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The Window Phone 8.1 update with Cortana is amazing, but Local Scout is missing as an option like we had in Windows Phone 8. Unless you turn Cortana off and get the old Bing search back. However I like them both and would like them both on my Windows Phone 8.1. Local scout is a very great tool you want to use while you can’t use Cortana due to a public setting which is not conducive to talk to your phone. Local Scout also lets filter quickly by multiple different type of restaurants which Cortana can’t do. Well, with the help of Cortana you can get Local Scout back on Read more

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Later on today the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 will be released and it comes with quite a bit of new features and some changes to the Microsoft  latest Windows Phone operating system. I have summed up before a list of the leaked features but today I can share with you what I have found to be different and new in Windows Phone 8.1. And I am not just talking showing you Cortana or the Word flow keyboard :). I have small little nuances that makes great improvements that enhances the user experience. At the bottom of this article I also have a small video showing a feature many of Read more

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Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 update were officially announced yesterday during the Build keynote. The Windows Phone 8.1 update is a major update with Cortana, Flow keyboard Action center and much more. A few weeks ago there was already a hint that the official page for Windows Phone 8.1  features tab was seen on the official Windows Phone page. Well…It’s there now and it highlights “Six reasons to choose Windows Phone” The official Windows Phone 8.1 feature page is now live and the following 6 reasons to choose Windows Phone listed are: Cortana – The most personal assistant (video on site) Personalization – The world’s most personal smartphone Read more

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Since the launch of Windows Phone 7 it was very hard to get your custom ringtones on your Windows Phone. You either had to use an app to find the one you wanted and liked or you had to make one yourself with all those nitty and gritty requirements and use somehow your desktop Zune application to get it on your device. However with Windows Phone 8 you can easily get your favorite ringtone on your device. Let explain this to you. In Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5, media transfer between a phone and a computer is performed with Zune software. In Windows Phone 8, media transfer between Read more

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If you haven’t read it yet, your read it now! Nokia was bought by Microsoft. Of course Apple has it own phone hardware division. Google bought Motorola for it’s phone hardware division (still using Asus for tablet though) and Microsoft needed to find the right partner to make Windows Phone successful and become a staple. Well. This is how I see it played out…… Microsoft bought Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion to secure to rising future of the Windows Phone business plan. Hey! Google did it with Motorola. But I think ther purchase was too early since Motorola had limited world market penetration. As of last month, Motorola phones Read more

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I just received an OtterBox case for the Nokia Lumia 1020, and now I truly feel like my phone is indestructible. As always, this defender case comes standard with OtterBox’s three layers of protection, built to withstand bumps, drops, and shocks, and anything else which might cross its path. Right off of the bat, I have to say that if you want to use this case, make sure you want to use it for a LONG time. Getting this case apart without the phone in it is a challenge in and of itself. Once my Lumia 1020 was in there, the only feasible way to remove it from the case Read more

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I wrote a few days ago about the get the free 50 GB cloud storage for your high-resolution picture on your Nokia Lumia 1020 or any other Windows Phone. However there are some reports that the app crashes when you are trying to launch it. And yes, you are not the only one. But my son Matthijs actually found the fix for this. If you have the problem that the AT&T Locke a pp on your Windows Phone is not launching anymore, we have the fix for you. You probably went to the Background task in the application settings and turned off the AT&T Locker app so it wouldn’t allow Read more

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I wrote an article earlier this week explaining how the storage management works on the new Nokia Lumia 1020 since it stores a 38 and a 5 MP file of the images you take with the integrated Pro Camera Lens app.  Well it turns out that the 38 MP version of your main image you will take can only be backed up by copy and pasting it from your device while connected as a drive to your PC.  All the other versions of that images will  be backed-up to your SkyDrive. However if you have an AT&T Windows Phone, AT&T has their own SkyDrive  like service called AT&T Locker. AT&T Read more

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Today I was present at the launch of the new highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 1020. You probably have read and seen already many article from my colleagues at WPCentral and WMPoweruser. However I was able to talk to a product manager and tested and talked more into depth about how the storage and back up works on these amazing high resolution pictures. First of all the the camera will take only these high resolution pictures with the Pro Camera Lens app. This lens app will give you full control on many levels similar to a DSLR camera.  The Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image, and Read more

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One of the biggest issues on Windows Phone 8 has been that many users haven’t been able to play certain wav audio files which are their home or office voice mails attached to an email. The issue is that that there are different type of wav files and somehow the codecs of older wav files didn’t make it in the chip sets on Windows Phone 8. I will give you two great solutions. One of them requires help from others and can be difficult, but the other solution is easy and you can set it up in a few minutes. Self Fix for Unsupported Wav Files There are some solutions, one of them Read more