Microsoft Will Reportedly Not Launch New Band; Instead Focus on Its Health Service

Microsoft Will Reportedly Not Launch New Band; Instead Focus on Its Health Service


  • There won’t be a third-iteration to the Microsoft Band fitness tracker
  • Microsoft Band was launched in 2014
  • Microsoft Band 2 was launched in 2015

If a new report is to be believed then Microsoft may be done with its Band fitness trackers, and is instead focusing on its Health service. The Redmond-based giant has so far unveiled Microsoft Bandback in 2014 priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 12,000), and the Microsoft Band 2 in 2015 at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,300).

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley citing sources claim that Microsoft has “no plans” to release third-generation of the Band fitness tracker this year. She also added that the company “disbanded” the team that was working on the Band to run Windows 10 “a number of weeks ago.” To recall, the original Band and Band 2 ran custom firmware and not Windows. The company is likely to push its Health service which made its debut back in 2014.

Microsoft didn’t confirm (or deny) the details, but instead asserted the company’s commitment to its Health service. “We continue to invest and innovate in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. We also continue to sell Microsoft Band 2 and remain deeply committed to supporting our customers and exploring the wearables space,” stated Microsoft.

Microsoft, unlike its Lumia smartphone range, never made the Bands available in several markets giving an impression that the company was targeting only specific markets with the wearable.

The Redmond giant has lately been streamlining its products and has already given up on the Lumia smartphone range. The company is expected to launch the Surface range of smartphones soon.

To refresh, the Microsoft Band 2 features a curved Oled display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and comes equipped with sensors such as GPS, gyroscope, and barometer among others. These sensors enable UV monitoring, offer guided workouts, sleep tracking, and measure calorie intake. The Band 2 works with Android and iOS apart from Windows 10 Mobile. The Microsoft Band 2 also features Cortana integration.

Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft Band, Wearable, Fitness Tracker



Firefox Will Try to Show You Saved Archive of a Page Instead of 404 Error

Firefox Will Try to Show You Saved Archive of a Page Instead of 404 ErrorFirefox Will Try to Show You Saved Archive of a Page Instead of 404 Error
The new add-on is called No More 404s
It replaces Error 404 with archived snapshots
The add-on is powered by Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
After introducing a big update for its browser users, Firefox has added some new features to its Test Pilot platform. The most significant is a new add-on called No More 404s that replaces the age-old Error 404 on a missing webpage, with saved archives from the Wayback Machine.

Normally, when presented with a missing link, the browser shows the 404 error. However, Mozilla’s No More 404s add-on will give Firefox users the choice to see old Internet snapshots saved in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. This is especially handy for users trying to do research or just dig up some old graves due to curiosity.

For now, this add-on is only available in Firefox’s experimental Test Pilot platform, with no details on availability for regular Firefox users. Interested users can install the test version here. Apart from this, the Test Pilot platform also introduced improved search results through the Awesome Bar, redesigned the Tabs bar to the side, and even tweaked the history feed.

At the beginning of this week, Mozilla began rolling Firefox 48 for its desktop and Android users. The update is significant on desktop because it introduces a new multi-process Firefox feature to ensure less lag and fewer crashes of the browser.
Firefox for Android saw few changes like the Synced Tabs moved to the History panel, Bookmarks and Reading Lists merged together, and also the ability to pause a video playing on the browser when the user receives a call. The update for iOS users came last month with several improvements to the search engine, a redesigned toolbar, and the ability to use less RAM and CPU for increased battery efficiency.

Share a screenshot and win Samsung smartphones worth Rs. 90,000 by participating in the #BrowseFaster contest.

Tags: Firefox, Firefox Add-ons, Firefox Test Pilot Platform, Mozilla, No More 404s


India should focus on peace instead of deploying BrahMos missiles in Arunachal Pradesh, says China

The Chinese government on Thursday said India should prioritise peace-building along the Sino-Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh instead of deploying BrahMos cruise missiles in the region, reportedReuters. Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesperson Wu Qian said, “We hope that the Indian side can do more to benefit from peace and stability along the border and in the region.”

Last month, the Cabinet committee on security cleared the raising of a new regiment, which will be equipped with an advanced version of the BrahMos missile. The Indian Army had shot down China’s warning of counter-measures as retaliation to the development. Stating that the government aimed at improving India’s civil and military facilities in the region, an Indian official said, “Our threat perceptions and security concerns are our own, and how we address these by deploying assets on our territory should be no one else’s concern.”

The Sino-Indian border has been a matter of dispute as China lays claim on parts of Arunachal Pradesh, and both countries have varying versions of the Line of Actual Control that separates the countries.