Who still wants a first-gen Surface tablet? Apparently, many people still do. Heads up! The Microsoft Surface with 32 GB storage is available at eBay for $179 with free shipping. They are refurbished models, which still include 1-year limited hardware warranty. Interested in the tablet? Better act fast, because the seller has sold over 400 units already since this morning.
Pepper, the cross-platform music discovery service, has been available on Windows Phone and Windows 8 for some time, but the service itself has been restricted to just the UK. This is because the team behind Pepper are building more than just an ‘app’ – development time has been invested in creating services and tools for the live music industry, ensuring that the content provided is more detailed and accurate than standard event listing services. Folk in the US have been crying out for localised support and we've got some great news for you – Pepper is now available in not only the UK, but the US too.
Whether you're an avid music fan attending every local gig advertised or someone who enjoys discovering new talent with friends, Pepper is a service worth checking out. The Windows Phone app enables you to check out local venues in supported areas, seeing what's on the calendar, not to mention checking-in, sharing the experience and more. It's quite the companion for live music lovers.
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page," says Augustine of Hippo. A Windows Phone 8 app that may help you read more pages from that book and help you travel is Bing Travel Beta. It has just been released at the Windows Phone Store. The travel app provides you with destination guides, user travel photos, reviews, daily trip ideas, hotel listings and much more.
Back in November, we reported on Telegram, a new WhatsApp-like messenger service that is available on iOS and Android. Hailing from Russia and created the founders of VKontakte, Telegram (www.telegram.org) is a decentralized, cloud-based and encrypted messaging service that promises to be the fastest and most secure out there (it supports RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange).
At the time, we reported that the client should be ready by January but as the month winds down, we still don’t have a client on our phone. The official Twitter account for Telegram has now confirmed their schedule, and while they are a little behind, we should have something tangible in the coming weeks.
There are a number of cute games available on the Windows Phone Store, a perfect example being ilomilo. Should you be looking for a cute 3D platformer, look no further than Paper Monsters. The title, just released on the platform by Mobot Studios, is a solid game worth purchasing. When you have a few minutes to waste on your Windows Phone, allow Paper Monsters to teleport you to a world of paper, cardboard and a few cotton balls.
We've previously covered the mistakes of sales teams at numerous retailers and outlets in multiple regions around the world. The latest blooper appears to be located at a Fry's store in California where a consumer spotted what appears to be the yet-to-be-announced Nokia Lumia Icon. The overall design,1080p display and more gives it away. Not only was a dummy unit on display, but it was labeled as the Nokia Lumia 928.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 camera was recently tested by DXO Mark and received some rather impressive ratings. For those not familiar, DXO Mark is a company that has established an industry standard for testing cameras and lens performance. While DXO Mark does a number of tests on photographic gear, the testing measurements for the company’s camera database are performed on straight-from-camera RAW files.
DXO Mark already has the Lumia 1020 ranked fifth with a score of 74 on their Mobile Rating Scale. Now that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has RAW/DNG capabilities (after updating to the Nokia Black Update) DXO Mark has tested the 41MP camera through its in-depth RAW-based sensor testing. This allows the Lumia 1020 to be measured up against other camera in DXO Mark camera database.
Nokia released the company's Q4 2013 financial report earlier this week, revealing some rather disappointing data. Sales of Lumia Windows Phones were estimated to be lower in Q4 2013, compared to Q3. While Nokia failed to provide hard numbers in the report itself, the company did go on record to confirm the number of sales at 8.2 million units (compared to 8.8 in Q3). Then again, even the juggernaut Samsung Mobile had a rough time this quarter, meaning this isn't a Nokia anomaly.
Today, AdDuplex, one of the largest ad service providers for Windows Phone apps, has published a blog post attempting to analyse how the platform performed through the holiday season, compared to previous quarters.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Windows Phone Store has been seeing explosive growth the past year. Not only in the number of new apps joining, but apps receiving the updates you want and demand. So here we are on another Saturday, about to take a timeout and reflect on what’s new and different in the Windows Phone app scene.
The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first Windows 8 tablet, powering Microsoft's RT operating system. The product itself was unveiled back at Nokia World last year in Abu Dhabi, and while it has already launched in multiple markets, we've got some bad news for those who reside in the Philippines. According to NokiaRevolution, the company will not be releasing the Lumia 2520 in the region.
QNAP makes a series of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices for professional and home usage. All of that sounds bizarre to myself, because frankly I don’t follow home-networking news. NAS devices though are becoming increasingly popular as homes – to break out a buzzword – become more ‘connected’ in 2014.
For those still confused, it’s a home cloud server akin to having your own local SkyDrive account. NAS devices allow you to configure them with multiple terabytes of storage, and they then connect to the ‘net. Tablets, PCs, laptops and phones can then join to pull down (or upload) videos, music, photos, etc.
Wireless charging and Windows Phone have gone hand-in-hand since Nokia entered the scene back in 2011. If you own a Windows Phone (or any compatible Qi device) and don't currently have a wireless charging dock at hand, you may want to check out the latest DailySteals offer for the Nokia "Fatboy" DT-901 Wireless Charging Pillow.
Grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com) is an online music streaming service available on multiple platforms, but there's still no official love for Windows Phone (apparently down to Microsoft stating that such an app wouldn't be allowed through the submission process). We last looked at an unofficial client, GrooveMobile back in March when the app went into beta testing. The developer, SciLor is a popular developer on Android and formerly Windows Mobile. But now we've been alerted to yet another unofficial Grooveshark client, titled SharkPhone.
This app is currently available on the Windows Phone Store and ready for download. Head past the break for more details.
Most gamers who purchased their Xbox One on Day One where privy to special content included with the Day one edition of their games. If you were one of the many users (including myself) who chose to download your games digitally though, you were left out. Now Xbox users have begun to receive download codes to digitally obtain the Day One content that was left out from games such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5.
There are many options for messaging apps on Windows Phone. One of them is LINE. If you use the app, then you’ll be glad to know that it has just received an update. In addition to bug fixes and general performance improvements, a couple of buttons have been repositioned. Head past the break for the full change log.
It feels like it was just yesterday that we reported on an update for the Windows Phone photography app Fhotolens. Well, the developer is at it again. Another update just hit the Windows Phone Store for Fhotolens and another one is in the works.
For those not familiar, Fhotolens is a Windows Phone camera app with a virtual 10-24mm lens and HDR capture capabilities. The latest update takes Fhotolens to version 1.3 and most notably adds SkyDrive support and sharing options to the growing list of features.
Have a Nokia Lumia 1020? If you do and you’re like us, you’re probably using your DSRL less and less. It’s hard to lug around big heavy gear when you’re out travelling and exploring. Which is why the Lumia 1020 is awesome. You get amazing photography with a camera that fits in your front pocket. Check out this great video from Nokia highlighting the benefits of 41 megapixels in your smartphone.
If you’re a fan of managing your health or managing your money, then there is a good bet that you might be using the Fitbit and/or Mint.com apps on your Windows 8 PC. Some troubles over the last few days have prevented some users from logging in to either service from the Windows Store application, and a new update is here to fix issues for both.
Need to keep track of your followers and who you follow on Twitter? Maybe you’re not that narcissistic and instead manage an account for a brand. Whatever the reason, UnfollowSpy is the app on Windows Phone that we really like for managing who we follow on Twitter. The app just received a pretty big update. The big change? Support for managing your Instagram account. Let’s check out what all is new in UnfollowSpy for Windows Phone.
Earlier today, Nokia India announced the second season of their app reality show - Your Wish is My App. Following the unanticipated success of the first season, the show is intended to kindle the imagination of app enthusiasts.
The campaign will give consumers the opportunity to submit mobile application ideas that have the potential to be developed into successful apps for the Windows Phone Store and stand a chance to become a millionaire.
Collectible card games are a fairly popular genre of video games as of late. You’ve got the likes of Hearthstone in closed beta from Blizard (the company behind World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo), but there are also small gems out there looking to tap into the market. This movement includes the likes of Permia Duels (www.permiaduels.com) from Seepia Games. If you’re seeking a fantasy adventure, while being able to build an unbeatable deck of cards, pass the break for more details as this is the mobile game for you.
The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in two weeks. Can’t make it to Sochi, Russia to watch the games? You better get your Windows Phone ready to follow the action wherever you are. To keep up with the action and results make sure you download the official Sochi 2014 Results app from the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC), the organization responsible for the games. Details below!
Beats Music launched for iOS and Android this last Tuesday. When the service was first announced it was implied that it would launch simultaneously on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Obviously that didn’t happen and today was the day that Beats Music said we’d get the app. Sadly, there’s apparently been a delay.
The first minor update heading to Windows 8.1, known as Update 1, is suspected to be bringing more unity between the legacy desktop and newer Windows 8 application environment. In recently leaked screenshots by hacker WZor, we were able to take a brief look at the ability to pin Windows Store applications to your taskbar. The update previously rumored to be coming out this March, has received more confirmation – including an exact date.