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How to easily launch Bing Vision on WP 8.1

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Do any of our readers get the feeling Microsoft threw out many beloved babies with the Windows Phone 8 bathwater?

Bing Vision is a pretty useful app, not just being able to recognize barcodes and QRCodes, DVDs and books, and also scan and translate text.

Its replacement with Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 is therefore less than ideal, but it is still possible to launch the app as a Camera Lens.

QRCodeNow Dream Team Mobile has made that one step easier, with their QR for Cortana app, which will launch the Camera Lens selection with one tap, rather than the two which would be needed if one were to go via the camera interface, making the process to launch Bing vision the same 2 tap affair it has always been.

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

Microsoft Selected Again As The Most Attractive Employer In India For Fourth Year In A Row

the survey by HR services firm Randstad, Microsoft is the ‘most attractive employer’ in India. This is not the first time for Microsoft in India as they have won it for the fourth year in a row. You will be surprised to know the second most attractive employer, its Sony India. And expected, more than 70% of the survey respondents found IT, communication, telecom and ITeS industry to be the most attractive sector to work. The survey, which covered more than 8,000 potential and employed workforce in India, found that competitive salary, employee benefits and long-term job security were the most important factors….

Read more at Microsoft News

HeroCraft‘s Race Illegal: High Speed 3D comes to Windows Phone

HeroCraft has brought their racing sim Race Illegal: High Speed 3D to Windows Phone.

The game features 20 tracks to race, 9 cars to choose from and a whole host of customizations for the petrol-head to tinker and claims to offer the true street racing experience.

The game features:image

  • Amazing 3D graphics
  • 130 tracks and 9 cars
  • Car tuning and customization
  • Engaging storyline
  • Compete in online races
  • Authentic street race atmosphere
  • Personal stats and online records table
  • Realistic driving physics.

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

See the game trailer after the break.

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Nimbuzz Windows Phone App Updated with SIP support and more

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Nimbuzz on Windows Phone client has  received  a major update  to version 1.1.8.1.

The update now allows users to  add other SIP accounts to the app, allowing them to make affordable VoIP calls, and make great international long distance savings.

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The update also offers:

  • SIP VOIP ACCOUNTS – Connect to any SIP provider and enjoy extremely low cost VOIP calls.
  • Allows you to Record and share Videos with friends.
  • Copy/Forward/Delete functionality for chat messages.
  • Improved File transfer.
  • Quick scrolling in chat window.
  • Bug Fix and Overall performance optimization.

In a statement Nimbuzz said:

“Nimbuzz has always been about connecting people and binding relationships together. Communication extends beyond messaging and calling. Users now want to share their priceless emotions and moments with pictures and videos. Taking a cue from this evolving communication need, Nimbuzz on Windows Phone 8 now allows users to not only transfer images but also shoot videos and share them with others on the platform.”

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

via Trutower.com

First update for Xbox Music on WP8.1 coming the 22nd April

The terribly poor Xbox Music app on Windows Phone 8.1 has been the main source of complaints for new Windows Phone 8.1 users, but it seems an update is coming soon to address these issues.

According to a post on Microsoft Answer the coming update, on the 22nd April, which will be the first of many, will offer::

  • Numerous stability fixes, including many of the reported black screens
  • Cortana integration is complete and now supports playing playlists by name
  • UI polish to improve animations and transitions between UI views
  • Improved messaging for encountered errors, such as unplayable content in collections
  • Background initial sync of local and cloud content

There will then follow a bi-weekly release schedule which will address:

  • Continued focus on Stability and Performance
  • Live Tile integration
  • Quickplay improvements, including “recent” lists
  • Kids Corner Support
  • UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, now playing improvements and more)

Do our readers think the proposed changes will be enough to fix the app, which appears to need a full redesign? Let us know below.

Nokia Suspends Sales Of Lumia 2520 Windows RT Tablet Due To Faulty Chargers

Nokia today halted the sales of Lumia 2520 Windows tablet over faulty charger issue. Read the press release from Nokia below for more details. Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced a product advisory for the European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland….

Read more at Microsoft News

A demo of resurrected Music + Video app on WP8.1 (video)

It took the killing of the WP8 Music and Video app on Windows Phone 8.1 to make me really appreciate it, but luckily, if you have a writable NFC tag, it seems pretty easy to resurrect it.

Techrum.vn have posted a detailed tutorial on how to achieve this, using Nokia’s NFC Writer app, and also the above video showing the simple hack in action.

Are any of our readers on WP 8.1 going to be trying this trick? Let us know below.

Castle Raid 2 Multiplayer Game Now Available For Download In Windows Store

Battle your way through 20 battlefields, three difficulty modes, and multiple gladiator and time challenges in the new Castle Raid 2 in Windows Store. Description: It’s the coming of the new age of war, Castle Raid 2 – New alliances is here. Are you prepared to do battle? Castle Raid is back, bigger and more challenging than ever before! In this unique tug-of-war you once again fight to defend your castle against the enemy’s hoard. Get ready to enter the magical world of noble knights and sage wizards, dragons and assassins,…

Read more at Microsoft News

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.

Apek’s MaxPad, The World’s First Touch TV With Windows 8.1

Brazil based company Apek has announced MaxPad, world’s first Touch TV with Windows OS in it. It runs on Windows 8.1 and it comes with optic multipoint touchscreen. It also come with 100 degree wide angle camera which is perfect for video conferences in high resolution, allows 5MP capture, and Full HD video. It is powered by Quadcore AMD chip With 3.8Ghz, the processor A10 offers high performance graphics with an ATI Radeon HD7660. On storage side, it comes With a hybrid configuration that includes a SSD of 60 GB and 500 GB HD,…

Read more at Microsoft News

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


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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
here.

For more information visit the official website www.surfybrowser.com

Meet the improved gMaps 3.0!

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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.

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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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