The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is just now getting warmed up and we are already seeing a nice presence with Windows 8 tablets. While ASUS may not be offering any Windows Phones, they have announced three impressive Windows 8 tablets and a nifty looking Ultrabook.
The ASUS VivoTab (pictured above) is a 10.1" tablet that features an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor. The tablet is 9.7mm thin and weighs in at 580g. The display offers a 1366x768 HD resolution. Other features of note includes NFC support, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera and ASUS SonicMaster Audio. The VivoTab does have a TranSleeve Keyboard accessory that can pull extra duty as a tablet cover and stand.
Indie developer Karios Games is known for updating its games numerous times based on customer and reviewer feedback. Case in point: after our MonsterUp Adventures review ran recently, the developer immediately set about fixing some of the review’s criticisms. That update went live over the weekend. It fixes quite a few of our complaints, making a fine jumping game even better.
Thought I'd pen a quick roundup for you all this evening (or is it
morning!?). Yesterday was a LONG but VERY enjoyable day here on the
2013 CES Experience. Long travels for many, a shorter distance for
others… but we've all made it and we're all having a great time!
Sketch is a Windows Phone app that converts your photographs into pencil drawings. Sketch can convert existing photos into drawings or launch the camera app and capture new photos to convert.
The Windows Phone photography app has twenty seven drawing styles to choose from, each having the ability to be fine tuned. Add sharing support for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Photobucket and Sketch isn't too shabby of a photo effects app for your Windows Phone.
Good news for those who have been waiting and anticipating the arrival of Dropbox for Windows 8, it is now available. The popular cloud storage and sharing service has built a reputation as one of the more ubiquitous ways that folks like to share files and so its arrival on Windows 8 as a metro app is significant for the new platform.
The app is available to download for free and will work on both Windows 8 and Windows RT machines allowing you to download and share files at will.
We are less than 48 hours away from CES 2013 officially kicking off. In the past anticipation was high for new gadgets when CES was on the horizon. However, this year is a little different for the Windows Phone camp. Last year at CES we got our first look at the Lumia 900, but this year Microsoft will have a significantly smaller presence than it has had in the past, same goes for Nokia. We also aren't really expecting new hardware Windows Phone hardware from HTC or Samsung. So what then can you look forward to?
Over two years ago Sprint and Verizon were absent at the Windows Phone 7 launch. Since then the Windows Phone story hasn’t been too positive for folks of the red and yellow carriers hoping to get in on some Live Tile action. Since then Microsoft has had two major OS launches, the first for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and the most recent for Windows Phone 8. While Verizon customers didn’t get any new hardware with Mango, they did pick up a handful of devices for Windows Phone 8. That means Sprint has been without any new Windows Phone hardware since they launched the HTC Arrive back in March 2011. Looks like Sprint is about to jump back into the game.
The Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Windows Phones are slated for a mid-January launch, confirmed by a live chat session with a Nokia Care representative. January 11th was the date provided in the chat window, which solidifies the information handed out previously. It was said Lumia Windows Phone hardware would be heading to the market early 2012.
If you've been wondering if the Nokia wireless charging pad would make for a good car charger, take a gander at the above video. MakeIt Diy is offering a "do it yourself" guide to converting a charging pad into a car charger/cradle.
The charging pad is held into place with a Garmin Nuvi vent mount and hard wired into the car's fuse box using a "add-a-fuse" attachment that can be picked up at most automotive stores. You'll need to glue a mounting plate to the back of the charging pad to mount it to he vent mount.
To better hold the Windows Phone in place, neodymium magnets are taped to the charging pad and inside the skin case on the Nokia Lumia 920. It's not a bad solution to hold you over until Nokia releases a wireless charging cradle for the car.
Sleep is a Windows Phone sound generator app that has recently been bumped to Windows Phone 8. It generates soothing sounds designed to help you relax and eventually fall asleep. Version 1.4 adds silence and stream sounds to the mix and adds the option to buy a premium pack of six sounds for $1.29.
The premium pack for Sleep, which is an in-app purchase, includes airplane, snow, hot tub, light rain, rain on the roof and train sounds.
By Kane Gao, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm EST
Hello everyone. We just spotted this story behind the very much postponed product from one of Microsoft's most reluctant OEM: Ascend W1 by the Chinese phone maker Huawei. Huawei is expected to be formally (and finally) announcing the W1 on the upcoming CES 2013. I'm not sure how many of you guys are actually waiting for it, but in case you are hot in anticipation indeed, the following story will probably explain all the quietness and terrible delay that paved a bumpy road for this phone.
By Sam Sabri, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm EST
Here’s a fun game to check out. It’s called OMG! Aliens and is for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 users. Gameplay is similar to most other ‘Space Invader’ like games and I’m really digging the 8-bit retro feel, both in aesthetics and music. Browsing the Windows Phone Central forums is a great place to find all sorts of new apps and games you might not otherwise come across. Lurking in there, I found OMG! Aliens and decided to give it a shot. Glad I did.
By Sam Sabri, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm EST
Yesterday the interwebs went crazy over Google blocking Windows Phone from using their Maps application the web browser. Instead users were redirected to the Google homepage, quite frustrating was that this appeared to be a conscious decision on half of Google. Turns out that was the case and a recent development has been made to rectify the situation for Windows Phone 8 users attempting to access Google Maps on their devices.
We've taken a look at two Windows Phone 8 camera apps, ProShot and CameraPro, that give you a decent amount of control over your Windows Phone 8 camera. ProShot has a little friendlier user interface but CameraPro has a few more features.
While both these apps can be appealing to those who are looking for more control over their Windows Phone, do they make a difference where the rubber meets the road? Is the image quality with these two apps better than what the native camera app can produce?
We loaded up CameraPro and ProShot on to the Nokia Lumia 920 to see how image quality shook out.
Accuweather for Windows Phone 8 is now available in the Windows Phone store. The Windows Phone 8 version adds lockscreen integration and customizable live tile sizing to the already impressive list of Accuweather features.
Lockscreen integration provides current conditions from your default location and an weather image illustrating the current conditions. While it would have been nice to have seen more options (e.g. extended forecast) it's a start.