Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cortana comes to Windows Phone

Looking at Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Developer preview you can really appreciate how fast Microsoft has bridged the gap that separated Windows Phone  from its competitors.

Apple had its Siri (Voice based instant help) and Google its Google Now (Right information at just the right time). Now Microsoft has combined all these features in one, CORTANA, the vocie operated digital intelligence with a human voice behind it.

This catch up with the major players is sure to improve Microsoft's Mobile presence and guarantees a solid position.

Many other features are making an impact, tiles updated live, pinnable Sense features ( Battery Saver, Data Sense, Storage Sense and Wi-Fi Sense) and more hardware manufacturers making Windows Phones.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Did you know that AVG ZEN (Free download) covers Android Smart Phones?


AVG ZEN is now available as a free download. This will cover your PCs, Laptops and Android Phones & tablets but I could not add my Windows Phone. Perhaps it will come in the near future. Other vendors of security also covered multiple devices. However, AVG ZEN will evolve to include the Internet of Things to address a market that is going to skyrocket in the coming years. The keyword is evolve.

AVG Zen will not only cover the PCs but other things like, Cars, Refrigerators, Home Security devices, etc. when it evolves.

You can download and install this application from here:
http://www.avg.com/us-en/zen#get-avg-zen

I did install AVG ZEN and it was quite easy. Of course I could not add a Windows Phone. Perhaps Windows Phone, iPad etc will be covered as it evolves. Mobile devices can get it thru' Google Play.


Adding devices is to go to the device and click on AVG NET mail link to start downloading and installing on the device. My other device is now 'Pending'.

Once you have this you need to run all the other items like Protection, Performance and Privacy and Identity. I suppose the Support comes at a price, I have not gotten so far.


Free stuff, give it a try

You can watch the video on my other blog:


Sunday, March 30, 2014

CAMCORDER ON THE MOVE - Panasonic HX-A500

Wearable camcorder from Panasonic HX-A500 has great features.

You can wear it on the head without a helmet. It also has LCD monitor for spot checking and monitoring while recording. It has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity makes it possible for remote action and of course it accepts a microSD card.

Also wearable on the arm. For sports, inspection, slow motion photography and pretty much everywhere you want to capture the moment, this is the camcorder you should have.

At around $400 this should sell like hot cakes.


Recording of 3820x2160 is one of the main attractions. The frame rates are 30/25 much higher rates than the HERO3 camera (
http://www.gizmag.com/gopro-hero3-actioncams/24602/)

It is also capable of 1080P at 60/50 fps and other lower resolutions at higher frame rates making it a suitable candidate for
slow motion videography. It is rugged, both water and dust proof.
Please follow this link for the source article of this post here:
http://www.gizmag.com/panasonic-hx-a500-wearable-4k/31393/

Here is a promotional video from the same source.





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Smart Phone HTC M(8) is out,, get it.

HTC M(8) is the 'SmartPhone of the day'. It is out and you can get it. It challenges  similar phones recently released such as Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5. They are all in the ball park for most of the specs except some minor variation in physical dimensions with operating system the same for all three, Android KitKat.

Nice cool feature of HTC M(8) is that it can release you from a remote: M(8)  can be used as a remote. It has some very attractive APPS: HTC BlinkFeed; HTC Boom Sound (this appears to be big deal) and SenseTV. These are all very cool.

Quite a bit of price differential between Nexus 5 and M(8).

The color choices, if you want to actually  buy, are limited to Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver. Although you can buy from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, only Verizon can provide you the Glacial Silver. All carriers have similar plans.

It is always nice to have availability of external memory that you can attach to the phone.

Here are some screen shots copied over from HTC site at: http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-one-m8/

Complete Specs:



Exploded View

 
Great audio

 
BlinkFeed 1

 
BlinkFeed 2


Get rid of your remote


 
SenseTV


 

 

Mobile developers' interest in HTML 5 is dwindling

Developing mobile applications with HTML5 is one of the hottest topics and it appears that the interest is diminishing (number of developers wanting to use HTML5 has fallen to 59% which had peaked in 2012 to 72.7%) according to,

http://www.appcelerator.com.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/q4-2013-devsurvey.pdf.

Native applications appear to perform better. The reason being that native apps can perform equally well on all browser platforms compared that developed using html5. Written once and run on all is a stretch if you use HTML5.

It appears HTML5 is now best suited for a smaller group that is limited to desktops, content consumption, etc. When it comes to games and enterprise applications such as customer relationship management etc. native applications are preferred.

Another side of the story is the continuing browser wars with browser vendors not giving a serious try to work towards its adoption in a vendor-neutral uniform way.

Read related stories here:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/javascript/mobile-app-developers-interest-in-html5-slipping-232971

http://www.html5rocks.com/en/mobile/nativedebate/

http://www.infoworld.com/t/html5/half-full-or-half-empty-html5s-mixed-outlook-238915?source=rss_application_development

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Original Equipment Manufacturers to produce Windows Phones


Announcements made at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain indicate Windows Phone will be manufacctured by 13 more OEMs.

The list follows:

Nokia,
Samsung,
HTC 
Huawei

Additional OEMs to manufacture mobile devices with Windows OS
Foxconn,
Gionee (New Delhi, India),
JSR,
Karbonn Mobiles,
Lava (Xolo),
Lenovo,
LG,
Longcheer (Shanghai) and
ZTE


This is going to be interesting. Manufacturing based in China and India would provide very healthy competition which is going to be tough. India's own Askash phones may also join (speculation) in this group which appears to be android based.

With so many new vendors and the vast population who are already very mobile, this market is going to grow and Microsoft will see better times for its Phone OS.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Forget about Cable TV get Aereo


  • How much do you pay for watching TV over the cable? 
  • How many channels they offer and how many of them do you really watch or really want? 
  • Are the fees they charge reasonable considering what you want and what they offer? 
  • What about channels they offer and charge for them? You want to get away from the Cable TV guys? Here is your chance.

Well, Aereo will at least make it lot cheaper for the users. It may not offer 3 to 400 channels (very few useful or the ones you care to watch) but the price is very good, about 8 to 10 times lower. It is only available in some cities now but spreading rapidly. I guess it will take a long time to reach the Hawaiian Islands.

The cable companies are not keeping quite and the battle appears to be raging and reaching the highest legal levels . This following quote is from Bloomberg regarding this case:

"The justices yesterday agreed to hear an appeal by media companies including Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC, 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOX), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp. (CBS) They contend that Aereo, which is backed by Barry Diller, violates their copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to obtain broadcast signals without paying fees."

Here is are some pictures from Aereo and  Digital Trends sites.

Your route to getting signals from the cloud

Supported devices and browsers. More will be coming soon


Here is the antenna from Aereo, the image on the right is an array of antennae. 

  The locations where it is available are shown here (sold out in NY)