Apps Missing From Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 and the upcoming 8.1 update really fix a lot of usability issues previous versions of the phone had, but there’s still an area a new OS can’t fix – 3rd party apps.

Within the last few months I have been able to find good official apps for many apps I use on Android, but here’s a list of the ones I’m still waiting for an official app of. If these apps could be made for Windows Phone, there’s no reason I couldn’t switch full-time to my Windows Phone.

  • Amazon Music
  • Goodreads
  • Sonos
  • Starbucks
  • MediaMonkey (or any decent media player that handles genres, metadata, and syncing with ease)
  • Tasker / Llama (any automation app – which probably will never happen with the current limited access to the WP system)
  • Vudu Movies (for when Flixster isn’t working)
  • Any good app.
  • An equivalent to aCar for Windows Phone. This app is amazing for keeping tabs of car maintenance.

Wifi Location Tracking is killing Privacy

<tinfoil hat>

When Google’s “streetview cars” roamed around the world, they were performing wifi scans of their surrounding areas. By mapping the MAC address of your location to the van’s GPS coordinates, they built a map of locations that can accurately find your location, just by knowing the wifi router you’re connected to.

Google claimed this was “by accident”, and many countries objected to the collection of the data and the invasion of privacy.

As of 2010, Google had collected 600 gigabytes of data from over 30 nations. That list is now growing, as each new Android phone that gets purchased has the built-in ability to transfer locations of wireless networks to and from Google’s servers, to help aid in location services on the phone. The unfortunate part is even if you aren’t using these services, Google is still collecting this data via your phone.

So who has your wifi router’s location?

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Fix Windows Phone 7/8 + Gmail “Attention Required” Error – WP8

If you’re getting this problem,it’s Google’s Fault, and not the Windows 7 / Windows 8 Phone’s.

Go to the following URL, put your password in and enter the captcha. This will solve the problem and let you use your Gmail account on your Windows Phone.

It seems to disable some captcha security setting on your Gmail Account. Use at your own risk, I don’t know what else it does.