Windows Phone Apps

4Shot is a Windows Phone photography app that may be best described as a photo booth for your Windows Phone. It triggers off a burst of 1 to 6 frames that can be framed as a collage or filmstrip like you would get from a photo booth.

The app has editing support for the basics (brightness and contrast) as well as several effects filters, textures and masks that can be applied to your photos. While 4Shot probably won't be your daily driver for photo editing, it does a nice job of things. I can see it being a nice photo app for the times you want to be a little creative in how you present your photographs.

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myTube becomes a universal YouTube app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 with today's update

For those who enjoy YouTube on Windows Phone, one of the most popular third-party players just received a major update. Version 2.0 of myTube (now renamed to 'myTube!') is now available in the Store and ready for you to update.

Whenever an app hits the 2.0 marker, you can usually surmise that it has some significant improvements. This is the case with myTube 2.0, which has switched from Silverlight to the newer WinRT framework, matching the Windows 8.1 version. Additionally, there are many new features too, including support for 60 FPS and HD resolutions!

Read on for the full changes.

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Microsoft today has updated its Lumia Camera 5.0 app with the usual bug fixes and improvements. The update applies only to those with are running the official Lumia Denim update and a Lumia 830, Lumia 930, or Lumia 1520.

Today's update is one of a few that have arrived over the last few weeks as Microsoft and the imaging team tweak the new much faster Camera app. Besides faster shot-to-shot and launching speed, Lumia Camera 5.0 also brings 4K video recording and Rich Capture (HDR, Dynamic Flash).

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If you are using the VLC beta app for Windows Phone, version 1.0.7 just went live in the Store. With it comes numerous fixes and improvements to make the favorite video player even more stable.

The changelog for version 1.0.7 is a bit sparse, but the developer leading the VLC for Windows Phone project, Thomas Nigro, did go into more details via Twitter.

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Telegram Messenger looks to continue competing with the likes of LINE and WhatsApp for mindshare with their early January announcement of sticker support. Now, that feature has come to Windows Phone just 12 days later, ensuring platform parity.

Stickers in and of themselves are not new to messenger apps, although LINE and even Facebook Messenger have really caused them to take off in the last few months. However, Telegram has done things a bit differently with their iteration.

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Shazam (and its ad-free sibling Shazam Encore) received some a milestone update a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, those updates also broke a few things along the way. Luckily for us, the team behind the app is not giving up as they have pushed out another update to right those wrongs.

Additionally, Pimp My Band, the one-of-kind app that lets you customize the Me Tile on the Microsoft Band also picked up an update today. It adds a few new features and laying the groundwork for a bigger update down the road.

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Curious about space exploration and the Final Frontier? If so, this week's Windows Phone myAppFree deal might be right up your alley. The Hubble Space Telescope is a Windows Phone app that delivers information on the space telescope, as well as a boat load of images the telescope has captured.

Normally the Windows Phone app runs $.99 but for the next twenty-four hours you can pick the Hubble Space Telescope app up for free through the myAppFree deal.

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If you have a Microsoft Band, you must grab the latest updated to Band Sensor Monitor. The update just went live and with comes a slew of new features, including the ability to check your skin temperature right on the band itself!

Evidently, the latest firmware update to the Microsoft Band that came last week also allowed more sensors to be viewed. As such, the developers behind Band Sensor Monitor have already incorporated them into the app. Let's see what is new!

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This time of year I tend to spend a lot in airports, traveling from event to event. With modern air travel, having the right tools on hand to make those trips stress-free is key, and that includes flight tracking and information.

Flight Factory has been around for a few years now and is one of the most popular apps for Windows Phone travelers. Version 2.0 came out recently, and if you need an app for tracking flights (and TripIt integration to boot), then Flight Factory should be on your radar.

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If you're a streaming music junkie, and Pandora happens to be your drug of choice, you'll be happy to know that the Windows Phone version of the app recently got a pretty nice update. Coming along for the ride are voice commands (yes, you can now shout at Pandora), recommended stations, and a new sleep timer so you can drift off to some hot tracks.

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Whether you are trying to keep a New Year's Resolution or already a gym rat, there are plenty of fitness apps in the Windows Phone Store to help you manage, track and set up your gym routines.

The Windows Phone app has over 130 exercises with guides on how to perform them correctly and the ability to add your own custom exercises. You can create and monitor your exercise routines and receive notifications to help remind you when it's time to hit the gym. WinGym also can be structured for male and female exercises.

In briefly exploring WinGym, it comes across as one of the more basic Windows Phone fitness apps but not too short of features.

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Last week on 8th, Runtastic finally pushed out their first update for their new Me application. Initially released before Christmas on Windows Phone, Me is the official companion app for Runtastic's Orb fitness tracker. The problem was, the app was previously useless for many, myself included as it crashed soon after trying to sync wit an Orbit.

Now, version 1.0.1 on the Store fixes all of that as we have regularly been syncing with our Orbit.

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Windows Central Roundup: My Top Windows Phone Photography Apps

For those new to Windows Phone it will not take long to discover that there is an abundance of photography apps available in the Windows Phone Store. Some will argue that there is an overabundance of photography apps in the Store.

Luckily, most of the titles in the Windows Phone Store are capable photography apps. For those new to Windows Phone, it may be tough to figure out where to start building your photo app collection. This week's roundup highlights a small group of apps that I think any Windows Phone shutterbug should have installed on their Windows Phone. They aren't the only game in town but for me, they are at the top of the list.

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