Apps

In case you missed it, the WolframAlpha app has just been released for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. The app has been available on other platforms like iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook, and of course, your web browser. After spending a few minutes with it, one thought comes to mind. This could have been really useful when I was a student! What is WolframAlpha? We'll show you in our hands-on video.

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Microsoft has just released an update for Xbox Video that will help the app launch faster on Windows Phone 8.1 and fixes some crashing issues. The update is fairly minor overall, but contains important bug fixes. If you haven't already grabbed the update, it is available in the Windows Phone Store right now.

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Canadian theater chain Cineplex Cinemas has introduced an interactive gaming app called TimePlay where users will be rewarded with prizes and loyalty apps.

TimePlay allows users to challenge their friends or a theater full of strangers with interactive gameplay. The app, previously available or Android, BlackBerry, and iOS users has now reached Windows Phone allowing multi-player game play on a secondary screen. The mini games within the app will be continually updated and users can take advantage of special offers when they play.

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There are plenty of Windows Phone apps available to create custom wallpapers for your Start Screen or Lockscreen. Start Design is a relatively new offering in this genre of apps and hopes to catch everyone's creative eye.

Start Design not only allows you to create colorful background wallpapers but also has tools to create multi-column background images, blur photos for use and the ability to create advanced wallpapers to match custom backgrounds to specific transparent tiles. As our tipster notes, this app opens up a lot of possibilities for your Windows Phone wallpapers.

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Duolingo is a popular way to learn a language online and is created by crowdsourcing pioneer Luis von Ahn. Duolingo has already garnered over 50 million users across the world via popular Android and iOS apps.

Selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013 and by Google as Best of the Best for Android 2013, the free, science-based language education platform began as a research project in von Ahn's lab at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and is now established as a top educational startup. After getting teased earlier this month, the official Duolingo app for Windows Phone has arrived.

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Join the Windows Phone beta for comic reader Cover

Comics are wonderful things and, to this day, a guilty pleasure of mine. There's a beta starting up soon for a comic reader app on Windows Phone that you might want to join if you too like to read comics.

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MeeDJ is a DJ mixing console for Windows Phone that was created for those who enjoy mixing tracks. It places you in control of your Windows Phone music library with the ability to mix songs by jogging, pitching and applying an assortment of audio effects.

MeeDJ is normally a freemium app but through the myAppFree Deal, you can unlock the $5.99 GoPro Bundle to remove the ads and recording limitations for free.

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One of the bigger changes in Windows Phone 8.1 was replacing certain core functions of the OS with an alternative app-model. The reasoning behind the move, which includes Music, Video, Podcasts and more, was to enable a more dynamic updating system without needing a full OS update.

Today, Microsoft has updated the native Podcasts app for Windows Phone 8.1. Unfortunately, a changelog was not included.

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7 steps to make amazing videos with Movie Creator Beta

I've been playing with the newly released Movie Creator Beta and I'm surprised at how good it is for quick and easy editing. You can add videos, photos or Cinemagraph content files together with no length limitations. I shot some videos from Color Me Rad (colormerad.com) a few months ago, but they've just been sitting idle inside my Lumia Icon. With Movie Creator, I was able to create a movie from those clips in just few minutes.

Here are some of my tips to make an incredible video with Movie Creator.

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Earlier this morning, Rudy Huyn rolled out an update to 6snap, his unofficial Snapchat client for Windows Phone. However, that update was evidently built on a 'preview' compiler causing unforeseen crashing when the app was launched on people's phones. Due to the glitch, Huyn pulled the app until he could push out a second update to apply a fix.

Now, version 3.3.0.1 is live in the Store and with it comes a handful of improvements and modifications, including a fix for the earlier crashing.

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Once upon a time, I wrote about mTranslator, an interactive Windows Phone 8 app that allowed you to translate English to nine Indian languages. It was a fine idea since it wasn't just helpful for tourists and expats in India, but even the citizens of the country like me who often struggle with basic communication and instructions when travelling to another state or region.

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