Yesterday, despite massive live streaming issues, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the latest generation of their phones. For the sake of full disclosure, I do own AlliOSNews, a site dedicated to iOS, much like this site is to Windows Phone. But in all honesty, I was absolutely underwhelmed by what I saw yesterday from Apple. If you go purely from a specifications perspective, the new Lumia 830 is on par and in many ways beats the new iPhone 6. Then there is the cost factor. It’s a bit eye watering when you come right down to it.
Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone has been updated overnight with performance improvements and a new forwarding feature. It is the latest update in the instant messaging application that is now across multiple platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and Android. The update is available now in the Windows Phone Store. The big new feature is the ability to forward messages to others.
One of the aspects of OS X that I love is the ability to silence notifications. I travel a fair amount so there are times when I don’t want my laptop chirping away when I’m trying to sleep. Problem is, I want those emails and other notifications as soon as I wake up. One of the challenges I thought I would find in moving to Windows 8 would be the loss of this feature. Thankfully, that’s not the case but setting up Quiet Hours in Windows 8 is a few clicks and menus into the Operating System.
The team over at WPCentral are covering the CTIA event in Las Vegas in the United States this week. Yesterday Microsoft’s Stephen Elop stated that the recently announced Lumia 830 will be in the United States on AT&T by this holiday season. This is great news and certainly news that will make Windows Phone fans in the US happy. The Lumia 830 has all the makings of being successful and getting into a market as big as the US – where Windows Phone ironically is struggling the most – could very much dictate the success of the phone.
As I have said many times here on the site and on Twitter, I’m a big fan of OneDrive. It’s a solid, multi-platform cloud storage solution that works brilliantly well Windows Phone, iOS, Mac, Android and of course Windows PC. It’s also one of the best deals out there if you are an Office 365 user. For $9.99 per month you get office plus 1TB of storage. That’ll just about cover anyone I suspect.
One of the great things about OneDrive for Windows 8 is that you can have your PC save your files automatically to the cloud instead of to your local PC. This not only saves you hard disk space locally (although you can keep a copy local if you wish) but it also is an effective and easy backup to all your files. By default however this isn’t turned on so this How To will point you how to get there on your PC.