According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
Google And MIT Open Source Android App Inventor
The Google App Inventor, which allowed people with little or no programming knowledge to builds apps for Android, was introduced in mid-2010, but shut down only a year later. After finding a new home at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shortly thereafter, the MIT has now gone a step further and released the source code of the App Inventor. It will continue to develop it on an open source basis.
For those interested, the source code is now available at Google Code, though the MIT notes that they’re not accepting contributions right now, and the documentation is lacking as well – both should be remedied once its App Inventor server goes public. However, you’re free to branch the code to create your own version, and use the “App Inventor” name and the accompanying logo without having to worry about copyright issues. To differentiate its own offering, the official version will be called “MIT App Inventor” instead.
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Many people are under the impression that once Apple finally launches its smartwatch, the market for wearables will suddenly become mainstream and be taken to the next level. Taking an idea that already exists and making it incredibly successful isn't something new to Apple, but does the Apple Watch have what it takes? The wearable hasn't even shipped yet, but has already won multiple awards and has been featured on numerous fashion magazine covers. Do you think the Apple Watch will be a huge success? Let us know your thoughts.
The smartphone landscape is drastically changing its focus. What was once a North-America-centric monopoly of high-specification phones is now merely an afterimage of the past. The meat of the game is elsewhere now; emerging markets looking for good bang-for-buck are what OEMs are increasingly aiming towards, and in this new game the old players must adapt-or-die. Xiaomi has grown at one of the most notable rates in the industry, leading it to become the world's most valuable start-up; and its...