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Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 Available From Stores From Today

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Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 has NFC included, just tap your NFC-enabled phone to this little speaker and you’re all set. Or use Bluetooth and stream your tunes wirelessly with a guaranteed 15 hours of music play on the rechargeable battery. It will be available in yellow, green, orange and white colors.

Utilising a built-in vibrating actuator on its base, the low frequencies of your music are created and amplified when placed on a solid surface – effectively turning any table into a speaker!

The speaker that’s positioned on the top lifts the rest of the frequency range high into, and around, the room.

The Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker is available today from all good outlets, priced at €39.

New Promo Video For Nokia Treasure Tag – Keep Your Precious Things Close

Nokia recently announced the Treasure Tag accessory for Lumia devices. You can keep your precious things close with Nokia Treasure Tag. Attach tag to your belongings and pair it with your phone. You’ll be able to use your phone to quickly find the things you’ve tagged. Keep track of your most important belongings by pairing and customising up to four Treasure Tags with the same app. You can download the Treasure Tag app from the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia published the above promo video for Nokia Treasure Tag today. It is a nice little song explaining the usage of Treasure Tag accessory. Watch it above.

Microsoft Announces Nokia Treasure Tag And Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 Accessories In India

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Along with the launch of Nokia Lumia 630 variants, Nokia India also announced the launch of Nokia Treasure Tag accessory and the Nokia wireless speaker MD-12 for Indian consumers.

Nokia Treasure Tag:

Attach the The Nokia Treasure Tag onto your important possessions, and it will notify you when you are about to leave them behind. Nokia Treasure Tag NFC accessory is priced at Rs 2,100 and is expected to hit the retail stores towards the end of this month.

Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12

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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.

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

WP 8.1 has fixed the biggest problem with NFC on Windows Phone

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NFC is a great technology but has been crippled on Windows Phone by the need to confirm each action, making the touch-less technology rather pointless.

Windows Phone 8.1 has finally fixed the implementation, with users able to specify an app as Trusted.

Unfortunately it can not be done ahead of time, and as far as I know does not work for NFC transfer between devices.

Apps are designated as trusted after you tap an NFC tag which activate the tag, but not on the first go, but only after the second tap.  This should prevent users from randomly trusted a tag they only access once.

Once an app is marked as trusted, it will show up in the NFC settings under Apps I Trust.  Users are able to tap and hold these apps and then remove them from the list later.

While this does fix the biggest issue with NFC on Windows Phone, the next issue is the lack of automation in the OS, preventing an app for example from putting your phone on vibrate and activating WIFI when you get home. For this we may have to wait for Windows Phone 10.

Surfy Browser Version 3.8 brings NFC Link Sharing, remembers passwords, and has find on page support


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New to hit the Windows Phone store this week is a new version of Surfy, the popular web browser for Windows Phone. Version 3.8 includes several new interesting updates, not least of which is the ability to share links by touching phones together. NFC (Near Field Communication) is used to transmit a link to another phone with a simple tap. This saves having to send your link via email or a status update if you just want to share a page with someone nearby. It’s a great time saver and pretty neat. What happens if the person doesn’t have Surfy? No problem, the phone immediately prompts to download Surfy from the Windows Phone Store. It’s an elegant solution to a common problem.

Along with NFC Link Sharing, version 3.8 brings some long awaited features including a find on page feature and password and login credential caching.

Voice command support has also been opened up to Spanish, Portuguese and Italian users. The voice commands in Surfy are the best on any browser in the Store and allow you to launch popular websites, or any of your favorites, by holding the Windows hardware button on your phone.

Surfy’s momentum of regular updates and innovative features has it on course to be the best browser for Windows Phone.

Surfy 3.8 include:Surfy

  • Share links via NFC
  • Save Passwords and Logins
  • Find on Page

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

Windows Phone 8.1 will get rid of the NFC Confirmation prompt

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Windows Phone Lovers have posted some more Windows Phone 8.1 screen shots, and it reveals a feature which will finally make NFC tags useful.

The settings page for NFC now includes the ability to specify certain apps as trusted.  NFC tags which activate those apps will now open without the annoying confirmation notification which has resulted in absolutely no time being saved from using NFC tags.

The implementation is interesting however, and I would have thought specifying certain tags as trusted would have been more secure than specifying apps as trusted receivers of NFC content.

What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Samsung ATIV Beam NFC sharing app updated again

Samsung has updated their ATIV Beam NFC-sharing app to version 0.8.6.1.

imageNo changelog accompany the update, but it presumably brings performance and bug fixes.

The app is designed to allow Windows Phone users to easily share media with Android-using friends and by all accounts works pretty well.

Samsung users can find the update in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsblogItalia.com

Isis confirms they are working on a Windows Phone app

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We recently saw the Nokia Lumia Icon appearing to support the carrier’s Isis Mobile Payment system.

Now the company’s official twitter client has confirmed that they are working on a Windows Phone client, suggesting Windows Phone users stay tuned.

The carrier-blessed mobile payment system Isis has started rolling out for Android handsets  recently, with the promise of eventual Windows Phone support. A sleeve for the iPhone has just arrived which adds NFC capability to that device, but I suspect uptake will be rather poor, while most higher-end Windows Phones have NFC built-in, and will hopefully benefit more from Isis support.

The Isis contactless payment service at present works with pre-paid American Express cards, and is also able to replace American Express, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, Slate from Chase and JP Morgan Palladium credit cards at compatible retail Point of Sale locations. It is supported by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and requires a special secure SIM card to be activate, which carriers will provide free of charge.

Unlike Google’s Google Wallet solution ISIS is platform agnostic, which is obviously  good news for Windows Phone users.

Samsung ATIV Beam NFC sharing app updated again

Samsung has updated their ATIV Beam NFC-sharing app to version 0.8.5.0.  This follows an earlier update on the 8th January which addressed compatability with GDR3.

imageAs before no changelog accompany the update, but given that users continued to complain in the app reviews of the inability to use the app due to the app requesting users update their handset software, it is likely to fix compatability issues once again.

It is of note that the app is pretty powerful, allowing users to browse their files and share virtually all the contents on their handsets, likely a consequence of Samsung’s increase access to the platform as an OEM.

Samsung users can find the update in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsblogItalia.com

Samsung ATIV Beam NFC sharing app updated

Samsung has updated their ATIV Beam NFC-sharing app to version 0.8.4.0.

imageNo changelog accompany the update, but it presumably brings better compatibility with other handsets, especially Android ones.

It is of note that the app is pretty powerful, allowing users to browse their files and share virtually all the contents on their handsets, likely a consequence of Samsung’s increase access to the platform as an OEM.

Samsung users can find the update in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsblogItalia.com

Nokia Guru “BH-121 Touch” Bluetooth Stereo headset coming in 2-3 weeks

Nokia’s much leaked and initially mysterious Bluetooth Stereo headset, the Nokia Guru, has now received a release date, courtesy of MyNokiaBlog.

According to the site the NFC-equipped headset will be officially called the BH-121 Touch, and will hit the market in the 50th week of the year ie a week or so before Christmas.

The device will feature the ability to easily pair via Bluetooth and NFC with a smartphone and from the render have the ability to control payback from the device. MNB however warns the final version may look slightly different from the earlier leaked pictures.

The device will also feature a clip for easy attachment to clothing and will cost around $55.

Will any of our readers be adding the device to their stockings? Let us know below.