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Tutorials, how-to guides and reviews for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8.

The Best 5 Free Weather Apps for Windows Phone

WeatherIf you have returned home soaking wet because the forecast said it will be sunny with 0% chance of rain and you didn't feel like taking an umbrella, this is the right article for you. There's not much you can do about the weather but at least we can keep you informed, so we searched and tested several weather apps to recommend as our top 5. Our choices are primarily focused on weather, can be used for more locations, have good reviews (at least 3 stars), they are free and they look good. Let's see what we have found:

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Live Lock Screen

Lock ScreenThe Windows Phone operating system has a beautiful lock screen that can be customized to add both notifications and useful information. However, for some people its customization options are not enough and they want even more personalization. That's why Microsoft has released a beta version of their Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 This app replaces the default lock screen with a new one that can customized in multiple ways. Let's take an in-depth look at the Live Lock Screen app, learn how it works and how to configure it.

How To Create & Use Live Folders On Your Windows Phone's Start Screen

Start screenWindows Phone users always asked for a way to create folders on their Start screen. Depending on the smartphone they had, some users could use apps that were designed to offer this feature. However, these apps were only available for Nokia and Samsung smartphones while smartphones made by other manufacturers did not have any apps available. Luckily, with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft has introduced Live Folders for all Windows Phone devices. With them, you will be able to better organize your Start screen and create your own live folders, no matter of the smartphone you are using. Here's how this feature works:

What You Gain Performance-Wise When Upgrading from Windows Phone 8.0 to 8.1?

Windows PhoneWindows Phone 8.1 delivers many new features and improvements in terms of user experience, apps and more. Many blogs and websites rightly wrote about them. However, little has been said about its performance. Does it run better on existing smartphones than Windows Phone 8.0? In order to answer this question, we took four Nokia Lumia smartphones and we have run several benchmarks using both Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Here are our results and conclusions:

How to Reset the Password for Your Microsoft Account

passwordSince Windows 8 and Windows Phone were released, having a Microsoft account has become essential to a complete computing experience. We have already discussed this concept and the pros and cons of using a Microsoft account, so we won't do that again. However, some readers asked us to share what they can do when they forget their Microsoft account password. How can they get back into Windows and log into their devices? Luckily, Microsoft has made things simple by providing an online password reset tool. Here's how to use it:

How to Manage Files and Folders on Your Windows Phone Device

Files AppNow that the Files app is avaialble for Windows Phone devices, we can use it to manage our files and folders with ease. Goodbye having to connect to a computer in order to perform basic file management tasks. Here's how to use this app to open files and folders, delete them, rename them, share them, move them around and view their properties.

Nokia Lumia 530 Review - Is It a Worthy Successor to the Lumia 520?

Nokia Lumia 530We love the Lumia 520 and so do milions of people worldwide. It is a great and affordable smartphone that sold in record numbers. You can imagine how curious we were about the Lumia 530 when we first heard about it. This new model has big shoes to fill and we couldn't wait to test it. Luckily, we managed to get our hands on it and we have used it for 10 days. Today we are ready to share our conclusions in this review, one of the first in the world for this smartphone.

The Benefits and Shortcomings of Using Windows Phone's Wallet App

Wallet appThe Wallet app from Windows Phone is a convenient way to store financial data and use it to make purchases. This all sounds fine and dandy but why should you use this app to store your data? What are the benefits for doing so? And what are the possible problems you might expose yourself to? In this article we will get a bit philosophical and share our arguments for each side of the coin. Enough "how-to" articles, don't you think? :)

How to Secure the Data Stored by Your Windows Phone's Wallet App

Wallet appThe Wallet app is great for adding your financial information and then using it to make all kinds of payments on your Windows Phone. But, if someone gains access to your smartphone, he or she can make purchases that you might not approve of. For example, what if your child figures out your Windows Phone password, sneaks up on you and buys the first game that attracts his attention? That's why Microsoft has added the possibility to set a separate PIN, specifically for the Wallet app. Once that is set, nobody can make purchases on your Windows Phone without knowing and typing the PIN you set.

How to Purchase Windows Phone Apps & Games Using the Wallet

Wallet appThe Wallet app in Windows Phone is the place where you can store information about your debit or credit cards, Microsoft gift cards, PayPal accounts, boarding passes and even event tickets. But how do you use all the data stored by this app? In this guide we will see how to use the data stored by the Wallet app to purchase apps and games on your Windows Phone smartphone.

How to Manually Upload Pictures to OneDrive, in Windows Phone

OneDriveEveryone takes pictures with their smartphones. Even though they might not be a great replacement for a digital camera, smartphones are always with us and they are convenient to use. When it comes to pictures and how to back them up automatically, Windows Phone 8.1 includes a great feature - the ability to have all your pictures uploaded to OneDrive, automatically. This way, you will never lose them. Also, you can manually upload one or more pictures to your OneDrive. Here's how it all works:

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