Windows Phone 8.1 Announced At Build 2014

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Today, at the annual Build developer conference, Microsoft announced the very highly anticipated Windows Phone 8.1.

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Here’re the key enhancements coming with Windows Phone 8.1:

  • New Action Centre
  • New interactive Lock screen experiences
  • 3rd medium column of Live Tiles to all screen sizes.
  • New Homescreen background
  • Cortana digital assistant powered by Bing
  • Support for enterprise VPN and S/MIME
  • Updated Calendar w/ week view
  • WiFi Sense app: Let you automatically connect to free public hotspots
  • Independent volume controls
  • New calling screen
  • New shape writing on WindowsPhone 8.1 keyboard
  • Internet Explorer 11 with in private browsing
  • New enhancements to the WP 8.1 Store, including personalised suggestions

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Source thepockettech

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Nokia launches affordable smartphones in Bahrain

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The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market and provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com.

  • The Nokia Asha 230 is Nokia’s most affordable full-touch Asha device to date, priced at BD 23
  • The Nokia 220 is an Internet-ready mobile phone with social apps, priced at only BD 16

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Manama, Bahrain – 24 March 2014 – Today Nokia and Intercol, the distributor for Nokia in Bahrain, showcased five new affordable handsets in Bahrain. Senior Nokia representative reiterated its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by introducing Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android™ apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences, to the Bahraini market.

Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf, commented: “Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and we have demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences. The Nokia X family boasts Nokia’s iconic, high quality hardware design in a range of vibrant colours. Nokia X also brings the best of Nokia signature services such as HERE mapping, as well as great Microsoft services such as OneDrive and access to the world of Android apps.

Dinesh Ramankutty, General Manager, Intercol comments; “Nokia’s increasing portfolio and large number of apps will help in meeting the growing demand for new technology and innovation from consumers in Bahrain. The introduction of the Nokia X family in Bahrain will give consumers more reasons to consider Nokia due to its sleek design and unique offering.

Nokia X family delivers the best of all worlds

The Nokia X family features Nokia’s renowned handset quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by sideloading. Out of the box, they can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of third-party apps and games.

The first device, the Nokia X, comes with a 4” IPS capacitive display and 3MP camera. The Nokia X+ is optimised for multimedia enthusiasts, who can enjoy even more games, music, photos and video thanks to more memory and storage. Both the Nokia X and X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white . The third family member, the Nokia XL, boasts a 5” display with 2MP front-facing camera – ideal for Skype video calls – and a 5MP rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white. The entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ dual core processor and supports Dual SIM, letting people switch SIM cards to get better tariffs.

The Nokia X is available now, is priced at BD 46 and The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be available in Q2.

Beautifully crafted phones for the “mobile first” generation: Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220

Adding to the popular Asha range of devices, the Nokia Asha 230 is the ideal introduction to full-touch mobile phones. The Nokia Asha 230 includes all the benefits of the Asha Platform, including Fastlane and access to popular social apps like Line, WeChat and WhatsApp. One swipe up from the lockscreen activates the Nokia Asha 230’s camera, and one touch enables people to share images to their favourite social network. With a forthcoming software update, the Nokia Asha 230 will introduce 7GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive, and the option to automatically back up photos to the cloud.

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Nokia also introduced its lowest-priced, data-enabled phone: the beautifully designed Nokia 220, which makes the mobile Internet accessible to more people around the world. With its 2.4” colour screen, dust- and splash-proof keypad, the Nokia 220 is a well-crafted choice for people experiencing mobility and the Internet for the first time, with Facebook and Twitter pre-loaded and Bing as the default search engine in the pre-loaded Nokia Xpress browser.

Retail price for the Nokia 220 start at BD 16 and the Nokia Asha 230, the most affordable Asha touch device ever is priced at BD 23. Both products are available in single and Dual SIM variants and are available now in Intercol and all leading electronic outlets in Bahrain.

Nokia holding a press conference on Monday to launch the Nokia X in Bahrain

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Nokia will be holding a press conference in Bahrain on Monday to launch the Nokia X, I believe this launch will be simultaneous across the GCC. The Nokia X is already exceeding expectations and it will be a great opportunity to see the device and see what Nokia has in store for us. The Lumia Blog will be covering the event and we will bring you the latest news and our thoughts about the Nokia X Family.

Stay tuned on Monday for the Nokia X Press Event.

GCC Emergency Dialler Now Available in the Store

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GCC Emergency Dialler is a simple app that holds predefined emergency numbers of Police, Fire and Ambulance, in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). If you are visiting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

You can either Try the app which is a fully functional version of the app with no advertisement and if you really like the app and think it is worth the 0.99 cents you can buy it and support the development of future updates.

I would appreciate if you can send me your feed back before giving bad reviews about the app. I would really be interested to know what you think about the app. My E-Mail is anthony@thelumiablog.com

The App relies on HERE maps and HERE Drive to be able to locate the nearest Police Station and Nearest Hospital.

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Nokia nets 2 Global Mobile Awards, makes history with the Nokia 105 #MWC #Nokia

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Barcelona, Spain – Nokia snagged two awards at the GSMA Global Mobile Award ceremony at Mobile World Congress 2014 today, including a win for “Best Entry Level or Featurephone”, underlining Nokia’s leadership in affordable mobile phones and its ongoing commitment to connecting the Next Billion.

The win for the Nokia 105 in the affordable device category marked the first time in the 19-year history of the awards that all nominees in one category were made by the same manufacturer. The other devices competing were the Nokia 208, Nokia 515, Asha 210 and Asha 503.

“This is a great achievement for us,” said Timo Toikkanen, “There is still a lot of opportunity in the affordable market. Nokia’s renowned design and quality have made our devices a hit with consumers all over the world. This award demonstrates Nokia’s leadership in this space.”

In addition to the Nokia 105, Nokia won “Best Low Cost Smartphone” for the Nokia Lumia 520, trumping rivals Lenovo A390T, Samsung Galaxy Young, Sony Xperia E and the Xiaomi Hongmi.

“Every Nokia Lumia comes packed with a wealth of innovation, and the Lumia 520 is the perfect example of how we bring exciting technologies and experiences from the high end to everyone,” said Samuli Hanninen, Vice President, Smart Devices, Nokia.

“From the super-sensitive touch screen and polycarbonate design to free Nokia MixRadio and the Nokia Camera app, the Nokia Lumia 520 sets a new benchmark for affordable smartphones. Launched here at MWC last year, this award demonstrates the great momentum for Lumia in the budget friendly range of the market,” Hanninen added.

Now in its nineteenth year, the Global Mobile Awards recognizes the latest and best innovations across the mobile ecosystem including hardware, software, apps and services. In 2014, the Awards had over 160 nominees competing for 38 awards in more than eight categories.

For a full list of winners and nominations visit: www.globalmobileawards.com

Garmin HUD #Garmin #HUD

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Important Note: This app only works with a Garmin HUD+ device. For further information, please visit http://www.garmin.com/hudplus

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The app needs at least 1.1 GB of free internal memory. Memory cards are NOT supported due to Microsoft restrictions. After installing the app, you must download the maps and system files over WiFi before you can use it.

The Garmin HUD app provides detailed navigation information to your Garmin HUD+ device so it can beam turn-by-turn directions and more right onto your windshield for easy viewing while driving. To use the app, you must pair your phone with a Garmin HUD+ device via Bluetooth®. Once paired, the Garmin HUD app transforms into a full-featured navigation app.

Included Features:

  • Voice-guided turn-by-turn directions
  • Millions of preloaded points of interest including gas stations, restaurants and other businesses
  • Maps install to your device, so wireless coverage isn’t required
  • Includes free map updates (one map update per year)
  • Active lane assistant
  • Reality View Pro
  • MyRoutes calculates up to three routes in parallel
  • Integrated red light and speed camera database
  • Knows your current speed and posted speed limit (for most major roads)
  • Current and forecasted weather conditions at destination

Upgrade with optional in-app purchases:

  • Traffic Live – Live traffic updates and alerts
  • Sound & 3D – Voice guidance with spoken street names and Panorama View 3D

HERE (Navteq) Map coverage:

United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Note:

After the first and each subsequent connection to your HUD+ device, this app can also be used without the HUD+ device for up to 30 days. To continue using after 30 days, simply re-pair with your Garmin HUD+. We recommend using Garmin’s charging equipment which is part of the HUD+ delivery.

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