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Tonido (www.tonido.com) is a personal cloud service, that spans multiple mobile platforms. It was released back in 2012 for Windows Phone 7. Better late than never, a Windows Phone 8 version of Tonido has been released and shows a bit of promise.

What is Tonido you ask? Tonido is a Windows Phone 8 app that allows you to remotely access your entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos that are stored on your home computer. With Tonido you can stream music and videos, download files for offline use, and upload photo and videos captured from your Windows Phone to your PC. It's not just a cloud, but rather your 'personal cloud', where storage and your privacy are not an issue.

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We love when our favorite apps get updated. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll see a new version of OneDrive waiting for you. OneDrive, as you know, is Microsoft’s cloud-storage solution that allows you to store documents, photos, videos and more in the cloud. It also powers all the syncing between your devices. We’re looking at a fairly big update for OneDrive with a ton of new changes. Let’s check it out.

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We first covered the Youmigo beta back in November when we first found out about it. The app was being backed by the AppCampus program from Nokia, Microsoft and Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Youmigo aims to be an intercultural exchange on Windows Phone.  You can use it to find penpals around the world or ask a question to folks in a specific region. After months of hard work, Youmigo is out of beta and now available for download.

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Windows Phone 8.1 is pretty awesome; there’s no doubt about that. Microsoft seems to have improved just about everything there is, but there will always be a few bits that are missing. One of those we even forgot ourselves: saving search results to contacts.

Case in point: you do a search in Cortana (or Bing, for non-US users) for an establishment like a diner or coffee stop. Powered by Bing, Cortana will do a great job of finding what you’re looking for in a jiffy. But let’s say you now wanted to add that find to your People Hub for future reference? Maybe you’re new in town, or you found a flower shop you really like. Evidently, you still can’t do that on Windows Phone, even with 8.1.

Liquid Daffodil, a popular developer firm who makes apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, has released a brand new version of their ‘Add to Contacts’ app. We’ve covered this app in the past, and we’re happy to see it get a makeover and integration into 8.1.

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We're kicking off Thursday with a rather large update roundup, perfect for those who simply cannot keep up with the rate of releases on the Windows Phone Store. Today we'll be looking at Amazing Weather HD, Deezer, Lyn 2013, Pepper and more.

With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 for developers, we're seeing more updates roll out with improvements made to both apps and games to unlock new functionality

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One of the great new additions to Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to assign custom notification sounds for your apps. Previously, in Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3, developers could ship their own sound to be used, but only a few have taken advantage of that so far. But in 8.1, via the Notification Center, you can configure apps independently, including for alert sounds.

Melodia is a simple app, and it’s free. It’s basically a repository for ‘official’ alert melodies, which you can then play to sample and save directly to your phone. Once saved, they will appear in your custom alerts and by using the Notification Center, you can assign them to apps. Sure, you can do this on your own, but this is much easier using this app.

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UbiShow is a slideshow maker for Windows Phone 8 where you can take your pictures, add background music and create a video slideshow that can be shared through OneDrive or uploaded to YouTube.

The interface does take a little time to get used to but in tinkering with UbiShow for a short while, it makes a nice first impression. UbiShow is an easy way to turn your Windows Phone 8 still images into a video slideshow.

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When you compare the Windows Phone ecosystem to iOS and Android you’ll find that we have most of the major apps. However, our apps don’t get updated as much as we’d like. Which is why we get pretty excited when apps like eBay get updated. That just happened, so let’s check out what’s new with eBay on Windows Phone.

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It was last June that we first talked about Project Tripod, an upcoming photography app with a lot of potential. This is an app that is coming out of the AppCampus program. That means the Project Tripod team received funding and help from Microsoft, Nokia and Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. In exchange, apps from AppCampus are exclusive on Windows Phone for 90 days before they’re allowed to join competing platforms. Project Tripod is an app with so much potential we can’t wait to see it go multi-platform, but in the meantime we’ll very much enjoy this Windows Phone exclusive.

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Indian Railways, the state-owned enterprise operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways, is one of the world's largest railway networks and transports over 25 million passengers daily.

Last year, Microsoft India pulled off a major exclusive with the launch of the official IRCTC app that still is only available for Windows Phone and Windows devices and gets a lot of envy from our friends on Android or iOS.

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Enjoy checking in when out and about? If so, you're likely a Foursquare user. 4th & Mayor is a premium experience wrapped up in an unofficial app. The third-party app is also ahead of the official client in terms of functionality, especially with the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview. You can now integrate 4th & Mayor (Foursquare) into the Windows Phone Me tile with the new Social Extension app.

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Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows Phone Remote Desktop app on the Windows Phone Store. Should you be rocking the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, you'll be able to take part in this beta program too. The app enables users to connect to remote computers and enjoy the full Windows experience through the small screen, regardless as to where they may be currently located.

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Gold's Gym International, Inc. is an American chain of international fitness centers with more than 700 locations in 30 countries. The largest gym chain in the world, Gold’s Gym started operations in India in 2002.

Gold’s Gym India has introduced a personal training app for Windows Phone devices. The My Daily Fitness Guide app is their official app that aims to keep you fit and stay healthy serving as your personal trainer and nutritionist. The app helps you to get exercise and diet plans, log your gym workouts, and track your progress.

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Some of you were looking for file managers for Windows Phone 8.1, so a couple of developers have quickly delivered. These file managers let you access your Documents, Downloads, and other user folders. You can essentially read, copy, and move files.

The two apps that we’re looking at are Aerize Explorer and Pocket Explorer. They share similar features with a few differences. Both apps are currently works in progress but can already be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store.

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Samsung isn't the only one updating its App Folder application for Windows Phone today as Nokia has pushed out an update to its own version. Downloadable from the Windows Phone Store right now there's not a lot to shout about, just some general performance improvements.

But we'll never turn our noses up at performance improvements. And if you've not yet downloaded it, give it a shot, it's completely free.

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Samsung is an illusive partner for Microsoft when it comes to Windows Phone. The manufacturer has produced some excellent hardware for the platform (annoyingly so), but still refuses to market its products effectively and offer necessary support. That all said, we're seeing constant updates pushed out for its Windows Phone apps and today we're looking at a new release for App Folder.

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We all have our favorite weather apps. Some folks like simple weather apps that display the weather in clean layouts with minimal distractions. While some of you may like detailed information and prefer more in-depth weather apps. And a lot of you really like Amazing Weather HD for Windows Phone. We’ve covered many updates to Amazing Weather, but we feel like this is an update a lot of you really want – especially if you’re rocking Windows Phone 8.1. Ready for transparent Live tiles?

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Baconit and Readit are the best Reddit clients on Windows Phone. With each update the two apps get better and better. Today we’re looking at version 3.0 of Baconit in the Windows Phone Store. It’s a major update and one that you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of Reddit. You’ll find a new start experience and so much more. Let’s check out version 3.0 of Baconit.

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The developers of Transparency Tiles have released a premium app that throws just about every tool you will need to customize your Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen. Start Perfect has Transparency Tiles built in but also adds additional customization features such as transparent tiles for websites, custom tile names, custom background colors and more.

Start Perfect eliminates the need for multiple apps to get your Windows Phone Start Screen just right. It makes a very nice first impression and worth looking into if you want to do more with your Start Screen customizations.

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