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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week. First we focused on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things) with fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, and then took a look at the connected home. You can catch up on the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Day 5 brings us to a couple of great apps for travel, Hilton Hotels and NOAA Weather. Combine them and you have a powerful set of tools for planning any adventure that might come your way.

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Unofficial apps are one thing, but we'll always welcome official apps into both the Windows and Windows Phone catalog. Now, we're welcoming theChive, as it launches "probably the best app in the world" for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. It's a universal app – hooray! – is completely free and available to download right now.

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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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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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Our 12 Days of Hidden Gems is underway. We've started the series off in the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things) and will be spending the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work well with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Day one of the series uncovered the Misfit Shine fitness tracker. Today we are taking a look at the Wellograph, a new premium fitness watch that features a heart rate monitor, activity tracker, pedometer, and more.

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Top 5 Christmas Apps for Windows 8.1

'Tis the season for your computers and tablets to help make your holiday a happy one. For that reason, we are rounding up some of our favorite Christmas-themed apps for Windows 8.1.

Rather than compiling a list of apps to help you get your shopping done, this is a list of apps to help you and the family get into the spirit of the season.

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The 12 Days of Hidden Gems has officially begun, and we're starting things off in the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things), spending the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work great with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

The first Hidden Gem to be discovered is the Misfit Shine fitness tracker and in Hidden Gems fashion, we're giving all of you the chance to win a FREE Misfit Shine in our 12 Days of Hidden Gems Sweepstakes!!

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It is time once again to review some apps that caught our eyes this past week. This week, we have a round-up of seven apps that made the news here at Windows Central. Yes, that would be more than the five intriguing apps in the weekly post title, but we have neatly categorized them into five groups.

All I can say is that it is more of a guideline than a rule. If Time can name "Ebola Fighters" Person of the Year, then I can showcase seven apps. Let's get to it.

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The Holiday season is upon us and at Windows Central we're celebrating with a fresh season of "Hidden Gems", highlighting new and cool apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

12 Days of Hidden Gems, presented by Microsoft, will showcase some amazing apps in the scenarios that matter most to you, such as Health and Fitness, Smart Living, Travel and Entertainment, while giving the community a chance to win some awesome prizes!! We'll also be exploring the Internet of Things in depth, bringing attention to connected devices and wearables that deliver an exceptional experience with Windows devices.

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Back in September, Misfit released an app for Windows Phone users to allow them to sync with their Misfit Shine or Flash activity/sleep trackers. We gave an early review of the app and came away impressed with the stylish tracker. Now, just a few months later and you can find a Windows 8.1 companion app also available.

The Misfit app can connect directly up to your Shine or Flash tracker via Bluetooth and display your stats right on your Surface or PC. Pairing is easy enough under Windows 8.1 settings and Bluetooth, although our tracker took a few tries to connect (Microsoft's APIs are not the best around, so we put it on them).

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Update: The MX Player apps have been confirmed as real, but early prototypes.

As Q2 wraps up for Microsoft, you may have noticed a small avalanche of new apps and games for their Windows and Windows Phone platforms. In that sense, the arrival of MX Player, a popular video rendering app on Android, fits right in.

However, we have some problems believing that this is a legit release, rather than a clone, hence our reluctance to write this article.

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Sky has today announced the arrival of NOW TV on Windows 8.1 with an official app ready to go on the Windows Store, just in time for the holidays. Those who have Windows 8.1 installed on their tablet, laptop or PC will be able to enjoy their favorite entertainment on-demand. Content available through the service includes latest blockbuster movies, TV shows, as well as live action from Sky Sports channels.

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A few weeks ago, Foursquare released their new version of the popular service for Windows Phone with a complete redesign and enhanced location-finding features. The company even followed up with their new look in a blog post detailing the process. Today, their Windows 8.1 version of the app is also getting a makeover, bringing it line with Windows Phone.

Headed to the Store, and you can find version 1.3.0.45 along with a very different look. Gone are the check-ins that have since headed to Swarm, and instead the new Foursquare is very much about finding places around you, including restaurants that just opened, coffee houses and more.

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If you asked me to describe the TouchRetouch app in one word, I'd say it's magical. We've covered this photo editing app a few months ago, but it's worth a second look. It's also a universal app, so that means you can buy it once, and then download it both on your Windows and Windows Phone devices. What does it do? It lets you remove unwanted objects like smudges or people out of the picture. Want to see it in action? Watch our hands-on video on the Surface Pro 3 and the Lumia 930.

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