Apps

Microsoft has been trying to get more developers to release their apps for the Windows Phone platform, but there's also a problem with major app creators and publishers that don't bother to update them with new features or improvements for months. In a couple of cases, the apps haven't been updated for nearly a year.

Microsoft recently revealed a new Developer's Code of Conduct for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps that stated, among other things, that developers must stay active in the store. That's certainly not the case for these five popular free apps, which have seen numerous feature and bug fix updates for their iOS and Android counterparts over the past year. In fact, most of these apps have seen some update in the past month for those two platforms, and none have been updated later than early September. That is certainly not the case for their Windows Phone versions.

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Windows Central App Roundup: Windows Phone Halloween apps and games

'Tis the season where pumpkins are carved up, kids and adults alike begin hunting for the perfect costume and bags of candy begin to fly off store shelves. In the spirit of the Halloween season, this week's roundup will focus on apps and game that give our Windows Phone a ghostly flavor.

We did a keyword search in the Windows Phone Store for Halloween and grabbed a few of the higher rated apps and games from the search results. We aren't including Zombie games because they are more of a year round genre. We do have a few games that have been recently updated with a Halloween theme as well as a few apps that can help your Windows Phone get into the holiday spirit.

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No argument here. We have a ton of photo editors available in the Windows Phone Store. Which one is best? Your guess is as good as mine and one of the latest offerings hoping to catch your eye is OneRoom.

What sets OneRoom apart from the cornucopia of photo editors already available in the Windows Phone Store? You do have editing presets that helps you edit photos quickly and the app can handle images up to 38MP in size. The app is also minimalistic in design that hopes to make the editing flow more user friendly.

In just tinkering with OneRoom for a short time, it does have a bit of appeal but may struggle to knock off the more popular editors such as Photoshop Express, Fhotoroom or Fantasia Painter due to a few missing features. Still, if you are looking for another photo editor to add to your Windows Phone Library or are still searching for that one editor that fits your tastes bests, OneRoom is worth a try.

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Windows Phone users currently do not have an official YouTube application, but there are third-party apps available. One of those awesome apps is Tubecast, which we've recently reviewed. If you haven't installed it yet, you definitely should. It has an amazing feature that lets you "cast" videos from your phone to the Xbox One. Don't believe us? We'll show you how it works.

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View is a new Behance app in the Windows Phone Store that you're going to want to check out. Behance is one of the most popular platform for artists to promote their work. But they don't have an official app for Windows Phone yet. We've covered a few unofficial apps in the past, like be. View is another app that's aesthetically pleasing and useful to anyone who values Behance.

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Parallels Plesk (parallels.com) is a leading web server control panel for Windows and Linux. If you don't know what that means, you're probably not interested about this recent app the company has just released for Windows Phone 8.1. Plesk Manager for Windows Phone gives administrators access to the most important information about Parallels Plesk servers and control over core administrative functions.

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Yesterday we released updates for our official Windows and Windows Phone apps for the site. No new features were implemented, but the branding was updated throughout both apps to reflect our recent name-change.

Unfortunately, a missing "/" character from the code caused the Live Tile and notifications to break in the app. You can file the mistake under rushing to meet a deadline, but the simple forward slash omission had some drastic ramifications, to say the least.

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TNT and TBS both launch universal apps for Windows Phone letting users watch TV anywhere

TBS, owned by Turner Broadcasting, has had an app on Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. It only seems apropos that they adapt that app for Windows Phone, letting users watch clips and – after authenticating – whole episodes on the go. For added bonus, Turner could also toss in TNT Drama into the mix as well.

This morning, users can download Watch TNT and TBS for Windows right to their phones. Watch TNT is focused mostly on drama shows, including The Last Ship, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and lets users watch episodes on their phone and continue it on their Windows 8.1 device. For TBS for Windows, you get Conan, Big Bang Theory, and a host of other comedies and lighter fare with the same episode streaming and history abilities.

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Microsoft updates Xbox Video for Windows Phone

Microsoft has bumped its Xbox Video app for Windows Phone to version 2.6.370.0. The app enables Windows Phone owners to enjoy available entertainment, be it films or favorite TV shows. In this latest release, Microsoft has implemented numerous minor improvements, but users have also informed us of new playback controls.

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Back in June, Windows Central reported that TD Bank was working on apps for Windows Phone. At the time, we noted that the initial release may be limited to just Canada with a wider rollout coming later. Just as expected, this is exactly what is happening.

Today, Windows Phone users in Canada can download the official TD Bank app and get their bank on when they are out on the town.

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Last night, we announced our name change from WPCentral to Windows Central. Since then, we have been blown away by the positive response, so a big thank you to everyone! At the time, we noted that our apps would be updated accordingly to reflect those changes. After just 24-hours, both the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps are now getting that refresh!

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Cardback is an Indian startup that intends to help debit and credit card users in India identify their best card for every payment they make, and see how much they will save from using that card.

The official Cardback app has recently landed on the Windows Phone Store. All you need to do is indicate how much you're paying, and where. Cardback will save you the trouble of doing complicated calculations and checking out promotions before every payment. This is based on several factors, including how you earn and redeem reward points on your cards, and any running special offers.

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