Apps

We like it when popular iOS or Android apps make it to Windows Phone. Today we’re getting InstaPlace Pro joining the Windows Phone Store. It’s a location based photo app that helps you create images that share your location. We’ve seen similar apps on Windows Phone already. Apps like Ciel and InstaWeather do something similar. In fact, InstaPlace comes to us from the same InstaWeather developer. Let’s check it out.

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Fhotostorage is a Windows Phone Pictures Hub discovery tool that helps finding specific photos a little easier. The photography app is available for Windows Phone 8 and should help make finding that one photo a little easier.

The photography app is the latest from the developer of Fhotoroom and Fhotolens and sifts through your entire Pictures Hub by pre-set filters or a simple keyword search. Fhotostorage does require a Fhotoroom membership (free) and comes across as a handy tool for making better sense of your growing picture collection.

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Email. It’s essential. It’s important. And on Windows 8, there’s a dearth of quality Gmail apps that fully embrace the Modern design language. Sure, you have your web-wrapper apps that look like a native Gmail client, but people want the real deal. And push notifications. And Live Tiles.

MetroMail is that full native client for Windows Phone 8. We’ve covered it in the past and watched as the app has grown over the last few months. Today, its Windows 8.1 counterpart is now available. The best part? If you bought the Windows Phone version, you can generate a code within the app to fully-unlock the Windows 8 app, all for free.

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Indian Railways, the state-owned enterprise operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways, is one of the world's largest railway networks and transports over 25 million passengers daily. To tap the huge scope and potential, several hobbyist developers as well as developer studios have developed mobile apps to provide a variety of functionality to train commuters.

There are a zillion such apps on the Windows Phone Store – some very useful, and some me-too solutions. In this post I pick three of my favorite Windows Phone apps that are a must have on your device if you frequently travel by trains or are travelling to India.

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Delhi Police is the main law and order agency for the National Capital Territory of Delhi, and with over 80,000 personnel and 149 police stations, it is one of the largest metropolitan police in the world.

The organization has launched an app for Windows Phone that allows people in Delhi to register cases of lost documents, mobile phones, and other items.

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An issue with technology today is when we're unable to locate mobile devices, especially when there's little time to hunt down the products before heading out the house. Phablocate by Liquid Daffodil aims to solve this problem by enabling consumers to play audible alerts on any device, no matter where in the world it may be, until it's found. 

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Looking for some new apps in the Windows Phone Store? Then you’ll want to check out OneShot, Hello Friends and Lock Buster from developer Andy Stumpp (@brilliantvision). These are all apps we’ve covered before and were well received by the community. We’re happy to see then available for free. Don’t have them yet? No excuse not to try them out now.

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The day we get a good official YouTube app for Windows Phone is the day pigs fly. In the meantime we rely on solid third-party apps like myTube and Metrotube. You’ll be able to add another app to that list very soon. Toib is an upcoming application for YouTube that’s currently in beta. You can join that beta and you really should. It’s a great app with a lot of potential. Variety is the spice of life after all.

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If you have an Xbox One and a Windows Phone, your experience just improved a bit today with version 1.0.3.0 of SmartGlass landing in the Store.

On a cursory glance, SmartGlass looks the same as December’s update, but heading under Settings will reveal a new menu item: Game Clips. Using the SmartGlass app, users can now browse through their collection of recorded hits and even play them directly on the phone.

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The Windows Phone gaming emulation scene is dominated by a few prolific developers: Duc Le (who took over for M.k), Andre Botelho, and Samuel Blanchard. Samuel created two emulators in the early days of Windows Phone (Purple Cherry and Blue Tomato) before largely disappearing from the scene for a couple of years.

Loyal Windows Phone readers learned what Samuel had been up to when we interviewed him last year. While busy with other commitments, he continued to plug away on a new GameBoy Advance emulator for Windows Phone 8. Today that emulator finally showed up on the Store as Purple Cherry X. Although Purple Cherry X lags behind competing emulator VBA8 in a few key areas, it also brings an entirely new perspective and features of its own. Read on for our full review.

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Media Browser (www.mediabrowser3.com) is a handy service, which turns your home PC into a multimedia server. With apps available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, consumers are able to access remote content on smartphones, tablets and other supported devices.

The Windows Phone app is on sale for this weekend only, so if you've yet to set up your own home server, be sure to give Media Browser a shot.

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Banks and insurance. You need them and for some odd reason, we’re seeing a large flux of official apps now land on the Windows Phone Store. That’s important for people who, like myself, don’t like doing the whole website-on-mobile thing to access my account. There’s just something satisfying about launching an app.

Today, it’s GEICO’s turn. The popular motorcycle and car insurance company with the jocular gecko, has put out a well-polished app, allowing full access to your account and more.

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Chronos Calendar was already a feature rich Windows Phone calendar app and the latest update brings more features to the table. The version 1.9.0.1 update is riddled with customization options that helps Chronos Calendar better fit your needs and style.

The update impacts both the Windows Phone 8 and 7.x versions of Chronos Calendar and adds everything from more language support to more Live Tile options. It is a healthy change log that you can find after the break.

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While I was traveling to Barcelona over the last weekend, I missed that the official LIC Mobile app hit the Windows Phone Store to the delight of Windows Phone users in India.

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC –  www.licindia.in) is an Indian state-owned insurance and investment group, and the largest insurance company in India with an estimated asset value of US$250 billion.

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Windows Phone Central Roundup: Superhero Games and Apps

Superheroes can be great subject matter for Windows Phone apps and games. From comic book almanacs to superhero themed adventure games, these titles can appeal to a wide audience.

For this week’s Windows Phone Central roundup, we have searched the Windows Phone Store for a handful of gaming and app titles that center around an assortment of superheroes. We tried to keep to those apps and games that rank with at least four stars and if we have missed your favorite superhero title, sound off below in the comments.

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Earlier this month we highlighted a brand new Pocket client in the Windows Phone Store called Poki. It’s the first app from Austrian developer @artistandsocial and it’s absolutely stunning. It’s probably our favorite Pocket app available for Windows Phone. We’re not alone in that sentiment. The app currently holds a 5 star rating in the U.S. and is globally averaging 200-500 downloads a day. Let’s just out the recent update for Poki.

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SharkPhone issued takedown notice from Grooveshark

A month ago we covered a new app in the Windows Phone Store called SharkPhone. It’s a third-party client for online music streaming service Grooveshark. As you might remember, Grooveshark once said they had no plans for Windows Phone because Microsoft would not allow such an app in the Store. Fast forward to a month ago and SharkPhone came out.

The app was received well by the community and definitely filled a gap for those wanting Grooveshark on Windows Phone. Sadly, it might not last much longer. Grooveshark has requested that SharkPhone be removed from the Windows Phone Store.

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