Thursday, August 18, 2016

WhatsApp for Windows Phone updated with links rich preview.

It's been a while since I saw an update for WhatsApp for Windows. There seems to be a lot more updates for the beta version of the app, but very few for the official app. Now it may be a misconception on my part, especially that I'm not part of the beta program. Today WhatsApp published an update that brings a somewhat useful feature when sharing or receiving links within the app.

Users who share or receive a link will now include a rich preview. This feature can be removed when sending a link.

Check out the update in the Windows Store

Evernote explains how the Basic accounts two-devices limit works.

This year Evernote changed its subscription plan and caused some confusion for those who chose to subscribe to the free basic offering. Evernote stated that Basic users can access Evernote on two devices only, prompting long time users to validly ask how devices are actually counted. And Evernote kindly obliged by sending out a short explanatory email to its subscribers.

Evernote made it clear that the app can be installed on as many devices users own. However, Basic subscribers can only access the note-taking service on any two devices at a time. If a user is already logged on two devices and wants to launch Evernote on a third one, the user will first have to logoff on one of the previously logged on devices. If that is too cumbersome, users can always access Evernote Web on any device with an internet connection.

Download Evernote for your devices: Apple Store | Google Play Store | Windows Store

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Microsoft Sway for Windows 10 update makes it easier to find and view featured Sways and more.

Sway is a presentation program made my Microsoft and is a member of its Office suite of applications available free as a stand alone app in the Windows Store. Sway is also available on the web for those who do not own a Windows PC and as an app in Apple store

In order to use Sway, a Microsoft account is needed and allows users to create digital presentations in a website format from content stored locally on the computer or from the internet. No particular skills are required to create sways, simply add your content and Sway will do the rest and contents include a variety of file types ranging from simple text to images, videos, GIFs, maps, tweets, vines etc.

Microsoft has updated the app for Windows with the following features:
- My Sways - We’ve redesigned the My Sways page to make it easier to find your Sways and view featured Sways. 
- Maximize Storyline - You can now hide the Preview pane for a more focused editing experience. 
 - Accessibility Support - We've made several improvements including better screen reader, high contrast, and keyboard support. We've also added an accessibility checker that flags alt text and hyperlink issues, and makes it easy for you to fix them immediately. 
- Miscellaneous — We’ve fixed several bugs in this release. 

I strongly recommend you give Sway a try as it will let you create some great presentations to share with family, friends and colleagues. Sway is also an excellent tool for collaboration as sways are stored on Microsoft servers, making them available on any device with an internet connection. Check it out in the Windows Store.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Playcast for Windows restores Sort buttons in new update.

Playcast is a must-have multimedia player to cast your movies and songs to devices like Google Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Apple TV, DNLA Smart TV, Miracast or the Xbox One. A Windows Universal app, Playcast is available for $3.99 in the Windows Store with a 7 days full-featured trial. Being a universal app, you buy it once and use it across your Windows devices.

Playcast was updated today with a minor fix which restores the Sort buttons which was accidentally removed in a previous update. Playcast is one of my favorite apps on Windows and one that I strongly recommend. My only issue with it is that it does not support playing movies purchased from the Windows store for obvious rights reason and I cannot blame the developer for this.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Surfy browser for Windows Phone gets a new logo.

New logo
Old logo

Surfy is a popular browser on Windows Phone. Unfortunately, its use is held back by the fact that Microsoft does not allow the switch to a browser of our choosing, the default being Internet Explorer on windows Phone and Edge on Windows 10 Mobile. And Surfy offers some nice features that Edge doesn't. It supports tab browsing similar to browsers on tablets or PCs. Surfy also lets you use swipe gestures to navigate between open tabs. All in all, Surfy is a great browser that just works. I just wish I could use it as my default browser.

Surfy has been updated today. However there are no new features, bug fixes or performance improvement, just a simple change of logo. Get Surfy free in the Windows Store.

Share your content through social networks & more in one click with UniShare for Windows.

Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile like all operating systems let us share just about anything to social networks, to messaging apps etc. But the annoying thing is that these modern OSs don't bundle a simple thing like sharing to all these platform in a click, a kind of share-once-to-all. We all have a presence on more than one social network. Every time I update this blog, it used to be a pain to share my posts to my multiple social accounts. Thanks to UniShare, sharing in one click makes life a lot easier.

UniShare is a Universal Windows app that's available free on Windows PC and phone and is a simple and powerful app. In its basic free form, UniShare allows you to share content to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in one click. All you have to do is safely add your accounts into the app. The app itself will appear in the sharing options throughout Windows and when selected, lets you share content through the three social platforms mentioned above in one click. That's for the free version.

UniShare also comes in Pro version with the following additional features and support for more networks:

  • Twitter - Up to 3 accounts
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook - personal accounts plus pages you are admin/contributor
  • Tumblr
  • Pocket
  • Geeklist
  • Path
  • Slack
  • Choose from a broad range of picture upload packages - from 5 pics for free up to unlimited)

I strongly recommend you download UniShare in the Windows Store and enjoy the ability to share content to all your networks, email, messaging and other supported apps in a few clicks. And it is continuously being updated. See the full change log below:
- more languages (German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian) 
- added link to translator registration page 
- mention suggestion search for Facebook no longer needs upper case letters 
- Import/Export of Sharing Profiles fixed, no longer throws errors 
- adding a picture from camera/library or pasting from clipboard is now also available in Sharing View 
- better handling of situations without internet connection 
- fixed sharing to external apps 
- added leet conversion extra 
- added Klingon translation extra (Pro) 
- added Giphy extra 
- lots of bug fixes  

Friday, July 22, 2016

F1 official app for Windows updated.

The F1 official app for Windows has been available for a short while and it's one that F1 fans must have to follow everything about the Grand Prix anywhere. The app is a Universal Windows App one, meaning it is downloadable on a Windows PC and phone or tablet.

The F1 app is a free app with the following features:
* Live Race Leaderboards (limited) 
* Latest news and videos 
* Post-race highlights 
* 2016 Schedule, Team and Driver Standings

Now if you're a fan and is willing to spend some money for additional features, here is what you will get with in-app purchase:

* Official Live Timing of all F1® sessions 
* Sector times with intervals and gaps, live tyre and pit stop information 
* Interactive 3D maps with driver gears and speeds, plus Drag Reduction System (DRS) usage indicator 
* In-Corner Analysis comparing drivers’ entry, apex and exit speeds 
* Immersive dashboard with text commentary (English, French and German), and English audio commentary during all F1® sessions 
* Team Radio Transmissions and Race Control Messages 
* Personalisation Options and more!

The app was updated today. Unfortunately, there is no change log. With the Hungary Grand Prix in full swing, grab the update in the Windows Store and enjoy.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Playcast for Windows now supports streaming a file from a URL to TV.

Some devs just don't get it, there's one Windows out there and Microsoft made it easy for you to make apps for one Windows that will run on any device, including the proclaimed dead Windows Phone. Take Webrox for example, the developer of of popular Tubecast, an excellent third party YouTube client for Windows that is one good example of a Windows Universal app. But Webrox did not stop there. Enter Play Playcast.

Playcast is a must-have multimedia player if you want to cast your movies and songs to devices like Google Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Apple TV, DNLA Smart TV, Miracast or the Xbox One. A Windows Universal app, Playcast is available for $3.99 in the Windows Store with a 7 days full-featured trial. Being a universal app, you buy it once and use it across your Windows devices. Playcast was updated today - and it is regularly updated - with a new feature for streaming multimedia files through a URL. The developer also included a "DLNA drive workaround for large folders and some drives." and some various bug fixes.

Check out Playcast in the store and enjoy casting your media files from a Windows device.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Playcast for Windows 10 Mobile updated with a few fixes.

Playcast is a media player developed to allow Windows Phone users to cast movies, songs and pictures not only to Google Cast, but also to Google Cast Audio, Apple TV (AirPlay), DLNA Smart TV, Miracast, Internet Box, Xbox One, Xbox 360 etc. Playcast cost $3.99 and offers a week trial before you make the decision to buy it and I can tell it is a well worth purchase. Plus the app is regularly updated with new features and fixes. Speaking of updates, the developer, Webrox, published one a few days ago with some fixes:

  • Background audio volume bug fixed.
  • Workaround for Yamaha DLNA devices which won't show duration.

Again, Playcast is an app that I strongly recommend. Get it here in the store.