Windows Phone Apps

Update: We have now received a note from Weather Flow's creator Gergely Orosz on why the app has been removed. In short, it's because of a lack of revenue due to his weather provider increasing its fees:

"My weather provider - Weather Underground - hiked their prices to a level where the app started making a significant loss that I couldn't fund after a while. Their weather data is expensive - $1,500 / month and the app was bringing in significantly less revenue then this, the last month it was $500, with the purchases also starting to go down. After a while the difference got too much to keep paying out of pocket without much hope of breaking even (not making a loss) again. Unfortunately weather data is expensive with lots of hits per day (Weather Flow was making almost 1M requests/day due to live tile updates) and I can't see a cheap or free, but decent alternative data source."

Original story: One of our favorite weather apps for Windows Phone, Weather Flow, is no longer being published in the Windows Phone Store. So far, there's no word on why the app has been pulled from circulation.

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Microsoft is having some fun with us today for April Fool's with the launch of MS-DOS Mobile, computing from the past brought into the modern age. Despite being an elaborate prank we're enjoying playing around with it and its fully working ASCII Camera.

It's not going to shoot any award winning photos, but that doesn't really matter. Come and share your creations in the Windows Central forums!

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Today, Microsoft has launched MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones. In case you didn't know, MS-DOS was installed on millions of desktops. Well, now you can install it on your phone. "Black and white text has never looked so good," says Tom Messett from Microsoft Lumia Marketing in the launch video. Watch the video to see glimpses of the new/old OS before deciding if you should install it on your phone.

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Over 275 million people use Foxit Reader (foxitsoftware.com) as their PDF reader on their computers. If you're a Windows Phone user, you can now install the company's MobilePDF Reader on your phone. It has been released as a Universal Windows app, so you can also install it on your Windows tablet. It's quick and dependable. Want to see it in action? Check out our hands-on video.

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If you are like us, joining the millions with a 'connected' home, then Nest is likely on your list of devices. Nest is a smart thermostat that not only learns your heating and cooling patterns to predict changes, but lets you remotely check in and alter your home's temperature from a PC or phone.

Previously, developer Rohit Rajendran had an app named Nestle on Windows Phone. The app was a Nest app, but due to user limits with Nest's API and naming issues (Nestle was awfully close to Nest), the app was pulled down. The good news is Cozy is an all new app from the developer of Nestle, and it is entirely rebuilt.

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InstaBlender is marketed as a simplistic and creative Windows Phone app for combining images with different blend modes. The photography app has fifteen blend filters, a photo editor powered by the Nokia Imaging SDK and support for sharing your images on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other photo sharing networks.

InstaBlender normally runs $.99 and for the next twenty-four hours you can pick the app up for free through the myAppFree campaign.

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We have seen an explosion of Microsoft Band Apps landing in the Windows Phone Store and Band Pro is one of the latest to join the genre of apps.

The app will let you customize the Band's wallpaper and insert an image icon into the mix. Band Pro comes pre-loaded with a handful of wallpapers and icons to choose from as well as the ability to use your own images. It makes a nice impression and overall, Band Pro has the potential of being a quality addition to the Windows Phone collection of Band apps.

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We managed to grab an early beta of Microsoft's Hyperlapse Mobile and we're excited to give you a sneak peek. The app is still in beta, so the final product may look different when it gets released. It allows you to shoot stabilized videos from 1x speed to all the way up to 32x speed. We tested it on our Lumia 930. Want to see it in action? Take a look at our hands-on video.

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GPS Tracking 4D is a new Windows Phone app from the developers of GPS Voice Navigation and with the support of the AppCampus project. The app allows you to share your location with friends and family, as well as see their location from your Windows Phone. Much like you can do with Life360 or similar Windows Phone apps.

In just tinkering with GPS Tracking 4D for a short period, it comes across as a very appealing Windows Phone app. It can give parents a little peace of mind knowing where their children are and easy to use when you need to share your location with friends/family on where to meet up.

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Earlier this morning, we reported that Veneto Banca has released a new banking app for those in Italy using Windows Phone.

As it turns out (and some of you reminded us), there have been numerous banking apps released around the world in the past few weeks. Here are four of them that users have tipped us on so far.

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