HTC 8X users a Vodafone Australia are finally getting the GD3 update pushed out to their handsets. The carrier famously in September decided to skip GDR2 in favour of jumping directly to GDR3, due to the GDR2 update causing a variety of issues with the HTC 8X.
The update is expected to enable the FM Radio, enable IMAP for email, CardDAV for contacts and CalDAV for calendar when setting up a Gmail account, the ability to close apps on the task switching screen and a variety of other improvements, and is expected to roll out over the next 10 days.
Thanks Chaitu for the tip.
Microsoft has decided to pull a firmware patched, for the Surface Pro 2, pushed through Windows Update on December 10, 2013. Microsoft started receiving complaints shortly thereafter when numerous users began experiencing an error code (80070490) when attempting to install the update. Microsoft explained a few days after that this update was triggering a false error message upon installation. “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10th, 2013….
Read more at Microsoft News
Few months back, Microsoft announced that Citrix is working on GoToMeeting app for Windows Phone devices. Today, the app was released in Windows Phone Store and you can download the free app to join or start a meeting in seconds. View slide presentations, design mockups, spreadsheets, reports – whatever meeting presenters choose to share onscreen and communicate over the built-in internet audio or phone conference. It is also worth noting that Citrix has already released its Receiver app for Windows Phone devices.
- Start a scheduled meeting or launch an instant meeting on the fly.
- Join meetings and webinars in seconds by entering the Meeting ID or tapping a link in an email or calendar appointment.
- View presentations, mockups and reports – whatever the presenter shares on-screen.
- Connect to audio through your Internet connection or dial-in over the phone.
- Pinch to zoom meeting content.
- Switch to landscape or portrait mode to customize your meeting view.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
The Surface Pro 64GB is now just $599 – a $200 savings. You can purchase online or at a physical Microsoft Store. The Surface Pro 128GB is $679 a $220 savings. Microsoft is also offering touch covers for $50 with the purchase of a Surface. The Surface bundle is being offered for $269, a $75 savings, which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty,….
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FB Pages Manager is a Windows Phone app that allows its users to control their Facebook Pages.
The app currently has more than 100,000 downloads, recently was the runner up on a Nokia Create mini mission and it is chosen by Microsoft as the best alternative to the official Facebook Pages Manager app. Thanks to our users the app is available in 17 different languages.
Today we announce the latest update the 1.7 version which new features include:
- Notification refresh (pull to refresh)
- Home button when entering in the app via Page tile.
- Multi Photo Upload on albums
- Photo on messages
- Ability to share photos directly into the app.
- Redeem codes support (WP8 only)
- Complete remake of the notification system
- Major bug cleanup
The app has two version, the free lite version has the basic features and some ads, the full version ($1.99) has all the features for an advanced Facebook page manager.
The Windows 8 version of the app is also on its final beta testing stage, if you wish to help us testing please send us a message to the app Facebook page.
The Bing Team wrote a nice blog post titled “Entities, Apps, and Maps.” In the last paragraph the team talks about what they see in the future of Bing Maps: Moving into the future, entity knowledge will greatly enhance our mapping experiences. While our Bing Maps Preview app already takes advantage of Satori to deliver smart features like Local Scout, we have a vision for maps where everything is annotated with useful information: what buildings are called, what stores are in them, how to get in touch with those stores and when they are open. Much of this exists today in our current experiences, ……
Read more at Microsoft News
“Everybody loves a hero. But nobody ever forgets a villain.”
Yes, Its Heath ledger.
Unibeam is an unique addition to the existing collection of flashlight applications in the store. Its fluid experience and impressive design has the theme of your favourite superheroes. And still is one of the fastest flashlight applications.
So, Who’s the next big thing? Keep me posted about your favourite avatars in the reviews to get them on-board. Then why just a simple flashlight application, switch to #unibeam.
The app requires your phone to have LED camera flash light to function and does not work on devices with xenon flash.
The app has been downloaded over 10,000 times in just a two weeks time since its initial launch. Thank you for your warm welcome and wonderful support. The feedbacks are consistently assessed by us and the bugs are fixed. Please update your reviews if you feel the problem is addressed.
- Added a new avatar: Heath ledger
- Fixed issues related to rate and review
- Camera button integration
- Initial start-up speed improvements
- Revamped UI
- Optimized battery usage under the lock screen
- No advertisements, network data usage or tracking.
- Tap & Hold mode : Turn on flashlight when button is pressed and turn off when released.
- Use Camera shutter key to turn on/off.
- Shake the phone to turn on/off.
- Auto-on mode
- Supports multitasking
- Works under lockscreen
- Voice command support : Say ‘Jarvis on’ or ‘Open Unibeam’.
- Readers mode
- Supports for all WP8 devices
- Easy customization
Get Unibeam for free from Windows phone store here or through the QR Code and get a whole new flashlight experience. Not to forget, its ad-free.
Official NFL apps for the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens arrive in the Windows Phone Store
Yinzcam has released a number of new official NFL apps for a variety of teams to the Windows Phone Store.
Apps for the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens join the Seahawks, Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, and Buccaneers already in the app store.
The apps are identical, but with localized content, and include:
- News: Real-time breaking news from the Seahawks, previews of upcoming matchups, post-game blogs
- Video: Video-on-demand clips of the Seahawks’ press conferences, coach and player interviews
- Photos: Gallery of game-time action
- Stats: Real-time statistics and scores from the official NFL stats engine, head-to-head stats of the matchup, player stats, drive-by-drive stats, box score, out-of-town scores around the league
- Standings: Division and conference standings
- Fantasy: Keep track of your favorite fantasy players
- Depth chart: Shown by offense, defense and special teams
- Social media: Aggregated twitter of the Seahawks’ official tweets, one-click tweet of all media items, one-click Facebook posting of all media items
- Schedule: Schedule of upcoming games, and scores/stats of previous games from the season, ticket purchase for games
- Evolving home-screen: Pre-game, in-game, post-game, off-season countdown, draft-day
All the official apps can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Regular readers will know we are not happy having any Windows phone in second place on a poll, except when its behind another Windows Phone.
GSMArena is running what they call a Smartphone Champion’s League and in the first round they are pitting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 against the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is running a bit behind the Note 3, but I am sure our readers know which handset we prefer to be in the lead.
Vote for your preference at GSMArena here.
Thanks John for the tip.
Fosspatents reports that after Nokia has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against HTC’s smartphones in UK (which was largely stayed pending an appeal) Nokia was bringing the same case with the same patent library to court in France.
In a statement Nokia said:
"Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.
The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."
Nokia is currently suing HTC in 7 countries, as the Taiwanese company continues to refuse to take out a royalty-bearing license for Nokia’s non-standard-essential patents.
I don’t personally hold the Windows Phone App Studio in high regard, finding it both too complicated and not powerful enough at the same time.
In the above video however Microsoft shows that for some people the service may be just the answer to the question of how to quickly, easily and cheaply create a custom Windows Phone app for their home or business.
In the video they have Holly Shore, a former fashion model turned entrepreneur, looking to create an app for her fashion business.
“I just thought it was inaccessible for me to create my own app,” she says. “I hadn’t even considered doing it.”
Microsoft reports more than 200,000 people have used App Studio to create over 85,000 apps, presumably most not published to the Windows Phone Store.
Have our readers given the Windows Phone App Studio a try, and what have your results been? Let us know below.
Just few days back we reported about Facebook beta app got updated with bug fixes and improvements. Microsoft today updated the Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 devices to v126.96.36.199. This update does not include any new features, but it should include some bug fixes and performance improvements. Last update v5.2 brought lots of new features to the beta.
• Faster and more reliable notifications
• Toasts for Facebook chat
• Redesigned primary tile
• Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
• Messaging improvements
• Performance improvements
• Support for additional languages
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Today’s Microsoft 12 days of Deals offer is a great deal on a no-contract Nokia Lumia 1520, ideal for a Nokia Lumia 920 owner itching to upgrade early.
The Microsoft Store is offering the handset for $449, $100 off the usual $549 price.
The handset is the AT&T version, meaning it is only 16 GB and lacks Qi charging, but it is still a stonking price on the very high end handset.
The handset comes with free next-day delivery, to make sure it gets to you before Christmas and Includes $50 app card and free Halo Spartan Assault download.
See the deal, which has less than 5 hours to run, at Microsoft here.