Monday, 30 September 2013

Super Calendar for Lumia WP8 smartphones updated

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Super Calendar, the popular calendar app for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones is updated to version 1.3. The latest version brings support for lockscreen, 24H format, More customization and bug fixes to the app, checkout the full changelog after break.
Super Calendar
What’s New:
  • Lock screen support!
  • 24H format support
  • Updated details page
  • Customize font size of calendar views
  • More customization for live tile- Turn on/off week number in live tile
  • 2 new attractive tile styles!
  • Updated existing tile styles
  • Bug fixes and so much more
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Bluetooth 4.0 LE not coming to high-end Lumia WP8 devices

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According to Nokia Australia, Bluetooth 4.0 LE support is not coming to high-end Lumia WP8 smartphones.
In response to a question from Gary C., about the status of Bluetooth 4.0 LE technology support, which was expected to come to all WP8 Lumias through a firmware update.
Nokia Australia noted that “Bluetooth v4.0 Low Energy (LE) technology will not be available for Nokia Lumia 8xx, 9xx and 1020… due to hardware limitations”
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Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard allows devices to stay paired longer without using a lot of energy. It is especially used to communicate with accessories like – heart rate monitors, fitness monitors like the Fitbit, and temperature sensors etc. Currently, the Lumia 520, 620, 625 and 720 reportedly support Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which can also work with the recently launched Adidas miCoach app and heart rate monitor.
Nokia over official Conversations blog has also pointed the limitation:
“The miCoach app also features Bluetooth compatibility with heart rate monitors from Adidas that you can purchase for use with the Lumia 520, 620, and 720.”
Recall, Nokia is expected to announce a new Bluetooth 4.0 LE enabled Treasure Tag accessory, along with the 6 new devices at Nokia World event on October 22nd.
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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mehdoh, MetroTalk, WeatherSense and Tile Me updated for Nokia Lumia WP smartphones

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The popular Twitter client Mehdoh, Google Voice client MetroTalk, weather appWeatherSense and avatar personalization app Tiles Me for Nokia Lumia WP smartphones updated.
1-  Mehdoh updated to v7.23 / v8.23 WP7/WP8:
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What’s New:
  • + Twitter – Double tap images to go full screen
  • + Twitter – New internal YouTube video player
  • + Twitter – Fix for times on retweets
  • + Soundcloud – extra sharing options
  • + Soundcloud – Search by track name
  • + Soundcloud – Search by user name
2- MetroTalk  updated to v3.4.2.0:
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Whats new in v3.4.2:
  • Bug fix: UI fix for the T9 dialer on 480p devices
  • Bug fix: The “+” character is now available on the T9 dialer by long-pressing the “0″ button-
  • Other: Various fixes and updates
3- WeatherSense updated to v1.2:
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What’s New:
  • Added lockscreen support for user added cities.
  • Fixed lockscreen and Tile update issue.
  • Improvements in UI and added ApplicationBar mode settings.
  • Miles per hour setting included.
4- Tile Me updated to v2.6.0.1:
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What’s New:
  • Added new colors and color categories
  • Added separate Share button
  • Added new About screen
  • Minor UI changes
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Nokia RM-997 – New dual-core Lumia device shows up on GFX-Bench

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A new entry at “GFXBench” benchmark site has reveled a new Nokia Lumia WP device, identified as the RM-997.
According to the listing on benchmark site, this Nokia RM-997 device appears to be a low end Lumia Windows Phone 8 handset equipped with a 480 x 800 WVGA display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor with Adreno 305 GPU.
 Nokia RM-997
Nokia is expected to announce at least 6 new devices along with couple of accessories next month, on October 22 at Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Leaked devices so for are:
  • Nokia Lumia 929, RM-927
  • 6-inch Phablet Lumia 1520 , RM-940
  • 10.1 inch WinRT 8.1 tablet Lumia 2520, RX-114, RM-114
  • Nokia Asha 500 
  • Nokia Asha 502, RM-922 
  • Nokia Treasure Tag Accessory
Note: The presence of the terminal in the GFXBench database is not necessarily implies a subsequent commercialization, so take this one with a pinch of salt.
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MyDlink Lite – Home Monitoring app now available for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones

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D-link has released its home monitoring app “MyDLink Lite” for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones over WP Store. The service offers you a simple and easy solution to access your mydlink enabled router, camera and storage devices from anywhere around the world via the Internet using a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection.
The app allows you to monitor and control your home network remotely while on the go, you can view your live Cloud Camera feeds, remotely monitor and configure your Cloud Routers and NVR.
My Dlink Router app
  • View live video from your Cloud Camera, including a full-screen view.
  • Supports H.264 video streaming for smooth high-quality video (specific models only.)
  • Listen to audio from your camera’s microphone (audio-enabled modes only)
  • Save snapshots of your camera’s video to your phone.
  • View the online status of your Cloud Cameras and Cloud Routers
  • Remotely monitor and configure your Cloud Routers.
  • Access and view your camera’s video feed (without audio) through your NVR.
  • Support remote viewing period of five minutes in relay mode. Helpful 60seconds left countdown timer.
  • Touch and drag to move your view around for non-PT cameras. Pinch to zoom in/out.
  • Toggle camera’s view modes between Night mode,Day mode and Automatic mode.
  • After initial settings on the mydlink website,you can enable/disable motion/sound detection from the app for supported cameras.
  • You can talk back with 2-way audio support. (for DCS-942L)
  • SD Card Playback (for DCS-942L)
This app is compatible with the following models:
  • CloudCameras: DCS-930L,DCS-931L,DCS-932L,DCS-933L,DCS-942L,DCS-1100,DCS-1100L,DCS-1130,DCS-1130L, DCS-2132L,DCS-2310L,DCS-2332L,DCS-5010L,DCS-5020L,DCS-5211L,DCS-5222L,DCS-5230L,DCS-6010L,DCS-7010L.
  • Cloud Routers: DAP-1160L,DAP-1360L,DIR-140L,DIR-600L,DIR-600LW,DIR-601L,DIR-602L,DIR-605L,DIR-605LW,DIR-615LB1,DIR-619L,DIR-626L,DIR-636L,DIR-640L,DIR-645L,DIR-808L,DIR-810L,DIR-820L,DIR-826L,DIR-836L,DIR-840L,DIR-845L,DIR-850L,DIR-855L,DIR-860L,DIR-865L,DIR-868L,DIR-900L,DIR-905L,DIR-919L,DSL-2770L,DSL-2870B,DSL-2890AL
  • NVR: DNR-322L
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Untappd, InPic, Peregrine and Best Buy app for Nokia Lumia WP smartphones updated

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The popular beer social network app Untappd, Instagram client InPic, online shopping app Best Buy and Twitter app Peregrine for Nokia Lumia WP smartphones updated.
1- Untappd updated to v1.1:
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What’s New:
  • Fixes image uploads
  • Now support Twitter and Facebook sharing
  • Fixes and improvements
2- InPic updated to v1.2:
What’s New:
  • Add multiple accounts
  • Repost photos
3- Best Buy app updated to v1.0.0.34:
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  • No official changelog released with the update.
4- Peregrine updated to v2.8:
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What’s New:
  • New Image Editor for quickly cropping, rotation and applying filters to your photos before tweeting them.
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Microsoft updates Facebook Beta app for Lumia WP7/8 smartphones

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Here’s another WP app update. Microsoft has released new beta versions of Facebook Betaapp for Nokia Lumia WP7/8 smartphones. The Beta app has been bumped to version WP8 and for WP7.x devices.
Facebook Beta Windows Phone
“Facebook for Windows Phone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Thanks for being a part of our beta and helping make Facebook even better on Windows Phone. Along with all the great new features, there could be some bugs. Help us build a better app by sending feedback via Settings > About in the app.”
What’s New:
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes
  • Added new languages

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Nokia updates HERE offline map data for Lumia WP smartphones

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Reports are coming that Nokia has updated offline mapping database for their HERE services on Lumia WP smartphones.
Unfortunately no official changelog has been release, but the small download size indicates possible addition of new routes, new pedestrian paths, corrections, new POI data or fixes.
To check for the updates launch  Here Maps > Tap  at the bottom of app> select Download Maps >Update current maps> Install. The download size will depend on maps you have chosen to have offline.
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Hover me digits! Nokia bringing touchless zooming and panning to Lumias

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Nokia already introduced a hovering gesture in Lumias running the Amber update, where a simple pointing with your finger close to the display wakes it up from the Glance Screen mode, but now it is taking the feature to the next level. It patented two more ways for touchless interaction with its Windows Phone devices, and we wouldn't be surprised to see those hitting Lumias soon.

Hover based Text / object enlargement while reading or UI interaction. The letter or part of the word you hover on will get enlarged making it easy to read. This will also help in rendering touch inputs more easily.

Hover base handling of text input and icons. There will be three modes while using the keyboard to input text and once hover is done, the user enters into Zoom-pan mode from normal mode, where the part of text under hover gets zoomed in and also the text panning takes place based on movement of the hand. As soon as one touches the screen the device enters into pointing mode and hover interaction ceases. It may make text input really a breeze.

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DualShot Camera app available for WP8 smartphones

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New in store, DualShot is a new camera app for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones developed by DotNetApp. The app lets you take photos using both front and rear cameras and then combine them together to get the dual shot. The app is powered by the Nokia Imaging SDK to allow you to edit the image quickly and easily.
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Take a photo of what’s in front of you then add yourself to the shot to complete the story. DualShot elevates the experience of capturing a moment by letting you share both sides with the people you love.
  • Native sharing to Facebook and Twitter
  • Export your photo to your installed apps
  • Enhance or add a touch of creativity with filters
  • Set a photo as lock screen
  • Launch DualShot from the camera lens view
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Nokia Lumia - Harnessing the power of lightning

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Adidas launches miCoach Fitness Tracking app for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones

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Today, Nokia and Adidas announced the launch of an interactive personal coaching and training app miCoach” for Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones. Like other fitness apps,  it lets users create a workout schedule, track their progress and review personalized feeback. It also supports other Bluetooth devices like wearable heart monitors HRM and has GPS-enabled route tracking using HERE Maps.
Turn your phone into a personal coach; miCoach is your smart running compagnion on Windows Phone 8. The app uses GPS and real-time voice coaching to pace you through your exercise regardless whether you are indoors or outdoors. Additionally get access to hundreds of strength & flex exercises to achieve your fitness goals. miCoach works with many adidas top athletes and coaches to offer the best in training building speed, endurance and strength. Train smarter and be faster with miCoach!
miCoach Fitness Tracking app
  • Track your workouts: the app measures distance, pace/speed, calories burned and elapsed time.
  • Analyze your data: get your run- and workout score and check your performance in animated charts (also in landscape)
  • Display your route with Nokia HERE maps and calculate a detailled elevation profile
  • Heart-rate: Support of Bluetooth Smart HRM on selected Nokia phones (Lumia 520/620/720 at the time of launch). Heart-rate can be used for premium voice coaching as well as simply for tracking.
  • Premium voice coaching by selected adidas athletes and highly customizable audible alerts.
  • Get daily planned workouts and coaching feedback delivered to your phone.
  • Easy access to your music during your activity and deep integration of Nokia Music for all Nokia users.
  • Track your progress and reach your goals: access your latest achievements and major milestones.
  • Get stronger: access to more than 400 strength & flexibility exercises and practice by instructional videos
  • Gear Section: track your shoe usage.
  • Sync to to save and view detailed analysis of your workouts.
Adidas miCoach Fitness app
Advanced integration to Windows Phone 08:
  • Share your runs to any social network connected like facebook, twitter, or simply via email.
  •  ”Pin” your favorite workouts to your home screen for fast access.
  • Schedule runs directly from the app to the phone’s calender.
  • Check-in at the location you exercised via Foursquare
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