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SwiftKey gets a theme store on iPhone, complete with animated keyboards

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SwiftKey today released a major update to its iOS 8 third-party keyboard, bundling in a new theme store and critical performance improvements. SwiftKey is one of the more popular third-party iOS keyboards, and was launched last year with impressive word prediction technology that is similar to Apple’s QuickType keyboard…

 

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The SwiftKey theme store first appeared on Android last year, and the iOS version brings along with it 12 new themes. As part of these new themes comes a new animated “shooting stars” theme that moves based on the iOS Parallax/Motion feature. The themes currently range in price from $0.99 to $1.99, with the animated themes coming in at the higher price. You can also live preview themes before purchasing and installing them, unlike with the Android version.

As for the fixes, SwiftKey says that today’s update is “designed to increase SwiftKey’s stability, and reduce the instances when SwiftKey is unintentionally replaced by the iOS default keyboard.” SwiftKey is free to download on the App Store. SwiftKey is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on devices running iOS 8 or later. (An update for issues purchasing themes earlier this morning is available as well; reselecting purchased themes will restore them without going through the purchase process.)


Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: Android (operating system), App Store (iOS), Apple Inc, autocomplete, Autocorrection, Google Play, iOS, iPhone, Keyboard instrument, SwiftKey

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Mark Gurman

May 20th

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Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

If you ever wondered what sorts of things people are looking to buy in the Middle East, Russia or West Africa, look no further than Google, which has all of our data. That, at least, is what the cost guide website Fixr.com did, by examining the top Google autocomplete search terms for every country on the planet.

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Maddie Stone

April 26th

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AutoCAD for Mac 2015 gets Retina-friendly user-interface, catches up with Windows feature-set

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Autodesk has announced the release of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 with a “Retina display-friendly user interface” and a feature-set that for the first time brings it close to that of the Windows version. The lower-cost AutoCAD LT for Mac version has also been updated.

Autodesk is emphasizing cross-platform compatibility for companies using a mix of OS X and Windows machines. The ability to save layer information like color and line type has been added to the Mac version in line with the Windows edition.

The company also says AutoCAD for 2015 is faster at the same time as offering improved stability … 

The new user interface includes Ribbon Galleries, designed to provide a faster and more efficient way to add blocks to a design, without needing to use a dialogue box. Blocks can also be duplicated and resized or shaped dynamically, significantly improving workflow speeds.

Command-line improvements include AutoCorrect, Adaptive Suggestions and Synonym Suggestions, as well as a Command Preview which shows the results of frequently used commands before you commit to them.

Associative Array Functionality provides a way to “establish and maintain a set of relationships between arrayed objects, such as windows on a building or trusses on a bridge” – again with the ability to dynamically preview an array when modifying its properties.

3D free-form design tools, surface analysis and surface curve extraction tools are all designed to increase the speed and ease with which new ideas can be explored.

Generate design ideas in almost any form imaginable with AutoCAD design features. Push/pull faces, edges, and vertices to model complex shapes, add smooth surfaces, and more. Solid, mesh, and surface modeling give you the utmost flexibility and control when designing in 3D. The new navigation bar includes frequently used navigation tools such as steering wheels, view cube, and show motion, as well as pan, zoom, and orbit.

Autodesk has retained existing pricing: $4195 or $210 per month for the full version, and $1200 or $45 per month for the cut-down AutoCAD LT. The full change-log can be viewed below.

With enhanced cloud and mobile support plus a redesigned, Retina display-friendly user interface, AutoCAD for Mac 2015 from Autodesk features an assortment of drafting, design, and documentations tools. As with many other Autodesk products, it uses TrustedDWG technology, which was developed to ensure data integrity is maintained when sharing files with other users or between applications. This version is a single user license for installation on Mac OS X.

What’s New and Enhanced for 2015

Refined Interface

The new interface has an updated look and feel aimed at improving the design process. The darker interface is not only meant to be aesthetically pleasing, but also reduce eyestrain by making fine lines, buttons, and text easier to see

Ribbon Galleries

The Ribbon Gallery is designed to provide an intuitive, visual, and efficient workflow. For example, suppose you want to add a block to your design. Using the Ribbon gallery, hover over the ribbon for a block insertion. The Block gallery will display thumbnails of all the blocks. You can insert your selection right away, without having to use a dialog box

Tab Page

Quickly open new and existing drawings and access a large selection of design elements – the Tab pages helps you get started on your design immediately. Use it page to open templates, updates from design feed, or design data residing on the A360 cloud application

Command Preview

Preview the outcomes of frequently used commands before you commit to them. Command preview helps you reduce the number of Undo commands you make by letting you evaluate the potential changes of commands such as Offset, Fillet, and Trim

Enhanced Help Window

The Help window now displays tool locations within the interface. Find tools more easily with relevant Help content. An animated arrow points to the tool in the ribbon, helping you find it faster

Enhanced Online Maps

Access online maps (formerly Live Maps) directly inside the canvas. In addition you can now capture them as static images and print them. The maps that were integral to your design can now be part of your final drawing – you can plot to paper or create PDFs that include the geolocation map

Enhanced Reality Computing

Enhanced point cloud functionality now includes geolocation and the capability to display colors by elevation. Reality computing lets you work with point cloud data directly in AutoCAD. Additionally, the point cloud now behaves like any other design element inside AutoCAD, featuring the same flexibility and control

Enhanced Design Feed

Enhancements include the capability to use design feed on an intranet, as well as on an Internet or cloud connection. The design and the conversation happen in the same place, but when it’s time to send your final drawing, you can choose whether to include the conversation along with it – Built-in tools in both eTransmit and File Save workflows can strip the comments, if desired

Documentation

Professional Documentation Tools

Capture the precise details of your design with AutoCAD documentation tools. Import models from a wide variety of other formats and automatically generate intelligent CAD documentation

Intelligent Command Line

The command line interface includes AutoCorrect, Adaptive Suggestions, and Synonym Suggestions. AutoComplete supports mid-string search. AutoCorrect spellchecks your input and offers suggestions from a synonym list, reducing the chances you’ll see the Command Not Found message

Section and Detail Views

Easily access tools for creating Section and Detail views. Choose from common section methods including full, half, offset, and aligned

Associative Array Functionality

Establish and maintain a set of relationships between arrayed objects, such as windows on a building or trusses on a bridge. After you select the objects you want to array, you can dynamically preview the array while you modify its properties

Design

Surface Curve Extraction Tool

Extract isoline curves through a specified point on a surface or face of a solid to determine the contour lines of any shape. A preview of the resulting spline is displayed before you pick the point. An option within the Extract tool lets you specify the direction of the isolines, either in the U or V direction

Context-Sensitive PressPull Tool

Extrude and offset curves, creating surfaces and solids. Use the Multiple option to select multiple objects within a single PressPull operation. You are not limited to clicking inside a bounded area, and you can select 2D and 3D curves for faster PressPull operation

3D Free-Form Design Tools

Generate design ideas in almost any form imaginable with AutoCAD design features. Push/pull faces, edges, and vertices to model complex shapes, add smooth surfaces, and more. Solid, mesh, and surface modeling give you the utmost flexibility and control when designing in 3D. The new navigation bar includes frequently used navigation tools such as steering wheels, view cube, and show motion, as well as pan, zoom, and orbit

Surface Analysis

Analyze the continuity, curvature, and draft of 3D solids and surfaces. The zebra analysis projects stripes onto a 3D model to analyze surface continuity – the stripes display continuously only across tangent surfaces

In-Canvas Viewport Controls

Viewport controls enable you to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles directly on the viewport canvas

3D Associative Array

Define arrayed objects when designing in 3D. Rectangular, polar, and path associative arrays enable you to arrange selected objects in 3D space

Editable UCS Icon

Select the UCS icon and use the multi-functional grips to change the UCS. You can move the origin and rotate it around the X, Y, or Z axis. Because the UCS icon lets you directly manipulate the UCS, you can align the icon with objects more easily – without having to access the UCS command

Connectivity

Connected Design Solutions

Integrate your AutoCAD workflow across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions. You can open and edit your AutoCAD designs in AutoCAD LT drafting software. You can also view, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on a mobile device or web browser via the AutoCAD 360 mobile and web app. AutoCAD 360 supports iOS and Android devices and works with virtually any Internet-connected computer

TrustedDWG Technology

All AutoCAD products use TrustedDWG to store and share design and documentation files. TrustedDWG helps ensure that all the elements in your drawings, and the relationship between those elements, are maintained

A360 Connectivity

Use Autodesk cloud-based services to synchronize your files and custom settings. Sync drawings with your online account directly from within AutoCAD

AutoCAD 360 Mobile App

The AutoCAD 360 web and mobile app for AutoCAD software keeps you connected to your designs over the web or from your mobile device

Inventor File Import

Save time by importing models from Inventor 3D CAD software directly into the AutoCAD model space environment

Social Media Sharing

Share media using built-in connections for Facebook and Twitter

PDF Support

Share and reuse designs thanks to PDF support within AutoCAD

Materials Library

AutoCAD includes hundreds of visually rich, predefined surface materials that you can select and edit using the Materials Browser and Editor

Customization

Exchange Apps

Customize AutoCAD software with an integrated connection to Exchange Apps, a broad range of Autodesk-approved extensions. Find the tools and customizations you need in the Exchange Apps marketplace. Explore general productivity tools, drawing content, and applications for specific disciplines

Customization and Support File Sync

Share your AutoCAD customization preferences and support files, and access them as you move from one machine to the next. You can control the type of information you want to sync, including option settings, customization files, printer support files, custom hatch patterns, tool palettes, and drawing template files. You can also sync custom fonts, shapes, and linetypes. They will become available the next time you start AutoCAD

Programming UI for Specialized Applications

Use Autodesk’s flexible development platform to customize your CAD software

Customizable and Expandable Ribbon UI

Customize and expand the user interface to suit your needs and meet your company’s standards

Development Support

Autodesk Developer Network training and support – available through the Autodesk website – helps you integrate your AutoCAD plug-in or the latest release of AutoCAD software into your workflow

Mac Features

Retina Display Support

AutoCAD 2014 for Mac fully supports the high-definition experience with high-definition graphics throughout the user interface, toolbars, tool icons, and in-canvas line rendering

Drawing Sync

Access and synchronize CAD for Mac files on your desktop with files in the cloud. Ensure access to the most up-to-date versions of your drawings by using the A360 web and mobile app with AutoCAD for Mac. Customize your sync experience by using the Online Options settings dialog box

Package Drawing

Use AutoCAD for Mac to collect files into a compressed folder for storage and distribution. Similar to eTransmit in the Windows version of AutoCAD, Package Drawing enables you to quickly collect related files into a compressed folder for easy sharing. AutoCAD for Mac also outputs PDFs in smaller file sizes than in previous versions

Usability Enhancements for 2015

Work faster and more intuitively with a new online help home page, a reworked welcome screen, and a Print dialog preview button. Press F1 to find relevant help for documentation, installation, and deployment. Use search to discover articles that you can share and bookmark for future reference

Specialized Mac features

Mac users will discover features like multi-touch gestures, coverflow navigation, and a bespoke Mac interface


Filed under: Apps Tagged: AutoCAD, AutoCAD for Mac, AutoCAD for Mac 2015, AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015, autocomplete, Autodesk, Command-line interface, eTransmit, Mac OS, Portable Document Format, Windows

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Ben Lovejoy

October 14th

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Google Docs’ Autocomplete Knows Where You’d Rather Be

Google Docs' Autocomplete Knows Where You'd Rather Be

As far as cloud-based text editors are concerned, Google Docs is just about as convenient as they come. Still, old habits die hard—Google Docs knows this. And it's here to smack the Office right out of you.

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Ashley Feinberg

October 10th

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QuickType Could Be The Most Fun You Have With iOS 8

QuickType Could Be The Most Fun You Have With iOS 8

Since ancient times , iPhone owners have cursed the dreaded Autocorrect. They've lived in fear that the Apple monstrosity will get them fired, alienate them from parents, and generally destroy all forms of meaningful relationship. With iOS 8, however, the autocorrect function has a devilish new counterpart: Apple's QuickType can spit out entire sentences by autocompleting every single word. Over at The Verge, Josh Lowensohn decided to let the new software do just that, and the results speak for themselves. Just try explaining these drunk texts at three in the morning. [The Verge]

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September 18th

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USPTO rejects parts of Apple’s auto-correct patent, $119M payout by Samsung likely to be reduced

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In a new twist to the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected the specific part of Apple’s auto-correct patent that Samsung was said to have infringed, reports FOSS Patents. This effectively means that Samsung was ruled to have infringed a patent that is no longer valid.

The trial found that Samsung infringed three of the five patents Apple claimed, including a specific element of its auto-correct patent which described a particular method of offering corrections or completions. Samsung had unsuccessfully argued at trial that this approach had been used by others before Apple, and therefore could not be patented. The court rejected this argument, but the USPTO has now agreed with Samsung … 

The court awarded Apple $119,625,000 in damages – far below the $2B Apple had claimed. It seems likely that this award will be reduced now that the basis for one of the three successful claims has been declared invalid.

The trial itself involved a war of words between the two companies, with Apple’s lawyers claiming that Samsung deliberately set out to copy the iPhone as closely as possible, and that it had limited the case to five claims as “we can’t try 50 patents.” Samsung’s lawyers, in turn, referred to Apple as a “jihadist.”

While the two companies have decided to call it quits on patent disputes outside of the United States, within the U.S. we can expect court battles between the two to continue for some time yet.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Tagged: Apple, Apple v Samsung patent trial, Apple vs Samsung patent trial, auto-complete, auto-correct, autocomplete, autocorrect, Claim (patent), iPhone, Patent, Patent infringement, Patent trial, Samsung, Samsung patent trial, United States Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO

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August 8th

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Smog, Suburbs and Stereotypes: What’s Ruining Our Cities This Week

Smog, Suburbs and Stereotypes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Choking pollution sweeps through China, new development could eradicate Mexico's emerging wine industry, and Yahoo can tell you everything that's wrong with where you live (congratulations, Memphis, you're apparently a hellhole). All this and more is What's Ruining Our Cities.

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Alissa Walker

December 6th

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Google Autocomplete Is an Even Weirder Place Than You Thought

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August 26th

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Meet the Man Who Invented Google Autocomplete

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Eric Limer

August 23rd

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Meet the Man Who Invented Google Autocomplete

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Eric Limer

August 23rd

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