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  • Archos Dual SIM Windows Phones

    @Ian2: if you are interested, there are even a few Lumia with a dual-SIM version (530, 630, 730 and 535), even though they don't seem to be available in every market.

    As for the pictures you posted, they also downplay the dual-SIM angle quite a bit, and that's a pity since WP implementation is one of the best I saw so far.

  • Microsoft Independence Day

    , CaRDiaK wrote

    http://news.microsoft.com/stories/independence-day/

    Heard a talk about this on the radio during the commute this morning. Basically sensors around town to provide him with information as he is severely visually impaired. "Shops in 10 meters" ... "Doctors on your left" Also had an interface to his guide dog which allowed him to "hear" a sonar between him and the dog. He hadn't been to the area before and said he felt "very comfortable navigating the area". Gave him information on buses that were approaching and which number it was etc. 

    He was very excited about the technology and immediately noticed a difference when he didn't have it on again. The prototype considered a success is now being extended. 

    Great stuff Microsoft, truly awesome! 

    Awesome indeed, thanks for the link.

  • HP Sprout

    , kettch wrote

    *snip*

    No doubt using proprietary cartridges and materials. :P

    That's unfortunately the norm, and some players are such trolls that even HP looks good in comparison...

    I'm looking forward to seeing what a little competition can bring.

  • HP Sprout

    Makes sense, given that HP is planning a major comeback in 3D Printing. This is just the device that would enable non-technical people to start printing their own objects (and 3D selfies...)

     

     

  • Lumia Denim

    @elmer: implementing voice activation without draining batteries requires specialized hardware and/or low-level dark magic. In any case, it's probably phone-specific and OEMs will have to implement their own.

    That shouldn't be too hard, though, for those who already implemented Google Now on similar hardware.

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    ...and today the 8018830f error is gone, at least on my phone.

     

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    Welcome to the "very small %" club. Regrettably, it's not as exclusive as its name might suggest... ;)

  • Sharks Cove now on preorder

    @Vaccano: the main point is you can connect your own hardware to it, via GPIO, I2C, SPI and the like. More or less an Arduino on steroids.

    Except that this one seems powerful enough to provide a decent UI and high-level services.

  • Sharks Cove now on preorder

    Just in case you missed it, Sharks Cove is real and is now available for preorder.

    Not as cheap as a Raspberry Pi, but the hardware is in a different league. And even if it weren't, being x86 is a huge bonus (no alien toolchains to set up).

  • 4th July

    Automation is just a boogeyman, the real competition for low-skill jobs comes from desperate people, and there's no shortage of those. Minimum wages help preventing the perverse "reverse auction" that would take place otherwise.