Apps

Blinkbox Music is a music service by UK supermarket Tesco. The company's attempt to tap into the streaming market has led the team to launch mobile apps, including an official client for Windows Phone. While we're looking at the initial release, it's quite the experience on Microsoft's mobile platform. Tesco's catalogue of music contains over 12 million songs, making it an attractive option for those seeking an alternative to popular streaming services.

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Update: The XIM app from Microsoft is now available. Download information found below. US only.

Microsoft has just announced Xim, a new app that will be available today for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Xim allows you to share photos easily with a group of friends nearby. You can then all view and browse the same photo content at the same time. With Xim you share your photos, not your phone.

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Enhance your Windows Phone photos with Afterlight

Afterlight is a Windows Phone photo editor that joins the crowded field of photography apps available in the Windows Phone Store. Afterlight hopes its simple design and snappy tools will help it stand out from this crowded field of apps.

Afterlight offers 8 adjustment tools, 57 filters, 66 textures, 79 frames and cropping tools to fine-tune your photos and give them a little pop. You also have in-app purchase opportunities to expand your editing tools, Instagram integration, Pictures Hub integration to choose Afterlight as an editor and an in-app camera app.

On the surface Afterlight comes across as a capable Windows Phone photo editor but a cumbersome interface and tiny thumbnail controls holds this editor from standing out from the crowd.

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Calculator Toolbox is a feature rich Windows Phone calculator app that includes forty-two calculators that includes a tip calculator, a discount calculator, a debt to income calculator, mortgage calculators and more.

The app was updated earlier today to version 2.3 to add a currency converter with offline as well as online modes. To save on data, you can update the exchange rates and perform your conversions offline. The date of the last update for the rates will be displayed on the currency converter calculator.

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Microsoft has rolled out an update to the Blink app, bringing it to version 2.5, which adds a useful noise removal algorithm. This allows images to look sharper and cleaner, especially when captured in low light conditions. Along with the noise removal engine, Microsoft said that the app also contains "multiple bug fixes."

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The official Wellograph app for Windows Phone is available for you to download. It looks like the app quietly snuck into the Windows Phone Store. Wellograph is an activity tracker that we first talked about in May. Fast forward to today and you can download the app for Windows Phone and buy the tracker at your local Microsoft Store or on the Microsoft Store website.

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What is on your Windows Phone Lockscreen?

With Microsoft updating the Windows Phone Glance Screen, adding support for MSN Weather and Health & Fitness apps, we thought it was time to revisit a popular subject, our Windows Phone lockscreen.

The native lockscreen settings offer a healthy amount of options to customize what information is displayed on your Windows Phone lockscreen. You also have a host of Windows Phone apps that offer lockscreen support as well as lockscreen customizations.

All of which can turn your lockscreen into a wealth of knowledge that is available at a glance.

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Flipboard showdown: iOS vs Windows Phone

Flipboard is a very popular app that grabs content from several sources and presents them in a magazine format. There's a social networking aspect to as well since it lets people curate and share content as their own magazines that others can follow or subscribe to. The app has been available on iOS and Android since 2012, and you might have heard that the Windows Phone equivalent has just been released. We happen to have an iPhone 6 Plus lying around, so let's compare Flipboard running on iOS with the recently released Windows Phone app. The results may disappoint you.

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Swarm is the next evolution of the Foursquare check-in phenomenon with a heavier focus on the social. Launched earlier this spring, Swarm was a little late to the Windows Phone party but at least it was always planned to get support. When Swarm finally arrived, it had quite a few bugs and usability issues out the gate, although the developers were keen on making things right.

Earlier today, version 1.1.0.2 went out to those using the app, and truth be told, the app is now hitting its stride for stability and feature parity with iOS and Android. Let us see what is new with today's latest version.

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