We still lack an official Twitch app on Windows Phone and Windows 8, even though both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 have killer apps. No worries, we’ve got some great third party apps in the Windows Phone Store like LiveGaming. The app just picked up another update that brings some cool features. Let’s check it out.
We were hopeful that the replacement shells we found earlier would add Qi wireless charging to our AT&T variant of the Nokia Lumia 1520, but that didn’t work. Fortunately, there is another method found by WPCentral forum member, SonarTech. It is a bit complicated and requires some soldering skills.
Head past the break if you feel brave enough to tackle this challenge.
Sony has introduced their new range of Windows 8 convertibles in India which bring a unique form factor design to the VAIO portfolio. Showcased at the CES earlier this month, the new VAIO Flip features a unique hinge that provide users with a variety of ways to use the device.
Available in 13-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch sizes, the unique line design of the VAIO Flip makes it capable of flipping and converting between laptop, tablet, and viewer modes by flipping the display over the hinge.
We like official apps and all, but sometimes the efforts from developers with their third-party apps are incredible. For example, Instagram client 6tag has been getting updates and updates that make it better than the official apps on major platforms like Android and iOS. 6tag has things like multiple account support, regrams, and much more. The latest version, v3.2, adds a new feature that makes it even cooler – "like or not".
The Lumia 625 is an odd duckling amongst the Nokia range of Windows Phones. It’s not on many major carriers, and doesn’t garner a lot of attention, but it’s a darn cool phone. Coming in with a 4.7” display, the Lumia 625 is a budget phone with a big screen. It later inspired the massive Lumia 1320 too (review this week), with its rounded edges and wallet-friendly price.
One downside of lower cost phones is of course, less features. For example, the Nokia exclusive 'double-tap to wake' is found on most devices except the lower cost ones. The Lumia 520 has it, but only for AT&T. The Lumia 525 has it out of the box. The Lumia 625 doesn’t have it either. Until now.
Higher-end Nokia Lumia devices have some really good camera hardware. The images produced from phones like the Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 can be incredible for smartphones. Which is why we’ve seen images so good they appeared in the National Geographic. Speaking of the Nokia and National Geographic partnership, remember the contest they were running? Here’s a look at some killer work from one of the entrants and his Lumia 1020.
If you like Feedly, there’s a great third-party app for Windows Phone called Phonly. It has just received an update today. One notable new feature in version 188.8.131.52 is the option that lets you download full articles without opening Internet Explorer or mobilizer. This could be great if you read a lot of feeds that only provide excerpts in RSS readers.
There’s more. Head past the break for the change log.
We’ve covered Nokia’s App Social before, it’s the great app on Lumia devices that makes app discovery a bit more social. It started out on Windows Phone as a product called App Highlights, but has morphed over time. It was only a matter of time, but App Social is now available on Windows 8. Let’s check it out.
Yellow Bridge Software, an established Windows Phone developer, has released two new apps to the platform store. Kids Artwork and Gameplay Clips join the thousands of apps and games available for Windows Phones. The former enables you to capture and store your children's artwork, while Game Clips itself is rather self-explanatory. Slip past the break for details and store links.
Earlier this month reputable Microsoft news blogger, Paul Thurrott, claimed that Windows 9 (also known as “Threshold”) was to ship in April 2015. According to Thurrot, company would like to get out of the crazy fire fight of redesign that has become Windows 8 by supposedly distancing itself and brining the next rebranding of Windows to consumer hands as soon as possible, but a well known hacker says Windows 9 will be arriving a bit earlier.
In the twenty-first century, advertising seems to find a way to either sneak into our lives or take the more blunt approach and literally pop up in our faces. When we look into Microsoft’s initial advertising campaign for the Xbox One, it has been a vast improvement for public image in relation to the original downfalls and shortcomings of the Xbox Reveal event. The company in Redmond wants to do anything they can to improve that original image – even if it means paying off prominent YouTubers.
Enpass (enpass.sinew.in) is an application that is purely designed to store your passwords and important information. The reason I like this one over some of the others we have looked at is down to two reasons. The first being that it’s a real beauty on the eye and super easy to use. And secondly, it allows for two cloud syncing options. Secure yourself for more details past the break.
This month is proving to be quite the period for developers to release and publish new versions of apps to the Windows Phone Store. Today, we're looking at a bunch of updates that have been pushed through for consumers to enjoy new features and more. We've got the likes of Camera360, Tapatalk and Awesome Lock, so pass the break for the details and download links.
If one thing is certain, people love the Bing Apps suite on Windows Phone. From Weather, to News to Finance, the Bing team has done a great job of bringing a great core-user experience, all for free. But there was one major complaint that the Windows 8.1 RT apps had but the Phone apps did not: Sharing.
Today, version 3 of Bing Sports (184.108.40.206) is now live in the Store for Windows Phone, up from version 2 (220.127.116.11), which came out in October. Large version changes mean new features and we’re happy to report Sharing is now onboard.
Microsoft, along with other companies have been in the news surrounding the US National Security Agency (NSA) and general privacy concerns that government agencies have easy access to customer data. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, recently published a blog post detailing now is the time for an international convention on government access to data.
It has been what seems like an eternity since the Endomondo (www.endomondo.com) team updated the official app for Windows Phone – the last update was back in April 2013. The company has published a new entry on its official blog to ensure consumers don't feel left out, teasing an upcoming release to hit the Windows Phone Store this coming April. The best part is you will be able to shape what's included in this release and future updates. Pass the break to learn more.
Beats Music is launching today -- for certain mobile platforms anyway. We last looked at the new music streaming service earlier this month, confirming that an app would also be released on the Windows Phone Store to join both Android and iOS. Unfortunately, that's not going to be the case. We'll not witness a simultaneous launch for Microsoft's Windows Phone.
Hacking on Windows Phone is a pretty nonexistent sport. Earlier we told you guys about HackerTeam and their claims of having full control over Windows Phone, but there’s no way to validate their claims. Here’s something we can validate, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey has joined the ATIV S and has been Interop Unlocked. This opens the gates for potentially deeper level OS changes on the Odyssey.
When it comes to mobile platforms, Windows Phone 8 is reportedly very secure. Just look at the jailbreak scene on Windows Phone compared to Android and iOS. Sure, the lower number of handsets could be a valid reason why hackers haven’t exactly targeted the platform, but you think by know we’d be seeing more on the rooting/jailbreak front by now.
Publicly the platform is more or less secure. However, a mercenary-like hacking group called HackingTeam allegedly has control over all operating systems, including Windows Phone.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has been selling since November, but many of you are probably wondering about the Power Keyboard accessory. Where is it? The keyboard, which also features an extra battery, touch pad, and two full-sized USB ports, is still impossible to find. The good news is that you may not have to wait much longer. Nokia has just announced that the keyboards have started shipping in the UK and retailers will be receiving them soon.
Microsoft’s Xbox One is a killer gaming console, but it’s more than that. It’s also a great all-in-one entertainment device for your living room. Microsoft recently started a column on their site to highlight unique individuals working within the company. Today they’re highlighting three employees who helped shaped the Xbox One.
Vector is our cross-platform news and analysis show where we bring you the biggest stories of the week with the best guests in the business. Today Ben Bajarin of TIME and Techpinions joins Rene to talk about the top tech trends of 2014, including 4K televisions, wearables and watches, embedded Android, Xbox One, and more!
Fhotolens is a Windows Phone 8 photography app that applies a fish-eyed lens effect to your camera. Fhotolens also has an HDR mode to give your ultra-wide shots a High Dynamic Range. The app has been updated a few times over the past few weeks, building upon a rather appealing Windows Phone camera app.
The most recent update was pushed out today and takes Fhotolens to version 1.2.0. The update adds a few performance tweaks, bug fixes, and a new image viewer. The performance tweaks increases the image capturing speed two fold. HDR capture still takes a bit of time (keep in mind you're capturing three images) but standard shots are noticeably faster to capture and process.