Apps

Mid-term Elections are right around the corner with U.S. voters going to the polls to elect Federal, State and Local officials. Election Essential is an app available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 that is designed to deliver information on the State and Federal candidates on the ballot.

The information is compiled from various political watchdog groups such as Sunlight and Project Vote Smart. Along with candidate information, Election Essential will also provide users with information on any Statewide Amendments and measures that will appear on the ballot.

Election Essential comes across as a handy app to have if you need to dig around and see which candidate is worthy of your vote.

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The Quikr team announced that they were working on a Windows Phone app earlier this year, and now the classifieds app is available for download. Featuring 12 categories and over 140 sub-categories that include cars, real estate, furniture, flats, mobiles, electronics and more, Quikr offers a wide variety of choice when it comes to finding what you're looking for.

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Microsoft has been trying to get more developers to release their apps for the Windows Phone platform, but there's also a problem with major app creators and publishers that don't bother to update them with new features or improvements for months. In a couple of cases, the apps haven't been updated for nearly a year.

Microsoft recently revealed a new Developer's Code of Conduct for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps that stated, among other things, that developers must stay active in the store. That's certainly not the case for these five popular free apps, which have seen numerous feature and bug fix updates for their iOS and Android counterparts over the past year. In fact, most of these apps have seen some update in the past month for those two platforms, and none have been updated later than early September. That is certainly not the case for their Windows Phone versions.

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Top Rated Windows Phone apps and games for Halloween

Windows Central App Roundup: Windows Phone Halloween apps and games

'Tis the season where pumpkins are carved up, kids and adults alike begin hunting for the perfect costume and bags of candy begin to fly off store shelves. In the spirit of the Halloween season, this week's roundup will focus on apps and game that give our Windows Phone a ghostly flavor.

We did a keyword search in the Windows Phone Store for Halloween and grabbed a few of the higher rated apps and games from the search results. We aren't including Zombie games because they are more of a year round genre. We do have a few games that have been recently updated with a Halloween theme as well as a few apps that can help your Windows Phone get into the holiday spirit.

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No argument here. We have a ton of photo editors available in the Windows Phone Store. Which one is best? Your guess is as good as mine and one of the latest offerings hoping to catch your eye is OneRoom.

What sets OneRoom apart from the cornucopia of photo editors already available in the Windows Phone Store? You do have editing presets that helps you edit photos quickly and the app can handle images up to 38MP in size. The app is also minimalistic in design that hopes to make the editing flow more user friendly.

In just tinkering with OneRoom for a short time, it does have a bit of appeal but may struggle to knock off the more popular editors such as Photoshop Express, Fhotoroom or Fantasia Painter due to a few missing features. Still, if you are looking for another photo editor to add to your Windows Phone Library or are still searching for that one editor that fits your tastes bests, OneRoom is worth a try.

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POP Messenger is a new app in the Windows Phone Store. It comes to us from Pinger, the company behind other popular apps like GIF Chat and Doodle Buddy. POP Messenger allows you to easily create and send customized visual text messages. You just pick a font, change the background color (or select a background image) and send the POP to a friend.

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Windows Phone users currently do not have an official YouTube application, but there are third-party apps available. One of those awesome apps is Tubecast, which we've recently reviewed. If you haven't installed it yet, you definitely should. It has an amazing feature that lets you "cast" videos from your phone to the Xbox One. Don't believe us? We'll show you how it works.

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View is a beautiful and free Behance app for Windows Phone

View is a new Behance app in the Windows Phone Store that you're going to want to check out. Behance is one of the most popular platform for artists to promote their work. But they don't have an official app for Windows Phone yet. We've covered a few unofficial apps in the past, like be. View is another app that's aesthetically pleasing and useful to anyone who values Behance.

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Parallels Plesk Manager rolls into the Windows Phone Store

Parallels Plesk (parallels.com) is a leading web server control panel for Windows and Linux. If you don't know what that means, you're probably not interested about this recent app the company has just released for Windows Phone 8.1. Plesk Manager for Windows Phone gives administrators access to the most important information about Parallels Plesk servers and control over core administrative functions.

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Yesterday we released updates for our official Windows and Windows Phone apps for the site. No new features were implemented, but the branding was updated throughout both apps to reflect our recent name-change.

Unfortunately, a missing "/" character from the code caused the Live Tile and notifications to break in the app. You can file the mistake under rushing to meet a deadline, but the simple forward slash omission had some drastic ramifications, to say the least.

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TNT and TBS both launch universal apps for Windows Phone letting users watch TV anywhere

TBS, owned by Turner Broadcasting, has had an app on Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. It only seems apropos that they adapt that app for Windows Phone, letting users watch clips and – after authenticating – whole episodes on the go. For added bonus, Turner could also toss in TNT Drama into the mix as well.

This morning, users can download Watch TNT and TBS for Windows right to their phones. Watch TNT is focused mostly on drama shows, including The Last Ship, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and lets users watch episodes on their phone and continue it on their Windows 8.1 device. For TBS for Windows, you get Conan, Big Bang Theory, and a host of other comedies and lighter fare with the same episode streaming and history abilities.

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Microsoft updates Xbox Video for Windows Phone

Microsoft has bumped its Xbox Video app for Windows Phone to version 2.6.370.0. The app enables Windows Phone owners to enjoy available entertainment, be it films or favorite TV shows. In this latest release, Microsoft has implemented numerous minor improvements, but users have also informed us of new playback controls.

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TD Bank releases their Windows Phone app for Canadians

Back in June, Windows Central reported that TD Bank was working on apps for Windows Phone. At the time, we noted that the initial release may be limited to just Canada with a wider rollout coming later. Just as expected, this is exactly what is happening.

Today, Windows Phone users in Canada can download the official TD Bank app and get their bank on when they are out on the town.

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Hands-on with Vine for Xbox One

If you missed it, Vine (vine.co) was released for the Xbox One on Tuesday. It is actually the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV. If you haven't installed it yet or if you don't have the Xbox One, we have a hands-on video for your viewing pleasure. Check it out.

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Microsoft has opened the flood gates today and released a bunch of new Windows Phone apps from their Microsoft Garage division. This part of the company allows employees to work on their own projects in their spare time and today Microsoft is allowing some of those internal efforts to be released to the public.

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Last night, we announced our name change from WPCentral to Windows Central. Since then, we have been blown away by the positive response, so a big thank you to everyone! At the time, we noted that our apps would be updated accordingly to reflect those changes. After just 24-hours, both the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps are now getting that refresh!

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Cardback is an Indian startup that intends to help debit and credit card users in India identify their best card for every payment they make, and see how much they will save from using that card.

The official Cardback app has recently landed on the Windows Phone Store. All you need to do is indicate how much you're paying, and where. Cardback will save you the trouble of doing complicated calculations and checking out promotions before every payment. This is based on several factors, including how you earn and redeem reward points on your cards, and any running special offers.

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School is a lot easier these days thanks to the internet and smartphones. One Windows Phone app in particular will make your basic math homework a breeze. It's called PhotoMath and it solves equations using the camera on your Windows Phone.

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ESL Gaming tournament app debuts on Xbox One

If you want to be a pro gamer, then the newest app in Microsoft's Xbox One library might just be for you. The ESL Gaming app is now available for download and will allow anyone to quickly sign up for organized gaming tournaments.

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