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Diptic, a collage creator for Windows Phone that we have covered a couple of times already, has just received an update that is going to make a lot of people happy. Version 1.0.1.0 adds compatibility for low-memory devices! Many of you have complained, so this is great news.

This means you should now be able to install Diptic on devices like the HTC 8S, Ascend W2, Lumia 520, Lumia 620, and Lumia 625

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Much like Twitter, Instagram utilises its own following system where you can stalk others on the social network and other users can return the favour. But what about those who unfollow you? IG Stats for Windows Phone enables you to remain on top of just how many people you're following, along with how many are enjoying what you publish. Think UnfollowSpy, but for Instagram.

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We’re not jetsetters just yet, but we’re working towards it. When we do travel to various conferences and events around the world we’ve got a handful of apps on Windows Phone that make the journey a lot easier. Flight Factory is one of those must-have apps for folks who fly on a somewhat frequent basis. The app was just updated with some killer new features, like TripIt support. Let’s check out what all is new.

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Sky News is a dedicated 24-hour, multi-media news channel based in Britain. They have an app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. There have been over 8 million downloads of their app to mobile devices. You can read and watch videos on the latest stories from their newsroom. Their app covers UK and World News, Politics, Showbiz, Sports, Business, and even the Strange.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough for the Sky News app on Windows Phone.

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Forza Motorsport 5 is one of the premiere titles in the Xbox One launch lineup. With hyper realistic graphics, excellent physics, and innovative cloud-based driver AI, Forza 5 should keep fans of racing sims busy for months on end.

That’s all well and good, but my favorite feature of the Forza series has always been its unrivaled livery editor. Players have an impressive amount of freedom to make practically any decorations they want. An enterprising gamer could even make some classy Windows Phone designs with which to adorn the game’s cars. That’s just what our reader “B0BCAT wp” has done, as a matter of fact. Look at the detail on that phone!

Meanwhile, Forza 5 is set to receive a significant balancing update sometime within the next week or two. More details and custom car design pictures after the break.

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There are various calendar applications for Windows Phone and we've covered our fair share on this very website. That said, much like the weather apps category, there are always those rare gems you come across that offer unique functionality. Calendar Calleague is one of them. As the name suggests, it's a calendar solution, but you've got the ability to directly dial into conference calls and more.

If you're searching for a more feature-rich calendar experience, or simply desire something more enterprise friendly, you will definitely want to slide on past the break and read up on Calendar Calleague.

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the company's first of two "phablets" running Windows Phone 8. The handset itself is slowly launching in numerous markets worldwide, which now includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India following tomorrow. If you've been waiting for this Windows Phone and reside in the UAE, you'll be able to pick one up from Nokia Stores starting today.

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Twitter is an interesting social network. Since it began almost a decade ago, millions of tweets have been fired into cyberspace and many of us have carefully managed who we follow to prevent clutter on the timeline, which is inevitable as one becomes more popular and interacts with other Twitter profiles.

There's a free, easy solution to the above problem, in the name of a sweet little Windows Phone app called UnfollowSpy, enabling you to keep up-to-date with new followers, those who have unfollowed you, as well as inactive profiles you follow and those who don't return the favour.

Ever had a quick browse through your lists and thought, "Why am I following them?" With UnfollowSpy, you'll now be able to easily manage exactly who you're interacting with.

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Moliplayer Pro, an awesome media player for Windows Phone 8 that can handle any video file has just received a noteworthy update. Version 1.2.1.6 brings controls for playback speeds such as slow motion and fast motion during playback. You can now also change subtitles during playback if the video has multiple subtitles available. There’s more, so read on for the full change log.

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Pocket is one of our favorite services out there. It allows you to save web pages or articles to your Pocket queue. After saving it an article to Pocket you can read it on any Pocket app you want across all your devices. Windows Phone doesn’t have an official Pocket app yet, but we do have stellar third-party options. Pouch is one of those options and it was just updated, let’s check out what’s new in this latest version.

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Reindeer Round-Up becomes free at the Windows Phone Store

Reindeer Round-Up, a cool physics-based puzzle game, is now free at the Windows Phone Store. It’s probably free only for a limited time, so we recommend downloading it now. Reindeer Round-Up is normally $1.29 without a trial.

This game will get you in the holiday mood as you stack reindeers on top of each other to reach the presents above them without falling. Reindeer Round-Up has originally launched for iOS and Android, so we are really happy the game has released for Windows Phone 8, too.

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Nokia Lumia 525 now available in Singapore

The follow-up to Nokia’s best-selling Lumia 520 has arrived in Singapore. Upgraded with 1GB of RAM, the Nokia Lumia 525 is now available at Nokia Stores in Singapore for SGD 249 (approximately $198 USD).

More RAM in the Nokia Lumia 525 means more compatible games and apps compared to its predecessor with only 512MB. Other specifications include 4-inch IPS LCD display (800 x 480), dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 5-megapixel camera, and expandable storage with microSD slot.

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Weave is one of the most popular RSS readers for Windows Phone. It has been universally loved since it first launched way back around the same period Windows Phone 7 launched in 2010. The Windows Phone version is made by Seles Games, but this past year they teamed up with Lazyworm Apps to bring the same app to Windows 8. The app was just updated on Windows 8, so let’s check out what’s new and improved in this latest recent.

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Like Readit, the app Tweet It! gets my Editor’s Choice for best third-party Twitter client. It’s constantly being updated and improved with some seriously cool features. Recently, the developer Timur Khamidov has been cranking away at updates, and the latest version is truly a fascinating one.

Many in our audience are using the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 Developer Preview. That OS update allows custom notifications and more specifically, for developers to add the ability for their own sounds to their creations. Quite a few of you have requested developers do this and we’re happy to report that Tweet It! now has this as an option.

Head past the break to learn about the rest of the amazing new things in Tweet It! version 7.8!

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Better late than never. Flitsmeister, a very popular traffic analysis service in the Netherlands has just been released on Windows Phone 8. It has been available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry, but now Dutch Windows Phone users can join the fun.

Flitsmeister has advanced tracking and alert systems with a large community of over 400,000 active users. Drivers get an overview of traffic radars and congestion in the Netherlands.

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Free version of Plex now available for Nokia Lumias

Plex is a popular app for Home Theater PC users that was became available last year for Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices.  The paid app connected your Windows Phone to the Plex Media Server where you can manage and stream your personal media to your phone.

A new version of the Plex app has landed in the Windows Phone Store that is a free app but only available for Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia devices.  In just reading the Store descriptions, the paid and free version appear to be similar.  However, comments in the WPCentral Forums indicate the free version resolves a few issues the paid version has and you have more options with regards to video quality.

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If you go way back to the start of Instagram apps on Windows Phone, Instance (previously known as Itsdagram) was one of the first apps to link straight to the service for direct photo uploads. It was a huge win at the time for Windows Phone as it gave the first, native like experience for the service. Later, 6tag came onto the scene and Instance faded.

Although beta 2.0 was previewed on this site way back in August, that update never came to fruition. Call it life catching up and other things, but that project was put on the back burner. Today though, that app has finally been polished and prepped for release.

Here’s what is new.

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Readit is a sweet unofficial Reddit app for Windows Phone hardware, which we've covered in the past and even gave it our editor's choice for Reddit clients. While the 1.2 update released late November was a fairly sizeable update, the developer has published version 1.3 and has continued the trend of releasing rather long lists of changes.

Just like before, we've had to snatch the change log from Reddit since it's not posted within the app or Store (possibly due to length issues). Slide on past the break to check out what's new.

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Fhotolens is a new Windows Phone 8 photography app that is currently in the early stages of development.  It is the creation of the developers who bring us Fhotoroom and is a camera app that has an interactive, fish-eye lens effect.  Fhotolens’ results go beyond the bubble effects filter by using very accurate coding that reflects curvature to the lens, giving things a more realistic fish-eye effect.

We have gotten a sneak peak at an early beta version of Fhotolens and while there are some bugs still to be ironed out and a few additional features to be added to the mix, it makes a nice first impression.  

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WhatsApp has been plowing through feature updates in the private beta series. The latest version, beta 332, went out late last night/early this morning and continues to add new functions to the app. Those functions, including the coveted add pre-recorded videos and saving of sent videos, should be coming down the pike in a big update relatively soon.

Today’s update brings with it one big new feature: account data migration. By heading into Settings > Account, users will find a new addition near the bottom: Change My Number. Tapping that button brings you to an information screen, detailing the process. The next screen allows you to enter in your old and new phone numbers to begin the process.

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