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Official Mega Cabs App Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

Mega Cabs Windows Phone

Mega Cabs is an on-call Taxi service available in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Chandigarh cities in India.They have released their official app for Windows Phone devices recently.

This application allows you to book a cab in a convenient way for any of the above 7 cities. You can select the location where you want to avail the cab service in the map and even receive traffic updates near your pickup location.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

via: WPC

Facebook Beta App Updated With Performance Improvements And Bug Fixes

Facebook BEta app Windows Phone

Microsoft today updated the Facebook beta app for Windows Phone devices. This new update v8.3.0.5 does not include any new features. But it includes performance improvements and bug fixes. The last major update included the following new features.

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•Updated design
•Improved performance
•Video upload
•Support for additional languages
•Messenger support
•Post detail page

Download the app here from Windows Phone Store

Check Out The New Features That Are Coming As Part Of Windows Phone 8.1 Update

Today, Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 Update that will be rolling out as developer preview next week. This update includes many improvements and some new features as well. Find the list of new features coming in this update below,

1) Live Folders:

Windows Phone 8.1 Update

We have seen folders concept for organizing apps in many other smartphone platforms. Microsoft bringing the same to Windows Phone platform to help you organize Live Tiles. Microsoft is calling this as Live Folders because the live tiles of apps appear in the tile of the folders, so you won’t miss tile updates because you group apps in a folder.

To create a Live Folder, just drag a tile over another tile and then name the folder. Open the folder to change the folder name and arrange and size the tiles however you want.

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Microsoft Brings Cortana To More Countries, Beta In UK And China While Alpha Version Coming In Canada, India And Australia

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Apart from announcing Windows Phone 8.1 update, Microsoft also revealed that they are expanding Cortana to new regions around thr world. From today, Cortana will be made available to the people in China and the UK with this update as a “beta” and in Canada, India, and Australia as an “alpha”.

In China, the digital assistant is nicknamed “Xiao Na”, customized to meet the unique needs of users in China. It will work the same way as Cortana does for the U.S., but it will have an alternative form which has a different visual appearance, animations, and sounds. It  supports Chinese (Mandarin) in voice, text, and speech.

Microsoft also revealed improvements for Cortana in the UK and US. Read about it after the break.

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update, Reveals New Features

Windows Phone 8.1 Update

Microsoft today announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, including improvements and new features based on Microsoft’s customer feedback.  The new features in Windows Phone 8.1 update include the following,

  • Live Folders introduces an easy way organize and further personalize Start
  • Live Tile Store updates will show updates automatically to quickly see what’s new
  • Select multiple SMS messages for mass forward or deletion
  • Apps Corner allows businesses to provide access to specific apps in a special “sandboxed” mode
  • Send and receive data through VPN on Wi-Fi and create your own VPN on home wireless for further enhanced security

Microsoft said that this update will be available through the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers next week and to customers broadly in the next couple of months.

Microsoft Talks About Local Recommendations From Foursquare On Cortana

Foursquare Cortana Update

Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft has updated the Cortana digital assistant to support Foursquare local recommendations to users. Microsoft Bing team today confirmed the roll-out to people in the US with phones running Windows Phone 8.1 will have a new way to experience Foursquare recommendations.

Cortana talks on your behalf to the Foursquare service in the cloud and gets the best recommendations for your location and time of day.  If your interest is piqued by a particular recommendation, you can click on it and Cortana will open up that location on the Foursquare app where you can explore more about the place. In the event that you do not have the app installed, Cortana will take you to the recommendation in the Foursquare web experience.

Read more about it here.

Local Smartphone Vendors Are The Key To Windows Phone Ecosystem’s Growth

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Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14

In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.

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Facebook Messenger App Updated To v6.0 In Windows Phone Store With Video Messaging Support And More

Facebook Messenger Windows PhoneFacebook Messenger app got updated to v6.0 in Windows Phone Store with some new features. For example, you can now send videos with one tap and even play them within the app. There’s a new recent stickers area where you can find the recently used stickers by you.

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Video: Send photos and video instantly with one tap. When people send you videos, play them right in the app.

Stickers: With recent stickers, find your favorite stickers faster.

Plus, other improvements to make the app faster and more reliable

Download it here from Windows Phone Store

Microsoft Updates Video Tuner App To Fix Crashes And Improve Performance

Video Tuner App Windows Phone

Earlier this month, Microsoft released a new video editing app called Video Tuner in Windows Phone Store. Even though the app has got lots of cool features, it was experiencing frequentVideo Tuner Microsoft QR crashes and poor performance for lots of users. Today, Microsoft updated the app in Windows Phone Store to fix crashed and improve performance. Video Tuner app allows you to edit your video before sharing it! Apply filters, add music, trim, crop, rotate, flip, mirror, change speed, adjust exposure/contrast/saturation/volume – make your videos better.

What’s New in 1.1.0.133:

* Crash fixes
* Performance improvements

Download this free app from Microsoft here.

Early Preview Of Crackle’s New ‘Sequestered’ Series Now Exclusively Available For Windows Devices

Here is an another exclusive early preview for Windows Phone and Windows users from Crackle app. You can now preview the upcoming new original suspense thriller series, “Sequestered,” on your Windows device. It will be available to everyone else Aug. 5.

“Sequestered” explores the internal drama of a jury sequestered on a high-profile trial and follows a determined defense attorney as he investigates the case. It stars some familiar faces you’ve seen in “Bring It On” (Jesse Bradford), “Firefly” (Summer Glau), “Seinfeld” (Patrick Warburton) and “Starship Troopers” (Dina Meyer).

Download Crackle app here from Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft Store Has Now Started Selling Nokia Lumia 635 + FitBit Flex Bundle For $149

Nokia Lumia 635 FitBit Flex Bundle

Following the availability of official Fitbit app in Windows Phone, Microsoft Store has now started selling Nokia Lumia 635 + Fitbit  Flex bundle starting $149. The bundle includes No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile (White) or the Nokia Lumia 635 for AT&T (Black), and a FitBit Flex in the color of your choice.

FitBit Flex wristband tracks your steps, distance, and calories during the day, and monitors your sleep patterns at night.

Check out the listing here from Microsoft.

Win Nokia Wireless Charging Shells For Your Lumia 925 Windows Phone

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This contest is only applicable for UK users. If you want to own a  Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) for your Nokia Lumia 925 device, NokNoki.tv is giving 10 away as part of their Lumia Cyan summer giveaway. You have to just comment on their post on what  you’re looking forward to most with Lumia Cyan and your name will be added into the draw.

Nokia Lumia 925 Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) comes in four different colours, Black, White, Red and Yellow and is a slim and stylish shell that clips over the corners of the phone. With cut-outs on the rear for the PureView camera and Flash you’ll find the jacket doesn’t happen your using of the phone in any way.

Check out the contest here.

Nokia Cyan And WP8.1 Update Rolling Out To Lumia 1320 Devices

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Following Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 925 and few other devices, Microsoft has now started the roll-out of Lumia 1320 devices across the world. Unlocked Lumia 1320 device owners in countries like India, UK, etc, are already receiving this update.

Check your Lumia 1320 device for your update. For other devices, visit here to check your update schedule.