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(ABC)   Microsoft's new phone update blocks the driving distractions of receiving calls or texts. Otherwise known as the normal functioning of any phone powered by Windows 8   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 20
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2013-10-16 09:24:24 AM
Um, I've got a Windows 8 phone and I text while driving all the time, dumbass.
 
2013-10-16 10:15:43 AM

Crudbucket: Um, I've got a Windows 8 phone and I text while driving all the time, dumbass.


... who's the dumbass here?

Anyways, it's just a new mode. My new Android phone has that, too. It can be activated by moving faster than 25 MPH. Of course, it would be a stupid feature to have turned on by default. Just because you're moving more than 25 MPH doesn't mean you're driving. You could be a passenger. In fact, I would guess a very large percentage of people moving faster than 25 MPH are passengers...

Better, the MS version can be activated by bluetooth to a certain paired device.

But, you know, subby wanted the easy green.
 
2013-10-16 10:37:39 AM
Where is this for the Iphone?
 
2013-10-16 10:40:36 AM
This sounds like an excellent feature for those too weak-willed to simply not answer their phone.
 
2013-10-16 11:03:51 AM
I got this update last night. What the real news is it's a update(GDR3) that says a big fark you to the carriers since anyone can get it instead of waiting on the carriers testing bullshiat.
Got GDR2 last week from At&t while that update been out for two months.
 
2013-10-16 11:09:44 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: I got this update last night. What the real news is it's a update(GDR3) that says a big fark you to the carriers since anyone can get it instead of waiting on the carriers testing bullshiat.
Got GDR2 last week from At&t while that update been out for two months.


I've actually been quite impressed with Microsoft recently. Direct updates was one reason I jumped ship from Android to the iPhone. If I was a microsoft user, I would definitely go for their phone and tablet. They're just doing things... right somehow. Including letting Balmer go.

\\Developers. Developers. Developers.
 
2013-10-16 11:34:24 AM
Makes me wonder if there's a way to have Tasker on Android auto-silence your phone if it detects you're going over a certain speed.
 
2013-10-16 11:34:57 AM
Is the new driving feature not on other smartphones, because this was mentioned on NBC also http://wmpoweruser.com/windows-phone-8-gdr3-driving-mode-gets-a-shout - out-on-nbc/ .
/I find it weird that two news shows showed this feature off
 
2013-10-16 01:36:53 PM
*facepalm.jpg*

It's not Windows 8. It's Windows Phone 8.

/has one
//it runs fine
///anti-MS humor really needs to step out of 1998.
 
2013-10-16 02:02:12 PM

Crudbucket: Um, I've got a Windows 8 phone and I text while driving all the time, dumbass.


Stop it.
 
2013-10-16 07:26:32 PM
This is a very good idea.
 
2013-10-16 07:48:35 PM
Not actually that bad an idea, although I suspect the perfect implementation would be pairing the phone to your car and it forces hands-free mode with the screen locked off if you go above a certain speed.
 
2013-10-16 09:26:12 PM
I've got a WP7.8 and I listen to text messages all the time when I'm driving. I also speak outgoing text messages. Bluetooth FTW, and I don't have to call my cellphone a name while doing it.
 
2013-10-16 09:44:17 PM
Windows 8 doesn't run on phones, subby.
 
2013-10-16 11:19:07 PM
There's no greater pleasure than driving while receiving a call and being able to properly ignore it.
 
2013-10-16 11:55:14 PM

syrynxx: This sounds like an excellent feature for those too weak-willed to simply not answer their phone.


The auto respond feature I will (have a Lumia) find quite useful.  I can imagine it being very nice when you're on a long drive and wanting to let people know quickly and easily.
 
2013-10-17 12:59:28 AM

Marine1: *facepalm.jpg*

It's not Windows 8. It's Windows Phone 8.

/has one
//it runs fine
///anti-MS humor really needs to step out of 1998.


can we still agree that windows 8 interface went in a really weird direction that most people aren't fond of.
 
2013-10-17 04:15:19 AM

MrEricSir: Windows 8 doesn't run on phones, subby.


Someone hasn't seen the potential Medfield brought.

/Wants a Merrifield phone
//To put W8 on it
///And write a calling/texting app
 
2013-10-17 09:26:12 AM

pedobearapproved: Marine1: *facepalm.jpg*

It's not Windows 8. It's Windows Phone 8.

/has one
//it runs fine
///anti-MS humor really needs to step out of 1998.

can we still agree that windows 8 interface went in a really weird direction that most people aren't fond of.


Whiners don't like it. How those people didn't have to be talked off a bridge when they found out that Linux was CLI is beyond me.

/THEY RE-ARRANGED THE BUTTONS
//OH TEH NOES
 
2013-10-17 10:10:19 AM

Marine1: pedobearapproved: Marine1: *facepalm.jpg*

It's not Windows 8. It's Windows Phone 8.

/has one
//it runs fine
///anti-MS humor really needs to step out of 1998.

can we still agree that windows 8 interface went in a really weird direction that most people aren't fond of.

Whiners don't like it. How those people didn't have to be talked off a bridge when they found out that Linux was CLI is beyond me.

/THEY RE-ARRANGED THE BUTTONS
//OH TEH NOES


Win8 is fine and dandy for touchscreen devices, in fact, I'm seriously considering a Windows phone when I get around to upgrading. The problem is that the Win8 interface has no business on a desktop...it's counter-intuitive for anyone who has used Windows before, and people hate it. Microsoft forced it on everything in a desperate attempt to grab more phone/tablet market share down the road. That's where all the "whining" is coming from. Now, I use Win8 on my main desktop, it's very stable, and I haven't had problem one with it, but the tile interface is completely unnecessary.
 
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