Windows 10 Mobile Needs More Apps To Be Worthy

Windows 10 on a PC is great. In a phone? Not too much.

Microsoft launched Windows 10 on mobile devices this fall, running a similar but refined mobile experience for the company built PC. Windows 10 Mobile is currently available in beta version.

Microsoft (MSFT, tech30) seems to have built a beautiful solution looking for a problem. “Windows 10 Mobile”, as it is called now, is customizable, colorful and intuitive. I cannot figure out which Microsoft built for.
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Slate phones running Windows are good, but not great, and Microsoft has a problem of deficiency of mobile applications and known quality.

So unless you are an ironic hipster, probably only going to buy a Windows Phone if you are an ardent fan Microsoft.

But even if you ask Cortana to configure all your reminders, use Office 365 to create all your documents, spend all day in your Xbox and have a sign Satya Nadella in his bedroom, still there is not much about Windows 10 Mobile Android or the iPhone cannot do.

Otherwise, however, it does not hold. There is much you can do on your iPhone or Android you cannot do on your Windows 10 for mobile phones.

As expected Windows 10 (most PC) to run on 1 billion devices in a couple of years, Microsoft expects the number of applications grows. Until then, let’s see how the preliminary building Windows 10 mobile is emerging.

The good

Windows 10 looks good. While translucent roof tiles hanging over a background photo of your dog or child or selfie with Steve Ballmer took a Clippers game or whatever.

You can customize the heck out of it. For example, Windows 10 allows you to choose three different sizes for application tabs. You will be presented with 50 colors to set as tiles and color system (I went with guacamole). You can even set the amount of translucency their application tiles shown with crazy granularity (57%. No, wait! 58 %!)

Tiles kinda sorta applications function as widgets, showing relevant information (application time actually shows the time instead of saying “time”), although not always get to control the information displayed.
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Windows also manages sounds great. Pressing the volume buttons, controls get any song is playing (smart!) And a pull-down menu to adjust the ringer and (even smarter!) Notifications. Android is becoming a similar function in their next release.

The integration of Office and Exchange is really stellar (no surprise). Cortana is a great voice assistant with some witty jokes. And you get updates faster than most Android phones.

There are even nice touches in places that cannot wait. When the phone is turned off, for example, Windows tells you that “do not forget” and its next calendar appointment.

The bad

It looks good, smart features and customization only go so far when the phone is handcuffed by a trio of blunders of applications: missing, misapplications and strangely designed applications.

While Windows applications store is smaller than Google Play and Apple Microsoft likes to note that the vast majority of the most frequently downloaded applications are available for Windows on a phone. That’s right: Facebook (FB, tech30), Twitter (TWTR, tech30), CNN, The New York Times (NYT), ESPN, Amazon (AMZN, tech30), Candy Crush, the Weather Channel … are everything there.

But there are still some critical applications. If you use Google, you basically have no business using a Windows Phone. Unlike the recent acceptance of Google on the iPhone, Google has essentially chosen to ignore Windows Phone. No Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Gmail, Google Now, Google Drive, YouTube … you get the picture.

Snapchat is not in Windows 10 Mobile. Amazon Music and Prime Instant Video are not either. Neither are popular applications such as periscope, HBO Go, TuneIn Radio or Out of Milk. And, most importantly, the murderer CNNMoney application is not available in Windows 10 Mobile either.

The fact that Windows has an application does not mean it’s a great – or even good – experience. Application of the New York Times, for example, feels like it has not been updated in years. Twitter is very, very, very behind the times, and even with his long dead tab “Discover” and lacking in any great new highlights of the social network and search functions.

Sometimes Windows itself is responsible for poor applications. Microsoft wants all applications for users to scroll left or right for more menu options rather than providing a menu button. The provision simply does not work with some applications, including MLB At Bat, Amazon and Yelp, which all take too many blows to accomplish anything.

So Windows 10 Mobile right now is mostly about the promise – the promise that applications will eventually be added to the platform, the promise that one day you will be able to use your Windows phone as a mini PC, and the promise of a third option in a world dominated by Apple and Google.

iPhone 6s Plus vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 5 Things We Learned In June

It is rumored, Apple has at least two new iPhones cooked 2015 including a successor to last year’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. June enveloped and 6s iPhone rumors swirling, we take a look at what we learned about the rumored iPhone vs. iPhone 6 6s Plus matchup this month.

Last year, Apple released not one but two new iPhone models, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. IPhone 6 Plus, a device aimed directly at the Samsung Galaxy Note series, offers some unique features including a high-definition Retina 5.5 inches capable of a resolution of 1080p and a camera that features optical image stabilization screen.

IPhone 6 Plus is not getting any younger but will remain a top smart choice, even after being replaced with something new. That something new is rumored to be a 6s iPhone, a device that could come in a few different flavors, including an iPhone Plus 6s.

Plus 6s iPhone rumors have been circulating for weeks now and have seen everything from the specifications of its release date seep to the surface as we push forward to the launch window known fall of Apple iPhone and iOS in September date confirmed release.

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus is not confirmed yet, but thanks to new rumors and Apple iOS timeline 9 release, we have an idea of what we will see later this year, when Tim Cook and company take the stage. That’s great for those of you in search of a new smartphone, particularly one with a large screen.

We saw a number of new details emerge this month and today we take a look at how the iPhone is currently shaping 6s by the current model. Remember, nothing is confirmed until Apple takes the stage, but this will help set your expectations as we push more in the summer.

IPhone 6 Plus is still a Buy Solid:

The first thing you need to know is that the iPhone 6 Plus is still a very solid purchase as we enter the summer and we pushed the launch window Apple iPhone usual.
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Earlier this month, an updated take on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and outline some of the reasons that are still worth buying look. IPhone hardware 6 Plus’ has been well maintained over the past year and is also found to improve in the future.

IPhone iOS 6 Plus will get 9 to the end of this year. You must also receive four years of iOS updates which means you can confidently invest their money on the phone knowing that it will not be abandoned by Apple anytime soon. That is huge and something not achieved since the Samsung Galaxy Note as a phone.

We recommend taking a look at our reasons why the iPhone 6 Plus is still a great buy if you’re getting restless. Who knows, maybe talk yourself into buying an iPhone 6 Plus now or sometime before the iPhone release date 6s Plus.

Ultralight App Offers Fast & Intuitive iPhone Photo Editing

Are you looking for a free application that provides a fast, easy and intuitive way to edit your photos from iPhone? If so, you should try out the new photo editing application Ultra-light. It’s free to download and provides a unique approach to the basic editing tools. Redefining the concept of “simple but powerful” Ultra-light is a pleasure to use and produces fantastic results. In this article you will discover how Ultra-light application offers a new experience in photo editing iPhone.
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22 Filter Presets that you can actually use

Like many other editing applications, Ultra-light that it begins with a collection of filter presets. These are a great way to try some different looks and styles, but they are never limited by them.
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The collection of presets is very diverse, and none of them is all an exaggeration. Often, I find that the presets are a bit too hard or even gaudy.

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Ultra-light presets are more akin to VSCO Cam is that many of them can be applied and used with little extra adjustment (although you can always make adjustments if desired).
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A unique approach to basic adjustment tools

After selecting a preset (including the option of not preset at all) is taken to the main collection of tools fit to further refine the look of the image. This display has a range of basic editing tools.

The interesting thing is that while the tools themselves are pretty basic in their functionality, offer a wider range of control like other collections.

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For example, the first tool is to allow you to adjust the brightness of the image, but much focused segments. Through a series of “in-picture” sliders, you can adjust the Black, Low tones, mid tones, high tones and white point.

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This means that you selective control over the brightness of each of these tonal levels. This provides a very wide range of control and is similar to a Curves tool, but not that complicated.

You’ll also notice that there are no other brightness or contrast setting separate tools. The reason for this is that you simply do not need this type of control at its disposal.

For example, by reducing the Black Point and raise the white point, you’ll actually be increasing the overall contrast of the picture (again, with a more precise control).
Dynamic Saturation and Temperature Settings

Ultra-light approach to adjust the saturation and color temperature is equally unique. A two-dimensional mode setting “field” can simultaneously adjust the saturation (S) and color temperature (T).

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To adjust saturation, slide your finger up or down (up = more saturated and down = less saturated). To adjust the color temperature, swipe left or right (cooler and right = left = warmer).

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This approach allows a quick, yet powerful control in these two settings. Also it allows you to really push each of these settings to different ends if desired.
Creative control over color
Another interesting feature is the Coloring tool. This lets you adjust the color palette of the image in various ways.

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You can color the entire image with a color of your choice, for example, green, blue, red, etc.

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Alternatively, you can use the Color Blacks option to change only the color of dark shades (as shown above). Or you can color only light tones with a white Color option (as shown below).

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The adjustment is made using a (red, green and blue) RGB color “wheel”. This feature may not be of much use for most of your images, but which shines is in making small adjustments to the colors of the shadow or highlight areas.

More extreme settings can be used creatively, but probably will not be used by most casual photo editors.

Adobe Launches Its First Creative Cloud Mobile Apps On Android

After much outcry by Android users – and keep your promise – Adobe has released four Creative Cloud applications in Google Play Store.

Photoshop Mix well, called “capture applications” Adobe – Color DC and DC Brush Shape CC – previously only in IOS, are now out for Android.

Either iOS or Android, these applications are part of Adobe’s mobile strategy to provide more applications with discrete functions instead of a single application covering all Photoshop. This keeps focused and easily accessible to people who need to concentrate on a particular function operations.

Mix combines images, change color and otherwise improve photos, letting you share composites with friends through social networks and send photos to the desktop Photoshop CC to continue working.
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Form CC allows you to capture and convert images into vector graphics for use in DC Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop CC.

It can be used to convert DC brush pictures or graphics in only brushes for use in CC CC Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. Color QC lets you sample colors in a scene to create themes for use in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
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In addition, Adobe is releasing its stable Hue DC iOS application that lets you create custom filters and searching video applications, Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere and After Effects Clip CC.

Preview CC, also now available, allowing you to preview your designs in multiple iOS devices.

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All applications are free and available to anyone, whether or not members of subscription service Creative Cloud.

Start-Ups Try To Challenge Google, At Least On Mobile Search

Competition regulator European antitrust charges against Google in the belief that the company’s research activity had become so powerful that it was virtually impossible to compete. But do not tell that Bobby Lo.

What is the founder of Vurb, a start-up in the bustling downtown San Francisco, which features a new type of search engine designed for mobile phones. The idea is to take many common queries – restaurants, movies – and combine them into bits of information and actions related applications.
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It is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs are betting that the boom in mobile phones has created an opportunity to do something that seemed unthinkable: to challenge Google in the search.

After a decade in which entrepreneurs and investors clearly have the turf at Google, venture capitalists plowed hundreds of millions of dollars to dozens of new research companies because they say they believe that the giant of the Internet you can dominate the search on mobile devices as it has in personal computers.

“There was a great solution for mobile search,” said Lo.

Venture capitalists funded research 27 companies in 2014 and 33 the year before – the two most active years of history, according to CB Insights, the data on the venture capital industry was in 1999. The largest increase was in mobile search business, according to a report by CB Insights published in March, especially companies that use “deep links” to connect mobile applications how the sites are connected to the Web.

Search remains a tiny startup category, especially in comparison with red hot services like foot-hail or grocery delivery.

“But as the wave of investment at an early stage in the mature mobile search, the area can see the increase in total funding, and the entry of new companies more,” CB Insights said in its report.

Each of these research companies has a slightly different view.

Quixey, which raised $ 135 million in venture capital, according to CB Insights, has a traditional appearance search box that helps people find applications and insider features, such as a button to request a taxi.

A company called URX trying to link the applications that people can perform actions on them jump. Other ideas include placing research in mobile messaging systems or creating new applications to the Home screen using past behavior to predict what the user might want next – a concept Google has already invested in.

“If you ask 100 people if the search is broken or not, 99 say Google is perfect, that’s all it takes,” said John Lilly, partner at Greylock Partners, which backed a search using the name of Jack Mobile “But if you ask them.” How will you understand what to watch on TV tonight or where to go for dinner? “They say that Google does not know, it does research.”

So, while people do not think research is broken, can be improved, Lilly said.

Not surprisingly, many of these companies have links with Google. URX was founded by a former Google employee and is backed by Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of the company. Bento, an application on the main screen which recommends applications based on preferences of a user’s past services, was founded by a former executive of YouTube, who also worked on Google Ventures.

Others share more tangential relationships that highlight how Google with its investments in self-driving vehicles and biotechnology, has deviated from its original business. In the bedroom on the second floor of a Kansas City, Kansas, home service cable Internet Google, Google Fiber, an entrepreneur named Mike Farmer Leap.it develops a visual search engine with results full of photos and videos with monitoring guidelines.

“The moment you think the game is more is when there is a room to introduce something completely new,” said the farmer.

Behind the new companies is the belief that people use mobile phones differently than themselves and laptops that the search company is ripe for review.

“Whenever there is a platform of change, all that is at stake,” said Keith Rabois, partner at Khosla Ventures, which supported a company called Relcy mobile search. “No businessman would start and no funds, a new web search product.”

The most obvious difference with the mobile is that people have their phones with them all the time, giving companies a lot of research context clues – such as location – so you might want. This is the main idea behind Vurb.

When someone uses Vurb to search for a film, returns a page with comments, the cast and theaters nearby, and links to buy tickets, and the ability to call a taxi. When a user searches for an old movie, the service receives as Netflix streaming applications.

“If I am looking for a movie, chances are you want to do one or two things about it,” said Lo.

Mobile also has several unique challenges to entrenched players like Google. With its constellation of applications and operating systems of the competition, the mobile is a highly fragmented universe, so it is more difficult for a company to index all the most relevant information on how Google indexed the web.

Furthermore, the answer to many of the most common – and lucrative – consultations perfectly the structure within popular applications like Yelp, the local directory service, so it is easier to create research-driven products that they are unlikely to sink Google, but could give “a thousand small leaks,” said Jeremy Kressmann, eMarketer analyst who covers research activities.

This year, smartphone users in the US should spend 81 percent of their time in the mobile Internet within the applications, and 19 percent on the Web, according to eMarketer.

It also benefited from Google, which owns the largest mobile OS in the world, Android, and many of the most popular applications, such as YouTube. Wednesday at an event for advertisers in New York, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, said the online video service has reached more than 18-49 on mobile phones than any cable network television did.

Of course, Google does not intend to give up control of the research. The company has accumulated 30 billion “deep links” so that your search engine can return information from applications and the Web, and was a serial acquirer of new companies with promising new technologies. And engineers of the company are busy reimagining its research activities for mobile phones.

“Whenever you have a platform for change, to understand what kind of interfaces are correct,” said Aparna Chennapragada, product management director at Google Search companies.

Big paris of society were a voice search tool with Google Now, an application that tries to predict what users are looking for, showing a stack of cards with information in a timely manner using indicators such as events coming in email messages to the user or recent activities in mobile applications and the Web.

Like their competitors start, Chennapragada still do not know exactly what people want.

“Google is now an effort early on,” he said. “We always try to know.”

The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Month

Try HBO Now, which brings you HBO content without a cable subscription:

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps actually worth downloading.

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HBO NOW:

HBO NOW is HBO’s new standalone streaming service, offering all of the network’s programming for $15 a month sans a cable subscription. You can watch shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley as they air, or dive deep into HBO’s back catalog to catch up the City or The Sopranos.

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Highball:

Highball is less of a cocktail recipe app and more of a cocktail diary app, helping you remember exactly how you prefer certain drinks. For example, I like twice as much gin in my Negroni than the normal recipe calls for. Highball allows you to doctor and alter drink recipes, adding measurements as small as a “Pinch” (which will come in extremely handy for the eccentrics who like to add a drop of bitters into everything).

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Dingo:

Request Digne ticket purchase is perfect for those looking for more reliable than Craigslist for resale outside the stadium options. UK-only at the moment, Goofy StubHub combines efficiency and tinder chat feature to get a pretty solid way to purchase tickets directly from other fans.

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Dialer:

Dialer makes life easier by putting your contacts more marked on the right in the center of notifications so that you can reach with minimal effort. Basically, what makes your iPhone more useful without complicating the device. While there are other similar apps out there, Dialer is simple and does not need to launch the application each time you want to use.

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CARROT Weather:

If you ever wanted to feel like Tony Stark sharp sarcastic AI JARVIS, then CARROT time is the application for you. It is a time adorably designed application you speak, or, more accurately, to talk to you. Met new images on the screen to different climate scenarios and makes checking the weather is a bit of fun instead of tedious.

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The 10 Essential Free News Apps For Your iPhone Or iPad

We all want to keep informed and on top of the latest news from around the world. In the span of one or two minutes, everything can change, both locally and internationally, and most likely you want to know all about it. The ideal way is, of course, keeping track of things through your iPhone or iPad.
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While there are plenty of perfectly suitable mobile sites can navigate such knowledge, applications that are entirely built around iOS are sure to be more attractive, especially if you’ve taken a new iPhone or iPad and want to see only what you can do.

I have ten essential applications that are safe for you keep in the know, in terms of news last quick time and long-form pieces here.