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3 years ago

Iconical, a Windows Phone calendar option that makes the most of Live Tiles

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Iconical is a Windows Phone calendar app that allows you to create multiple appointment groups filtered from your Windows Phone calendars and pin them to your Start Screen for quick and easy reference.

You create appointment filter groups based on subject keywords.  The Live Tile focus lets you pin that group to your Start Screen, view up to three appointments (ten with the Plus version) in that filter group, and help you keep up with all your appointments. You can create filtered groups for school, work, medical or any other appointment keyword that you need to monitor a little closer.

Iconical is an interesting Windows Phone calendar app that definitely has potential.

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3 years ago

Facebook Beta updated: brings inline tagging, photo attachments in messaging, and much more

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The original Facebook app on Windows Phone back in the day was pretty bad. Thankfully the forces who can make a difference have over the past few months with the Facebook Beta app. That original beta has since become the official app for Facebook users, but the beta is still going strong. That very beta just received an update to version 5.1.0.1 that brings a slew of new features. Let’s check it out.

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3 years ago

WOD Warrior for Windows Phone allows you to track and analyze your CrossFit workouts

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of CrossFit. The strength and condition programming, along with affiliated gyms, have exploded in popularity over the past decade.

The central pillar of CrossFit is the WOD or Workout of the Day.

WODs are high-intensity combinations of various exercises and movements that require all-out physical exertion. WOD Warrior for Windows Phone is an app for anyone in the CrossFit community.

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3 years ago

Microsoft clarifies what’s new with Xbox Music in GDR2: fixed cloud collection and more

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GDR2 is slowly rolling out to Windows Phone 8 handsets around the globe. Some devices, like the Lumia 925 and 1020, already come with GDR2 preinstalled. For everyone else, the updates are slowly coming.

We’ve always had a pretty good idea of what’s new in GDR2, but some items were slightly vague. For example we knew Microsoft made "improvements to Xbox Music", but didn’t know exactly what that meant. Thanks to a blog posting by the Windows Phone team, we now know what's changed.

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3 years ago

Quick Review: Amzer Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for the Nokia Lumia 925

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In continuing our ongoing series of cases for the Nokia Lumia 925, today we’re taking a look at one from Amzer, who’s a well-known manufacturer making some unique cases for smartphones.

The Amzer “dual layer” is a mid-range case, meaning it’s more than a simple plastic shell but less than OtterBox level for safeguarding. With a double cover setup, you’re getting both security for the finish of the device as well as shock absorption. But like all things in life, there are tradeoffs for that level of protection.

The hidden gem of the Amzer though is the built in kickstand, which allows you to use your device in a portrait or landscape position. As we point out in our video review below, portrait makes a lot of sense now with Nokia’s Desktop App or their Glance screen. But for you old-school people, landscape is perfect for catching something on Netflix.

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3 years ago

Nokia teases Tetris Blitz for Windows Phone

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Nokia teases Tetris Blitz for Windows Phone

The original Tetris for Windows Phone is a fair port of the classic puzzle game, albeit overpriced at $4.99. But the world has moved on, and vanilla Tetris doesn’t excite gamers any more. That’s why Electronic Arts jazzed the old game up with the Bejeweled Blitz treatment and turned it into Tetris Blitz earlier this year. A faster paced Tetris designed for mobile play – what’s not to love?

Windows Phone gamers certainly didn’t love the lack of Tetris Blitz on their platform of choice; that’s for sure. But Nokia has just announced that Tetris Blitz will finally be coming to Windows Phone next week. So soon!

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3 years ago

Casual Connect 2013 Wrap-up: Windows Phone and Windows 8 report card

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3 years ago

Gameloft announces Asphalt 8 and 14 more games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 [Updated]

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As mobile Xbox gamers probably know, Halfbrick recently released a new version of Fruit Ninja and Square Enix’s Chaos Rings became available to all Windows Phone 8 users last week. Beyond that however, we aren’t aware of too many game developers with plans to support Xbox Windows Phone in the future. Microsoft has been dark on the subject all year, and nobody else is really talking…

Nobody except Gameloft, that is. Last year, the publisher announced 12 Xbox Windows Phone 8 games – 10 of which have launched so far. Today Gameloft has reaffirmed its commitment to mobile Windows platforms by promising 15 more games for Windows Phone and Windows 8! Only four new Windows Phone games have actually been revealed, but it’s exciting news regardless… especially for Windows 8, which will be seeing much more support from Gameloft in the near future.

Head past the break for exclusive details on today’s announcement!

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3 years ago

Live music discovery service Pepper looking to break into the US; the team requires your help

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Pepper is a familiar name within the Windows Phone community. The service originally launched on the platform early last year and has since branched out to iOS, but location support is still restricted to the UK. Why is this the case? The live music discovery and social service is incredibly accurate when it comes to local events and performances. This requires data that's frankly hard to come by, even today.

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3 years ago

While the Verizon Lumia 822 gets FM radio in latest update, the Lumia 928 goes without

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Confession: we’re not huge users of the Windows Phone FM Radio, a feature that was omitted when Windows Phone 8 launched last year due to the drivers needing to be re-written. Because of that, we didn’t miss it much, though like you, we always appreciate having things on our phones, even if we don’t use them.

But some of you 'FM radio fans' are certainly quite die hard about it and so when the Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 received the Amber + GDR2 update last week, the missing radio feature (which the update was supposed to bring), raised some eyebrows (and ire).

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3 years ago

Hipstamatic Oggl for Windows Phone 8 gets nice speed boost in latest update

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Hipstamatic’s Oggl app for Windows Phone 8 has had somewhat of a rough start since its launch. The app is slow and let’s admit it, a bit clunky to use. But here’s the thing: Oggl’s filters and lenses are hands down some of the nicest we’ve come across on the platform. There’s just something about their tones that they use that make images really stand out.

Version 1.0.05 for the non-Pro version is now available on the store and it has a very detailed and hearty changelog to go with it.

But here’s all you really need to know: the app is significantly much faster to launch and use now. It now opens in about 4 seconds and with the rapid resume feature, Oggl now comes back from background lickity split. The same goes for the rest of the app, including manually switching the lens + filter combo, which is quite nice to use now.

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3 years ago

“Powered by Nokia” Battery Pro+ app is a free and elegant tool worth checking out

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In case you needed another battery app for your Windows Phone 8 device, Battery Pro+, a new and free app will get the job done. What’s real interesting about this sharply designed utility is that it is evidently sponsored by Nokia (though not exclusive to their Lumias).

Battery Pro+ is actually listed under Wunderman Polska, a third party developer agency that evidently Nokia Poland has hired to make this app and a few other utilities, including a leveler, flashlight and stopwatch. The main screen though proudly boasts “Powered by Nokia” and under the About screen, you can find an email with an @nokia-services.pl address and a “prepared by Nokia” entry.

So how is Battery Pro+? For free, it’s not too bad. It boasts the deep blue color associated with Nokia and their traditional design for utility apps. While it doesn’t vaunt a ton of features, it does the basics right.

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3 years ago

Official Qantas app takes flight with new version; sporting bug fixes and improvements

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The official Qantas app has been bumped to version 1.2, fixing some bugs and adding improvements for customers of the Australian airline to take full advantage of. There's nothing worse than experiencing issues when attempting to use an app. Best of all, we previously looked at how gorgeous this official offering is. We've also been informed that lock screen support is now featured, showing the boarding pass.

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3 years ago

Update: Amber and GDR2 for Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 now available

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Update 1PM ET: Seems like Nokia is on the ball as Verizon has thrown the switch for the Lumia 822. Go check for your update now: Settings > Phone Update > Check for update. We can also confirm FM Radio and Group text is included.

If you’re on Verizon and waiting for the Amber firmware and GDR2 OS updates for your Nokia Lumia 822, fear not as it should be headed to your device real soon.

Yesterday, Nokia updated their site from "waiting for approval" to "coming soon" and a tipster named WP8addict in our forums noted that indeed, it has been cleared by Verizon yesterday.

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3 years ago

ESPN Fantasy Football updated, push notification management added

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It hasn't been long since the ESPN Fantasy Football app lost it's Nokia exclusivity and became available for all Windows Phones and now we are already seeing an update push out for the fantasy football app.

The version 1.2.0.1 update adds the feature to allow ESPN Insiders to manage push notifications. While the change log is brief, very brief, we are also hearing that more team controls may have been added (don't hold us to that).

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