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2 years ago

We interview Vivino's CEO about their new Wine Scanner app for Windows Phone

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A few days ago, Vivino Wine Scanner made a triumphant return to Windows Phone. Although an app for Vivino had come out a few years ago, it hadn't been updated in a long time, and the company wanted to start from the ground up. The new app is designed for Windows Phone 8 and beyond, bringing with it a highly polished UI and enhanced user experience.

If you're not familiar with Vivino, they're the largest service for finding and logging your wine collection, including ratings. Their cool scanner device though is the real attraction, as all you have to do is scan a bottle's label and let the service fetch all the necessary data through its image-recognition technology. It makes logging your wine a whole lot of fun.

With the recent launch, Mobile Nations writer John Callaham had an opportunity to ask Vivino CEO Heini Zachariassen a few questions about their service and the new app.

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2 years ago

Official Nick World app available in India, catch your favorite shows on the go

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Nickelodeon (nick.com), often shortened to Nick, is a popular multi-platform media network for kids. With an approach that puts 'kids first', Nickelodeon takes pride in encouraging kids to be themselves – funny, messy, and free-spirited.

In India, Nickelodeon is a part of Viacom18, the joint venture between Viacom Inc and the Network18 Group. The company has recently launched Nick World app for Windows Phone for kids in India. The fun video application for your little ones is loaded with the best of Nick shows to watch on the go. The app features the popular shows aired on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Teen Nick, and Sonic.

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2 years ago

Cash in your Bing Rewards Points and go ad-free on Outlook.com

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If you are a Bing Rewards member and have a few hundred points laying around collecting dust, you can use them to remove the ads on your Outlook.com screen.

For those not familiar, Bing Rewards points are earned as search for items using the Bing search engine. You can even earn points by using Bing on your Windows Phone. Points earned can then be redeemed for gift cards, contest chances and other services. One of which is to buy ad-free time for Outlook.com.

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2 years ago

ABC's Rising Star lets Windows Phone users vote in the media madness

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Starting tomorrow night on ABC in the US, a new show looks to bring live voting to the masses via their connected devices. The show Rising Star, which premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9PM ET, is similar to American Idol, but it lets the audience be the judge through a first-time ever technique of live voting. The process works through various apps on iOS, Android and yes, Windows Phone.

During the show, when a performer takes the stage, a 90-foot wide interactive wall separates them from the audience that way you only hear their voice. Users then decide whether they love or hate a performance by swiping to the right (for yes) or left (for no) on their smartphone or tablet. As a bonus? Your face may appear on that interactive wall during the broadcast.

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2 years ago

Have a Surface Pro 3? Make sure 'Enhance pointer precision' is enabled

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Body Glove DropSuit Rugged Case for Nokia Lumia 822

For today only, purchase the Body Glove DropSuit Rugged Case for Nokia Lumia 822 and save 63% off the list price!

The BodyGlove DropSuit rugged case for your Nokia Lumia 822 is made of a durable gel material that resists the battles of everyday life. It has uniquely designed corners that have a shock dissipation system to absorb impact and defend against bumps and scratches.

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2 years ago

Heli Gunner 2, an airborne shooter game for Windows Phone

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Heli Gunner 2 – frontline air combat is a first person shooter Windows Phone game that places you behind a helicopter mounted machine gun. In a nutshell, you fly around a village destroying enemy targets as they appear.

Graphics are nice, game mechanics could be a little better and the variety of targets range from enemy helicopters to ground troops. In just playing Heli Gunner 2 for the past few days the game has potential but just lacks that "something-something" to keep you pulled into the game.

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2 years ago

TouchFox touch controller review – Play PC games on your Windows 8 tablet

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One of the best features of Windows 8 is that it allows us to run PC games and apps on touchscreen devices like the Surface Pro. Whereas Windows RT tablets are limited to playing Windows RT games, full Windows 8 tablets can play not only tablet-oriented Windows 8 games but also Windows 7 games.

Of course, hardly any PC games actually support touch screen input. Civilization V is touch-optimized, but that's practically it. If you want to play a PC game on your tablet, you generally need either a controller or mouse and keyboard. But a handy new app called Touch Fox adds virtual controls to a handful of PC games that don't otherwise support touch. How does it work? Check out hands-on impressions with video to find out!

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2 years ago

ABC for kids all alphabet free, a user friendly Windows Phone educational app

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For those with small children, your Windows Phone can be a convenient way to sneak in a few learning lessons while traveling in the car, waiting on a meal at a restaurant or any other occasion you have a few minutes to burn.

ABC for kids all alphabet free is a user friendly educational app that helps your child learn the alphabet by using audio and visual aids. The app isn't going to appeal to everyone but if you are looking for an educational app to help your children pass the time, ABC for kids all alphabet free is worth a try.

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2 years ago

Congratulations to our Surface Pro 3 winner!

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Okay folks, as Friday is winding down we figured it were time to announce our Surface Pro 3 contest winner. If you recall, all you had to do was leave up to three comments on our original article. Those comments were enough to enter, even if you're world-wide.

We ended up having an astonishing amount of entries, which broke our backend CMS a few times (thanks for the free stress test!). Let's take a look.

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2 years ago

Lumia 1320 now available in the United States through Cricket Wireless

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2 years ago

Here's my wallpaper for the Surface Pro 3

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Here's my wallpaper for the Surface Pro 3

In scanning comments and tweets from my Surface Pro 3 review this morning, one request kept coming up: Where can I get that wallpaper? It's always a funny and flattering thing to write nearly 5,000 words on new hardware only to have your wallpaper be the most exciting thing, but hey, I get it!

So without further ado, here is the 1280 x 1024 colorful polygon wallpaper that I use on my Surface Pro 3 and other Windows 8.1 devices.

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2 years ago

How to Cook Everything with a Windows Phone (Hidden Gems)

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It's time to grow up and start cooking like an adult. No more microwavable meals. No more take-out from that Chinese place down the road. And please stop ordering Domino's twice a week. You don't need to become Thomas Keller or Gordon Ramsay, but you need to at least be able to make a week's worth of meals without breaking down.

Thankfully for you, there's an app in the Windows Phone Store that's going to help you discover the rewards of simple cooking. How to Cook Everything is a bestselling cookbook from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. The cookbook features more than 2,000 simple recipes and has been helping folks learn how to cook for over a decade. That book is now an app for Windows Phone.

Let's take a look. And remember, if you leave a comment, you enter into our daily Hidden Gems contest to win a new tablet or phone!

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2 years ago

Heroes of Order and Chaos from Gameloft does battle on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Does anybody remember Order & Chaos Online? It was the first and only Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) for Windows Phone with Xbox support. Although beloved by RPG fans, publisher Gameloft basically abandoned the Windows Phone version of Order & Chaos Online. With no content updates or bug fixes, and compatibility issues making it unplayable on the Nokia Lumia 1520, the game never got the chance to thrive like it should have.

One year later, Order & Chaos is back! Sort of. Gameloft has just released Heroes of Order & Chaos for Windows Phones (with 1 GB of RAM) and Windows 8 and RT. Heroes is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) spin-off of the main game. Since the PC hit League of Legends is not available on mobile devices, Heroes of Order & Chaos is truly the next best thing. And it's free to play, with cloud save support. Head past the break for our hands on video and first impressions!

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2 years ago

Lomogram rises from the ashes of controversy, re-released in the Windows Phone Store

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Lomogram is a popular Windows Phone photography app that featured over forty creative filters and other editing effects to give your Windows Phone photos a little zip. The app was recently updated with a few design changes that included a name change to Metamorphosa. Changes that weren't exactly well received.

While we aren't certain as to the particulars, there seems to have been a parting of the ways between the developers and publisher of Lomogram with some suggestion that the original app was stolen. The end result of all this controversy is the re-release of Lomogram, as Lomogram+, in its pre-Metamorphosa form.

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