Apps

Firstpost is a popular Indian news portal owned by the Network18 media conglomerate that attempts to be a new-age digital newsroom with breaking news and opinion features. Last month Firstpost launched their official Windows 8 app, and now they’ve landed on the Windows Phone Store as well.

The app offers by-the minute news, views, and analysis around news and current affairs in India and the world. You can view photo galleries, read blog posts, and watch videos from the network’s news channels.  

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If you are looking for a translation app for your Windows Phone or Windows 8 device, iTranslate isn’t a bad option to consider.

iTranslate covers over eighty languages with an easy, straightforward interface. Add predictive text and voice output on many of the languages and iTranslate becomes a rather appealing language app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

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With multiple cloud storage solutions available it can prove rather troublesome keeping track exactly what files are stored on which service. Luckily, this is where the new official Otixo (www.otixo.com) app for Windows Phone comes into play. The app essentially opens up the vast world of online storage for consumers to access numerous services through a single gateway. Think of this are your one shop for all your cloud drive accounts.

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Launched in 2010, ArtistAloud.com is a comprehensive media-cum-distribution platform that not only makes content available for download as full songs but also promotes the artist through various online and offline channels. ArtistAloud.com is owned by Hungama, one of the biggest digital music services in India.

Few weeks back, the official Artist Aloud app arrived on the Windows Phone Store. The app offers fresh independent music and video content from world over each day and week to your Windows Phone devices.

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Website development is an integral part of the Internet. Web pages you visit (including this very article page) are hosted on web servers, requiring experienced personnel to further build on online experiences. To help web masters and developers achieve this, tools and services are available to monitor traffic and the general wellbeing of properties.

Mobile apps are available on multiple platforms for folk to access and Windows Phone has a limited share of apps. I’ve compiled a short list of some apps you can use effectively to see how websites are performing, with some connecting to Google web master services. 

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Just another day at the office with a steady stream of updates being pushed through the Windows Phone Store. Today, we're looking at Camera360, Evernote, and more. Whether you've somehow missed these great Windows Phone apps, or haven't yet received the update notifications through the store app, we've got you covered with direct links and change logs. Head past the break for all the details.

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Last week we learned that Endomondo was taking requests for users to join an upcoming beta for Windows Phone. The beta features the next version of Endomondo for Windows Phone with new features and a redesign. If you signed up for the beta you should check your inbox. Invites for the beta is now rolling out to users. Here’s your first look at the next version of Endomondo for Windows Phone.

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The majority of us all rely on cloud storage in one form or another. OneDrive is what most Windows Phone and Windows 8 users rely on, especially since it’s integrated into the operating systems. Other popular cloud storage services include Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Mega and others. How secure are they though? Boxcryptor is company focused on protecting your data that you upload to other cloud storage services. And they have an app for Windows Phone being developed.

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Navitel is an offline navigation app that provides maps for Russia and several central and eastern European countries. It is a decent Windows Phone navigation app but limited in its map coverage (maps aren't available for major locations such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., India, etc.)

The app provides instant routing with customizable route variables like shortest, avoid ferries, and route for car/motorcycle/pedestrian and taking traffic considerations into account. The app features extensive POI database and notification system of places with high attention like speed cams, dangerous roads, radars, etc.

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Despite what other blogs would have you believe, BitTorrent Sync was not released for Windows Phone last week. Instead, it was a private beta that was helping develop the Windows Phone version of the app. That beta is finally over. BitTorrent just announced version 1.3 of their Sync product and with it, a new app for Windows Phone users. Let’s check out BitTorrent Sync for Windows Phone.

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Magnify Beta is a beautiful RSS reader for Windows Phone which has gone through numerous updates, including one changing the branding. It’s still currently in open beta and today we're looking at version 3.0.7 being released to the store. As well as Magnify Beta, vocabulary assistant Today's Word has also been bumped, hitting version 1.5 with a new design.

Head past the break to check out the full list of changes.

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Official Twickets app launches on Windows Phone

Popular UK-based ticket exchange service Twickets (www.twickets.co.uk) enables consumers to trade their unwanted event tickets, handy for anyone who can't attend an event they've already paid for. Currently there are apps available for iOS and Android, but the official Twitter account recently announced that a Windows Phone client is on the way.

Just like magic, the app is now available on the store. If you own a smartphone running Microsoft's operating system, you too are able to trade tickets.

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Official apps are always a welcome sign of a healthy app ecosystem, which is why we’re glad to see eHarmony landing on Windows Phone 8 today. eHarmony (www.eharmony.com) is a well-known match-making site for people looking for love. They’re one of the oldest and most prolific around, with abundant TV commercials and a strong mobile presence.

The app, which is now live on the Store, keeps the general design of their iOS offering but with some colorful buttons near the top to give it a more Modern look.  The company boasts about their Windows Phone version in a new press release.

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Nokia bundled an app with its Lumia hardware which would kick into action when the smartphone was NFC paired with the CR-200 wireless charging car unit (see our review). Unfortunately, those who didn't own the car charger by Nokia, but still wanted to enjoy the enhanced driving experienced, were left in the dark. That is until today. Nokia has released a new Car app for Lumia Windows Phones, which works without the optional accessory.

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We have mentioned the Windows Phone app NCAA March Madness Live before. It is the official Windows Phone app for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that delivers stats, news, scores and live streaming of all the tournament games to your Windows Phone.

This past week we were finally able to put the Windows Phone app to the test. Tournament games began last Thursday and we have been very pleased so far with the March Madness Live’s performance.

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Microsoft has two apps available for Facebook fanatics. The first is their stable, live release line for consumers and a second listing is a beta version for those who wish to be slightly adventurous and test out new functionality before implementation in the live release. This beta version of Facebook for Windows Phone has received a minor update.

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We’ll probably see official Google apps like YouTube, Hangouts and others once hell freezes over. Until then we have some solid third-party apps in the Windows Phone Store. For YouTube we’ve been rocking myTube and Metrotube for quite some time. Toib is a brand new YouTube app in the Windows Phone Store. You probably joined the beta earlier this month when developer Daniel Berg (@bergdaniel) opened it up to the public. Today that app is now available to download. Let’s check out toib for Windows Phone.

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to look at the past week of activity in the Windows Phone Store. We’ll look at new apps and games, while also going over any apps that picked up big updates. In this edition of the weekly app highlight column we’ll look at Office Lens, NCAA March Madness Live, At Bat and more! Read on to make sure you don’t miss out on the newest apps on Windows Phone.

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With news winding down this week, I figured I would kick off a new segment on our site. The idea was brought up in our forums and it’s a simple idea that I like: What apps are on the WPCentral’s staff Start screen?

It’s an interesting question, as it gives you a peek into what apps we use the most, what apps we consider essential and overall layout/design choices. Granted, many of you have probably taken notice when I do videos of what’s on my screen, but today I figured I’d actually list out what’s there and why.

Later on, we’ll have our other site writers chime in and share their screens too, in the hopes to facilitate discussion and maybe you’ll learn about a new app! How often we do this will depend on how often we change things on our displays, so that’s up in the air. Let’s dive in!

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