Apps

As the Mobile Nations Fitness Month winds down, we turn our sights on a rather unique Windows Phone app that is designed to help ward off pesky mosquitoes. One element of being fit is staying healthy and with the risk of disease and being annoyingly itchy, mosquito bites can impact our fitness quest.

Anti Mosquito! is a Windows Phone app that is designed to complement traditional pest control methods (repellent sprays, citronella candles, etc.) to keep the mosquitoes away by using high frequency sounds. It's an interesting concept and if you are at your wits end at battling mosquitoes, Anti Mosquito might be worth a try.

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Zappos is bringing its quick and easy online shopping experience to Windows Phone with a nicely designed app that takes advantage of the platform's panoramic UI. The app allows you to easily browse shoes, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, and other merchandise that Zappos sells. The Internet retailer offers free next business day shipping as well as free returns making it convenient to shop online and still ensure that you get the proper fit and look for fashion items.

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Sending your video recording to YouTube on Windows Phone has always been a bit of a kludge, especially since Google doesn't play nice with Microsoft. Luckily we have some dedicated third-party developers to fill in the gaps.

'Upload to YouTube' is a relatively new app designed from the ground up for Windows Phone 8.1. Can you guess what it does? Being built for Windows Phone 8.1 gives is the ability to grab videos right from the Camera Roll for easy sharing to the app. That means you can just select your recording, share and fill in the details without any complications.

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Popular Facebook game Pool Live Tour is now available as an app for Windows Phone, bringing with it live pool competition with real players. The game boasts 2.5 million players every day so you'll always find a worthy opponent. And with Facebook integration, you can even invite friends for an instant tournament with someone you know.

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Last summer, Active Fitness joined the Windows Phone ecosystem. The app is a sister app to Winter Ski and Ride, our favorite app when hitting the slopes in the winter, and comes from the same development team. Active Fitness is an impressive app for staying fit, but today it gets even better thanks to some hardware found in newer phones. Rocking a Lumia 630? Then you'll want to try out the new SensorCore integration.

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Our Windows Phones are fantastic tools for keeping up with our day-to-day activities from reminding us of appointments, providing access to email, managing finances and more all while on the go. With the Windows Phone app Baby Connect, you can now keep track of and manage a wide range of childcare needs. To date, Baby Connect has logged over 350 million events since the service launched in 2009.

Baby Connect lets you record feedings, nursings, naps, diaper changes, milestones, your baby's mood and more. Being available on Windows Phone, Android, iOS and from the web, the app allows you to exchange information in real time with your spouse, baby sitter or daycare service.

The app is a comprehensive way to chart your baby's daily activities and while Baby Connect may not be for every Windows Phone user in the crowd, it definitely qualifies as a Hidden Gem. Being such, remember that in leaving a comment below you will be automatically entered into our daily Hidden Gems contest to win a new tablet or phone.

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Top National Rail apps for your Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: UK National Rail Apps

Here in the UK we have a great rail network, spanning nationwide to cover not only England, but Wales and Scotland too. To help passengers out in 2014 with smartphones as their most prized possession, a number of Windows Phone apps have been released with support for National Rail train times, tickets and more. As there are a handful to choose from, we thought it best to form a quick roundup to get you started.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Sleep Apps

One major element of fitness is sleep. During the Mobile Nations Fitness Month we've touched on Windows Phone apps to help you with your workouts and diet but all that work goes to pot if you can't get a good night's sleep.

Sleep, in many respects, is mechanism we use to recharge our batteries, allow the body to rejuvenate and relax our minds. The apps in this week's fitness app roundup are some of the top rated Windows Phone sleep apps designed to help with our sleep habits. They offer soothing, calming sounds to help get us to sleep as well as tools to monitor our sleep habits.

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myTube, an unofficial YouTube app for Windows Phone has gone free for the day in partnership with myAppFree. While Google continues to shirk away from releasing the official YouTube app, a handful of third-party apps like Metrotube and myTube offer users a great YouTube experience on their Windows Phone devices.

myTube is one of the must-have apps for your Windows Phone, and brings in unique features as well as progressive updates to improve the functionality and the experience. The app usually retails for 99 cents, but not for today as you can download it for free.

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If you have to use Gmail for work, there are very few, if any, reliable email clients for Windows Phone beyond MetroMail. But besides Gmail, the MetroMail app also enables Outlook and IMAP with PUSH IDLE support for instant notifications. In other words, it's quite powerful and useful for those needing an app with "100% feature-parity with the official Gmail iOS app (minus server-side drafts)", or for those who need a potent IMAP client.

Today, version 3.0 is hot off the presses. MetroMail 3.0 is so new you may not be able to find it in the Store yet. Luckily, we have the full scoop and Windows Phone 8.1 users will want to pay particular attention.

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Blue Skies has quickly captured the collective heart of the Windows Phone community. It's a beautiful weather app that is also functional and useful. We've been loving it for the past two months and are quite pleased with the solid and regular updates. Today we're getting another update to Blue Skies that adds caching and offline support, plus so much more.

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Location Finder is a popular Windows Phone app that will find, save and share your current location. The app can come in handy if you need to remember where you parked your car or need to share your location with friends/family visiting from out of town.

The app recently received two updates of the past few days, ultimately taking Location Finder to version 2.7.1. The first update added transparent tiles and street view capabilities to Location Finder's list of features. The most recent update fixes issues surrounding OneDrive back-up/restore features.

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Scribd (scribd.com) claims to be the world's largest digital library with over 80 million users. The service features a subscription available for a monthly fee of $8.99 that allows readers unlimited access to more than 400,000 books from over 900 publishers, including Harper Collins, RosettaBooks, and Workman as well as New York Times bestsellers and literary classics.

Scribd also is the world's largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded documents and written works. While the app has been available for iOS and Android for long, the official Scribd app has finally arrived for the Windows platform – as a Universal app for both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

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ZOVI (zovi.com) is a popular apparel and accessory brand in India, which exclusively retails online. The company aims to be a one-stop shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories and offers a complete range of fashion products for men, women, and boys. Launching a Windows Phone app, ZOVI allows you to browse through and purchase items from the collection of fashion apparel and accessories with a few taps.

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Microsoft today released an update for the Nokia Camera app, available for Lumia Windows Phones. The app has been bumped to version 4.7.2.5, which brings its feature list up to speed with the beta counterpart. Highlighted functionality in this release include Living Images, surround sound capture and other features that will take full advantage of Lumia Cyan, as well as newer processors.

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Windows Phone 8.1 is around the corner for general release and with it, Samsung is bringing a new camera app. It's not secret that Windows Phone 8.1 unlocks a few advanced features in the camera, including slow motion recording and video editing. Samsung evidently is not letting Nokia get all the glory as their new Camera app is sitting on the Store, ready to be downloaded.

The ATIV Camera app from Samsung looks to be full featured, including such options as Auto, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Rich Tone (HDR), Eraser, and Night Shot. For video recording there are Smooth motion, Slow motion and capturing still images from recorded video.

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Bing is pretty great as far as a service goes, but all that greatness can only been seen in its entirety in the United States — but if Microsoft's ambitions for Bing can be followed through, international Bing users will have less to complain about. Microsoft's posted a job listing for Senior Business Development Manager — Bing International with the goal of hiring somebody to drive expansion in 75 markets globally.

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Rudy Huyn is seemingly on a roll as yet another update has been fired out for 6tag, his own version of the Instagram app for Windows Phone. The developer has implemented some minor improvements in the latest release, version 3.3.1. It's now possible to check out follower requests in a new view and Russians are able to take full advantage of improved language support.

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