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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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Once again, we travel to the Windows Phone Central forums to help a reader in need. This week, we are looking at a question by SocalTouch, who just purchased his Dell Venue 8 Pro. SocalTouch wants to know what the “best” podcast application for Windows 8 is. Let us see if we can help him out!

Before everyone screams out the Zune desktop application (because we know it is a favorite of many), let us note that our reader is looking for a Windows 8 application – something that is touch friend for his 8-inch Dell tablet, so think apps from the Windows Store.

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The Windows Phone 8.1 core has been finished today, so it seems appropriate to take a look at an area that is need of some improvement: the Windows Phone Store.

The Windows Phone Store has been both a source of inspiration (e.g. trials), and tribulations (e.g. weak tools for reviews). Luckily for you, it looks like the Windows Phone team is delivering some user-requested features and parity with Windows 8.1. Hopefully these changes will deliver a more satisfying user experience.

The information comes to us from people familiar with the matter, and we have been able to verify that the information is accurate. Having said that, there may be some changes to the final design for the RTM release of Windows Phone 8.1.

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Microsoft is always dropping amazing game discounts on the community and this week there is no exception. Three Xbox One titles, eight Xbox 360 titles, and three Xbox 360 add-ons are up for grabs.

Whether you enjoy the racing into a battlefield, dropping on your enemies from above, or exploring the worlds of Rapture and Columbia, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Sometimes we get so involved with Windows 8, Surface, and other products from Microsoft that we forget about their humble beginnings. Microsoft itself has not forgotten where it came from though and has released the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. If you wish to step into a time machine and travel backwards to the 1980s where the adventure began, read on after the break.

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Windows Phone 8.1 core has finished today

Late breaking story but we have confirmation that Windows Phone 8.1 has finalized today, at least for the Core team. That’s still not technically a 'Release to Manufacturers' (RTM) because the Consumer Experience (​CXE) team still needs to work out a few bugs. That will happen over the next couple of weeks before it is shipped to OEMs to put on new devices.

Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8.1 next week during Build, where we will bring you the latest coverage live. The Developer Preview release though has been delayed by about a week from the original plan. Still, developers in attendance are expected to get a surprise or two to take home.

From Windows Phone Central to the Windows Phone team, congratulations!

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After being arguably the most popular soccer game for Windows Phone devices, FIFA 14 has now arrived on the Windows Store for Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

The Xbox LIVE enabled game would satiate your craving for authentic soccer experience with real players, teams, and leagues along with new touch controls that deliver the feel of every pass, shot and tackle.

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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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For today only, purchase the Trident Aegis Case for Nokia Lumia 822 and save 46% off the list price!

The Trident Aegis Cases offer complete protection with creative design to keep the Lumia 822 safe and unharmed without compromising its advanced functionality. A shock absorbing silicone core sits underneath a slightly textured polycarbonate shell for maximum drop protection.

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We'll be the first to say that we wish HTC would take its new One (M8) Android device and slap Windows Phone on it. It's a truly beautiful smartphone, just read Android Central's in-depth review of the device to get an idea how it looks. We ran a quick poll yesterday asking if you would like to see a Windows Phone version, but rumors are suggesting one may be in the works.

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EE unveils more affordable 4G plans for the UK

UK mobile operator EE has announced new entry-level 4G plans for the market. These new contracted plans start from £13.99 per month, enabling consumers to take advantage of faster Internet speeds at a more affordable price point. The operator has been criticized in the past for its pricing of LTE in the UK.

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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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Last week the OneNote team at Microsoft was very busy. On Monday they announced a handful of new products and changes. OneNote is now available (and free) for the desktop on both Windows and Mac. Office Lens is a new OneNote application for Windows Phone. And finally, the team introduced a host of new APIs for both hardware and software products to tie into OneNote. Those APIs were just the beginning. The OneNote team is already working on additional APIs to expand functionality even more.

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We’ve heard it in the comments for the longest time. “Microsoft should just buy Oculus” a lot of you would say over and over again. The integration between Oculus and the Xbox One would have been a welcomed feature to most. Sadly, that won’t happen. Facebook just bought Oculus.

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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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Our friends over at Android Central have a brand new phone to play with. It’s the 2014 edition of the HTC One (M8). We just checked out their review and we’ll admit we’re a little jealous. We love the playful colors of the Lumia handsets, but we wouldn’t mind seeing more Windows Phones with metal finishes. Which is why we think we’d love a device like the HTC One with Windows Phone 8.1. What about you?

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The Xbox team are bringing new experiences to both Xbox One and 360 consoles. Whether you're a hardcore gamer, sports fanatic or into your feature films, the Xbox team is working hard to make both consoles the centerpiece of your media collection. Improving on features and content already available, Major League Gaming will be rolling out alongside the likes of Encore. Head past the break for the details.

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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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Here’s some potential good news for a handful of ambitious developers. Google has released over 50 Google APIs for .NET. Google quietly made the announcement last week on their developer blog. The release of the Google APIs Client Library for .NET should hopefully produce some nice Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps that tie into Google’s services.

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