Clock

We’ve reported quite a bit on Nokia’s Glance screen in the past but we also know some of you are new to Windows Phone and may have picked up a Lumia 925 this week or a Lumia 1020 next. If that’s the case, you may not be familiar with how to enable Glance (or even what it is) and all the options that it has available to you.

So we whipped up a little tutorial video to show you how to enable this feature (it’s not on by default, though we don’t know about the 1020 yet) and configure it for your liking.

Glance, for those who don’t know, is Nokia’s always-on clock for their Lumia line. It launched with the Lumia 925 but will be available on the Lumia 1020 for launch and other Lumia series devices when Nokia’s Amber update rolls out later this summer. Basically, a clock is fixed on your otherwise-off display and while it of course uses battery, it’s quite unassuming for usage.

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Last night in the heart of New York City, Nokia co-sponsored the world-premiere of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”. We, along with the usual Manhattan glitterati, we lucky enough to attend the red-carpet gala on a rain-soaked Monday.

Yeah, this job has its privileges sometimes, we’ll admit it.

Nokia is one of many companies that have a sponsorship deal with the movie, though they are cited as the largest global partner. Such deals are used to off-set the high costs of the film, associated with production and later promotion of the summer hit, and it helps to have someone else help pick up the bill. In exchange, those companies can have their products featured in the film—sometimes subtle, other times not.

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We recently looked at Nokia’s double tap to awake and on-screen clock, features that are coming to the Lumia 920 (PR2.0). But what if you happen to be using a Windows Phone from HTC, Samsung or other Lumia phones? An app is available on the Windows Phone Store that emulates the on-screen clock and while it's not the full solution, it's a cool effect to see how the clock looks.

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It was reported a few weeks ago that Nokia was preparing a firmware revision for the Lumia 920 (and other Windows Phone 8 Lumias) that would continue to bring Nokia’s vision of how a Windows Phone should be to fruition.

That update is now being referred to as PR2.0 and we have an exclusive quick glimpse of some of those new features for you.

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One thing people love doing is turning their phones into virtual Swiss Army knives and one way of doing that is making it an bedside alarm clock.

Nite Buddy caught our attention because it's free (ad supported), automatically fetches weather (GPS), has adjustable brightness, colors and overall looks pretty nice. Plus it just works so well with the HD7 or Surround's kick-stand feature. Of course when running, it will keep the screen on, so make sure you're plugged in if you want to make it till morning.

Any of you have a go-to clock app that you swear by? Let us know in comments. Grab Nite Buddy here for free in the Marketplace.

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Here's a cool trick: if you want either a dual clock or just an analog clock, download this .cab at XDA by ancola66.

First disable your TouchFLO under Today --> Settings, install the .cab, restart device and then re-enable TouchFLO.

To toggle between the 3 screens (regular clock, analog-only or both), simply tap the area below the HTC Task Manager.

I'm running it on my own custom ROM (due out shortly, ahem) and it works very well. It definitely gives the today screen an elegant look.

Edit: One bug is that the analog clock shows "AM" when clearly it is PM. C'est la vie.

[via XDA]

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Review: Fizz Alarms

One thing that’s nice about having a Windows Mobile Device is that (ironically) Microsoft offers one of the more open mobile operating systems on the market. The ability to choose your hardware form factor, and then customize your device with applications and settings gives you more flexibility than any competitor.

The best applications (particularly for the mobile environment) are often some of the simplest. Many are simple upgrades to applications that may come pre-installed on your device. Fizz Alarms qualifies for both of these statements. Using your cell phone as an alarm clock is nothing new. Many Americans have stopped wearing watches in lieu of utilizing their cell phone to tell the time. Fizz Alarms attempts to improve upon the simplicity, power and flexibility offered to you by a digital watch while utilizing the hardware that you already carry around in your pocket.

To see all of the features in detail, this is the place to be.

 

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