Apps

Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app available for Windows Phone. The mobile app enables consumers to connect to their Xbox consoles and carry out numerous tasks, including turning the Windows Phone into a controller. Previously updated with activity feed items, the development team have added yet more features to the experience in this latest release.

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Although there is no shortage of fine weather apps for Windows Phone, when it comes to Windows 8.1, things are a bit different. There is a selection of weather apps, but from my experience, there is a dearth of quality ones that highlight the Modern look of Windows for tablets and PCs. I know everyone cites Bing Weather as his or her go-to app, and with good reason. Assuming, however, you want something different– and the ability to ditch ads – Ambient Weather is my choice these days.

Ambient Weather is not a new app, in fact, I have been using for nearly a year now. However, Ambient Weather has been getting a nice amount of updates lately, and this mini-review is long overdue in highlighting this fantastic app.

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Adobe's video apps will soon support HiDPI displays

Adobe's Creative Cloud video apps will soon offer proper support for the high resolution HiDPI displays available on modern Windows laptops like the Dell XPS 15. The apps have been stuck in low-res mode for what seems like an eternity (even if the Retina laptops are really just a few years old at this point), and so soon users of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Prelude CC, and the rest of the Adobe video suite will soon be enjoying true Retina quality to their work.

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We showed you what's new with Lumia Camera and a closer look at its awesome Rich Capture feature, but there's another feature worth getting excited about. Microsoft is calling it Moment Capture. Basically, a long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 frames per second. Each frame is equivalent to an 8.3 megapixel image that can be saved. Want to see it in action? Watch our hands-on video!

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Postcards is a simple photo sharing Windows Phone app that allows you to send a photo to random users worldwide. The interface is straightforward and the only information shared is your photo, the city where the photo was taken and any comments you add to the photo.

Postcards may not rank up there with the likes of Instagram or Fhotoroom with regards to photo sharing networks. However, if you like the randomness of seeing what is out there in the world, it might be worth a try.

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If you ask me to name one thing that I liked the most from the recent Microsoft press conference, I'd say it's the new Lumia Camera. If you haven't heard, Nokia Camera will be updated to Lumia Camera as part of the Lumia Denim update. What I'm really excited about is the feature in Lumia Camera that Microsoft calls, Rich Capture. It's a new mode that can be quickly enabled with one tap. Watch the demo on video to see what it's all about.

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Update In a response to our inquiry if Fhotoroom had indeed reached the 5 million download mark for Windows Phone, they got back to us on Twitter by saying, "Just about, mostly like end of this month ... at the time shared it was for both WP and Win. That number has grown a fair bit. Metric are always moving target." The message added that an upcoming Windows Pbone 8.1 update "coming very soon will help" it reach that milestone.

Original story: Fhotoroom, the popular Windows Phone photography app, has not only released a new update today, but the folks behind it posted word on its store download page that the app has now exceeded 5 million downloads. Fhotoroom broke the 4 million download mark in May.

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CBS Sports Fantasy is now available on Windows Phone and Windows. You'd think it was time for the 2014 NFL season or something with the number of high quality football apps we've seen lately on Windows. Today CBS Sports fantasy fans walk away with their own app on their phone and tablet. You'll especially want to grab this app if you play in a Yahoo Fantasy Football league. Read on for more details on why you need this app.

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The Microsoft Devices Group did not just announce new hardware and accessories today. They have also announced the Lumia Denim update, which brings extra features and enhancements to existing Lumia smartphones. One of those new features is Lumia Camera. We've searched the demo area after the press conference here in Berlin to bring you a hands-on demonstration. Go watch our video!

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SensorCore is software that adds functionality to your Lumia Windows Phone and can even turn the device into a pedometer, measuring just how much you're burning off on a daily basis through step counting. But this is where Run Rabbit Run differs from the usual wearables and fitness products available today.

The app gamifies exercise by encouraging users to really work hard and travel distances in return for carrots to spend on an adopted rabbit.

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Paralaksa is a wonderful Windows Phone app that allows you to create lockscreen wallpapers that are based on themes. If you are sporting Windows Phone 8.1, there's no reason you can't use the wallpapers as Start Screen backgrounds as well.

We've tinkered with Paralaksa for the past day or so and while pronouncing the name has given me fits, the app itself comes across as a clean looking, creative way to compose some nifty Windows Phone wallpapers.

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