Skype finally fixes notifications

Skype! Remember Skype? Good old Skype. It was dominant, powerful, a friend that only let you down at most twice or three times per day. Then the market was suddenly flooded with competitors: Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, FaceTime, on and on. I would use Skype, you said to yourself pensively, but some parts of it are really weird.

Today Skype gets slightly less weird. Today the notifications are...

OneNote available on Android tablets; Windows Store app update adds printing

Earlier today Microsoft updated two versions of OneNote. The Windows Store version1 finally feels feature complete. Microsoft has baked in support for printing in portrait or landscape. You can also insert file attachments and PDFs, and that means you can print to PDF then edit it and print those results in a symphony of editorial recursion. Finally, you can highlight using a pen or "finger paint," in custom colors and thicknesses.

The Android version2 now supports tablets. It adds handwriting with styli or fingers too. It's not as full-featured as with the Windows Store app version or even what's available on iOS, but it should do the job in a pinch.

1. Aka the Modern Windows version. Aka the version that still makes us wish Microsoft had just found a way to keep the Metro brand around. Yes, it's depressing that it's hard for some of us to let this go, but every time we're made to discuss which version of a Windows app we're using it reopens that old wound. This author apologizes...

Metro or die

ReddX is the Xbox One's new dedicated Reddit app

Microsoft is launching a dedicated Reddit app on Xbox One. ReddX, which allows Xbox One owners to browse the hyper-popular social network, submit their own links, and up and downvote content from the console, will be available on the system in North America from the 19th of August. Other apps, s...

National Security

Hacking Team is spreading government malware through YouTube and Microsoft Live

You don't have to click on a sketchy link to end up downloading malware. A new report from Citizen Lab's Morgan Marquis-Boire shows how companies can spread targeted malware by intercepting web traffic en route, sending malicious traffic from an otherwise friendly link. A company called Hacking Team has been using the tactics on traffic from YouTube and Microsoft's servers, seeding innocent videos with surveillance software designed to track the target's activities online.

Xbox One's new media player is perfect for watching torrents

Microsoft announced its plans to bring a standalone media player to Xbox One earlier this week, and now the company is previewing some of its new features. A dashboard update for Xbox One preview users is rolling out in preparation for the media player app beta, with some of the new social and TV features. While the media player isn’t available just yet, Microsoft is demonstrating how it works in a preview video.

The media player, a highly...

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