Windows Apps

Weather tracking for some people is serious business and NOAA Hi-Def Radar, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, is one of those apps.

Today, version 1.1.0.12 of the Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 apps are going out to the Store and with it a bevy of changes, fixes, and improvements.

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The Instagram client 6tag version 4.0 barely got out the door this morning before being temporarily pulled due to a caching issue. While we wait for the 4.0.0.1 fix to roll out to the Store, it is worth chewing on that version 5.0 – likely not due for many months – is planned to be a universal app for Windows Phone and Windows.

Many developers are already contemplating the Windows 10 OS refresh and new developer tools, which are set to be unveiled later this spring at Microsoft's Build 2015 conference. Huyn is a connected developer, often featured by Microsoft so thinking about a universal app using Windows 10 seems like a no-brainer for the prolific developer.

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There are plenty of quality children's apps and games in the Windows Phone Store. Titles that not only will keep our kids entertained but will also teach them a thing or two along the way. Monstrous Math is one such Windows Phone app (or is it a game?) that hopes to teach children the basic math skills in a fun, animated app.

Monstrous Math covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems with each area having 12 stages. Each stage has five randomly generated equations, giving the game a little longevity. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, as well as Windows 8 devices, Monstrous Math is a strong option to consider for those with younger Windows Phone fans with a need exercise their math muscles.

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Do you like to do it yourself? If you haven't heard of Instructables (instructables.com), it is a great resource for those who love tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and, making just about anything. You can find step-by-step instructions on various projects and interact with other users along the way. Sounds interesting? Autodesk, the company that owns Instructables, has recently released an official app for Windows and Windows Phone devices. See it in action with our hands-on video.

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One of the neat features of the Xbox One is the ability to set your Achievement art as your background. Now, you can apply the same images to your Windows Phone or Surface using a new third-party app aptly named Achievement Art.

Developed by Matthew Chartier, Achievement Art is a free, universal app that lets you enter your Xbox Gamertag and pull up your unlocked achievements. Once you do so, you can download the 1920x1080 images to your computer or phone to use as you wish.

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Autodesk has released its Pixlr app for Windows, letting you get creative on your PC, laptop or tablet. The app itself enables you to turn photos into breath-taking works of art, utilizing crop, rotate and other editing tools at hand to change almost anything about the shot. It's a superbly crafted app and one worth downloading if you happen to take a few photos and require a quick solution to make some edits.

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Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2015 review

Trend Micro is a well-respected PC antivirus program that doesn't only offer solid protection to your Windows machine, but looks great doing it. We tried Antivirus+ 2015 on a Windows 8.1 laptop, which is the first of four premium products offered by Trend Micro, and had solid results all around.

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Bookviser Reader Premium is a feature rich Windows Phone ebook reader and this week's myAppFree Deal. The Windows Phone app has a host of customization features, easy access tools, library management options and text to speech support.

Normally Bookviser Reader Premium runs $4.99 without a trial version. However, for the next twenty-four hours through the myAppFree campaign you can pick Bookviser up for free.

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