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Yesterday a new Smart Watch named Kairos came available for pre-order. The Kairos. The difference is that this smart watch is a mechanical watch with a transparent display that lays on top of the mechanical to display the smart watch features. The details listed on their site it only mentions that the Kairos OS will be compatible with Android and IOS. But due to overwhelming request they have added Windows Phone 8.1 added to the compatibility. I contacted the company yesterday and got this official response.   Are you ready to Pre-order now since you know now it will support Windows Phone as well. Kairos watches will come in 2 different models Read more

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The Powramid Power center from Accell is your ideal extension block/ strip and surge protector. With all our devices in the need of power it has been hard to really use all the possible jacks in a normal power strip. The size and orientation of all the charging adapters never lets you, even if you are good in puzzles, use the normal power strip to its full capacity. The Powramid Power center unique pyramid design allows you easily to use all the jacks in this power center for you needed devices. The Powramid comes in white or black and has an easy power switch on the top that is covered with a clear Read more

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This tip I have to credit my daughter. She discovered that Windows Phone 8.1 is smart enough to convert potential dates with actions in the text, sms and messaging app. The great thing about this is that you can easily add calendar appointments based on some communication you have going with your family and friends. You can see below how Windows Phone 8.1 automatically underlines a potential appointment in your messaging field and lets you tap on it and Cortana will add this easily to your calendar. The sample below show you that it will automatically recognizes “Friday” as the next Friday in the calendar and also recognizes the “at school” Read more

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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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Cortana is smart, but it won’t recognize you speaking funky names that we all have these days. Not all of us are Sam, Pete, Julie or Julia. Since Cortana is still only available in the English (US) it has that limitation in general but the US is filled with other cultures and other names. Well, I have the same problem with my children giving them Dutch names. But here is how easy you add the nick names to your contact to have them recognized by Cortana. These nick names can be added by Cortana herself, but my experience so far that this is a battle. Doing a manual input will 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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It has happened twice to me already. Somehow my OneDrive (Still named SkyDrive in folders on your PC) had stopped syncing my newly added files to the cloud and onto my other devices. Somehow files from the cloud came on my computer but not the new files on my local OneDrive folder did sync back. Why, well I don’t know! Since SkyDrive / OneDrive is now embedded in your Windows 8.1 there is no easy way to stop and reactivate the sync process.I have found out with a few easy steps you can stop and re-activate the sync progress of your OneDrive without losing any of your already organized data Read more

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The SDK for Windows Phone 8.1 was released to some key developers under NDA. However it seems that those NDA’s have been broken very quickly by many since that a few key Windows Phone websites like WPCentral,  WMPoweruser and others are showing off screenshots of new features built-in the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.  I have looked at these sites and compiled for you a list and possible screenshots of these new features. I have to warn you all that nothing is confirmed but that the probability is great. NOTE: Just like with the previous versions of Windows Phone the OEM’s and Carriers probably have some say in implementing some Read more