Apps

With over 12 million registered users and 6 million app downloads overall, Paytm is India's largest mobile commerce platform. The service started by offering mobile recharge and utility bill payments and today it offers a full marketplace to consumers on its mobile apps.

The Paytm app for Windows Phone got a big update over the weekend. The latest update bumps the app version to 3.0.0.0, and introduces a design refresh and a better wallet experience.

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Earlier this afternoon we harangued Microsoft about the recent Calendar app update for Windows Phone 8.1 that occurred on Monday, June 30. The update virtually broke the app for thousands of users by crashing whenever one adds a new appointment. Soon after our article, the app was unpublished from the Store preventing users who rely on auto-app updates from suffering the same fate.

Tonight, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to address the situation, noting that a fix would be available very soon.

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Car Check is a nifty Windows Phone app that lets you track and manage your automotive expenses. Car Check has the ability to track your gasoline costs, maintenance costs, set reminders for scheduled maintenance and back all the data up to your OneDrive or Dropbox accounts.

The Windows Phone app also has the ability to chart your fuel consumption, distribution of automotive costs and fuel prices. Add Live Tile support and Car Check isn't a bad option to consider to help you monitor your automotive costs.

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Bing suite of apps updated for Windows Phone

Yo. Don't want to read about apps like Yo? Then you're in luck! Some of your favorite Windows Phone apps just picked up some updates. Finance, Sports, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, News and Weather (all from Bing) just picked up some new updates on Windows Phone. It looks like Bing Travel missed being updated this round. All of these apps are community favorites, so we're excited to see what's new.

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Native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 updated

The native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 has just been updated. One of the bigger changes in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability for some of the 'native' apps to be updated independently of the operating system. This allows for apps, like Calendar, to get updated as Microsoft sees fit and without any interference from carriers of OEMs. What's new in today's update?

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Home-automation company INSTEON and Microsoft have finally managed to get stock of their kits and accessories to Microsoft Stores, both online and physical. The deal is exclusive to Microsoft.

First announced in mid-May, INSTEON's products support Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 PCs and tablets, letting users control various devices like motion sensors, thermostats, Wi-Fi cameras and more when away from home. Microsoft Stores are stocking three kits, in addition to separate items including Wi-Fi cameras, leak detectors and INSTEON LED lightbulbs.

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BookMyShow is India's largest entertainment ticketing service for booking tickets for movies, events, plays, sports, and festivals. The BookMyShow app has been on Windows Phone Store since a while, but has just been updated to version 2.0.0.0 which brings a completely revamped look and feel.

While the app was always functional, but had limited offerings and a vanilla user experience with average UI. The latest update fixes old bugs and upgrades the app performance, while bringing in a neat, modern user-interface that is quite functional as well as high on visual appeal.

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We love it when more official apps arrive the Windows Phone Store. AlAhli Bank (alahli.com), also known as The National Commercial Bank, has just released their official app for Windows Phone. They're the first Saudi Arabian bank and the largest bank by asset in the Arab world. There are currently 329 branches throughout the Kingdom with more than 3.5 million clients.

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Back in May, popular music streaming service Spotify finally released its massive 3.0 update, bringing a new UI redesign, Spotify radio and Discover. However, like all big updates this one brought with it some unforeseen stability issues and problems, especially with those running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. Spotify 3.1 is now in the Store ready to be downloaded and with it a nice changelog of fixes and improvements.

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The official Foursquare app for Windows Phone has had a rough week. A featureless update released on June 24 seemed innocuous enough until users on the Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon had problems launching the refreshed app. The problem seemed limited at first, until a small patch update, version 3.5.8, hit the Store, reportedly fixing the crashes. That 3.5.8 update, nonetheless, is unable to be downloaded by those with a Lumia 1520, revealing an "Item not available" message.

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UK bank Barclays has released another app for Windows Phone, but this second offering is for its Pingit service. Pingit enables customers to easily send and/or receive funds using just their mobile device. The best part is anyone can use the app and service, even if they bank with another establishment. All that's required is a UK mobile number and you're all set to send and receive funds.

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