Pandora for Windows Phone 8 finally released

Pandora is finally available on Windows Phone 8! It is unfortunately still a US only service so the rest of the world will have to wait until next week to get another hotly anticipated Windows Phone 8 app according to Joe Belfiore. Anyway, the Windows Phone 8 Pandora app will be add-free and feature unlimited streaming until December 31 2013 so grab it while it’s hot if you are lucky enough to live in the US. Check all of the app features below with a direct link to the App:

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Skype for Windows Phone 8 updated with People Hub integration and HD Video support

Skype for Windows Phone 8 has been updated today bringing back the People Hub integration that was drop out of the app in the latest update and new features like HD Video chat with the back facing and front facing camera, portrait / landscape video chat support and finally the ability to sign in/out to switch Skype accounts on the fly (yes this was impossible before…).

What’s new?
- Face-to-face video calls look better than ever with high definition video support.
- Show your smile or just what’s around you – with front and rear camera support.
- Video calls in portrait or landscape, whichever feels best.

- Call friends and family with free Skype to Skype voice calls over 3G* or WiFi.
- Make free video calls to anyone else on Skype as well as low cost calls to mobiles and landline around the world.
- Send instant messages to friends on Skype, as well as friends on Messenger if you sign in with your Microsoft account.
- Stay in touch even when the app is closed, with call and message notifications.
- See all your Skype contacts in the People Hub**.

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Nokia Place Tag Beta released

Nokia has just released the first beta of Place Tag for its Windows Phone 8 Lumia phones. So what is Place Tag? It is a camera Lens app that allows you to take pictures with POIs integrated in them. Think of City Lens but with ability to snap a shot.

Nokia Place Tag takes more than a photo. It reveals info about the places within your photo, such as museums and famous buildings, which you can then share as a digital postcard with your friends.

Wish you were here?

You can also use Place Tag to get interesting background info about the places tagged in the photo. And if you need directions, that’s also easily available too.

I personally don’t find the whole thing really that useful especially as a separate application. Adding a camera feature to City Lens would have been more logical IMO… You can download Place Tag by scanning the QR code below.

Disqus app released exclusively on Windows Phone

Is this the beginning of a new trend? Today saw the release of one of the first high profile exclusive application for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. Disqus, the comments services / community used by the vast majority of the top blogs and websites on the web (yes even here on MobileTechWorld) now has a mobile application exclusively available only on Windows Phone.

The app still has a few tiny bugs that seem to be mostly cloud related but other than that the whole package is pretty much perfect from a UI and feature point of you. Here’s what’s included:

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New Nokia Lumia 920 firmware adds new Storage management feature to Windows Phone 8

Those of you following me on Twitter must be aware that a new Nokia Lumia 920 firmware 1232.5957.1308.0004 popped up on Nokia’s server last night. I quickly grabbed it and flashed my handset late last night so I didn’t have much time to take a deep dive in it to see if there was anything new in there.

My first target today was to check out the camera to see if Nokia made any improvements in this sector. I personally can’t see much difference here besides better noise-reduction and sharpening in some select cases (the camera is already awesome but the algorithms can still some tweaks).

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BBC iPlayer finally coming to Windows Phone. Sort of…

The BBC has just announced that iPlayer support will finally be coming to Windows Phone 7.X and Windows Phone 8 in the coming weeks. But there’s a catch: this isn’t going to be a full blown app but simply a link/shortcut (similar to the “official” Youtube one) to a modified website compatible with IE9/IE10Mobile.

We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a live tile.

This shortcut will wrap the BBC iPlayer mobile website together with our media player. Hopefully these and other developments will help to expand our online reach further. Our latest figures show that over 650 different device types can access BBC iPlayer.

Better than nothing I guess….and obviously only applies to UK users.

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Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 finally released

At last! Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 has been released today after being delayed for several months. This new version now includes a couple of new handy features:

- Lens integration – Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the camera.
-Ability to view shared panoramas—New sharing capabilities let other Windows Phone 8 users view your panoramas on their phone, and as always you can show off your panoramas by email, Facebook and Twitter.
-More camera controls – Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options.

You can downloaded now directly from the Windows Store by hitting the link here or searching for in using Bing (not the Store search) on your Windows Phone 8 handset.