Nokia Beamer on Windows Phone 8



Nokia Beamer is an amazing application which makes a phone with Windows Phone 8 worth all the money. It is one of the simplest ways of sharing your phone's screen anywhere in the world. The application allows you to share your phone's screen in real-time with any internet enabled device whether it is a TV, Laptop, Tablet, Desktop PC or another smartphone.


The application works in two modes. The first mode allows you to share a particular link generated from the application with any other user wherein the user can use the link on an internet browser to see your phone's screen in real-time. The second mode is meant for instant sharing with a nearby device for instance your internet TV. All you need to do is visit 'beam.nokia.com' on the internet browser in your TV and you will see a QR Code generated on the website. Simply scan the code with the application and the devices get connected.

A Working Free FTP Client for Windows Phone 8


I own a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and use it to store all of my multimedia content. The NAS does not allow access over HTTP as such I cannot use the phone browser to access or download the multimedia files. I needed a WebDav client or an FTP client to access the files. I tried a number of FTP clients for Windows Phone 8 which get listed from the store if you search for FTP but none of them work or they are not free. 

Here is a working FTP client that you can use. The name of the application is File Manager which allows a host of cloud services as well that you can access. This is a paid application but you can install a trial version. The only difference is that you can use only one type of connection at a time. 

So if you have setup a FTP connection, you cannot setup another connection. However, there is no other limitation in terms any file download or access limit. I have successfully watched an entire movie using this client by accessing it directly without save. I have also synced a folder to my phone and was able to access the files flawlessly. So here is the download link for the FTP Client - File Manager For WP8 or Direct Link

Lumia Black Update Error Resolved in India

The Lumia Black Update error is supposed to be resolved. I have finished installing the update just now and everything look fine at least in India. It appears that the new update includes the missing updates as well which initially failed the updated. As per the Microsoft Community Thread, all the devices should now update as normal. If you face issues, you can report the incident on the thread with details of your device, operator and location.


Latest Nokia Lumia Black Update Fails with Error 80188309


The latest Nokia Lumia Black update rolling out in India has faced issues during install on the device. The update downloads on the device without errors, however, during the install, the update stops with the following error - "The update was downloaded, but couldn't be opened. (80188309)" . Apparently, this issue has appeared across the globe that includes Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, etc across Lumia devices 820, 920, etc.


One of the speculations going on is that the issue is caused on devices that do not have the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update which in fact most device do not have. Those devices which have the developer preview installed did not face issues with this update. It appears that Nokia goofed up with the update on a very large scale and the effect is globally spread. Some websites are suggesting you to install the developer preview with specific steps, however, that may void your warranty, hence, it is best to wait for the resolution directly from Nokia.

Resolution

Nokia is currently working on the issue. However, you can raise concerns on the links below.
Please raise a complaint at the following link [For India]
You can also see updates related to the issue at this Microsoft Community link [Global]

Nokia Lumia Black Update Release Date



Nokia Lumia Black Update has begun rolling out globally for all the Nokia Lumia devices which include -
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 1020
This is a major update release most awaited across the globe which promises a best ever enhanced experience with Windows Phone 8 OS. You can check the status of the update release for all the countries here - http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/wp8-availability-in-asia-pacific/

Nokia Lumia Black Update Coming Early 2014


In line with the strategy to aggressively promote the Windows Phone 8 OS, Nokia will be pushing the Lumia Black Update early next year. It is based on the WP8 GDR3 update. Some of the major features include - 

  • Nokia Storyteller - integrate picture with HERE application
  • Nokia Video Editor - video editing application
  • Nokia Beamer - share content on other screens
  • New Nokia Camera Application - integrating pro, smart and video modes
  • Better Storage Maintenance
  • Enable Locking Screen Orientation
  • Bluetooth Fixes
  • Internet Sharing Over Bluetooth with Windows 8.1
  • Driving Mode - minimizes distraction while driving
  • Enhanced Glance Screen - more information
  • Other Phone And Camera Performance Fixes
Looking at the features listed above, this is a very important update from Nokia/Microsoft so far. This update is bound to push the lumia sales a lot further. A preview of the update can be downloaded  and installed from the Windows Phone Developer site, however, this will void your warranty. Also this is an incomplete update having only the Microsoft updates and make not work properly.
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