People Sense – finding friends on Windows Phone

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According to Spanish-language site Microsoft Place, the company is in the process of developing an app called People Sense, which looks to deeply integrate Bing Maps with messaging and calling features.

Currently in the development stage, People Sense, codenamed Buddy Aware will allow you to share your location in real time with contacts stored on your agenda. The basic concept is familiar if you’ve seen Apple’s Find My Friends, but there’s a stronger emphasis on reaching out — you can call or message contacts in-app, and even get directions if you’d like to meet face to face.

In addition to providing real-time location info for the people you follow, it will give detailed directions to contacts’ locations and also have calling and messaging baked right in. By the looks of it, the only thing it lacks is notifications for when friends are nearby, though more features might be on the way.

The features included are:

  • Share your location in real time with your contacts.
  • Integrated messaging and calling application.
  • Integration with navigation applications step by step drawing paths to your contacts.
  • Integration with your favorite places to show like “home” or “work”
  • New features to be added before leaving the store

 

The application is currently not available in the store . You must wait a little longer to enjoy it.

WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling feature

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A few weeks ago, WhatsApp began rolling out calling through their app to a few users. No one really knew how to get it activated on their phone and keeping it activated. This meant that initial testers were able to extend it to their friends who further helped other WhatsApp users join the club. However, this invite system is not working for all users. It appears that today, WhatsApp has begun rolling out calling to everyone now. WhatsApp has flipped a few switches to get it going today, as there’s no new update here, and it works on version 2.11.528.

According to Android Police, a friend with WhatsApp Calling enabled has to call you to get it to trigger. As that’s how they got the functionality enabled. While it may be annoying, but it is a good way to have a slow rollout and make sure this feature doesn’t kill their servers.

WhatsApp has calls in its dedicated tab now. So you have Calls, Chats, and Contacts. So you are able to see your call log, your chats with various contacts, and then your contacts on WhatsApp. All from that “home screen”. Which is definitely nice to have. If you tap on the contacts picture, you’ll get a bigger picture along with the option to call chat, or view their information. Kinda similar to the Contacts app in Android.

The update seems to get activated when a user with voice calling capability calls his WhatsApp contacts. Once the update is activated, the user interface also changes to feature a separate voice calling screen. A phone icon also appears next to the WhatsApp contacts, and you can also see the call logs of your device.

WhatsApp hasn’t officially announced the roll-out but with the number of devices supporting the feature, we can anticipate an announcement any time soon.

With this offering, Facebook owned WhatsApp will also direct an assault at voice calling apps like Viber, WeChat and others. You can even expect a backlash from the phone companies in the form of increased data pack costs. But no matter what, the 700 Million WhatsApp users are going to get a reason to celebrate real soon.

Calling through WhatsApp uses Wi-Fi or 3G/4G to make calls. It appears that you are not able to make calls to your WhatsApp contacts from the phone app on your phone. You’ll have to exit the app to do that, unfortunately. Which probably isn’t a big deal, but if you’re in an area with slow internet, you may want to use their voice network. Hopefully WhatsApp will add the ability to switch between voice and VoIP in the future for their calls. But it is nice to see this feature finally rolling out

While calling feature is available with WhatsApp Version 2.11.528, it is buggy. For the better experience, use the Version 2.11.531, which is available directly from WhatsApp website.

SOURCE: Android Police

So how many of our readers use WhatsApp? Are you excited about their Calling feature to finally be rolling out? Be sure to let me know in the comments down below

Bing Rewards Program – Get OneDrive 100 GB Special Offer

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Microsoft is offering 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years if you sign up for the Bing Rewards program. All you have to do is sign-into Bing and keep searching using Microsoft’s search engine to earn Bing Rewards credits. Consider it a “frequent flyer program” for Bing, allowing you to redeem credits you earn for searching and can be spent on gift cards, sweepstakes entries, and other goodies.

Just as Bing Rewards provides its members with rewards across multiple Microsoft brands such as Xbox, Skype, Windows Phone and Windows Store, OneDrive has deep integration with so many of the products you already use. You never have to worry about manually saving your photos and videos. And no more trying to sort out what video format to use—it just works. Plus, Start screen integration with Windows 8.1, and even Xbox slide shows, means there are countless ways your favorite photos and those photos shared with you come to life. And with OneDrive, you can share photos or videos directly to Facebook or via email with one click. You can even record and share gameplay from your Xbox One

New members receive 20 bonus credits just by signing up, getting you well on your way to earning enough credits for this new OneDrive offer in your first week. It’s easy to join today by visiting http://www.bingrewards.com and following the instructions to create a Bing Rewards account.

                   – Alex Danskin, Senior Marketing Manager, Bing Rewards

Signing up for the program is a simple process of connecting your email address to Bing Rewards. Once you are signed up, you can begin searching Bing.com while logged in to earn credits. Head over to the VIA link below to claim your 100GB of free OneDrive storage as part of this promotion.

Bing Rewards allows you to search with Bing on your PC and phone, allowing you to try new Bing features and take advantage of exclusive offers as your credits build up. And all you have to do is stay logged into Bing.com

Free OneDrive storage for two years for US residents only

Update: The offer is for 2 years. At the time of this post, Microsoft had yet to update the offer to indicate 2 years (it was still mentioning 1 year).

Note: Bing Rewards is a program for US residents only. Bing Rewards is not available in any other country.