A new update to The New York Times Crossword app for Windows and Windows Phone includes over 20 years worth of puzzles – that’s more than 9,000 puzzles to challenge you! The New York Times Crossword is free to download, and all users get free unlimited access to the daily puzzle and calendar archive for seven days upon downloading. After the seven days, simply subscribe to the New York Times Crossword for full access to The Crossword on your Windows devices and at NYTimes.com*.
A few fun features you’ll enjoy with The New York Times Crossword app for Windows and Windows Phone:
Enjoy the same puzzle that’s printed everyday in The New York Times newspaper. All daily puzzles are available the previous day at 10PM EST with a subscription.
Mini Puzzle Short, sweet and available without a subscription every day, get a quick crossword fix when you don’t have time for the whole thing.
If you have a Surface, you can solve the way crosswords were meant to be solved: by writing directly on the puzzle as you would in the newspaper with Surface Pen.
Subscribers also enjoy years of classic puzzles from The New York Times archives.
Modern Puzzle Features Solve puzzles that include new tricks like rebuses, highlighted or underlined squares, and more!
*Subscription to The New York Times Crossword does not include access to any other New York Times products, including but not limited to NYTimes.com or mobile news content, e-reader editions, Times Premier, NYT Now, or any other apps.
Welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. It was a big week for Microsoft news, so let’s dig in.
Microsoft announced July 29 as the launch date for Windows 10, which means in less than eight weeks, Windows customers will get a free upgrade to start doing great things across devices with help from Cortana, Windows Hello and Microsoft Edge. They’re all included in Windows 10, which brings back the familiar, beloved Start menu.
“With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink and holograms,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president of the Operating Systems group, wrote in Blogging Windows.
You’ll be able to log on with your face, iris or finger with Windows Hello’s secure biometric authentication. Digital assistant Cortana will help you get stuff done and new browser Microsoft Edge offers fresh ways to search, share and read. Reserve your free upgrade today.
Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM Division, unveils innovative new Windows 10 devices at Computex 2015.
Other big news came from Computex, the second largest technology expo in the world. Held in Taipei, the event showcased innovative Windows 10 devices available later this year, from Acer’s new Aspire Z all-in-one PC series to HP’s 2-in-1 ultra-portable tablet. The tablet is flexible and “lappable,” thanks to a cool magnetic hinge design, and Windows 10 transitions it seamlessly between tablet and PC modes.
“As we launch Windows 10 and continue to expand our partner ecosystem, there will be an incredible variety of PCs, tablets, phones and IoT devices, running Microsoft apps and services, available to help people be more productive in their digital work and life,” wrote Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer Division.
Kartik Sawhney. Photo: Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.
But Sawhney proved them wrong. He pursued his passion for technology and studied computer science at Stanford University. He recently landed a summer internship at Microsoft, where he’ll be on a team that works on technology for accessibility.
He’s eager to focus on how he can “make a difference — and not just a difference for people with disabilities, but a difference in general,” he said. “That is the primary motivation for me to go into a technical field.”
If Sawhney’s story inspires you do more with your life, you’ll want to check out Wunderlist, the popular and beautiful productivity app. Microsoft acquired 6Wunderkinder, maker of Wunderlist, as part of its mission to “reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” wrote Eran Megiddo, OneNote general manager.
“Building on momentum for Microsoft Office, OneNote and Skype for Business, as well as the recent Sunrise and Acompli acquisitions, it further demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use – for mail, calendaring, messaging, notes and now tasks..”
In other app news, “SBK15,” the official game of 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship, became available for Windows Phones, with gorgeous graphics and thrilling action. Lara Croft returned for a new, exciting trailer of upcoming Xbox game, “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” And the App of the Week was Yidio, a useful tool for finding and organizing your TV- and movie-watching. No more hunting around on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Comedy Central.
And finally, to kick off the road to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, we surprised best friends and filmmakers Sam and Mattie with an invitation to host our coverage of the Games. Stay tuned for more updates on their journey to the Games beginning July 25.
Thanks for reading Weekend Reading and see you next week!
Monument Valley: a fantasy world of impossible architecture and a beautiful, silent princess awaits you! Today we’re excited to share that Monument Valley is available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
For fans of the beautiful and the surreal, Monument Valley offers a stunning, intriguing, out-of-this-world gameplay experience. Your mission is to guide the serene, silent Princess Ida through a land of mysterious monuments and fantastical architecture you manipulate. Along the way, uncover hidden paths, encounter incredible optical illusions and do your best to outsmart the enigmatic Crow People. With a soundscape as gorgeous as its landscape, Monument Valley is best experienced with headphones. And it’s designed to be easy for anyone to pick up, enjoy and complete.
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Halo: Spartan Strike has arrived in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. Now, no matter where you are you can take Halo: Spartan Strike with you and play on your Windows PC, laptop, tablet or phone and lead UNSC troops through numerous missions battling against new enemies to save Earth from being overtaken.
Set during the events of Halo 2, Halo: Spartan Strike, is the new on-the-go Spartan adventure within the Halo universe. Crush your enemies using the iconic Warthog or sweep them from the battlefield using the all-new Kestrel VTOL. Take your Spartan skills and delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles against the Covenant and Promethean enemies. You’ll also be able to complete weekly challenges to compare performance and take the top position against friends in leaderboards that showcase your Halo gaming skills. Visit Xbox Wire to learn more about the top features in Halo: Spartan Strike.
Brand new from Vine to you! The Vine app for Windows Phone received an awesome new update today. What you can expect to see in this new update is a redesigned activity feed with more visual and concise notifications and you can now upload videos straight from your camera roll. You’re also able to customize your profile with colors that fit your personality and privately send videos and texts back and forth with your friends. To learn more about what’s new in this update read Vine’s blog post.
Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see. Download the Vine app for Windows Phone for free today!
Today, one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time, DuckTales Remastered is available to download onto your Windows PC, laptop, tablet and phone! Relive the classic TV series from the 1980’s, complete with the original voice-actors and exclusive production art from the show’s archives in a uniquely hand-crafted, simple and fun game for all ages.
Explore the moon and Transylvania to find exotic treasures
Join Scrooge McDuck in an epic adventure across the world to discover the five Legendary Treasures. Embark on a journey to the Himalayas, Amazon, Transylvania, African mines, and Moon using Scrooge’s secret map. But watch out for the evil sorceress Magica De Spell and notorious Beagle Boys, they’re on a quest to steal Scrooge’s fortune and will stop at nothing.
Travel the world with Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie
Hold on to your top hat and play as Scrooge McDuck as you travel to the far corners of the world! Download DuckTales Remastered from the Windows and Windows Phone Store today.
Are you ready to stand up against the Empire? Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels™: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game, available to download from the Windows and Windows Phone Store!
Take on four free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast Stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. With in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber™, fight Star Wars™ bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges. Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens. And, interact with characters like Zeb the muscle of the Ghost team, Hera the pilot, and even Chopper the grumpy Droid™.
Leap into combat and help the Rebellion.
Star Wars Rebels™: Recon Missions is available now in the Windows Store for Windows and Windows Phone.
Today we’re excited to share that the Radio.com app is available for you to download for free from the Windows and Windows Phone stores onto your Windows PC, laptop, tablet or phone! Now you can stream your favorite radio stations anywhere you go with the app. Whether you’re on the road traveling, at work or at home you can enjoy Radio.com’s nearly 300 live broadcast, HD and digital-only stations from CBS Radio. Browse over a dozen music genres and get local with news and sports from cities across the U.S.
Radio.com for Windows and Windows Phone also lets you:
See what songs are playing right now on your favorite live, music stations with real-time album art displaying on your home screen
Dive deeper into Now Playing info with artist bios, photos and more
View station info, show schedules and news feeds
Browse the latest Music news headlines
Search the entire station catalog with ease
Adjust your audio quality to suit your playback needs
Easily contact us to report issues or suggest features