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Amazing Weather HD Updated With Support For Transparent Live Tiles In WP8.1

 

Amazing Weather HD is one of the fully featured weather app in Windows Phone Store. This app got updated to v4.3.0.3 in Windows Phone Store. As Windows Phone 8.1 preview was released last week, many users were asking for transparent live tiles in Amazing Weather HD app. The developers have listened, and this update now includes the support for transparent Live Tiles in Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

Features:
- 5 Live tiles and with auto location feature using GPS.
- different cities and an optional auto location using GPS.
- Customizable Live tiles themes for each city and two cool themes.
- Weather Alerts.- Astonishing animations based on current conditions, and daily forecast.image
- Detailed current conditions data including UV, wind, visibility, humidity, pressure and more.
- Seven days quick view weather forecast.
- Detailed text and daily forecast.- Radar, infrared and satellite imagery.
- Access to nearby Personal weather stations using GPS location.
- Access to nearest station using GPS location.
- Weather data provided by Weather Underground.

Get the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

TeamViewer For Windows Phone Updated To Support Faster And More Fluid Remote Connection

TeamViewer app for Windows Phone devices allows you to remote control Windows, Mac, and Linux computers from your mobile device. This app got updated to v9.0.3 which enables faster and more fluid remote connections to your PCs. TeamViewer even allows you to reboot remote computers or servers from anywhere and supports multi-monitor setup as well.

What’s new in version 9.0.3:teamviewerqr

• Faster and more fluid remote connection.
• Input of East Asian characters is now possible using the new input editor.
• When connecting to a login screen you can now configure if the remote screen is locked again after the remote session has ended.

You can download the free app here.

Cortana Hack Reveals All The Possible Animations Included For It In WP8.1

Microsoft included Cortana digital assistant with Windows Phone 8.1 preview last week. Since then, people have been sharing their different experiences with Cortana online. Cortana also included various funny answers which includes answers when asked about Clippy. For example, If you asked Cortana “Do you like Clippy?”, an animated Clippy would show up instead of the usual Cortana logo. In addition to funny responses, Microsoft has also included easter eggs like these.

Cortana animations

Leon Zandman, a Windows Phone development enthusiast used Fiddler tool to know how these easter eggs works in Cortana. It was found that Microsoft has included per-defined set of animations in Cortana and the appropriate response from server will trigger them. The image above shows some of the images included in the current version of Cortana. Read more about how he arrived at these images here.

Plex Media Streaming App Updated In Windows Phone Store As An Universal App

 

Plex media streaming app just got updated in Windows Phone Store with lots of fixes and one important change. It is now an universal Windows app, meaning you could buy it on your phone and use it on tablets or vice versa. For those who are new to Plex, Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. With Plex, you can easily stream your videos, music, photos and home movies to your Windows device from your home computers running Plex Media Server (available for free).

CHANGES IN 1.6.2.8:

NEW
- Support Plex Companion detailed page mirroring
- Explain how to use SD card for sync storage on WP 8.1
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FIX
- (Sync) Resize resource files to match the device’s resolution
- (Sync) Better titles for sync items created using filters
- Refresh OnDeck consistently after viewing episodes
- Improve music playback when changing networks
- Treat stale server entries from plex.tv as unavailable
- A number of user-submitted crashes

Find it in the Windows Phone store here.

Facebook Beta Windows Phone App Updated With Bug Fixes

 

Facebook beta app for Windows Phone 8 devices just got updated to v5.2.4.4 in Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, this is also a QRCodeminor update with no new features. This update should include few performance improvements and bug fixes.

Microsoft is expected to include much improved Facebook app at the time of Windows Phone 8.1 launch in June.

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

Nokia Expects To Close Devices And Services Division Sale To Microsoft On April 25, 2014

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Nokia today announced that they are expecting to close the sale of device and services division to Microsoft on April 25th.

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft to close on April 25, 2014. The transaction is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions.

The transaction was originally announced on September 3, 2013.

Also, there are few adjustments made in the deal which are listed below,

· While the original deal did not address the management of online assets, our two companies have agreed that Microsoft will manage the nokia.com domain and social media sites for the benefit of both companies and our customers for up to a year.

· The original deal had all employees in Nokia’s Chief Technology Office continuing with Nokia. We’ve adjusted the agreement so the 21 employees in China working on mobile phones will join Microsoft and continue their work.

· The original deal had Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s Korean manufacturing facility. The agreement was adjusted and Microsoft will not acquire the facility.

Source: Nokia, Microsoft

MoliPlayer Pro Updated With Windows Phone 8.1 Compatibility And More

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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.

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

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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.

Download Free Gameloft Games Including Modern Combat 4 On Your Nokia Lumia Devices

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If you own one of the Lumia Windows Phone device which are Nokia Lumia 625, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 1320, Nokia Lumia Icon or Nokia Lumia 1520, here is a great deal for you. There are free versions of Gameloft games that can be downloaded from Windows Phone Store. All of these following games are worth several dollars, and you can download it now from one of the above mentioned Lumia devices.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
  • Asphalt 7: Heat
  • Brain Challenge
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Let’s Golf 2
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
  • N.O.V.A. 3
  • Order & Chaos Online
  • Shark Dash

We have no idea who is running this deal. Either Nokia or Gameloft or it could be a Windows Phone Store bug. Take advantage of it before it goes down.

via: WPC

Windows Phone 8′s Me Tile And Messaging Functionality Has Been Changed In Windows Phone 8.1

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The following was the message from Microsoft when Windows Phone was originally launched,

Social networking is built right into your Windows Phone—no separate apps required. You can post messages to Facebook, Windows Live, LinkedIn, or Twitter, and comment, like, and retweet to your heart’s content. You can also send a quick link from your browser, or check in to share your location with friends.

As the platform evolved into Windows Phone 8.1, there are quite a few changes around Me Tile and Social networking functionality. In Me Tile, you still have an option to update your social network status, but when you tap it, corresponding app will be opened and you should update it over there. Similarly, you can tap the check-in option, but the selected app will be opened to do check-in.

Read more about the changes after the break.

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Skype And Nokia Treasure Tag Windows Phone Apps Updated With Bug Fixes And Improvements

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Skype app for Windows Phone devices got updated to v2.16.0.274 in Windows Phone Store. This is a minor update with general fixes and improvements.

Another app which got updated in Windows Phone Store today is Nokia Treasure Tag. The app got updated to v1.2.2.4 and there is no change log mentioned in the Store.

Download the Skype app here from Windows Phone Store for free. Download the Nokia Treasure Tag in the Windows Phone Store here.

Meet The Lady Who Gave Cortana Her Personality, Talks About Cortana Creation Process

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Microsoft Jobs team today posted an interview of Susan Hendrich, Principal Program Manager Lead, Windows Phone at Microsoft. Susan was the person responsible or Cortana’s  personality (written, spoken, and the circle) as well as chit-chat, the new feature that will be part of Windows Phone 8.1 release. In the interview, she revealed that working on Cortana over the last nearly two years has been the highlight of my career and read some behind the scenes stuff below.

How did we create Cortana and who is she?

To create the personality of Cortana, we started by interviewing celebrities’ personal assistants. We learned what makes them successful. Then we thought deeply about what personality attributes our users would like in a personal assistant. From that research and a lot of iteration, we created a brief that outlines who Cortana is. We use it to help guide us in all decisions when thinking about how Cortana would respond in conversation, what tasks she would do, or how she might remind you of an urgent situation.

Cortana is competent, caring, confident and loyal. She’s always prepared to help, but not bossy. She’s eager to learn. When she’s chatting, she can be outright funny, peppering her answers with banter or even a sparky comeback. She assumes friendly familiarity with you, but her job is to be your personal assistant.

Read more from here.

Hobby Lobby Releases Its Official App For Windows Phone Devices

Hobby Lobby stores are a chain of retail arts and crafts stores in the USA and they have released their official app for Windows Phone devices. Read the press release below.

Press Release:

Hobby Lobby today announced it has launched the Hobby Lobby mobile app for The Windows Phone Store. With the new app, Windows Phone users can now access the in-store or online coupon, view the weekly ad, find store locations, stay connected with social media, check gift card balance, and more.

“Hobby Lobby is excited to launch the Hobby Lobby mobile app for The Windows Phone Store,” said John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising. “Android and iPhone users have enjoyed having Hobby Lobby with them wherever they go, and we are now thrilled to extend this wonderful feature to Windows Phone users as well. Those who download the app will love having our weekly savings and convenience at their fingertips.”

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family’s garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded. Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores in departments including Crafts, Wearable Art, Home Accents, Frames, Jewelry, Hobby, Papercrafting & Scrapbooking, Fabric, Art Supply, Seasonal, Party Supply, Floral and Needle Art. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday