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Tip: How to disable Windows Phone Facebook Message Notifications

Now that Facebook Messenger is here, which offers such niceties as stickers, many of our readers will prefer to use it over the built-in Facebook Chat feature and the Facebook Messaging feature built into the Facebook app.

Those who choose to do so however are likely to be annoyed by having 3 notifications, one for each service, popping up for every Facebook Message.

To disable the native Facebook chat and Facebook Message notifications in the app, see below.

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DivvyUp – The ultimate bill splitter app now on SALE!

DivvyUp, one of the best bill splitting apps you’ll find in any app store and exclusive only to Windows Phone, is now on sale for this weekend only!

Love going out to dinner with friends but hate having to split the bill afterwards?

DivvyUp makes check splitting fun and easy! Simply snap a picture of the receipt, choose who ordered each item, and instantly see exactly what everyone owes! DivvyUp uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to parse the receipt and then custom algorithms to identify relevant items so that it’s quick and easy to add all the items to be split (OCR currently supports US receipts only).

Don’t have a receipt? No problem! You can divvy up any purchase by manually entering in all the items as well (all currencies supported).

DivvyUp also includes a Quick Split option for when everyone pays the same amount, as well as a basic Tip Calculator.

The app is a free download but normally costs $1.29 to upgrade to Premium which includes the ability to use the OCR, save previous receipts, and more. But for this weekend only, the upgrade can be purchased for only $0.99 in all markets!QRCode

The app is extremely well built and has an intuitive user interface and is definitely worth the upgrade for anyone that regularly goes out to dinner or drinks with their friends.

Get it now before the sale ends!

Tip: Handy bookmarklet lets you add web page translation to Windows Phone

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Internet Explorer for Windows Phone is a competent browser, but lacks many advanced features, including the ability to translate pages from one language to another.

Fortunately this is one feature than can be added via a bookmarklet, which is a bit of JavaScript saved as a favourite.

To add a Translate function, load this page on your phone, copy and paste the text below, and from the page menu click Add Favourite, and paste the copied text into the Web Address field.

 javascript:(function(){var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.src = 'http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/bookmarklet/default.aspx?f=js&to=en'; document.body.insertBefore(s, document.body.firstChild);})()

In the Name field enter a name such as –Translate.  The hyphen will make sure the bookmark is always sorted to the top of the favourite list.

In the bookmarklet the “default.aspx?f=js&to=en‘; “ part specifies the target language, with en meaning English. A different language such as de for German and fr for French can be substituted instead. See a list of all the language codes here.

See many more helpful bookmarklets which can be added at AAWP here.

Video Tutorial: How to replace your Nokia Lumia 1020 battery

LE55ONS have posted a video tutorial showing how to replace the captive battery on the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Likely not relevant now, except possibly for soft resetting a device unresponsive to the 3 button press, in another 18 months when your battery starts flagging and your warranty is expired it may be exactly what you need to revive your aging handset.

The process is not very complicated, and should not take more than 5 minutes, but does involve cutting your heatsink tape, which may increase your risk of overheating in the future.

Will any of our readers be bookmarking this tutorial? Let us know below.

via AAWP

Nokia Russia demonstrates how to dry your Lumia if you get it wet

Earlier we showed another video from Nokia Russia about using your Lumia 1020 for underwater photography.

In case you actually did this without placing your phone in a waterproof case Nokia Russia also posted the above video demonstrating how to dry your phone in case it is accidentally immersed.

The video is in Russian, but I am sure if we stare long enough can get the intended message…

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Tip: Make voice dialling easier by adding nicknames to your contacts

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Here is a tasty tip courtesy of Reddit.com.  We all have friends and family with names Microsoft’s voice recognition in Windows Phone regularly trips over.

It turns out you can give them a unique and easy to pronounce nick name and use that instead for both voice dialling and text dictation.

Simply go to the People Hub, edit the contact by tapping on the pencil, tap on Name to edit it, and add your special nick name.

Ive tried it, and it works like a charm, meaning I can say goodbye to my voice dialling woes.

Tip: The right phone charger can make a massive difference to your recharging time

SiteHere is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

In this how to, we will discuss how to find the best phone charger available in the current market. Though all the chargers appear the same, they aren’t. It is always advised to use the charger from the manufacturer; however there might be situation when you want to buy / use a different charger.

One of the commonly heard complaint is that the phone discharge rate is faster than the charge rate while using power-hungry resources. Using GPS on a sunny day (windows phone automatically increases the brightness to high while using it on a bright day to enable easy reading when set to auto) can drain the battery faster. If your phone has WiFi and Bluetooth switched on along with this, you will run out of power very fast. This is why you need the charger to be very good.

Most of the phone models needs a 1A (1000mA) current for ideal charging. Also remember that not only charger but the USB cable also play a vital role here. You will need a good charger as well as a low resistant & high quality cable.

Always go for the charger with high output current rating. Also go for a trusted brand be it a charger or cable because the last thing you would want is to burn your phone.

See a list of tested chargers after the break.

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Tip: How to set up AMBER / Emergency alert

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SiteHere is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

There very few countries which has implemented the protocol of AMBER / Emergency alert. While AMBER alert is mainly for reporting missing child or child abduction cases, Emergency Alert includes alerts from weather, disaster, accidents, presidential alerts etc. These systems allows the official bodies to send emergency alerts via TV / Radio broadcast, Cellular network, Sign boards etc.

When subscribed, windows phone will be capable of receiving such kind of alerts. The user is alerted by a louder ring and vibration along with the message.

  • Navigate to Messaging
  • Tap on the ellipsis (…) to expand the menu.
  • Tap on settings.
  • Scroll all the way down.
  • Tap on “emergency alerts”.
  • Switch on “AMBER alerts”.
  • Select the level of alerts you would like to receive using the choices under “Emergency alerts”.

You will see this option on only with the countries and networks which has implemented this protocol / technology. In most of the countries which has implemented this, “Presidential” will be the minimal level a user can choose to have.

See many more tips at How to Windows Phone and request a How To at HowToWindowsPhone here.

Tip: How to find the voice commands for 3rd party apps

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Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

We all know that windows phone supports voice commands; what we don’t know is the commands. Some good apps also comes with the voice command support which can be directly given through the voice command dialog.

  • Press and hold the window key to open the voice command dialog.
  • Tap on the help icon in the top right.
  • You will see a page with the set of supported commands on your phone like call, text, etc.
  • Swipe right to see the app specific commands which are installed in your phone.
  • Tap on the app name to see all the supported commands.

See many more tips at of How to Windows Phone and request a How To at HowToWindowsPhone here.

The three click secret of Windows Phone headsets



Content type >> Music tracks Nokia Mix Radio Podcasts
Single press of only/centre button Play/pause Play/pause Play/pause
Double press of only/centre button Next track Next track Skip ahead 30 seconds
Triple press of only/centre button Previous track No effect Skip back 30 seconds*

920controlAllAboutWindowsPhone has had a look at a rarely known feature of the  headsets packaged with our Windows Phones.

These headsets can either come in a single button or 3 button (with volume up and down) variety.

I think most of us know we can pause or play music by clicking on the button, but how many readers know that you can also use the same button to advance to the next track or skip 30 seconds ahead when listening to a podcast by double clicking, or even better use triple clicks to go back one track or skip 30 seconds back?

I suspect many readers will now be looking for the box their phone came in and try and dig up that often neglected accessory.

Via AAWP.

Tip: How to automatically add country code while calling from abroad

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Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

This feature comes in handy for frequent travellers or even just a traveller. Most of us forget to add an international code to call back to home when are at another country. Or even if you remember, it’s quite annoying to edit the contact and make a call.

Windows phone comes in with a handy feature which will help you out here.

  • Navigate to settings.
  • Swipe right to applications.
  • Tap on phone.
  • Turn on “International assist”.

Missing + before the country code and calling your based out country will be automatically rectified using this feature.

See many more tips at of How to Windows Phone and request a How To at HowToWindowsPhone here.

DivvyUp – The ultimate bill splitter app (WP8 Exclusive)

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Say you go out for dinner and drinks with some friends. When the check arrives at the end of the night, it becomes a nightmare to figure out what everyone owes. No matter how many times the receipt is passed around, there’s never enough money contributed to the pot.

 That’s where DivvyUp comes in! Simply snap a picture of the receipt, choose who ordered each item, and instantly see exactly what everyone owes! It uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to parse the receipt and then custom algorithms to identify relevant items. DivvyUp also has several customizable options, including an auto-round feature that rounds everyone’s payments to whole-dollar increments.

DivvyUp is truly a one-of-a-kind app and is exclusive to Windows Phone 8.  It was released last week and has already risen to the #1 spot in the “New and Rising” list for its category.  It has a 5-star average rating with very positive reviews.

DivvyUp is free for the basic version and can be upgraded to premium for only $0.99.

Download it here from the Windows Phone marketplace

 

Tip: How to set auto reply to your mailbox

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SiteHere is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

You might need to set auto reply to your mailbox for many reason. Say, you are out of office or you are in a full day meeting or working from a different time zone etc. We will discuss on the steps to set auto reply in this how to.

Exchange server and Microsoft mails support this at this point.

  • Open the mailbox.
  • Tap on the ellipsis “…” to expand the menu.
  • Tap on “settings”.
  • Tap on “automatic replies”.
  • Turn the status to “On”.
  • You will see a text box to key in your message to reply.
  • You will also see an option “Send replies outside of my organization” (only available for Exchange mail box).
  • Check that box to key in a different message to the people who are mailing you from a different domain / mailbox.
  • Tap on “done” to apply the settings.

See many more tips at of How to Windows Phone and request a How To at HowToWindowsPhone here.