Today, a new leg of my journey begins.
I am happy to announce that I am now part of Presenter Group: a Microsoft vendor dedicated to wowing and amazing audiences with the presenting of various Microsoft technologies. In about a month from now, I will be traveling across the country with an elite team of evangelists and presenters and will be showcasing Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Microsoft's clients and partners.
There is much more to come, so stay tuned.
Windows Phone's next iteration is here. This update includes an Action Center to manage your notifications, a swype-like functionality for the keyboard, a digital personal assistant named Cortana, and more (you can see the rest of the features here).
How to get the update
Do keep in mind that updating your device early can potentially void your warranty.
It's official! My Nokia Lumia 1520 handset came in the mail today. I'm delighted, because now this means I can use my Lumia 1020 and 1520 concurrently to make Windows Phone videos. I'll be making app reviews and lots of other kinds of content soon. You'll be able to see everything I upload here on my YouTube channel.
Nokia Lumia 1520 - It's massive!
Although I've had the opportunity to use the 1520 before, getting it out of the package today was a quick reminder how large the device is. With a 6 inch screen, its display is very easy to look at. And the best part is, this phone actually fits in my pocket.
Twitter's profiles have updated yet again!
For any of you Tile Me! users out there, this may come as a frustration to you, as you've decorated your Twitter backgrounds with images your Windows Phone, Start Screen, and features.
Well do not fear! Ertay Shashko and I have been working hard to make sure Tile Me! will still work with the new Twitter Cover Photos.
In the past, designing backgrounds for Twitter profiles wasn't that difficult. You aligned the image either left, right, or center, and make your background off of that. Now if you're designing your own Twitter Photo Cover, you're going to need to know more specifics. Let's get started.
Thank you to deviantArt user Star784 for both the Modern "Bliss" background and the Modern XP "shut down" concept used in this post's header image.
April 8th, 2014 is the day that all Windows XP users and Office 2003 users will no longer receive support for their products. It's time to upgrade!
What has Microsoft done to get people living in the past to take action? Well for one, they're offering $100 off select Windows 8 PCs. That's a pretty good deal if you ask me. Also, if you're desperate for a newer version of Office, you could try Office Online.
From me to you, Microsoft: a warm-hearted "Happy Birthday!"
Thank you for empowering people around the world with innovative technology and for all of the time, treasure, and talent you've contributed to humankind.
David V. Kimball
Lots of exciting stuff announced today for Windows Phone 8.1. Don't believe me? Just search "#bldwin" on Twitter. Not only is there a bolstered notification system, new Start Screen features, new calendar functions, new lock screen capabilities, added features in Internet Explorer, and a brand new WordFlow "Swype-like" functionality added to the keyboard, but a brand-new personal assistant named Cortana.
Cortana is the first "truly personal" digital personal assitant
Joe Belfiore was able to showcase some of the many features of Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1's personal assistant. Cortana keeps track of your interests, reminders, what your quiet hours are, and other personal information. Belfiore mentioned that this "journaling" feature was inspired by talking to actual personal assistants and getting feedback on how they save information about clients.
A neat feature called "Inner Circle" is the group of people closest to you, that can contact you during your quiet hours. Another unique feature of Cortana is setting "People" reminders, which are reminders you can set for a particular person that makes Cortana alert you when you come into contact with that person.
As you can see in the gallery below, during a call, it will display the reminder for you.
Metro UI (or "Microsoft Design Language" as it is officially named) refers to the set of software designs used by Microsoft. The earliest iterations of this design were seen in Windows Media Center for Windows XP Media Center Edition, but the digital interface really began to take off in 2006 with Zune.
There are several ways to get an image of your Xbox Live Avatar on your computer.
Assuming you use your avatar in your Xbox profile picture, an easy way to download your Xbox user picture is use this these URLs:
Method 1 (Xbox One method):
Since the launch of the Xbox One, you can now download a large resolution image by using this URL:
Here’s mine: https://avatar-ssl.xboxlive.com/avatar/davidvkimball/avatarpic-xl.png
Note: This link won't work for you if you haven't set up a X-large version of your avatar picture yet. To learn how to set your profile picture on your Xbox One, use this tutorial from Xbox.com.
Method 2 (avatar picture):