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Submission + - Microsoft's Handwriting Recognition keyboard for Android Wear devices (microsoft.com)

Frankie70 writes: Here is a video of Microsoft's prototype software handwriting recognition keyboard for Android wear devices. Looks really cool.

With the Analog Keyboard Project, Microsoft is exploring handwriting recognition for text input on small touch screens. Handwriting, unlike speech, is discreet and not prone to background noise. And unlike soft keyboards, where many keys have to share the small touch surface, handwriting methods can offer the entire screen (or most of it) for each symbol. This allows each letter to be entered rather comfortably, even on small devices. In fact, it has been shown that some handwriting systems can be used without even looking at the screen. Finally, handwriting interfaces require very little design changes to run on round displays, which are becoming increasingly popular.

Submission + - Windows Phone dominating the no-contract smartphone sales, as per Amazon (winbeta.org) 2

Frankie70 writes: Windows Phone is not exactly taking the world by storm, but it does seem to have a leg up on the competition when it comes to no-contract cell phones. As of now, within the United States, Amazon.com reports that out of its top five bestselling no-Contract cell phones, three of them are Windows Phone devices.

Here is a link to the Amazon bestseller list.

Submission + - Apple fined in Taiwan for iPhone price fixing (bgr.com)

Frankie70 writes: Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has hit Apple with a small fine and warned the company that it may face a more substantial penalty if it doesn’t stop interfering with carriers’ iPhone pricing and the prices of the plans carriers sell alongside the iPhone. “Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market,” Taiwan’s FTC said in a statement.

Submission + - IDC predicts Windows Phone to be the fastest growing platform (zdnet.com)

Frankie70 writes: Overall, IDC says Windows Phone and Windows Mobile devices accounted for six percent of the 227 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the year, Windows Phone made up 2.6 percent, however, the analyst firm is predicting Windows Phone to be the fastest growing platform between now to 2016 with a compound annual growth rate of 71.3 percent. IDC expects Windows Phone to account for 11.4 percent of smartphone shipments by 2016, largely off the back of declining Android market share.

Windows Phone handsets have outsold the iPhone in seven markets including India, analyst firm IDC has revealed, and beat out BlackBerry in 26. Some of the countries where Windows Phone pipped the iOS handset in Q4 2012 were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and the Ukraine.


Submission + - Boy, 12, told by iPhone 'Shut the f*** up, ugly t* (dailymail.co.uk)

Frankie70 writes: A 12-year-old boy got a shock when he tried out the new iPhone 4S in a shop it answered: 'Shut the f*** up, ugly t***.'

Charlie Le Quesne had been trying out the new gadget's Siri voice assistant system in a Tesco branch in Coventry when it came out with the string of profanities.

The obscene response came after he had asked the phone: 'How many people are there in the world.'


Submission + - HP reviving the 99$ Touch Pad on 11th December (techcrunch.com)

Frankie70 writes: Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP's ebay store. A $79 accessory bundle will also be available, which includes a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard. The caveat with this deal is that these are refurbished TouchPads rather than the brand new models sold during the first firesale.

Submission + - India developing vehicle to knock Enemy satellites (popsci.com)

Frankie70 writes: Beware, enemies of India: Star Wars are back in fashion. With perennial (and nuclear armed) foe Pakistan always teetering on the brink of political collapse and neighboring regional superpower China taking greater strides into space technology, India has announced that it is developing an exo-atmospheric "kill vehicle" that will knock enemy satellites out of orbit.

Submission + - World's largest single location solar project

Frankie70 writes: The Clinton Foundation mulls world's largest solar project in Gujarat, India.
The US-based Clinton Foundation is in talks with the Gujarat government to set up an 'Integrated Solar City' project with a capacity to generate a 5,000 Mw over a period of time.

Other solar projects also in the pipeline in India.
The Mukesh Ambani-led firm, Reliance, has also sent a Rs 11,631 crore proposal to build a Solar photo voltaic (PV) polysilicon plant.

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