Nokia Treasure Tags available at Verizon Wireless

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Nokia Treasure Tags – finally a solution to the all-too-familiar and frustrating dilemma of losing a valuable. We all have those days where we’re running late for work and can’t find our car keys, or we come home from a night out only to discover we lost our wallet. It happens to the best of us, but we no longer need to wonder where they’ve disappeared to. According to Nokia, we can quickly and easily keep track of our most precious belongings with this nifty new accessory.

 

 

 

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Source Nokia.com

All you have to do is download the Treasure Tag app from the Windows Store and attach the tag to your item of choice. Seems pretty simple! The app will alert you if are about to leave the item behind or trace the exact position of the item on a map.  Even if you are out of the Bluetooth distance range, the coordinates will show you where the connection was lost so you can run back in the nick of time.

 

 

 

 

Source Nokia.com
Source Nokia.com

Not only are the Treasure Tags extremely useful but can be quite decorative and trend-setting with the following colors to choose from: blue, back, white and yellow.

The Treasure Tag is said to operate best with Lumia Black Software, so it is recommended that you update your phone to get the most out of this tool. You also need to have Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC in order for it to work. Conveniently, you can pair up to four Treasure Tags  with the same app, and they run about 6 months on just one coin battery.

 

 

For now, Treasure Tags can only be purchased for $29.99 through Verizon Wireless in the United States, and are said to be coming soon on the Nokia Website. However, there is no information yet on when Microsoft Stores will carry them and when they’ll be officially available in other countries. We anticipate they will be more widely available soon and we look forward to getting our hands on one.

 

To watch a simple demonstration of  how Treasure Tags works, click here to see a video posted by Nokia.

Skype for modern Windows updated for better mouse & keyboard support

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This update is only for Windows 8.1, and will not be available to Windows 8 users.  Of course Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade from Windows 8 so go to the Windows store and upgrade asap.

Traditional PC (mouse and keyboard) users will be thrilled to know that the Modern Skype app has been updated to be more user friendly and natural-feeling for non-touchscreen device users.  You may already be running this new version of Skype as apps in Windows 8.1 are automatically updated.


The new version of Skype is now at release 2.8.0.1001.  This update is minor but it  brings some rather interesting features and fixes.

Skype offers Syncing across devices,  this includes Skype favorites.  This  is a feature that makes using the app  more pleasant, especially when using frequently across different devices.

On-screen functions are easier to access with a mouse, and less space is used up by recent conversations.

There are general performance improvements, including loading times of the app.

 

Skype for modern Windows updated for better mouse & keyboard support

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This update is only for Windows 8.1, and will not be available to Windows 8 users.  Of course Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade from Windows 8 so go to the Windows store and upgrade asap.

Traditional PC (mouse and keyboard) users will be thrilled to know that the Modern Skype app has been updated to be more user friendly and natural-feeling for non-touchscreen device users.  You may already be running this new version of Skype as apps in Windows 8.1 are automatically updated.


The new version of Skype is now at release 2.8.0.1001.  This update is minor but it  brings some rather interesting features and fixes.

Skype offers Syncing across devices,  this includes Skype favorites.  This  is a feature that makes using the app  more pleasant, especially when using frequently across different devices.

On-screen functions are easier to access with a mouse, and less space is used up by recent conversations.

There are general performance improvements, including loading times of the app.

 

Box rebuilds their Windows 8.1 apps for phone and PC

Box is excited to have released updates for Box for Windows 8 and Box for Windows Phone, yesterday. They’ve made the apps faster, more solid and more vigorous. These apps have shown to be very popular as they have been installed over 1 million times, according to Box. 

“…we continue to be committed to giving all our users the best-in-class mobile experience they expect from Box.” – Simon Tan, Product Manager of Mobile of Box

This newly updated v2.0 release has been entirely rebuilt to be much steadier and with additional components added to the apps.  The transfer manager, menus, breadcrumbs and other navigation experiences are now more consistent and straightforward to navigate.

Designed toward benefiting a wider user range, additional language support has also been added for the Polish and Turkish language. Box is currently supporting 19 different language to bring in more diverse users worldwide. Developers will also be happy to know that this update utilizes the latest Windows SDK release, so they too can create apps with the same superb features.

Box hopes these updates will give them a more prominent groundwork to create future advancements in agility and performance.

Source: Box Blog

File Manager Coming to Windows Phone 8.1

Joe Belfiore revealed that a file manager app is coming to Windows Phone 8.1 during his first Reddit AMA session yesterday. He didn’t mention any specifics about how the app works, but he provided us with 6 screenshots which gives us a decent understanding of the app’s functionality and design principles.  He stated that they are aiming for a May release, but that the time frame may change.

These photos reveal some of this app’s uses, such a creating new folders, choosing where to place documents, whether on an SD card or the phone. It also shows  a basic layout of the app’s design which seems to correspond to the modern minimalistic design of Windows Phone’s OS.

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Skype group calling is now free for everyone!

Skype group video calling is finally free for all Windows, Mac and Xbox One users, according to Phillip Snalune from Skype Blog. He adds “Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group conversations even easier!” – previously, this premium feature used to cost $8.99/month. “For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms.” Microsoft recommends calls with up to five people maximum for optimal performance as “fair usage policy” applies.

Google Hangouts pioneered group chat when it was launched on May 15, 2013 as a free service, but now that Skype is free for group chat, this popular application will be even more attractive to individuals looking to chat with friends and family as well as business users looking to have a virtual meeting or a conference call. Give it a try!

Article Source/Media Credit: Skype Blog

Windows Phone 8.1's New API's Spawn First Full Fledged Video Editor

The Windows Phone Store hasn’t had a proper video editing app, however it has plenty of video trimmers, with the recent Windows Phone 8.1 update developers now have access to more API’s, this spawned Windows Phone’s first full featured video editing app, it’s called Movie Maker 8.1.

It allows users control of every frame in the movie and lets users mix videos, photos, and music to create.  The user interface is beautiful and streamlined and the app will allow users to extract mp3 from a video and offers a 10x slow motion effect

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wp_ss_20140428_0006Features of the App:

Adding Video

• Pick any video from your phone video library or the camera

• Trim, crop and split clips

• Set clip volume level

• Copy, paste and delete clips at any position

• Use simple playback controls to review clips

• Real time preview in which you can zoom

Background tasks

• Pick any sound and music file from your phone

• Trim, crop and split tracks

Set track volume level

• Copy, paste and delete tracks at any position

• Use simple playback controls to review tracks

Adding Images

• Pick any image from your phone picture library or camera roll

set duration, trim, crop and split the clips

• Apply the awesome Nokia filter effects

The app costs $1.49 and is created by Vanetasoft, this is not the official Microsoft Movie Maker which is part of Windows Live essentials

 

Microsoft Office for iPad Review – Productivity finally comes to iOS

 

This is a happy time for iPad users as Microsoft has finally released office for iPad, well, not the complete suite, but 3 of the most popular apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  OneNote was previously released is and part of the suite as the fourth office app, however Outlook is not available.  Office has been and still is today, the standard productivity software suite the world uses, as over a billion people are running this software, that’s 1 in every seven people on this planet.  As the world moves to the cloud, Microsoft being the second largest cloud provider behind Amazon looks to further embrace it with bringing in more iPad users, in hopes of having additional subscribers to office 365.   For those of that don’t know, Apples iCloud service is actually running on Microsoft Azure platform and Amazons cloud service.

iPad user can now feel more productive on their tablets, but to actually edit and create documents you will need an office 365 subscription.  Without an Office 365 subscription you are only able to view your documents.  An office 365 subscription will cost you $99/year which will give you the ability to run the latest version of Office on up to five PC’s, Windows 8 tablets, iPad and Macs. Microsoft throws in an extra bonus, such as offering extra OneDrive storage making this a pretty sweet deal.  OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) is able to store all of your documents, photos, files and Video’s which can sync across any device, enabling Office 365 subscribers to sync their documents across all of their devices.  However you can chose to save the files on you device, starting a document on one device, and continuing it on another feels absolutely amazing.

We tested our documents created on a PC which and as we opened them on the iPad, the format remained the same, in the past iPad users were able to use 3rd party alternatives for opening Office documents but it led to disrupting the original format which was unacceptable.

Word

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Word works great and has tons of features, Microsoft has selected the most popular templates for you to choose from and start creating documents.  The layout is touch friendly while having lots of capabilities and being familiar to iPad users. Inserting photos is simple and as you move it around you can adjust the position for it that you prefer as the texts wraps itself around the photo.

Positioning the cursor to the text you want is traditionally not touch friendly, but Microsoft added a neat feature for doing this specific thing.  As you press and hold the screen, a nice zoom effect takes place, it feels like looking through a loop, which allows you to place the cursor much more accurately.  This feature also works with Excel and PowerPoint

PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is easy to use and editing is optimized for touch, moving things around, editing text and creating is extremely well implemented.

Excel

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Excel is also beautifully designed for touch, and Microsoft also includes an Excel custom keyboard which is accessible by tapping the 123 icon, it includes many of the Excel common functions.  As the keyboard pops up the pages are displayed over the keyboard so you’re still able to see and switch between them,

Microsoft has done a fantastic job at implementing its world renowned Office Suite for the iPad, it works naturally and is the real deal.  Office works best when saving documents on OneDrive, as you able to pick up where you left off in your document on another device, as you continue there, it all gets uploaded automatically and you work becomes accessible to you everywhere you go.

However, with the iPad not being a productive machine due to its outdated OS, no cursor support,  and not being able to run two apps side by side, it makes using this software much less productive. If you’re trying to read of off something as you write at the same time, or maybe need to be on a Skype call as your working, using Office on the iPad can be a very frustrating experience, it’s meant to be used on its own.

Office is truly well done and implemented on the iPad, it’s a shame that IOS is holding it back so much, making it usable for much simpler tasks rather than the productivity software its meant to be, but then again, this is an iPad.  Using a keyboard on the iPad is a better experience when it comes to using Office but without a trackpad productivity is still degraded.  We are surprisingly impressed by what Office can achieve with these limitations, but you are buying a tablet to use Office, Microsoft’s Surface tablet is the way to go, hands down, it offers this suite in its original fully featured form, it is also free and is not tied to a subscription, it comes with Outlook and doesn’t have the restrictions IOS does.  For those of you who wish to use the iPad, this is the best productivity experience available on this device and it only get better from this moment on.