Bing apps get updated, now branded MSN

The Bing apps have been providing people with a set of really awesome immersive vertical experiences around Weather, News, Sports, Finance, Travel, Health & Fitness, and Food & Drink on devices running Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. They are some of my favorite apps and highly recommended. With today’s updates, these apps will now have one unified and consistent Azure-powered experience across all these devices to MSN in the cloud. These apps will now be branded to reflect their alignment to the MSN premium experience for content combined as well as personal productivity features. Bing will continue to provide search and intelligent experiences such as powering Cortana. All the apps will retain their existing names except for Bing Finance which will now be MSN Money.

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As part of today’s updates, the Health & Fitness and Weather apps now make it easy to access information from these apps right on the Lock screen of your Windows Phone. Now at quick glance, you will be able to see the latest weather from the Weather app right on your Lock screen. And if you have a Nokia Lumia 1520, 630, or 630 smartphone, you will now be able to keep track of steps taken via the pedometer and GPS tracker in the Health & Fitness app also right on your Lock screen. You don’t need to unlock your phone and launch the individual apps!

Read about these app updates as well as the new MSN launch happening today here in this blog post.



New HP Stream thin-and-light Windows Notebooks and Tablets including $99 Stream 7 tablet just unveiled

HP is adding to the HP Stream line of affordable thin-and-light Windows devices today with two new laptops and two new tablets.

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The HP Stream 7 and HP Steam 8 are 7-inch and 8-inch Windows tablets that are powered by Intel and come with a 1-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive online storage and 60 minutes of Skype each month. The HP Stream 8 tablet also includes an optional 200MB of free 4G data each month with no annual contract for the life of the device too.

The HP Stream 7 tablet is expected to be available starting at $99.99 (U.S.) and the HP Stream 8 tablet is expected to be available starting at $149.99 (U.S.) in November.

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The two new HP Stream laptops will come with either an 11.6-inch HD display or a 13.3-inch HD optional touch display. They have an innovative fanless design and are powered by high efficiency Intel Celeron processors with 32GB of eMMC flash memory. These laptops perform the way you expect them when doing the things you want to do and operate cool and quietly. They also have a stylish gradient design available in Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue colors. Who doesn’t love color? Better yet, these HP Stream laptops come with a 1-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive online storage. Oh and they also come with a $25 gift card in the box to uses to buy apps or games from the Windows Store.

The HP Stream 11.6-inch model is expected to be available starting at $199.99 (U.S.) and the HP Stream 13.3-inch model is expected to be available starting at $229.99 (U.S.) in November.


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