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Awesome Lock V2.3 now available

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image004Awesome Lock app was updated to version 2.3. This update brings several improvements across the various features of the app. Some of the improvements are:

  • Select up to 12 favorite pictures from your phone’s gallery (Awesome Lock will randomly select one on every background picture update)
  • HD support (your favorite or Bing daily picture as background on all its glory)
  • Choose weather pictures from a list 6 six different sets of weather images
  • Improved support for devices with 512 MB of RAM (trying to circumvent some of the hardware limitations)
  • Other minor bug fixing and improvements

These features accumulate on v2.2, which included the following improvements:

  • Users are now able to select multiple news sources across different countries (besides the random functionality per country)
  • Improved Stocks functionality
  • Now it’s possible to monitor stock symbols from other markets besides NYSE and NASDAQ (virtually from any market around the world)
  • Monitor up to 8 stock symbols
  • Settings, disable dark gradient

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FlipMag, the awesomely looking news magazine app now on Windows Phone 7 and 8

QRCodeFlipMag is a simple and beautiful news reader that lets you flip through news articles as if you are flipping the pages of a real magazine! You can mix-n-match news sources to personalize your own magazine, save articles to view later or share them with the world.

FlipMag is now available on the Windows Phone Store.

 

WP Hermes – The Greek Windows Phone Blog

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Some months ago WP Hermes started as a small project to provide information about Microsoft Products like Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox … to a Greek audience. Over the time more and more people showed interest in WP Hermes and expectations have been growing ever since.

Finally to meet these expectations WP Hermes released their official Windows Phone app a little over a month ago. This has allowed people to read about everything related to Microsoft in Greek!

On first sight, WP Hermes is just like any other news application. It features reading the news, which is displayed in combination with high resolution images and sharing functions. The application can also provide the latest news per category allowing users to read whatever they want. These categories include: Apps, Games, Hands-on, Reviews & Editorials.

Besides these key features, the official WP Hermes application also features several impressive and unique features, such as commenting on articles and Live Tile support. The Live Tile is available in 3 sizes as you would expect from any high-quality news application.

WP Hermes also offers a featured app section, which enables the WP Hermes team to promote any interesting application worth your money. This also allows for Windows Phone developers to promote their (Greek) Windows Phone application. This can be requested by going to WPHermes.com/contact.

Again, here are the features of the official WP Hermes application in a short list:Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

  • Media-rich high-quality news feed
  • Full sharing features to built-in social networks
  • In-app commenting on news articles (!)
  • Filter news by category
  • Media-rich Live Tile support (!)
  • Featured applications

The official WP Hermes application is available for free in the Windows Phone Store, however to unlock certain features or to remove advertisements you need to purchase an in-app product.

You Can Download the App Here

See screen shots of the app after the break.

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AwesomeLock – News, Stocks and Weather information on your phone’s lock screen

With AwesomeLock you can get the latest news, weather info and monitor your favorite stocks directly from you phone’s lock screen. AwesomeLock is a great app to occupy the unused lock screen area with information customized for you. The information in lock screen will be automatically updated every 30 minutes.

**New on v2.0**

  • Trial mode: fully functional application
  • Stocks information
  • News: Random mode per country
  • Application always in English option
  • Bug fixing

Some of the key features are:

» Show news on the lock screen

  • Use one of the predefined news source (predefined sources for 17 countries)
  • Some default news sources: CNN, Al Jazeera, El País, Le Figaro, Skynews, Financial Times, UEFA and many more.
  • Random on predefined news sources on every update
  • News updated every 30 minutes on your lock screen
  • Provide your own favorite news source (RSS or Atom formats are supported)
  • Show random or most recent news
  • Show 1 or 2 news

» Stocks information

  • Monitor up to 4 stock symbols
  • See price variation as percentage or value

» Show weather information

  • Current location
  • User defined location

» Show next calendar appointment/event

  • This will allow you to configure another app the show information on the details section of the lock screen.

» Background image

  • Use Bing’s daily picture
  • You can select the picture from 9 countries
  • Use a picture from your phone’s gallery

Download AwesomeLock from Windows Phone  from the Windows Phone Store here.

Price: 0.99 USD (with free trial)

Stay tuned for the amazing new features we are working on for the next release.

Sincerely,

The AwesomeLock Team

Popular Mobile Newspaper App Newshunt Now Available In Windows Phone Store

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NewsHunt, a mobile newspaper app that brings together news from 85+ regional newspapers in 11 languages from India is now available in Windows Phone Store.  According to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights, users in India spend more time on NewsHunt apps than on YouTube.

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• Read News from 85 national & regional Newspapers, Websites & other News sources.
• Read News in English & 10 Indian languages.Available in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi & Oriya.
• Get Local News from over 600 Indian districts & towns, plus Cricket scores & horoscopes.
• Partners: The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, Mid-Day, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Malayala Manorama, Dinakaran, Dinamalar, Eenadu, Sakshi, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Deccan Herald, Sakaal, Divya Bhaskar, Jagbani, India Today, BBC (Hindi), IBNLive.com & more.
• Share News over SMS, Email & Facebook.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Zinio offering $50 credit for their magazine catalogue on Windows Phone

Zinio recently brought  its catalogue of Digital Magazines to Nokia’s WP8 Lumia handsets exclusively.

The collection includes magazines like The Economist, New Scientist, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Juxtapoz, ESPN the Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Elle and countless others.  zinioqr

The app allows one to download and read magazines and articles offline, and manage your archive of back issues, meaning it is the perfect accompaniment to a long plane flight

Now, to sweeten the deal,  Zinio is also offering a $50 magazine credit to jump start your library.

Click here to claim the credit. The deal ends June 30.

Zinio is Windows Phone 8 only and Nokia exclusive. Find  Zinio in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via the Windows blog

Popular iOS app 1TapPin coming to Windows Phone next week

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iOS Developer house 1Tapps, who specialize in small, single-function apps, is bringing their first app to Windows Phone next week.

1TapPin is an app which allows users to easily record their location, useful for remembering where you parked, where that good restaurant is or how to get back to the entrance of the park when hiking.

Locations can be viewed as a list in the app, and can be annotated with notes and pictures, and locations can also be pinned to the start screen for quick access.

The app features:

  • Tap the app and it will geolocate
  • Autosave without interaction
  • Take a photo
  • Assign a name to the record
  • Automatic detection of the address via geolocation
  • List View
  • Map view

The app should hit the Windows Phone 8 store this Monday for 0.99 Euro with a free trial, and if successful should be followed by other apps from 1Tapp’s catalogue.

See a trailer for the app after the break.

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# 2InstaWithLove surprises with 5th filter–Smartshot

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instaqrIt is still not clear what Nokia’s end game with #2InstawithLove is, but the Instagram tribute app is getting increasingly powerful, having just added a new photo filter, its 5th, Smartshot.

The new filter appears to apply a desaturation effect to pictures, and it is not exactly clear what is meant to be smart about it, but I think that can be said about most photo filters these days.

Find the app, which at its least is a decent free photo filter app,  in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsPhoneApps.es

Stephen Elop has eye on 10% market share, Blackberry’s 80 million users

In an interview with the Guardian Nokia CEO Stephen Elop revealed his short term ambition for Windows Phone, like ours, is to hit double digit market share, and that he would do this by going after Blackberry’s 80 million (in fact now 76 million) subscribers.

"When we think about the milestones along this journey we are very focused on first getting to a double-digit market share, talking about Windows Phone collectively," he said.

"This is an interesting time to reconsider what’s the next generation, and of course we’re looking at that as a real opportunity. It’s a moment, it’s a point of disruption."

Blackberry is at a particularly vulnerable point. With their next generation phone now in the market, but priced out of the reach of most of their customers, there is a very good chance Blackberry’s usage could see a further collapse.

"Virtually any [head of IT] out there today is probably thinking pretty hard about the investments they’ve made in a competing platform for business mobility," says Elop.

Stephen Elop did not expand on how long he thought it would take to reach more than 10% market share.

"It is about showing progress, strengthening the brand, improving the financials. It’s hard to predict what rate over what time."

Elop also insisted that with enough hard work even the Apple and Samsung duopoly could be broken. He questioned for example whether a handset like the Samsung Galaxy S 4, which is overloaded with features, was unassailable.

"It’s not a technology war, it’s about how we can make your life a little easier, a little faster, a little more creative. Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels."

Ecstatic fans mistake “massive line” for Ludacris for interest in Blackberry Z10

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142962d1363952616t-massive-line-forms-blackberry-z10-new-york-img_00000132Today was launch day in USA for Windows Phone’s biggest competition for 3rd mobile ecosystem, but of course you could be forgiven for not knowing the Blackberry Z10 has just arrived, as the device landed in AT&T stores with hardly a ripple.

That did not stop a poster in the Crackberry forums from posting the above picture (presumably from the quality taken with a Blackberry) saying:

Massive line forms for the Blackberry Z10 in New York.

Looks like strong demand for the Z10 in yet another country!
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After responses such as “Sweet” and “Unbelievable!!! With all the negative sentiment in the the US, I totally didn’t expect that!” it soon however turned out the queue, if there even was one, was in fact for an event put on by Blackberry in the Best Buy theatre featuring Ludacris and some other musicians (right, picture taken with a Z10).

Real interest in the Blackberry Z10 is probably best typified by this report from CNBC, which states:

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Analyst says only 1 million Windows Phones were sold in USA last year

imageAccording to mobile analysts Chetan Sarma only 1 million Windows Phones were sold in USA in the whole of 2012.

The item was part of their report on the US wireless ecosystem, in which they note smartphones were 84% of all phones sold in USA in Q4 2012, and that the iPhone accounted for 59% if all smartphone sales then.

If accurate it indicates what a small percentage of the total Windows Phone market USA is, with Gartner estimating  around 17 million Windows Phones sold in 2012, making USA only around 6% of the market.

Of course Nokia’s biggest ambition is to be successful in the US market, and with Windows Phones now available on 3 major carriers sales there may increase significantly, but one wonders if Microsoft should stop wasting their time introducing US-only features such as the Podcast support and spend more time serving their wider audience.

Via Telecompaper.com

Official DISQUS commenting app coming to Windows Phone

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WindowsPhoneApps.es reports that DiSQUS, the website commenting people, are in the process of developing a Windows Phone app.

The app is currently in beta, and the site have posted some screen shots.

They report that it allows one to use almost all the functions of DISQUS, and was fast with a beautiful design and smoothly running.

For moderators the app will allow moderation, and those websites can be pinned to the start screen.

The app will feature a live tile and will be available for Windows Phone 7.x and 8.

No release date is available yet, but it sounds like it will be quite a handy app when it is released.

See more screen shots at WindowsPhoneApps.es here.

Bigfoot app easily converts your Windows Phone into a spycam

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Bigfoot PictureShow is an app  that lets you build a photographic slideshow on the web by setting your phone to capture an image every x number of minutes.

The resulting pictures can be monitored remotely on the Bigfoot web page or you can share them with your friends. A link will be sent to your email address, which you can use to view the photographs in a slideshow.

The Bigfoot app can be used  to take interesting time-lapsed photographs, as a security camera, or even to capture bigfoot!

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