Apps

Offline maps are a handy Windows Phone feature that can help minimize the amount of data your Windows Phone consumes while plotting a course, navigating your travels or simply finding where you are.

The offline maps receive updates from time to time and we have gotten a few reports that several are receiving updates today. We can confirm that the Southern United States (at least Alabama, Florida and Georgia) are receiving updates as well as various European regions.

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Kotak Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, is the stock broking and distribution arm of the Kotak Mahindra Group. One of the oldest broking houses in India, its operations include stock broking and distribution of various financial products.

The company has introduced a unique stock trading app that lets you trade, view latest quotes, track portfolio and market movements, analyze market trends, and get live research calls. The Kotak Stock Trader app provides you with the right tools to keep up with India's biggest stock exchanges – the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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Songbox is a new Windows Phone app that hopes to put add a musical twist to social networking. The app is really quite simple and lets you record ten seconds of your favorite song and share it with other Songbox members to rate. The twist is that the recording is you singing the snippet, not your favorite band/artist.

Songbox comes across as a nifty way to share your pipes with others and check out the rest of the talent out in the world.

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See more comments in the latest update for 6tag

6tag, the popular third-party Instagram app for Windows Phone has just received an update. The store listing mentions that version 3.3.2 now loads more comments under the images and also take into account username with dots. This update should be great for those who get a lot of comments on their images.

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Traffline is an online service that provides real time traffic information in five cities in India – Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune.

Developed by a Mumbai-based start-up and launched in 2012, Traffline offers traffic updates via mobile apps, SMS, email, social networks, and a call center. The company claims that there have been over 100,000 downloads of the iOS and Android apps, and finally the Windows Phone app has arrived on the Windows Phone Store recently.

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BBM drops beta status on Windows Phone

BBM for Windows Phone is now available to the general public. BlackBerry has just shared news that an update to BBM should be out shortly. Today's update will reflect the improvements the team has made with BBM for Windows Phone during the beta period.

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It is never easy mass releasing a new app for any OS because testing on a few devices with a few users is one thing, mass testing with the world is another. Foursquare's new Swarm app came out two days ago, and it is now on its second update since then (the first came out just hours after the initial release). Being good developers the Swarm team is passing on the changes too with some specificity, so they get a small golf clap from us for keeping us informed.

Headed to the Store, and you can see version 1.0.0.11 ready for download, up from 1.0.0.5 from Wednesday.

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Much like Wunderlist, which as a universal app is built on the same code for Phone and Windows 8.1, highly praised Atmosphere Weather is now available for your tablet or PC. Leveraging the unique opportunity for developers who can target both platforms, Atmosphere Weather brings the same elegant form and functionality to the larger screen.

The app is brand new to the Store, just launching this morning. Assuming you bought the 99 cent version for Windows Phone, there is no new purchase for the Windows 8.1 one as the 'pay once, get everywhere' model applies to this release.

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Although WhatsApp and BBM rule the roost for messenger apps these days, Telegram comes in right behind them in terms of features and even security due to the onboard encryption. The group behind Telegram held a contest to see who could make the best Telegram app for Windows Phone, and back in May Ngram won the honors.

Today, version 0.1.3.4 is live in the Store, and this is more than just standard performance improvements, as new features and some refined ones are included.

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