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SwiftKey has been promising its own answer to Swype ever since it launched the SwiftKey Flow beta late last year, and the company’s retort is at last finished. The newly available SwiftKey 4 — Flow is just a component here — brings Android writers the promised gesture-based typing along with Flow Through Space, which lets users glide to the spacebar to keep typing rather than pause after every word. The upgrade also expands contextual word prediction to 60 languages, offers simpler corrections and watches for personal typing habits to adjust accordingly — it should learn whether you’re a hunt-and-peck newcomer or a seasoned pro blazing along with both thumbs. The update is free for existing users in both phone- and tablet-sized forms, and it’s temporarily priced at $ 2 (normally $ 4) to lure in anyone who isn’t happy with their existing input methods.
We gave the final version a spin on a Galaxy Nexus, and much of what we saw in the SwiftKey Flow beta holds true with SwiftKey 4. Anyone comfy with a gesture-based keyboard will be happy with the speed and accuracy here, especially when they don’t have to lift their finger between words. However, the previous quirks remain as well: Flow Through Space tends to melt down after a few words, so you’ll want to stop after “the quick brown fox” before you finish with “jumps over the lazy dog.” The style recognition is harder to gauge when this author is an an experienced user who’s only had a short while to teach the app any tricks, but the simplified corrections are handy for quickly polishing up a sentence. While we don’t feel that SwiftKey is orchestrating a revolution with version 4, it doesn’t have to — the appeal here is not having to give up SwiftKey’s generally well-regarded feel to get a feature previously reserved for competitors. It remains our go-to keyboard for those times we don’t like what Google or phone designers have to offer.
SwiftKey 4 Best-Selling Android App Revolutionized with Innovative ‘SwiftKey Flow’ Gesture Typing
SAN FRANCISCO — February 20, 2013 – SwiftKey 4 launches today on Google Play with smarter features that make typing on a touchscreen faster, easier and more accurate. Available now at the promo price of $ 1.99 and as a free upgrade for existing users, the new release features a unique take on gesture typing called SwiftKey Flow.
SwiftKey Flow combines the mind-reading capabilities of SwiftKey’s personalized autocorrect engine with the speed of gliding your fingers across the screen. This revolutionary approach to continuous input begins predicting words from the moment a user touches the screen and goes on to predict their next word when they let go. A unique feature called ‘Flow Through Space’ also makes gesture typing more powerful than ever before by allowing users to enter entire phrases simply by gliding to the space bar between words.
SwiftKey 4 adds to everything that has made the app a bestseller since first launching in 2010. Users can still tap to type, the app constantly learns a user’s style to ease the frustration of entering long words and users can further personalize predictions by granting access to their Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, SMS or blog posts.
“Everyone’s had embarrassing autocorrect moments,” said Ben Medlock, SwiftKey co-founder and CTO. “That’s why we built SwiftKey to understand the context of words, not just their spelling. It works from the word go to adjust to you – from the phrases you write to how you touch the screen. It means you don’t have to worry about typing, it does all the hard work for you.”
The new features in SwiftKey 4 include:
* SwiftKey Flow – blending SwiftKey’s mind-reading next-word prediction and autocorrect with the speed of gesture typing
* Flow Through Space – lets users write entire sentences in one motion without ever having to lift their finger to add a space
* Support for contextual prediction across 60 languages – with new support for Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai and Vietnamese, all with dynamic auto-correction and next word prediction
* Easier corrections – tap on a word and SwiftKey 4 will move the cursor to the end of the word and offer two alternatives
* Personalized typing style – whether you write inaccurately with two thumbs or more carefully using a single finger, SwiftKey 4 now automatically adapts to how users type to provide more insightful corrections and prediction
Beta versions of the app have been tested by more than 200,000 SwiftKey fans over the last 11 weeks, with more than 2.4 billion characters flowed. A No.1 best-selling app on Google Play in 38 countries, SwiftKey is available in 60 languages and counting. For more information about SwiftKey, visit www.swiftkey.net.
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Stealth Wear is a line of counter-surveillance clothing designed by Adam Harvey to help avoid detection by the government or whoever the hell else might be hunting you down. The Illuminati? Probably not, you’re not that important. A jilted ex-girlfriend MAYBE, but don’t kid yourself, she’s probably already moved on to a dude with nicer privates. “Ouch.” The truth hurts, brobro! The goods:
The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.
The XX-shirt: a x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation
And the Off Pocket: an anti-phone accessory that allows you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal
Listen: if you have a drone after you, I’m not sure now’s the time to go shopping for a new anti-thermal imaging wardrobe. And if you know IN ADVANCE there might be a drone after you in the near future, well, you’re probably James Bond and should just ask Q for whatever you need. Oooh — and tell him I need something to help unclasp those tricky little hooks that hold a girl’s bra on. By the time I finally get them undone the girl’s already back from the bathroom and catches me wearing the f***ing thing.
Thanks to Brucie, who hides the old fashioned way: in plain sight wearing a fake beard and mustache. Classic!
Shenzen New Degree’s Touch Panel Tech Doesn’t Mind The Rain And Still Delivers Killer Input Detection [Video]
Shenzen New Degree Technology was one of the companies showing its stuff in the Eureka Park portion of CES 2013, and this China-based hardware startup had some impressive tech to show off related to touch input. Combining capacitive and resistive touch-based input with a means to make it work even on solid stainless steel surfaces, Shenzen New Degree hopes to pave the way for a wide range of new products with built-in controls that are highly durable, retaining their touch sensitive abilities even after considerable wear and tear.
The interesting thing about Shenzen New Degree’s tech is that it can provide both the levels of accuracy and sensitivity it manages while still also remaining durable enough that you can pour water on it, as the company showed me at their booth in Eureka Park. The environmental toughness of this implementation means it’ll be able to be used in a wide range of applications where touch devices would be exposed to the elements, like in kitchen appliances, outdoor digital keypads and parking meters, and the high sensitivity will make for a much better user experience than the resistive touch tech generally used in most commercial-grade touch panels.
Another benefit, as you can see in the video above, is that the panels can detect not only standard number sequence codes, but also the degree of force used to press, meaning that if someone wanted to not only have the numeric entry, but also the force with which it was entered as a secondary security measure, they could easily do that. All in all, it’s a pretty amazing component technology that I’m sure we’ll see picked up by a lot of OEMs fairly quickly.
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Automobile makers have actually been peddling wireless pedestrian avoidance systems almost as long as there have actually been cars. (We think one of the earliest was called the “side view mirror.”) GM’s new experiment though, differs from other executions by skipping out on the 3G, video cameras and radar– as an alternative going for a style created around WiFi Direct. The peer-to-peer 802.11 standard hasn’t exactly set the globe on fire, however the WiFi Alliance is diligently tweaking the platform and apparently GM thinks its an ideal match for connecting autos, bicyclists and pedestrians to each other. Unlike 3G-based systems, there’s little lag between finding and identifying bikes or individuals crossing the street since the signal does not need to be bounced off a satellite. It additionally has a leg up on radar detection because WiFi can easily be a 2 method pipeline– notifying someone out for a walk of an oncoming auto. Of course, it will be some time prior to anything like this in fact makes it into a development vehicle. However, in the meantime, you can examine out the PR and video recording after the break.
Filed under: Transport, WirelessGM screening pedestrian detection system powered by WiFi Direct (video recording) initially appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|| Email this|Opinions
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Samsung is finally rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to Galaxy S II users, and today the company posted a blog with some details behind how it got the upgrades ready. Buried amidst galling remarks about the release (like it took the company “only five months” to get Android 4.0 ready) was a note about a customization Samsung made that actually sounds worthwhile. On Samsung’s phones, Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock feature also includes “blink detection” as a way of closing a security loophole — previously, Face Unlock could be fooled by holding a photo up to the camera.There’s no other information on how the implementation works, but Samsung also noted that it’s bringing Face Unlock to a firmware update for Galaxy S users. While it’s no…
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While the Carrier IQ saga continues to unfold, our eForensics ally, François Simond (supercurio) has cooked up an app for any Android device users wanting to check if the analytics company has its fingers in his or her privacy pie. Not only is the unfinished app available for download now, but the open source code is also up for anyone looking to improve on the developmental release. Wannabe Carrier IQ investigators can hit up both at the source links below.
After Apple’s purchase of face recognition software provider Polar Rose, we were unsure what Apple had planned. Now, thanks to a little 9to5mac digging we know that face recognition (FaceRec? FaceTimeRec? FaceSnatch?) will be baked deeply into iOS 5 and support a number of clever features including, potentially, the same wacky effects available in Lion’s Photo Booth app.
Photo Booth, for example, uses Polar Rose’s technology to add tweeting birds flying around your head and to specifically change your eyes or nose rather than your entire face. This feature has been available with some webcams for a few years on Windows and is only now trickling over to the buttoned-up Mac world.
The API supports a call to mouthPosition as well as left and right eye positions. There are no clear examples of these API calls in the OS itself but developers could, for example, use them to make better, more accurate fart apps and to take Talking Tom to dizzying new heights.
When I last looked at the Vue Video Network in 2009 I found it to be fairly rough. These tiny, battery-powered cameras were very cool and you could set them up and then “visit” them via the web to see what was going on. However, they weren’t a real security system in that you couldn’t be alerted to motion, making the cameras overly simplistic. However, with the launch of the the new Vue cameras with motion detection, I’m pleased to report these things are finally ready for prime time.
The cameras, made by Avaak, connect to a base station (wired to Ethernet) via an encrypted wireless connection called FrameMesh. You can place them anywhere in the house (they have a few hundred foot range) and they’re only “active” when you connect to them via the VueZone website or iPhone/iPad app. These new models can activate for a few seconds when anything passes within 15 feet of their unblinking eye, a feature that makes these cameras considerably more useful as small security devices for low-traffic rooms or spaces.
The Vue camera system is not for 24-hour, constant surveillance. The battery lasts only six months of standard use, which means about five minutes per day, so you can’t just let it run. The $ 199 standard package includes a base station and one camera and you can grab two motion detector cameras for $ 289. The cameras come with small magnetic bases that allow them to be attached to walls at almost any angle and you can just set them on a shelf for a fairly wide view.
You can assign actions for motion detection as well as set timers for various cameras – say, set it to record your driveway between 5am and 6am each day to catch your neighbor’s grandma micturating into your flower bed. These have some low-light capability but they are not night-vision cameras by any stretch of the imagination.
As a sedentary blogger, I have cameras all over the house, including a Dropcam to watch for the Fedex and USP guy when he comes around back. These cameras have gotten better and better over the years and I’m actually pleased with this improved Vue camera. It’s small, compact, and quite usable and the interface is dead simple. It’s not a perfect surveillance solution but it’s adequate and should be useful for folks who want to watch a rarely trafficked space or just watch the yard every few hours for signs of alien invasion/stray cat infestation.
iPhone users have been able to avoid radar speed guns using Cobra’s iRadar system since late last year, and it looks like Android users will soon finally be able to get in on the act as well. Cobra used the gdgt Live event at SXSW to announce that iRadar will be available for Android phones sometime in April. That consists of a standard dash-mounted radar detector and, of course, an app, which also takes advantage of your phone’s built-in GPS capabilities to provide warnings of photo enforcement zones and other potential impediments to your inability to drive 55 — you’ll apparently soon even be able to share radar alerts with other iRadar users. Head on past the break for a video of the iPhone version.
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