Apps

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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Here at Windows Phone Central, some apps just sit clear above the rest as our favorites. When it comes to gathering your favorite news sources and reading them in an efficient fashion, we do not go farther than NextMatter’s Nextgen Reader.

The popular RSS reading app for Windows 8 has received an update today and a plethora of new features and abilities have been introduced.

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Volume, a Windows Phone volume management app

Volume is an interesting utility app for Windows Phone 8 that helps you manage your phone's volume levels. If you are constantly adjusting the volume throughout the day or find that you often forget to adjust things, this app may be of help. Volume will let you set up profiles to automatically adjust your Windows Phone's volume during key times of the day (meetings, after hours, during classes, etc.) and create Live Tiles to quickly adjust the volume for those unexpected times.

Volume has plenty of options, some of which require an in-app purchase for the premium version, available to regulate your Windows Phone volume. The app’s user interface takes a little time to get used to but overall, Volume comes across as a handy app for those needing a little help adjusting the volume levels.

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Simple Calendar is a clean looking alternative to the native Windows Phone calendar. The Windows Phone 8 app uses your existing calendars, making setup easy and has an extremely user friendly interface. The calendar app ranks amongst the best we’ve seen and an update is now available, taking Simple Calendar to version 3.5.

The version 3.5 update for Simple Calendar mainly deals with the app’s Live Tile feature by adding two new styles and an option to show the last updated time for all wide tile styles.

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Flipkart is a popular retailer in India and consumers will soon be able to use an official Windows Phone app. The company has already released an eBook reader for Microsoft’s mobile platform, so it makes sense for the retailer to look at adding a fully featured Windows Phone app for shoppers.

It's not known just how long we’ll have to wait for the app, not to mention what consumers will be able to do with features included. We’ll assume for now that Flipkart will launch an official store solution, making it simple and convenient to shop on the go on any Windows Phone. We'll hopefully have more details in the near future.

Source: Flipkart; cheers, Adarsh, for the tip!

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If you like to track the bullion market in India, either as a consumer or as a financial business owner, Shreeji Bullion is a fine app to stay in touch with the precious metal markets on the go.

This simple app provides live gold and silver bullion rates and the dollar exchange rate, round the clock. Shreeji Bullion has a very clean and minimalistic interface that is functional with fast a response time. You can skip the registration/signing-in if, like most users, you would only want to check the bullion rates.

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It's no secret that Microsoft is moving to be a devices and services company. Microsoft will need to embrace more platforms as it makes this momentous pivot. Which is why the company today has announced that it is releasing Outlook Web App for Android. We already have OWA for iPhone users. Now Android employees who work at a business using Office 365 for Business can use the app.

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It’s been a long time since the official Foursquare app for Windows Phone was refreshed. In fact, we can go all the way back to October 2013. What’s funny is reading that article, we mention how the previous update to that one was in June. Needless to say, this app don’t get a lot of love.

Version 3.1.4.5 is now live in the Store, up from 3.1.3.0.  Like usual, there’s no changelog on board, though we’ve been tinkering with it all day and have noticed at least a couple of changes.

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As Windows Phone grows in popularity it’ll become harder and harder to keep track of all the new apps joining the platform. Which is why we like to take a moment on the weekends to look back at the past week of activity in the Windows Phone Store and highlight some of our favorites. We’ll look at new apps and games now available in the Store. We’ll also look at apps that picked up nice updates. And finally we’ll let you know of any new betas you should sign up for. Let’s check out the app highlights for this week!

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Plex is a popular Windows Phone 8 app that enables you to connect to the Plex Media Server where you can manage and stream movies, music and photos to your Windows Phone.

The app was recently updated to version 1.6.2.3 that adds Plex Sync to the mix, which allows Plex Pass subscribers to synchronize videos, music and photos to their Windows Phone 8 device for offline playback. Plex Sync does require PMS 0.9.9.6 or later.

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If you need to keep track of your finances from your Windows Phone, there are plenty of options to consider. myMoney hopes to be on your short list when shopping for a Windows Phone 8 financial app.

myMoney has plenty of features to set your budget, track your expenses, be reminded on bills, and keep everything backed up to the cloud. The user interface does take a little time to get used to but myMoney comes across as a capable financial option for Windows Phone 8.

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Humans can be pretty forgetful creatures. Which is why eons ago some brilliant man invented the to-do list. This allowed man to prioritize and execute important tasks. Thankfully our smartphones have now given rise to ‘smartlists’. And that’s exactly what You-Doo for Windows Phone is. It’s a very smart to-do list, task scheduler and reminder app that uses your location to help you get stuff done. Let’s check it out.

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To celebrate the eight glorious years of Earth Hour and endorsing use of renewable energy, WWF India (www.wwfindia.org) and Nokia joined hands to develop an official app for Earth Hour 2014.

As part of the annual Earth Hour, people across the world switch off the lights for one hour in celebration of the world’s largest voluntary environmental action. Earth Hour this year will be celebrated by hundreds of millions of people in 7001 cities and towns across 152 countries.

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Top Transit Apps for your Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Transit Apps

Our Windows Phones have the potential to deliver vast amounts of information to our hands that can help our day-to-day lives easier. For many, being able to check in on mass transit schedules and routes from our Windows Phones can make getting around while traveling or when using your local services a lot easier.

While several of your navigation apps will have the ability to chart mass transit, this week’s Windows Phone Central app roundup will focus on apps that deal solely with mass transit. We will touch on three of the top rated transit apps in the Windows Phone Store that are not necessarily tied down to one city or transit system. And just to cover all the bases we'll mention a few that are more system or city specific.

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