Increasing the Text message font size on Windows Phone 8

My eyes are getting worse. Not sure if it’s old age or spending half my life staring at computer screens but it does mean that, especially at the end of a long day, I can struggle to read things without digging out my glasses. Happily Windows Phone 8 lets you bump up the text size…

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Using offline maps on Windows Phone 8

One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently had the opportunity to road-test this feature in a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It works like this: Before leaving home I downloaded the map for Portugal (more on this below). It’s about 140MB in size…

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Adding a tile for a desktop website to your Windows 8 start screen

The version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on the Windows 8 start screen is fantastic, running full-screen and great for touch. And it’s really easy to pin a tile for your favourite websites to your Windows 8 start screen – simply swipe from the top of the screen (or right-click) and select the “pin”…

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Turning on email notifications in Windows 8 and Windows RT

Do you want Windows 8 to pop up a “toast” message every time you receive an email? If so you’ll need to switch the option in the mail app, but it’s pretty simple to do. First open the mail app, then bring up the charms (swipe from the right of the screen, or right-click with…

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Activating the “flip ahead” feature in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT

As I have mentioned previously, Internet Explorer 10 has been built from the ground up to offer great support for touch while still retaining all of its advantages for keyboard and mouse. One simple but very effective feature is how you can simply "swipe" from left to right to go to the previous web page…

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Internet Explorer 10 sites to pin to your Windows 8 or Windows RT start screen

As you may be aware, Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT has been built from the ground up to have excellent support for touch. Internet Explorer 10 apps run full screen, giving every pixel to the website which helps to really let the content shine through. This, coupled with the ability to…

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Pinning websites with Windows Phone

A while ago I wrote a blog post about an alternative to the Windows Phone Facebook app on Windows Phone. Although to be honest the Windows Phone Facebook app is now pretty good so I don’t see much of a need for this, however the approach used is still useful – in my humble opinion –…

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Are web-apps the future? App musings with Pulse.me

Before I start I should be clear that nothing I’m about to say is an official Microsoft comment or Microsoft views. It’s just my musings. I’m taking off my Microsoft hat for the time being. It’s interesting to me to see the rise of apps (do we have to abbreviate them? Why not “applications”? Perhaps…

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SkyDrive upload facility in new Samsung camera

I can’t remember the last time I bought a camera. Like most smartphone-owning folks I have got used to using the built-in camera with all of its advantages. After all, my Nokia Lumia has an 8 megapixel camera and loads of photo apps – not least one I wrote myself 😉 Another advantage of using…

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Managing your email with Hotmail

Plenty has been written about how to keep control of email. Or at least, to try to keep on top of the seemingly ever-increasing tidal-wave of email that hits us every day. There is certainly no shortage of advice of how to do so, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s an email newsletter with…

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