Release — Microsoft started the much anticipated roll out of Windows 10 Mobile (Build 10586.164) upgrade to owners of just 18 Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. Those handsets, along with six others that were already available in retail channels with Windows 10 installed, now make up the entire handset distribution for Windows 10 Mobile in the Current Branch - aka CB.

Mobile - Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Tracker for 2016 — Here's our tracker for releases, updated with new information.

PC - Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Tracker for 2016 — Here's our tracker for releases, updated with new information.

Troubleshooting Tools for OneDrive — Here's a tour through Microsoft's collection of tools and tips to assist OneDrive users in troubleshooting some common and basic issues they may be experiencing.

Windows 10 Build 14291 - Visual Changes and Enhancements  —Windows 10 Build 14291, which was released yesterday for PC and Mobile devices, continues adding new features to the Redstone development branch of Windows as we get closer to the expected release of the Redstone 1 update this summer.

Microsoft Edge to Begin Supporting Extensions  —Good news, Windows insiders! Your Microsoft Edge experience just improved.

Check out Microsoft Edge Extensions in Windows 10 Build 14291  —This gallery will give you a closer look at the implementation of browser extensions in Windows 10 Build 14291 so you can see how they work in the browser.


And we covered a lot of other news in the tech space:

HERE They Go - Windows 10 Support Pulled for HERE Apps — The rumble was from unhappy Windows 10 users around the world as they see a very significant collection of apps leaving their beloved platform.

Skype for Web Gains New Capabilities in Latest Update — These updates, announced yesterday on the Skype Garage & Updates blog, bring near feature parity to the web version of Skype and give the user complete freedom to access the service on any computer with a browser. This avoids the need for a separate program download if you are not on your own device.

One Possible Reason for Microsoft Band Pairing Problems with Android Phones — One interesting result from early switchers moving to Android is the inability to pair the Microsoft Band. Why? It apparently has to do with the length of the name given to the Microsoft Band.

OneDrive Uses Telemetry Data to Improve Online Sharing Options — Thanks to the Microsoft OneDrive team, we have a new real world example of how data can show Microsoft when a feature in one of its services is now working well.

Amazon's brick-and-mortar store: We take a tour —  In the ultimate blending of the World Wide Web and the real world, we took a camera inside the Seattle bookstore Amazon now operates -- and we saw exactly how the store's designed to optimize all the data we've been feeding it all these years.

What is my CPNI and Why Does AT&T Want to Share it? — This sharing of CPNI data would also extend to un-named subsidiaries or affiliates of AT&T Inc that provide, design, market or sell these products and/or services.

Win a Free Conference Pass to IT/Dev Connections 2016! — We're happy to announce and formally kick-off a very unique and rewarding program called “ITDC: Work to Win” that can get you a free conference pass to IT/Dev Connections 2016.

Microsoft Health App Updated, Fixes Activity Sharing and Other Bugs — Folks testing Windows 10 Mobile as part of the Insider’s club have had non-stop issues with the Microsoft Band and their Windows 10 Mobile devices

Follow-up Review: ArmorSuit MilitaryShield for Microsoft Band 2  —Once applied, the screen protector is virtually invisible.


And don't forget that we run a daily digest of the news; it's the perfect five-minute read as you start your mornings. Check out:

Wednesday -- Amazon doubles down on retail as a way to sell people on its cloud-based offerings and to demonstrate its command of big data.

Thursday -- Microsoft's Tough Mudder partnership is the latest entrant into a field where tech hopes to score big in the health- and health-adjacent industries via the wearables market.

Friday -- Windows 10 Mobile begins rolling out to the masses at large, for a definition of "masses" that includes "Lumias."

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