Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge

skype_logo

Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. A Microsoft spokesperson says the preview is rolling out gradually and should be complete by the end of April.

Skype for Web beta first arrived in November 2014, and it launched out of beta in June 2015. This preview is possible because Edge last year gained support for the Object Real-Time Communications (ORTC) API. Since at least October 2014, Microsoft has been planning to bring voice and video calling to its browser without the need for plugins. Originally, that meant in Internet Explorer, but after Edge launched, it made sense to go with the company’s new browser.

skype-video-calling-on-microsoft-edge1

This means that when you’re using Microsoft Edge and want to use Skype, you no longer have to download anything or install a plugin. More specifically, here are the scenarios that work:

  • All Skype one-to-one and group voice and video calls to and from Microsoft Edge browsers are plugin-free.
  • All Skype one-to-one calls from Microsoft Edge to the latest versions of Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac are plugin-free.

In other words, if you try to call someone who’s on a computer that doesn’t have the latest version of Skype or that is using another browser or using a Skype mobile app or a landline phone, this won’t work. You’ll need to install the plugin as before. You also need to install the plugin to use features like screen sharing.

But again, this is just a preview (Microsoft wouldn’t say how long it expects to test the feature before taking off that label). The Edge and Skype teams apparently worked together to achieve this, which explains why Microsoft is supporting its own browser first. The company did hint, however, that support will be expanding to more scenarios (meaning other browsers and platforms). In terms of Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft is waiting till they both support the H.264 video codec.

In the meantime, Microsoft offers terrible advice for those who want to go plugin-free: “To keep it simple: if you’re calling from Microsoft Edge, ask the person you’re calling to upgrade to the latest version of Skype for Windows or Mac, or to use Skype for Web on Microsoft Edge” (Windows 10 version 10.0.10586 and above).

Right, because asking someone to download and install something so that you don’t have to download and install something makes sense.

We’ll keep you posted as the feature moves out of preview and starts to work more broadly with other browsers.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge

skype_logo

Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions.

This is possible because Edge last year gained support for the Object Real-Time Communications (ORTC) API. Since at least October 2014, Microsoft was planning to bring voice and video calling to its browser without the need for plugins. Originally, that meant in Internet Explorer, but after Edge launched, it made sense to go with the new browser.

skype-video-calling-on-microsoft-edge1

More to follow


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with Cortana, Edge, and lock screen improvements

Windows 10

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview today. The latest build includes improvements to the Action Center, notifications, Cortana, Settings, emoji, Edge, and the Lock screen.

Like the last mobile build, this one is only available for devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile (the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, Xiaomi Mi4, and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL) and select Windows Phone 8.1 devices that have been upgraded. The only exception is the Lumia 635, which Microsoft plans to add at a later date. Microsoft naturally has no plans to offer new preview builds to other devices.

First up, individual app notifications in the Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification, while more Cortana notifications have been added. You can also now add, remove, and re-arrange the Quick Actions that show up in Action Center. Notifications in the Action Center now also have more flexible layouts, including larger images.

windows_10_mobile_action_center

You can now manage the notification settings for individual apps (Settings => System => Notifications & actions) to one of three levels: Normal, High, or Top. You can also adjust how many notifications are visible per app (default is three).

It’s now easier to set a reminder in Cortana. You can create a Photo Reminder by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, and you can also set reminders on content from some UWP apps.

wp_ss_20160413_0010-576x1024

The Settings app has gotten individual icons for pages, a dropdown flyout with page suggestions, a page for the navigation bar, a simplified Glance screen, and other small changes. The two big revamps are the new Battery section, which includes an updated Detailed Battery Use page for managing per-app background settings inline, and a Windows Update option that avoids automatically installing updates when you’re using your device.

windows_10_mobile_settings

Next, this build adds new emoji to your phone, just like the recent PC build. The emoji section of the keyboard has been slightly reorganized to accommodate the new emoji, arranged as follows: Favorites, Smileys and Animals, People, Celebrations and Objects, Food and Plants, Transportation and Places, Symbols, and ASCII emoticons.

wp_ss_20160413_0019-992x1024

Edge has gained copy and paste improvements: if you select text on a web page, the copy button will appear immediately near the selection, and there’s also a new paste button above the keyboard when you are typing into an edit box. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button will close that tab and take you back to the app.

Continuum-capable phones now include support for most (but not all) USB Ethernet adapters, so when you connect a USB Ethernet adapter, your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL will have network connectivity through an attached Ethernet cable. You may still see error messages and there’s no visual indicator that you are connected, so there’s still work to be done. Proxy support for LAN connections is coming.

On the lock screen, the back button has been replaced with a camera button (press and hold to launch the Camera app. Media controls are now available on the lock screen so you can pause your music, as well as go to previous and next tracks.

media-controls-lock-screen-576x1024

Features aside, this build also contains a long list of fixes:

  • User dictionaries contained incorrect words or were corrupted, so they have been reset.
  • The screen flickers while watching a full screen video or when you first launched the Camera app.
  • The alarm volume will get louder faster.
  • If you answer a call while at least one notification is visible, you no longer need to dismiss that notification before being able to end the call. You will now see the call in-progress banner above the notification while in this state, and tapping it will bypass any existing notifications without having to first dismiss them.
  • An issue where pressing the hardware volume controls would quit Netflix playback.
  • An issue where Chinese Input Method Editor users would lose their typing history after reboot, as well as an issue resulting in the Chinese 12-key keyboard crashing if you typed “erbo” (㜦).
  • An issue where swiping from Start to the All apps list would get stuck after exiting Continuum.
  • An issue where music would sometimes stop playing a few minutes after the device had been locked or the screen had been turned off.
  • An issue resulting in the keyboard dismissing when you tapped the first key after having interacted with the app bar.
  • An issue where trying to delete and re-type an auto-correction would result in it getting auto-corrected again.
  • An issue where locking and unlocking the phone quickly with Action Center open could result in Start being stuck on resuming.
  • An issue where the keyboard would sometimes show all black when responding to a text in the Action Center above the Lock screen.
  • An issue where users with their Lock screen set to Bing would just see the default Windows 10 background.
  • An issue resulting a missing Windows logo above the Start screen in the Task Switcher.
  • An issue where phone call could stop ringing if interrupted by an SMS notification.
  • An issue where the app name on the Start tile could be truncated even though there’s space available to display it.
  • An issue where volume control would continue to show headphones volume after headphones had been disconnected.
  • Notification text in banners and Action center will now grow larger when the Ease of Access “Text Scaling” option is enabled.

That said, this build also contains five known issues:

  • Language and speech packs are unable to be downloaded and will show errors due to a backend issue.
  • The Camera app can crash when going into your camera roll.
  • You may see duplicate apps under All apps showing as pending despite being installed and usable on your phone. You may also see some apps stuck in the Store.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji.
  • In some cases, users might get in a state where neither space or enter are working on the keyboard. If that happens, pressing and holding one of the apps in the All apps list until a context menu appears may resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, you will need to reboot.

Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 14295, made available to testers on March 25, to build 14322. This is clearly a massive release, so die-hard Windows Phone fans should be pleased.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with Cortana, Edge, and lock screen improvements

Windows 10

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview today. The latest build includes improvements to the Action Center, notifications, Cortana, Settings, emoji, Edge, and the Lock screen.

Like the last mobile build, this one is only available for devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile (the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, Xiaomi Mi4, and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL) and select Windows Phone 8.1 devices that have been upgraded. The only exception is the Lumia 635, which Microsoft plans to add at a later date. Microsoft naturally has no plans to offer new preview builds to other devices.

First up, individual app notifications in the Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification, while more Cortana notifications have been added. You can also now add, remove, and rearrange the Quick Actions that show up in Action Center. Notifications in the Action Center now also have more flexible layouts, including larger images.

windows_10_mobile_action_center

You can now manage the notification settings for individual apps (Settings => System => Notifications & actions) to one of three levels: Normal, High, or Top. And the number of notifications visible per app is now adjustable (default is three).

It’s now easier to set a reminder in Cortana. You can create a Photo Reminder by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, and you can also set reminders on content from some UWP apps.

wp_ss_20160413_0010-576x1024

The Settings app has gotten individual icons for pages, a dropdown flyout with page suggestions, a page for the navigation bar, a simplified Glance screen, and other small changes. The two big revamps are the new Battery section, which includes an updated Detailed Battery Use page for managing per-app background settings inline, and a Windows Update option that avoids automatically installing updates when you’re using your device.

windows_10_mobile_settings

Next, this build adds new emoji to your phone, just like the recent PC build did. The emoji section of the keyboard has been slightly reorganized to accommodate the new emoji, arranged as follows: Favorites, Smileys and Animals, People, Celebrations and Objects, Food and Plants, Transportation and Places, Symbols, and ASCII emoticons.

wp_ss_20160413_0019-992x1024

Edge has gained copy and paste improvements: If you select text on a web page, the copy button will appear immediately near the selection, and there’s also a new paste button above the keyboard when you are typing into an edit box. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button will close that tab and take you back to the app.

Continuum-capable phones now include support for most (but not all) USB Ethernet adapters, so when you connect a USB Ethernet adapter, your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL will have network connectivity through an attached Ethernet cable. You may still see error messages and there’s no visual indicator that you are connected, so there’s still work to be done. Proxy support for LAN connections is coming.

On the lock screen, the back button has been replaced with a camera button (press and hold to launch the Camera app). Media controls are now available on the lock screen so you can pause your music, as well as go to previous and next tracks.

media-controls-lock-screen-576x1024

Features aside, this build also contains a long list of fixes:

  • User dictionaries contained incorrect words or were corrupted, so they have been reset.
  • The screen flickers while watching a full screen video or when you first launched the Camera app.
  • The alarm volume will get louder faster.
  • If you answer a call while at least one notification is visible, you no longer need to dismiss that notification before being able to end the call. You will now see the call in-progress banner above the notification while in this state, and tapping it will bypass any existing notifications without having to first dismiss them.
  • An issue where pressing the hardware volume controls would quit Netflix playback.
  • An issue where Chinese Input Method Editor users would lose their typing history after reboot, as well as an issue resulting in the Chinese 12-key keyboard crashing if you typed “erbo” (㜦).
  • An issue where swiping from Start to the All apps list would get stuck after exiting Continuum.
  • An issue where music would sometimes stop playing a few minutes after the device had been locked or the screen had been turned off.
  • An issue resulting in the keyboard dismissing when you tapped the first key after having interacted with the app bar.
  • An issue where trying to delete and re-type an auto-correction would result in it getting auto-corrected again.
  • An issue where locking and unlocking the phone quickly with Action Center open could result in Start being stuck on resuming.
  • An issue where the keyboard would sometimes show all black when responding to a text in the Action Center above the Lock screen.
  • An issue where users with their Lock screen set to Bing would just see the default Windows 10 background.
  • An issue resulting in a missing Windows logo above the Start screen in the Task Switcher.
  • An issue where a phone call could stop ringing if interrupted by an SMS notification.
  • An issue where the app name on the Start tile could be truncated even though there’s space available to display it.
  • An issue where volume control would continue to show headphones volume after headphones had been disconnected.
  • Notification text in banners and Action center will now grow larger when the Ease of Access “Text Scaling” option is enabled.

That said, this build also contains five known issues:

  • Language and speech packs are unable to be downloaded and will show errors due to a backend issue.
  • The Camera app can crash when going into your camera roll.
  • You may see duplicate apps under All apps showing as pending despite being installed and usable on your phone. You may also see some apps stuck in the Store.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji.
  • In some cases, users might get in a state where neither space or enter are working on the keyboard. If that happens, pressing and holding one of the apps in the All apps list until a context menu appears may resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, you will need to reboot.

Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 14295, made available to testers on March 25, to build 14322. This is clearly a massive release, so die-hard Windows Phone fans should be pleased.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with Cortana, Edge, and lock screen improvements

Windows 10

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview today. The latest build includes improvements to the Action Center, notifications, Cortana, Settings, emoji, Edge, and the Lock screen.

Like the last mobile build, this one is only available for devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile (the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, Xiaomi Mi4, and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL) and select Windows Phone 8.1 devices that have been upgraded. The only exception is the Lumia 635, which Microsoft plans to add at a later date. Microsoft naturally has no plans to offer new preview builds to other devices.

First up, individual app notifications in the Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification, while more Cortana notifications have been added. You can also now add, remove, and rearrange the Quick Actions that show up in Action Center. Notifications in the Action Center now also have more flexible layouts, including larger images.

windows_10_mobile_action_center

You can now manage the notification settings for individual apps (Settings => System => Notifications & actions) to one of three levels: Normal, High, or Top. And the number of notifications visible per app is now adjustable (default is three).

It’s now easier to set a reminder in Cortana. You can create a Photo Reminder by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, and you can also set reminders on content from some UWP apps.

wp_ss_20160413_0010-576x1024

The Settings app has gotten individual icons for pages, a dropdown flyout with page suggestions, a page for the navigation bar, a simplified Glance screen, and other small changes. The two big revamps are the new Battery section, which includes an updated Detailed Battery Use page for managing per-app background settings inline, and a Windows Update option that avoids automatically installing updates when you’re using your device.

windows_10_mobile_settings

Next, this build adds new emoji to your phone, just like the recent PC build did. The emoji section of the keyboard has been slightly reorganized to accommodate the new emoji, arranged as follows: Favorites, Smileys and Animals, People, Celebrations and Objects, Food and Plants, Transportation and Places, Symbols, and ASCII emoticons.

wp_ss_20160413_0019-992x1024

Edge has gained copy and paste improvements: If you select text on a web page, the copy button will appear immediately near the selection, and there’s also a new paste button above the keyboard when you are typing into an edit box. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button will close that tab and take you back to the app.

Continuum-capable phones now include support for most (but not all) USB Ethernet adapters, so when you connect a USB Ethernet adapter, your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL will have network connectivity through an attached Ethernet cable. You may still see error messages and there’s no visual indicator that you are connected, so there’s still work to be done. Proxy support for LAN connections is coming.

On the lock screen, the back button has been replaced with a camera button (press and hold to launch the Camera app). Media controls are now available on the lock screen so you can pause your music, as well as go to previous and next tracks.

media-controls-lock-screen-576x1024

Features aside, this build also contains a long list of fixes:

  • User dictionaries contained incorrect words or were corrupted, so they have been reset.
  • The screen flickers while watching a full screen video or when you first launched the Camera app.
  • The alarm volume will get louder faster.
  • If you answer a call while at least one notification is visible, you no longer need to dismiss that notification before being able to end the call. You will now see the call in-progress banner above the notification while in this state, and tapping it will bypass any existing notifications without having to first dismiss them.
  • An issue where pressing the hardware volume controls would quit Netflix playback.
  • An issue where Chinese Input Method Editor users would lose their typing history after reboot, as well as an issue resulting in the Chinese 12-key keyboard crashing if you typed “erbo” (㜦).
  • An issue where swiping from Start to the All apps list would get stuck after exiting Continuum.
  • An issue where music would sometimes stop playing a few minutes after the device had been locked or the screen had been turned off.
  • An issue resulting in the keyboard dismissing when you tapped the first key after having interacted with the app bar.
  • An issue where trying to delete and re-type an auto-correction would result in it getting auto-corrected again.
  • An issue where locking and unlocking the phone quickly with Action Center open could result in Start being stuck on resuming.
  • An issue where the keyboard would sometimes show all black when responding to a text in the Action Center above the Lock screen.
  • An issue where users with their Lock screen set to Bing would just see the default Windows 10 background.
  • An issue resulting in a missing Windows logo above the Start screen in the Task Switcher.
  • An issue where a phone call could stop ringing if interrupted by an SMS notification.
  • An issue where the app name on the Start tile could be truncated even though there’s space available to display it.
  • An issue where volume control would continue to show headphones volume after headphones had been disconnected.
  • Notification text in banners and Action center will now grow larger when the Ease of Access “Text Scaling” option is enabled.

That said, this build also contains five known issues:

  • Language and speech packs are unable to be downloaded and will show errors due to a backend issue.
  • The Camera app can crash when going into your camera roll.
  • You may see duplicate apps under All apps showing as pending despite being installed and usable on your phone. You may also see some apps stuck in the Store.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji.
  • In some cases, users might get in a state where neither space or enter are working on the keyboard. If that happens, pressing and holding one of the apps in the All apps list until a context menu appears may resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, you will need to reboot.

Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 14295, made available to testers on March 25, to build 14322. This is clearly a massive release, so die-hard Windows Phone fans should be pleased.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Kangaroo Pro is a $199 Windows 10 PC with a little less portability, a lot more ports

kangaroo_mobile_desktop

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro, a $199 Windows 10 portable PC that is meant to be much more capable than the original Kangaroo. The Kangaroo Pro is available on Newegg, Amazon, and InFocusDirect.com now, and will go on sale at the Microsoft Store later this month.

When the Kangaroo debuted in October 2015, we explained that the term “mobile desktop” sounded like an oxymoron, but that it really is the best description. The Kangaroos are basically desktop PC towers shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen. Just like any desktop, you’ll still need to connect a mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro ports top

The Kangaroo Pro comes with the new Dock Pro, which features one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet ports, as well as a 2.5-inch hard drive bay and an audio port. The original Kangaroo Dock naturally didn’t include as much, so with the Pro you’re essentially getting a VGA port, another USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, and an audio port.

The trade-off? The Kangaroo Pro is double the price, and more than twice as thick.

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro left angled 3

There’s one port I was particularly excited about. In my hands-on with the Kangaroo, I said:

I would love if one of the future swappable docks came with an Ethernet port. After all, if I’m plugging in a monitor or a TV, I’m not going anywhere.

The audio port is also nice to have. Even though the sound works great over HDMI, sometimes you just need headphones.

The addition of VGA isn’t something I personally want, but I do see the appeal. It essentially means the Kangaroo Pro can now be hooked up to almost any PC monitor or projector. The hard drive bay (you have to open the bottom plate) essentially translates to serious storage options.

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro opened

InFocus envisions the Kangaroo Pro being used as an on-the-go personal PC, a presentation device, a home theater PC, a mini home server, or just an enthusiast device. “With Kangaroo Pro, we’ve created a powerful PC in a completely new form factor that builds on the success of the Kangaroo PC,” Lawrence Yen, director of Kangaroo product marketing, said in a statement. Yeah, “completely new form factor” is definitely a stretch.

iOS users will be happy to learn that the OSLinx app, which lets you use your Kangaroo with an iPad, has been updated to support iPhones as well. The app works both the Kangaroo and Kangaroo Pro.

For reference, here are the full specs for the Kangaroo Pro:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit Home edition
  • CPU: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom™ x5-Z8500 (Turbo Boost up to 2.24 GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Gen8 (Up to 600Mhz), Dual Display (HDMI/VGA) configurations not supported
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM (Kangaroo)
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC (Kangaroo)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 A/C (Dual Band) / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Expansion: microSD TF slot (support SDSC, SDHC and SDXC formats)
  • Security: Fingerprint reader
  • Battery life: 4 hours (casual use), 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 124 x 12.9mm / Dock Pro: 171 x 86 x 32.2 (mm)
  • Weight: 418g (without adapter & power cord) / 688g (including adapter & power cord)
  • Power: 36W AC Adapter, Input: 100V-220V ~ 1A, 50-60 Hz / Output: 12V/3A

Again, the base Kangaroo device is the same. You’re really just paying the extra $100 for the new Dock Pro.

If you don’t care about all the extra ports, go with the Kangaroo. If you absolutely need Ethernet, or hard drive storage, or an audio port, the Kangaroo Pro is worth considering.

You should keep in mind that at $199, however, you may want to shell out a bit more and get a cheap Windows 10 laptop. But if you really want a “mobile desktop” then look no further.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Watch Flappy Bird played on an e-cigarette

flappy_bird_ecigaratte

I was once hooked on Flappy Bird. Millions of us were. But, not quite like this.

Balázs Bank has decided that in the event that he doesn’t have his phone on him, his e-cigarette will do. Bank decided he wanted to play the infamous addicting game on his eVic-VTC Mini e-cigarette. Because the device has upgradable firmware, Bank was able to port the game to his vape.

Note that you can’t exactly smoke and play at the same time, but somehow I think gamers and smokers will forgive him. Honestly, the game works quite well, given that it’s running on a freaking e-cigarette:

In fact, if you own this particular device, Bank has uploaded the firmware (Mega and Google Drive) and explained how you can play the game on your vape as well:

DISCLAIMER: Flash this firmware at your own risk. I will not take any responsibility for damaging your device.

INSTRUCTIONS

Install game:
1. Download and unzip the compressed folder.
2. Connect the eVic-VTC Mini to the computer.
3. Open the official UpdateFirmware.exe (it’s in the archive or you can download from Joyetech’s site).
4. Click Update button then select FlappyBird.bin.
5. Enjoy (or not) the ‘game’.

Reinstall original firmware:
1. Disconnect the usb cable and the battery from the VTC Mini.
2. Push the right button (and hold) on the VTC Mini, plug in the USB cable, release the button.
3. Now you can install the original firmware (also found in the archive or downloaded from official site) with the updater.

Plase note that I made this in a few hours and it’s still in beta stage.

Bank didn’t stop there. His second video shows the game Snake ported to the e-cigarette as well.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Watch Flappy Bird played on an e-cigarette

flappy_bird_ecigaratte

I was once hooked on Flappy Bird. Millions of us were. But, not quite like this.

Balázs Bank has decided that in the event that he doesn’t have his phone on him, his e-cigarette will do. Bank decided he wanted to play the infamous addicting game on his eVic-VTC Mini e-cigarette. Because the device has upgradable firmware, Bank was able to port the game to his vape.

Note that you can’t exactly smoke and play at the same time, but somehow I think gamers and smokers will forgive him. Honestly, the game works quite well, given that it’s running on a freaking e-cigarette:

In fact, if you own this particular device, Bank has uploaded the firmware (Mega and Google Drive) and explained how you can play the game on your vape as well:

DISCLAIMER: Flash this firmware at your own risk. I will not take any responsibility for damaging your device.

INSTRUCTIONS

Install game:
1. Download and unzip the compressed folder.
2. Connect the eVic-VTC Mini to the computer.
3. Open the official UpdateFirmware.exe (it’s in the archive or you can download from Joyetech’s site).
4. Click Update button then select FlappyBird.bin.
5. Enjoy (or not) the ‘game’.

Reinstall original firmware:
1. Disconnect the usb cable and the battery from the VTC Mini.
2. Push the right button (and hold) on the VTC Mini, plug in the USB cable, release the button.
3. Now you can install the original firmware (also found in the archive or downloaded from official site) with the updater.

Plase note that I made this in a few hours and it’s still in beta stage.

Bank didn’t stop there. His second video shows the game Snake ported to the e-cigarette as well.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Chrome 50 arrives with push notification improvements and declarative preload

google_chrome_logo

Google today launched Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, adding the usual slew of developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from google.com/chrome.

Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web developers have to consider. In fact, with its regular additions and changes, developers have to keep up to ensure they are taking advantage of everything available.

Google has been toying with notifications in Chrome for years. Chrome apps and extensions have supported push notifications on desktop since May 2010 (first added in Chrome 5). More recently, webpages gained the ability to send push notifications to users with the release of Chrome 42, the desktop notification center was removed in Chrome 47, and custom notification buttons were added in Chrome 48.

Now, Chrome 50 allows sites to include notification data payloads with their push messages. This eliminates the final server check — the initial version relied on service workers to proactively fetch the information for a notification from the server, leading to problems when there were multiple messages in flight or when the device was on a poor network connection. Push notification payloads, which are part of the Push API spec and already supported in Firefox, must be encrypted.

Sites can now also detect when a notification is closed by the user, resulting in better analytics and allowing for cross-device notification dismissal. Sites can also whether notifications alert the user with nothing, a vibration, or a sound. The look of notifications can also now be customized with timestamps and icons:

notification_kitty

Earlier this year, Google shared that Chrome now delivers more than 350 million push notifications every day. The company didn’t update this figure today.

Next up, Chrome 50 brings support for declarative preload. When there are resources needed to fully display a page, but Chrome doesn’t know about them until other resources load, developers can now use the “link rel=’preload'” attribute to specify resources that should be downloaded preemptively. This should reduce the time it takes to display content.

Other developer features in this release include:

Chrome 50 also includes 20 security fixes, of which Google chose to highlight the following:

  • [$7500][590275] High CVE-2016-1652: Universal XSS in extension bindings. Credit to anonymous.
  • [$5000][589792] High CVE-2016-1653: Out-of-bounds write in V8. Credit to Choongwoo Han.
  • [591785] Medium CVE-2016-1651: Out-of-bounds read in Pdfium JPEG2000 decoding. Credit to kdot working with HP’s Zero Day Initiative.
  • [$1500][589512] Medium CVE-2016-1654: Uninitialized memory read in media. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.
  • [$1500][582008] Medium CVE-2016-1655: Use-after-free related to extensions. Credit to Rob Wu.
  • [$500][570750] Medium CVE-2016-1656: Android downloaded file path restriction bypass. Credit to Dzmitry Lukyanenko.
  • [$1000][567445] Medium CVE-2016-1657: Address bar spoofing. Credit to Luan Herrera.
  • [$500][573317] Low CVE-2016-1658: Potential leak of sensitive information to malicious extensions. Credit to Antonio Sanso (@asanso) of Adobe.
  • [602697] CVE-2015-1659: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

If you add all those up, you’ll see Google spent just $17,500 in bug bounties. The security fixes alone should be enough incentive for you to upgrade to Chrome 50.

Chrome 50 for Android and iOS are also on their way, but Google has not shared exactly when they will ship.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook









Google launches Android N Developer Preview 2 with new 3D rendering API, launcher shortcuts, and Emoji Unicode 9

Android_N_developer_preview_devices

Google today launched the second release of the Android N developer preview. You can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview. Here are the factory images: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, General Mobile 4G, and Pixel C.

Google launched the first Android N developer preview just over a month ago. In past years, Google has unveiled the next Android version and released the accompanying developer preview at its I/O developer conference, but with Android N, the company is starting much earlier — I/O 2016 is scheduled for May 18 to May 20.

The Android team has been working hard over the last month; three major features have been added in this second preview:

  • Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU control to developers. It also offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications — some synthetic benchmarks see as much as 10 times the draw-call throughput on a single core as compared to OpenGL ES, according to Google. More details about Vulkan are available here.
  • Launcher shortcuts: Apps can now define three to five shortcuts that users can expose in the launcher. These shortcuts contain an Intent into specific points within your app (like sending a message to your best friend, navigating home in a mapping app, or playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app).
  • Emoji Unicode 9 support: This design “moves away from our generic look in favor of a more human-looking design.” Google is asking for keyboard and messaging developers to start incorporating these emoji in their apps. The update also introduces support for skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs.

android_n_emoji

As you might expect, the new preview also includes a few API changes (check out the diff reports). Last but not least, you can expect a slew of bug fixes.

Developers may want to check the known issues. If you find new bugs, Google asks that you report them to the N Developer Preview issue tracker or the N preview community.


Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook