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Apple Finally Fixes The iPhone Keyboard’s Worst Flaw In iOS 9


Now type what you see on iOS keyboard

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It’s the little things in life.

Like, you know, being able to tell if your keyboard is currently set to use capital letters or not.

With iOS 9, Apple is finally fixing one of the platform’s strangest quirks: the keyboard will no longer appear to be all caps, all the time.


If you’re an Android user, or someone who just doesn’t think about stuff like this all that much, you might have no idea what I’m talking about.

You see, in all builds of iOS thus far, the keyboard always uses capital letters to represent each key — whether or not you’ve actually hit shift or have caps lock on.

That works well enough on physical keyboards — for the most part, you’re holding the shift key when you want shift turned on.

On a touchscreen keyboard, where you tap shift instead of hold, it’s not so simple. Sometimes you…

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Tencent Backs Mobile Gaming Company Pocket Gems

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Pocket Gems announced today that it has taken an investment from Chinese Internet company Tencent. The funding will allow the mobile gaming company to expand globally, including into China.

The companies did not disclose the size of the deal, but The Wall Street Journal reported that Tencent invested $60 million for a 20 percent stake in Pocket Gems.

Pocket Gems recently launched its War Dragons title aimed at hardcore gamers. It says its games have seen more than 200 million downloads total.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Tencent, whose unparalleled strength in games publishing and operations in China will help us create great mobile games and entertainment for players globally,” said Pocket Gems CEO Ben Liu in the funding release.

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WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

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Despite the pace of online communications, we still spend a lot of time waiting: staring at an IM window is a common occurrence for anyone who spends a better part of their day at a computer. WaitChatter wants to make use of that standby time to promote a vital skill, letting users brush up on their vocabulary for a second language while they wait for their colleague or friend to respond to their Google Chat message.

The app comes out of research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, which found that the average person racks up 10 to 15 minutes per day of essentially wasted waiting time while conversing over IM. That realization led to the development of WaitChatter, which uses a Google Chat (you have to revert from Hangouts to use it right now, but that’s fairly easy) extension to offer up quick vocabulary learning lessons right…

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Android 6.0 to be named Milkshake, Muffin or Marshmallow?

Almost everybody expected Android 4.4 to be called ‘Key Lime Pie’ to be in mouth watering alphabetical sequence of world’s most popular smartphone OS. There were also rumours that next release of Android will be named ‘Kaju Katli’, which is most sought after Indian sweet, but Google named it Kitkat. Next and latest was ‘Lollipop’. Here’s mouth watering alphabetical sequence that Google followed-

Cupcake (1.5)
Donut (1.6)
Eclair (2.0-2.1)
Froyo (2.2-2.3)
Gingerbread (2.3-2.3.7)
Honeycomb (3.0-3.2)
Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0-4.0.2)
Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2.2)
Kitkat (4.4)
Lollipop (5.0+)
Milkshake? (Next release)

What will Android M be called? ‘Milkshake’, ‘Muffin’ or ‘Marshmallow’? Comment your point of view.

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Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

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As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs.

We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they showed me a working system to control electronics in the home using an open and very usable chip interface. That interface is now commercially ready and we can expect to see the product inside of appliances before too long. The Control, however, is something else entirely. Shaped like the Nest thermostat, the Control is actually a removable button/dial that you can carry from room to room to control lighting and appliances.

“Silvair Control is the world’s first fully configurable, gesture­-driven, wireless controller that lets customers manage their everyday appliances whether that be lamps, shades, and garage doors…

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