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Find yourself heading to Europe soon for a trip or business? Maybe you already live there, but do travel to different parts of the continent. Download euroTRIP for Windows Phone if any of the above describes you. It’s a beautiful and functional app for Windows Phone that gives you access to basic information for any given country. Let’s check it out.

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Living in the UK and rocking a Windows Phone device? Then you’ll probably want to check out the new Demand 5 app for Windows Phone 8 that just came out. Demand 5 is a video on demand service offered by Channel 5 for those in the UK. You already have a Demand 5 app for your Xbox 360, but now you can get that same content on your mobile device. Details and download links below!

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JDB Facebook and Social Scout Windows Phone apps (both from JDB Pocketware) have been around for some time now.  The two apps helped Windows Phone users keep track of all their Facebook updates and explore the location related side of Facebook.

The most recent updates ( version 1.6.7 for JDB Facebook and version 1.4.1 for Social Scout) provides deep integration that allows the two apps to work more as one in that you can launch Social Scout from within the JDB Facebook app.

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Although Windows Phone currently lacks proper stylus support, Mother Nature gave you an organic one, your finger. The next issue is needing a decent app that takes advantage of this tool and that’s where Papyrus comes in. Announced back at Nokia World last month, Papyrus is one of two note taking apps to come to Windows Phone, giving users ample choice for handwriting (the other was InNote).

Papyrus 1.0 is now live on the Store and the app is proving to be especially useful if you have a large-screened device like the Lumia 1520. The app features a rich assortment of features, including a Live Tile, pin to Start, different sized lines, color variation for pens, insertion of images and pinch to zoom. Unfortunately there is no backup to SkyDrive, though we suppose that could come out later.

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Tile Me! just got an update that makes Twitter profile pages for Windows Phone fans more interesting. In addition to creating a ‘Me tile’ as your profile photo, version 2.7 now has a Twitter background creator. We like the new feature and we think you’ll like it, too!

Are you curious? We’ll show you how Tile Me! looks in a video after the break.

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Hey gamers, how’s your weekend going? While you are racing your cars, shooting the bad guys, or scoring goals, it’s great to control your experience on your Windows Phone. Few days back, Sam wrote about the official companion app for Grand Theft Auto V for Windows Phone and here we are with the official companion app for FIFA 14.

The app allows you to access your Football Club news, alerts, and friends, and keeps you up to date with your friends and send messages. You can purchase packs from the FUT Store and manage your FUT Squads by optimizing Chemistry, Formations, and Players. You can find and but on players on the FUT Transfer Market or turn a quick profit with the FUT Transfer List.

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This was a pretty busy week for Windows Phone. We’ve got two new devices (the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520) and what seems like a baker’s dozen of new apps. Missed out on some of the apps released this week? No worries, we’re here to help you stay on top of what’s new in the Windows Phone Store with our weekly app highlights.

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Telegram just announced on Twitter their messaging app is coming to Windows Phone in January 2014. Telegram lets you send messages, photos and videos to people who are in your phone contacts (and have Telegram). It’s already available on Android and iOS.

How is Telegram different from the popular messaging app, Whatsapp? Telegram’s team claim they are faster and way more secure.

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The Microsoft Store application for Windows Phone was just updated to version 2.3. The change log describes improved customer experience in the catalog, but we're having a hard time agreeing. It’s still a little slow and confusing to use. For example, there’s no category for phones. You also need to use search to find Nokia Lumia devices.

The new version 2.3 now also displays ratings and reviews for products, as well as letting you add shortcuts to your favorite categories.

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Nokia Share has hit the Windows Phone Store shelves that will allow you to connect your Lumia Windows Phone with your Lumia Windows Tablet and share photos via Nokia’s Storyteller app

Just run Storyteller on your Lumia 2520 Tablet and open Nokia Share on your Lumia Windows Phone.  The two connect over Wi-Fi and you will then be able to share your photos on the larger screen of the Lumia 2520.

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While the Windows Phone Store now includes an official Instagram app, we still have some very respectable third party offerings.  One of which is Rudy Huyn’s 6tag.

6tag received a minor update that takes the app to version 2.2.1.  There’s not a change log listed in the Windows Phone Store but, according to Rudy’s tweet, the update adds a hack to prevent your password from resetting while you are traveling.  We will guess there are a few minor bug fixes thrown in for good measure too.

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Apict is a rather handy Windows Phone photography app that dates back to the days of Windows Phone 7.  Apict offers photo editing to give your pictures that retro Polaroid look.  The app has been consistently through the years and remains a solid performer.

Apict received another update today, taking the app to version 4.6.  The update mainly deals with fixing a few bugs but also comes with a temporary price reduction.

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If there is one thing we can all agree on is that Windows Phone has some talented developers. Especially when it comes to design, which is heavily inspired by Microsoft’s Modern UI principals.  

Today, I’m giving you an early look at a new calendar app headed to Windows Phone. Simply called ‘Cal’. The app is superbly clean and minimalist looking, really eye catching. Even though we already have some great calendar apps like Simple Calendar and Chronos Calendar, Cal ranks right up there in my opinion.

So head past the break to see my video tour and some early screenshots.

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Nokia has announced another exclusive app for their Lumia customers. Redbox Instant by Verizon is now live in the Nokia Collection and will allow users to stream movie content right to their Lumia Windows Phone. After 60 days, the app will go to all Windows Phone owners, so don’t fret.

The Redbox service (US only) has a free trial and normally runs for $8 a month (and a $1 for Blue ray access), which is similar to what Hulu or Netflix charge. But in addition to just streaming, you can also rent up to 4 DVDs per month. That’s kind of a really good deal, if you ask us. But it depends also on how many movies you watch (and how many on your phone).

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A few weeks ago we told you about Readit, a new Reddit (reddit.com) app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. We liked it so much, we gave it our editor’s choice for Reddit clients. Even though its 1.0 debut was one of the best we’ve seen for any app, there was room for improvement. As a few of you noted in comments, memory usage and performance could be better.

Luckily, the developers agreed with you as version 1.2 just went live in the Store. Its changelog is either the most detailed we’ve ever seen, or it’s just so massive that the developers should be commended for their hard work. In fact, it’s so big it’s not listed in the app or the Store.

But you’re at Windows Phone Central, so we have all the details…

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Official Windows Phone Central app hits version 4.4

It's been fairly quiet in terms of updates to our own official app for Windows Phone in the last couple of months, other things tend to get in the way especially when the big focus is something for bigger screens. That said we have some good news today in that version 4.4 of our app has just gone live and is available for you to download to your Windows Phone 7 or 8 device right now from the marketplace.

You'll likely only notice a few of the changes straight away so as usual you can read all about them after the break, as well as an important announcement about our Windows Phone 7 support from here on in.

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WhatsApp gets a very specific update tonight

It’s Friday, and it looks like the hardworking folks at WhatsApp are busy churning out more updates. I mean, why do in one update what you can do in five? Tonight, the popular messenger app has been bumped to version 2.11.312.0 and yes, it does come with a changelog. That’s the second update this week.

Unfortunately, no new features are available but if you speak Arabic or Hebrew, start high-fiving your friends, because you just got a “fix for difficulties entering your verification code”. Bam! How awesome is that?

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MobiKwik is a fast growing mobile wallet service in India with popular Android and iOS apps. Finally, the app arrived on Windows Phone over the weekend, allowing users the convenience and security to purchase goods and services on third party merchant websites, recharge prepaid and post-paid mobile, television/DTH, data cards and make bill payments for broadband/landline phones, electricity, gas, and insurance.

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