Apps

Appy Weather has joined the ranks of the numerous weather apps available in the Windows Phone Store. It hopes to stand out from the pack by offering a more personal approach to the weather forecast and a simple interface.

While Appy Weather lacks weather radar and weather alerts (catch the update at the end for this has changed), its minimal design does look good and the app does deliver a healthy amount of forecast information to your Windows Phone. Appy Weather makes a nice first impression and while there is room for improvement, the app comes across as a solid weather source for your Windows Phone.

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Established in 2009, Sportskeeda is the largest all-sports website in Asia, publishing news and opinions on over fifty sports and claims to have a footprint of over 10 million readers every month. The portal has a thriving online sports community, and editorial content by some of the best sports writers in the world.

A couple of weeks ago, the Sportskeeda Official app landed on the Windows Phone Store and brings to you the latest news and updates from the world of sports. Developed by the same folks who brought the newsreader app, Plash, the Sportskeeda app offers easy and intuitive user experience with a focus on content.

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Volvo (volvocars.com), the Swedish automaker, has just announced that their new 2015 models will include the company's Sensus connectivity and infotainment system as standard. This includes the 2015.5 Volvo S60, V60, XC60, S80, and XC70.

Volvo's Sensus Connect system includes smartphone connectivity through a free app called Volvo On Call. It's available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. What can you do with app? Let's take a look at the features.

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The NFL has just released their official cheat sheet and draft kit for the 2014 Fantasy Football season. As you know, a lot of folks take their fantasy football very seriously – just watch an episode of The League on FXX to see how serious. This is probably an app you won't want to miss on Windows Phone and Windows 8 if you're big into fantasy football.

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Hidden Pineapple, developer behind upcoming email app Maestro, has posted a video update about the current status of the app, along with a demo of the current version. Maestro has faced some delays, with the beta originally intended for a July release. Check out the video by Maestro team member Ben Krogh below.

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Bing updates its various apps on Windows Phone

All those Bing apps you have on your Windows Phone have just received an update. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find updates for News, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Finance, Weather and Travel. Did Microsoft finally include a changelog with the updates this time?

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Moodle is now available for Windows Phone and Windows 8. The Moodle e-learning platform is popular with schools around the globe. And unlike its big competitor Blackboard, Moodle is free. The company recently released some basic apps into the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store that should give students basic access to their courses.

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OneDrive for Windows Phone has just picked up a little update. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find OneDrive at version 4.3.0.0. Like usual you'll find stability improvements and bug fixes in today's update, but we're also getting recycle bin access.

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When it comes to GPS navigation apps, everyone has their favorite for various reasons. Whether it is prior experience, preferred UI, or unique features, not all nav apps are equal. This morning, CoPilot GPS, a titan in the field of GPS navigation, has announced their new Premium series of apps for Windows Phone, including one for the US and another for Europe.

Currently, CoPilot has their free app on the Store, which receives regular updates. Although free, the app has in-app purchases that unlock premium features with a lifelong license. Now, the Premium versions offer a paid version upfront, but on a lower cost and yearly basis. As a result, you do not need to fork over nearly as much money to use the app.

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We use our Windows Phone devices to read emails, browse the web, take photos and more. How about opening the garage door? Yes, we can do that too. GoGogate (gogogate.com) has just released their official app for Windows Phone 8.1. The GoGogate app will connect your Windows Phone to a GoGogate device (sold separately) via your Wi-Fi home network to open or close your garage door or gate.

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Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

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TouchRetouch is a handy Windows Phone photography app designed to help you remove unwanted content from your photographs. Whether it's a blemish on someone's portrait or an annoying tree limb that has snuck into the frame, TouchRetouch can get rid of them.

The photo editor lacks any additional editing tools (crop, exposure adjustments, filters, etc.) but does a decent job of automatically cloning out unwanted content or objects from your photos. The controls are simple and straightforward and for the most part, TouchRetouch makes a nice first impression.

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An official app for Papa John's is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The app, published earlier this month, enables pizza fans to order their favorite meal from the comfort of their own palm. The app itself is a mere web wrapper, but it performs well and is a solid start to at least draw attention to the brand and make the developers aware of consumer demand.

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