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MoliPlayer Pro Updated With Windows Phone 8.1 Compatibility And More

Moliplayer Windows Phone

The popular 3rd party media player MoliPlayer got updated to v1.3.2.15 with support for Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview and more.  This app already features the ability to play almost most of the popular video formats like avi, mkv, vob, flv, mp4, etc,. Also it includes easy wireless video transfer from your PC browser in WiFi network.

v1.3.2.15 Release Note:

New Feature – Fully compatible with Windows Phone 8.1;
Optimized – Auto-lock screen is available as video paused if the function was enabled. Resume playing as screen unlocked;
Optimized – IPv6 garbled character;
Optimized – Playback performance and experience of English Language;moliqr.png
Optimized – Web videos UI;
Optimized – Share buttons;
Fixed – Unable to pause when calls coming;
Fixed – Crashed when sharing to Wechat friends with music playing;
Fixed – Crashed when Playing MTV with in-build web browser;
Fixed – A interference problem when playing web videos under WP 8.1;
Fixed – Other bugs;

It costs $2.99 with free trial available. Find it here  from Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 In China, To Be Operated By 21Vianet

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Office 365 in China. It will be operated by 21Vianet, to offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet in China last month. China is rapidly adopting cloud services – The Shanghai government, for example, is an early adopter of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. Led by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, different departments of the Shanghai government….

Read more at Microsoft News

Commercial Bank of Qatar release a Windows Phone app

The Commercial Bank of Qatar has released a banking app for their Windows Phone customers.

The app offers customers access to their bank accounts and credit cards to check balances, transfer funds, pay bills and even remit money locally and overseas.

It features:

  • Check your bank account balance
  • Check your credit card balance
  • View all your transactions
  • Pay your credit cards bills
  • Enquire & Pay your Ooredoo bills online
  • Purchase Ooredoo prepaid services (Hala Topups, Hala vouchers etc.)
  • Pay your Merchant bills (Schools / Clubs, Insurance and many more…)
  • Pay your Kaharama bills
  • Transfer funds between accounts
  • Send money locally or overseas
  • Order a cheque book
  • Cheque status inquiry
  • Credit/Debit card Pin-Reissue

Commercial Bank’s EGM of Retail and Consumer Banking, Dean Proctor, said, “With the continuous development of our Digital Banking services, even more customers can access and manage their money ‘on-the-go’. Digital Banking provides simple and convenient banking options through secure channels, allowing customers to manage their money in a way that suits them.”

Microsoft Qatar General Manager, Naim Yazbek, said, “We are proud to have partnered with Commercial Bank in launching their Windows 8 CBQ Mobile application and are very excited about the experiences users will have as they utilise the various easy-to-use and convenient mobile banking services offered by the application’s features.”

Commercial Bank rewards their customers for completing their everyday banking online, and now Windows Phone users can participate in Commercial Bank’s Digital Banking campaign, with an ultimate grand prize including a 65” Samsung Smart UHD TV and PlayStation 4 Console.

imageCustomers also stand the chance to win one of three top-of-the-line 64GB iPad airs in a monthly draw. Qualifying for entry is easy: customers simply need to download the Commercial Bank Mobile Banking app and then log in to cbq.qa/login to complete at least one transaction.

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via Gulfbase.com

Group Tiles updated with Windows Phone 8.1 transparent tile support

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Group Tiles is an application that helps to better organize the tiles on your Start Screen. Group Tiles allows you to create custom stylist tiles that you can pin to your Start Screen as group headers, i.e. Games, News, Working, etc. This way you can organize your app tiles to groups and finding them will be much easier.

With the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1, Group Tiles has just been updated with support for transparent tile to show your start screen background.
Besides, Group Tiles also provides a lot of new customization options, including new patterns and more UI improvements.

New Features
- Support transparent tiles for Windows Phone 8.1.
- Select several of patterns for your tile.
- Improve the UI of all pages.

Notes
- Group Tiles does not create a folder. Group Tiles just generates special tiles that look like a group header so you can visually separate different groups on your Start Screen.
- Group Tiles cannot support the “wide and short” tile, simply because Windows Phone does not support tiles at that size. Therefore when you create a wide tile, it will have the same height as other wide tiles.Group Tiles QR

Download
Group Tiles can be downloaded at the Windows Phone Store here or using this QR code.

Tinder Client for your windows phone

TIMBER is hands down the best tinder client available on Windows phone. It is the only fully featured client on Windows phone. This app is updated every week with new features pouring in.

For those who are unaware, Tinder is an online dating app available officially on iOS and Android. Which logins to your facebook account and finds you people nearby. You can anonymously like/dislike pictures and if the other user also happens to like you back, you can chat! TIMBER connects you to the same network as the official app.

There has been a surge in Tinder Clients on Windows Phone. While WP users still don’t have the official app, some publishers are posing as Tinder official developers. Beware of those.

Timber app is available for 1.29$. But it’s totally worth it! See what other users have to say from all around the world:

“The continuous support of this app from the dev is amazing. App more than gets the job done. Good stuff.”
“Glad we have a tinder app. Developers seem like they’re putting in good work and releasing updates often.”
“Developer has done an excellent job dealing with the app’s initial bugs and addressing all concerns put forward by customers in a timely manner. This app has come a long ways in just a few weeks.”

How to downgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to WP8.0 (video)

Windows Phone 8.1 is pretty great, but some issues such as poor battery life is real and can be a deal breaker to some.

While ideally no-one should be installing the Developer Preview on their main device, we know from our poll today nearly everyone who reads the site has done just that.

If you find that things have gone a bit haywire and you need to get back to old and reliable Windows Phone 8 there is a way.

Alin Gheaja has uploaded the above video showing the process of reflashing you phone back to Windows Phone 8.0 firmware.

Of note is that the process will hard reset your phone, and you will only be able to get back what is backed up.  Many things, such as Game Progress and data from apps which do not back up to the cloud will be lost.

The steps are otherwise simple.

  • Backup your data as best you can.
  • Download and install the Nokia Software Updater from Nokia here.
  • Connect your phone with the screen unlocked and NSU running.
  • The app will say there is an update available.
  • Follow the prompts to install the new firmware.

Once again, note that this process will be the same as hard resetting your handset.

Will any of the 80+% of our readers who already upgraded to WP8.1 be downgrading? Let us know why below.

Microsoft To Open New Specialty Stores Opening Around The US Next Month

  Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. In May, Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US. A Microsoft Specialty Store is coming soon to your neighborhood! Microsoft Specialty Stores offer a curated selection of the best Microsoft products, including Surface, Xbox, Windows 8 PCs and Phones. Get an exclusive grand opening day only offer, plus a chance to win some prizes….

Read more at Microsoft News

Deal Alert: AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 only $49.99 commitment-free

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is just getting cheaper and cheaper.  The latest deal is a $20 off offer by Bestbuy.com, who are selling the handset for only $49.99.

The deal includes free shipped, and does not include any contract, but the handset is most likely locked to AT&T, meaning you need to use it on the network for at least 6 months before you can ask AT&T to unlock it.

Visit Bestbuy here to take advantage of the great offer.

Microsoft To Release A New Tool Called Mix That Turns Your PowerPoints Into Interactive Online Lessons Or Presentations

Microsoft Office team hinted about new services coming to Office suite this year. Today, one such service/tool was revealed on the web. The new tool/service is called Office Mix. Office Mix includes a add-in for Office 2013 that allows you to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes, and even you can do screen capture. Once everything is done, you can upload it to Mix Online service and anyone can access the same via any web browser through a simple link. If you remember it correctly,….

Read more at Microsoft News

Poll: Have you installed the WP8.1 Developer Preview yet?


Its now been a week since the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, and unlike most major updates were we were at the mercy of carriers for the roll-out of the update users have been in complete control over if and when they install the update.

I suspect many hundreds of thousands of Windows Phone 8 users have taken advantage of this capability and upgraded the handsets, but I also believe a significant cautious percentage are waiting for the official roll-out starting in around 6 weeks.

Have you jumped in head first, or have you been cautious, waiting for others to find and Microsoft to work out the bugs? Let us know in the poll above and comments below.

Windows Phone Explorer adds more supported file types

QRCodeThe first WP8.1 file explorer, Windows Phone Explorer, has added support for more file types in their latest update.

The app, which now works a lot better but is still not showing the My Documents and Downloads folder in Internal Storage, now supports:

pdf
xap
zip
xml
mov
txt
wmv
mp4
mp3
doc
docx
ppt
pptx
xls
xlsx
one
onex
gif
png
jpg
jpeg

The app is now ad-supported and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Take A Look At The Xbox Live Operations Centre Which Keeps The Most Popular Online Gaming Service Online

One of the main advantages of Microsoft’s gaming console like Xbox One is the Xbox Live gaming service. Millions of players use Xbox LIVE service to enjoy their gaming everyday and it is the largest gaming service in the world. Xbox Live Operations Centre is the team at Microsoft which handles the day-to-day operations of Xbox LIVE service to keep it online all the time….

Read more at Microsoft News

You Can Now Send Bugs And Issues On Your Windows Phone Devices Directly To Microsoft Via New Diagnostics App

Diagnostics Windows Phone app

You can now send the bugs and issues you encounter on your Windows Phone devices directly to Microsoft via a new app called Diagnostics in Windows Phone Store. You need to first start the Diagnostics, then reproduce the bug on your device, then stop diagnostics and send the information to Microsoft along with additional information and screenshots.

Diagnostics is the only tool for Windows Phone which allows a seamless and secure way to collect and send diagnostic information directly from your device.

Given that in my testing the massive GPS battery drain is still there in WP8.1 Dev Preview this may be a good issue to flood Microsoft’s support with (and may of course be related to Cortana battery drain also).

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

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