Windows Phone Apps

Originally billed as a private network for families and friends to share lasting memories, Path is now making a radical departure from that vision, transforming itself into an ephemeral messaging service. Rather than as an archive for family memories, Path's business model has changed to self-destructing messages that puts it in direct competition with services like Snapchat.

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Nokia has just rolled out another update to its Network+ app that brings some changes. The app says that it brings dual SIM support and smart dual SIM support, though these features were present since version 2.1. The app has a version number of 2.2.1.11 now. In the Windows Phone store, it looks like the changelog hasn't been updated, however, so we're not sure what improvements were added since the last update to Network+.

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Scandinavian Airlines has just launched its SAS Windows Phone app that allows you to pull up your travel information, manage your EuroBonus points, and also pin your boarding pass to your Start screen. The last feature makes it convenient to have your boarding pass readily available so you don't have to search for it and fumble with your phone when you're at the gate.

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Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, kicked off today. Although some of my colleagues here from the US would shrug their shoulders at this ‘soccer’ extravaganza, the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil will see 32 countries participate from June 12 to July 13, 2014 for the greatest glory in the game.

While you’d be planning football parties with your friends or hit the pubs to watch the matches with other fans, you could use the following tips and the Windows Phone apps to follow the World Cup on your Windows Phone device. Whether it’s live updates, post-match reports, or the table standings, these are all the ways to get set for the World Cup apart from your usual sports apps like ESPN, Forza Football, or Goal.com.

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For many, pizza is a staple food item and the Windows Phone app Pizza Pointer is designed to help you seek out the nearest Pizza Parlor (and yes, technically Little Caesars is a pizza parlor).

Pizza Pointer has the ability to map out all the pizza places in your area, generate driving direction and, if available, provide you with phone numbers, websites and other details on the pizza joint. In using Pizza Pointer over the past few days, it comes across as a handy Windows Phone app to help satisfy your pizza cravings.

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Stress Scale Calculator is a Windows Phone app designed to measure your potential for illness based on several stress factors in your life. Stress affects our health, moods, and general fitness.

The app is extremely simple and is based on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale (more on this in a second) that presents you with a series of stress factors. The more stress, the more risk of illness.

While the Stress Scale Calculator may not be your typical Windows Phone app to be highlighted during Fitness Month, identifying areas of stress may help your overall health and welfare.

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ixigo.com (pronounced ‘ik-si-go’) is a travel search engine in India. The service acts as an infomediary that aggregates travel websites to compare information and deals. ixigo does not handle bookings but instead redirects the users to book directly from other online travel agencies.

The official ixigo app – ixigo Flights Search – landed on the Windows Phone Store a few weeks ago and allowed you to find the best airfares across India’s leading OTAs like MakeMyTrip, goibibo, via, Expedia, and others. However, the latest update v2.0 also adds searching for hotels and trains.

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Top Rated Windows Phone Gym Apps

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Gym Apps

Fitness month is well underway and this week's Windows Phone Central roundup will focus on apps to help you make the most of your gym workouts. These apps are flexible enough to be of use in a formal gym setting or the less formal environment of a basement gym.

Each include workout programs designed to build and strengthen various muscle groups. We will even throw in an app designed to give you a complete workout in a very short time.

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Life360 is a family location app for Windows Phone 8 that will map out family members smartphones using GPS tracking technology. The app also has features to locate lost phones, alerts for when family members reach their destination, and more.

Life360 is available for Windows Phone 8, iPhones, Android devices and even non-smartphones can be registered and tracked. The app has plenty of features but does require each smartphone to have the app installed and each family register for membership. While the core Life360 service is free, it takes a little more effort to set-up than, say AT&T's Family Map but may end up saving you a little cash along the way.

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For those not familiar, Weather Hound is a Windows Phone weather app that approaches things in a simple manner. The app offers, in minimalistic fashion, a weather summary with the core forecast information along with hourly forecasts and a seven-day forecast. You can set Weather Hound up to provide the forecast information based on your Windows Phone location or turn off your Location Services and set the location manually.

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Microsoft and Xbox Music team are hard at work on improving the app experience for Windows Phone 8.1, but judging some of the comments from last night's update, many of you are still not satisfied with the current level or progress.

Developer Philippe Maes, who makes the popular app Cal, is stepping in to offer his solution dubbed 'OneMusic.' The app is due in the coming weeks, but I managed to get my hands on a release-candidate and I have been using the app for a few weeks now. Here is a quick hands on tour of what to expect.

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Update: TweetDeck says they've "verified [their] security fix and have turned TweetDeck services back on for all users" and apologized for the inconvenience.

Original story follows.

If are a big user of TweetDeck, you might have noticed some issues with using those apps today. A security issue that was first discovered with the Chrome app version has since caused the app's owners at Twitter to shut down all TweetDeck services to fix the problem.

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Update: It looks like Feedly was able to neutralize the DDoS attack that crippled the news reader service for hours today. "We have neutralized DDoS attack that began at 2:04am PST last night," the company wrote in a blog post, noting that "it might take a few hours for some of the 40 millions feeds we poll to be fully updated." Feedly should work now on the website and through various apps.

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