Apps

Are you a Windows Phone user in Canada? Metro, the country’s most read daily national newspaper, has recently released an official app. Metro Canada publishes coast to coast in Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Now, you can read those stories with the app on Windows Phone.

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The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

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The super-popular fast food outlet McDonald's has released multiple Windows Phone apps for a number of regions. The company has now launched the official app for the UK market, enabling consumers to search for nearest restaurants, get directions to selected McDonald's and even save favorite restaurants for future use. It's a neat little app that we're sure many fans will enjoy using.

As there are a large number of McDonald's restaurants available throughout the UK, it's possible to filter through listings by establishments that sport a drive thru, are open 24/7, baby changing facilities, host birthday parties, offer free Wi-Fi and more. Currently active promotions can also be viewed form within the app, perfect for those bargain hunters.

Some other highlighted features:

  • View the full McDonald’s UK menu
  • See nutrition in formation on all products, learn more about ingredients and check allergies guide
  • Create your own meal combinations
  • Discover the combined nutritional information behind your favorite meals

Also, since the Monopoly promotion is currently underway, you'll be able to check to see if you've won any prizes while on the move. You can grab McDonald's for the UK from the Windows Phone Store for free.

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You probably have browsed Reddit and Imgur many times if, like us, you’re a child of the internet. Baconit and Readit are two killer Reddit apps for Windows Phone that we use and love daily. For Imgur we’ve been rocking Grin since we first covered it last summer. Now we’re adding another Imgur app to our collection – Imgura for Windows Phone.

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We're kicking off a new week with our Newsroom is full swing and Build 2014 well and truly behind us. That said, there's still some news and app updates to cover for you all to remain up-to-date with platform business. We'll catch a few apps and games in today's roundup to kick off the week.

Surfy 3.8

Surfy is a pretty decent alternative web browser to Internet Explorer on Windows Phone. The app was previously re-released late last year, but today we're looking at a new release with some highly requested functionality.

Here's what's new in version 3.8:

  • Share link via NFC
  • Save Login credentials
  • Find on Page
  • Voice support for Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

Both the free and the paid versions of Surfy have been updated. Check them out on the Windows Phone Store using the links and QR codes below:

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Internet Explorer isn't necessarily a bad web browser for Windows Phone, but there's definitely room for improvement. This is where third-party developers come into play with the likes of Maxthon and SurfCube. These alternative web browsers offer more choice for the consumer. We’ll take a look at some highlighted options available on the store.

Maxthon

You may be familiar with the name, especially if you come from a PC background. Maxthon (www.maxthon.com) is a popular web browser for Microsoft’s desktop operating system and the company has brought the same experience across to Windows Phone. Released back in October 2013, the app has been updated with new features and has accumulated positive reviews.

Here are just some of the improvements being implemented (in a previous update, version 1.0.1.1000) as development progresses:

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Mid-February we told you guys and gals about a beta for an upcoming app called Threepointer. It's a third-party client for Dribbble, the popular design community and social network. If you're a graphic designer you probably have an account on Dribbble and frequent the site for inspiration and to share your work. Now you can browse the network with Threepointer, one of the most beautiful apps on Windows Phone.

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Careem, a chauffeur-driven car booking service in the Middle East, has just launched their official app for Windows Phone. The service allows you to order hassle-free rides in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam from your smartphone. You can track rides in real-time, pay with credit cards, and access receipts online. Careem originally launched in Google Play and the App Store. Now, Windows Phone users can join the fun.

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The developer of Baconit, a popular Reddit app for Windows Phone, has opened up an early access program. What this program does for consumers is it allows those who wish to help out test new functionality and enjoy features before the stable app is updated. If you're an avid beta tester, this is certainly the option for you. Read past the break to see how you can get involved.

The idea is to add a lot of new functionality, test it with live users and then have everything patched before rolling out the major update for everyone to enjoy with a stable release. Think of it as the Baconit Beta. Since the final version is free, the developer is charging $1.49 for access on the beta program – a perfect opportunity for everyone to support future development. All you have to do is pay up, download and you're sorted.

It's worth noting that this is not a stable release of Baconit. Seriously, if you download this version (and future releases from this development cycle) there's a chance the app may have issues. Oh, and for those who are sticking to the stable, live release cycle, an update is reportedly well on the way.

The developer is seeking feedback over on Reddit, so be sure to get involved if you're interested. Source: Reddit

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Facebook Beta was updated to version 5.2 today, bringing along some performance improvements and the ubiquitious bug fixes. Users on the beta track for Facebook can enjoy faster and more reliable notifications, as well as suport for additional languages.

Here's your full list of changes:

  • Faster and more reliable notifications
  • Toasts for Facebook chat
  • Redesigned primary tile
  • Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
  • Messaging improvements
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for additional languages

Check for your update or grab it from free from the Windows Phone Store.

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Top Baseball Apps for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball Apps

Major League Baseball opened it’s 2014 Season this week and we would be remiss if we failed to present you with a roundup of the top Windows Phone apps for keeping up with America’s Past-time. These are dedicated Major League Baseball apps.

We’ve got four of the top apps in this week’s roundup that deliver stats, video highlights, player profiles, news from the baseball field and even streaming live video from games. And just to make sure all our bases are covered, we’ve got a short list of honorable mentions for you to consider as well.

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While many of us are trying to live in a completely digital world, much of civilization has yet to catch up with us trendy hipsters. Whether you are a student trying to manage the stacks of papers that your professors throw at you or you are a business person trying to clear off your desk – digitizing your papers are a great way to simplify your life.

Up until recently, CamScanner has been seen as the number one application to scan your physical documents on the go, but Microsoft’s recent release of Office Lens might change the landscape. The Office Lens application has already hit the top of the Windows Phone Marketplace, but we are going to take a detailed look at the two competitors to see who really deserves the number one spot.

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Fhotoroom is a popular Windows Phone photography app that is part social network, part photo editor and part camera app. Fhotoroom can be used as a standalone app or you can register to share your photos with other Fhotoroom members. The Fhotoroom photo editor covers the basics, filters, and frame while the camera app offers you a decent amount of control over the Windows Phone camera.

The Windows Phone 8 version of Fhotoroom was recently updated to version 11, which has a healthy change log. The most notable additions with the update include an in-app store with free and paid for filters and a few new editing tools.

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There are plenty of options in the Windows Phone Store for those looking to add creative filters to your photos. One Windows Phone photography app that hopes to catch your attention is Old Photo.

Old Photo is a simple app that lets you use creative filters to give images an older feel. The effects are nice, the user interface simple and images are not resized. Old Photo may not have as many bells and whistles other Windows Phone photography apps have but it does a decent job of things nonetheless.

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The Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone is the perfect opportunity for consumers (and fans of the massive social network) to get ahead of the game. The beta houses advanced builds of the Facebook app, which contain features not yet available in the stable version. Today we're looking at a rather minor bump to the beta.

Version 5.2.4.2 (like we said, it's just a minute bump in numbers) introduces some bug fixing to address issues consumers have been experiencing with the app. No new features or hidden functionality, unfortunately. That said, we're always pleased to see bugs squashed.

You can download the Facebook Beta from the Windows Phone Store. Thanks, Sanjeev, for the tip!

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The beautiful Magnify Beta RSS reader for Windows Phone saw a major update only a few days ago but already the team has prepared another update for everyone. The changes aren't as huge as the previous release but they're just as important and enough to push the app into v3.0.8. We've got the full change log as well as some screenshots for your viewing pleasure below.

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Today is all about Windows Phone 8.1, but that doesn’t mean developers stop updating apps in the Windows Phone Store. We’re looking at an update for Facebook Messenger in the Windows Phone Store. Looking forward to saving photos? Then you’re in luck, the newest update to Facebook Messenger allows that and more. Let’s check it out.

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Microsoft will be releasing a redesigned version of Office which has a focus on touchscreens. While it's still fairly early, Microsoft demonstrated the new PowerPoint application during their Build keynote. The applications will be available for Windows PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone. The new apps have been built using DirectX, and Microsoft has been focusing on opening documents smoothly on all devices in full quality.

Office will feature unlimited Undo and Redo, with all versions automatically saving to OneDrive. Microsoft did not demo new versions of Word or Excel, and no release date has been announced.

Keep your eyes on our ongoing live blog at Build 2014 for all of the latest news.

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The popular messaging service with voice calling, Viber has today released an update for Windows Phone. In today's release, version 4.1, the company has added Viber Out and some other new features to compete against other services like Microsoft's own Skype.

Viber Out enables you to call any number at low-rate charges. It's a cool solution to those who require contact with numbers that would otherwise be fairly expensive. You can top-up available credit and engage with others on your Windows Phone. As well as Viber Out, version 4.1 also introduced the following:

  • Send video messages
  • Send multiple photos at the same time
  • Hands-free Bluetooth support: seamlessly transfer calls to Bluetooth3

Download Viber from the Windows Phone Store for free. Thanks, nothanks91, for the tip!

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You can control your Xbox One with so many modes of input. Use the Xbox One controller, use Kinect or use the Xbox One SmartGlass app on Windows Phone. The phone app is great and we have no major complaints, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft isn’t innovating. The company has just pushed out a beta version of SmartGlass for Windows Phone. The app gives you a sneak peek at new features coming. Let’s check it out.

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Dish and Disney have reached a distribution deal that will allow subscribers to watch Disney content on their computers and mobile devices.

Using apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

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