Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Skype, Translator and LinkedIn updated.

Some of my favorite apps today got updated. Skype now loads faster; Translator supports more languages offline; and linkedIn lets you edit your profile on your device. Check out the full change log below:

Skype

- Faster start-up time.
- Copy and paste instant messages in chat.
- High contrast accessibility mode.
- General fixes and improvements.


Translator 


- Camera translation for Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish
- Offline translation for Dutch, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish
- Lamp in camera mode
- Remove history items one by one

LinkedIn

Build your reputation: Add and edit your profile picture
•  Leverage your network: Easily grow your network from people in your address book
•  Increase your knowledge: More easily see who's viewed your profile and join groups

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kindle app for Windows Phone updated with wide tile, fast app resume.

It was long since the Kindle app for Windows Phone was updated. The last one dates back to January 29 of the current year and was purely cosmetic. The update that was published today also contains some visual changes and new features. The most notable for me being the new wide tile that displays your book progress and fast app resume. 

Kindle for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.0.0.5 with the following changes:

- Fast app resume
- Live tile with book progress
- New wide tile image
- Fixed: books loading blank pages
- Fixed: Kindle Store links

Download: Windows Phone Store.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Community based mapping Waze for Windows Phone 8 released.

Waze is a community based mapping, traffic & navigation app boasting 60 million users. The app was recently acquired by Google, after the developers announced they were working on an app for Windows Phone raising concern among Windows Phone fans that Google would kill the project. 

With Waze open while you're driving, you will get real time info about traffic in your neighborhood from other Waze users. You can also contribute by reporting accidents, traffic jams etc. But be careful while driving though.

Features:
- Live routing based on community generated, real-time traffic and road info
- Community contributed road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures and more
- Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes 
- Finds the cheapest gas station along your route
- Notify someone you're on your way by sending a live ETA and a link showing you as you drive
- Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info
- Live maps, constantly edited and updated by Waze community map editors

Waze is free.

Download: Windows Phone Store.

Instagram Beta for Windows Phone 8 released.

Facebook and it's recently acquired Instagram have finally released a beta version of the official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices. Mark the BETA moniker, meaning the app is still in the works and may contain bugs or lack some features. But if you're a fan of filtered pictures, you are probably happy with this release. Or maybe not because you have been using 6tag, the excellent full-featured Instagram client. 

Instagram Beta is currently free for download in the Windows Phone Store.

Features:
• 100% free custom designed filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
* Video recording with breathtaking cinematic stabilization
• Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
• Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare
• Unlimited uploads
• Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
• Full front & back camera support
• And much much more...

6snap, a third party full-featured SnapChat client for Windows Phone 8 released.

Mr. Rudy Huyn strikes again with the release of 6snap, a full featured SnapChat client for Windows Phone 8. if you don't know it yet, Rudy Huyn is the developer behind the popular 6tag and 6sec.

6snap has all the features of the official client plus some exclusive ones:

- Lense support
- extend the picture hub (share menu, etc..)
- live tile 
- and more features coming 

Below is a list of SnapChat features. These are the same features you'll find in the official app on other platforms where SnapChat is present:

- share pictures and videos with snapchat users
- post snaps on your story
- see stories, best friends and score of your friends
- draw and add text to your pictures
- search snapchat friends on your phone
- save your picture on your phone
- front and back camera
- manage your snapchat privacy
- notifications with custom ringtone

Download: Windows Phone Store

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Google updates Google Search app for Windows Phone (no joke).

You read the title well. Google has updated its Search app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8. And yes Google has at least one app in the store for Microsoft's mobile platform. Despite the ongoing bickering between the two giants, Google has updated it's search app which let users sign in to their Google account within the app. I'm not sure yet how useful is that. So if I'm not missing anything, maybe Google has something else up its sleeves. Of course I'm happy to see Google bring new features to its Windows Phone app. It's good for their image after all.

Besides the usual bug fixes, here's what is new in the update:

-Sign in to your Google account within the app.
-On Windows Phone 8, your voice commands are instantly displayed on the screen.
-Improved Google Image viewing.
-Several other bug fixes and resolution enhancements.

Download: Windows Phone Store

Monday, November 18, 2013

SophieLens HD front-facing camera bug fixed.

SophieLens HD is a nice photography app that photo lovers should get in their collection. The free app gives users fast live filtered preview in sleek, user-friendly design. SophieLens HD got a major update last month and users were offered free filter packs for download for a limited time. This offer is available until November 22. 

SophieLens HD has been updated today with a fix for a front facing camera bug affecting the Nokia Lumia 820, 620 and 520. The update also contains some miscellaneous bug fixes. The change log also states that "more to come". Not sure what that means, but expect to see another update soon.

If you own one or all of the devices listed above, make sure you update the app from the Windows Phone Store.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Whatsapp update fixes "no routes" error.

Whatsapp is a messaging app that lets you send text, picture and video messages. The app is free for the first year and costs $0.99 after that. I call it the app that wants to kill SMS. However, unlike SMS, Whatsapp requires a data connection.

A fix is available today in the store that fixes an error for some users who could not register and getting a "no routes" error. The update is available here.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

TouchDevelop: An app to create apps on your Windows Phone anywhere.

Say you're commuting to work and you get an idea for an app. With TouchDevelop you get to start working on your app right away. No need to wait until you get to your desktop. With TouchDevelop, you can create apps on your phone and/or automate recurring tasks. The app is developed by Microsoft and is very touch friendly. The app description states that "you can compose programs by tapping on the screen. query the phone sensors, send web requests, and manage your data in the cloud."

TouchDevelop is a a free on the Windows Phone Store. It is a very user and touch friendly app to let loose your inspiration. 

Change log:
- Bug fixes and improvements based on community feedback – many thanks to all our beta testers!
- New interactive tutorials
- Cloud data makes it easy to share data with other people and across your own devices

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bing Translator updated with camera translation support for new languages.

Bing Translator is an app any frequent traveler must have in their app collection to overcome language barriers. The app is capable of translating almost about anything you throw at it with the keyboard, camera, voice and offline translation. Some of these functions require network.

Version 2.7 of Bing Translator has been released today with support for more languages.

New in 2.7:
- Camera translation for Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish
- Offline translation for Dutch, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish
- Lamp in camera mode 
- Remove history items one by one 

Source: Windows Phone Store

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Official Vine client makes it to Windows Phone 8.

It's here, the 6 seconds video service from Twitter. The official Vine client for Windows Phone 8 has been released and is available as a free download from the Windows Phone store. Windows Phone users will be able to shoot and post 6 seconds looping videos from their phones to share with their families and friends. Not that they needed the official app to do that. Third party clients of the app were already available  in the Store, the most popular one being 6sec by prolific developer Rudy Huyn. It wouldn't surprise me if 6sec is actually better than the official app. 

Source: Windows Phone Store

#2InstaWithLove, Fresh Paint, Facebook Beta and 6tag updated.

A few updates to some of my favorite apps have showed up on my Windows Phone today. The first is #2InstaWithLove, an app developed by Nokia to help bring Instagram to Windows Phone. Even though Nokia recently announced that Instagram is coming to Windows Phone, they are still publishing updates to #2InstaWithLove. Nokia did not publish the change log. The update is available free for download on the Windows Phone Store.



I had completely forgotten about #2InstaWithLove until today. The reason is the arrival of 6tag, an excellent Instagram client for Windows Phone. Did I say how good it is? So good that official client apps on other platforms look petty. Today 6tag also got updated with a check box in the settings that lets you hide ads in your timeline. Download 6tag here.



I'm very bad at drawing. You just cannot imagine how bad. Fresh Paint is Microsoft's app which is fun and easy app for you to turn pictures into artwork on the go. Fresh Paint was updated with the following changes:
- New pencil
- “Inspire Me” feature helps you to search Bing for images to incorporate into your masterpiece
- SkyDrive improvements enable you to start painting on your phone and pick up where you left off on your PC
- Front-facing camera support
- Improved camera lenses
- Bug fixes

Download or update Fresh Paint here.


The last app on my list is Facebook Beta. The latest update does not include new features, but includes performance enhancement and bug fixes. Additional languages has also been added. Facebook Beta can be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Arabic and Greek languages supported by WhatsApp for Windows Phone.

In the latest update, WhatsApp for Windows Phone got support for two new languages: Arabic and Greek. A localized update that is likely to please folks in Greece and the middle east. As is often the case with updates, this one has the usual and now famously unknown miscellaneous big fixes.

Whatsapp is a messaging app that lets you send text, picture and video messages. The app is free for the first year and costs $0.99 after that. I call it the app that wants to kill SMS. However, unlike SMS, Whatsapp requires a data connection.

WhatsApp is free to download on the Windows Phone Store.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Fhotoroom gets new UI changes, true full screen HD zoom.

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone is an app every photography lovers should have. It brings together a pro camera, photo sharing network and a professional mobile photo editor. The pro camera feature achieves best result by using custom EV, ISO and exposure time. 

The mobile photo editor allows users to further tweak/fix your photos using over 75 different filters which are all customizable. And finally, Fhotoroom built in network sharing feature lets users show off their creation to a fast growing community. 

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8 has been updated with the following changes:

- Reply to Photo Comments
- Structured Photo Message no need to figure out who is talking to who.
- New UI Changes for easier Navigation
- New Home Icon
- Added Text Under Bottom menu controls.
- TRUE full screen HD zoom with landscape support
- New Correction Filter
- New Exposure Filter

Fhotoroom is free for download in the Windows Phone Store and works with Windows Phone 7.x and 8.0.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Update: Make free voice call with all Nimbuzz contacts.

Nimbuzz is a multi-platform messaging app that supports multiple messaging services from Facebook Chat to GTalk and Yahoo Messenger. Besides chat services, Nimbuzz lets you also share pictures and videos with your friends and all that at no cost, except your data connection of course. The platform boasts 150+ million users. 

What’s New?
– Now make Free Voice Calls with all your Nimbuzz Messenger contacts
– Bug Fixes

Download free from the Windows Phone Store.

Today's update: Where's My Water, glƏƏk!, SophieLens HD.

There are a couple of nice updates on the Windows Phone Store today. So if you haven't installed these apps on your phones, go get them as they keep getting better and better.

Where's My Water?

Disney's "Where's My Water" comes first in our list. The popular free game now gets social with the ability for users to connect to Facebook and challenge their friends online. 

What's new:
• ‘Tri-ducking’ is now faster, better and more fun with boosts, such as Vacuum, Dropper, and Absorber! Small fees may be required for these additional boosts.
• Connect through Facebook and see if you can beat your pals on the adventure!


glƏƏk!

The ever popular Twitter client for Windows Phone gets the best-of-the-day update with added notifications for timeline update and the ability to use custom toast notification sounds for devices running GDR3 or Update 3.

SophieLensHD

If you're out there looking for a decent lens filter, just stop right there, you just found it. SophieLensHD is what you have been looking for. The app currently has all its filter packs free to download for a limited time. Stop reading and get them. 

Changes:
2.0.0.517
- fixed front facing bug for 820, 620 and 520
- misc bug fixes, more to come.
 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Instagram client 6tag updated to version 2.0, lets you do collage and adds dark theme support.

I never showed any interest for Instagram on my Galaxy Nexus. The latter being an Android phone, it has the official Instagram app which I did not find appealing. Hence my non-interest for the online photo sharing platform now owned by Facebook. Windows Phone has still not been blessed with an official client of Instagram. While this is a point that Windows Phone bashers like to bring forward, I think it is a good thing because Windows Phone already has an excellent Instagram client with 6tag. This app got me hooked to Instagram while the official app on my Galaxy Nexus failed. Plus the app has been getting more updates lately then the official one. Let's not indulge into platform bashing. It's pointless.

6tag has a received a major update today bringing its version to 2.0. Besides the version number change, the app got a slew of features.

What's new:
- create collage with a lot of customization
- blur your pictures using your finger
- can display full-screen posts
- new color theme : full dark color
- save your pictures on your phone when you post in high quality (up to 2048x2048)
- upload pictures using the new instagram and better picture quality (640x640 instead of 612x612)

6tag is of course free to download on the Windows Phone Store.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

IM+ gets updated with image preview and more.

Version 2.9 of IM+ has been published to the store today with a slew of new features for the multi-platform IM service. Top of the list is support for image preview in chat window. A feature that is now common in any messaging service. But remember, IM+ is a different beast in that it brings almost all popular IM platforms under one roof. As such, Skype, Yahoo! and Jabber are capable of receiving files directly within IM+. These updates apply to both the paid and free version of IM+.

Here's the full list of added features in version 2.9:
- Image preview in chat window
- Ability to receive files in Skype, Yahoo! and Jabber
- Ability to send voice and video messages
- New set of emoticons
- Arabic localization
- Option to not display "On Mobile" contacts 
- Bug fixes and performance improvements 

IM+ supports the following IM services:

Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, VKontakte, Yandex IM, Mail.ru Agent, Odnoklassniki.ru, Mamba, Fetion, RenRen, Sina Weibo, Mig33, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ, Beep and MSN/Windows Live

Download: Free IM+
Download: IM+ Pro ($3.49)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and developer preview program.

Microsoft released an announcement today about GDR3 or update 3 for Windows Phone 8. The update adds support for higher screen resolution, new features like Driving mode which lets you get from point A to point B with fewer distractions; new accessibility features; improved Internet Sharing and more. Use the link below to learn more.

Besides the update 3 announcement, Microsoft also announced the availability of the preview to developers. To participate, phone must be developer unlocked and you're a registered Windows Phone Store developer. The preview will be available sometime later today. 

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Where's My Water?" 2 adds 3 new locations and challenge mode.

"Where's My Water?" 2 from Disney is the second installment of a game that is very popular with kids; ok not just kids, I'm into it as well. Disney has rolled part 2 that bring three new locations for gators Swampy, Allie and Cranky to do their stuff through more than a 100 levels. Trust me that's more than enough when your kids refuse to relinquish your phone once they started playing. This release also includes a challenge mode to replay the levels in explosive new ways.

See the change log below and then head to the Windows Phone Store to download "Where's My Water?" 2 for Windows Phone 8.

• Play 100+ levels and challenges with a brand new look in the Gator universe featuring Swampy, Allie, Cranky, and Mystery Duck!
• Introducing ‘Challenge Modes’ to replay the levels in explosive new ways! 
• Dig as fast as you can and get as many duckies as possible in ‘Duck Rush’ levels!
• ‘Tri-ducking’ is now faster, better and more fun with boosts, such as Vacuum, Dropper, and Absorber! Small fees may be required for these additional boosts.
• Experience fun mechanics that are uniquely designed for each character!
• Complete achievements and earn special themed duckies such as gladiator-duckie, astronaut-duckie, hula-duckie, and many more!
• Stuck on a level? Use hints to help you solve the puzzles!

Download: Windows Phone Store

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Making the Windows Phone Commercial "The Recital"

I don't know about you, but I love making-of for movies and in some cases, commercials. "The Recital" is a Windows Phone commercial directed by Roman Coppola which was viewed 7.9 million on YouTube. Today, Microsoft posted the making-of The Recital for our pleasure. A funny video I recommend to watch.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets video messaging.

At long last, Skype has added video messaging to its app for Windows Phone 8. This feature was initially launched on competing platforms despite the fact that Skype is now part of Microsoft. Never too late.

Skype Video Messaging is a handy way to to record and share personal video to people in your Skype contact list. " This allows users to capture and share a fleeting memory, create a heartfelt reminder or simply tell a friend or family member “wish you were here” – even when their friends and loved ones are not available.  Once your contact has received a video message from you, they can reply back with a video right away."

To create a Skype video message is simple. "just open a conversation and tap +. Or if you can’t reach a contact by Skype call and choose to send them a video message instead, just tap the prompt and begin recording your message."

The update is available in the Windows Phone Store.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Press Release: Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices and services, patents for 5.44 billion Euros.

Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s devices & services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services

REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 2, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.
Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.
Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.
“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.” 
“We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia’s incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution,” Ballmer said. “With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders.” 
“For Nokia, this is an important moment of reinvention and from a position of financial strength, we can build our next chapter,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today’s announcement, Nokia Interim CEO. “After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders. Additionally, the deal offers future opportunities for many Nokia employees as part of a company with the strategy, financial resources and determination to succeed in the mobile space.”
“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”
Nokia has outlined its expected focus upon the closing of the transaction in a separate press release published today.
TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT
Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions. At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50 percent of Nokia’s net sales for the full year 2012.
Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s Smart Devices business unit, including the Lumia brand and products. Lumia handsets have won numerous awards and have grown in sales in each of the last three quarters, with sales reaching 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2013.
As part of the transaction, Nokia is assigning to Microsoft its long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, as well as other licensing agreements.
Microsoft is also acquiring Nokia’s Mobile Phones business unit, which serves hundreds of millions of customers worldwide, and had sales of 53.7 million units in the second quarter of 2013. Microsoft will acquire the Asha brand and will license the Nokia brand for use with current Nokia mobile phone products. Nokia will continue to own and manage the Nokia brand. This element provides Microsoft with the opportunity to extend its service offerings to a far wider group around the world while allowing Nokia’s mobile phones to serve as an on-ramp to Windows Phone. 
Nokia will retain its patent portfolio and will grant Microsoft a 10-year license to its patents at the time of the closing. Microsoft will grant Nokia reciprocal rights to use Microsoft patents in its HERE services. In addition, Nokia will grant Microsoft an option to extend this mutual patent agreement in perpetuity.
In addition, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four-year license.
Microsoft will also immediately make available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion of financing in the form of three EUR 500 million tranches of convertible notes that Microsoft would fund from overseas resources. If Nokia decides to draw down on this financing option, Nokia would pay back these notes to Microsoft from the proceeds of the deal upon closing. The financing is not conditional on the transaction closing. 
Microsoft also announced that it has selected Finland as the home for a new data center that will serve Microsoft consumers in Europe. The company said it would invest more than a quarter-billion dollars in capital and operation of the new data center over the next few years, with the potential for further expansion over time.
NOKIA LEADERSHIP CHANGES
Nokia expects that Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber would transfer to Microsoft at the anticipated closing of the transaction. Nokia has outlined these changes in more detail in a separate release issued today.
Source: Microsoft

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Mauritius Holidays" app for Windows Phone 8 released.

This is my fourth app that has been published to the Windows Phone Store today. Mauritius Holidays is a listing of officially approved of holidays for the Republic of Mauritius and its territories. Besides being useful for Mauritians, it can also be used for planning  vacation/business trip to Mauritius.

The app is designed to provide details about holidays by tapping on the holiday name. Tap the save icon to add the holiday to the calendar of your choice. Unfortunately, due to the platform restrictions, it is not possible to add the holidays to calendar with one tap. By default, the app sets your status to Out Of Office with a 15 minutes reminder.

Version 1.0 is available for download in the Store. Feel free to send your feedback and rate the app.

Checkout my other apps.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Evernote for Windows Phone 8 gets major update and performance improvement.

I don't remember the last time Evernote got an update, but today's update is a major one which brings the award-winning note-taking app to version 4.0 and support for the Windows Phone 8 platform. As the title of this post says, the updates makes loading and navigating the app much faster. Performance improvement are always welcome. But since this is a major update, the folks behind Evernote has more for us.

Note-taking is great to remember things, like ideas for example and it's also helpful to attach a picture to a note. There's nothing better than visuals to help us remember and Evernote, like any good note app, supports capturing those ideas with our devices' camera. This update improves this feature by adding the ability to take multiple snapshots without exiting the camera. Once the shots have been attached to a note, the built-in and newly added slideshow let users swipe through the images within the note.

So much for the camera improvement. The app also gets speech-to-text to transcribe words and save as audio to a note. Another fantastic way to record an idea in place of pictures.

Finally, Evernote is capable to automatically assign a title to a note based on the note content, calendar, events and location.

Feature pack Evernote is a free download in the Windows Phone Store.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone gets inline tagging and more.

There are two versions of the Facebook app in the store: the official and the beta version. The latter version is meant for Facebook/Microsoft to test new features before releasing them to the official version. The good thing is that users are welcomed to test these features beforehand and send their feedback to the developers in the settings of the app. 

An update for Facebook Beta has been published to the store today that includes some nice features that will certainly make it to the official version quickly. The update include inline tagging, image attachments in messaging, multiple photo upload, save/share photos. Alongside the usual performance improvements, navigation has also been been improved.

Download: Facebook Beta

Everything you need to know about GDR2 update.

In a blog post on the Windows Phone blog, Micheal Stroh reports about what is in for us in GDR2 update that is currently being deployed world wide. I got the update on my HTC 8X a few weeks ago. The update does contain a fix for the "other" storage issue. Windows Phone OS will delete unnecessary files when space is low on the phone. There is more to write about, but since I'm running late, just click the link below to read the blog post. 

Source: Windows Phone blog

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nokia Video Upload app available to all Lumias, no GDR2 required.

Nokia Video Upload is an app developed by Nokia for its series of Lumia phones that lets users upload YouTube videos from their phones. If you do upload videos to YouTube, then you will surely welcome this app. 

Initially the app was part of the Amber update. But Nokia has decided to make accessible to every Lumia owners out there without GDR2 being a system requirement for the app to run. Better yet, Nokia Video Upload is optimized for devices with 512MB. Unfortunately, Nokia Video Upload remains a Lumia exclusive.

As usual this is an excellent initiative by Nokia. Nokia Video Upload can be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Android Mauritius app released.

As a fan of mobility, I also happen to own a Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.3. It's a secondary device that I use to keep tabs on what's going on in Google's world. Naturally, I had to share my experience to the world via my Android blog. 

Last week I released an app for this Windows Phone blog and you are probably using it now to read this post. If you happen to also follow my Android blog, I developed a similar app for my it that went through certification yesterday and is available in the Windows Phone Store.

Fresh Paint brightens 512MB Windows Phone devices.

If you happen to own a Windows Phone device sporting just 512MB of memory, you certainly must have felt the frustration of not being able to download and install a cool app from the Store because it was designed for premium devices. Fortunately we are seeing more and more apps being designed for both high-end and budget devices and it is within this logic that Microsoft is showing the way by releasing a compatible version of Fresh Paint for devices with 512MB memory so they can unleash their artistic creativity. 

Owners of devices like the HTC 8S and the Lumia 520 can download Fresh Paint from the Windows Phone Store for free. These users will be able  to turn their photos into beautiful art work to share with their friends.

Features of Fresh Paint:
- Realistic oil paint and brushes
- Transform photos into paintings with artistic camera lenses 
- Easy sharing with a tap, text message, email or SkyDrive
- Custom mix colors to create the perfect shades

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HTC app for Windows Phone updated.

While the number of HTC exclusive apps for Windows Phone pales in comparison to what
Nokia has to offer, it is nevertheless a pleasure to see that the Taiwanese company still has the time to update what I call its flagship app for Windows Phone. The HTC app - that's it's name - is an all-in-one app that gives users access to financial, meteorological and political news. It's a very well designed app that also brings the HTC famous clock tile to the start screen. This is a an app that HTC fans placed prominently on their Windows Phones and that can be seen in every HTC marketing material. The update can be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, no change log accompanies the update. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WhatsApp, Here Maps and Here Drive+ updated.

WhatsApp has published what I think is its fifth update this last month. Nothing to complain about here as the changes include improvements in the recently added Voice Messaging and miscellaneous bug fixes bringing the version number to 2.11.59.


Nokia also issued some updates for Here Maps and Here Drive+. Both apps got but bug fixes and stability improvements, better performance. Here Maps did get "better positioning".

Official YouTube app for Windows Phone finally released.

Knowing the rivalry between Microsoft and Google, the release of the official YouTube app was much anticipated one. The partnership of the two behemoth has yielded a nice YouTube client minus the features that Google complained about, notably the ability to download videos for offline viewing. On the other hand, the app now includes ads, Google ads of course as per YouTube terms of use. A nice addition is the ability to upload videos right from the phone. All in all, a well made app that is a showcase that the two rivals can work together if they're willing to. Not saying that the app is a masterpiece, just an indication that they could achieve great things together.

YouTube is of course free in the Windows Phone Store for both Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8.

Outlook.com thanks early adopters with gifts.

A year already since Outlook.com was launched as Microsoft moved away from the the good old Hotmail.com. The designed from scratch metro based online service boasts 400 million users since it went public last year. To celebrate its first year of existence, the Outlook.com team is offering gifts to its early adopters in the form of an additional 3GB SkyDrive storage for one year and one month of free video on Skype. The latter lets you get up to 10 people together on the same video call; a feature available to premium skype users.

Early adopters may have already got email with these offers and accompanying code. So make sure to check your inbox. For the others check, watch the thank you video from the Outlook.com team.

Happy birthday Outlook.com.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Windows Phone Mauritius RSS Reader app is now live in the WP Store.

Besides the VaT Calculator", the RSS Reader app for this blog has also been published to the Store today. in its current state, the app offers the articles in a simple format. Tap an article and you're taken to the mobile format of the article in Internet Explorer. The mobile format will help exert less pressure on your data package. Again, the app is pretty basic. But I'm working to add features such as toast notification. I welcome your feedback and ideas.

The Windows Phone RSS Reader is a free in the Store.