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Next Lock Screen updated, now with more messaging support and music controls

The experimental Garage Team of Microsoft has been busy working on new apps and updates of existing apps. The Next Lock Screen app for Android was updated only last December but more improvements have been added recently by the Microsoft Garage Team. The Next Lock Screen for Android now has Music Player Controls, more multimedia messaging (MMS) support, enhanced instant messaging support, and improved performance on memory usage aside from the expected bug fixes.

Preview of Microsoft Office apps for Android tablets now expanded

Back in November 2014, Microsoft opened up a preview for their Office apps for Android tablet users who wanted to get a feel of what it would be like to have Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on their devices. They've now announced that they are making it easier for interested tablet users to get access to these preview apps by making it readily available on the Google Play Store.

Snail Games to release Obox gaming console at CES 2015

You’ve seen it before, and you’re likely to see it again – whatever the big manufacturers can do, China can do as well. Snail Games, an online gaming outfit based in China is planning to take on Sony and Microsoft by putting out an Android gaming console called Obox Online, scheduled to be launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas just a few weeks from now.

Rockstar Consortium to end patent wars, sells 4,000 patents

Early Christmas gift or hell freezing over (again)? Rockstar Consortium (not to be confused with Rockstar, the game developers) and patent clearinghouse RPX have announced an agreement that would transfer ownership of 4,000 patents that the consortium owns over to RPX. And as part of that agreement, Rockstar has agreed to drop all ongoing patent lawsuits against the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. Sadly for Google and Cisco, this announcement comes after they've agreed to settle a similar patent squabble with Rockstar last month.

Microsoft Xim 1.3 share your photos onto the bigscreen

Picture sharing is a great way to communicate with your friends and family and is essentially the core of most social media today. Microsoft Xim is an app that lets you share your photos with friends and family through their own phone. Usually when you have a photo you’d like to share, your friends would gather around you to see. Now you don’t have to worry about the overcrowding, Xim hosts the pictures onto your friends’ phone and lets you browse through the pictures together. Today Xim has come out with a new update that lets you share photos from your phone to the big screen.

Microsoft releases new apps for Android

Microsoft has just released a slew of new apps for Android: MSN Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, News, Weather, Sports, and Money. Looks like the Redmond developers have been busy working on apps for a different platform it’s actually confusing. Not that there’s a law against who can and can’t make apps for Android but sometimes you’ll wonder why. But then again, Microsoft could just be very generous and kind that it’s bringing important programs to the mobile platform.

Next Lock Screen update: more personalization, weather status

Microsoft's experimental Garage Team came up with a bunch of pretty nifty Android apps ever since they started it earlier this year. One of the useful apps they developed was the Next Lock Screen, a time-saving quick launcher that lets you see the important things you need to see even when your smartphone is on locked screen mode. An update to the app now brings even more personalization options, which can be an alternative to the Android 5.0 Lollipop's new notification scheme.

Search through Bing at the shake of your phone with Torque

"Google it" has become a very common sentence or command in an era where search has become almost second nature to digital natives (and even digital newbies). But if you're the type of person to go "anti-establishment" or you feel like Google doesn't bring you the search results you really want or need, then your next best bet would be its competitor, Microsoft's Bing. An app, previously available on smartwatches only, can also now bring you quick results on your smartphone with just a shake.

Microsoft rolls out Skype for Web, still in beta mode

Microsoft seems to be doing a Google by introducing Skype for Web. The program is still in beta mode but it looks promising. This Google-like move refers to the software giant bringing the instant messaging to the web. This means no need to install Skype as a native app on your desktop because you can now enjoy the program on any web browser, on any device, anytime. It’s like using Hangouts on your computer.