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Latest WhatsApp beta also has improved user profiles

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We have heard recently that the latest beta of WhatsApp, version 2.11.520, will now let you caption pictures, specify your location when sharing, archive group sessions and see the size of the group.

Another new feature which just popped up is an improved user profile.  The app will now let you make phone calls and send SMS messages from the profile, and also see what groups you have in common.

The beta should eventually wind its way to Windows phone, hopefully faster than the last update.

Via Emanuele from NokiaTeca.

‘Awesome Picture Quotes’ has motivational quotes for your lockscreen

Windows Phone has a huge number of lockscreen apps that will customize your lockscreen in different way’s . ‘Awesome Picture Quote’s‘ formerly known as ‘Wallpaper Quotes’ is another lockscreen app for Windows Phone that will bring your lockscreen to life in a very new away.


 ‘Awesome Picture Quotes’ has a collection of over 500 beautiful , inspirational picture quotes in a really small app size (just 19 MB).The quotes are often accompanied by a picture that will totally change the way you look at quotes. The app UI is simple (may be too simple) , when you launch the   app you are presented with a shuffle button,when you hit the shuffle button a new lockscreen    quote will be selected at random and will be displayed on your lockscreen.

     The app has already received a number of positive star ratings from the Windows Phone user’s and is available for free on the Windows Phone Store.

Windows Phone YouTube apps updated to address YouTube Vevo changes


In the absence of an official YouTube app for Windows Phone, 3rd party YouTube apps are in a constant race to keep up with Google’s backend changes.

Thankfully Windows Phone developers are a diligent bunch, and work hard to keep their apps updated.

YouTube has made recent changes to how Vevo music videos are streamed,  and in response Tubecast, SuperTube, MetroTube and AllTube Player Pro have all updated their apps.

If your music video therefore is not playing, we suggest looking out for an update to your preferred player.

An update is rolling out to your Lumia Icon, but its not WP8.1


We have some good news from Verizon Lumia Icon owners, but its not the great news they have all been waiting for.

Verizon is pushing out a firmware update for the Nokia Lumia Icon, which brings many improvements, fully documented in a PDF from the company. It is however not the WP8.1 update we are all waiting for.

The main improvement is to WIFI connectivity,  which suggests to us that the issue some NL 930 owners have complained of, of WIFI connections dropping, is also due for a fix.

The update also brings roaming enhancements when traveling internationally.

See the other new features after the break.


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My O2 app now available in the Windows Phone Store

O2 has finally brought their My O2 app to Windows Phone, which will help take the mystery out of that last shocking phone bill.

For Pay Monthly customers the app gives access to a full itemised bill including your most expensive, longest and most frequent calls.

The app syncs with your phone book contacts so you can see who you’ve called and texted instead of seeing cryptic numbers, and the app offers fully itemised recent charges to your account since your last bill and up to six months detailed bill history.

The app also offers notifications to let you know when you’re running low on minutes, messages and data, and lets you know your allowances of minutes, messages and data.

Pay and Go customer can see their allowances of minutes, messages and data, tariff details and calling plan costs, Bolt Ons and Top Up using O2’s automated call services.image

The My O2 app is unfortunately not available to O2 business and corporate customers.

Download the app for free from the Windows Phone Store here.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout coming to Windows Phone 24th July

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On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that Modern Combat 5: Blackout is coming to Windows and Windows Phone on the 24th July.

The game is expected to take players on a tour of the world, tracking a terrorist gang through numerous iconic location.

Gameloft, the developer has also announced that all of their Gameloft HD titles in 2014 will release simultaneously with iOS and Android on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. This is a verification of the news we first posted in August 2013 from an interview with Gregory Wintgens .

See the trailer after the break.

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals include Mirror’s Edge and DrawaStickman


This week’s Red Stripe Deals include the usual collection of apps and games discounted more 50% or more for a limited period.

The stand-out apps in the collection is the ever popular Mirror’s Edge and the currently hot DrawaStickman:Epic

The full list includes:

See the full collection here.

Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited subscription will also work on your Windows Phone


Amazon has launched a new service, Kindle Unlimited, today.

For $9.99 per month readers can choose from over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks ranging from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more.

Kindle Unlimited books are accessible everywhere you shop for Kindle books, including of course the Windows Phone app. Subscribers merely need to look for the Kindle Unlimited icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the "Read for Free" button on Kindle book pages to start reading.

Kindle Unlimited is currently available only to US customers but Amazon plan to expand this service to other countries.

Read more about the service at Amazon here.

Nokia Lumia 1020 wins camera shootout against LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S


GSMArena has run a massive shootout between some of the best smartphones currently available, looking particularly at camera quality.

Comparing the Nokia Lumia 1020, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, the Windows Phone 8 handset did pretty well, even beating out the other handsets in the HDR shoot-out, despite not having built-in HDR, due to a very wide dynamic range.


GSMArena concludes:

The Nokia Lumia 1020 still has it – it performs amazing when it comes to still photography, regardless of the lighting conditions. Even shooting against the sun works out well with the sensor’s high dynamic range. Xenon flash, OIS and lossless digital zoom is a combo no other phone offers (unless we’re talking the Galaxy K zoom hybrid). Just make sure it has a good focus lock before fully pressing that shutter key – we did find it struggle in the dark.

The Lumia 1020 doesn’t do too hot for videos, largely limited by its hardware, which can’t handle 60fps videos or 2160p. The large sensor gave it a push in low-light video capture, where it scored on top of the scoreboard, not to mention OIS, which always comes in handy in video recording.

Read the full shoot-out at GSMArena here.

Microsoft resurrects 40 Xbox Live games for WP8 and 512 MB handsets


Microsoft has updated 40 older Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live titles, such as the iconic Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) and many more, with support for Windows Phone 8 and also for 512 BM handsets.

This means users who had to leave many beloved games behind when they upgraded their device will be able to enjoy them all over again.

See the full list below.

Via Pocketnow.com

Emergency Lock for Windows Phone 8 – Now with Transparent Live Tile

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** You can now select to have a Live Tile with a transparent background or the original red in the settings page. **

I decided to develop this app after a co-worker had a heart attack at our office. When the paramedics showed up to take over performing CPR, we tried to get information from his phone for the paramedics, but it was locked. Luckily, his manager was available, and we were able to provide the paramedics with some recent health history as well as contact information. I realized that if this had not happened at work or with a stranger, we would not have been able to provide that possibly life-saving information. Emergency Lock solves this problem by letting you add important information to your phone’s lock screen in case of an emergency.Emergency Lock QRCode

Please feel free to submit feedback and suggestions via the in-app links.

For more screenshots and a link to download the free (no-ads) version, please click here or scan the QRCode.

Wunderlist coming to Windows Phone… eventually

Wunderlist has announced version 3 of their new cloud-based task management app/service.

The popular Germany-based service allows users to create lists to manage their to-dos which can be shared with other Wunderlist users.

So far the app has not been available on Windows Phone, though 3rd party clients do exist.

On their blog however company representatives said they are working on a Windows 8 version of the app, and expect to publish a Windows Phone version based on that code-base.

Is this an app our users have been missing? Let us know below.

Via WPArea.de

evLeaks: The Nokia Lumia 1020 is reaching EOL on the 14th September


evLeaks has posted the unsurprising news that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is reading End of Life, presumably on AT&T, on the 14th September 2014.

What would be interesting however if this is an indication of a replacement being in the works.

According to an earlier leak by evLeaks also, two new Windows Phones are coming to AT&T this year – the Nokia Tesla, which is a mid-range handset, and the Nokia McLaren, which is a flagship device coming to most US carriers.

We have not heard that the McLaren will have a high megapixel camera, but I suspect one of these devices could be the replacement for the outgoing 1020.

If the handset is not replaced with another high megapixel device it would certainly be a loss of a really unique feature, not just for Windows Phone but all smartphones.