The Hilton HHonors app for Windows Phone has been updated and it now gives you the ability to select your room number right from within the app via an interactive map of the hotel property. It is the latest update in what is arguably one of the best hotel apps available for Windows Phone. The update is free and available now in the Windows Phone store.
One of the newer games in the Angry Birds franchise has hit Windows Phone and it is free. Angry Birds Stella for Windows Phone allows you to join Stella (the pink bird) and her comrades as she battles the bad princess and her piggies in over 120 levels of fun. Now if you know me, you know I have a serious Angry Birds addiction and Angry Birds Stella presents a whole new set of challenges even for seasoned players.
The popular music discovery app Shazam has made a return to Windows Phone and it is impressive. Shazam for Windows Phone has been released as version 4.0 and it is blazing fast at discovering music that is playing around you. The new app sports a completely revamped recognition engine and user experience that is specifically designed for Windows Phone 8.1
Today’s 12 Days of Deals promotion at Microsoft is another great, budget friendly offer. Today you can get an Xb0x 360 4GB console with 2 free games in store or 1 free game online for an incredible $149.99. These will go quick! That is $30 off the regular price of the Xbox 360 plus the $49.99 game value makes it a great deal.
Like many of you, I use USB key drives all the time to move data around from device-to-device or to share data with a colleague. I also use Bit Locker to Go on those drives, especially if they are going to be out of my hands (think UPS or FedEx) to that colleague. As you may know, BitLocker is a file encryption system which allow you to protect your files by encrypting the drive those files reside on. That can be your entire hard disk in your PC, an external disk or a USB drive. So long as you have a Windows 7 or 8 Pro or Enterprise, it can be opened and read just like any other drive.
Paul Thurrott has an excellent overview of Bit Locker on WinSuperSite that I highly recommend reading.
Until today I just assumed that Windows 8.1 with Bing, the low cost version of Windows 8.1 for budget friendly tablets and laptops, could not deal with BitLocker encrypted drives. I figured out however that actually BitLocker and Windows 8.1 with Bing can indeed work together.
For the sake of this article I’m not going to distinguish between BitLocker and BitLocker to Go. The later is fundamentally the same thing as the former, only for portable drives like USB keys.
There is another great deal going on at the Microsoft store on a Windows Tablet. Right now you can get the HP Stream 8 Windows tablet for $161.10 which includes a free 200MB of 4G data from T-Mobile. And that data folks is free. No contract as long as you own this highly rated 8″ tablet. Normally the HP Stream 8 is $179.00 by itself.
The Lumia Storyteller app for Windows Phone has had a major update released today, bringing a completely new user experience to the photo viewing app. The new 4.0 version is available now in the Windows Phone store and brings a more Photos hub-like experience to users. If you aren’t familiar with the Lumia Storyteller app, it automatically groups your photos on your Lumia Windows Phone into stories where you can then share them online, add captions to photos and rearrange the groupings as you see fit. It is an app exclusively for Lumia users and it is free to download.
The news and information aggregation app Flipboard has just been updated for Windows Phone and it brings many improvements along with it. Flipboard for Windows Phone has already been a big hit, just as it has been on Android and iOS, and with this update the app becomes more widely available to Windows Phone users as it now is supported on 512MB memory devices. Many of the budget friendly devices such as the Lumia 530 and Lumia 635 have 512MB of memory. Flipboard is now optimized so it can run on these lower memory devices. Flipboard for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now
This is big news Windows Phone fans as Sprint has just announced they will once again be carrying Windows Phone as part of their device line up. Starting December 23, next Tuesday, Sprint will offer the Lumia 635 on their Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile networks and for Sprint customers they will have it as part of their pre-paid program starting January 16.
The Lumia 635 will be offered on all three of the networks as a no contract option but will be eligible for their unlimited talk, voice and data programs.
The announcement means that all four of the major US mobile carriers – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint – are carrying at least one Windows Phone device. AT&T and T-Mobile have been the two that have been furthest ahead when it comes to support for the platform while Verizon has still yet to release the Lumia Cyan update for the Lumia Icon. Hopefully Sprint will add some fuel to the Windows Phone fire in the United States as there is now, literally, no limit on any carrier.
Today’s 12 Days of Deals promotion at your local Microsoft store or online features the new Fitbit Charge, a pair of Yurbuds earbuds and a $50 Microsoft gift card for $129.95. Essentially you are getting the $39.99 Yurbuds and $50 gift card for free. It’s a great deal on the latest personal activity tracker from Fitbit, who also happens to have an awesome Windows Phone app to go along with it.
For those who don’t have a Microsoft store locally, you can get the deal online for the same price, just without the gift card. The Yurbuds are still including for $129.95.
If you follow the link below you can actually chose which Fitbit you want in this promotion. So if you want the Fitbit Flex for example, it is just $99.95 and you get the Yurbuds free as well.