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Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

  • Posted on January 13, 2018 at 10:03 am

“We’re at a tipping point with connected devices,” a recent blog post from Microsoft Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer team reads. “Every day, 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated worldwide. That’s over five times more than the number of babies born each day!” They’ve got a point, but it is a sad irony for Microsoft that so few of those mobile devices run their software.

But Microsoft has sold more than 70 million Xbox 360s and has a very TV-centric followup, the Xbox One, coming in November. As contributor Tristan Louis points out in today’s post on Smarter TVs, ”the upcoming battle for the living room is a chance to redeem itself and turn its fortune around.” The parody video that Louis refers to shows all of the instances of the words “TV,” “television,” “sports” and “Call of Duty” in the launch announcement. Although the announcement raised the ire of hard core gamers, the emphasis on TV (and perhaps the two things TVs are most used for, watching sports and playing Call of Duty) must have been highly intentional.

Games have been Microsoft’s route into the living room, but that strong association is now an impediment to its more generalized assault of the living room. Non-gamers are probably thinking more about the future AppleApple TV than about the Xbox as their upgrade path to interactive TV. In response to this perception, Microsoft has launched a new program called “Companion Web.” The idea is to facilitate real time interactions between different devices. And because Microsoft has no footprint to speak of in the world of mobile, they are now trying to emerge as a unifying force between iOS and Android.

The problem Microsoft is trying to solve (other than the risk of their own irrelevance) is that “the majority of sites on the web are built for only one device at a time.” The user can search for related information to what they are watching on their TV, for instance, but real time it ain’t. And content owners can make second screen experiences, but they have tended to be operating system (and sometimes even device) specific. Microsoft is after a more generalized solution that does not impose an unmanageable burden on developers.

“Regardless of who makes the device or software that powers the device, the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between these devices,” the IE blog post reads. “For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. For consumers, Companion Web means you’ll seamlessly move from one device to the next, interacting with your photos, videos, music, movies, television shows, files, and more.”

Companion Web would seem to be a more generalized version of the Xbox SmartGlass, which also allowed you to interact with your TV via Windows devices and select iOS and Android devices, but only on very specific games and content. The promise of the Companion Web is of a much broader range of experiences that the user could have between devices.

So far, Microsoft has released three such “Companion Web experiences” working with outside developers. I became aware of the program through Luke Wroblewski who has created a version of his Polar app that works in this companion manner with Internet Explorer. As you can see in the video below, Polar uses IE’s snap mode to assign a “sidebar” portion of the screen (in this case a Surface tablet acts a s a proxy for a Windows 8/Xbox One enabled TV) to itself while the user uses the balance of the screen to watch Futurama.

Wroblewski demonstrates the ways that you can find polls with Polar about Futurama and watch the results update in real time while you are watching the show. You can imagine something like this being a lot of fun for big live TV events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl, where the amount of real time activity would be high and seeing how other people are reacting becomes part of the entertainment. Similarly, you can make up your own hashtags for polls in Polar so that the reactions you are monitoring are only a select group of people. Either way, mass or niche, the real time linkage with the content on the big screen really extends the idea of the Polar app by making these interactions available to a room full of people—each potentially interacting with their own mobile devices.

And, important to note (since this is IE, after all, that we are talking about) that this all uses standard open web technology. Specifically, Wroblewski tells me, Companion Web uses web sockets to create the real time connections between devices. He says, “you can make a connection between pretty much any two ‘modern’ Web browsers regardless of device.” One of the other really interesting things about the Polar demonstration is that, as I described in a recent post, it uses a multi-device web page that enables all kinds of input (touch, mouse and keyboard) depending on device. And in the Companion Web experience, all all of these inputs can be used to control the connected screen.

What the other “modern” browsers don’t have that Internet Explorer 10 has is this snap mode. If there was one thing that iOS 7 should have copied from Windows (instead of all that flatness stuff) it would have been snap mode. So these Companion Web experiences will work across virtually all devices (because they use standard web tech) but the Xbox One will retain an advantage of being the only way to uses these “companions” on the screen simultaneously with other activities. And Polar, I think, has shown how this could become a really powerful feature.

The other two Companion Web experiments released so far do not make use of this snap mode feature. DailyBurn, see video below, uses a smartphone or tablet to get real time data related to workouts you view on your TV. This app is clearly trying to appeal to users who may need some constructive excuse to get an Xbox One.

Mix Party, introduced in the (purposely?) obnoxious video below, allows people at a party to create real time, collaborative playlists with their phones. As with Polar, the real time aspect of this is part of the entertainment value. I’m not sure if DailyBurn is intended as a solo experience or if multiple people could monitor their own individual performance of a shared video workout or not, but Mix Party and Polar clearly have real time, fact to face interactions in mind.

What is interesting to me about this strategy is that there are some extra capabilities that Microsoft has built into IE 10/Xbox One (and likely will build more) that will give it an advantage as an app enabled web TV platform, but the apps developers write will also work well on all devices. This strategy of “progressive enhancement” is a comfortable one to developers because it keeps their options open. Allowing for these entropic possibilities is a smart way to get developers on board, which, in turn, could be the means to Microsoft’s resurgence through the big screen.

Keyboard Applications in Cloud Data Store

  • Posted on January 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Jakarta – Manufacturers keyboard application for tablet computers and smart phones, SwiftKey, SwiftKey has launched a beta version of Cloud.
SwiftKey Keyboard is an Android app that can learn the customs and habits of the user typing text to produce a more predictable.
SwiftKey on Cloud services predecessors, all languages ​​stored on the device. Means, if a user loses his phone, having to learn the application SwiftKey typing habits again. With this new service, users can backup files in the cloud and sync with various devices.
SwiftKey Cloud will also integrate the analysis of data from Twitter and other sources to find a new trending topic. Then bring the words that relate to the topic being the trend for users.
Enterprise application that promises enhanced personal words and phrases as well as integrating predictive Gmail and Facebook. This application can be downloaded free.

Multifunctional HP Officejet 150 Mobile

  • Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

Multifunction Devices with Batteries

Via Officejet 150 Mobile, HP (Hewlett-Packard) brings superior features the use of lithium-ion batteries. Even the battery usage on this multifunction device is the first in the world. By using the battery, you can run this device is not currently available grid (PLN). This battery is claimed to last for up to five hundred print document sheet.

u9-435-hp150Meski your physical form, HP still includes a variety of connectivity for easy printing of various devices. You can print directly from the camera using Pictbridge connection, also can print from a memory card slot thanks to the existence of SD and MMC. Any USB port makes HP Officejet 150 Mobile can be used to access and print the content of external media such as flash disks and hard disks. Memory card and flash drive can also be used to store the scanned file. While in the case of the scan function, its use must install the software first included in the package.

In addition, the device also supports printing directly from the smartphone. Unfortunately, given only limited support for Windows Phone and Blackberry platforms. While the operating system is quite popular smartphones such as Android and iOS are not supported. All of which functioned through the touch screen-based fee that is responsive. “Shortage” is in another physical form that are made as short as possible: not supplied buffer to hold the paper. As a result, you will be a little bothered by the scattered papers.

Although the print speed is quite normal, to say the performance is not too slow. Copy and scan process is done using sheet-fed technology. This technology will scan the pages of the paper. When finished scanned per sheet of paper, the results can be printed directly pindaiannya. When PCplus count, nicks exact same time even though the documents are processed differently.

With the innovations presented by HP, you can carry around a print device like a laptop. Thanks to the support of such batteries, as well as direct printing capabilities are fairly a lot, this device is more practical and flexible. If there is a problem with the price (U.S. $ 399), HP Officejet 150 Mobile suitable to accompany you to print anywhere.

LG Optimus F3 from Virgin Mobile USA Touts Advanced User Experience and Functionality, with No Contract

  • Posted on June 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

LG Electronics and Virgin Mobile USA announced that the LG Optimus F3 smartphone is available today from Virgin Mobile for $179.99 when purchased with a Beyond Talk™ monthly no-contract plan which offers unlimited data and messaging1starting at $35 per month2. This dynamic device features powerful performance, an advanced user experience and long battery life to provide exceptional connectivity and entertainment.

The LG Optimus F3 comes equipped with everything users need to connect, share, create and manage their lives, including a sleek, user-friendly form factor, 4G LTE3 speed, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), an LED Home Button with color-coded alerts – for notifications like missed events, incoming calls or texts from friends – and a long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours of talk time.

Additionally, the LG Optimus F3 received ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint, and is packaged in 100 percent recyclable materials.

“In an always-connected world, users need a device that delivers an intuitive, user-friendly experience alongside solid all-day performance thanks to the strong battery,” said Georg Rasinski, director-Mobile Brand Management, LG Electronics USA. “The LG Optimus F3 from Virgin Mobile provides users with tools that enable greater self-expression, functionality and entertainment in conjunction with powerful hardware and 4G LTE speeds to match their daily needs.”

“Virgin Mobile customers appreciate value for their wireless solutions,” said Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA. “Adding the LG Optimus F3 further enhances Virgin Mobile’s strong smartphone portfolio and continues to offer choice and flexibility in consumers’ no-contract wireless plans.”

Some of the compelling features of Optimus F3 include:

Enhanced user experience: The LG Optimus F3 blends intelligent tools with collaborative sharing features that enable thoughtful self-expression and greater multitasking functionality. Users can also utilize QuickMemo™ to add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger, then share it via social media, email or SMS. Another unique LG feature built into the user experience is Quick Translator, which allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.

Designed to inspire: The LG Optimus F3 also comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash that shoots 1080p Full HD video, as well as a front-facing camera that can be used for shooting self portraits or for video chat. It also comes packed with advanced camera features that let users edit their photos. The Beauty Shot feature gives users the ability to snap photos that enhance the appearance of the subject while Cheese Shot lets users take a voice-activated photo by simply saying “cheese.” Panorama Shot helps users to capture the entire scene in a single photo. The LG Optimus F3’s vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 provides accurate, true-to-life color, bringing photos and videos to life.

Full list of features:

  • 4G LTE Network speed
  • Long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours talk time
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Share fun and personalized notes with VuTalk
  • Instant color-coded alerts with LED home button
  • 5 MP autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash and advanced features
  • 1080p full HD video capture
  • VGA front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chat
  • QSlide 2.0™ advanced multitasking
  • Expressive QuickMemo™
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Wi-Fi Direct™ file sharing
  • Live effects – capture video with fun and creative editing tools and backgrounds
  • Polaris® Viewer 4 – PC-like office suite app for viewing documents, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Android Beam to share content via NFC and Bluetooth technology
  • LG Tag+ – preset, individual phone profiles activated using NFC technology tags
  • Quiet Mode – specify times to disable notifications for calls and messages

About Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile USA offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ No-Contract plans with unlimited 3G data, and available 4G data speeds for mobile phone service, including Android™-powered smartphones and for prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly unlimited data plans, which start at $35, are ideal for those smartphone users hungry for the most connectivity and the least amount of voice minutes. Virgin Mobile-branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at

About LG Electronics USA

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please

1 Includes 2.5GB per month of high-speed data. Adaptive protocol video limited to 3G speeds. When mobile hotspot add-on purchased (only for select plans/devices), data usage is total combined device and hotspot data use.
2 Service on Virgin Mobile USA is subject to acceptance of certain terms and conditions.
3 4G LTE coverage is not available in all markets