Windows Phone Apps

Next week, Microsoft is unveiling their annual developer event in San Francisco. Build 2015 looks to be a massive year as all eyes are on Windows 10 development, HoloLens, Xbox One, IoT, and more.

For those who are attending, there is now the official Build 2015 app. Listing all the sessions, maps, showcases, and ability to favorite talks to create your own schedule, the Build app is essential for attendees.

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Although 6tag is the de facto Instagram app for those using Windows Phone due to its advanced and unique features, one thing it cannot do is upload pre-recorded video. Instead, users need to open the app and record directly. This limitation is problematic if you recorded a video earlier and wanted to add it to Instagram at a later date, or perhaps did not have free internet connectivity for the upload.

Today, we are excited to announce a new third-party app dedicated to this single task. It is appropriately called 'Video Upload to Instagram' and Venetasoft makes it. If that name sounds familiar, it is because they also publish the excellent Band Sensor Monitor, Find My Band, and the excellent Movie Maker 8.1.

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123 Kids Fun Music is a Windows Phone learning app that is designed to tap into your child's creativity and let them explore the world of musical instruments.

The Windows Phone app is part of a series of educational apps from RosMedia that focus on childhood development through puzzles and music. 123 Kids Fun Music offers an easy way for your child to interact with a host of musical instruments such as the Xylophone, Drums, Guitars and more.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the app may not be everyone's cup of tea but I can see it being a fun way for a young child to pass the time with.

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The United States' National Railroad Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, has rolled out an update to its Windows Phone app to allow customers the ability to view eTickets for monthly reservations and multi-ride journeys. The app allows you to book tickets, view your train status, find more information about a particular station and set stations or routes as favorites.

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There are several podcast apps — both third-party and official — available on Windows Phone, but the lack of a solution as robust and feature-filled as Pocket Casts has left a void in this segment. That's all set to change soon, as the developer behind the app — Shifty Jelly — stated that work is underway in bringing Pocket Casts to Windows Phone.

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Another day and another blow to Microsoft's struggling platform. This afternoon, popular photography site 500px sent out an email to members announcing that they were discontinuing support for their Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps at the end of April (Chrome OS was also listed).

Indeed, the 500px Windows 8.1 app is already unavailable, although the Windows Phone one – last updated in January – is still listed.

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British train commuters between Edinburgh, London and any number of places in between will have recently experienced the re-branding of the East Coast main line to come under the Virgin Trains banner. The better news, is that the new owners are embracing Windows Phone with the launch of a digital ticket wallet app for the platform.

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Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity where a GPS is used to hide and seek containers or geocaches that often contain small trinkets and log to document the find. Geocaching Pro is a Windows Phone app that is a mobile client for three popular geocaching websites and is designed to help you with your treasure hunting adventures.

Geocaching Pro is also this week's myAppFree deal of the week. The Windows Phone app normally runs $2.99 (with a trial) but for the next twenty-four hours you can pick up Geocaching Pro free.

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