October 4, 2012 By: egzthunder1
In this day and age, talking about registry changes and modifications on XDA sounds like a flashback to the very, very distant past. After all, unless you are fully unlocked or at the very least interopunlocked, WP7 will not let you anywhere near close this magical pool of resources to make your device better. With the advent of Windows 8, people have been working hard throughout the net to make the new upcoming computer and tablet-friendly OS more usable and to customize it to everyone’s liking. If you are into modding your Windows 8 wielding laptop, here is a fun tweak that you can try.
XDA Forum Member SkyKOG posted a very easy guide to add a very important missing option to the right click context menu: the ability to shut down or reboot the device. This will actually save you from having to navigate yourself through the “Charms Bar.” As if the guide were not easy enough to follow, the dev was kind enough to upload a .reg file with the change already made for those of you who are not familiar with regedit or who are simply too lazy to actually do it yourselves.
We strongly recommend that you make a backup of your current registry, just in case you decide to go around messing with the computer’s internals without knowing what you are doing. This will definitely save you from having to go through a time consuming OS repair process should something go wrong. Please leave some feedback if you have any.
Shutdown and Restart in your right click context menu
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September 6, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Yesterday was a major day for the smartphone industry, as Microsoft and Nokia teamed up to reveal Windows Phone 8 and the newest Nokia Lumia devices running the platform. Missed out on all the buzz? We’ve got you covered!
The Windows Phone event was more about Nokia than about Microsoft, with key focus being on Nokia’s contribution to the Windows Phone platform. However, throughout the event, a lot of new features being introduced in Windows Phone 8 were revealed. So let’s begin with the platform first, and move on to the devices after.
The latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system boasts an impressive array of features, including:
As you can see, many of these features confirm what had planned for Windows Phone 8 earlier in January. Perhaps the most impressive announcement made about the Windows Phone platform is the availability of over 100,000 apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The rest of the Windows Phone 8 features are to be revealed over the course of the coming month.
Full, deep integration of Nokia’s location and mapping platform into Windows Phone 8 was announced. The features include:
It wasn’t made clear whether these features will be fully integrated across all Windows Phone 8 devices, or remain exclusive to Nokia’s WP8 devices.
As expected, two new Lumia series Windows Phone 8 devices were revealed. Let’s take a look at them:
The much-anticipated Lumia 920 is finally official, and here are the specs:
Several exclusive Lumia apps were also announced. These include:
The smaller sibling of the 920, the 820 is powered by the same processor and RAM as the 920, but differs in some others pecs
Lumia 820 will also receive Lumia exclusive apps, though it wasn’t made clear if all of those mentioned for the 920 would be made available for it. No launch dates or pricing were announced for either of the devices, though it was mentioned that they will be released in select markets in Q4 2012.
There were also several wireless charging accessories announced for the devices including a Fatboy pillow charger, JBL Speaker Stand with both charging and NFC, and wireless charger night stand. A few partners offering wireless charging facilities were also announced, including Virgin Atlantic, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the latter offering charging plates on tables at their outlets. The NFC enabled Nokia Music app is now available in Windows Phone Marketplace, though it isn’t clear if it is intended for Nokia devices only, or all Windows Phone devices.
The event’s full video can be found on Nokia’s website, although it seems to be undergoing technical difficulties at the moment.
Back in October of 2010, Microsoft unleashed the latest chapter in its mobile strategy with the release of Windows Phone 7. A dramatic departure from the look and feel of its predecessor, Windows Phone 7’s radically different Metro UI was widely regarded as well ahead of its time.
Nearly two years later and despite recent their recent alliance with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 hardware has in some regards grown a bit long in the tooth. Still featuring single core processors and relatively low resolution WVGA displays, Windows Phone 7 devices were having difficulty competing in the (often pointless) specs race against the Android Army. To help alleviate this, Windows Phone 8 will feature support for multi-core processors and 3 screen resolutions—WVGA (800 x 480), WXGA (1280 x 768), and 720p (1280 x 720). Furthermore, Windows Phone 8 will finally support removable SD storage. However, hardware specifications are only a piece of the puzzle.
While the user interface was wildly different from what Microsoft had done previously with Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7 was still based on the same core OS—Windows CE. Windows Phone 8 changes this thanks to a shared Windows Core. This means that all versions of Windows will feature the same kernel, and thus have much of the same networking and multimedia support. This should also enable more consumer choice in terms of hardware and attached devices.
Applications also stand to improve thanks to the shared Windows Core because porting existing Windows software to Windows Phone 8 will supposedly only require minimal code changes. In fact, the Shared Native API Set includes Graphics, Audio, Media, File System, Networking, Input, Commerce, Base Types, and Sensors.
The clean break with Windows CE is not without its own casualties, however. Unfortunately for current Windows Phone 7 users, Windows Phone 8 will not run on legacy hardware.
On the software side, Windows Phone 8 will ship with Internet Explorer 10, Nokia Map technology, and Microsoft Office. Windows Phone 8 will also support an integrated wallet experience using NFC technology and an ISIS back-end. The home screen will also sport a few changes, bringing increased customization to end users. Multitasking has been upgraded as well, allowing background location for navigation apps and deep integration for VoIP. And finally, all current Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on Windows Phone 8.
February 3, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Windows Phone fans, if you think Windows Phone 7.5 Mango was awesome, wait till you see what Microsoft has in store for you in the next major update of their smartphone operating system – Apollo! The folks at PocketNow got their hands on a video hosted by Windows Phone Manager and Microsoft Senior Vice President Joe Belfiore that gives us a closer look at what to expect in Apollo, including Skype integration, Multi-core processor support, NFC features and more.
Here’s a list of key WP8 features revealed in the video:
That’s more than quite a handful if you ask us and with these features, Microsoft will be in a much better position to catch up with Android. What are your thoughts? Did your favourite features make it to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments.