Microsoft has quietly made a small but very welcome change to its Windows Developer Center. In short, the one year renewal period has now been ditched, which means that Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 developers can keep their apps in their respective stores for as long as they want.
PhotoMic is a Windows Phone photo editor that gives you the ability to add text bubbles to your photos, creating a short story with your images. The app also has the option to create a collage from your photos that allows your images to take on a comic strip appearance.
PhotoMic has a wide range of templates, fonts and bubble callouts to help you customize your Windows Phone pics. You also have the ability to add an HDR or sketch effect filter to your final product before saving.
In using PhotoMic over the past couple of days, we found it to be a neat Windows Phone photography app for creating unique, fun photos.
Office Lens for Windows Phone has just been updated. Today's update to Office Lens adds a few new features that make creating notes from photos even easier. With Office Lens you can save photos of whiteboards and docs to OneNote, but today's update allows you to create Word and PowerPoint files from those images as well!
Over the last week, some users have been experiencing issues with the WPCentral app for Windows Phone and our massive forums. Specifically, users are getting error messages when trying to access the feature through the app. I let you know last week about the problem, when we re-launched our mobile site, and that our developer Jay Bennett would address the issue as soon as he came back from vacation.
Today, version v126.96.36.1995 is now live in the Store and brings along with it that hotfix for the forum issues. The update should resolve any connecting issues that people with Windows Phone 8 and higher were having.
Flying can be both an enjoyable experience and an absolute nightmare, depending entirely on just how smoothly the journey progresses. There are numerous apps available to help make things easier and App in the Air for Windows Phone is one of these solutions. Available for free on the Windows Phone Store, App in the Air helps travelers by providing accurate information on a variety of topics, be it finding the best food in an airport or connecting to free Wi-Fi.
Looking for a decent YouTube Windows Phone client? It's not impossible task with quality choices such as Metrotube and myTube available. Tubecast is another Windows Phone option that gets strong ratings in the Windows Phone Store and hopes to garner some attention as well.
Tubecast will not only let you watch YouTube videos, tap into your account, pin videos to your Start Screen and comment/rate videos but it will also let you cast your videos to you Smart TV, Chromecast or UPNP/DLNA device. In exploring Tubecast over the past few days, while there were some glitches experienced, overall it came across as an appealing app worth trying.
American Airlines for Windows Phone was just updated. The last major update to the app came last November when it gained support for the Wallet app in Windows Phone. With that update, users could opt to store boarding passes inside their virtual Wallet and easily check in using their Windows Phone. Today's update makes it so that those boarding passes are automatically added.
6cret is now out for Windows Phone. 6cret is a new app from Windows Phone developer Rudy Huyn and is a client for infamous app Secret. We've known for a few weeks that Rudy was working on a Secret client for Windows Phone. Not familiar with Secret? It's a very popular app on Android and iOS where users can leave anonymous messages to their circle of friends.
Meru Cabs, the largest radio cab service in India, launched their official app for Windows Phone in February earlier this year.
The company operates around 7,000 cabs in several key cities of India: Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad and serves more than 1.8 million passengers. The latest update bumps the app version to 188.8.131.52, and brings in a few new features.
Data Sense is a vital Windows Phone 8.1 tool for many who like to keep track of how much data their phone consumes each month. Even more, the gizmo gives users the ability to restrict background data when roaming, set data limits, and see which apps grabs the most data.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released a companion app for Data Sense called IE Data Savings. The app taps into Data Sense but gives users a more detailed analysis of their Internet Explorer web usage. The app is free, and it should work all phones with the Windows Phone 8.1 OS installed.
Back in Berlin, Germany a few weeks ago during Microsoft's big reveal, many people noticed the Flipboard app for Windows Phone was preloaded on a the new Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 display phones. I won't get into the politics of what happened, but you can pretty much guess that Flipboard was not announced that day. Instead, it is still Coming Soon™.
This morning though, a link for the app has been spotted on the Store. As you may have learned from the headline, you cannot yet download it, making this likely blocked by the developers until they are ready to announce it, or it is a private beta, meant for internal testing.
Untappd for Windows Phone has just picked up a rare update. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find version 184.108.40.206 of the popular social network for beer. Today's update is notable for adding a fresh coat of paint to the app.
There is no official Meetup (meetup.com) application for Windows Phone, but there's a cool third-party app you might want to check out called Clique. The app makes it easy for anyone to find and join thousands of local groups around the world. You can browse and search for groups to get involved in and find events to attend.
We've installed Clique on our Lumia 930. Make sure to watch our hands-on video.
Popular weather app Atmosphere Weather for Windows Phone has just been updated to version 1.4. Today's update marks the biggest yet in Atmosphere's history on Windows Phone. Highlights of today's update to the popular weather app include a complete redesign, including 1080p support for devices like the Lumia 930/Icon, HTC One, and Lumia 1520, user customizable themes, "feels like" temperature and much more.
If you are into watching videos on your Windows Phone, you will want to go and grab the Xbox Video update that just went live.
Version 2.6.284 is now live for those who want the practical details. However, there are no new functions revealed, just "minor fixes and improvements". But wait, there's more!
UK mobile operator O2 has released an official TU Go app for Windows Phone, enabling consumers to participate in this latest beta program. TU Go essentially allows customers to use their mobile phone number through Wi-Fi so everyone is covered thanks to their immediate local network.
Opera Mini for Windows Phone has been updated once again, just days after its release. This marks quite the start for the company's beta, which has received a steady supply of feedback from the community trying out the new web browser. What's new in this latest release? Well, you'll be pleased to learn the app is slightly more stable – in other words, Opera Mini no longer crashes when loading a website.
Realarm is a smooth looking, easy to use alarm management app for your Windows Phone. The app has support for voice commands, re-occurring alarms, alternating alarm sounds and Live Tile support.
Add a user-friendly interface to all of Realarm's features and the app becomes an attractive, dare I say alarming, alternative to the native Windows Phone alarm.
Playing Destiny on your Xbox One (or Xbox 360)? Then you're probably bummed that Bungie didn't make an official companion app for Windows Phone. They're currently have no plans to make a Windows Phone app, so no good holding your breath. Instead, try out Destiny Stats for Windows Phone. It's an unoffocial app that gives you read-only access to your Destiny data.
Misfit Shine (misfitwearables.com) is a new and modern smart device used to measure daily activity, like running, walking, sleeping and more. Like Fitbit, your scores are synced to the cloud where your phone acts as a conduit for record keeping, goal setting, and social interaction.
Today, the official Misfit Shine app is available for Windows Phone 8.1, joining iOS and Android. Due to the availability of Bluetooth 4.0 LE and the new APIs for developers, Misfit can get their app on Microsoft's mobile OS.
I have been using both the hardware and software for a few days now and this is all you need to know.