On their conversations blog Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia Pro Camera app, which offers fine control over the camera functions, will indeed be coming to the Nokia Lumia 920, 925 and 928, which they call the Pureview cameras.
This app will be available for 1020 from its launch Lumia and will be coming to all PureView Lumia smartphones (Lumia 920, 925 and 928) but require the software update to Amber.
The app offers control over features such as:
- Shutter speed (1/16000 up to 4 seconds)
- EV value
- ISO (100 to 4,000)
- White Balance
- Manual Focus.
The Nokia Amber update is expected to come to Lumia handsets starting in August this year.
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.
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
It 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.
So far Good for Enterprise is only available for Windows Phone 7.5, but reader John reports that Windows Phone 8 users will soon be able to plug into this enterprise management software layer.
The app provides secure mobile collaboration and device management for Windows Phone devices and allows employees to securely access corporate email, contacts, and calendar.
Reportedly the beta works fairly well on the Nokia Lumia 920, and will soon also be coming to Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets also.
Thanks John for the tip and screen shots.
OpenTable is an app which allows users to book a restaurant table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico.
The app lets you find restaurants near you, see available tables in real time, in a list or on a map, narrow your search by cuisine, price, or neighbourhood and also browse menus, diner ratings, and reviews.
The app will even let you add upcoming reservations to your calendar and make out-of-town reservations when you travel.
New in version 2.0:
- Brand new look for Windows Phone 8
- Foodspotting photos of dishes diners have loved
- View mobile-optimized restaurant menus
- Restaurant reviews from verified OpenTable diners
- Sort search results by name, distance, cuisine or neighborhood
- Add reservation to your calendar
- Sign-in with your Facebook account
- Pin upcoming reservation details to your start screen
- Lockscreen support
- Tap to Share restaurants with others
The app is free and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Privacy & Productivity: Akruto Sync Software Finally Offers Cloud-Free Synchronization of Outlook Data on Windows Phone
Users have been waiting eagerly for a way to sync their Outlook data without the cloud. Current cloud-based solutions pose privacy concerns and synchronization limitations. Fortunately, the wait is now over. Akruto, Inc., has recently released Akruto Sync, a program that offers direct, cloud-free, complete synchronization of Outlook Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks data between a PC and a Windows Phone.
To ensure complete privacy, the data is stored only on the computer and on the phone, not in the cloud; it is protected using SSL encryption and never passes through Akruto’s servers. Users may choose to synchronize their data over the cellular network or by using a Wi-Fi connection. There is no limit on the number of contacts, tasks, or calendar entries or on the amount of data within each entry that can be synchronized.
A 7-day free trial of Akruto Sync is available. Beyond that, a onetime licensing fee of US$19.95 covers installation on a single PC, which may be synchronized with one or more phones.
For more details on Akruto Sync as well as to view the simple setup guidelines, see a video demo after the break.
Imangi Studios have released their second update to their popular run and jump game Temple Run.
The first fixed a live tile issue, and the second, released yesterday, fixes a problem which occurs only for users of Light themes, where the background also becomes white and the controls are obscured.
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
It appears Microsoft has resumed its roll-out of Windows Phone 7.8, this time with a slightly updated version of the software.
Windows Phone 7.8 build 7.10.8860.142 is now available, with a reader reporting it has come to his Nokia Lumia 800 in Denmark on top of an existing WP 7.8 install. Others have reported it on their Nokia Lumia 900 and even a Samsung Omnia 7 in the Netherlands, UK and India.
Hopefully the update addresses all the issues with the broken Live Tiles with WP 7.8 and will roll out rapidly worldwide.
Is anyone else getting the update? Let us know when and where below.
Thanks Rune, Rob, Jamie and Kshitij for the tip.
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.
Vodafone has been rolling out the Windows Phone 7.8 update in waves to their subscribers, but some owners have noted the their handsets have not been updated despite the milestone dates being passed.
Vodafone Germany support looked into and, and responded today that the Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out has been halted, without a date for its resumption.
Without reasons we are of course free to speculate, and one does wonder if the bugs which have been turning up with the Windows Phone 7.8 live tiles has caused Microsoft to reconsider the roll-out until they issues are sorted.
With the nature of the roll-outs being that the majority of users being updated last, and recent Adduplex data showing only 16% of Windows Phone 7.8 owners being updated to their new OS, it seems most of us will have to keep waiting until Microsoft perfects the software.
Are our readers getting impatient? Let us know below.
Nokia and Popcap games have released a special version of the popular Bejeweled Live game for Windows Phone.
The game, which is not free but costs $2.99, adds 2 new levels (Butterfly and Zen mode) and updated graphics.
The Nokia exclusive game can be found in the Nokia Collection or in the Windows Phone Store here.
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.