Windows Phone has been able to natively backup up photos you take for a long time. It's an option in your photo settings that allow any photo you take to save automatically to OneDrive. The feature is indispensable in case you lose your phone or if you have a device with limited storage space. Do you have it enabled?
There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new_and_worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
Upload to Youtube, a Windows Phone 8.1 app that lets you upload videos from your camera roll to Youtube, has recently been updated with a cool new feature. This handy app now lets you upload your last video with the help of Cortana. Want to see it in action? Continue reading and watch our quick how-to video.
Earlier this morning, the Nokia Developer Team tweeted out some information regarding developer devices getting Lumia Cyan. The Lumia 920 is now getting Lumia Cyan, with the Lumia 620 getting it next week and the Lumia 820 in early September. Good news, right?
Bill Gates does it best. Two days ago we showed you Satya Nadella taking part in the ALC Ice Bucket Challenge that's been going around. The purpose of this social media campaign is to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a serious neurodegenerative disease. Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook recently challenged Bill Gates. As you'll see in the video below, Bill Gates took the challenge like a champ.
This is just a quick reminder that the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is available today for those in the US and Canada to purchase. The Docking Station is the big kahuna of accessories for the new Surface Pro 3 as it allows you to make a full desktop PC out of the hybrid laptop and tablet. The new Docking Station greatly improves upon the previous generation by giving users more of what they want, and I have to admit it is very enticing.
Select games and add-ons for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will now be able to be purchased as download codes from American and British retailers. Maps and expansions for Forza and Halo games will be available, and full games like Max: Curse of Brotherhood and State of Decay will support the new purchasing mechanism.
It is never easy mass releasing a new app for any OS because testing on a few devices with a few users is one thing, mass testing with the world is another. Foursquare's new Swarm app came out two days ago, and it is now on its second update since then (the first came out just hours after the initial release). Being good developers the Swarm team is passing on the changes too with some specificity, so they get a small golf clap from us for keeping us informed.
Headed to the Store, and you can see version 126.96.36.199 ready for download, up from 188.8.131.52 from Wednesday.
The Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 updates are going wider in the last few days. Over the last 24-hours, numerous tips have been coming in regarding wider availability of the updates for users who are still on Windows Phone 8.0.
Of interest is seeing the Lumia 520 go wider, especially in the Asia Pacific region and some countries in Africa. The Lumia 620, 720 and 820 are also seeing releases concentrated in Europe, for now. Finally, those who reside in the Russian Federation and Ukraine are getting their first taste of the Cyan as the Lumia 625, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1320 are now getting updates in those areas.
Did your carrier make the cut? See our recent additions below, or head to our full tracker to see everything thus far.
A "technical preview" build of Windows Threshold will be available in late September or early October, according to anonymous sources. Windows Threshold will be a stepping stone on the way to the full retail release of Windows 9 in the spring.
Much like Wunderlist, which as a universal app is built on the same code for Phone and Windows 8.1, highly praised Atmosphere Weather is now available for your tablet or PC. Leveraging the unique opportunity for developers who can target both platforms, Atmosphere Weather brings the same elegant form and functionality to the larger screen.
The app is brand new to the Store, just launching this morning. Assuming you bought the 99 cent version for Windows Phone, there is no new purchase for the Windows 8.1 one as the 'pay once, get everywhere' model applies to this release.
UK carrier EE is being criticized for its new customer service system that allows some customers to pay to jump to the front of the call line. If you agree to a 50p fee, you will be able to speak to the next available representative rather than wait in line like everyone else. The move has sparked outrage, with many customers taking to social media, lambasting the carrier. EE still promises take calls as rapidly as possible:
Wunderlist 3 beta is now available for download for Windows 8.1, which comes a few weeks after the debut of the public beta of the app on Windows Phone. For those unfamiliar with the service, Wunderlist is a popular list-making app that allows you to manage to-do lists with ease.
Today Only: Buy the Nokia 1.3A Micro USB Wall Charger for just $9.95!
Designed to be ultra-compact, this charger is convenient to carry with you while traveling. Included with the wall charger adapter is the Micro-USB data cable that measures 3 feet in length, enough to reach around common obstacles.
There's a new Xbox One OS update rolling out right now to those in the Xbox preview program. Earlier this week at Gamescon, Microsoft detailed some new features coming to Xbox One. Some of those future features include a revamped Friends section, a powerful media player and more. That update isn't ready for general consumers yet, but select Xbox One members are installing the new update now.
After taking the helm of Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella had laid out a vision that would see the closure of the Xbox Entertainment Studios division through layoffs and cost cuts. However, as it turns out, the studio, which would be responsible for exclusive video content for the Xbox platform, isn't quite dead yet and there may still be some life left.
Cut and Hack for Windows Phone is getting a nice update today. You'll recall that Cut and Hack is a 'hacking' simulator from Android and iOS that came to Windows Phone last month. Today's update for Cut and Hack adds new features, like the new Survive mode, and includes bug fixes for low-memory devices.
Research firm IDC has posted its quarterly report on the worldwide smartphone market, and according to its numbers, the share of phones that used Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system went down from 3.4 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to just 2.5 percent in the same time period of 2014.
We're going to be making some changes to the podcasts we do here at Mobile Nations — Android Central, CrackBerry, Connectedly, iMore, and Windows Phone Central. That'll no doubt excite some people and upset others, but our single, unwavering goal is to make better shows that you'll enjoy even more. We want to respect your time and your interests, we want to stay focused and stay relevant, So, with all of that in mind, here's what's changing!
Uber for Windows Phone has picked up its first update. The app relaunched for Windows Phone a few weeks ago and has been well received by the community. At the time we learned that fare quotes, shareable links with trip map, and the ability to split fares would be coming to future updates. Today we get fare quotes with version 184.108.40.206 of Uber.