Category Archives: Applications

How To Download Any Filetype From Dropbox On Windows Phone

Windows Phone doesn’t have an official Dropbox app, but fortunately for users Rudy Hyun has created Cloudsix, a fully featured Dropbox client that even supports uploads from the camera roll.

However, due to Window Phone’s limitations, you cannot download each and every file that you may have stored on your Dropbox. So if you have a selection of music that you have in the cloud, you’re virtually locked out. You can effectively download PDF’s and Word documents by opening them up in their respective apps, and then saving them within that particular app. But if you want to download a .rar file, or similar then you are out of luck.

Continue reading How To Download Any Filetype From Dropbox On Windows Phone

Uber’s Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi

After starting operations in Bangalore a few weeks ago, San Francisco based affordable luxury car rental service Uber is ready to add New Delhi to its growing list of cities. Uber’s fleet in Delhi will include Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mercedes E & S class, BMW 3 & 5  series and Audi Q3, A4 & A6 and using any of these cars as a taxi isn’t going to be as expensive as you might think. Uber charges Rs. 70 as the base fare, plus Rs. 20 per kilometer and Rs. 2 per minute from there on in. The minimum fare will be Rs. 200.

In comparison, Meru Cabs, a popular Delhi taxi company charges Rs. 23 per kilometer. The only time Uber can turn out to be considerably more expensive is when you get stuck in a jam, as irrespective of the distance travelled, you are being billed Rs. 2 per minute or Rs. 120 an hour. Uber will initially cover Central and South Delhi with parts of Gurgaon, but the company plans to cover all of NCR soon.

Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides

Despite that Uber has tremendous potential to disrupt the rental car business, as in addition to pricing, the biggest pillar it stands on is the convenience its mobile apps offer. The app uses GPS to pin point your location and shows you the ETA of cabs around your location, and you can hail a cab with a single press of a button – no calls, no keying-in pickup addresses etc. Since the app is already tied to your credit card (something you need to do during sign up) paying for the ride at the end is also not a hassle, and everything is handled electronically.

Before you embark on a journey, you can also get a fare quote so that you have an idea of what you’ll be paying at the end of a journey. If you’re travelling with a friend, you can also choose to split the fare and get a portion billed to his/her Uber account.

Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides

(For example, a ride from India Gate to Defence Colony will cost somewhere in the region of 200-250 Rupees depending on traffic)

Another feature that the company wishes to highlight is safety. The app features a share my ETA option that lets you share your ETA with friends and family once you’ve boarded the car. This results in your  friend/family member getting a text with a link that gives them information about the car’s precise location in real time, including the driver’s name and car details.

Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides Uber's Affordable Luxury Rental Car Service Hits Delhi - Here's A Promo Code For Two Free Rides

I’ve used Uber while visiting the United States, and the overall experience was very pleasant. Therefore I recommend that you give Uber a go here in India as well, whether you’re in Delhi or Bangalore. To get you started, the good people at Uber are giving The Handheld Blog readers two free rides of upto Rs. 500 each. All you need to do is enter the promo code “THEHANDHELDBLOG” in the Promotions tab if you already have an Uber Account or while signing up.

Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android, or you can redeem the discount directly at Uber also has a BlackBerry app, but Windows Phone users will have to make do with the web version for now.

Uber is currently active in 45+ markets across 6 continents and is backed by industry heavy weights such as Google Ventures, TPG Capital, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Goldman Sachs, Benchmark Capital and Menlo Ventures among others.

How To Update To The Latest Windows Phone GDR3 Release Right Now & For Free

Microsoft has just announced the third major update to Windows Phone 8, and while it is aimed at adding support for new chips and screen resolutions, it also brings certain improvements for existing users. Things like rotation lock, a new driving mode, internet sharing over bluetooth, the ability to change alert tones, close apps, and better storage management among others.

But unlike the GDR2 release, which after months of being announced is still not available for all Windows Phone 8 devices, your wait for GDR3 won’t be as long. While it make still take months for it be approved by the carrier and come to you ‘officially’, Microsoft was opened a backdoor for enthusiasts who cannot wait – the Developer Preview Program.

So if you own a Windows Phone 8 device, and want to get the just announced GDR3 release right now and want to avoid paying for a Developer Account, here’s what you need to do:

  • Sign up for the free App Studio program. It takes less than 10 seconds, you just need to sign in with your MS account and accept the terms and conditions.

Windows Phone App Studio

  • Open the app on the phone, accept the terms and conditions. Sign in with the MS account you registered with at the App Studio program.
  • The app will tell you to goto Settings and check for updates like you usually do. The update will show-up, and you can install GDR3 like it were a regular over-the-air update.

That’s literally it. That’s how easy Microsoft has made it for you to get early access to the GDR 3 update and kudos to them for doing that. This not only keeps the developers happy as they get time to test their apps, but the 1% of the population that keeps cribbing about slow updates no longer has anything to complain about.

There are a few caveats though. MS warns that this might void warranty, and that you will not be able to go back to GDR 2 post updating to the new release. But if you like to live dangerously – GDR 3 awaits.

Pimp Your Lumia: Must Have Apps & Then Some More

Nokia’s App Social client is an incredibly easy way to share your favourite Lumia apps. All you need to do is give your list a name, select apps from your existing pool of apps installed on the phone, and then publish it. You also have the option of adding a cover photo. This list is assigned a short URL, and you share it to social networks like Facebook and Twitter, via email, text etc. from within the App itself.

The best part about how this works is that clicking on this URL from a Lumia that already has App Social installed will open up the app, and you’ll be presented with a screen such as the one below and you can start installing the apps from there itself. If you’re browsing from another device, then a web page gives you links to all the apps.

Must Have Apps Lumia

 Over a few months of using Windows Phone, I have come to rely on a large set of apps that let me do virtually anything that I can do with an iPhone. Almost every app has an equivalent, and if you install these apps, you shouldn’t feel restricted at all. Windows Phone doesn’t come pre-installed with a few key apps – a voice recorder, a unit converter, a LED torch, a weather app and a YouTube uploader. You’ll have the best versions of all these apps in the ‘Pimp Your Lumia‘ list.

Then I also cover camera apps, photo editors, fitness apps, entertainment, travel, utilities and more – making for a total of 81 apps. Click though for the detailed low down. If you’d like to open this list on your Lumia, just make sure you have App Social installed and scan this QR code.

Must Have Apps Lumia

Think I missed on on an essential or exceptionally good app? Let me know in the comments section below.

Nokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App For Your Lumia

While there are a bunch of battery monitoring apps for Windows Phone in the Store, most of them are paid or come with ads. To put an end to your search for a well designed app, the Battery Pro+ powered by Nokia has been released. The app has actually been published by Wunderman Polska, the agency Nokia Poland seems to have used.

The app is free, and comes with live tiles in two sizes, giving you a quick way to monitor your Lumia’s battery. Once inside the app, you get information such as remaining time based on current usage, the hourly consumption, and the total battery capacity of your device. The network activity section shows you which network radios are in operation and also lets you tap on any of them to jump into settings, thereby also acting like a handy shortcut app.

Nokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App That's Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Lumia Battery Nokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App That's Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Lumia Battery

The live tiles can be pinned to the homescreen. Like every other Windows Phone live tile they aren’t ‘live’ as such and are only updated every 30 minutes in order to conserve battery. The tile is also refreshed everytime you open the app.

Nokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App That's Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Lumia BatteryNokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App That's Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Lumia Battery

The app is well designed and the shortcuts to WIFI, Bluetooth, and Network are a nice touch. However I’d like to see two more features added in a subsequent release. First is the ability to jump into battery settings by tapping on the battery indicator within the app – this is useful for toggling the battery saver mode. Second, the ability to put the battery percentage on the lockscreen.

Nokia Releases Free Battery Pro+ App That's Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Lumia Battery

In addition to Battery Pro+, Nokia Poland has also published a bunch of other free utilities that I’ll feature in a later post. Get Battery Pro+ here.

Nokia’s YouTube Uploader For Lumia Is Coming Soon

Despite being amazing video capture devices due to optical image stabilisation and rich recording, Nokia’s Lumias still cannot upload videos to YouTube directly from the device. There are ways to do it, but none of them is as straightforward as using a simple app. Thankfully that’s about to change. In addition to the brand new Video Trimmer application that just went live on the Windows Phone Store today, Nokia will soon be making the YouTube uploader app available as well. Both these apps were shown off at the time of the Lumia 1020 launch, but the YouTube uploader seems to have slipped under the radar.

Nokia Innovation has a video of Nokia’s Kristina Björknäs (@bjorknas) taking about the Lumia 1020, and showing off some of its features. The YouTube uploader is mentioned at the 2:00 minute mark.

Both these apps, in addition to the Smart Camera and the Pro Camera, will be available for existing Lumia devices once they have received the upcoming Amber update.