Microsoft’s new activity tracker is the $249 Microsoft Band

A new Surface and new Lumia smartphones might be what everyone’s waiting to hear about at today’s Microsoft event, but the company made it clear it’s still chugging along in another area: wearables.

The new Microsoft wearable is called Microsoft Band, the same name as last year’s activity-tracker. The new one looks sleeker than last year’s Band, with a wider, curved touch-sensitive display coated in Gorilla Glass 3. It now has Cortana integration — if you miss a workout, Cortana will remind you. The new Band also has a barometer, to measure elevation.

Like last year’s Band, it offers GPS, heart rate, calorie and sleep tracking, guided workouts and smart notifications. It works with iOS, Android and, if course, Microsoft Windows Phone…

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These are the T-Mobile smartphones getting Marshmallow first

Is Marshmallow coming to your smartphone? Photo: GoogleT-Mobile has released a list of smartphones and tablets that will be first to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. The list includes devices from HTC, LG, Samsung, and Google — but not Motorola. According to T-Mobile, the devices in the list below “are currently preparing to deliver a software update.” This means T-Mobile has agreed

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Microsoft calls out Tim Cook ahead of Surface Pro 4 announcement

In April 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered this opinion of tablet–laptop hybrids: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user.”

More than three years later, Microsoft’s Surface lineup has continued to be a flagship device and a symbol of its goals for Windows. Just hours before its new Surface Pro / Lumia event, Microsoft’s head of Windows and devices Terry Myerson tweeted this callback:

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Microsoft promotes Windows 10 with stickers of ninja cat riding a doge

For those attending today’s Surface Pro / Lumia event, Microsoft is handing out stickers featuring its ninja cat — often seen riding dinosaurs and fire-breathing unicorns — riding internet icon of yesteryear, doge. The pair, of course, is surrounded by comic sans — horrible to the eye, yes, but customary for doge-related internet things.

So what are the big features of Windows 10?

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