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3 years ago

Create awesome lock screen backgrounds with Imagefusion

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Imagefusion is an interesting app, enabling you to create images for the lock screen background from local libraries. If you've used media players in the past where a collage of images are displayed from multiple artist albums, this is the same affect but with images you choose. The end result can be quite something and best of all: it's free and really simple to use.

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3 years ago

FCC docs reveal Sprint’s Samsung ATIV S Neo will come with Bluetooth 4.0 LE

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We know that Bluetooth 4.0 with low-energy support is coming to Windows Phone 8 sooner than later. Nokia has reportedly been hard at work getting their devices ready and we wouldn’t be shocked to see it come officially from Microsoft in GDR3, expected later this year.

In documents posted to the FCC on the upcoming Samsung ATIV S Neo, due on Sprint on August 16th, it’s revealed that the device has evidently been cleared with Bluetooth LE on board, meaning 4.0 status. That’s good news for those on Sprint waiting for a high end Windows Phone to carry them into 2014, as BT4.0 will ensure greater device capability, better battery usage and open new avenues for accessories.

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3 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 with GDR2 and Amber on board; unboxing and quick tour

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Last week, AT&T also launched another Windows Phone, besides the much anticipated Lumia 1020—the Lumia 520. Sure, entry level devices aren’t nearly as exciting as technology busting ones, but the Lumia 520 is AT&T’s first GoPhone (month-to-month) and goes for $99 sans contract.

We picked one up last night at our local Microsoft Store because hey, $99. And yes, you can throw in your existing AT&T SIM card and it will work just fine, no need to sign up for any plans or sign anything. You just pay the $99 (plus tax) and walk out the door with a fully functional Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Launches Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview - prepares IT professionals for launch day

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Users have been enjoying Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview over the last few weeks and now enterprise users get their turn. Today Microsoft announced availability for their Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview. The new enterprise build adds premium features to the platform that improve mobility, security, management, and virtualization.

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3 years ago

Microsoft requests itself to be removed from Google searches due to copyright infringement

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In an attempt to remove pirated material from Google, copyright holders will submit Digital Millennium Copyright Act requests to take down links to specific pages. Last week an odd request appeared from Microsoft, asking Google to take down their own pages. Microsoft claimed that they were copyrighting themselves – face palm.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Developers, get your app ideas to Nokia by tomorrow to win a Lumia 1020

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Nokia's busy giving away Windows Phones. Actually, scrap that - when isn't good guy Nokia giving hardware to partners and developers? This is just a friendly reminder that the Nokia Future Capture submission process ends tomorrow. You've got to get your app ideas over to the OEM before the time is up to be in with a chance of winning your own Lumia 1020.

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3 years ago

Fresh Paint 8.1 beta available, sync your artwork across SkyDrive

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Fresh Paint has been one of our favorite apps since it launched on Windows 8. We were double stoked when it landed on Windows Phone last week, allowing us to take our poor drawing and painting skills anywhere. If you’re running the preview of Windows 8.1 and like Fresh Paint, you’ll want to check out this beta for Fresh Paint on 8.1. Details after the break.

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3 years ago

Instagram reverses course on security measures? Instance working again but with a limitation

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Instagram has reportedly altered their security measures one more time today as users are now reporting that posts are sticking via third-party Windows Phone app Instance. Indeed, we can confirm via our own account that the third party app is working, but there is a catch: images are posted as private and not public.

Why the sudden change? We have no idea, though possibly there was some bad PR that Instagram was facing with the earlier move, which is said to have not been deliberately targeting third party apps. Of course, this has been a wild saga over the last 24 hours and for all we know, Instagram may make some API changes yet again to re-start the problem. Your guess is as good as ours. 

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8 GDR2 appears to fix low-resolution profile images for Me tile

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One of the bugs that some of us noticed on Windows Phone, possibly starting after the GDR1 OS update, was a fuzzy and low resolution image of ourselves for the Me tile. It was particularly frustrating on devices with high resolution displays, as everything would look sharp and crisp except for your blurry mini me. Despite re-uploading the photo numerous times, the service, tied to your Live/Outlook account, would downgrade the image and push back a fuzzy version within a few hours.

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3 years ago

SkyDrive gets more robust for online users, adds high DPI photo support, native text file editor, and more

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Three screens and a cloud is a powerful idea that is moving the technology industry forward. Each ecosystem has its own idea of how that cloud should look and function. If you’re in the Microsoft camp you’re probably using SkyDrive as your cloud. The latest update for the web version of SkyDrive just became even more awesome with high DPI support and much, much more.

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3 years ago

Need to post to Instagram from your Windows Phone? Here are two methods that do work

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With the recent "security changes" from Instagram, causing all third party apps from being blocked from posting, we figured we’d recap at least two ways that we know of that still work. Think of these as your permanent fail-safes in case this is a prolonged outage or as a temporary solution until Daniel Gary (Instance) and others figure out a way around the problem.

To recap, using apps like Instance allows users to post to their Instagram account, but after about fifteen seconds, the image is deleted. That means somehow Instagram has flagged images uploaded by unauthorized apps in a clever way that has befuddled developers so far. But you can still post via other apps—one official, the other a hack.

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3 years ago

When mobile and enterprise collide - Talk Mobile

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Nobody’s entirely sure how it started, but it’s a trend that’s taken the corporate IT world by storm over the past few years. In all likelihood it began with a CEO walking into the CIO's office with his new shiny new iPhone and saying "Steve, put my email on this."

"But, Sir, we issued you a BlackBerry," Steve, the CIO, pointed at the stack of BlackBerry Bolds on his desk. "We all have BlackBerrys."

The CEO glared at him and growled, "Steve, I want my email on this. Make it work." He set the iPhone on Steve's desk and left the dark IT office.

Steve looked at the black glass slab on the corner of his desk and swallowed. "I don't like where this is going."

A multi-platform mobile ecosystem has become the new reality for corporate IT. They have to manage multiple operating systems and even devices owned by employees. Mobile devices are becoming more and more prevalent in business - but can they replace the desktop? Is the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend a good thing? And just what does IT need to make all of this happen?

3 years ago

Instagram actively seeking and destroying photos published through third party apps [Update]

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Those of us attempting to use Instagram on our Windows Phones are left with no alternative but to utilise third party solutions. These apps are solid offerings in place of an official app from Instagram, but of course we're essentially going through back doors to get our content published. All was well for a short while with uploads presently available for viewing, but Instagram has evidently had enough.

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3 years ago

Nextgen Reader bumped to version 5.1; adds new design improvements

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Nextgen Reader is the popular RSS Reader for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, being continuously updated before and after Google shut down its Reader service. If you're looking for a solution to keep you on top of latest headlines, Nextgen Reader is certainly worth checking out - check out our review to see what our thoughts are on the apps.

The team has pushed out version 5.1 for Windows Phone, which includes numerous new design tweaks and improvements, as well as a few fixes to keep everyone happy.

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3 years ago

TaxiCOP, a real-time taxi fare calculator for your Windows Phone

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Have you ever questioned a taxi fare? Wonder if the cabbie took the most effecient route? TaxiCOP is a Windows Phone app that may help ease your concerns or tell you it's time to switch cab services.

TaxiCOP will monitor your route, time, and mileage to make sure what you pay is accurate. While cab services are rather scarce in my neck of the woods, I can see it coming in handy while traveling or if cab services are part of your day to day routine.

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