Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Features in Windows 10 OS you would love

Continuum -seamless switching to desired device type from PC to tablet, touchscreen, mouse or keyboard OK. To go fro one to the other release the keyboard and you have a tablet.

Cortana comes to PC beefed up and beaming. Use search bar to call her. You can ask her to do most things like play music, answer questions, send emails; launch apps, open files etc.

Project Spartan browser is a browser made for windows 10 using a brand new engine, very fast, with built-in annotations that you can implement right on the web page; better reading with reading mode, auto saving for off line use, also Cortana integrated. Built-in PDF Viewer included.

Office suite rebuilt for Windows 10 with new mail client. Office apps work across device types from phone to PC.

Photos: auto-saving, grouping; collection-view of photos indexed. auto-enhancement of photos,

XBox enhancements: Xbox app for Windows 10 a more 'social and interactive' interface. Apps can be moved from Windows 10 to XBox One.

How can you get your hands on Windows 10 now?
Become an insider
download a preview copy

Watch this Micrsoft Video from the insiders site;

Verizon sold an orphan phone to me - Nokia Icon

We are getting to the stage of entering the era of Windows 10. Microsoft has promised upgrades (free) for all Windows 7, Windows 8.1 (that means Windows 8 as well) on all devices including Nokia / Microsoft Lumia phones. The story line has changed from this initial announcment.

Read here

The story according to the above has changed from all "all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices to "goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows [10] ecosystem"

Presently the list comprises of the following according to the same source:
Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 735
Microsoft Lumia 435

I have a sinking feeling that Nokia Icon is not in entering that list. According to Verizon (Ugh!) "they are seriously working with the manufacturers to upgrade the OS on Windows Phone from version 8.0 to 8.1" The date for this update is up in the skies.

I hope Verizon will come out of this "Seriously working with manufacturer phase' soon so that Nokia Icon can still be relevant.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 was a mixed year

2014 was a mixed year. I lost my brother Dr. Vijaya Raghavan Krishnaswamy, a neuro-surgeon by profession. He left a void that cannot be filled.

I did not complete the book I was writing.

Regarding the blogs I did quite well with a record number of posts.
                                                 Year   Posts           2013   94
                                                 2014   246  2013.  17
                                                 2014   56   2013   34
                                                  2014  48  2013   13
                                                  2014   56

I started a new blog in 2014-

I also found that a certain person was pilfering ( entire content from blog, my hardwork of about 10 years. I complained to Google without any success. I suppose this is not on Google's priority. Google wants every post that is stolen with proof of content stolen. There were over 900 posts in my blog and you can imagine the work involved.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dual-SIM Lumia 535 phone launched in India

Costs Rs.9199.00 and Microsoft will be looking forward to a 'Money Rain' as the phone is quite affordable and best off breed. You can buy in store or online starting Nov 28,2014.

This is the first time Microsoft has its own brand instead of tagged on to Nokia. Microsoft's best of the productive products Office, Skype, OneNote, OneDrive and Bing are all free for the life of the phone.

For previous posts on this blog read here to see the specifications:

Read the full story here:

Apps for Mobile Phones with HTML5

HTML5 is just one of the essential features for HTML based phone apps that provide the scaffolding. You will also need CSS3 to dress it up in more delightful ways and of course JavaScript to power the interactivity of the app without which it is dead in the water.

While you could use DOM and vanilla JavaScript, it is lot more easier to use a framework (there is a learning curve), a User Interface Framework which combines JavaScript with CSS to provide a set of programming tools to deliver rich mobile applications. Quite a lot of them use jQuery in one form or another. The frameworks save a lot of development time and effort.

There are different kind of devices (iPhones, Androids and Windows Phones) but also different operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc) and it will be desirable if one could use one tool to cover all these variations.

This area has developed to the extent that you can develop cross-platform, cross-device (response design!) apps but still there iss a great deal of room for improvement.

Here are some popular frameworks:

App Framework
Basically used for mobile devices and supports native OS such as Googl Android, Apple iOS, RIMBlackberry and Microsffot Windows 8. It has no outside dependencies and optimized for speed. It is Javascript library for mobile HTML5 apps.

Bootstrap 3
It is an open source UI library mostly used for web. Although not meant for mobile devices it still works OK. It is heavy on CSS3 and uses jQuery

jQuery Mobile
Uses JQuery and meant for mobile and optimized for touch. Use HTML5 for UI design for rsponsive weeb and apps (smartphone, tablet and desktop).

Pure Open source CSS for clean mobile and web apps. Optimized for performance with no other dependencies. It has its origins in Adobe design.

Intel XDK provides support for all these different frameworks. We will take a look at these in future posts.
There are many other frameworks such as Dojo Mobile, Sencha, Apple Flex Builder etc.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AppMethod - One-stop mulitdevice app development platform

IoT has to be 'Universal'. Therefore, it has to be multi-platform, multi-device, device-size agnostic and more. This is why you hear more and more 'cross-platform' development. This app works on iPhone but not on Android etc. will not do. AppMethod is one such program from the veteran, Embarcadero.

Sign up here to get software that you can use to build apps in record short time.
Registration is needed, but easy with few elements.

Note that the downlaoded program (file size: 3GB) is free for only one year. Read the information on
the download page above.

See overview here taken from a video on the site

Features overview
  • One-stop mulitdevice app development platform

  • Supports Internet of Things

  • FireUI Multi-device designer

  • Enterprisemobility Devices with FireDAC support

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lumia Cyan and Denim Updates

These are Windows Phone 8.1 updates.

Lumia Cyan Update features:
  • Personal Start Screen
  • Action Center
  • Word Flow Keyboard
  • Improved and updated imaging Apps
    • Nokia Camera
    • Nokia Storyteller
    • Creative Studio
More details here:

Here is a Lumia Cyan Update Video

Denim Update aka Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Supported features/enhancements:

  • Cortana
    •  UK and China as Beta
    • India, Australia and Canada Public alpha
    • US-Natural language, Car kit integration via Bluetooth; snooze reminders and better calendar
  • Live folders
  • Organize Folders, apps
  • Apps Corner-Customized Start Screen suitable for employees
  • SMS Merge and Forwarding
  • Snooze Time for Alarm App
  • Consumer VPN-Security feature while using public Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Web Site improvements
  • Store Live Tile
List of Nokia Phones that leverage Denim update features such as Lumia Camera:
Lumia 930
Lumia Icon
Lumia 1520
Lumia 830