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April 21, 2014

Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update

NEW YORK — Microsoft’s new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions.

Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has Cortana, which combines Siri’s personality with Google Now’s knack for anticipating what you need before you even ask.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone’s lack of a central hub for checking notifications from Facebook and other services has been addressed with a new Action Center.

Beyond that, the new Windows Phone 8.1 has tools to simplify connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, save battery life and block non-emergency calls overnight.

The new system still doesn’t address one of my major frustrations: There aren’t as many apps for Windows smartphones compared with iPhones and Android phones. The Windows store is getting better and has many popular apps such as Facebook and Netflix. But now and then, you’ll encounter something that only your iPhone and Android friends have. That includes apps for my bank and JetBlue.

If you already have a Windows phone or are thinking of getting one, the new features should please you.

I reviewed Cortana separately on Monday and found plenty to like, even though it’s still in a “beta” test mode and has kinks to work out. You can read the review here: http://bit.ly/1eL5mnT .

Beyond that:

Action Center

You get notifications from various apps by pulling the Action Center down from the top of the screen like a window shade. It’s similar to what iPhones and Android phones offer.

The Action Center also has four buttons at the top for frequently used settings and tools, such as airplane mode, similar to Apple’s Control Center. But Windows lets you choose the four options you need most, while the iPhone picks for you. What Windows doesn’t offer, though, is quick access to a flashlight app, as the iPhone does.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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