The Fitbit Diaries: Getting back into the swing of sweat.

In an effort to get back onto the fitness wagon, I picked up a Fitbit Charge 2, at Costco. I have to say that it’s been nice to get back on the fitness wagon. The Fitbit has changed my perception(s) of how healthy I thought I was. Now I make (some) better decisions in terms of what to eat, and when to exercise.

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[UPDATED 5 July] Microsoft Rewards App on Xbox One for Insiders

[UPDATE] Microsoft Rewards app for Xbox One is now generally available to the public for its authorized regions: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9N43KFKG7HZT

I own two Zunes (yes, still).  Up until just last year had a Windows 10 Mobile phone.  I was subscribed to Microsoft’s Groove Music Pass until its sad, sad death.  So I was ready when I read about the Xbox Live Rewards program being shut down at the end of May.

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Conversation Piece: Microsoft + Music – An emotional roller coaster!

When I got my Microsoft MVP award, in 2008, it was for Zune – arguably, Microsoft’s biggest foray into the music services space. It had everything, I loved about music, as a medium: ways to discover new music and support artists, a community built around sharing and discussing music, and a way for you to show your love for the music that you listen to (Zune Social profiles).

Even the devices ended up on the sexy side – well, once you got past that brick of a first device. v2 and the Zune HD were wonderfully designed music players, that complimented the service very well.

In 2018, through several changes, fits, and starts, that’s all gone, and in its place is well…

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Some great news apps, on Xbox One, and one that should be there…

In this day and age, it’s important to keep up with current events. There’s a lot going on, in this world, and we should take it upon ourselves to stay informed. To that extent, there are plenty of apps on Xbox One, that allow you to keep up with the news. Here’s some of the key ones:

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#Tip: Utilize the Insects “game” to showcase 4k, HDR, and spatial audio, on your Xbox One S or One X.

Back in 2017, Xbox released an app called “Insects.” The purpose of the app was to showcase the differences between 4k imagery, HDR color, and spatial audio.

It’s an oft-forgotten app, that shouldn’t be forgotten.

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