Download the new WP8.1 Live Lock screen app right now!

As promised, the new Windows Phone 8.1 Live Lock Screen is now available.

QRCodeWant to truly personalize your lock screen? Live lock screen lets you choose from 6 new lock screen layouts to add a distinctive touch to your Windows Phone. Each layout has a revamped design for the time, date, and notifications, as well as a unique unlock animation. You can also cycle through multiple background images throughout the day to keep your lock screen fresh—or just get the latest incredible image from Bing every morning.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

Thanks Pushkar for the tip.

Report: Microsoft’s Virtual Reality Headset Plans Well Behind Oculus, Eyeing Japanese VR Headset Company ‘FOVE’

Recently, we covered a key patent Microsoft filed for its eye-wear represented in the patent application as before. According to leaked Xbox documents, Microsoft is expected to reveal their AR glasses for games this year. We didn’t hear anything from Microsoft on this front from E3, so there is a possibility that the project got delayed due to some reasons……

Read more at Microsoft News

BBM for Windows Phone gets a 3rd pre-release update

Blackberry has just updated Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone for the third time in the Windows Phone Store.

The app , which is still in private beta, is now on version 1.0.0.5.

The app is set to hit the Windows Phone Store for all users next week, according to the Blackberry Blog, with more than 10,000 users already in the closed beta.

Thanks Abhishek for the tip.

Liberty University Builds Enormous Visual Display Powered By Kinect For Windows (Video)

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia which serves about 100,000 students is a leader in digital education. Recently, they have built Jerry Falwell Library, a $50 million, state-of-the-art facility that opened to rave reviews. When you enter in to this library, you will be greeted by a huge visual display called Media Wall which measures 24 feet by 11 feet, composed of 198 interactive tiles that are controlled by three Kinect for Windows sensors………

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Windows Phone YouTube apps updated to address YouTube Vevo changes

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In the absence of an official YouTube app for Windows Phone, 3rd party YouTube apps are in a constant race to keep up with Google’s backend changes.

Thankfully Windows Phone developers are a diligent bunch, and work hard to keep their apps updated.

YouTube has made recent changes to how Vevo music videos are streamed,  and in response Tubecast, SuperTube, MetroTube and AllTube Player Pro have all updated their apps.

If your music video therefore is not playing, we suggest looking out for an update to your preferred player.

It’s official: BBM coming to all Windows Phone users next week

On the official Blackberry blog today Matthew Talbot wrote that Blackberry is coming to all Windows Phone users next week.

He writes:

Next up is BBM for Windows Phone, coming next week. When we announced the private beta a few weeks ago, all 10,000 testing slots were taken within 24 hours. The excitement is there. The numbers are there. The momentum is there.

Despite many that have said there is little interest in Blackberry Messenger 10,000 testers in 24 hours sends a different message.

Are our readers excited? Let us know below.

Thanks Bart for the tip.

The miracle cure for bad multi-touch on the Lumia 930

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I have become increasingly frustrated by the hit and miss pinch and zoom on my Nokia Lumia 930, and by the look of my poll a few hours I am not alone, with 35% of owners complaining of the same issue.

Now reader Máté however delivered a really simple solution to the dogged issue – simple switch off Screen Magnifier in the Ease of Access settings.

Screen Magnifier is an Ease of Access setting which lets you zoom any screen, including the start menu, by double tapping the screen with two fingers.  The feature obviously adds an extra step to pinch and zoom detection, which causes to missed multi-touch issue.

To switch it off, simply go to Settings -> Ease of access -> Screen Magnifier and enjoy the phone working like it should.

Thanks Máté for the tip.

Upcoming 13 New Microsoft Store Locations Revealed

Microsoft continues to expand its existing retail footprint in the U.S., offering an assortment of best-in-class products, including Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and more. Customers also receive end-to-end service with an Answer Desk and knowledgeable staff to answer questions, make recommendations, and help with PC setups and other services, so they can walk out the door with a product….

Read more at Microsoft News

Poll: Does pinch and zoom work properly on your Nokia Lumia 930 or 1520


I have become increasing annoyed by the poor pinch and zoom response on my Nokia Lumia 930, with it almost invariable failing on first attempt.

Long suffering Nokia Lumia 1520 owners have of course been complaining about issues for ages, but we still do not know how widespread the problem is.

The poll below is an attempt to answer the issue – if pinch and zoom always works for you on your NL 1520 or 930 vote, and it it doesn’t please also let us know also. May be if there is enough of us Microsoft will actually do something to fix it.

Microsoft Brings Improved Aesthetics And Usability For Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery

Back in May, Microsoft announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. This rendering and styling improvements are now live for Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now…..

Read more at Microsoft News

O2 Uk ready to roll out WP8.1 to all Lumias, just waiting for Microsoft

o2 readyOn O2′s support forums Chris from their social media team has announced that they carrier has completed all testing of the WP8.1 update for all their Lumia handsets.

He writes:

1520 owners (and other Lumias too), the update is on the way. The software has already been approved by us and is awaiting being pushed out to handsets – something we’re afraid we’re unable to speed up or flick a switch on.

We hope to get a heads up shortly before these updates go live but with the amount of updates Nokia have (all their Lumia devices, all the different network variants, all the networks in all the countries in all the continents…) it’s possible the updates for ‘x’ Lumia device could be released before we know so please for the time being, keep an eye on your device which will alert you when an update is available.

I suspect Microsoft is rolling out the update one handset at a time to allow them to detect unexpected bugs, so it is likely the 1520 will once again be first, but it is good to know that O2 is not unnecessary delaying the process.

Thanks to our tipster.

VLC for WP8 to hit beta soon

Good news for all those VLC fans.  The powerful app is still on its way, with the team’s designer posting on twitter that he was working hard to get a functional beta for Windows Phone  by next week.

The app has been long in coming, having been part of kickstarter fund-raiser more than a year ago, so we hope when it does arrive it will be able to meet all the hype the long delay has raised.

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