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Nuance Communications, Inc. announced it is adding developer support for Windows Phone and a three tiered service structure to its NDEV Mobile Developer Program. The company's Dragon Mobile SDK is now available for all major mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 7.1+, iOS 4.0+ and Android 2.1+. A HTTP web services interface is also available. In addition, the company said all three service tiers will have access to eight new languages for voice recognition.
Acer's Liquid Stream smartphone is scheduled to be launched in the UK on August 9, according to a listing for the UK electronics retailer Expansys. The device, which first appeared in May, features a 1GHz Snapdragon powering Android 2.1. The UI is presented on a 3.7-inch OLED touchscreen with 800x480 resolution.
Witstech has fulfilled its promise of a dual-boot tablet, the A81-E, which allows users to run either Android 2.1 or Windows CE 6.0. Running both operating systems allows users to take advantage of Google's range of apps and Microsoft's Office Mobile suite. The device is based on the A81 introduced last year, with both models sharing a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 and a seven-inch 800x480 touchscreen.
A leaked pricing sheet for T-Mobile has revealed two new handsets are due soon at the carrier, including the Motorola Charm and Samsung Supersonic. According to T-MoNews, the former is a candybar with a full portrait hardware QWERTY keyboard, the MOTOBLUR interface and Android 2.1. The sheet reveals pricing will be set at $270 as a standalone, or $75 after a $75 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract.
HTC has finally posted an official Android 2.1 update for unlocked, SIM-free Hero handsets in several European countries. Reports suggest the update is being distributed as an over-the-air download in the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden and Serbia.
Sprint appears to have quietly released the Android 2.1 update for Samsung's Moment smartphone, according to several posts on Sprint's community site. Although the carrier still lists build CL14 on the corresponding support page, the download link actually directs to an updater for Android 2.1 build DE03.
A leaked Verizon page shows that the LG Ally will arrive at the provider on May 20th. Courtesy of BGR, the news also confirms the device's specs, which include a 600MHz CPU and 256MB of RAM. Android 2.1 will be preloaded, though the interface will be influenced by LG with its Weather+Time and Socialite widgets.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir