File this headline under late-breaking, but Citi Cards (online.citibank.com) has finally released their popular app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users. According to our forums, Citi started exploring building an app for Microsoft's platform 11 months ago, and today, it is live and ready for download.
Citibank is currently one of the top credit card and financial institutions around, and Windows Phone tends to have a gap when it comes to official banking apps, especially in Western markets. Bringing 128-bit encryption the Citi Cards app lets users log in and fully manage their accounts without using the web browser.
Following on the heels of the Xbox Video update for Windows 8.1, this afternoon the Phone version is also picking up a nice update. The last update was two weeks ago, and like Music, the Xbox teams are keeping busy in improving their app.
Today's update brings it to version 2.6.315, and there is a nice changelog to go along with it.
Appy Weather is a Windows Phone weather app that has a bit of a personal touch about it. The weather app has a minimalistic appearance and delivers a decent amount of forecast information to your Windows Phone.
Along with a simple interface and weather alerts, Appy Weather delivers the forecast information in a traditional sense but also in a practical sense. For example the app will often compare the forecast temperature with the prior day's weather. The app was recently updated to version 1.1 that includes a host of changes to the Live Tile settings and a few layout tweaks.
Looking for an app to make your Start screen on Windows Phone truly unique? You then need to check out Tile Editor 8.1, a new app from the makers of Movie Maker 8.1. With Tile Editor 8.1, you can create unique Tiles for your Start screen.
Update: So that Flipboard app in the Windows Phone Store? Apparently it's not the official release and instead was an early, incomplete build. That's what the Flipboard team is saying on Twitter. So hold off any final judgments until Flipboard officially releases for Windows Phone. Just keep in mind, it was announced 441 days ago... [Source: @FlipboardCM]
Nokia's HERE Maps division won't be spending as much development time on the Windows Phone platform as it has in the past. In a new interview with The Next Web, Sean Fernback, the Senior Vice President, Everyday Mobility, at the company's HERE division, is quoted as saying, "As a result of the transaction, we're having to wind down our Windows Phone app development and shift it over towards Android and iOS."
Back in Berlin a few weeks ago, Microsoft made clear their current suite of Bing apps, including Weather, News, Finance, Travel and Health + Fitness, would be adopting MSN as the brand. Microsoft has already phased out Bing from the apps in previous updates back in April. The change is seen to separate Bing search from Microsoft's news and information offerings, which evidently fit better under a retooled MSN homepage.
This morning, we are getting reports from users that the Finance app is displaying an in-app message revealing that the name Bing Finance will be no more in the "coming days". (We have been able to reproduce the message ourselves and you can see the screenshot in the lead photo) Instead, the app will be titled MSN Money, although, like the current Bing apps, the app name itself is only going to be 'Money' on the phone (Paul Thurrott reported as much a few weeks ago on WinSupersite).
Gratitude Journal is a Windows Phone app that is designed to make it easy to record daily journal entries and in the traditional sense of the title, remind ourselves what we are grateful for. However, there is no rule you can use it as journal for just about anything.
Gratitude Journal takes advantage of gesture based controls and voice dictations to help you document your entries. Add OneDrive support along with location based weather information that is automatically added to your entries and I can see Gratitude Journal appealing to many Windows Phone users.
It's not just Android day at Flipkart as the Indian retailer rolled out a significant update for its Windows Phone app. Now onto version 126.96.36.199, the update brings a cleaner interface as well as new features, like the ability to find products by voice search.
A few months ago, we told you that the Belgium-based cable TV operator, Telenet, was offering beta access for their Yelo TV app on Windows Phone. If you're one of their customers, you can now download the final and public version. It just been released as a universal Windows app, so you can also get it for your Windows PCs or tablets.
Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone, which began as an unofficial third party app before receiving approval from the Telegram team, has received a new update, adding in features such as a way to resume downloads and more.
UC Browser picked up a significant update today which sees the introduction of a new user interface along with a host of new features. Designed for Windows Phone 8.1 devices, the browser has a nifty gesture based tab management feature that allows you to switch between tabs with ease. And it renders the web beautifully on a 1080p display.
Souq.com, often tagged as the "Amazon of the Middle East," has just released their official app for Windows Phone. They offer more than 400,000 products across categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, household goods, watches or perfumes. Souq gets over 23 million visits per month and now customers with Windows Phone devices can shop with the official app!
Rawer is an image editor for your Windows Phone. While many will shrug their shoulders and mutter, "Ugh, another photo editor!?" what sets this image editor apart from other editors is its ability to open and edit RAW image files.
Rawer will not only open and edit RAW (DNG) images captured by a Lumia 1020, 1520, 930 or Icon but the app can also open RAW files from several DSLR cameras. The app has OneDrive support and has the ability to check the image EXIF information.
Rawer is a Windows Phone photography app that definitely has a certain level of appeal for those who like to dabble with RAW image files.
There's good news and bad news for fans of the popular free VLC media player. The good news is that the long awaited Windows 8.1 version could be out as soon as today. The bad news is that the long promised VLC port for Windows Phone 8.1 could take much longer to be released than first thought.
If you are in the mood to create custom Start Screen backgrounds and Lockscreen Wallpapers, there are plenty of Windows Phone 8.1 apps to choose from. Tile Backgrounds is one option that hopes to catch your attention and find its way onto your Windows Phone.
Tile Backgrounds has options to crop and edit your photos so they fit your needs. The layout is simple and the app does have the potential to create some fantastic looking backgrounds and wallpapers. However, there is one aspect of Tile Backgrounds that may not be very appealing to some.
After a recent fix for our Windows Phone app, our developer extraordinaire Jay Bennett has turned his attention back to our Windows 8.1 Modern app. Today, a new update is now available and not only do we have the full changelog, we are proud to note it is more than 'bug fixes and general improvements.'
Without a doubt, one of the most requested features is finally here: the ability to set the default accent color of the app by the user. Therefore, instead of our banner magenta color, much like our Windows Phone app, you can now choose which accent color works for you. Another big feature is Mobile Nations Passport support for logins, but there is even more...
In 2014, the ability to share files with other smartphone users, regardless of platform, is one of the top features that users want available to them. Sure, there is email and SMS as the old standbys, but increasingly people want direct ways to offer a song, photo, video, or documents.
Send Anywhere (send-anywhere.com) launched in early 2013 on iOS and Android, and now a port of the app by the company is available on Windows Phone. The free service works by uploading to a server the intended file, generating a numeric code, which you then give to the recipient. Using the same app, the receiver enters the unique code and retrieves the file to download to their device.
Send Anywhere for Windows Phone is not a pretty port, but it works. Graphics overlap on the right edges, and the stodgy UI looks extremely basic. However, putting aside aesthetic concerns, the app does what it is intended to do, send those files.
The official NFL Game Rewind app for Windows Phone sneaked into the Store a few days ago. This app requires a paid subscription to NFL Game Rewind and brings full replays of NFL games to your Windows Phone. The app has been available on Windows since last year, but it's nice to see the app making its way to Windows Phone.
Jabong.com is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal that retails apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories, and other lifestyle products. Founded in January 2012, the e-commerce store is one of the top online fashion retailers in India.
The official Jabong.com app landed on the Windows Phone Store in June. The app allows you to shop from anywhere and everywhere in just a few taps. The app has recently been updated to version 188.8.131.52, and brings in a slew of new features.
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photography Apps
While it may be a coin toss as to which genre of apps, weather or photo, are more numerous in the Windows Phone Store there is little doubt that we are fortunate to have plenty of quality choices with both.
I have got several photography apps installed on my Windows Phone and this week's roundup is going to focus on some of my favorite photo editors. These are photo apps that I have found helpful for quick fixes of photos as well as apps that can add a creative flair to images.
Now before you pass out the pitch forks and torches, there are plenty of photo apps out there that are solid Windows Phone apps such as Fhotoroom, Nokia's Creative Studio, , ProShot, Phototastic and even Fantasia Painter. While these are all quality apps, the apps in this week's roundup are ones that I currently find myself using with regularity.
Earlier on Friday, popular third-party Instagram app, 6tag, stopped working. Don't worry, because a fix has just been released. Just make sure to get the latest version of 6tag from the Windows Phone Store. Superstar developer, Rudy Huyn, said Instagram has changed some value format in the backend, which caused the errors. He was quick to fix the problem, so go update the app and continue uploading those selfies!