Category: Site News Android App Updated

This evening I have pushed out an update to the app to the Google Play Store.  The updated version is build 5.0.0 for those keeping score at home and is the first major tweak to the UI since I launched the app back in January.  Now when you open up the app, all of the articles are in a card format instead of a list format.  This makes viewing a bit easier and significantly reduces the amount of scrolling you have to do to get to older posts.  This should make things a bit easier for those of you who have the app loaded on a tablet or large screen phone.

Download The Android App

After a few weeks in development, the first app is now available in the Google Play Store.  The app is a web wrapper style app that brings you all of the content of the site conveniently within an app on your Android phone.  No more having to open up Chrome to navigate to the site!

The app is designed to make readers lives easier. Completely free, the app is updated continually with the information from the site, giving users one-tap to get to those posts without having to open up their browser and navigating to the site.

The Top 10 Most Read Articles From 2015

2015 was a breakout year for and I have you to thank. Thank you for reading the posts, commenting here, on Twitter and Google+ and for following. Without you, there really would be no point to the site.

I have been running this site since 2004 and while it has gone through many iterations, every year I look back to see what caught your eye over the course of a year. 2015 is no exception.  I like looking back as it gives me an idea of what you want to see out of the site and the content you find most valuable.  Ultimately that is want I want to provide to readers.  With that then, here are the top 10 most read articles from 2015.

#10 Most Read Article in 2015: Real Racing 3 Gets A Massive Porsche Update And New Daily Rewards (July)

Just a month after its big Le Mans update, Real Racing 3 has received another massive update that brings a host of new features, cars and tracks.  If you are a Porsche fan, you will just love this update!  Even if you aren’t, the new daily reward system is much improved for those who play the racing sim daily and want to race against your friends?  It’s easy now with the Android Party Play functionality built into the game.

#9 Most Read Article in 2015: Real Racing 3 Gets a Massive NASCAR Update (June)

You peeps like your Real Racing! 🙂

Arguably one of the best mobile racing simulators available today is Real Racing 3. It has outstanding graphics and game controls and the FireMonkey team over at EA Sports are continually adding to the game, bringing more tracks and more cars. Now, finally, it has NASCAR.

Welcome To The New Material Design

If you have visited over the course of the past few hours, you will notice a change is afoot.  That change is an all new, lightweight and clean Material Design look to the site.  This change has actually been in the works for several weeks now as I have been working on a theme that is based on the excellent WordPress theme built by Brad Williams.  As with any site, any time you make a major change to the look and feel there are a lot of considerations that have to be taken into account:  User experience, adverts, content flow and of course mobile look & feel.  In this update, I think I’ve found the right balance but ultimately it is you, the readers, that have to make that decision.  Feedback, as you would guess, is most welcome.

Welcome Tricia Stream to

I am very pleased to announce that Tricia Stream is joining me here at  For those who followed AlliOSNews before I ended my iOS wilderness wandering, you will know Tricia.  For those of you who don’t know her, let me give an little introduction.  Tricia’s comments below are in [Bold].

Tricia is an award winning blogger and author who is passionate about prematurity (she’s the mom of twin preemie boys – Search and Destroy) and has a flare for technology.  [Jazz hands.] Tricia has been honored numerous times for her work with Blogher but is also the author of an upcoming children’s book as well as being part of various other publications on prematurity and mental health.  She lives in the heart of Silicon Valley and often reminds me of how she is amazed at how poor a signal she gets there on her iPhone.  Yes, Tricia carries an iPhone.  In fact, Tricia is pretty much Apple through-and-through.  So why is she writing for a through-and-through Windows site?  Simple. Apps.

[Actually although my first household computer was an Apple IIgs, I was a Windows girl from the day I turned 13 until I joined the corporate world. My 13th birthday gift was a glorious 386 computer with accompanying 14.4 modem and wooden desk that lived in my room. It’s where I started earning my nerd stripes. (That may have been the last my parents saw of the teenage me.) It wasn’t until I started my career that I started using Apple again. I know. I did it backwards.]

Tricia’s approach to technology has always been from the mother/real user perspective.  In fact her posts here will be under the title of “TechMom Tuesday”, where she will post every few weeks on Microsoft related apps and services that she leverages in her day-to-day.  It will give a different perspective than my own as I always approach the apps and services from Microsoft from a Windows and Windows Phone perspective.  Tricia will approach it from an Apple perspective to let you know how those apps and services perform across the spectrum. [Full disclosure: It’s not solely from an Apple perspective so much as an, “I really need this to work because this is what’s happening in my life” perspective.” I use technology because I’m TechMom. I share it with you because I can’t keep my mouth shut.]

Please welcome Tricia to the site!  You can follow her on her blog Stream of the Conscious as well as on Twitter.

[Come back on Tuesday where I tell you all about getting locked out of my super high-tech car.]

Happy New Year!

From me and my family, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I hope each of you have had a great end to 2014 and I look forward to having you come along for the ride in what should be an interesting and exciting 2015.

For Windows and Windows Phone users, 2015 could prove to be a pivotal year.  It is shaping up to be the year that Microsoft gets its mojo back with what is expected to be a groundbreaking release of Windows 10 – across all platforms including Windows Phone.  It could also completely usher in the Mobile First, Cloud First strategy in earnest from Redmond, regardless of which mobile platform you chose to use.

As for this site, I will continue to bring reviews, how to’s and news around all things Windows Phone and Windows.  I will also be adding a few writers along the way to add more content each day.

So thanks for a great 2014 as I came back to the Windows Phone community and thanks for reading the site.

All the best,


Happy Holidays Everyone!

I want to take a moment to wish all of the readers and followers of a very happy holidays.  Today I will be celebrating Christmas with my family which undoubtedly will involved a bit of new technology for some of my family.  It will also be a time of food and fun as we get together.  It also means that I will be taking a few days off to spend with friends & family but I will be back posting updates on Monday.

If you get a new Windows PC, Tablet or Phone, be sure to check out my How To pages for tips & tricks.

How To’s for Windows

How To’s for Windows Phone

No matter how you celebrate the season, I hope all of you have a great holiday today and have a relaxing end to 2014.  Thank you for all of your visits, comments, clicks and recommending of the site.  It is much appreciated!


Happy Thanksgiving To US Readers

To all of my readers that are in the United States, I want to take a moment to wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving today.  I hope that each of you have a day of food and fun with family and friends and that you each get to your destinations safe & sound today.

I, like many, have an endless list of things to be thankful for in my life including my own family and friends.  I am also thankful for each of you who come and read my random musings, opinions and reviews.  I appreciate that I’m on your reading list be it daily or

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey


Enjoy the day & Happy Thanksgiving!



Mobile Devices Infographic – Size Matters

When it comes to mobile devices, size very much matters.  It matters for what type of user you are, what you need from that device and what content you are going to consume on that device.  Nubo Software has put together a great mobile device infographic that covers everything from Smart Watches to family sized televisions – so you could argue that it isn’t necessarly all about mobile devices.  But the infographic is good as is the full story behind it that explains the logic behind it is quite good and well worth spending the time to read.

Windows Phone News On Your Channel of Choice

It has been just over two months since I reopened the site and I can’t thank all of you enough for your visiting and welcoming back this defector back into the community.  It has been great catching up with many of you who have left comments or dropped emails to me as well as many, many old friends in the Windows Phone community.  Thank you many, many times over.  It is appreciated and humbling.

I am realistic though.  As much as I would love for the world to come to my little blog and read about the Little OS That Could, I

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1320

appreciate that you may have another way in which you’d prefer to get your Windows Phone news.  That’s why I’ve created multiple different channels in which you can get updates from the site the moment they happen or in a daily digest on a wide range of channel options to meet your needs.  The content, no matter your channel of choice, is the same.  So use the one that is best suited for you.

The two most common outside of visiting the site is Facebook and Twitter.  I have a dedicated Facebook Page which you can like and get site updates in your Facebook Timeline.  Likewise, you can follow me on Twitter which will give you every update to the site as it happens, along with random commentary and musings from me.  Yes I like Formula One and yes I tweet about it.

For those of you who like RSS, I’ve setup a dedicated RSS feed for you to subscribe to.  It gives you a quick summary of each post but is aimed to give you the highlights so you can click through if there is a story you want to read.  Finally is the email subscription option.  This is found at the bottom and right side bar of every page on the site.  Simply put in your email address, get the confirmation back and confirm and you will get an email update either in a per-post way (more emails) or a daily digest (less emails).

Regardless of how you read the site, a million thank you’s!

Samsung, Sprint and NASCAR Promotion & Giveaway!

Attention everyone!  If you live in the Dallas area I am happy to announce a great promotion and giveaway for you brought to you by Samsung, Sprint and NASCAR!

If you are a NASCAR fan you know that the Samsung 500 is April 14th at Texas Motor Speedway.  In conjunction with that event, Samsung and Sprint have teamed up for a great promotion at participating Sprint stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Now through March 31st if you go to a participating Sprint location and get a demonstration of the Samsung Conquer or Samsung Epic 4G Touch you will receive a scratch off game piece where you could win anything from a Samsung ConquerSamsung 500 race t-shirt all the way up to tickets for the Samsung 500!  There are 56 Dallas area Sprint locations participating so you should call to make sure the store nearest to you is participating.

Happy New Year!

As the calendar turns to 2012, I want to thank all of you for reading the site and continually visiting.  2011 was a challenging year for the site for a lot of reasons so in a sense I’m glad to have it behind me.  But thanks to all of you who continued to visit (even during the weeks where updates were few and far between), for leaving comments, following on Twitter and clicking adverts (yep, that’s what pays the bills).

As I wind down 2011 I’ll remind you of a few different ways you can follow the site if you can’t make it to the site itself each day.

You can follow on Facebook

You can follow Clinton on Twitter

You can follow Clinton on Google Plus

You can subscribe to the RSS Feed

Happy New Year everyone!  Have a safe & fun weekend