Remember the Nokia Future Capture contest? It was a contest announced in June that ended early last month. Entries asked for new app ideas around imaging, select participants flew to Finland to compete in a hackathon to make those ideas a reality. TapShoot is an app that was second-runner up in that hackathon and is now available in the Store for you to download. Let’s check it out.
Watch Corner Gas is a Windows Phone 8 entertainment app that delivers the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas to your phone. Watch Corner Gas lets you stream all 107 episodes of the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas which ran from 2004 to 2009. The comedy series is described as "the Canadian version of Seinfeld" and in just checking out a few episodes, I can see the comparison.
On a side note the app was developed in part with the relatively new Microsoft App Studio and later fine tuned in Visual Studio. The App Studio was designed to show app developers how to build a full Windows Phone app prototype without any programming code, all from a web browser. An effort to make it easier for developers to jump on board with Windows Phone.
We’ve been boasting about Digitally Imported (www.di.fm) for quite some time on this site, specifically with the unofficial app Beem, which is so good we can’t refuse it. Earlier this summer, Digitally Imported aka DI.FM, started up their Windows Phone app beta program, which concluded a little over a week ago.
The result? The official, free and fantastic app is now live in the Store for all Windows Phone 7.x and 8 users.
Windows Phone may be in distant third compared to Android and iOS, but we certainly are gaining more and more of the big name apps for our platform. When it comes to music services, we’re certainly not lacking any of the major ones out there.
We’ve got Microsoft’s own Xbox Music and other third party services like Pandora, Rdio, Spotify, Nokia Music, and more. They all compete on features and price, after that it comes down to which one you personally like better. Fans of Rdio on Windows Phone 8 should be happy as the app just picked up a big update today, let’s check it out.
Blinkbox (www.blinkbox.com) is a on-demand movie streaming service, which is also part of the UK supermarket Tesco. The service has a catalogue of more than 10,000 titles, including classics and latest blockbusters. Differentiating itself from the competition, Tesco has opted for a PAYG (pay as you go) system for Blinkbox, instead of the usual monthly subscription fee. So what does the Windows 8 app bring to the table?
The Lumia 1020 is still king of the hill for Windows Phone until the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 officially arrive in the hands of consumers. The beastly 41 megapixel phone launched in July, but hasn’t seen too many updates. It already came preloaded with GDR2 and many users put Update 3 on it through the Microsoft Developer Preview Program. Today, some users are reporting an update for their Lumia 1020. Let’s check it out.
Looking for a great deal to go along with your renewal of an Xbox Live Gold membership? If you are, then you are in luck; Amazon is ready to give away some free Xbox Live cash with that exact purchase. Currently on Amazon.com, if you grab an Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership using the “Online Game Code” option (meaning that you don’t get a physical card and instead have the code displayed to you after purchase), you are entitled to a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card.
We have seen bits and pieces of the dashboard for Microsoft’s latest entertainment console, Xbox One, but we haven’t seen a full immersive tour of it all. With Xbox One being released in less than a month, it definitely is a bit of an odd situation. Microsoft has heard our desires though, and released a full video showing a user interacting with the Xbox dashboard along with multitasking.
We first took a look 7-Minute Workout over the summer and found it to be a simple, yet effective Windows Phone 8 fitness app. 7-Minute Workout guides you through twelve exercises in seven minutes designed to get your heart pumping, muscles flexing and calories burning.
The fitness app was recently updated to add a little more customization to the exercise routine and to launch a free version where users can purchase additional features via in-app purchases.
If you rely on Google Analytics to monitor your website activities, take a look at the Windows 8 app Googalytics. The Windows app has been optimized for both touch and keyboard/mouse interaction and offers Live Tile support.
Along with Live Tile and full touch support, Googalytics also supports vertical and horizontal orientation as well as snapping (split screen view), and utilizes Metro or Modern style design. Googalytics makes a nice first impression and comes across as a clean, easy way to monitor your website data.
We are approaching the 10th birthday of Microsoft’s information gathering application, OneNote. The first edition of OneNote to be released was OneNote 2003 in November of the same year. If you are like me, you may not have been introduced to Microsoft’s info application until only a few years ago when the company decided to include it in all versions of Office 2010.
Children In Need is the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) charity for the UK. Kicking off in 1980, the charity has raised more than £600 million for disabled children and young people. The highlight of each year is a "telethon" aired on BBC One with celebrities and well-known faces.
Along with the telethon and other activities, an official Children In Need single is also selected. This year it's Ellie Goulding's turn with How Long Will I Love You (originally performed by The Waterboys). Why is this news? The official music video is shot entirely with a Nokia Lumia 1020.
During Nokia World last week, one of the big software announcements was for Instagram on Windows Phone. The process in getting the app officially on Microsoft’s platform has taken months (if not longer), resulting in copious amounts of frustration from users and ammo for critics.
Nokia today thanked users on Twitter for their effort in convincing Instagram to allow their app on the platform.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 was announced last week and for the most part, we already know what we need to know about it. It’s a 6-inch 1080P LCD display device with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, it comes with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, it has microSD expansion and takes a Nano SIM. To power it all, it has a massive 3400 mAh battery and an oversampling 20 MP rear PureView camera.
But wait, you want more information? Although major tech sites are awaiting official review units from Nokia, including ourselves, you can head into our forums to discuss. How so? Forum member 'ALpHa.Q.RoUgH' evidently has one on hand and is taking your questions (you can even see some photos of the device, like the one above).
When it comes to instant messaging these days, there’s really only one “all in one” app out there, and that’s IM+ from Shape. The app has received numerous updates over the last few years and they’re one of the many companies who are fully on board with Microsoft and their Windows / Windows Phone vision.
IM+, both the Pro and Lite versions, have received updates today bringing them up to Windows 8.1 standards. Don’t forget, in 8.1 developers have a few new tools to take advantages of, including a new tile size (“large”) and the updated “snap view”, which has been replaced in 8.1 with a more flexible system.
So what’s new in IM+ for Windows 8.1? Let’s take a look at the full changelog as we have all of the details.
500px (www.500px.com) has hinted at an official app for Windows Phone in the works, though no ETA was confirmed. An official app is already available for Windows 8, but if you're rocking a Windows Phone, there are only third party alternatives while we wait for the service to launch an official solution.
Time-lapse photography can create some interesting effects. The technique involves recording film at lower frame rates than that used for playback. The end result is what appears to be a sped up film - think the opposite of slow motion. Social Scene is an app that brings time-lapse photography to Windows Phone. But it's much more than just a simple camera app. Head on past the break to see why.
The Machine is a new game for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 that should make many diehard players quite pleased. The game, developed by IĮ Farstall, comes from the highly regarded AppCampus project, a joint venture between Microsoft, Nokia and Aalto University (see example titles here). That means you can expect a decidedly polished, visually exquisite title that is unique (and exclusive) to Windows Phone.
The Machine delivers in every aspect.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re all investing in the stock market one way or the other. Whether you do so as an individual investor or participate with mutual funds and hedge funds, we’re all in this together. TipRanks is a new app for Windows Phone 8 that’s aimed at all investors. It’s now available for you to download in the Store, so let’s check out what this app is all about.
Driving provides freedom to millions of people across the UK (as well as beyond the borders), but learning to drive can be a stressful and/or tedious experience. There are numerous resources available for you to build up knowledge and prepare for examination, and now the AA (Automobile Association) has launched an app for Windows Phone to help you pass your theory test.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the company's most advanced Windows Phone available on the market. The handset is a premium device with niche features, including the 41MP camera. Should you live Down Under, you'll be able to snatch one up for $609. When it comes to the high-end Windows Phones it's worth checking out any special offers you come across.
You could consider this a celebration for the victory that Nokia and Microsoft has managed to pull off. Instagram is coming to Windows Phone, that we already know from the official announcement at Nokia World 2013. Now Nokia is prepping itself for the official client by launching its profile into the wild. Nokia is on Instagram.
Although today’s update is nothing major, it does tidy up a few things and fixes a bug or two that some users have experienced.