Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft has just released a new app for Lumia Windows Phones, enabling consumers to extract shots from recorded footage on their smartphones and save the end result as a Living Image. Said animated images can be saved for future viewing or sharing with others. Unfortunately, the new app is available on a select few Lumia Windows Phones and requires the recent Lumia Denim update.

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If you've taken the dive and picked up a Foscam IP camera or two, you've probably been looking for a convenient way to monitor those feeds from your phone. Well, you're in for a treat, as Foscam recently released an official app for Windows Phone. With Foscam Pro, you can quickly pop in to check on your IP cameras from anywhere.

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Do you often find yourself wondering if a loved one made it to their destination safely? Well, a new Windows Phone app called Zubie is setting out to address those concerns and make your trips a little safer and easier in the process. The app allows you to easily set alerts for when family members arrive at their destination. Furthermore, when paired with a Zubie Key, which plugs into your car's dash, you can track everything from your car's health to your teen's driving habits.

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Yesterday, we took a look at Fitbit and their new Charge wearable activity tracker. Today, version 1.5 of the Windows Phone app, which I demoed in that video, is live in the Store for everyone.

Today's update is more than just 'bug fixes' and delivers quite a few new features and improvements. The update just went live, and we have the full changelog, so let's take a look.

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week, focusing on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things). We spent the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, but today we're shifting gears and delving into the connected home. You can catch up on the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Today is day 4, and we are featuring the SmartThings home automation system — it works with a central app, an array of wireless sensors, and your smartphone to make your home connected, safer, and smarter.

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In a surprise announcement, LINE messenger has picked up MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE is one of the biggest messaging services around, although it is mostly prevalent in non-Western countries at the moment.

Microsoft announced the news on the Lumia Conversations blog. The deal is expected to be completed by "early 2015" with the MixRadio team staying in Bristol, UK.

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Microsoft has released an update to its Extras + Info app for Lumia Windows Phone devices, and while the change notes claim there are just "general fixes and improvements", it appears that this update adds one interesting feature. It now allows Lumia Windows Phone owners to see how much RAM they have on their device for the first time.

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Update: The HERE team has posted an official update on this stating: "we have noticed some discussions in the blogosphere about HERE on Windows Phone. We want to clarify that we are committed to providing great products and consumer experiences for Windows based phones. We will continue to support our HERE apps to ensure that they will be compatible with future versions of Windows."

Original story: It looks like Microsoft is taking over development of HERE Maps for Windows Phone from Nokia. The change comes after it was revealed that Nokia was looking to develop the client from the ground up for Android and iOS platforms.

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UC Browser has received an update that sees a host of new features added to one of the best browsers available on the platform. Cortana integration allows you to control the browser through voice commands. And then there's the ability to create a picture password, which you can set up by swiping down from the speed dial menu. A background download feature has also been added, which ensures that your downloads aren't interrupted even after locking your screen.

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week, focusing on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things). We have spent the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work well with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone with day one looking at the Misfit Shine fitness tracker and day two covering the Wellograph fitness watch.

Today is day 3, and we are featuring the Fitbit Charge.

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5 Minute Home Workout is a super-popular fitness app on competing platforms, and the developer has now released the app on the Windows Phone Store. The New Year is on the horizon, as is countless resolutions on losing weight and getting into shape. The festive food doesn't help matters, but this is where 5 Minute Home Workout comes into play.

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