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Clarify brings 670 different bilingual and monolingual dictionaries in one single app. The Windows Phone (and iOS) app was launched a couple of weeks ago, and covers 30 languages.

Clarify covers Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese linked in a complex matrix resulting in a comprehensive language tool with a potential of reaching 3.8 billion people worldwide.

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It seems for every two steps forward Windows Phone takes it takes one step back. Although users see more official apps and even some unique exclusives, some companies just don't see the value in supporting the third largest smartphone. The NBA is the latest in the category, pulling support for their popular NBA Game Time application this week.

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SNAPCAM is a new app in the Windows Phone Store that will help turn your digital photos into actual photos. The advent of digital technology revolutionized the photography world. No longer did you need to waste money on film, instead you could take as many shots as you'd like without breaking the bank. Our smartphones accelerated that progress even more. However, most photos we take today stay on our mobile devices. Or they might end up on Facebook and Instagram. SNAPCAM changes that.

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Smartwatches are all the rage this year, and Windows Phone is on the cusp of a big push into the connected wearables. Numerous companies are expected to announce official apps for syncing between Windows Phone and their watches starting later this summer.

Kreyos and their Meteor activity watch are already on the market, and it is no secret they have a Windows Phone app in the works. The app is near completion, and the Kreyos team is now showing the app in action through a brief video.

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Operating a car in 2014 is still in many ways like driving 20 years ago. However, technology is making a big push in our automobiles these days, especially with smartphones. One popular trend, particularly in Russia, is the dashboard camera. In many countries, drivers have taken to scamming insurance companies to collect money by faking accidents (or overplaying the severity of real ones). As a solution, motorists now record their movements, much like the police, for use if something happens

Sygic has just updated their Speedometer app for Windows Phone 8. Speedometer already features a GPS-Based based speedometer to set alerts, 50,000 fixed speed and red-light camera locations and community reporting feature with worldwide coverage but it's the dashboard camera feature that piqued our interest.

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Today, Microsoft has released their new Video Tuner app for Windows Phone 8.1 users. The app brings a full suite of video editing options to the table and is based on of the latest Imaging SDK 1.2. Although there are some third-party video editing apps for the OS, Video Tuner adds filters and some unique features.

Video Tuner allows Windows Phone users to trim, crop, rotate, flip, mirror, and speed change. The changes made are dynamic, so users can see the effect right away as the video is still playing on the phone. When creating a video, you can also add music through the music library on the device, letting people make an attractive creation.

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The Windows Phone Central Forums is a great place to visit when you're in the mood to chat it up about Windows Phone. One area of the forums that is always full of surprises is the Developers Beta Testing forums. You can get a sneak peek at what apps and games are in the works or sign up to beta test these Windows Phone titles.

One app caught our attention the other day and while it's yet another Windows Phone weather app, Weathr is being re-written to take advantage of new Windows Phone 8.1 features. There is a current version of Weathr available in the Windows Phone Store but the developer wants to put the new version through the ringer and needs beta testers to help identify bugs, glitches and areas of improvement.

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We've just hit the halfway marker for this week and already we're seeing some updates be pushed out through the Windows Phone Store. Luckily for you all, not only does Windows Phone 8.1 make updating apps simpler than ever, we're still compiling some of the highlights, just in case you happen to miss them (and have updates set to manual) or you've failed to download the apps yet.

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If you are into file managers, you already have a selection of some top notch offerings these days for Windows Phone, including one from Microsoft. Files&Folders Pro is from the developers at Finebits OÜ, who make popular apps Torrex Pro for torrents and 8 Zip archiver for Windows Phone 8.1.

What makes Files&Folders Pro unique is that you can now have the app together on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. I tinkered around with the both versions of the app over the last day, and they do bring much functionality to the table. Let's take a look at their features.

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Zomato is a popular restaurant finder Windows Phone app that gives you recommendations for restaurants in your area and lets you look at menus, pictures, contact info, and directions. Available in 41 cities across the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, the UAE, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Turkey, Portugal, the Philippines, Qatar, and Sri Lanka, the Windows Phone app was recently updated to version 5 with a complete design and user experience refresh.

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If you visit Windows Phone Central on a regular basis, you most likely have a Windows Phone. That means you should be using our top-rated app. Maintaining a 4.5 star rating (out of 5) from 1700 reviews, our app, developed by Jay Bennett, is always one of the top downloaded in the Store.

Today, we are happy to announce in conjunction with myAppFree that the Windows Phone Central app is completely free for the next 36 hours. Technically, our app is already free but if you pay 99 cents you can remove our ads that help support the site. However, if you act now, you can unlock that feature and not have to pay a dollar at all. Once unlocked, it is your forever!

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Behance is a platform for artists to promote their work. You'll find graphic design, photography, illustration and more on Behance ( behance.net). They have official apps out for Android and iOS, but nothing for Windows Phone. We don't have any info on any upcoming plans for the company to make an official app for Windows Phone, but we do have an excellent third-party app already available. It's time to check out 'be' for Windows Phone.

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Last week we looked at how the iOS App Store compared to the Windows Phone Store in 2014. It was a sobering look at how much work Windows Phone still has to close the app gap between the two platforms. That's especially apparent when you look at 'fad apps' like popular games or apps from a new startups or company.

It's not all doom and gloom for Windows Phone. Over the past two months we've seen major apps officially join the platform. Thanks is due in part to the Universal Windows app model that allows devs to target Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with minimal work. Recently we've seen updates or releases for apps like Comedy Central, PlentyOfFish, UPS, AutoCAD 360, Barclays Pingit, Adobe Photoshop Express on Microsoft's platforms. The future is looking bright for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Today we're going to turn the tables and look at some apps that are unique to Windows Phone and not available on iOS. We'll list some of the more popular ones and our favorites. Then you can hop into the comments and tell us what apps you love on Windows Phone that you can't get anywhere else.

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