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Tile’agram: Say more with tiles

For those who frequently post photos to social networks, when posting just one photo it might be hard to describe the whole context/situation in which you are. Maybe posting 2 or 3 photos will give more detail but that can be cumbersome and time consuming. Besides, you might also want to add the date/time, location, an icon/emotion, text, etc. Of course you can always add traditional text and the system will stamp a date for your post, but there is a nicer and smarter way to achieve the same with less effort, in just one shot: the Tile’agram way.

Tile’agram allows you to create beautiful diagrams made of a combination of tiles and pictures, and share them.

Disclaimer: No! This is not another Instagram app! But you can actually post your Tile’agrams to Instagram, Facebook or any social network you use.

Windows Phone users have liked this new concept a lot, while in beta it gathered reviews rating it 4.5 out of 5 in average for most markets. It represents the love users have for the “metro” style, unique for the Windows platform, and now thanks to this app “metro” can be part of our daily photos and posts; saying more and nicely in a single shot.

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Deeper integration & new features for ‘JDB Facebook’ + ‘Social Scout’

JDB Facebook and Social Scout apps have always been related apps, but now they just became very close brothers…

They have been integrated even more so that when you install any of them you are actually having and using both. Before, you could only achieve this by installing Social Scout and then pinning the Facebook shortcut to your start screen; now you can actually only install JDB Facebook, launch it and when pressing the “check-in” button (lower bar, right side) it will launch Social Scout and will allow you to check-in and explore all the location-related side of Facebook, in other words: what is really happening in the real world around you.

This integration brings together some extras to the location notifications: when you have location notifications you will see them on the Facebook app as well, as a 4th icon on the Facebook notifications bar. Clicking on that new icon will take you to Social Scout’s Notification Center, where you will be able to see all your notifications and interact with your likers and comenters, in real time!

So whether you install one or the other, the main difference will only be the app name and the startup mode (one starts directly as Facebook and the other as Social Scout), but can switch easily from one to the other, as shown above.

Buttons bar of JDB Facebook are now also customizable, you can now pick which buttons to have on the bar:

  

And last but not least, they have added support for a limited set of stickers. This feature is currently under development (call it a beta), it takes a few seconds to post the sticker but it works so far on all devices tested.

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Explore nearby, find places, check-in and more with Social Scout

Free version now available! Discover the world of Facebook Places with Social Scout for Windows Phone!

Be part of the most popular checking-in platform in the world, with a rich social connection and millions of places! As recently announced by Facebook, it is not just about a social network, it’s about interacting with anything being around or in between, things that connect us. One of those things is Places. You can search for places on Facebook, and you can check-in in those places and at the same time enrich your social activity. This app will make that job very easy and entertaining.

The features

Being a 1.0 version, yet it packs a lot of innovative and useful stuff:

  • Nearby places with distance and orientation using GPS and compass
  • Powerful searching
  • Friends close to you
  • Check-in
  • Driving directions
  • Tag or attach photos to check-ins *
  • Comment or like friend’s check-ins
  • Check-in history of your friends and yours
  • Suggestions of places to eat around you *
  • View people profiles and check-ins *
  • Most visited places by area (by friends or by all)
  • Link to Facebook Touch
  • Skins / themes

* Features not available (or limited) in the Free version and Trial version. Free version has Ads, which will make screen real state smaller and can make the app slower on launch (due to advertisements).

Do my friends need this app in order to interact?

Not at all. Social Scout will grab your friends activity no matter how they check-in, as long as they do it through Facebook either directly or via other apps or smartphones using a Facebook connection. Some users though, may set some particular privacy configurations for their Facebook account, so on those cases Social Scout might not be able to access check-in information from them.

Bonus

You will notice that there is kind of an embedded app inside, it’s a Facebook Touch app you can access from either Social Scout or by pinning it to your home screen. This Facebook Touch has some particular features you won’t find on others (many) of similar Facebook touch browsers, such as full screen view of pictures, pinch to zoom, full screen browsing, horizontally rendered like/comment/share buttons, integration with Social Scout for checkin or places-related content, etc.

Overall, this app does a great job immerging you into the exciting location based social buzz. Welcome to Social Scout, hope you enjoy it!

Download the app here!

(or search for ‘Social Scout’ in the Marketplace/Store app on your phone)

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Social Scout v1.0 – Explore nearby, find places, checkin and more

Introducing Social Scout for Windows Phone!

Explore nearby, find places, check-in, know where your friends are and more!

Be part of the most popular checking-in platform in the world, with a rich social connection and millions of places! As recently announced by Facebook, it is not just about a social network, it’s about interacting with anything being around or in between, things that connect us. One of those things is Places. You can search for places on Facebook, and you can check-in in those places and at the same time enrich your social activity. This app will make that job very easy and entertaining.

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AppoinTile now for Windows Phone 8

This tile-app allows you to replace the standard calendar tile with a wide tile designed to give you much more information about your upcoming agenda.

While now being one wide tile, it still allows an optional secondary tile you can use for tap actions like to open Meeting Assistant, create a new appointment, open the full list or just refresh/resync.

More than just “a tile”

The app includes a feature called Meeting Assistant, which pulls up all the info you need in hand by your meeting time. You can setup the app to take you to this screen by just tapping one of the main screen tiles… one tap away!

From the Meeting Assistant screen, you can set alarms to remind you something either before, during or after a meeting.

Ever wanted to remind something during a meeting? or before it starts? or just after it ended? Now you can! You can also send “arriving late” message to all attendees or just the organizer, and opt to send via SMS as well.

You can get the app now from the Marketplace or official website. It has a free trial period of 15 days.

Nokia Lumia 920 Super-Sensitive touch screen a potential battery drain issue?

Guys from JDB Pocketware (creators of legendary PocketShield) have risen up a concern and written an open letter to Nokia regarding what could be a potential battery drain issue on the Nokia Lumia 920:


Nature of Windows Phone buttons

Pressing either the power button or the camera button will cause the device screen to turn on, even when the proximity sensor detects proximity.


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Fat You! – For Windows Phone

With this fun app you will be able to fatten faces within just a few and easy steps!

You can acquire faces from your phone camera, pictures gallery or even grab your friend’s faces from Facebook. You can also save, email or share your friend’s fattened faces, yes on Facebook and even tag them directly from the app!

  • Get picture from camera
  • Get picture from phone gallery
  • Get picture from Facebook
  • Auto-zoom for high precision face marking
  • Thumb handles for easier markers manipulation
  • Share on Facebook
  • Tag on Facebook
  • Send my email
  • Save to phone
  • Full screen preview
  • Animated normal-to-fat transition with pause/play
  • Apply fun templates with custom text

There is a free version and a full version for $1.29.

On the full version:

  • No Ads
  • Fun templates
  • Send/share by email
  • Access saved fattened faces
  • Save/export to pictures hub

Download here (QR or send to phone)

AppoinTile – Your appointments and more

This tile-app allows you to replace the standard calendar tile with a pair of tiles designed to give you much more information about your upcoming agenda. How? By being able to outlook up to 4 upcoming appointments maximizing that precious space on your start screen filling it up with more valuable agenda information.

Main features

  • Live tiles showing up to 4 upcoming appointments
  • 42-day dynamic calendar with markers on days having activity
  • Automatic syncing with your phone calendar
  • Customizable layout both for front and back of tiles
  • Appointments filtering/hiding
  • New “Meeting assistant” centralizes all the meeting related information to be at your hand during your meeting time
  • Can add extra reminders for either before, during or after a meeting
  • Can send custom ‘arriving late’ messages to all or to just the organizer, and opt to send by SMS as well
  • Get map directions or dial numbers directly depending on the meeting location
  • Copy any meeting field to the clipboard

   

The price of the app is $2.49 and has a 15 day free trial period. Get more details and support at appointile .jdbpocketware.com

7Dialer – Faster and easier dialing for Windows Phone

7Dialerallows to quickly call any of your contacts. Loads fast, simply launch this app and use its intelligent keyboard with predictive search to get the contact you want to call, sms or email. Saves you a lot of time!On second tab it features a people wall where you can pin any contact for even quicker access. This wall has many different layouts you can navigate through and setup. You can also set it up to open the people wall directly.

It has some other fun features such as customizable dial tones, background image for key pad and breathing effect for the tiles on the people wall.

Has different types of tiles for your start screen, even one which imitates the default dialer app in case you want to complete replace it keeping the OEM look.

Features

  • Smart dialing/filtering either with number pad or characters pad
  • Very fast app startup
  • Option to call, SMS or email
  • “Call later” reminders
  • Pin contacts as Live Tiles to start screen, as a to-do related to a contact
  • Fullscreen People wall (aka favorites) with customizable layouts
  • Dial tone sounds
  • Breathing effect for contact tiles
  • Live tile display options
  • Copy & paste
  • Customizable and automatic dialing prefixes
  • Call history (outboud)
  • Option to add/edit contacts
  • Date on system tray bar
  • Automatic contacts sync
  • Quick voice mail shortcut
  • Call timer
  • Estimated outbound total talk time
  • Custom background for dialpad

Download page

 

In full version:

  • Faster app loading
  • No advertisements
  • More space for contacts list
  • Outbound call stats

7Dialer – Faster and easier dialing for Windows Phone

7Dialer allows to quickly call any of your contacts. Loads fast, simply launch this app and use its intelligent keyboard with predictive search to get the contact you want to call, sms or email. Saves you a lot of time!

On second tab it features a people wall where you can pin any contact for even quicker access. This wall has many different layouts you can navigate through and setup. You can also set it up to open the people wall directly.

It has some other fun features such as customizable dial tones, background image for key pad and breathing effect for the tiles on the people wall.

Has different types of tiles for your start screen, even one which imitates the default dialer app in case you want to complete replace it keeping the OEM look.

Features

  • Smart dialing/filtering either with number pad or characters pad
  • Very fast app startup
  • Option to call, SMS or email
  • “Call later” reminders
  • Pin contacts as Live Tiles to start screen, as a to-do related to a contact
  • Fullscreen People wall (aka favorites) with customizable layouts
  • Dial tone sounds
  • Breathing effect for contact tiles
  • Live tile display options
  • Copy & paste
  • Customizable and automatic dialing prefixes
  • Call history (outboud)
  • Option to add/edit contacts
  • Date on system tray bar
  • Automatic contacts sync
  • Quick voice mail shortcut
  • Call timer
  • Estimated outbound total talk time
  • Custom background for dialpad

Download page

** FULL VERSION IS ON SALE FOR $0.99 **

In full version:

  • Faster app loading
  • No advertisements
  • More space for contacts list
  • Outbound call stats

7Dialer – Faster and easier dialing for Windows Phone

7Dialer allows to quickly call any of your contacts. Loads fast, simply launch this app and use its intelligent keyboard with predictive search to get the contact you want to call, sms or email. Saves you a lot of time!

On second tab it features a people wall where you can pin any contact for even quicker access. This wall has many different layouts you can navigate through and setup. You can also set it up to open the people wall directly.

It has some other fun features such as customizable dial tones, background image for key pad and breathing effect for the tiles on the people wall.

Has different types of tiles for your start screen, even one which imitates the default dialer app in case you want to complete replace it keeping the OEM look.

Features

  • Smart dialing/filtering either with number pad or characters pad
  • Very fast app startup
  • Option to call, SMS or email
  • “Call later” reminders
  • Pin contacts as Live Tiles to start screen, as a to-do related to a contact
  • Fullscreen People wall (aka favorites) with customizable layouts
  • Dial tone sounds
  • Breathing effect for contact tiles
  • Live tile display options
  • Copy & paste
  • Customizable and automatic dialing prefixes
  • Call history (outboud)
  • Option to add/edit contacts
  • Date on system tray bar
  • Automatic contacts sync
  • Quick voice mail shortcut
  • Call timer
  • Estimated outbound total talk time
  • Custom background for dialpad

Downloa page

** FULL VERSION IS ON SALE FOR $1.99 **

In full version:

  • Faster app loading
  • No advertisements
  • More space for contacts list
  • Outbound call stats

Handyscan – Portable scanner for Windows Phone

Handyscan

Scan anything, PDF anything, email anything, cloud anyhting! Yes, take those hard copies with you!

Handyscan is a document scanner and document keeper. With this app you can scan anything into your phone and carry it with you, send it by email or save it to the cloud.

From receipts to contracts; from comics to class lessons, magazines & newspaper articles, old photos, notes, souvenirs, balance statements, contact cards, brochures, signatures, invoices, etc, etc, etc.

Even more, with the paid version you can export any document to PDF and send it to any email address or to the cloud.

Key features

  • Scan any type of document or object
  • Automatic scan trigger eliminates need to press a button, allowing firm pulse for optimal scan
  • Independent scanning resolution and flash options
  • Automatic optimization of scanned images
  • Grayscale and pure black/white options
  • Deep zoom in/out controls for the resulting scan
  • Align and crop scanned document
  • Perspective and skew correction for the not perfect takes
  • Scan multiple pages per document and save as a single file
  • Large and readable thumbnails
  • Create collage pages with scanned images
  • Import & export photos
  • Send scanned document via email, either in JPG or PDF format (full version only)
  • Upload scanned documents to the cloud (SkyDrive or Dropbox)
  • Backup all your sources to the cloud as well
  • Choose size and quality for sending scanned results
  • Add text to documents. Can fill in forms without a pen!
  • Scan/digitalize signatures
  • Electronically sign documents with your scanned signatures
  • Realistic scanning visual effects

Download:

Full version costs $2.99 with free trial.

Free version limitations:

  • Cannot send via email directly from the app
  • Cannot convert to PDF
  • Images saved to media hub have a small watermark at the bottom
  • Cannot restore backups
  • Has Ads

Get all info at the official site.

SMS Machine – SMS Templates for your Windows Phone

SMS Machine

With this app you can create and store unlimited SMS templates you can quickly send with a couple of taps, doing more in less time.

You can also create placeholders of different types for each template, so the app will prepare the SMS syntax by asking you just the placeholders (if any) and text it right away. No extra nor repetitive typing anymore!

Common uses? Many, for example:

  • With people: to tell you will call back, a birthday salutation, say you are arriving at any specific time, arriving late, recurrent meeting/event, etc.
  • To recharge or pay your cell phone bill.
  • For SMS banking operations and any kind of SMS command based systems.
  • Have customers/clients? Send them standardized text messages.

Or any particular usage you wish!

Key features

  • Easy creation of SMS templates with placeholders.
  • Placeholders can be text type, number, picklist, datestamp, count-down. You define it! (plus location-stamp on Pro version).
  • Manage categories for your templates, set a default destination number for all.
  • Fast sending: Easily tap, fill placeholders and send!
  • Pin to start any SMS template.

More info at http://smsmachine.jdbpocketware.com