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Quick tip: How to give your phone a unique name
With a phone as unique as you are, you might want to consider giving it a unique name (which also comes in handy when multiple phone-owning family members sync to the same PC). Unlike naming your firstborn, you won’t even need to fend off unasked-for opinions from family and friends. Having trouble thinking...
Fri, Mar 29 2013
Quick Tip: Keep better track of favorite bands using Buzz
When the South by Southwest festival fires up each March, my thoughts turn to music—and the fact that I’ll probably never get to Austin to see any shows. It also reminds me I need to do a better job keeping my antenna up for new music. In theory I’d like to keep track of new and old bands, but somehow...
Thu, Mar 14 2013
Tips for using Rooms on other phones
[ This post was written by Lavanya Vasudevan, program manager for the Rooms feature in Windows Phone 8 .] What if someone I want to invite to my new Room doesn’t have Windows Phone 8? It’s a good question, and as program manager for the feature, one I often get. As Juliette wrote in...
Thu, Nov 29 2012
Video: Tips for using Bing in Windows Phone 8
If you’ve just picked up a new Windows Phone 8 and want some pointers on how to use some of its new search-related features, check out this video from Bing’s Stefan Weitz, who walks through some of his favorites. The video was first published on the Search Blog this afternoon. &ltA...
Tue, Nov 13 2012
The Wrap: Lumia 900 preorders begin, a Reader’s Choice award win, and new high-calorie handsets
The Wrap is a digest of useful, interesting, and unapologetically random stuff you might have missed from the world of Windows Phone this week. Have a great weekend—and don’t forget to share your own favorite news of the week in comments. AT&T now taking Nokia Lumia 900 preorders ...
Fri, Mar 30 2012
Tip Tuesday: Express yourself with emoji
Words provide endless ways to tell somebody what you’re thinking or feeling. But sometimes a picture says it all. In the world of smartphones, emoticons—also known by their Japanese name emoji —are one quick and fun way to express yourself in a text message. Turns out Windows Phone 7.5 has a ton of built...
Wed, Nov 30 2011
Tip Tuesday: Extending your phone’s battery life
One unintended consequence of all the great new features of Windows Phone 7.5 is that I’m using my phone a lot more. And that means I’m burning through my battery a bit faster than I once did. Luckily, there’s a new feature of Mango that can help: Battery Saver. On Start, flick left, then tap Settings>System>Battery...
Wed, Oct 19 2011
Tip Tuesday: Miss the photo op? These 2 camera settings can help
My phone is my camera, so I’m always looking for tricks for taking better photos. One often overlooked place to find them? Settings. Sure, Settings isn’t the sexiest part of Windows Phone. It can even be a little intimidating: I have one buddy who refuses to venture there out of fear he might permanently...
Wed, Oct 12 2011
Tips for using the new Skype Beta app
Our friends at Skype have just posted a short tip sheet for the new beta (test) version of their free Skype for Windows Phone app. Check it out on their blog. And if you haven’t snagged the beta yet, download it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace. (It’s already got nearly 200 ratings and 4.5 stars...
Tue, Feb 28 2012
Tip Tuesday: How do I reinstall an app?
[ Today we’re kicking off a weekly tips + tricks column spotlighting some of the fun, handy, and lesser-known new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Love to hear what you think! –ed .] If you’re an app addict like me, it’s easy to lose track of what apps or games you’ve installed over time. But now there...
Tue, Oct 4 2011
10 things you didn’t know your Lumia could do
There’s a new poll out hinting that many people flocking to Windows Phone and handsets like the new Nokia Lumia 900 are former Apple and Android owners. (Can’t say I’m totally surprised.) If you are a proud new Lumia owner—or just new to Windows Phone period—then you’ll probably want to check out the...
Tue, Apr 17 2012
Looking for great app ideas? Try Marketplace Extra
Ever have the nagging feeling you’re missing out on some great overlooked app or game in Marketplace? Or maybe Windows Phone is your first smartphone, and you’re a little unsure what to download first. I think we’ve all felt that way from time to time. That’s why we created Marketplace Extra, a...
Tue, Nov 1 2011
Out of the Box: 6 tricks for personalizing your Windows Phone
[‘Tis the season for new smartphones. So today we’re kicking off a new “Out of the Box” series with advice and ideas for new Windows Phone owners. Clip and share it with friends and family members who want to get up and running fast. –ed.] I know: your Windows Phone looked fantastic right out of the...
Thu, Dec 8 2011
The Wrap: GDGT digs us, Back button secrets, Windows Phone wedding bells
Finally! The big weekend is here: The Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II both officially go on sale at AT&T starting Sunday. While you’re counting down the last few hours, check out these other highlights from the world of Windows Phone this week. Then drop me a comment and tell me what’s on your mind...
Fri, Apr 6 2012
Tips for transferring contacts and other stuff to a new Windows Phone
Picking up a Nokia Lumia 900 or other new Windows Phone soon? You’re probably excited—and maybe also a little apprehensive about how you’ll get contacts, apps, photos, and other precious cargo off your old phone and onto the new one. Fear not. First, remember that the store you buy your Windows Phone...
Thu, Apr 5 2012
Tip Tuesday: Posting to Facebook, hands free
Whenever I get a chance to show off Windows Phone to a friend, I usually start with speech recognition. It’s always a crowd pleaser, and it’s only gotten better in Windows Phone 7.5 , which lets you compose, listen to, and send text messages with your voice. But did you know you can also use voice-to...
Tue, Oct 25 2011
Holiday shopping tips and apps for Black Friday and beyond
Gearing up for the holiday shopping wars? Don’t forget your Windows Phone—an indispensible tool for on-the-spot review and competitive price checks, discount hunting, and more. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and apps for beating the crowds and saving cash. Shop smarter with 7.5 Before I get to...
Tue, Nov 22 2011
Tip Tuesday: More fun with emoticons
Last week I told you how to conjure up a bunch of cool emoticons in Windows Phone 7.5. Here’s a bunch more to start playing with when you’re texting friends. ( Miss last week's list? ) By the way, it turns out the world of emoticons is more complex than you might have guessed. Because there isn’t a single...
Wed, Dec 7 2011
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