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Find My Band, Clear My Band, and Band Sensor Monitor updated for Microsoft Band 2

If you happen to be sporting a Microsoft Band 2, you'll be happy to know that three popular app, Band Sensor Monitor, Clear My Band, and Find My Band have all been updated to support the refreshed wearable. Developer Venetasoft notes that each app also now supports the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. While Band Sensor Monitor doesn't yet have an updated changelog, here's how they read for Clear My Band and Find My Band:

  • fix for Band2
  • fix for Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview

As for version numbers, you're looking at version 1.0.2.4 for Clear My Band, 1.0.0.7 for Find My Band, and 1.4.1.0 for Band Sensor Monitor. The developer also says that the colors have been updated from purple to blue to match the refreshed Microsoft Health app.

If you'd like to check out the latest versions of each app with your Microsoft Band 2, you can hit up the Windows Store links below.

Download Band Sensor Monitor ($1.99)

Download Clear My Band ($0.99)

Download Find My Band (Free)










Find My Band, Clear My Band, and Band Sensor Monitor updated for Microsoft Band 2

If you happen to be sporting a Microsoft Band 2, you'll be happy to know that three popular app, Band Sensor Monitor, Clear My Band, and Find My Band have all been updated to support the refreshed wearable. Developer Venetasoft notes that each app also now supports the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. While Band Sensor Monitor doesn't yet have an updated changelog, here's how they read for Clear My Band and Find My Band:

  • fix for Band2
  • fix for Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview

As for version numbers, you're looking at version 1.0.2.4 for Clear My Band, 1.0.0.7 for Find My Band, and 1.4.1.0 for Band Sensor Monitor. The developer also says that the colors have been updated from purple to blue to match the refreshed Microsoft Health app.

If you'd like to check out the latest versions of each app with your Microsoft Band 2, you can hit up the Windows Store links below.

Download Band Sensor Monitor ($1.99)

Download Clear My Band ($0.99)

Download Find My Band (Free)










Microsoft to offer free Display Dock with 950 XL in U.S. [Update]

Update: Microsoft has now removed the reference to the Lumia 950 in the offer details, so it looks like this offer is just for the Lumia 950 XL.

Original Story: After coming out with similar offers in other countries around the world, Microsoft is now offering the Continuum Display Dock peripheral as a freebie for early buyers of both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in the US. The offer very much reflects a similar one revealed for Germany and the UK in late October. From the Microsoft Store listing:

Eligible for free Microsoft Display Dock with purchase of Lumia 950 or 950 XL via the Lumia Offers app, while supplies last.

Curiously, while the offer details appear on the product page for the 950 XL and mention that the freebie will be available for the 950 as well, the same details don't appear on the 950's product page.

Moving down to the fine print of the offer, it looks like it is available with valid purchase and registration between November 25 and January 31, 2016 while supplies last. Buyers will then have until February 29, 2016 to redeem their promotional code from the Lumia Offers app on the Microsoft Store.

Keep in mind that neither the Lumia 950 nor the 950 XL are yet available to order from the Microsoft Store in the U.S., but you can check out the details on the product page at the source link below.

Thanks for the tips, Junaid and Chris!










Microsoft to offer free Display Dock with 950 XL in U.S. [Update]

Update: Microsoft has now removed the reference to the Lumia 950 in the offer details, so it looks like this offer is just for the Lumia 950 XL.

Original Story: After coming out with similar offers in other countries around the world, Microsoft is now offering the Continuum Display Dock peripheral as a freebie for early buyers of both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in the US. The offer very much reflects a similar one revealed for Germany and the UK in late October. From the Microsoft Store listing:

Eligible for free Microsoft Display Dock with purchase of Lumia 950 or 950 XL via the Lumia Offers app, while supplies last.

Curiously, while the offer details appear on the product page for the 950 XL and mention that the freebie will be available for the 950 as well, the same details don't appear on the 950's product page.

Moving down to the fine print of the offer, it looks like it is available with valid purchase and registration between November 25 and January 31, 2016 while supplies last. Buyers will then have until February 29, 2016 to redeem their promotional code from the Lumia Offers app on the Microsoft Store.

Keep in mind that neither the Lumia 950 nor the 950 XL are yet available to order from the Microsoft Store in the U.S., but you can check out the details on the product page at the source link below.

Thanks for the tips, Junaid and Chris!










Verizon receives FCC waiver necessary to implement Wi-Fi calling

Like AT&T before it, Verizon has now secured the necessary waiver from the FCC to roll out Wi-Fi calling. The waiver allows Verizon to delay implementation of teletypewriter (TTY), a service for those with hearing impairments that doesn't work well with Wi-Fi calling. The waiver expires on December 31, 2017, which gives Verizon time to implement its own planned real-time text (RTT) service instead.

It's unclear when we'll see Verizon roll out Wi-Fi calling, but the waiver is the same as the one that was granted to AT&T, which rolled out Wi-Fi calling in a matter of days after it was granted.

To recap, Wi-Fi calling allows customers to place phone calls over Wi-Fi with a compatible phone if they're in a place with limited cellular signal. Calls will then transition between Wi-Fi and cellular when necessary.

Thanks to Keith for the tip!

Source: FCC










Beats Music will play its final tune on November 30

Now that Apple Music has gained some traction, Beats Music has announced it will shut down on November 30. The news was confirmed through an updated support page on the Beats Music website, as well as through an email being sent out to Sonos users:

Beats Music is ending all service on November 30, but don't worry - Apple Music is coming soon to Sonos. By moving your Beats Music account to Apple Music, you'll be able to keep your playlists and preferences and listen on Sonos as soon as it is available. Keep an eye out for your invitation with all of the details.

The email goes on to note that Beats Music users when Beats Music users switch over to Apple Music, they can bring all of their playlists and preferences with them. The shutdown date will mark 5 months since Apple Music hit the scene on June 30 following its announcement at WWDC.

Source: Beats Music










Free App of the Week: Become a document master with PDF Expert 5

The end of the week is upon us, which means it's time for another free app of the week on the App Store. This week, you can become the master of your documents with PDF Expert 5.

PDF Expert 5 is a fantastic app from the folks at Readdle, and usually runs $9.99. The app will allow you to easily read, annotate, and sign any PDF documents you have on hand. There's also a great file manager built in, and the annotation mode gives you tons of options for customizing your markup. And best of all, the app was just updated this week with the following features, including iPad Pro support:

  • Optimized for iPad Pro.
  • Settings sync via iCloud.
  • Added hand off support.
  • Improved app perfomance.

PDF Expert 5 will be free on the App Store through November 19, and it's definitely worth picking up for any PDF signing and annotating you may have to do in the future.