Style Jukebox is a cloud-based music service, that wants to help you rediscover your music collection, by making it accessible anywhere, on all your devices.
Style Jukebox is free up to 1,000 (~5 GB, More than Dropbox free) songs and it’s available for Windows, Windows Phone and also Android and iOS devices.
On Windows you have a full, iTunes like (but faster and lighter) music app, that browses your computer for music and uploads everything to our servers. Your music and playlist are all synced in the Cloud, instantly accessible for download or streaming from all your computers and mobile devices.
The service also crawls services like Dropbox and SkyDrive, and imports all your music to the Style Jukebox account.
Microsoft has updated the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone 8 devices to v3.5 with the new OneDrive branding. This new update also includes several new features such as the ability to pin folders to your Start screen, Sharing multiple files at once, improved view of shared files and more.
New in version 3.5:
• New thumbnail view
• Improved view of shared files
• Share multiple items at once
• Pin folders to your Start screen
• Open your OneDrive files in other apps
• Bug fixes and performance improvements
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
It seems the new name for SkyDrive will be OneDrive. Microsoft has been forced to rename the cloud storage service after litigation by BSkyB, and after a number of pretty bad names were floated, appears to have settled on OneDrive, as evidenced by a blog with the same name showing up.
The site was noticed by Dr Windows.de who noted that the name has not been officially announced yet.
Update: In a statement Microsoft has not confirmed the change, saying:
Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.
Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.
Popular 3rd party Instagram client 6tag got updated to v184.108.40.206 in Windows Phone Store today. This new update brings in the ability to save Instagram videos to your Skydrive. Also there are bug fixes to improve the overall experience. Recently, the app also included support for newly introduced Instagram Direct photo messaging feature.
• 100% original instagram filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
• Video recording with cut scenes
• Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
• Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare, VK
• Unlimited picture uploads on Instagram
• geotag your posts
• Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
• Front & Back camera support
• create collage with a lot of customization
• blur your instagram pictures using your finger
• save your pictures on your phone when you post in high quality (up to 2048×2048)
• And much much more…
It seems overnight Microsoft has been doing a Santa Claus bit and dropping presents in the inbox of Windows phone users, in the form of a free extra 20 GB of storage.
While the “Enthusiast bonus” more than trebles the 7 GB recent Windows phone users receive when signing up, and close to doubles the 25 GB grandfathered SkyDrive users have the gift is a bit of a Trojan horse – the 20 GB extra will expire in a year, meaning you will then be asked to pay for your extra storage or need to empty out your cloud closet in 12 months time.
Microsoft at present does not sell a 20 GB bundle, but their 50 GB bundle is around $25 per year.
Have any of our readers NOT received the offer? Let us know below.
Revolution! The best way to define the great work done to exhibit you the latest version of our Money Manager Pro app… A lot of things hab been changed to dramatically improve our app on both design and features sides….so…let’s show you what we’ve done:
NEW HOME PAGE The new home page has beed revisited in order to offer you all the old and new features together with a lot of ‘at-a-glance’ information, avoiding navigating among pages to recover the main info you’re looking for. You now have 4 sections:
Contains the tiles for adding flows & quick flows, summary of incomes and expenses and remaining BUDGET. It also shows the available cash money.
Contains the current month flows list. Menu items and buttons allow the user to select the other available reports.
This sections is one of the main enhancements. It gives an outlook of the current situation by showing the accounts with the current balance, the debit cards and credit cards with the current pending flows and the pre-paid cards with the available credit.
Contains the tiles to enter all the other functions.
BUDGET We’ve added the possibility of adding a monthly budget. At the app start-up, within the flows summary in the dashboard, the total amount of expenses is given by relating it to the defined budget. Also a visual indicator is present which shows the remaining available value.
CURRENCIES CONVERSION RATE
Currencies conversion page
A new page has been added within the Other section which lets the user to find an exchange rate between 2 different currencies. It is also possible to save, among the favorites ones, different currencies couples.
Add flow page
When you add a flow by using a currencies which is not the default one, our virtual assistant warns you about the presence of an exchange rate between the selected currency and the default one. Also she offers her help in finding the exchange rate or gives you the possibility to manually insert it. This value is then used within the summary of incomes/expenses in the Dashboard
TOTALS Each report page now can show you a panel containing the total amounts of the report flows. 3 different the total amounts are present, grouped by currencies: the one related to the charged flows, the one related to the pending flows (will be charged the next month) and the one related to the previous month that are charged during the current month.
FILTERS In each report we’ve improved the way of filtering flows by currency and by type (expenses/incomes/all).
NEW CHARTS We’ve improved the charts on both aesthetic side and given info side. They now show a pleasant animation when presented. The chart filters has also been improved, as already said for the reports.
PDF REPORTS In order to give our users coherent information, we changed the first page of the PDF reports. They now contains the same info shown by the totals panel.
QUICK SEARCH It is located in the Reports section. Search for all flows containing the user inserted text within the activity, category, item or note properties of each flow. During the text insertion the app suggests you words starting with entered text.
Other improvements Minor bug fixes and a better management of the pre-paid card recharge as requested by some users. Now the user can select if charge the flow on the card related account or not.
We really hope those improvements will satisfy our current users and the ones who, in the future, would give a chance to our app… We would also thank all users who help us in making a better app by warning us about issues or by asking us for new features.
Money Manager Pro can be found in Windows Phone Store for $ 1.49 with a FREE TRIAL
Here the link to download the app from the Windows Phone Store web page
Here the qrcode to jump to the app page with your phone
Windows Phone 8 allows users to back up their App List, Settings, Text Messages, Photos , and also their IE Favourites to SkyDrive.
Of these, only your photos are accessible from the web interface, but it seems, according to a recent leak released by LiveSide, that that is about to change , and users will have some level of access to their backed up device settings also.
LiveSide also expects a new Shared List Feature, where users can share a list of files in a bundle rather than just a folder, and this list would remain together on the receiving end. I can see this being useful for sharing collection of photos for example.
Users will also be able to mount shared folders locally on their PC, which should make collaboration with other users on projects much easier.
Microsoft has lost a trademark infringement case taken out by BSkyB for infringement of their Sky trademark by Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
The case dates back to 2011, when BSkyB initiated “an action for passing off and for infringement of two registered Community trade marks (CTMs) and two UK registered trade marks (UKTMs) for the mark ‘SKY’ by which the Claimants [BSkyB] seek to prevent the Defendants [Microsoft] from using ‘SkyDrive’ as the name for their cloud storage service throughout the European Union.”
Microsoft argued that there is no confusion between Microsoft and BSkyB’s cloud services but the judge Mrs Justice Asplin disagreed, saying the scope of BSkyB’s “SKY” registered trademarks, as well as its goodwill in the SKY brand, was such that Microsoft’s use of the “SkyDrive” mark was likely to cause confusion among consumers. She also decided that use by Microsoft of the “SkyDrive” brand was detrimental to the SKY mark which, in itself, amounted to trademark infringement.
In a statement BSkyB said “Sky is pleased with the judgment handed down today by Mrs Justice Asplin. We regard any unauthorised use of the Sky name as a clear infringement of our well-established Sky brand. We remain vigilant in protecting the Sky brand and will continue to take appropriate action against those companies that seek to use our trademarks without consent.”
Microsoft is appealing the decision, saying: “This case is only about the SkyDrive name and has nothing to do with service availability or future innovation. The decision is one step in the legal process and Microsoft intends to appeal.”
The decision in this case went again Microsoft, but an earlier litigation against Skype by Sky went nowhere, suggesting the company is rather litigious, and hopefully in the end sense will prevail.