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Tip: Solution for 7 second resume screen after new lock screen app

I personally love the new lock screen app coded by Rudy Huyn but for others the app has been too slow to make it worthwhile.

To add insult to injury , for some users the lagging remains even after uninstalling, with people being faced with many seconds of a Resuming… screen after unlocking their phone.

The solution is fortunately simple.  Simply go to Settings > Lock Screen and change background to another item like Bing and then change it back to Photo.  The hesitation should disappear.

Via Reddit.com


The miracle cure for bad multi-touch on the Lumia 930


I have become increasingly frustrated by the hit and miss pinch and zoom on my Nokia Lumia 930, and by the look of my poll a few hours I am not alone, with 35% of owners complaining of the same issue.

Now reader Máté however delivered a really simple solution to the dogged issue – simple switch off Screen Magnifier in the Ease of Access settings.

Screen Magnifier is an Ease of Access setting which lets you zoom any screen, including the start menu, by double tapping the screen with two fingers.  The feature obviously adds an extra step to pinch and zoom detection, which causes to missed multi-touch issue.

To switch it off, simply go to Settings -> Ease of access -> Screen Magnifier and enjoy the phone working like it should.

Thanks Máté for the tip.

The Nokia Lumia 930 gets its first issue, but there is an easy fix


adjustThe Nokia Lumia 930 is currently hitting stores around the world, and its therefore no surprise when new issues are popping up.

The first to pop up appears to be a pretty distinctive purple tint to a screen which should in fact be black, well demonstrated in the picture above.

Fortunately it does not appear to be a factory defect, but rather a calibration issue.

To fix it, simply go to Settings -> display -> Adjust Color profile and move the Tint to Green.

Crisis averted!

For a permanent fix, hemming.ms reports this response from Microsoft:

“Microsoft Devices is taking quality issues on our products very seriously.

To address the possible concerns with Lumia 930 display, we have recalled some test samples from …the Norwegian market to be investigated further in our R/D site in Finland.

Thanks for the understanding.

Microsoft Care”

The tip is courtesy of techrum.vn.

Tip: Work Around to make entries in buggy WP8.1 Calendar


By now millions of Windows Phone 8.1 owners would have had their calendar app automatically update to a new, faster and buggier version which crashes whenever you want to add an appointment.

Until Microsoft pushes out a fix (which cant be long) here is a simple work-around which does not involve downloading a new calendar app.

To enter an appointment, merely switch to Day view, then tap in the right time slot, at which point you should be able to type in the item directly.

While the bug is annoying, it does draw our attention to the fact that many stock apps are independently updatable, meaning unlike on WP8 we should see the app evolve over the course of year, and these bugs are just the price we pay for that feature.

Tip via Travis Lowdermilk

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…


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


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.