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First Windows Phone 8.1 File Manager arrives in the Windows Phone Store

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Bonga Software has released the first File Manager for Windows Phone 8.1.

The app allows users to browse the shared libraries on Windows Phone, including the pictures and music folders. image

The app is not unfortunately very good or useful yet, but does allow users to create folders, and copy, delete or rename files.

To get a taste of the potential, download the free app from the Windows Phone Store here.

Check Point, and SonicWall and Junos Pulse VPN apps arrive in the Windows Phone Store

bea0238b-06ef-41b3-a56e-d40968e2ce03It seems the VPN apps for Windows Phone 8.1 have come flooding in to the Windows Phone Store.

Apps for leading corporate VPN services Checkpoint, SonicWall and Junos Pulse are now in the store, just days after the preview release of Windows Phone 8.1.

The apps do not do anything by themselves, but add their protocols to the built-in Windows Phone 8.1 VPN app in settings.

Unfortunately no consumer-orientated services, which allows users to access content restricted in their locality,  are yet available yet, but hopefully we will not have to wait too long for that.

Read more detail in the store at the links below.

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Surfy Browser updated with advanced SD Card and Media Library export capabilities


Today Surfy, the popular web browser for Windows Phone 8, rolled out an update that provides support for moving downloaded files to the SD Card on your phone. In addition, version 3.9 now allows you to export any downloaded file to your phone’s Media Library. This is a boon for users as it makes file sharing and moving downloaded files so much easier, and according to Outcoder, the software company behind Surfy, it has been the most requested feature in the app’s history. “We receive emails from users requesting SD Card support every day.” said Daniel Vaughan, one of Surfy’s core team. “We were pleased that Microsoft granted Outcoder restricted capabilities in order to make this happen” Daniel explained.

Surfy version 3.9 includes the following update log:Surfy

  • Export downloaded files to your SD Card
  • Export any downloaded file to your phone’s Media Library
  • Improvements to password and form cache
  • Numerous bug fixes and enhancements

Find the Free Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Find the Paid Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store

For more information visit the official website

Meet the improved gMaps 3.0!


No panic! gMaps is in the store and it was there all the time. The only issue we’ve faced with is the Search didn’t want to find our app. But now it is searchable again! So, please find and download if you have no gMaps app in your collection for now.

And this is not the only good news for you today.

We’ve made a really great work for such a little time and now you can find gMaps v3.0 in the Store! And, as you could already guess, this version is not without improvements.

Interesting? So, let me show you…

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Not only Search in the Store is improved, but gMaps Search feature has also got its update. Now it even looks different. The new Search is performed on a separate screen, where you can see a list of proposed locations by first entering letters and you just have to tap on the suitable place in the list and it would be shown on the map immediately. By the way, the history of all your searches are saved too and shown to you with the next opening the Search screen.

routeOne more interesting and really useful feature for you is Building a Route.

This feature now is also in separate screen, where you can write manual places you wanted to start/finish with. When points will be entered the list of available variants of routes will appear. There you can also choose the travel mode. By the way, some routes by bicycle and on foot will be shown with warning and it will mean that some routes could be missing or changed because it is really difficult to track all changes of small routes. And you just have to tap on the suitable variant from the list and the route will be built on the map. And don’t worry, all of variants that you’ve seen in the list now is available for you in the top of the screen. You just need to swipe there and the route will be changed immediately. But if you don’t want any of routes appear on the map you can just tap the Back button and the screen will be closed without building anything on the map.

directions-optionNow you can not only build a route from A to B, you can put as much as 7 points. You can also set restrictions there and all available roads will be shown on the Directions screen, you just have to tap on the most suitable variant for you and the route will be displayed on the map.

There is also a quick way to access directions dialog from search dialog if you mistakenly pressed wrong button. Just follow blue/white “directions icon” and it will lead you to the directions dialog.


Another helpful feature is activation of third-partyapplications. This feature allows you to open some app you like for its drive mode, or which you’ve always used in the car. To activate drive mode feature you just have to build a route at first and then tap on the Car icon in the right upper corner or tap on the arrow which is show your current position. For this moment this feature is available only on the Pro version of gMaps 3.0, but soon it will be in the free version too.

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Simple Screen Locker provides the solution to your wonky power button

It has recently become the fashion to replace the use of hardware buttons with virtual buttons in an effort to reduce wear and tear on these mechanical parts and enhance the resale value of a handset.

On Windows Phone this is not too easy, as there is no good replacement for the power button.

Sure, on a Nokia handset you can use double tap to wake to wake the phone, but to actually put it to sleep requires either using the hardware power button or waiting for the time-out.

Now Kipware has provided the solution to those who either want to preserve or are already dealing with a broken power button on WP8 and WP8.1.

imageSimple Screen Locker is a simple app which drops a live tile on your screen which, when tapped, will lock your phone.

The app is both free and free of ads, and if you are the frugal type its a must download from the Windows Phone Store here.

Thanks Fabio for the tip.

The old Music and Video app is still hiding on Windows Phone 8.1

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It seems if you have upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 it does not mean the old Music and Video app, which bizarrely is a lot better than the new Xbox Music app, has not been deleted.

Despite mostly being inaccessible, the app can still be resurrected, such as by using the NFC tag in the JBL speakers, which will offer to open the app, or even by writing a new tag using the Nokia NFC Writer app.

Given that it is still accessible, I suspect a shortcut app can easily be written to open the app directly. Any Devs interested?


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.

Clock Hub – Live Tile Clock for Windows Phone 8.1 with 1 min updates!

One of the most wanted apps is finally in the store for Windows Phone 8.1.

Have you always wanted the HTC Hub but you have a Lumia? Now you can have it with this app!

Just pin it in your start screen to see the time!QRCode

- The only that updates every minute.
- Supports 24 hours format based on your region.

Get it now here!

WP 8.1 Xbox Games app updated


One of the advantages of removing apps from the OS and making them independent is that they can be easily updated.

One of the first such updates has been to the Games app for Windows Phone 8.1, which has been updated to version 2.0.1404.11000.

No changelog was provided, but presumably we can expect the usual bug fixes and much needed performance improvements.

imageWe understand such an update is also being delivered soon for the Xbox Music app on Windows Phone, where it is even more needed.

Find the Games app 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

Nokia Updates Network+ App With Dual SIM Support, Includes Smart Dual Sim Feature

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Nokia has updated their Network+ app to v2.1.1.10 in Windows Phone Store. This updated system app brings in support for Dual Sim. Nokia Lumia 630 will be the first Windows Phone device that will take advantage of the Dual Sim support in the system. This Network+ app also includes Smart Dual Sim feature that will allow you to forward calls to the available Sim if the intended Sim is unavailable.image

Changes in network+ 2.1:
- Support for dual SIM
- Smart dual SIM feature

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

HERE Maps And HERE Drive+ Apps Update Brings New Features

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If you downloaded Windows Phone 8.1 yesterday, you can update your HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ apps from Windows Phone Store. HERE Maps is updated to v3.6.97.8 and HERE Drive is updated to v4.1.5598.0. In HERE Maps, you can now see the map the way you want by tilting and rotating it and it includes some bug fixes and stability improvements as well. In HERE Drive, you can now long tap on the map to set destination.

Nokia detailed the HERE Maps update for WP8.1 devices last week,

  • In select countries you can see buildings in 3D, in addition to realistic 3D landmarks that help you orientate yourself in a city. We also have updated aerial images so that you can zoom in even more and see more details
  • In HERE Maps you can now use two fingers gestures to rotate the map in the direction you prefer and tilt it to activate the 3D mode.

Update the HERE Drive+ here and HERE Maps here from Windows Phone Store for free.