As purveyors of all Microsoft-related entertainment news some days we have to deliver bad news to good, loyal people. If you’ve been one of the many hanging on to your Zune Music Pass subscription and a compatible device now might be the time to let go. Microsoft has officially set a kill date for Zune Marketplace and the Zune Music Pass.
When I opened the Marketplace (or Windows Store or whatever it’s called nowadays) on my Windows 8 PC this evening, I noticed that the official Twitter app is finally available. I suspect that it’s no coincidence that the desktop (Adobe AIR) versions of Tweetdeck were sunsetted at the same time Twitter finally released the Windows 8 app.
Yesterday, Twitter released a completely revamped version of their official app for Windows Phone. Today, however, things have started to get a little weird.
As I may have mentioned before, my wife & I both bought HTC 8X devices in late December. She got the 8 gig yellow, and I got the 16 gig blue version. They are on the same AT&T Family Plan.
We both updated to the new Twitter app yesterday. This evening, however, her phone notified her that there was another “update” available for the Twitter app. She updated her phone and found that she had actually been rolled back to the old version.
On my phone, meanwhile, there is no such notification about an “update”.
A few moments ago, I popped into the Windows Phone Store on my HTC 8X and noticed that the full Nokia Drive app is now available for non-Nokia phones. The app is currently one of the featured apps in the Windows Phone Store, but if you don’t see it, you can try searching for “Nokia Drive+ Beta” in the store. For the time being, at least, you can download and install the app for free.
Personally, I have a horrible sense of direction and get lost fairly easily. When you add that to the fact that I take quite a few road trips, a GPS device can be invaluable for me. My Windows Phone does a great job of keeping me on track, though (when its directions are accurate).
If you’re making a long trip (more than 30 minutes), it can sometimes be a bit much to try to use your phone to keep you on your route, though. However, a few minor tweaks can make your phone ready to guide you through a trip up to 3 or 4 hours long.
Before I get into that, though; if you have a car charger for your phone that you use regularly and you have an unlimited data plan, you probably don’t have to worry about any of this. In my case, though, my data plan is limited to 200 megabytes per month, and the power outlet in my car is usually occupied by my Zune FM Transmitter; so I have to save data usage and power on my phone while I’m driving.
We all know that texting while driving is not only extremely dangerous, it’s also most likely illegal (depending on where you live). However, your Windows Phone offers a nice alternative.