Unleashthephones have posted the above video claimed to be of the new Swype-style keyboard running on Windows Phone 8.1
He notes that Swyping in combination with Wordflow on Windows Phone 8 makes this one of the best smartphone keyboards available, to the extent of even offering emoticons as word suggestions.
What do our readers think of the implementation, which appears to be available on top of the regular keyboard ? Let us know below.
Ken Hutchinson on XDA-Developers.com has found a way to decompress, add to and flash a modified ROM to the HTC 8S.
The evidence can be seen in the custom boot image, displayed above, and a video which can be seen after the break.
As of yet the hack has limited utility, as the OS remains signed and encrypted, but there appears to be signs that even this protection may fall soon.
Read more about their progress at XDA-Developers here.
We posted recently that Flipkart was hiring a developer to work on an app for their ecommerce site.
It seems this work is already pretty advanced, as Leak-o-Geak has posted this video showing the app in action. Flipkart has often been called the Amazon of India, and it is the country’s largest online retailer.
The app looks pretty high quality, and will hopefully inspire more companies to release Windows Phone apps for their service also.
Thanks Leak-o-Geak for the tip.
In the above video, speaking to the BBC, Microsoft Research Managing Director Eric Horvitz explains some of the challenges artificial intelligence researchers face in creating useful personal assistants.
"The ability of a system to understand more broadly what the overall context of a communication is turns out to be very important," he told the BBC.
His choice of words is interesting, as Windows Phone has long been expected to feature a Context Engine, a word which has also popped up recently in connection with the FourSquare investment, which is meant to provide data to Microsoft’s rumoured Cortana personal assistant.
"There are some critical signals in context. These include location, time of day, day of week, user patterns of behaviour, current modality – are you driving, are you walking, are you sitting, are you in your office. Are you in a place you are familiar with versus one you are not?
"A person’s calendar can be a very rich source of context, as is their email."
The above video is nearly a year old, but it is still a great example of custom engineering wireless Bluetooth Audio with NFC pairing and Qi wireless charging into your car, if you have the know-how of course.
Posted by 98Markvii on his YouTube channel, I suspect his build would be slightly simpler these days with 5v USB wireless charging pads now available.
Have any of our readers done a similar job? Let us know below.
Winbeta.org has managed to capture the Windows Phone 8.1 emulator, leaked with the SDK yesterday, on video.
The emulator is missing much of the consumer features, such as the Action Centre and of course Cortana, but does feature elements such as the new Navigation bar, which replaces the capacitive control keys with on-screen buttons.
The video also shows the separate volume controls, the improved calendar app, battery sense, IE11 Mobile, the camera with burst mode, improvements in storage, OneDrive and the Photos app.
See many more screen shots in our thread here.
Welcome to the Week in Review, where we recap the top stories of the past week!
- Called the “Action Center”, accessible from a swipe from the top
- Includes notifications grouped by app, and quick settings toggles
- Apps apparently will be able to silently add/update/delete notifications
- A Twitter leaker posted the rumor, might not be the most reliable
- No screenshots have leaked yet showing what the tile will look like
- WP is finally only a little late to receive this new popular iOS and Android game
- It’s a Cave-like game with a retro theme
Nokia US has posted a teaser on their YouTube channel asking viewers if they “Heard what’s coming?”
The video asks “Have you seen and heard what’s coming?” and plays sounds of a moving car, demonstrating I think the stereo microphones on Nokia’s high end smartphones.
In all likelihood the video is a teaser for the Nokia Icon, which has been much leaked, but of course Nokia’s teasers have disappointed before, and it could as easily be for stereo headphones.
Do our readers think we will be seeing the Icon soon? Let us know below.
Yesterday Apple removed Blockchain, the most popular Bitcoin app, from the iPhone App Store.
The app was also the last Bitcoin app there, after Apple started to systematically clear the App Store from the crypto-currency apps.
Apple has never explained their policy, but many suspect it is because they are not able to take a cut from any bitcoin transactions, unlike other transactions, from which they normally demand up to 30%.
In protest a campaign has been started on Reddit to destroy working iPhones on video, with at least 7-8 of such videos popping up.
While Microsoft has not made their bitcoin policy explicit, they have approved Bitcoin trading apps, so we suggest switching to Lumia would be just as good a way to escape Apple domination.
Read more at Wired.com here.
Thanks Shawn for the tip.
Rayman Fiesta Run is nearly here, slowly rolling out across the Windows Phone Store worldwide and already available in India.
The legendary platformer features 75 levels of running and jumping, 4 new festive worlds and 3 epic bosses.
To help him win the day he now also has amazing new powers, such as shrinking, flying and the Super Punch.
The visuals have also been improved, with more depth of field for greater immersion and improved lighting effects.
You can now also share your activities and high scores on Facebook and follow your friends on the world map.
Rayman Fiesta Run will be available in the Windows Phone Store here.
See the launch trailer after the break.
Gameloft has announced on Facebook that their new game Captain America: The Winter Soldier, was coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone soon.
Set in the Marvel universe and related to the upcoming Captain America movie, players will be taking on the role of Captain America and leading an elite team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in battle against famous Marvel villains involved in a sinister global plot.
The game features the ability to join clans in multiplayer mode and to compete for a higher position in leagues and has a campaign mode based on the movie.
The iOS and Android version are heading to the market in March 2014. The exact Windows Phone release date has not been announced yet.
See the brand new trailer after the break.
Nokia takes sustainability pretty seriously, and in 2013 was ranked 9th in the world in Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands 2013 report.
There is however no doubt they want to do better, and at the end of last year released a flagship made from recycled plastic, very likely a first.
In the above video they explain why it is important to recycle your old phones, and the large collection of valuable material, including gold, it contains.
The video posted above was in fact completely recorded on a Nokia Lumia 1020, which as usual does an amazing job.
In the above very short video Nokia shows how the 4 Rich Recording microphones recording in Stereo on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is good for capturing both loud and soft noises in situations very far from the concert hall.
In the beginning the microphones are sensitive enough to hear the tense breathing, and when the clash comes the microphones remain unintimidated.
Have our readers found the technology useful in real life? Let us know below.