Learn all you need to know about Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft’s tablet friendly Operating System.
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for download from Microsoft. Its available both in x86 and x64 flavors.
Here is the file name of them,
The consumer preview build is also available in other languages like Chinese, etc,.
File names via Winunleaked.
The Nokia Lumia 800′s going to have to shuffle over a bit, as there’s a new Windows Phone king in town – theNokia Lumia 900. It looks like an expanded version of the Lumia 800, but is it really that simple? We take a closer look at the phone’s tech specs to find out.
The answer to that opening question is: no, it isn’t that simple. The Nokia Lumia 900 is the new Nokia flagship, and it wrestles that title from the Nokia Lumia 800 with good reason. Here’s the full lowdown.
4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display
The most obvious change from the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Lumia 900 is the screen size. Rather than a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, we now have a 4.3-inch AMOLED display – that’s more than half an inch bigger. While the resolution stays the same (800 x 480), tests have shown that the Nokia Lumia 900 uses an improved RGB screen matrix, making for an even crisper picture.
Cameras: 8-megapixel main, 1-megapixel front
The Nokia Lumia 900 has pretty much the same 8-megapixel camera on its back as that found in the Nokia Lumia 800, but flip it over and you’ll see the next major improvement. It’s the first Nokia Lumia device to come with a front-facing camera – a decent 1-megapixel unit, as it turns out. This will come in handy with the new Skype app that’s just hit beta, allowing for video calls. It’ll also work in a similar way with the current Tango app.
The final improvement for the Nokia Lumia 900 is its bigger 1830mAh battery. To put that into context, the Nokia Lumia 800 comes with a 1450mAh battery. Why so large? Sure, that 4.3-inch screen will chew up a little more power, but not enough to warrant such a mighty step up in battery size.
The truth is that the Nokia Lumia 900 was developed initially for the US market, and so was built to support the country’s power-hungry LTE – or 4G – networks. As we don’t have such networks in this country yet, the result should be very simply a device with an extra-mighty battery life. Excellent!
1.4GHz CPU, 512MB RAM
The rest of the Nokia Lumia 900′s specs will be familiar to any Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 owners. It runs on the same potent double-act of a 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. This will ensure that applications, multitasking, web browsing and the like will run like greased lightning.
Windows Phone 7.5
Yep, it’s the same story with the Nokia Lumia 900′s operating system. We’re talking Windows Phone 7.5 with the extra spice that Nokia has brought in the shape of Nokia Maps, Nokia Music and – of course – Nokia Drive. In fact, that latter app should be a perfect fit for the larger screen of the Lumia 900.
What’s surprising about the Nokia Lumia 900 is that it’s not quite as big as you might be expecting (127.8mm x 68.5mm x 11.5mm). Oh, it’s bigger than the Nokia Lumia 800 alright, thanks to that 4.3-inch screen, but it’s not proportionally bigger. That’s because the surrounding bezel is proportionately smaller – the screen fills the front of the device better, in other words.
As for weight, that extra-large battery means an extra 18 grams – 160 grams, to be precise. Not feather-light, exactly, but certainly manageable.
Culled from NokNok
Cocktail Flow is a bartending app with style, featuring fancy photos of your favorite mixed drinks, alongside recipes for each. You can search by liquor or by name, and the app has a shopping assistant that allows you to easily make shopping lists and search for prices. When searching for specific drinks, you can browse by base drink, occasion, or color, as well.
So, next time you’re hosting a classy (or not-so-classy – doesn’t matter) party, you can be ready for whatever requests your guests throw at you. The pictures are excellent in quality, and are a big help when you’re trying to figure out whether or not you have a drink made properly.
Cocktail Flow is available for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
If you’re a new Nokia Lumia 800 owner, you’ll doubtless have noticed that there are two music apps vying for your attention: Nokia Music and Windows Phone’s own Zune. You might question whether that’s necessary, but Nokia Music does a lot more than simply replicate Zune’s functionality.
Read more on How to get the most from Nokia Music
Glympse, originally for Android phones, is now available on Windows Phones, and brings the same functionality as the Android app. The app is simple – users set up a Glympse, or a time frame wherein designated contacts can view the user’s movements via GPS. Access to the Glympse is strictly limited to that time frame, so if you use the app, you automatically go dark again once the time limit that you set is up. It could be a handy app for keeping track of kids, or proving to your boss that you really are late because you got stuck in traffic. You can also use the app to send information about your speed, destination, and ETA.
There are some inconvenient limitations to the app, though. This version of Glympse is incapable of streaming your location from the background, so the app will need to be running for the entirety of that time frame you set. Also, if you receive a Glympse for someone else using the app, you’ll have to copy and paste the entire URL into the text box. Though it is nice that recipients of Glympses can use a web browser to view them, rather than needing the app itself, Glympse uses Flash, which means those who have machines that are not Flash compatible (*cough* Apple owners *cough*) will be out of luck.
Glympse is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for free.
Culled from ChipChick
Looks like the Smoked by Windows Phone phenom is spreading to the Far East. Starting yesterday and continuing through the weekend, over in Hong Kong the Windows Phone team is taking challenges to their OS–from iPhones to Android phones, all are fair game. From Simon at We Love Windows Phone:
“The “Smoked by Windows Phone” Hong Kong version (「挑戰」, a local Hong Kong slang meaning challenging each other) was organized by Microsoft HK starting from yesterday (Friday in Hong Kong) to Sunday. The event yesterday was held for 2 hours and for the remaining two days it would be held for 4 hours each day. Challengers using iOS, Android or Blackberry devices are all welcomed to join the challenge. There are more than 5 challenge tasks that people can randomly choose from to compete with Windows Phone (details of tasks would be shown after the series of event is finished by our site in order to increase the excitement for contestants)…If the challenger wins, they can get HK$1000 (~US$130) in cash as a reward; while if they lose, they get a specially designed Windows Phone tee!”
So far it’s going well as yesterday that had 11 challenges and 0 losses, which ain’t too shabby. For more photos and details, head to We Love Windows Phone!
Culled from wpcentral
It can be a little hard to change to a new mobile platform. We all live with our phones every day for up to a couple of years, and in that time we get to know all the shortcuts and quirks.
For those pondering over to make the switch from Symbian to Nokia Windows Phone, Don’t let familiarity with Symbian put you off Windows Phone, though, as it really is very easy to pick up. Here’s how it behaves in the core areas of usage.
While Symbian and Nokia Belle have a fairly traditional spread of homescreens (Belle has six), each populated by app icons and widgets, Windows Phone is far simpler. It has one main home screen, supported by a secondary screen populated by all of your applications.
Windows Phone’s main screen is populated by Live Tiles rather than static app icons. These are basically big square widgets – which means that as well as taking you through to the app they actively show you relevant information from within the app. For example, the Pictures tile will scroll through the pictures you’ve snapped on your Lumia phone’s camera, and the Calendar tile will show you your next appointment. All glanceable information that cuts out needless swiping and tapping, and strengthens your attachment to your phone.
This strong and uniquely styled interface – called Metro UI – is carried through each of Windows Phone’s native apps. Rather than flicking between screens, you appear to scroll left and right across a very wide page – an effect that not only looks great, but serves to tell you where you are in the app.
Email and SMS each get their own Live Tile on the main screen on Windows Phone. In fact, if you add a subsequent email account that will automatically get its own Live Tile too. Each Live Tile will show how many unread messages you have waiting.
As text messages come in, a small notification bar will appear at the top of your phone’s screen. This tells you who the message is from, and offers the first line of text. It also acts as a shortcut button to the message within the text message app, but it doesn’t pull down into a full menu like the more recent versions of Symbian.
The actual process of text entry in Windows Phone is quite similar to that found in Symbian. The virtual keyboard is easy to use, and as you type out words you’ll be provided with suggestions as to which word you mean – which can be tapped to select.
The Contacts facility in Windows Phone is actually called People. It provides one of our favourite Live Tiles – a constantly changing mosaic of the pictures you have attached to your contacts. These are pulled through automatically as you link in your accounts from Gmail, Facebook and the like.
But the main function of people is, of course, to find and make calls quickly. This hasn’t been forgotten – in fact it’s one of the quickest systems we’ve ever used. By hitting the first header in the contacts list (likely either ‘#’ or ‘a’) you’ll bring up a grid of all the letters that you have contacts under. Touching one of these will take you to that letter’s contacts. Easy!
As well as the basics, People also contains a ‘What’s new’ section that pulls in all the latest Tweets, Facebook updates and LinkedIn posts from your contacts.
Windows Phone uses an optimised version of Internet Explorer 9, so as you’d expect it’s very quick and very easy to use. There’s a single bar at the bottom which contains a combined email address/Bing search field, and the bar can also be expanded to show more options (including favourites and settings). Browsing itself is slick and responsive, with pinch to zoom.
But the real advance made in Windows Phone when it comes to web browsing is integrated search. While there might be a search widget installed on your homescreen in Nokia Belle, your Nokia Lumia phone comes with a dedicated search button. Hit this at any time to initiate a Bing search, which can be made using text, voice or even an image (utilising the phone’s camera). It’ll also search the web for entries relevant to your locality.
Some people feel that apps define any modern smartphone platform, and both Symbian and Windows Phone are well catered for in this regard. As you’d expect, with the Nokia Store (formerly Ovi) having launched a good two years prior to Windows Phone 7.5, it has the greater number of apps, but Windows Phone Marketplace excels in both quality and the sheer rate of growth.
What sets the Marketplace apart is the way in which even third party applications are optimised for the operating system. Major players like eBay, Flickr, Facebook and IMDb have all adopted the Metro UI for their apps – and the results are stunning. It means there’s a base level of uniformity to the Windows Phone user experience, making navigation a doddle throughout.
Culled from NokNok