Apps

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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The official Jabong.com app has finally landed on the Windows Phone Store. Jabong.com (jabong.com) is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal that retails apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories, and other lifestyle products. Founded in January 2012, the e-commerce store is one of the top online retailers in India.

The app allows you to shop from anywhere and everywhere in just a few taps. The company promises a seamless shopping experience across the website, mobile site, as well as the app.

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Weather Hound is one of our favorite Windows Phone weather apps. Its minimalistic design delivers a healthy amount of forecast information that includes your current weather conditions, an hourly forecast and a seven-day forecast. Add Live Tile and Lockscreen support and Weather Hound is a solid, attractive looking Windows Phone weather app.

An update is now available for Weather Hound that takes the app to version 2.0 that has the customary bug fixes and performance enhancements along with support for HD lockscreens on 1GB+ devices, weather alerts, and more.

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Lazada (lazada.com), the most popular online shopping mall in Southeast Asia, has recently released their official app for Windows Phone. Customers can browse through various categories from electronics, fashion, cameras, tablets, mobile accessories to home appliances and health and beauty. The Android and iOS apps launched earlier this June. The Windows Phone version followed soon after.

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For many, one of fitness goals to work towards is to lose weight. Whether it's five pounds or fifty, you can accomplish this through exercise and eating healthier meals. To help you keep track of your weight loss goal there is the Windows Phone app Weight Challenge.

Weight Challenge is a popular Health and Fitness app that fits in nicely with Fitness Month. The app lets you set your target weight and the date you plan to achieve your slimmer, lighter physique. The app has features to track your daily calories, exercise and waist measurements.

The app does have a certain amount of appeal with a user-friendly design and motivational feedback. If you are looking for a uncomplicated app to help you track your weight loss project, Weight Challenge is worth a peek.

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Aviva has released an official app for Windows Phone called Aviva Drive. The insurer uses this app to see how safe their customers drive on the UK road network. What makes it worthwhile for drivers to use is the potential to save up to 20 percent on insurance plans, depending on how safe the app calculates your driving to be. All that's required is to drive a certain amount of miles and Aviva does the rest.

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Cleartrip.com is one of the more popular travel websites in India, which allows the booking of flight and train tickets as well as hotels. Incidentally, about two years ago, Cleartrip was one of the first OTA (Online Travel Agent) in India to launch a Windows Phone app, and Windows Phone was also their first platform of choice. While all that gave the service a positive mindshare amongst Windows Phone users, the app has long due an update and the limited ability has irked most users, as reflected in the reviews on the Windows Phone Store. The app has finally got an update bumping it to version 2.0.

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Official apps are raining down on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. Especially when it comes to those apps for popular television channels. Just this past week we saw A&E, Lifetime and History make their way to Windows 8.1. Then a few days later, those same apps appeared in the Windows Phone Store. Today we're getting Brava Now for both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Let's check these two apps out.

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Want to pick up a cool photography app for your Windows Phone? Check out Levitagram, which arrived a few days ago for Windows Phone 8 devices. Levitagram (www.levitagram.com) is made by PixoMobile, based out of Redmond, Washington, and it's on iOS and Windows Phone at the moment (sorry, Android!). Not only that, it's free for a limited time.

Because of all of that, Levitagram is today's Hidden Gem. Remember, by leaving a comment, you're entered into our contest to win a new phone or tablet!

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Just before the weekend hits, we'd like to ensure you all have the latest updates from the store. While a large proportion of the community is running the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, which sports automatic app updates on the store, there are those of you who aren't on the preview and other who simply enjoy manually making sure everything is on the latest version.

Let's see what's new in latest releases your favorite apps.

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Recently, travel-tracking app Glympse made a triumphant return to Windows Phone with their first update in nearly three-years. The app has been completely redesigned and now takes advantage of the background GPS task that Windows Phone offers, letting the app run while you do other things on the phone.

One downside on the initial release was that the app didn't have support for non-US users. Glympse has had a few bug fixes and updates since, and the latest one brings lets international users in on the fun.

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HealthKartPlus claims to be India's first and only comprehensive generic drug search engine that enables you to find the appropriate medicines from most of the brands as well as their generic equivalents.

The company launched their official Universal app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices earlier this week and while the search engine empowers Indian consumers and caregivers to select the most appropriate generic drug equivalent, it also allows you to order medicines online.

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ProShot is a well-received Windows Phone photography app that delivers a DSLR range of controls to your camera. ProShot allows you to control settings such as ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed, Focus and more. You can shoot in full-auto or take the reins and shoot manual, tweaking the camera's settings to suit your tastes.

Proshot is due to receive a major update over the next few days that will bring a completely redesigned user interface, front facing camera support and more to the Windows Phone app. There is also a noticeable boost in ProShot's performance that increases the burst rate and gives capturing images a little more pep.

We've been tinkering with the updated version over the past few days and it adds to the appeal of what was already a fantastic Windows Phone photography app. If you like the current version of ProShot, you'll really enjoy version 5.0.

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Viggle is a sweet service that rewards you for watching TV and discovering new music. An official app for Viggle is now available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, enabling consumers to enjoy favorite media and earn some rewards. It's a dream service for many, checking into TV shows and matching songs playing in the background to earn Viggle points is something that would fit naturally in lifestyles today.

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