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Windows Phone 8.1: Top eight new features for lumia…..

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Last updated on July 9th, 2014 at 05:53 pm

Microsoft launched its highly-anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update at its keynote address at the Build 2014 conference on Wednesday. The event also saw the unveiling of the Windows 8.1 Update operating system version, alongside three new devices, Nokia Lumia 930, LUMIA 630 and Lumai 635, which will be the platform leads devices for windows 8.1 OS version.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, VP Windows Phone program management and design, introduced a bevy of enhanced features in the Windows Phone 8.1 that the Redmond giant hopes will bring more personal and smarter experience for consumers.

Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 8.1 will start rolling out to Windows Phone 8 users in coming months. The Redmond giant also confirmed that the entire Nokia Lumia range will get OTA (over-the-air) update called Lumia Cyan, which will include Windows Phone 8.1 features and the new Lumia features into one update.

We’ve broken down the eight biggest new features in the Windows Phone 8.1 including the ones that made it into the highlights – Cortana, Action Centre, Word Flow and more personalised Start Screen.

1. Greater Start Screen personalisation

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Microsoft in an attempt to offer more customisable options to Windows Phone users, has added ‘Start background’ feature that allows users to add an image to the tiles on the Start screen of the device.

 

The feature will add an image of the user’s choice to multiple tiles on the Start screen. Earlier, the Live Tiles on the Start screen on Windows Phone 8 were limited to solid colours.

In 2013, Microsoft added the third Live Tile column on the Start screen of the Nokia Lumia 1520, and then left it to manufacturer adoption. However, with the Windows Phone 8.1, the company has now added an extra column of Live Tiles on all screen sizes, with users able to choose whether to turn this feature on.

2. Cortana: Finally arrives to take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now
One of the highlight features of Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana, which is Microsoft’s voice-based virtual assistant. The Redmond giant’s Cortana is based on a popular AI character in Microsoft’s blockbuster video game franchise, Halo.lumia 3

Cortana is powered by Bing and is similar to Apple’s Siri or Google Now, completely replacing the search feature in WP8.1. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore claimed that the new digital assistant from Microsoft will get better with time as a user spends more time with it by asking questions to Cortana, filling up details in its Notebook section.

Cortana can be launched by pressing the Live Tile placed on the Start screen or by pressing the Search button on the Windows Phone device. Belfiore said that Cortana can interact verbally or by typing, and stressed its ability to understand natural language voice commands. It can also interact with third party apps, though developers will have to build Cortana-compatibility into their apps.

Microsoft has announced that Cortana will be available first in the US as a ‘beta’ and later will released in the UK and China in the second half of 2014, while in other countries Cortana might reach by 2015.

3. Action Centre for notifications
Microsoft has finally launched one of the most awaited features on Windows Phone platform, the Action Centre. The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings the Action Centre to all Windows Phone-based devices which will show notifications for calls, messages, emails, apps and others. It will also offer quick settings access to Flight Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Rotation Lock options. Notably, the quick access options are customisable.

The Action Centre for Windows Phone 8.1 can be accessed by a simple drop down swipe gesture like seen in Android and iOS.

4. Word Flow Keyboard
Another big addition in the Windows Phone 8.1 has been the introduction of the Word Flow Keyboard, which is a Swype keyboard-like feature for Windows Phone users. The Word Flow Keyboard allows users to glide over the display and type words.

Microsoft claims that the Word Flow Keyboard is one of the ‘most intuitive smartphone keyboards’ and learns from users writing style. Belfiore noted that the Word Flow Keyboard supports 16 languages, though has not named the languages supported.

Belfiore even claimed that, thanks to Word Flow Keyboard, a kid was able break the Guinness World Record for fastest writing on a smartphone earlier held by Swype keyboard on a Samsung Galaxy S4.

5. Skype Integration
Microsoft has also upgraded the Skype integration in Windows Phone devices with its latest Windows Phone 8.1. Now, the new Skype app for Windows Phone 8.1 comes with dialler integration that allows a user to switch a regular call to a lumia 4

Skype video call with a click of a button. Further, Skype has also been designed to work with Cortana, as users can setup Skype calls via the new voice-based virtual assistant.

6. Upgraded imaging experience
Microsoft takes the Windows Phone photography experience to the next level with the revamped Camera Roll, which gives quick access to clicked images, image tweaking tools and sharing capabilities.

The Smart Shots, Cinemagraphs, and Refocus photos options are directly accessible now from Camera Roll. Microsoft has also added the burst mode features to its Windows Phone 8.1 for clicking continuous images.

Creative Studio has been also added to the Camera Roll, which can use five new filters. The Nokia Storyteller has also received a slight addition with new video slideshow option that allows sharing via Facebook and Twitter.

7. New Sense feature for Windows Phone users
Microsoft has introduced the new Sense apps that include Data Sense, Wi-Fi Sense and Storage Sense.

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Data Sense gives a detailed track of data usage on a Windows Phone, which could be braked down according to time- a month, a week etc. Data Sense includes a ‘high savings’ mode that the company claims will compress the images browsed on the Web, so a user can search more without with less data usage.

Another Sense app is Wi-Fi Sense, which automatically connects to a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot (when detected) to conserve cellular data.

Notably, when Wi-Fi is turned off in Wi-Fi Sense; Cortana can automatically turn it on, when a favourite location with hotspot is available.

Storage Sense can help users manage content stored on the microSD card and inbuilt storage by moving apps, music, images and videos between inbuilt storage and microSD card.

In addition, Microsoft has also improved its Battery Sense feature, giving a breakdown of apps’ battery consumption, and also includes an ‘automatic mode’ in the Battery Saver option that can help extend battery life.

8. Slew of new delights
Apart from the major highlights of the Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has also added a number of minor tweaks to its OS.

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After multiple leaks, the onscreen keys are official with Windows Phone 8.1. The onscreen keys for Search, Start and Back will now appear at the bottom of the display and this will mean that future Windows Phone 8.1-based devices will not feature the three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the front panel.

Microsoft has also introduced the new Lock Screen, which now comes with multiple Lock Screen themes featuring different visuals and animations – APIs are also available for developers to create their own themes and widgets.

The Calendar app has received a redesign and now shows a week view, along with a weather widget which has been integrated into the Calendar app. It will show at the top.

Various apps such as Music, Video and Podcasts have received improvements and are now split apps, all capable of update vie the Store.

The Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1 was also introduced. The new IE11 comes with new features such as InPrivate browsing, password caching, and a super-handy reading mode.

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  1. ankit

    Jul 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Is there any other phone except lumia 630 which has 8.1

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BlueAir Classic 680i Air Purifier Review

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What are you breathing now a days? Oxygen or the air full of dirt. Its obviously the dirt lol. In India, air pollution is a very serious issue. Youre no more breathing Oxygen, its all chemicals out there! There are many health issues and various breathing problems caused by air pollution.
BlueAir is one of the best air purifier manufacturing company you can find in India. It has a lot of different types of air purifiers available for you to purchase! According to the BlueAir website, “ Indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outside. Studies show that breathing clean air cancontribute to your health and well-being. Using a Blueair air purifier that removes airborne pollutants can go a long way towards helping you breathe healthier. ”

The Blueair 680i is a huge air purifier with a very huge price tag. The air purifier is an ideal for large rooms like your living room, office meeting halls and other such places.

Why BlueAir Classic 680i?

The BlueAir Classic 680i has a flap on the front that opens to reveal a Wi-Fi link, fan speed, auto mode and other buttons. The BlueAir 680i uses the HEPASilent technology to purify the air youre breathing. The polluted air enters from one side and passes through the ionizer and a very reliable filter which forwards it to the fan and then to you! Time to change the filter? Dont worry, the purifier will indicate you when to change the filter.

According to the company, BlueAir Classic 680i air purifiers remove 99.97% of harmful particles from the air, down to 0.1 micron in size. THATS INDEED IMPRESSIVE!

The BlueAir app gives you all data from the device, along with AQI data for your locality.

The whole purifier can be controlled using the BlueAir app! You can compare the air quality inside your home vs the air quality outside. You can change between different mode the purifier offers. The device will do its best to get down the air pollution indoor.You can also schedule night mode and adjust the LED brightness.

You won’t notice much of an increase in your electric bill as they wont eat much of your electricity. The device is said to get the PM2.5 to good levels within half an hour, which may differ on the room size too.
If youre thinking to get it for a small sized room, i’d prefer not to. The device is designed to be used only in large spaces and big rooms.

The BlueAir Classic 680i costs Rs. 78,999 in India. Yeah, its a huge amount but worth every penny of it. You may consider it as the best air purifier out in the market.

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Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

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Many people tend to skip the tempered glass and think only a proper case is enough. A case only protects the body of the device but not the display which is the most important part of the phone. Its better to use a tempered glass because obviously no one will like to use a phone with shattered display if you unfortunately drop you phone.

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Have you recently bought the OnePlus 5 and wondering which tempered glass to get to keep your screen safe from dust and scratches? Lets have a look at the Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

1. Original OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass

This is the official Tempered Glass from the company itself, and its always recommended to use official stuff for better performance. Being the best tempered glass available on the market obviously itll be a bit costlier.

The OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass costs Rs.999 is only available on the Official OnePlus India Store. We highly recommend you to use this glass for better protection. The glass perfectly contours with the OnePlus 5’s curved edges. Its hard enough and has anti-scratch material which prevents scratches and protects the screen from drop damage.

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2. CaseU Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This one’s almost similar to the Original OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass and cheaper too!

The CaseU Tempered Glass Screen Protector costs Rs.699 on Amazon.in You can consider this as a cheaper version of the Original OnePlus Tempered Glass.

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3. Nillikin Tempered Glass for OnePlus 5

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4. Orzly Tempered Glass for OnePlus 5

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5. Others

There are a lot more options available online. People mainly buy tempered glass offline which are too cheap but at the same time they are made of cheap plastic which wont last long and will break easily. Though you can get good tempered glass offline from reputed stores and theyll cost almost the same as the online one’s. Spending 30-40grands on a device and messing up the display just because of a cheap tempered glass isnt worth.

 

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Custom ROM for Moto G 3rd Gen 2015 : PacMan

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Moto G3 is one of the most affordable devices with great specifications that your money can buy. It comes with stock Android Lollipop 5.1.1, but some extra customization and features stay in the wishlist of the customers as always. Therefore, we are here talking about a themed version of CyanogenMod, based on the latest 5.1.1 Android by a recognized developer on XDA Developers named Shreps.

The name of the ROM is Pacman and you are free to flash it if you are owning a Moto G 2015 edition.

Note: Neither the developers, nor the authors at Technokick will be responsible if anything happens to your device during this process so try this at your own risk. Your warranty will also be void and all of your data will get erased in this process as well.

Before we go through the process of installing the ROM on the Moto G3, you will need to have a custom recovery installed on your device along with an unlocked bootloader

Steps to Install

Fresh Installation

Follow the following steps if you haven’t installed this ROM and this is your first time reading this article

  1. Download the ROM and the GApps Package ( Download links given below) The GApps package is optional but it is an important package if you want all of your Google Apps to be installed after the fresh install of the ROM
  2. Turn Off your device
  3. Hold “Volume Up+Power” button to boot into your custom recovery (TWRP is recommended)
  4. Wipe your data or do a factory reset
  5. Wipe System
  6. Flash the ROM through TWRP
  7. Flash the GApps Package through TWRP (optional)
  8. Reboot your device (First boot takes a while. Don’t panic)
  9. Welcome to Pacman ROM! Enjoy 🙂

Update

Follow the following steps if you had read this article before and flashed the ROM but are updating to a newer version of the ROM (Your data will not be erased in this case)

  1. Download the latest ROM Package
  2. Turn Off your device
  3. Hold “Volume Up+Power” button to boot into your custom recovery (TWRP is recommended)
  4. Flash the recently downloaded ROM
  5. Wipe both the dalvik cache and cache from the recovery
  6. Reboot your deviice
  7. Welcome to the latest version of Pacman ROM for Moto G 2015! Enjoy 🙂

Download Links

GApps

Pacman ROM for Moto G3

Extra Information regarding ROM

The ROM is based on Lollipop 5.1.1 with a Linux Kernel, and is based on Cyanogen. It is a dark themed ROM as well.

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