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    Interaction layers are a mighty headache for developers who know them from the back of their hands. We regular folk only can grade how good of a job their interface maximizes use of those features by achieving or failing to do what we want to do with them. If an app has a ton of features available, you'd probably not want to see all of them in list form — you'd want a cleaner, simpler look that you can put your fingers on and manipulate properly. Apple has tried adding feature access using the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. The Pocketnow jury thinks it's flopped. So, what will Microsoft ...

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    The Financial Times is sourcing "people familiar" to report that Microsoft will acquire TouchType, the company that makes algorithm-assisted keyboard app Swiftkey, for $250 million.This is the Microsoft's first acquisition of a mobile-centric services provider in 2016. It acquired the developers of the Accompli, Sunrise Calendar, Wunderlist apps in the past year or so. The eight-year-old company, which most recently reported sales of just £8.4 million ($12.1 million), is currently held in the majority by venture capital and angel firms while company co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben ...

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    How many of you take advantage of your smartphone's ability to place video calls? Whether you're using FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or any of a number of third-party services, modern apps give us tons of ways to feel a slightly closer connection to the friend or family member we're calling, by putting a face to that interaction. But now we're thinking a little beyond the confines of our phones' screens and learning about what just might be the next big thing for video calls, as Microsoft Research shows off its Room2Room, letting users interact with a life-size projection of each other. Right ...

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    Even though tablet sales are stagnant at the moment, we all have the impression that we're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of this technology. Microsoft Research has been doing some amazing working in bringing smart haptic feedback to smartphone and tablet displays in order to give users a sense of texture, but this is just one of many projects. Today we learn of the company's new plans, and if these work, they're on to something big for professionals. Microsoft Research has just demoed a new transparent smart cover that we can really call "smart." ...

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    Capacitive displays have become mainstream ever since Apple launched the first-generation iPhone in 2007. Apple did prove a point that having hardware buttons poised a challenge to smartphone makers since you can't really change these buttons when another cool idea emerges years later. Sadly, the biggest challenge with a glass display is that you can't really operate it without looking at it, so things like gaming can leave you with a cumbersome experience; something that Microsoft wants to fix. Microsoft Research is currently working on a new technology that brings haptic feedback to ...

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    Microsoft research has existed from quite some time. Twelve years ago, back at the time when we dreamed about video calling through our Pocket PCs, the Microsoft Research group built an app that was never released called Microsoft Portrait, which did just that. Today the company is facing new times and new competition, and as such, Microsoft has a new strategy up its sleeve. According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Research has reportedly built a new "Special Projects Group" which is in-charge of building disruptive technology. Kind of like what we see with Google X, where Mountain View ...

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