2 April 2015

Microsoft Introduces Office Lens Document Scanning for iOS Android

It was announced by Microsoft its product Office Lens is now available on both iOS and Android devices.


This solution works as mobile document scanner app which syncs with OneNote, available today for iOS and Android mobile devices, although it was already available on Microsoft store for over a year agor for its compatible windows devices. 

This app works by enabling users to take photos of paper documents, receipts, business cards, whiteboards, sticky notes and anything else. Although it is not something new, as there are apps which already provide users similar scanning capabilities.

As many other scanner apps, Office Lens recognizes text on the images it captures using optical character recognition (OCR), in this app it works by allowing users to later locate the files of interest by simply using keyword search in OneNote or in Microsoft’s cloud storage site, OneDrive.

App users can also convert the scanned images from offline paper files and whiteboards directly into Microsoft Office formats and more, including Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and even PDFs and JPGs. These scans can also be inserted into OneNote as images.

Furthermore, Microsoft states that Office Lens offers a business-card scanning function that lets you turn cards into contacts you can add to your smartphone’s address book.




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1 April 2015

WhatsApp Now Free Voice Calls for its Users

WhatsApp now features a free voice calling on its Android app.

With this new feature addition on WhatsApp it will give a more competitive feature choice when comparing with other popular services such as Skype, Viber and FaceTime


This new offering feature from WhatsApp was already available Android since last month however in beta version to a selection of its users,
It now follows, that the voice calling capabilities is available for every user on Android.

The voice calling feature is now available on version 2.12.5, however at present the Google Play Store only offers the older version 2.12.19. It is expected in the next couple of weeks the new version will be available as a direct download on the store.

In the meantime, in order to be able to access this new calling feature straight away, users will have to download the Android application package (APK) file version 2.12.5 on the WhatsApp website or on an APK Mirror , and there is even a good tutorial here on how to install the package.

Once installed the APK file and opening WhatsApp, users can see a new tab for Calls next to the Chats and Contacts tab. Tap on the Calls tab and simply select the name of the person that you want to call.
The way it works is thatn when a user calls from the WhatsApp, the incoming WhatsApp call screen will display. Users are then able to tap and slide the green button to answer the call or slide the red button to decline the call.

Futhermore, the Calls tab has a list of all your incoming, outgoing and missed WhatsApp calls. Included on the calling feature is the option to switch to speakerphone during calls, mute calls and view the time spent for each call.

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