The native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 has just been updated. One of the bigger changes in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability for some of the 'native' apps to be updated independently of the operating system. This allows for apps, like Calendar, to get updated as Microsoft sees fit and without any interference from carriers of OEMs. What's new in today's update?
Looking for an alternative to Xbox Music? We're pretty big fans of a few alternative services like Spotify and Beats Music. Earlier today Spotify was updated on Windows Phone to correct stability issues and other bug fixes. Now we're seeing an update for Beats Music on Windows Phone that not only fixes a few bugs, but adds a few useful features.
Home-automation company INSTEON and Microsoft have finally managed to get stock of their kits and accessories to Microsoft Stores, both online and physical. The deal is exclusive to Microsoft.
First announced in mid-May, INSTEON's products support Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 PCs and tablets, letting users control various devices like motion sensors, thermostats, Wi-Fi cameras and more when away from home. Microsoft Stores are stocking three kits, in addition to separate items including Wi-Fi cameras, leak detectors and INSTEON LED lightbulbs.
BookMyShow is India's largest entertainment ticketing service for booking tickets for movies, events, plays, sports, and festivals. The BookMyShow app has been on Windows Phone Store since a while, but has just been updated to version 188.8.131.52 which brings a completely revamped look and feel.
While the app was always functional, but had limited offerings and a vanilla user experience with average UI. The latest update fixes old bugs and upgrades the app performance, while bringing in a neat, modern user-interface that is quite functional as well as high on visual appeal.
On June 21, developer Rudy Huyn re-released his Windows Phone Tinder client, changing the name from 6tindr to just 6tin. The move follows a six-month gap between when Huyn began speaking with the Tinder team to make his app the official client for Windows Phone. Talks failed to materialize an app, so 6tin was released instead.
We love it when more official apps arrive the Windows Phone Store. AlAhli Bank (alahli.com), also known as The National Commercial Bank, has just released their official app for Windows Phone. They're the first Saudi Arabian bank and the largest bank by asset in the Arab world. There are currently 329 branches throughout the Kingdom with more than 3.5 million clients.
Back in May, popular music streaming service Spotify finally released its massive 3.0 update, bringing a new UI redesign, Spotify radio and Discover. However, like all big updates this one brought with it some unforeseen stability issues and problems, especially with those running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. Spotify 3.1 is now in the Store ready to be downloaded and with it a nice changelog of fixes and improvements.
The official Foursquare app for Windows Phone has had a rough week. A featureless update released on June 24 seemed innocuous enough until users on the Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon had problems launching the refreshed app. The problem seemed limited at first, until a small patch update, version 3.5.8, hit the Store, reportedly fixing the crashes. That 3.5.8 update, nonetheless, is unable to be downloaded by those with a Lumia 1520, revealing an "Item not available" message.
Last year we looked at NARR8, a unique interactive book app/platform for Windows 8. NARR8 comes from NARR8 Limited – a subsidiary of Game Insight, makers of mobile Windows games like Cloud Raiders and Big Business Deluxe. Although games are obviously the publisher's main line of work, they also create dozens of exclusive digital books to sell through their NARR8 app.
UK bank Barclays has released another app for Windows Phone, but this second offering is for its Pingit service. Pingit enables customers to easily send and/or receive funds using just their mobile device. The best part is anyone can use the app and service, even if they bank with another establishment. All that's required is a UK mobile number and you're all set to send and receive funds.
The official Jabong.com app has finally landed on the Windows Phone Store. Jabong.com (jabong.com) is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal that retails apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories, and other lifestyle products. Founded in January 2012, the e-commerce store is one of the top online retailers in India.
The app allows you to shop from anywhere and everywhere in just a few taps. The company promises a seamless shopping experience across the website, mobile site, as well as the app.
Microsoft has announced it has added some new features to its Bing service that include a direct way to view a list of free online education courses within search results, along with faster access to free editions of books.
Weather Hound is one of our favorite Windows Phone weather apps. Its minimalistic design delivers a healthy amount of forecast information that includes your current weather conditions, an hourly forecast and a seven-day forecast. Add Live Tile and Lockscreen support and Weather Hound is a solid, attractive looking Windows Phone weather app.
An update is now available for Weather Hound that takes the app to version 2.0 that has the customary bug fixes and performance enhancements along with support for HD lockscreens on 1GB+ devices, weather alerts, and more.
Lazada (lazada.com), the most popular online shopping mall in Southeast Asia, has recently released their official app for Windows Phone. Customers can browse through various categories from electronics, fashion, cameras, tablets, mobile accessories to home appliances and health and beauty. The Android and iOS apps launched earlier this June. The Windows Phone version followed soon after.
For many, one of fitness goals to work towards is to lose weight. Whether it's five pounds or fifty, you can accomplish this through exercise and eating healthier meals. To help you keep track of your weight loss goal there is the Windows Phone app Weight Challenge.
Weight Challenge is a popular Health and Fitness app that fits in nicely with Fitness Month. The app lets you set your target weight and the date you plan to achieve your slimmer, lighter physique. The app has features to track your daily calories, exercise and waist measurements.
The app does have a certain amount of appeal with a user-friendly design and motivational feedback. If you are looking for a uncomplicated app to help you track your weight loss project, Weight Challenge is worth a peek.
Aviva has released an official app for Windows Phone called Aviva Drive. The insurer uses this app to see how safe their customers drive on the UK road network. What makes it worthwhile for drivers to use is the potential to save up to 20 percent on insurance plans, depending on how safe the app calculates your driving to be. All that's required is to drive a certain amount of miles and Aviva does the rest.
It was only a few days ago when we spoke about an upcoming ProShot update and today it's readily available for download. The massive update introduces numerous changes and improvements to the app which brought the Windows Phone community a DSLR range of controls for their smartphone cameras.
Cleartrip.com is one of the more popular travel websites in India, which allows the booking of flight and train tickets as well as hotels. Incidentally, about two years ago, Cleartrip was one of the first OTA (Online Travel Agent) in India to launch a Windows Phone app, and Windows Phone was also their first platform of choice. While all that gave the service a positive mindshare amongst Windows Phone users, the app has long due an update and the limited ability has irked most users, as reflected in the reviews on the Windows Phone Store. The app has finally got an update bumping it to version 2.0.
Official apps are raining down on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. Especially when it comes to those apps for popular television channels. Just this past week we saw A&E, Lifetime and History make their way to Windows 8.1. Then a few days later, those same apps appeared in the Windows Phone Store. Today we're getting Brava Now for both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Let's check these two apps out.
A report from a team at Facebook that was first published in a scientific journal earlier this month reveals that the social network ran secret psychological experiments on 600,000 users without their awareness.