Hands-On With Facebook Messenger For Windows Phone 8

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Windows Phone has long had a special relationship with Facebook. Even back in the days of Mango, Facebook enjoyed deep integration with Microsoft’s mobile platform, with the People hub merging contacts with Facebook profiles and the stock Messaging app offering a tab for Facebook chat. So much focus on Facebook integration with the OS has led to the official Facebook app for WP remaining a little undercooked. The app has its positives, but there can be no denying the fact that it is not as feature-rich as its iOS and Android counterparts. The lack of a standalone Facebook messenger app is another thing that has been caused by WP8’s integration with Facebook. While the chat feature in Messages is good enough for simple communication, it doesn’t have any of the bells and whistles that usually come with messenger apps. This is exactly why a lot of people have been rushing to the WP Store to get their hands on the newly released Facebook Messenger app for WP8! Read More

Quiet Hours Brings iOS’ ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature To Windows Phone 8

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Having a mere silent mode in your cellphone might be enough for some occasions, but all of us have certain patterns in our routines, and putting these patterns to good use can always prove to be useful. This is evident from the popularity of the Do Not Disturb feature available in iOS. It is a testament to its usefulness that Apple brought Do Not Disturb to OS X soon after it was unveiled for iOS 6. Now, Windows Phone users can enjoy their quiet time in peace as well, thanks to a third-party app named Quiet Hours. This WP8 app is not as feature-rich as Do Not Disturb for iOS, but you will still find enough options in it to cater to most situations. With Quiet Hours, users can toggle silent mode with a single tap on a live tile, schedule hours when the phone should go silent, and even set separate sound profiles for each day of the week.

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How To Create Folders For Apps & Settings On Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8

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“Where are the app folders?” is a question that new Windows Phone users often ask, specially if they are making the switch from Android or iOS. Even though the way Windows Phone is laid out, folders lose some of their importance, but anyone who likes organization is sure to still want a way to arrange their apps just the way they want. On WP7 and Mango, homebrew solutions like Folders allowed users to have this organizational freedom over their devices, but WP8 has been missing something like that until now. It seems like Nokia has finally taken note of the feature’s high demand, and decided to come up with an official solution to the lack of folders on the platform. App Folder is a Lumia-exclusive release that allows users to create folders on Windows Phone 8. Thanks to this app, you can put multiple apps and settings shortcuts in folders bearing the names of your choice. Read More

40 Best Windows Phone Apps Of 2013

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Apps have always been the weak point of Windows Phone, but 2013 was the year that finally saw the WP Store expand to a considerable size. Major apps like Vine, Instagram and Tumblr were released on the platform, but thanks to the special attention given to WP8 by Nokia, there were many other OEM-specific apps that garnered a lot of popularity. Since a lot of people have just started switching to Windows Phone 8, they might not be aware of everything they have missed on the platform so far. So, if you're a Windows Phone owner, take a look at the list we have compile to get fans of Windows Phone up to speed with the best WP Store releases of the past year. Read More

Flagship Android, iOS & Windows Phone Smartphones: Specs Comparison

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With each passing year, the number of smartphones that hit the market keeps rising, even as the brutal tech market forces certain manufacturers to throw in the towel. While the head honchos of the market dish it out, constantly trying to one-up each other in the hardware specifications race, the consumers find themselves spoiled for choice. Low-end and mid-range devices might satisfy the regular user, but a technology enthusiast will seldom settle for anything but the best an OEM or developer has to offer. The list of choices for the latter is only relatively short, the key word here being 'relatively'. One would still have to skim through a lot of specs sheets and device reviews to make an informed decision. To make the first part easier for you, we're going to be compiling and comparing the specifications of current flagship Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones from major manufacturers and developers right here.  Read More

Edge Browser For WP8 Offers Gestures, Extensions & A Full-Screen Mode

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Most Windows Phone users just go with using Internet Explorer on their devices, as it comes with almost all the features an average user is likely to need. There are also  few alternatives like Nokia Xpress and GetThemAll available for the platform, which have their own uses, but for the most part, a true IE-replacement for WP8 has yet to gain popularity. Edge Browser might not have garnered much attention so far, but certainly deserves it. The browser comes with a unique UI, focusing on presenting a permanent full-screen mode. All the buttons and menus can be accessed via gestures. The app has multiple tabs, supports incognito mode, and even comes with a fledgling extensions store of its own. Read More

Microsoft’s Social Network ‘Socl’ Comes To Android, iOS & Windows Phone

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Did you know that Microsoft also runs a social network? We didn't either! Apparently, Socl is Microsoft’s take on social network giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (or maybe Vine?), with its essential purpose being the ability to create, collect, and share content based on visual collages and short animated memes. You can also share statuses, picture collages, videos, and links. Content can be aggregated directly on Socl, as well as shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Microsoft has now released a mobile version of the service for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS users. The app, which runs in full screen mode, looks identical across all these platforms. Details after the jump. Read More

8 Free Mobile Apps To Find The Best Black Friday Deals

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It’s that time of the year again, when the air is full of joy and thankfulness not just for the break from work that we’re getting, but also for the gifts of life. For avid shoppers, however, this time of the year marks another significant event – Black Friday. All the holiday sales are upon us, and if you live for the hunt to find the perfect deal, we’re here to help. What follows is a list – in no particular order – of some of the best (and unique) apps for iOS and Android that ease the Black Friday deal finding fiasco for you, allowing you to score the perfect bargain on your craved items. Read More

Official Instagram App Finally Comes To Windows Phone

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Instagram needs no introduction – the popular photo and short video sharing app has made it’s name known across both iOS and Android. However, Windows Phone has been missing from the mix so far officially. While there have been many excellent third-party Instagram apps for Microsoft’s mobile OS including Itsdagram, Hipstamatic Oggl, and 6tag that even supports video uploads, an official app from the developers of the service was still nowhere to be seen. With the increasing popularity of the OS and after many users as well as Nokia itself starting a plea for it, the service has finally landed on Windows Phone in official capacity. Instagram BETA for Windows phone – as the name itself suggests – isn’t ready for prime time yet, but it’s as official as it gets, and offers the same photo filters and short video clip uploading that the service has become famous for. Furthermore, the developers have promised to improve the app soon in future updates, and bring it to par with the offerings for iOS and Android. Read More

Remotely Control Word, Excel & PowerPoint From Windows Phone With MS Office Remote

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Microsoft Office has been the productivity suite of choice for many over decades, and is still going strong among its fans and those simply stuck with it alike, especially in the corporate sector. One major use of the suite is for presentations, but it isn’t always too convenient to manage the slides through the PC itself while giving a presentation. There are many tools out there to remotely control your presentations, both in form of dedicated hardware as well as apps for popular mobile platforms out there. If you are using  a Winodws Phone device, you no longer have to rely on any third-party tools for the purpose, as Microsoft has just released an official Office Remote app for Windows Phone that lets you remotely control Word, Excel and PowerPoint right from your phone. Read More

Official Vine App For Windows Phone Available For Download

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Windows Phone: it's fast, it's beautiful, but it's just not as powerful as its direct competitors because of a distinct lack of customization options and apps. The latest and greatest third-party apps often come to iOS first, before being ported to Android, and then on to Windows Phone; by that time, the iOS app has already gone through multiple useful iterations. It's going to take some serious time before this development trend changes. Until then, Windows Phone users will have to make do with what they have. Microsoft has been pushing big-name third-party devs to port their app to Windows Phone, and their efforts are paying off. Instagram is in the pipeline, and Vine is out today. Yes, the app that launched the crazy six-second video trend has made its way on to Windows Phone. We discuss it in more detail after the jump. Read More

[Ask The Readers] Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Lumia 1020

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After formally announcing all the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has revealed the Nexus 5. It's the successor to the well-received Nexus 4, has high-end specs, and yet, is half the price of equally high-end competition. In this post, we'll compare its specs against the incumbents: iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Lumia 1020.  Read More

adidas miCoach For WP8 Guides You Through Workouts & Builds Stamina

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Fitness buffs have some pretty decent apps at their disposal in the Windows Phone Store. Even back in the days of WP7, the platform had a word class fitness trainer in Endomondo, while more recent offerings include the likes of Caledos Runner. No matter how good an app is though, there are always people who are only comfortable with offerings from big brands. adidas miCoach certainly is from a big brand, but that’s not the only point that goes in its favor; the app also has a feature set that you might not find in most of its competitors. With miCoach, you get workout plans, training advice, and instructions in the voices of top athletes. Rather than making users choose the type and duration of workouts, adidas miCoach maps these things out automatically, starting with easy tasks and making things tougher as you go. Read More

Phonly Is A Great Free Feedly Client For Windows Phone 8

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Google doesn’t have any official apps available for Windows Phone, but developers often try to fill this void with third-party apps of their own. Back in the days of Mango, WP7 had some really good Google Reader clients like Aloud and Reader2Go. Now that Google Reader is dead, there is a clear need of some fresh additions to the genre of RSS readers in the Windows Phone Store. On other smartphone platforms and desktop, the one service that seems to have taken the place of Google Reader for most people is Feedly. So, it makes sense that the first major RSS reader to come to WP8 is a Feedly client. Phonly is a very thorough app, offering everything you are ever likely to find in similar apps on iOS or Android. You can manage your feeds, read articles, and even add new sources to the mix with ease. Read More

Mood-Based Music Streaming App Songza Comes To Windows Phone 8

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With Xbox Music slowly gaining momentum (at least on Microsoft’s own platforms), a lot of third-party music streaming services are bound to feel a bit threatened. Although Songza is essentially a music streaming app, one can't help but feel that it is unique enough to always deserve a place on most people’s devices. For those not familiar with it, Songza automatically creates playlists depending upon the time of the day, and your current mood. You don’t have to painstakingly look for good songs that you feel like listening to; just choose an occasion, and the service does the rest. Songza has been around on iOS and Android for quite some time, and was released on Windows 8 a few months ago. The app is now available on WP8 as well, complete with all of the features that have made it popular on the other platforms. Read More

Sing Karaoke, Create & Share Your Own Music Videos On Windows Phone 8 With Singster

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Sing! and Strum are just two of many karaoke apps available on Android and iOS, but Windows Phone hasn't been too lucky in this regard. If you are a Lumia owner, there aren't many options to consider whenever you get the urge to sing your heart out, be it alone or with your friends. Singster is a WP8 app that fills this void quite nicely, and in addition to offering karaoke for a variety of popular tracks, it even makes it possible to shoot a video to go with your singing. Based on your efforts, Singster awards a score to your video at the end of the recording. You can then share your song with friends and Singster followers, or just explore the app and discover what others are singing. Read More

Effectual Syncs Your To-Do Lists Between WP8 & Windows 8 / RT

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Although some good options like TinyDO have recently started arriving on the platform, Windows Phone still has a long way to go before it has task management apps that are even comparable to their iOS and Android counterparts. When WP8 was announced, it seemed like a platform that would have deep integration with Windows, which made users expect to see a lot of to-do apps that would offer seamless syncing across the two platforms. There might not be a lot of apps that can do this, but there is one that syncs with Windows 8 or RT quite flawlessly. Effectual is a service that lets you create task lists with ease, and then makes sure that these lists are accessible across all devices associated with your Microsoft account. In addition to the syncing, Effectual also has some other decent features, like a comprehensive tagging system, the ability to associate specific/non-specific deadlines with tasks, and of course, a very useful live tile. Read More

Rublon Brings Its Two-Factor Authentication For Multiple Services To Windows Phone

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Almost all major email and social media services are frequently under attack from hackers, and while these big organizations often ward off such attacks with ease, some responsibility rests with the users to make things as difficult for the black hats as possible. For this reason, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Twitter and a lot of other services support two-step authentication. Generally, two-factor verification requires users to perform some sort of verification from their mobile phone such as entering a code or scanning a QR code, in addition to providing the login details on their computer before they can successfully sign in. Rublon offers similar QR code-based authentication, but is different because it isn't limited to just one service. In fact, any website or service can integrate Rublon and make use of its authentication. Users just have to install the Rublon app on their Windows Phone, and scan the QR code generated by the service every time they want to sign in from an unfamiliar device. Read More

wallpapr Sets WP8 Lock Screen To Auto-Cycle Through Flickr Photos

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Forget the snazzy camera apps and superior Facebook integration, it’s features like the dynamic lock screen and resizable live tiles that make Windows Phone 8 a much better OS in everyday routine than Mango ever was. In the past, we have seen the likes of Shoopix and Lock Widgets gain considerable popularity owing to the fact that they tap into Windows Phone’s ability to let apps change wallpapers automatically. wallpapr is another similar app, but has the distinction of pulling photos from Flickr to let users enjoy some high quality backgrounds on their lock screen. The app is capable of automatically changing wallpapers with the passage of time, but it also comes with an image browser of its own that can be used to manually pick photos that you think should grace your WP8. Read More

How To Interop Unlock Samsung ATIV S On Windows Phone 8

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WP8 has been around for quite some time now, and has certainly turned out to be more of a success than Windows Phone 7. One area where the new version of the OS has been lagging behind though, is root access and developer unlock. If you have never been a user of Microsoft’s older mobile platforms, going through our guide to unlocking WP7 might help you understand what unlocking means for Windows Phone. Basically, an interop unlocked device lets users install any app on their device via XAP files (even if the app requires admin rights, or isn't available on Windows Phone Store), and also offers the ability to access and edit protected system files. All that was until Mango though, and we were left waiting for something even close to unlocking for WP8 since its release. Finally, almost out of the blue, a developer over at XDA has come up with a working interop unlock for Windows Phone 8! At present, the method only works on Samsung ATIV S, and makes use of the amazingly useful diagnostics app that comes with Samsung Windows Phone devices. Read More