Friday, January 27, 2012

TextMe offers unlimited free texting to any phone.

Yesterday I added a new messaging app on my HTC Mozart following an email I received from the developper to give it a try. The app is called TextMe and is a free messaging app for Windows Phone that is trying to kill Whatsapp and traditional SMS and it may well succeed.

TextMe is a multi-platform app that lets you send and receive picture messages without size limitation. The app takes good advantage of Windows Phone features with a live tile and push notifications that really works. I would have liked a lock screen notification as well. Of course, TextMe lets you do group discussions and it even has a web client for your friends without a smartphone. But there's more.

This is, I think, a feature that is unique to TextMe; the ability to get an American phone number to send and receive messages to simple mobile phones in 40 countries for free. Unfortunately Mauritius is not on the list of supported countries. But Mauritian users will get an U.S phone number upon registration. This feature by itself makes TextMe a must have. Hopefully the developer will add Mauritius to the list soon. I'll make sure he does.

TextMe is definitely an app you want to try. It's free, has great features and it just works. get it on Marketplace.

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Update 8107 finally lands for Windows Phone Mango, fixes disappearing keyboard issue.

Sometime ago, Microsoft prompted an outrage when they announced that their latest update to Windows Phone Mango will be pushed to devices at the discretion of carriers. While I am not particularly affected by this this I still showed support for my many friends around the globe who relies on carriers to receive updates . Shortly after that announcement, Joe Belfiore himself, the Windows Phone boss, tweeted to tell his followers and the community at large not to overreact. 
That's the short story behind Microsoft latest update for it's mobile OS. This morning I finally receive the popup  on my phone showing that the update is now available in Mauritius and most likely in the region too. Connect your phone to your computer with Zune to download and install the update.

What's in the update:
Fixes an on-screen keyboard issue to prevent the keyboard from disappearing during typing.

Fixes a Gmail syncing issue.his fix, when you reply

Fixes a location access issue. With this fix, the Me feature in the People Hub sends anonymous information about nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers to Microsoft only if you agree to allow the Check In function to access and use location information.

Revokes digital certificates from Digicert Sdn Bhd to address an encryption issue.

Fixes an email issue related t Microsoft Exchange 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.

Fixes a voicemail notification issue.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nokia unveils the Lumia 900.

After months of rumors, The Lumia 900 finally made an appearance yesterday at CES in Las Vegas. The device, to be released in coming months in the United States, boasts a huge 4.3inch Amoled Clearback display, with a 800 x 400 pixels resolution. Inside the Lumia 900 has a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; a 1840mAH battery which Nokia claims will last for 7 hours talk tome and 300 hours in standby mode.
The Lumia 900 sure looks great. Unfortunately, Nokia has not announced its availability to the rest of the world. In the mean time, have a look at the specs and a short video about the Lumia 900.

Tech Specs
Networks: GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, LTE Band 4 (1700/2100) & 17 (700)
OS: Windows Phone Release 7.5 – Mango Commercial Release 2 (Mango + LTE)
Memory: 512MB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal memory (14.5GB user memory) + SkyDrive cloud storage
Volume: 90cc
Weight: 160g (5.6 ounces)
Dimensions: (max): 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm (5 x 2.7 x .45 inches)
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
USB 2.0 high-speed
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3mm headset connector