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Fan-made Windows Phone ad pretty cool

In UK it is pretty clear that Microsoft is making a strong marketing push for Windows Phone, with saturation TV ads for the Nokia Lumia 630 and now the Nokia Lumia 930.

The ads however sometimes leaves something to be desired in terms of appeal and message, which is why we often see fan-created ads such as the one above by Ohsneezeme.

His version is certainly dynamic, but I wonder if it really touches on selling points of Windows Phone compared to other operating systems. I would love to see an Apple-like explanatory ads actually clearly expounding on the selling points of the OS.

What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Thanks Scott for the tip.

BBM for Windows Phone now available to all!

Right on schedule, and as promised still in July, Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone is now available for all to download.

The app in still officially in beta and features:

Chat with friends on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry:
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Quickly share photos, voice notes, BBM contacts and your location
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself

BBM, now specially designed for Windows Phone
• BBM picks up the modern look & feel of Windows Phone
• Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for easy access to your most important chats

Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

BBM lets you protect your privacy. You control it:
• You chose how to share your information – BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it’s more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You chose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you

Cimagereate your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images or pictures
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel

Blackberry promises to continue adding features and move to the BBM version 2 soon.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

See a video demo after the break.

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Strategy Analytics award Windows Phone 8 million sales in Q2 2014

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While Q2 2014 was not quite as disastrous as we were briefly led to believe it was certainly not a great quarter for Windows Phone.

Analyst company Strategy Analytics have posted their estimate for smartphone sales by OS in Q2 2014, and have awarded 8 million shipments to Windows Phone, down from 8.9 million in Q2 2013.

This drop in sales has dropped Windows Phone from an already marginal 3.8% market share to only 2.7%.

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Official Mega Cabs App Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

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Mega Cabs is an on-call Taxi service available in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Chandigarh cities in India.They have released their official app for Windows Phone devices recently.

This application allows you to book a cab in a convenient way for any of the above 7 cities. You can select the location where you want to avail the cab service in the map and even receive traffic updates near your pickup location.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

via: WPC

Self-publicist Scoble from failing company Rackspace dares to give Microsoft advice

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Mouth for hire Robert Scoble, who briefly worked for Microsoft in the early 2000’s as a developer evangelist, and clearly did not do a good job given the doldrums the company was in then, and who currently works for Rackspace as an evangelist (that company is in takeover talks) has decided to give Microsoft the benefit of his sage industry advice.

The albatross currently around Rackspace’s neck is convinced Microsoft needs to drop Windows Phone and “embrace and extend” Android, noting:

“The problem is that Microsoft has 4 percent market share for mobile. The reason for that is that they have no apps, and there’s no love for developers of apps. When you go to hackathons in San Francisco — and not Seattle, because San Francisco is the center of the world, not Seattle. Sorry, that’s the way it is.

Thoroughly mixing his metaphors, Scoble told Geekwire “That train has sailed. The real answer is, give up Windows Phone, go Android, and embrace and extend like you did with the Internet. But they don’t listen to me.”

Scoble, who’s job as startup liaison may be threatened now Rackspace has given up challenging Amazon, Microsoft and Google for the cloud computing market, was convinces its the safe company culture and Seattle bubble which is to blame for Microsoft’s mobile ills.

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Don’t expect a Windows Phone Playstation Store app any time soon

Gamingbolt.com reports that rumours of a Playstation app for Windows Phone are in fact just that.

A supposed verified Sony employee, posting on Reddit, has put the kibosh on the story, noting that Sony had a “huge backlog of features; priority goes to features that make us money.”

He also noted that there were no plans for a Windows Phone app in the future, as the user base is too small.

The app was rumoured in February, with Microsoft said to be coding it, but I think it is pretty clear if you want your phone to be supported there is only one new Nextgen console to buy.

Bing Translator App Updated With WP8.1 support and transparent live tile

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Less than a week after the last update Microsoft Bing team has today released another minor update to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 devices.  bingtranslateqr

This version of the app brings support for Windows Phone 8.1, including a transparent live tile.

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Local Smartphone Vendors Are The Key To Windows Phone Ecosystem’s Growth

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Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14

In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.

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Early Preview Of Crackle’s New ‘Sequestered’ Series Now Exclusively Available For Windows Devices

Here is an another exclusive early preview for Windows Phone and Windows users from Crackle app. You can now preview the upcoming new original suspense thriller series, “Sequestered,” on your Windows device. It will be available to everyone else Aug. 5.

“Sequestered” explores the internal drama of a jury sequestered on a high-profile trial and follows a determined defense attorney as he investigates the case. It stars some familiar faces you’ve seen in “Bring It On” (Jesse Bradford), “Firefly” (Summer Glau), “Seinfeld” (Patrick Warburton) and “Starship Troopers” (Dina Meyer).

Download Crackle app here from Windows Phone Store.

Win Nokia Wireless Charging Shells For Your Lumia 925 Windows Phone

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This contest is only applicable for UK users. If you want to own a  Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) for your Nokia Lumia 925 device, NokNoki.tv is giving 10 away as part of their Lumia Cyan summer giveaway. You have to just comment on their post on what  you’re looking forward to most with Lumia Cyan and your name will be added into the draw.

Nokia Lumia 925 Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) comes in four different colours, Black, White, Red and Yellow and is a slim and stylish shell that clips over the corners of the phone. With cut-outs on the rear for the PureView camera and Flash you’ll find the jacket doesn’t happen your using of the phone in any way.

Check out the contest here.

Cortana’s ‘Best Nearby’ Feature Powered By Foursquare Is Now Rolling Out To More Users

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Over the last weekend, we reported about a new feature in Cortana that lets you explore places nearby. Under ‘Interests’, you can now add ‘Best Nearby’ option in Cortana. Once you have added it, Cortana will recommend you the places worth visiting nearby you. The recommendation service is powered by Foursquare in which Microsoft has invested over $15 million.

When you tap the places recommended to you, Foursquare app will be opened to show more details like photos, reviews and more about the place.

Source: Reddit

Another Report Claims That Selfie Focused Mid-range Lumia WP8.1 Device Is Coming Soon

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Back in April, we reported that Microsoft is working on a selfie focused Windows Phone 8.1 device that will be released later this year. The device which is being developed under the codename ‘Superman’ will feature a 5MP front cam will be a 4.7-inch mid-range Windows Phone device that will be released during the release of second update for Windows Phone 8.1 in later part of 2014.

Today, NokiaPowerUser reported that this device will be Lumia 720′s successor with product codes RM-983, RM-984 and RM-985. The device is expected to be revealed at the end of August and will be initially coming to Verizon and AT&T in the US followed by global roll-out.

NPU claims that this device may have 5-inch, 720p display, Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 MP Carl-Zeiss rear camera with low-light improvements, a “big selfie cam” in front and it will run Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 out of the box.

Source: NPU

Bookviser eBook Reader Gets Major Update: 9 New Useful Features

Bookviser – popular eBook reader for Windows Phone and Windows 8 – has recently received a major update. The Windows Phone app was rebuilt literary from scratch in order to unify phone and tablet reading experience. As a result the WP app became a much better reader in the following way:

1. Page-flipping animation became more realistic due to the reworked reading engine.

2. SD card support is finally added.

3. Library is reorganized to allow grouping books by authors and genres as well as creating custom categories.

4. “Quick” settings menu was rebuilt to show the most needed controls and data such as brightness slider, day/night toggle, screen rotation lock, progress in the book, book title and author.

5. Along with progress in the book, “quick” settings menu shows your progress in the chapter as well.

6. There appeared text selection functionality that allows copying snippets of text, making highlights and notes, sending text to translation and sharing quotes to Facebook and Twitter.

7. You can add or remove such on-page indicators as battery, time, page number and reading progress bar.

8. For those who read on WP and W8 devices, Bookviser now offers free automatic synchronization and back up via its cloud service. If you plan to sync Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions, make sure to install Windows 8 version from scratch instead of updating it. This is because the developer had to move the W8 app to a new account (see valid download link below). This does not apply to Windows Phone version – you can update it as usual.

9. Last but not least, the app changed its long critiqued skeuomorphic icon to a new Metro style icon and now features a new transparent live tile for Windows Phone 8.1.

Pick up Bookviser for Windows Phone from Windows Phone Store and Bookviser for Windows 8 from Windows Store.

You can also use your Windows Phone to scan the QR code.

Finally, you can get both apps from www.bookviser.com .

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