Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Microsoft releases Windows Reading List for Windows Phone 8.1.

Today Microsoft released Windows Reading List, an app that lets you read articles or watch videos later at your convenience. We do not always have the time to read or watch anything we come across while commuting or between meetings. This is where the reading list comes in handy. Not only you can easily send the content to your list from Internet Explorer or other apps and come to it later when time permits. Better yet, you can access your saved content on your computer running Windows 8.1.

Windows Reading List is a free app you can download from the Windows Phone Store.

• Add bookmarks from any app or Internet Explorer to keep track of things you want to get back to later
• See your list in the Windows Reading List app that is available on all Windows 8.1 devices whether you’re on your phone or PC
• Easily remove items once you're done with them
• Search through the items in your reading list to find specific things
• Each item is shown in a rich display, showing the title, images, and what app it came from
• Categorize items. You can group together ideas about the next place you want to vacation, articles about finance, or things you want to read for work
• Filter items easily by category
• Share a set of items from your list with others
• Removed an item by mistake? Use the recently deleted section to find it

"My Social Share Target" brings sharing to multiple social networks back to Windows Phone 8.1 preview.

No doubt Windows Phone 8.1 Preview has got the attention of many. Two weeks since its release, the preview has more than a million download and has garnered a lot of positive reviews. No need to say Windows Phone fan boys and fan girls are happy and excited about the preview. However, there are a few things that Microsoft chose to remove in Windows Phone 8.1 Preview. One among them is the ability to share to multiple social networks with just one tap. A feature unique to Windows Phone until the release of the preview. By removing this feature , some are claiming that Windows Phone 8.1 Preview sharing feature looks a lot like...Android. And it does. But the comparison stops there.

Enter MSiccDev.

Since last week, an app has been published to the Windows Phone Store by MSiccDev to fill in for the multiple sharing feature removed by Microsoft. The app is called "My Social Share Target SL" and is a test version everyone can download and submit feedback. My only issue with it is its name which I hope will change on final release.

My Social Share Target adds the multiple sharing feature back to Windows Phone, accessible either via the app list, a pinned tile and, better yet, via the Me tile. The latter feature will let you post a status update to multiple social networks again. Currently, Facebook and Twitter are supported with more to come.

My Social Share Target is a free download in the Windows Phone Store.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

WeChat update: Specify your location, be notified when mentioned in groups conversation.

The popular multi-platform messaging app for Windows Phone has been updated today. WeChat is indeed very popular in Asian countries, namely China where it's the number one messaging platform.  The app for Windows Phone got better with the following changes/additions:

  • Specify your exact location while sharing location data
  • Be notified when you're mentioned in a group chat
  • Save video message to your device
WeChat is an excellent messaging app that is available free in the Windows Phone Store.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Access Point, Nokia Cinemagraph and Nokia Video Upload updated.

Today, Nokia has published updates for three of its apps to the Windows phone Store. 

The first one is the Access Point app. A Nokia exclusive app to manage your SIM cards or if
 your SIM cards has more than one access points. Access Point thus lets you easily manage your internet, MMS and internet sharing settings all in one place. Here's what is new in Access Point version

  • Operator setting updates
  • Robustness improvements
Nokia Cinemagraph is the second app to be updated. Nokia describes the app as "magical blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost live." With a Nokia account, you will be able to upload your animation to social networks or via email. Version bring these new features:
  • Export cinemagraphs as GIF files
  • Location data for better integration with Nokia Storyteller
  • General performance improvements
Nokia Video Upload is as its name says, a small app to quickly share your videos with your friends. Version 2.0 has the following new features:
  • Support for more devices
  • Upload longer videos (up to minutes)
These three apps are Nokia Lumia exclusives.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring sales: 60% off EA Games - 1 week only.

Everything is the title of this post. EA Games is having a great sales on its title in the Windows Phone Store. Such titles include popular games like FIFA 14, Plants and Zombies, The Sims 3, Need for Speed. In all, 12 titles have seen their prices go down by 60%.

Stop reading right here and head over to the store to get them all. The sale will end on April 24. 

EA Spring Sales

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Skype gets minor update. Article written entirely with Word Flow keyboard.

Microsoft Skype got a minor update today. The change log doesn't say much besides the usual general fixes and improvements. I have installed the update but was not able to see any changes. But that is not the purpose of this post. In fact, it was just an opportunity for me to use the new word flow keyboard of Windows Phone 8.1.

Yes, I am using the swipe keyboard to write this article and it's not so bad. I'm not as fast as with a regular keyboard but that will come with more practice. The word flow keyboard is really awesome. Give it a try if you've downloaded the preview.

As for the Skype update, use the link below to update or download it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bad Piggies rolls out on Windows Phone.

Call it Angry Birds in reverse if you want, Bad Piggies is Rovio's Angry birds from the pigs' point of view. Instead of chasing and blowing up pigs, you will actually guide them to the eggs using some sort of devices you will build yourself. So you'll get your pigs crawling, flying, and rolling towards their obsession. 

The game has been released to the Windows Phone Store for $0.99. Check it out.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bing Translator now does offline translation of Polish and Turkish.

Bing Translator or Translator for short has been updated today that brings the app to version 2.9. The nice little translator is one that frequent travelers need to add to their travel kit. Not just because it is free, but it does the job quite nicely and it is frequently updated to include more languages.

In this update, Translator gets two languages added to its offline language translation list: Polish and Turkish. On the online front, Maltese and Welsh have been added.

Translator is also able to translate whatever falls into the range of your device lenses. Your Windows Phone camera will thus help you understand Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish. The app also gets a wide live tile.

Check the update or download Translator in the Windows Phone Store.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Evernote gets a better note editor, picture editing in preview.

Among all note-taking apps, Evernote remains my favorite. I use on all my devices because, one, it is free and, second and most importantly, my notes sync to the cloud and are therefore available on all my devices with little to no effort. Even if cloud synching is a feature that is now native into about any apps these days, Evernote is probably a precursor.

Evernote received an update today that improves the note editor with the following features:
  • Indentation (text, list, check boxes)
  • In line attachments
  • Table editing
  • Horizontal rule support
  • Layout improvement
  • Edit pictures in preview
  • Mask pin code on unlock.
Evernote is free to download in the Windows Phone Store.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Facebook Messenger let you saves photos while using less data.

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone just got better today with an update that adds a much requested feature by users: The ability to save photos shared within conversations. Frankly, I did not even know this feature was missing in Facebook Messenger. I mostly share pictures via my OneDrive. With this update, Facebook also tweaked the notification to make it more reliable. I don't yet know how reliable it is, but it was re-designed so users do not miss any messages. Only time will tell how good it is. 

It is interesting to note that the change log mentions that the "app uses less data". Not sure about that one either. But in my case, it would be better for such an app to user less power.

Facebook Messenger is free to download on the Windows Phone Store.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Viber now lets you call non-Viber mobile and landline at low rates.

Viber for Windows Phone was updated today to version 4.1 and it has some features of interest that fans of the app will enjoy. The first one is the ability to use Viber on your Windows Phone to make calls to other mobile phones and land-lines. This added feature is not free, but the rates are inferior to what similar calls cost especially for international calls. Similar to Skype, you will need to buy credits in order to use this feature called Viber Out, which puts Viber in direct competition with Skype.

Other features include:
Send video messages
Send multiple photos at the same time
Hands-free Bluetooth support: seamlessly transfer calls to Bluetooth

Viber is free to download from the Windows Phone Store. If you already have it, get the update in the Store app on your phone.