October 29th 2014, 7:48 pm PT

Introducing Microsoft Health & Microsoft Band

Today we have announced Microsoft Health, a new cloud powered service to store your health and fitness data.

In addition, we also introduced Microsoft Band a smart band with 10  smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement and advanced sleep quality tracking.

More details on this story on the Microsoft News Center


October 29th 2014 at 7:48 pm | Gadgets | 154 comments

September 23rd 2013, 9:17 am PT

Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories

The Surface team announced new hardware (Coming Oct. 22nd) and some pretty nice accessories today.

Full details on the Surface blog.

September 23rd 2013 at 9:17 am | Gadgets | 53 comments

March 10th 2011, 7:46 pm PT

I need a new travel router


I tend to travel frequently, sometimes many times per month. One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel room is get all my gear connected and online. I usually travel with a couple of laptops, Smartphones etc…all of which I’d like to have online. The problem is that most hotel rooms have a single wired connection in the room or a wireless network available. For a variety of reasons, I prefer to use the wired connection. The quality of service tends to be more stable, but more importantly I can wirelessly share out my single wired internet connection to get my devices online. Here is how you can do it with Windows or you can see it’s pretty easy.


Where I run in a rough spot is if there is ONLY a wireless connection available.


What to do?


Since laptops generally only have one Wi-fi radio on-board, you can not use the sharing method above since the one radio is being used to get the laptop online. There is no easy way to share out the wireless connection wirelessly.


41ATF38JBEL. SL160  Cisco Linksys WTR54GS Wireless G Travel Router with Speedbooster

What I need is a small travel router with one important difference: It needs to have two Wi-Fi radios. Not Dual-Band…but two completely different radios, one to connect to the local wireless network, and then a SECOND radio to share that connection out via a wireless network as a hot spot for my devices.

A few years ago, I picked up the Cisco-Linksys WTR54GS Wireless G Travel Router (pictured on the right) that claims it could do exactly this. After using the stock Linksys and various versions of DD-WRT and Tomato firmware, I’ve given up. I’ve spent far too much time trying to get it working than actually using it in the manner of which I need.


My search is now on for a unit that will ‘just work’ the way I need it to: Joining an existing wireless network that has internet connectivity and then sharing it out wirelessly for my devices. I imagine there are other road warriors that need something similar, but all of my searches have come up empty.


Any ideas?


March 10th 2011 at 7:46 pm | Gadgets | 32 comments

February 15th 2010, 3:00 pm PT

Xbox LIVE coming to Windows Phones 7 series


Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer announced that when Windows Phone 7 series ships later this year, it will come with Xbox LIVE support. Specifically, the Windows Phone 7 Games hub will allow you to:

  • Collect Achievements and build your Gamerscore
  • View Xbox LIVE leaderboards
  • See your Xbox LIVE Avatar
  • Access Spotlight feeds, including the latest tips and tricks, game news, updates and more
  • Add Xbox LIVE friends to your friends list while out on the go
  • Turn-based (asynchronous) multiplayer gaming

I’ll have more details of this over the next few months and I’ll get some folks on from the mobile team to come on my show to answer some of your questions.

Until then, keep an eye on this site where later today we’ll post the video of Steve Ballmer’s press announcement. Here is the official press release.


Edit: The Windows Phone blog has posted a video demo of the new Windows Phone interface



February 15th 2010 at 3:00 pm | Gadgets | 49 comments