So all around the Internet (or at least in the Windows Phone world) people are saying,
If you want Cortana outside of US, change your region to US.
This video suggest the same, and it also has a background audio which was used in the commercials for the Apple iPhone, how ironic.
I had other ideas, I thought of something else that works for now. I had an idea that Cortana might work if you keep your region unchanged as India and you just change all the language settings into US, at least the Bing services works that way now.
But nope, you have to set everything to US to use Cortana. No other way, no other workaround. But we din’t stop there, I tested what I endorse as an alternative idea, but found that it didn’t work that way. They are right, you only can get Cortana if you fully choose US in everything. No playing cheaters with Microsoft 😦
Sorry if that video kind of turned out to be bad, filmed with a phone while i was trying out things, no script.
And here is a list of things that are coming with the Windows Phone 8.1, for you. You may or may not have seen this already, if you have seen some points already, fine. If something is new to you, viola! A new leak 🙂
Show your caller id to all/no one/contacts
You can use apps for video calling (sadly no operator video calls via front cam)
Speed Dial (swipe left when in the call history)
The frequently used emoji’s is now represented with a heart symbol
Data Sense savings in IE – Off/Standard/High/Automatic
Reading View (with custom font sizes and background colors)
Ability to ask or even automatically remember passwords
Session from PC IE comes under the other pane, when you press tabs in WP IE
iCloud support, rejoice Apple users
You can view your download history now right from the phone without having to go into the windowsphone.ccom’s purchase history
App updates can be done automatically, with an option to only use WiFi for the task
Manually check for app updates within the Store app
Music app has a new headset flash screen
Features music, just like featured apps
New calender views, with the ability to show weather based on location
Battery saver, Music, Videos, storage Sense and FM Radio now shows up in the app list, but cannot be uninstalled
New Camera UI/View Finder
Select upto 5 shortcuts to see in the viewfinder
Delete burst mode captures after specified periods of time
You can turn on or off, tap to capture a photo
Podcasts app, again you cannot uninstall it
App Deals can be presented via toasts by the Wallet app
Batch uninstall apps / batch move them to SD
Show More titles in the start screen, background image for the start screen tiles
Action Center, with custom notifications, even if the phone is locked
Auto reconnect WiFi along with WiFi sense
Under SIM settings, you can select from Global/LTE/GSM/UMTS/CDMA depending upon your hardware and carrier
Workplace accounts to use your personal phone as your BYOD work phone
Battery Saver shows the battery usage statics on per app basis
Connect to a projector via USB
Quite Hours, which only works if you have Cortana enabled
Advertising ID for Microsoft Targeted advertising
You can now hide the location indicator icon
USB data connection, and the ability to notify if your charger/charging source sucks
Swipe keyboard, auto emotion suggestion with options to disable them
Narrator mode to read aloud, with an option to quickly toggle it on/off via “Vol Up + Start”
Zoom on web contents, even if the web page doesn’t want you doing so
Custom fonts & colors in the browser (Style, Effects, Color, Transparency – in Background/Window/Font)
Navigation bar color customization if your hardware doesn’t have a physical capacitative front keys
And Off Course, Cortana
Improved Maps integration in the OS level
You can choose from which time frame you can retrieve messages, previously all of your messaging history will be restored flooding your phone, unless you have deleted them via Outlook in web
You can now hide the porn images you have saved in your phone from appearing in your start screen, can shuffle images or can make the OS display images in the start screen tile in a row
Camera inbuilt is renamed into Microsoft Camera
This post originally appeared in NokiaTips, written by the same author i.e, Le Me 🙂
Casts – a beautiful beta app in the podcast segment
There is a new podcast app coming in the Windows Phone 8.1, but that is still a month away. We are super fans of Podcast Lounge for its features and usability. And there is another player here, Casts. Casts is a podcast app and its currently free and its a beta.
So if you’re ready to test it, go grab it. After all its free, there is nothing stopping you from giving it a try. And remember its in beta still, so go easy if you find any bugs. And do report it to the dev 🙂 Following are some screen shots and as always the store links.
I happened to have a little conversations with Mr.Anthony Hanses from the Bing team on Bing Saves, it certainly seems promising for an idea and hope it’d turn out to be a great feature. Its just like Pocket/Instapaper/Readability, its a save for later, but its for the search! Imagine if you search Google and you can save a search result? Exactly! Its from Microsoft Garage and Bing Saves is a team of three! More like a startup. Have also suggested few stuffs like saving Bing Image of the day directly to OneDrive for example. Let’s see what and all is implemented and how it shapes up.
[P.S: This post has been written on 4th March 2014, and will be published as soon as Bing Saves is official. Not gonna let the word out until the Bing Saves, as a product and as a team, is ready for public launch. Publishing it anyway 😀 Neowin has this posted way before.]
Bing: “We have made the difficult decision to deprecate the Bing Saves (beta) service on April 21, 2014.”
This is what i have sent to the Malwarebytes, read on and you’ll know. If this Support Page‘s content doesn’t help, and you have Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit installed, and thee office’s word, power point and excel won’t start, just stop its protection while you want to use the office and start the protection back when you’re done with office. The following is my report to Malwarebytes this morning.
My Powerpoint, Word and other Office 2013 Professional Plus suite was working fine, and suddenly it stopped opening. A windows error report would be logged which just notified of an error and not the case. I reinstalled the OS twice, and repaired the Office installation twice and reinstalled the Office once, yet it just won’t start, i can’t even see the splash scree, then i finally found out today that the Anti-Exploit Beta is the one which is causing it. Once i stopped the protection, it opened just as before. And i don’t see a way to add Word, Excel and Powerpoint to the exclusion list. Please blog about this issue so that others can know about this, and kindly look into this issue.
HERE suite of location services are the best out there, and we all know it. HERE range recently got updated with a blue theme, previously it matched your theme color. Now it is all B, as in blue and better. Here Drive got updated to 4.0.5399.0 a strange no. to put up instead of just 4.0.540. Lets us see what is new.
Now you can set the time interval to update the traffic into from 5-30 minutes and also hide the updates which is not going to affect your route.
Another update is find my car, this is really interesting as it allows you to locate your car while leaving it and go where ever you want and what ever you want to do, and when its time to go back, it will direct you to where you left your car. Pretty cool isn’t.
Live traffic updates
Wish it also shows POI too. We still have all those hidden under places.
That is Temple Tower & Periyar Building in 3D view. If you happen to live in Chennai, India you’ll know this place. 3D maps is super cool!
Okay that is all new in HERE Drive, let us see about HERE Explore which is right now in beta.
See HERE suite is fully in blue. If you see your theme color there, then it means you are having the old version.
Now all HERE suite services has collections included in it. Collections are as the name implies collections of your favourite places.
HERE Explorer lets you explorer the places around you using Nokia’s LiveSite. It shows the POI nearby.
If you search in the web its giving error right now, but works well in the phone. Update and enjoy the new features HERE has to offer.
The inbuilt camera app of Windows Phone is quite minimal but it gets the work done like a champ for many. But hey, Nokia is reowned for its camera powress and we need to make the most of its hardware power. This is where 1Shot Excels its hyper simple, yet has some pro level features not found in the default camera app which you can find in the Nokia Pro cam. Remember Pro cam is not for all Lumia devices! While 1Shot is mainly aimed at providing something which i’ll talk about soon, it can be used any Lumia’s or Windows Phone for that matter, even on 512MB RAM devices. It so lite on resources, with easy tap to shoot like the default app and also at the same time packed with way more features, its a win-win for all.
Flash – Auto, On, Off.
Timer – Off, 2 seconds, 10 seconds.
Shooting Modes – Single shot, multiple, bracketing.
Scenes – Auto, Macro, Sport, Night, landscape, Night Portrait, Backlit.
Zoom – Slide to zoom.
Focus – Auto, Manual with focus assist light.
Nokia Imaging SDK filters
We had the privilege to use the app the very first, and since then to the latest version 0.0.0.10, the app has evolved a lot. It was first named as EasyShot, but its now 1Shot. Not sure why the developer changed it, guess that will make his app to appear on top of the app list in your phones. And another fact is that it had an option to change from pinch to zoom or swipe to zoom under the settings earlier. Which is now just swipe to zoom, given that even Nokia Pro Cam is a swipe to zoom, swiping seems more natural to a Lumia user.
If you think that is all, you are dead wrong. We have not even into the app at all, the USP of the app is something many will love, where many means owners of 1020 & 1520.
Full Resolution capture & syncing to SkyDrive
Yup, full resolution capture and syncing it back to SkyDrive onto your PC or whatever large screen device of your’s running Windows. Till now you have to physically connect the 1020 to the PC to make use the full resolution shot. That scenario is no more, this app allows you to get rid of that problem all together. It syncs the full resolution images to the SkyDrive which allows you to directly share or use the high quality awesomeness from 1020’s camera to the world. With this unique feature which no other app offers right now, along with feature packed offering in a lite package makes 1Shot a no brainer. Lumia owners other than 1020 give this a shot and the lucky ones sporting a 1020, what the hell are you doing still? Go grab it now! And given that its still in beta, spare some time to report your feedback to the developer via the options within the app.