Mobile banking has continued to take off as more consumers purchase smartphones. Polish mBank (www.mbank.pl) has joined other banking establishments by releasing an official app for Windows Phone. The client enables customers to connect and login to their accounts, check balances, statements and carry out general account management.
Venturing out the front door and checking out what's on in your local area may prove troublesome depending on what events are currently ongoing. There are numerous tools and services out there, including HERE Maps and Local Scout, which are superb ways to reveal new points of interest (POI).
Spondle (www.spondle.com) is another such service, which enables you to search through local venues, events, POIs and other listings. Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps are readily available for deployment into the field. What's interesting about Spondle is how there's an emphasis on user-submitted content.
Digitally Imported (www.di.fm) is a premium electronic and dance radio service with many streams for listeners to choose from. While the music service itself is free for everyone, there's the option to upgrade to premium should you wish to enjoy better quality audio, no advertisements, over 55 channels and more. Today, the company has announced a forthcoming price increase for new subscribers starting on March 1st.
Yesterday, Microsoft made Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 available to the public. The package of updates includes content for Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. The first Service pack for Project, Visio, and SharePoint was also released separately. Overall, the Office 2013 Service Pack 1 offers a collection of bug fixes, with a few slight use improvements.
For once, if you are an international reader and seeing “US only” – it is a good thing.
Here in the United States, it is the beginning of tax season and Americans are scrambling to put together their invoices and submit them to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). It can be a stressful process, in which many Americans become lost in stacks of paperwork and government forms. Luckily, Bing is here to help you out.
Released over a year ago on iOS, Hungry Crew can now be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store. It’s a really simple game about fishing. You and your crew are stranded at sea. Save your mates by catching as many fishes as you can. You have the most powerful harpoons in store to spear your fish.
Head past the break to watch our hands on video and gameplay.
Last season, Major League Baseball fans on Windows Phone went half the season without an official app in the Windows Phone Store. It wasn’t until August that At Bat 13 came out, which, while disappointing, was better than nothing. Are we in for another round of déjà vu this year with an entire season of baseball slipping away before we see a new app out for Windows Phone? Nope. At Bat 14 is coming next month.
There’s a big update coming the Xbox One on March 11, just in time for Titanfall. While the launch of Titanfall is certainly helping to push a few features out to the Xbox One, most games will benefit from the changes. The Xbox team just shared a video showing off some of those features coming in the March update. The video focuses on all the changes happening to the Party and Friends features on Xbox One.
Are you a lucky owner of one of Nokia’s Lumia 1520 smartphones? If so, you may find an email in your inbox inviting you to take a survey about the product. Nokia states that the objective of their survey is to “understand better how you use it and how satisfied you are with it”. The best part about the survey? Participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift voucher for their time.
Microsoft has actively given away terabytes of OneDrive storage to consumers over the rebranding period already, but fear not if you've missed out on previous promotions. The company is giving away 100GB of storage through Bing Rewards. Whether you store your massive photo collection from your Windows Phones or enjoy collaborating and sharing content with others, this extra space will come in handy to many.
Way back in the innocent month of August, I interviewed an indie developer called Sic’em Studios about their plans to bring a duo of games to Windows Phone. Fast-forward to this month: I recently returned to San Francisco for an indie-focused event called Apps World. That provided the perfect chance to catch up with the boys at Sic’em and see how their Windows Phone plans have progressed.
As it turns out their plans have changed and Sic’em has decided not to port two of their older Android titles to Windows Phone. Instead, they’re going to release a brand new game called Text and Die for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. With a humorous premise and retro-inspired gameplay, Text and Die should find a good home on mobile Windows platforms when it launches within the coming weeks.
Windows Phone 8.1 is an upcoming update from Microsoft for the mobile platform. The release itself is billed as a major improvement for Windows Phone owners, also addressing many complaints from consumers who have yet to pick up a device. Internet Explorer 11 is the next step for Microsoft's popular web browser, introducing numerous new features.
A video has been published with some hands-on footage of IE11 in action.
Skype for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.16, which includes a number of improvements. The major change in this latest release is the removal of Skype usernames for login, previously utilised by consumers before Microsoft began to implement its account system across products and services. Now Windows Phone owners can keep things simple and login through their Microsoft account.
The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they're covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they're flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000. There used to be a time when a single new LTE network meant millions were covered — now it takes a dozen new markets to cover a mere 300,000. We're on the long tail of the LTE coverage build-out now. The full list of new AT&T LTE coverage follows.
Charging your Windows Phone is a thing of the past with certain Nokia Lumia smartphones. The ability to rest the handset on a cradle or stand makes it painless to give the device a few hours of charge before heading out. If you haven't yet bought a Qi wireless charger to go with a compatible Windows Phone, the Nokia DT-910 is available for just £33.95 on Amazon.
Right now the most advanced Windows Phone device is a tie between the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon. They pack nearly identical tech, just in different packages. The Lumia 1520 has a 1080p display on a 6-inch screen, while the Icon packs the same resolution into 5-inch screen. Other than that the two smartphones are identical in specs (yes, the Lumia 1520 has a microSD slot). However, the Lumia Icon is only available in black or white. The Lumia 1520 is a little more Nokia in that it has a handful of colors, one of which will reportedly soon be green.
Still holding out for a better Facebook experience on Windows Phone? The team behind the Facebook app hears you loud and clear. Another update to Facebook Beta has been pushed to the Windows Phone Store. This marks the third update to the app so far in 2014.
Mobile World Congress 2014 is over and we're wrapping it up in full-on Mobile Nations style! Join Phil Nickinson, Alex Dobie, and Andrew Martonik of Android Central, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and Richard Devine of iMore as they talk EVERYTHING Samsung, Android, Nokia, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and more!
Earlier this month we had a little contest to help rename Weather+ to OneWeather. Unfortunately, the developer was unable to use that name due to another weather app named 1Weather. The app will instead be called 4castr. It’s now available in the Windows Phone Store and brings new features to the table.
If you are currently using Nokia’s Glance Background Beta, you will want to check out the GlanceScreens.com Windows Phone 8 app.
It is the official Windows Phone app for the GlanceScreens.com website and delivers a healthy supply of Glance Background images to your Windows Phone. You can also register with GlanceScreens.com to create and upload your own images to the collections.