The Ellen Show has a segment from time to time called "Oh Puhlice" where she reads fantastically weird police reports. Yesterday, Oak Island, North Carolina was "honored" - you have to watch!
On the Verizon web site it says: Key device enhancements include: Support for the TalkBack feature has been added - this enhancement makes Internet accessibility easier for the visually impaired. After the update, you should be at Version 2.07.605.1 710RD. During the install, it optimized all the apps on my phone - I'm guessing to take advantage of the features added with TalkBack.
At the Google Play Store, it says: TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily. This application adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device. It is a system application that was pre-installed on most devices and is updated when the accessibility service is improved.
Jason Mackenzie, the President of HTC, has clarified what updates are coming for the DROID DNA, and when. Last night on Twitter, he posted that "Regarding Droid DNA. Update and clarification is that DNA customers will get new Sense experiences (w/ 4.2.2) before end of year." While I'm happy for the update (I can stop checking for software updates for a while), I'm disappointed that it's taking so long. But as a long-time developer, I totally understand that no software should be released until it's ready.
Yesterday I blogged about a Verizon KB article that stated a Droid DNA Smartphone Software Update was coming soon. If you click that link today, you get a page that says: "We're sorry! No resolution is currently published in the knowledgebase. Select device link to go back to the main Devices page."
So we are wondering - what's the story here? Has Verizon reversed course? Or maybe the update's not coming this month after all? Or maybe somebody just jumped the gun posting it when they did? We'd love to know. And now we are wishing we had grabbed those screenshots we talked about yesterday.
I wasn't sure this would ever happen, but Verizon has announced that a Droid DNA Smartphone Software Update is coming soon. HTC Sense 5 will be rolled out and the end result will be that the DROID DNA will look more like the HTC One, with improvements to People, Calendar and Gallery, and the addition of BlinkFeed, a new Smart Dialer, and Quick Settings. More details and some screenshots are available on the Verizon web site.
From Steve "Guggs" Guggenheimer's blog, "Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. Additionally, today we're making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate which you can download here.
For more information of what's new in Visual Studio 2013 see today's blog post from S. Somasegar."
Sounds like something I would say, doesn't it? Ever since I had to give up my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, I've been waiting for Microsoft to add "sync with desktop Outlook" back to their list of Windows Phone apps. So have a lot of other people. But I can't take credit for the quote - it was Nokia vice president Bryan Biniak. The full quote is: "People rely on applications for their day-to-day life and if you don't have something which I use in my day-to-day life I'm not going to switch [operating systems] because I don't want to compromise the way I live my life just to switch to a phone... You can't sell a phone without the apps, you just can't.". He said it in an interview with the International Business Times - Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve to Make Windows Phone a Success.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Just to be clear, as much as I like my Android phone, I would switch to Windows Phone 8 in a heartbeat if it could sync via USB to my desktop Outlook.
IE11 on Windows 7 offers improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. Visit the IEBlog to learn more about:
- Faster, More Responsive Browsing
- Hardware-Accelerated 3D Web Graphics
- Professional-Quality Video Experiences on the Web
- All-new F12 Developer Tools Experience Makes Building Sites Easier
- The Existing Web Continues to Work – Even Better
- A Better Web Today, and Ahead
The download links can be found at: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/ie-11-worldwide-languages
The SP2 release improves the compatibility of the Office and SharePoint 2010 products with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, Office 2013, and SharePoint 2013. It also addresses security, stability, and performance and contains all the Cumulative Updates (CU) and Public Updates (PU) that have released since SP1, starting with the June 2011 CU and July 2011 PU and ending with the April 2013 CU and May 2013 PU. The issues fixed specifically in the service pack are listed in the SP2 changes list.
More information and links for the downloads are at: Microsoft Office Updates - the official blog of the Office Sustained Engineering and Release team.
Woke up my phone this morning and discovered there was a software update available for my HTC DROID DNA. The description on the Verizon Wireless web site says: Improvements have been made to SIM card detection. If the update has not already been pushed to your phone, here's how to get it: Go to Settings - under System, choose Software Update and then Check new. When the update is complete, you should be at Version 2.06.605.1.
Last week Verizon announced a software update for the HTC DROID DNA that includes the following features and enhancements:
- User can load videos on HuluPlus
- Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made
- Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made
- Bluetooth connectivity and volume level for specific models have been improved
- Enhanced reliability and stability of the Contacts List have been made
- Wi-Fi Connectivity has been improved
- Improvements to default browser for zooming capability have been made
- Incoming messages display with the correct timestamp
- Enhanced Recent Apps functionality has been improved
I got the update last Thursday because I have had a problem with maintaining a connection to my Bluetooth headset, so I am interested to see if this update fixes that problem. I did notice that the "No SIM Card detected" error is not on the list, but it's possible that's been fixed, too.
I’ve been using the HTC DROID DNA since mid-November and today I experienced for the first time the dreaded “SIM Card not detected” issue. Actually, I didn’t know it was a dreaded issue until I Googled for “DROID DNA SIM card not detected”. I found a number of threads in different forums about it. The solutions that worked are listed below, in no particular order:
- Reboot the phone.
- Go into and then out of Airplane Mode.
- Pop the SIM card tray out, remove, clean, and reseat the SIM card and slide the tray back in.
- Do a hard reset of the phone.
- Go to the nearest Verizon store and get a new SIM card.
- Go to the nearest Verizon store and get a replacement phone.
I tried No. 1 and No. 2 a number of times and it didn’t fix the problem, so onto No. 3. which did work. Here’s a link with instructions on how to insert and remove the SIM Card on the DROID DNA - the most important thing to remember is to turn off the phone before you start!
If you have been putting off upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, now is the time! There's a great sale going on at the Microsoft Store through the end of January. Right now, you can buy the download version for $39.99, or have it shipped for $69.99. If you wait until February 1st, both versions (download and retail) will cost you $199.99. You can get more details by reading the Update on Windows 8 Pricing blog post at Blogging Windows.
On December 20, 2012, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Expression Web 4 was no longer available for purchase - it is now available as a free download.
What's the good news?
The free version is the SP2a version, which includes 3 previously undocumented fixes:
- Nested object tags are now supported
- Editing with external tools is supported (e.g., edit in Notepad)
and files are saved to the website folder rather than the temp folder
- You can now see editable regions outlined with an orange
border in Design View which did not work on Expression Web 4 SP2.
The other good news is that you can now run Expression Web 4
on as many PCs as you need.
What's the bad news?
This free version of Expression Web is not eligible for
Microsoft technical support. If you have issues with the free version, your
only option is to turn to the Microsoft Expression Web forum for help from other
users. Customers who previously
purchased Expression Web will receive support through the established support
There will be no further development resources invested in
Expression Web by Microsoft. This means that any bugs previously reported by
users in the forums, Microsoft Connect and/or UserVoice will not be fixed. This also means that as new technologies are developed
for the Web, Expression Web will not be enhanced to support those technologies.
You should be able to download and use Expression Web 4 for
quite a while - just because Microsoft is no longer selling it nor supporting
it doesn't mean it will mysteriously stop working.
Microsoft is encouraging its customers to take a look at Microsoft
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web - a "free and robust development
environment for building, testing, and deploying web applications across the
Microsoft Web Platform. After installation, you can try this product for up to
30 days. You must register to obtain a free product key for ongoing use after
This time last year, I wrote about two mobile phone features that were "must haves" for me in my next phone: the ability to sync directly to Outlook on my desktop and an SD card expansion slot. The lack of these two features in Windows Phone 7 is what led me to buy an Android phone, specifically the HTC Merge from Verizon - it syncs via USB with my desktop Outlook using HTC Sync and has an SD Card slot.
Since then, I've been tracking the status of these two features at the Windows Phone Feature Suggestion Box at the Uservoice web site. Today Paul Andrew (Admin, Windows Phone) posted in the "SD Card expansion slot should be standard" thread that Microsoft had announced in June on the Windows Phone Blog that Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards!
One down - one to go.
I've heard a rumor that the new Windows Phone 8 from Nokia might support Outlook syncing via a USB cable, but I've not been able to confirm this. The thread at Uservoice is still open and taking votes and comments - if you must have it, go vote for it. You can also join the conversation on Facebook in the Windows Phone sync with Outlook via USB group.
Ever since I got my HTC Merge (Android) from Verizon, I have been using HTC Sync to sync my Desktop Outlook Contacts and Calendar and it worked great - when the connection worked. Connecting my phone with a USB cable didn't always launch HTC Sync on my PC. Rebooting my phone and/or rebooting my PC sometimes helped, but the problem continued.
In May 2012, HTC released Version 3.2.20 of HTC Sync. The change log lists Updated USB driver to 3.0.0.021 and Enhanced connection stability among the improvements. I'm not sure which of these fixed the problem, but I've had consistent success connecting and syncing on the first try. If you haven't upgraded yet, I highly recommend it.
Service Pack 2 for Expression Web 4 added a Code Snippets
Panel to your workspace, making them much easier to access; and provided code
a recent article I wrote for Que Publishing, you will learn how to work with
the new Code Snippets Panel, create your own code snippets, sync them with all
your PCs running SP2, and share them with other Expression Web 4 users.
Microsoft has released a fix for licensing and activation issues with Expression Web 4. Symptoms of licensing and/or activation issues include:
- Expression Web 4 reverts to trial mode.
- You receive a message that states that the product key is invalid.
- The product key is not accepted during the Expression Web 4 installation process.
- You receive a message that states that Expression Web 4 was already activated with the product key.
If you are seeing symptoms such as this, the fix should resolve your issue. You can find details and a download link here:
To download the fix, click the "View and request hotfix downloads" hyperlink at the beginning of the article.
Please note that this fix is only for Expression Web 4. If you are encountering a licensing or activation issue with another Expression Studio product, you will need to open a support case with Microsoft to get that issue resolved.
If you download the patch and you receive an error that Web_en.msi could not be located, please download the "FullFile" version of the fix and install it on top of your existing installation. This will upgrade your existing installation of Expression Web 4 to SP2a which includes the fix.
From: New Fix for Licensing and Activation Issues with Expression Web 4
A new service pack is now available for Expression Encoder 4, which includes over 300 bug fixes as well as these new features:
Support for Intel QSV GPU encoding (Pro only) – GPU-accelerated encoding has added support for the Intel HD Graphics GPU included in Sandy Bridge processors, in addition to the improved Nvidia CUDA support. You can use both of these devices when encoding for increased speed and performance. More information available here.
Support for 1 and 2-pass VBR for offline H.264 encodes (Pro only) – You can now select 1-pass VBR for MP4 encodes as well as both 1-pass and 2-pass VBR for H.264-based Smooth Streaming encodes.
Support for more AAC audio options (Pro only) – You can now choose multiple-channel audio along with more bitrate and sample rate options when you use the AAC codec.
Support for SRS audio encoding – You can now choose to enable SRS to convert an audio stream from multiple audio channels to two SRS 5.1 surround sound channels.
Manage publishing points from within Expression Encoder (Pro only) – In a Live Broadcasting Project, you can now create, restart or update publishing points on an IIS Smooth Streaming server. You can also choose to automatically update a broadcast’s EventID.
Live crop – You can now crop your live or file sources in a Live Broadcasting project.
Support for VC-1 MBR in a Live broadcast – You can now add multiple bitrate streams to your WM broadcast in a Live Broadcasting Project.
Support for Live H.264 VBR 1-pass (Pro only) – You can now select 1-pass VBR encoding for H.264-based Live Smooth Streaming encodes.
More at the Expression Encoder Team Blog
What's new in Expression Design September 2011 Preview
Expression Design September 2011 Preview includes four new features that further expand and refine your workflow:
- Import EPS files
- Make multiple selection in the Layers palette
- Retain the adjusted position of an object’s registration point.
- Export documents to the SVG format
Import Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) files
Expression Design Preview adds support for importing EPS files. To import EPS files, on the File menu, click Import Encapsulated Postscript File.
Make multiple selections in the Layers palette
Expression Design Preview adds the ability to quickly select a range of layers in the Layers palette, as well as a range of groups and objects, by pressing Shift and clicking in the palette to select a range, or by pressing Ctrl and clicking in the palette to select non-contiguous layers. This feature functions just as multiple selection functions in Windows Explorer.
Retain the adjusted registration point
The registration point is the point where an object is anchored on the document. The registration point becomes visible when you select an object and, by default, it is located at the center of the object, represented by a diamond shape. When you rotate an object, the object rotates around the registration point.
You can change the location of the registration point by dragging it to another location in the object, thereby enabling the object to pivot around that new location. However, previously, if you changed the location of the registration point, rotated the image, and then cancelled the selection, the registration point returned to its default position in the center of the object. Now, in the Design Preview Release, once you change the registration point, perform a rotation, and then cancel the selection, the registration point remains in its new position.
To return the registration point to its default position, select the object and then click the center of the Registration point icon at the bottom left of the application window.
Expression Design Preview adds the ability to export a document in SVG format. Exporting in SVG enables you to integrate vector artwork content into HTML applications that you design using such programs as Expression Blend.
To export in SVG format:
- If you plan on only exporting particular slices or objects, then select the elements that you want to export.
- On the File menu, click Export.
- Under Items to Export, select one of the following options:
- Whole document Select this option to automatically export all the artwork in your Expression Design document as a single SVG document.
- Selected objects Select this option to export only those objects that you selected before you open the Export dialog box. Expression Design exports the objects as a single SVG document.
- Slices Select this option to export slices of your artwork, in multiple output files and formats. Slices are configured before you open the Export dialog box. The preview window changes to display each slice individually so that you can select different export settings for each. You can also use the Slice contents drop-down box to show or hide objects in the slice.
- In the Format menu, choose SVG.
- Adjust the following settings. Depending upon the Items to Export setting you choose, you will see varying options. If you chose to export slices, you must change the Format and other export properties for each slice. Alternatively, you can select multiple slices by holding the Shift key to change the export properties for all the selected slices at the same time. For more information on working with slices, see Expression Design Help.
- Slice name Type a name for each slice in this box. You can only name a single slice at a time, so this option is unavailable if you have selected multiple slices.
- Slice contents If you want to hide or show a particular object in your slices, clear or select the box corresponding to the object that you want to hide or show.
- Always name objects Select this check box to name all objects that are converted from your artwork.
- Place grouped objects in an SVG group Select this option to place any grouped objects in your document into SVG groups that your application design program will recognize.
- Editable TextBlock Select this option to convert text to TextBlock objects that will be editable after you import the document into Expression Blend. Note that you may lose some formatting because SVG does not support all text properties.
- Paths Select this option to convert all text to path objects.
- Rasterize all Select this option to have Expression Design rasterize live effects applied to your document.
- Convert to SVG effects Select this option to convert the Drop Shadow and Gaussian Blur effects to SVG effects. These are the only two effects that SVG supports.
- Location Next to Location, browse to or enter the path for the location where you want the output file to be saved.
- Export All Click Export All to export the file or files. If you are exporting slices and you want to export only some of them, you can select multiple slices in the preview window (hold the Shift key), click the drop-down arrow next to Export All, and then click Export Selected Slice(s). Alternatively, if you want to save any changes that you made to the export properties for individual slices without actually exporting the slices, click the drop-down arrow next to Export All and select Save Settings and Close.
Note: Expression Design September 2011 Preview expires on June 30, 2012.
Download the Expression Design September 2001 Preview now.
For more information, see the Expression Design September 2011 Preview release notes.
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