Windows Phone Apps

Many of us at Windows Central have been using Tweetium for Windows Phone and Windows for months now, but the Windows Phone Twitter client was technically in beta.

No more as starting today, the Windows Phone app is no longer beta and both have jumped in version numbers to 3.0. What's more, a brand new color accent scheme is now in place, making these Modern apps even more appealing.

Brandon Paddock, the developer behind the Tweetium apps, is never shy about giving detailed changelogs. Version 3.0 is no exception as the app has had some significant improvements over the last 24-hours.

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If you have ever had the need to mark-up or add notes to a photo, you should take a look at Photo Marker for Windows Phone. It is a simple way to write on your photos, save them for future use or share them as needed.

Photo Marker makes it easy to jot down a measurement, emphasize a portion of a photo or even highlight a portion of a map screenshot or document that you've scanned. Photo Marker may not be an app you use daily but it comes across as a handy Windows Phone photography app worth having around.

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When it comes to streaming music wirelessly from your house, Sonos (Sonos.com) is the go-to brand for speakers and hubs. While other wireless systems are just Bluetooth streamers from your phone, Sonos can play music from Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Songza, and a dozen more services to multiple speakers all at your control.

No official Sonos app for Windows Phone is available today, but reports have been circulating for some time that the company was considering making one. Indeed, back in March the company was measuring interest – and feature requests – for such an app were they ever to make one. (Additionally, ex-Microsoftie Marc Whitten also works for the company now).

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There are plenty of quality cooking apps available in the Windows Phone Store and Yummly Recipes Lite is one of the more recent additions that hopes to catch your eye. Yummly Recipes Lite is a recipe search engine and digital recipe box. It combs the top recipe sites for just the right dish and allows you to create collections; much like your Grandmother would do with recipe clippings from magazines that she'd keep in a tin recipe box.

Recipes can be organizes, shared and Yummly Recipes Lite will also let you set up taste preferences so you only get the recipes that match your tastes. Navigation isn't the smoothest but after using Yummly Recipes Lite for a few days, it makes a nice impression and worth trying if you're looking for a Windows Phone recipe app.

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Last week, I took a deep dive into SmartThings home automation showing how it works with Windows Phone. Currently set as my default home automation, SmartThings is a very potent (and fun) system to control your humble abode wirelessly.

Today, version 1.04 of their Mobile app has gone live for Windows Phone. What do we like more than app updates? That would be app updates with detailed changelogs. Luckily, we have one of those.

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Looking for a feature rich video editor for your Windows Phone? Want to save a little money? Then check out Movie Maker 8.1 over in the Windows Phone Store.

With Movie Maker 8.1 you can mix videos, pictures and music to add a little gusto to your movies. The app normally runs $.99 but through myAppFree, you can pick up Movie Maker 8.1 free for the next 24 hours.

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week. So far we have checked out fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, the connected home, and some great travel apps. You can catch up on all of the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

It's Day 7 and continuing on the theme of capturing those special adventures, we're taking a look at the GoPro HERO4 BLACK camera.

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town — see, it's right here on my Lumia. Christmas is just around the corner, and with the free NORAD Tracks Santa app for Windows and Windows Phone, you too can track St. Nick's progress around the planet as he delivers 25 million tons of presents to 2.2 billion children in the course of one night.

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week. So far we have checked out fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, the connected home, and some great travel apps. You can catch up on all of the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Day 6 brings us to something for those of you who love adventure. We're focusing on the Garmin VIRB Elite camera, the perfect companion for all the bungee jumping, snowboarding, motorcycle racing, or other exhilarating activities you love to do.

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Microsoft has just pushed out an update for the Remote Desktop Preview app on Windows Phone. This app launched in late April 2014 and allows you to to connect to a remote PC using your Windows Phone. Since that first release, we've seen a handful of updates to the app which have provided increased functionality. Today's update to Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview on Windows Phone is notable for allowing you to pin apps to the Start screen.

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HTC has been on a roll these last few days with numerous firmware and app updates. The latest update today is for HTC Sense TV, which pushes it to version 1.2.

HTC Sense TV is a TV remote application that lets users take advantage fo the built-in IR blaster in the HTC One for Windows. However, instead of just a remote control for your TV or cable box the HTC Sense TV app also pulls down current TV shows, movies, and sports. The app lets you browse by TV show, see what the episode synopsis and even seeing how much of the episode has progressed.

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Frost Free joined the ranks of the many Windows Phone weather apps available in the Store earlier this Fall and we've gotten a few tips from readers on how they are enjoying the app. Frost Free has a clean looking appearance, covers a fair amount of weather information and boasts that it covers more than 8,000,000 global locations.

The layout does take a little time to get used to but does have the ability to track the weather forecast of set locations and your current location. I cannot say that Frost Free is a terrible weather app for your Windows Phone and have to agree with the tipsters that Frost Free has a bit of appeal to it. However, it may struggle to stand out from a very crowded field of Windows Phone apps.

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