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Tuesday, 27.08.13
ENHANCED: Evernote updates Evernote for Windows Phones - adds new useful but known Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Evernote has just announced that its Windows Phone version is receiving a collection of new features including a new multi-shot camera, improved image viewing inside notes, speech-to-text capabilities, smart note titling and support for Windows Phone 8. Whether out at dinner or photographing a whiteboard at the office, sometimes it makes sense to make more than one snapshot per note. And with today's update, Evernote is introducing its new multi-shot camera that allows to take as many photos as a user want without exiting camera mode. And to make viewing these images a better experience, Evernote has now also added slideshows; which also works with any note that contains images.

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SERVICE: Nokia Music receives Feature Update with Favorite Artists and Notifications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Nokia announced a feature update for its Nokia Music, which is part of the company's Lumia Windows Phone 8s. The Nokia Music update now creates even more ways to enhance the listening experience by adding notifications and favorite artists to the mix. This allows to "like" favorite artists to further personalized music experience. Nokia Music will also like artists based on the playing history and the contents of the on-device music library. Nokia Music will let users also know if any new gigs are announced, so tickets can picked up early. Last but not least, to get the full experience, pining Nokia Music with Live Tile notifications to Home Screen isn't only showing the artwork for recently played tracks, but also shows alerts whenever there's news.

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Friday, 23.08.13
SERVICE: Delta streamlines In-flight Service with Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phones for Flight Attendants
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Delta Air Lines announced yesterday, more than 19,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants began using last year's announced Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphones yesterday, that will streamline on-board purchasing. As every airline, also Delta mentioned that its 19,000 in-flight professionals are there for the safety and comfort of customers. Equipping them with innovative solutions means they can better meet customers' needs on board of every flight. This solution was developed by Microsoft, Avanade and AT&T after months of development and feedback from flight attendants. The Windows Phone 8 smartphones will include a Delta-specific customer experience developed by Avanade on the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail mobile point-of sale platform.

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Thursday, 22.08.13
FIGURES: Windows Phone becomes Latin America's second most widely used Mobile Platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, Microsoft has released a press release where the Windows Phone maker said that - according to IDC's Mobile Phone Tracker report - Windows Phone was, in the second quarter of 2013, the second most widely used operating system in the Latin American region. With more than 20 countries in Latin America where the Windows Phone range of devices is available, the report shows that Windows Phone has been ranked second in Mexico for the second consecutive quarter, and in the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone was also ranked second in both Colombia and Peru. In other countries, such as Argentina, Chile and Brazil, Microsoft's mobile platform has also grown in popularity, ranking third in the second quarter of 2013.

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PHOTO: Semi-Official Instagram App 6tag hits Windows Phone Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There's still no official Instagram Windows Phone app in sight but the good news is there's now a Windows Phone app available which is said to be somehow approved by Instagram and therefore uses the official APIs: 6tag. Previously known as 6tagram, 6tag is the yet most full featured Instagram app for Windows Phone. It features some of the original Instagram filters like XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-Fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, allows video recording and sharing with cut scenes (premium feature) and supports linear and radial Tilt-Shift with blur effects for extra depth of field. All this can then be shared directly to Instagram, without any workarounds. However, there's even more.

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Friday, 16.08.13
ENHANCED: Nokia releases Nokia Pro Cam for Lumia 920 and Lumia 925
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Initially announced and released exclusively for the Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia's high-end camera phone, Nokia now followed-up with the promised Nokia Pro Cam release for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925. The Nokia Pro Cam isn't just another camera user interface for Windows Phone 8 but it takes Windows Phone to the next level - to a kind of DSL camera UI. The camera also works in auto-mode, yet it has easy access to reframing where you can rotate, scale and change the aspect ratio of your pictures. But when you want to create that perfect composition, go to the manual controls to change exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus. Current camera settings are clearly displayed on screen so you can see if you need to make any adjustments.

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BLOCKED: Google blocks official Microsoft YouTube Windows Phone App
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just when you and I thought Google and Microsoft came over its dispute, after Microsoft launched its own YouTube app for Windows Phone earlier this week, we have to figure out hours later that it's not the fact at all. Last May, after Microsoft launched a much improved YouTube app for Windows Phone, Google objected on a number of grounds. Therefore Microsoft took the app down and agreed to work with Google to solve their issues. As said, this week, after Microsoft thought that it addressed each of Google's points, the app was re-launched, only to have Google technically block it now. In a blog post with the title "The limits of Google's openness" , David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft went straight and explained the situation from Microsoft's perspective.

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Wednesday, 14.08.13
MULTIMEDIA: Official Microsoft Windows Phone App returns to Windows Phone Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took Microsoft a little bit longer, to solve its dispute with Google, but finally Redmond brought back the long-time missed YouTube app for Windows Phone which is again available as a free download from the Windows Phone Market. As before, the app allows to experience the world of YouTube on Windows Phone and allows to access your YouTube account to easily explore and manage YouTube's vast catalogue of videos, channels and subscriptions. Furthermore the app allows to pin videos, playlists, channels and even search queries to the Windows Phone Start screen as Live Tiles. Live Tiles flip to show YouTube's most popular videos or your subscriptions' latest uploads.

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RUMOR: HTC to dump Windows Phone (8)?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to always well informed and close to Taiwanese sources DigiTimes, HTC is said to "likely drift away from Windows Phone (8)". Following last years global launches of the HTC 8X flagship Windows Phone 8 device and the HTC 8S mid-tier smartphone, HTC's global Windows Phone 8 market share is said to be under 5 % now, while Nokia now accounts of a market share of 80 %, and Samsung, which has also not put too much energy into Windows Phone 8, became the second largest Windows Phone 8 vendor. HTC, which is a long time supporter of different Microsoft mobile OS and smartphone platforms seems to definitely shifted its focus to Android.

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Wednesday, 07.08.13
INFORMATION: Microsoft releases Bing News - Sports - Weather - Finance Apps for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in October, with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft launched a collection of Bing Apps for Windows 8 which included News, Finance, Weather, Sports, and Maps. The apps provide - as Microsoft says - "gorgeous, comprehensive and customizable experiences powered by Bing that showcase world class content from leading outlets". And indeed, the Bing apps for Windows 8 are a useful enhancement for Microsoft's PC platform. While it took Microsoft a little bit longer, it hasn't stopped development and therefore, today many of those experiences are announced for Windows Phone 8 users around the world too! This includes Bing News, Bing Weather, Bing Sports and Bing Finance.

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Thursday, 01.08.13
EXTENDED: Google continues support for Exchange ActiveSync on Windows Phone until end of 2013 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in December last year, Google announced plans to drop Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) support for Google Calendar and Contacts which was so far used by Windows Phone users to keep their devices in sync with Google services and the original deadline Google gave Microsoft for implementing CalDAV and CardDAV was January 30, 2013. Later, Google expanded this deadline to August 1, 2014 which means it's today. From that point, it was said that consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections were said to continue to function. Now, The Verge got the info that this August deadline was stretched again - to December 31, 2013.

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