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‘Add to Contacts’ fills in the gaps on Windows Phone 8.1 by helping you save those searches

‘Add to Contacts’ fills in the gaps on Windows Phone 8.1 by helping you save those searches

Daniel Rubino 78

Windows Phone 8.1 is pretty awesome; there’s no doubt about that. Microsoft seems to have improved just about everything there is, but there will always be a few bits that are missing. One of those we even forgot ourselves: saving search results to contacts. Case in point: you do a search in Cortana (or Bing, for non-US users) for an establishment like a diner or coffee stop. Powered...

Get this now: Melodia gives you official sounds for those official apps in Windows Phone 8.1

Get this now: Melodia gives you official sounds for those official apps in Windows Phone 8.1

Daniel Rubino 155

One of the great new additions to Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to assign custom notification sounds for your apps. Previously, in Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3, developers could ship their own sound to be used, but only a few have taken advantage of that so far. But in 8.1, via the Notification Center, you can configure apps independently, including for alert sounds. Melodia is a...

How to make the coolest Lock screen for your Windows Phone in 4 easy steps

How to make the coolest Lock screen for your Windows Phone in 4 easy steps

Daniel Rubino 119

Since I’ve already shared with you my favorite wallpaper for Windows Phone 8.1 and some of my apps on my Start screen, I figured I’d finish the week up with something on my Lock screen. Granted, I’ve been known to change this often, depending on which app adds support for that feature. But today I’m back to an oldy but goody: The blurred Start screen. As you can see in the above photo...

Shortcut to Bing Vision makes it easier to scan QR codes again in Windows Phone 8.1

Shortcut to Bing Vision makes it easier to scan QR codes again in Windows Phone 8.1

Daniel Rubino 86

While the vast majority of changes to Windows Phone 8.1 have been a welcome gust of fresh air to our phones, there are some things that take getting used to. The fact that Cortana doesn’t have Bing Vision may be chalked up to it being in ‘beta’, although we hope Microsoft at some point brings the feature back to search. The Bing service is used by many people on this site for scanning...