Windows Apps

It's been a while since I've edited my Xbox avatar. If you're in the same boat, today is a good day to change it up. I've been playing with the Avatars app that has just been released for Windows 10 Technical Preview. It isn't quite finished yet, but you can still play around with the app and provide feedback. Want to see it action? Watch my hands-on video.

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Microsoft is continuing to deploy revamped universal Windows app for its upcoming Windows 10 OS. Today, the Avatars app is now available to let you customize and manipulate your Xbox gamer avatar.

The app itself is around 35 MB is ready to be used in Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs and laptops. There is no word about the Windows Phone version, but since it presumably shares the majority of source code, we suspect it will not be long until it is on those devices too.

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Windows Store Collection: Comic Book Fans

This week we are setting aside our Windows Phone and taking a look at one of the Collections in the Windows Store. As many know, the Windows Phone Store has a series of Collections that pulls together Windows Phone games or apps that are from the same genre such as shopping apps, photography apps or racing games.

The Windows Store also has a large selection of Collections that focus on Windows 8 apps and games. These Collections are very similar to those we have become familiar with in the Windows Phone Store and cover categories of Windows 8 titles such as hidden object games, apps for music lovers, racing games and more.

For this week's roundup, we are focusing on the Windows Store Collection Comic Book Fans. It is one of the smaller collections but focuses on apps and games that delivers the comic book experience to your Windows 8 device. We've pulled four of the titles to highlight this week that you may appealing.

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With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.

For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.

They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week. This week: game's edition!

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Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 picked up a rare update today from Microsoft (the last refresh was in mid January). Version 2.6.439.0 is now live on the Store and ready to update on your PC, tablet or Surface.

Microsoft has gone ahead and posted a nice changelog as well. Although this is not a massive update, it does bring with it some fine improvements.

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Karaoke One offers you a feature rich Karaoke experience from your Windows 8 device with access to thousands of songs. Karaoke One is also available as a Windows Phone app for those times your karaoke needs are more mobile oriented.

Karaoke One is a freemium app in the Windows Store and through the myAppFree campaign you can pick up the Pop Right Now Volume 1 playlist with over a dozen songs(a $2.99 value) free over the next twenty-four hours. Other playlists are available for in-app purchase at a discount. Also, being a universal app, this will also give you access to the Windows Phone version and the Pop Right Now playlist for free.

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While the latest official release of Windows 10 Technical Preview still stuck in build 10049, a new preview of the operating system (build 10056) recently leaked onto the web. This release of the OS unveiled a number of changes, improvements and updated apps including a new Weather app.

Additionally, Microsoft is also including new redesigned version of its Sports, Money, and News apps (now called MSN Apps).

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Live Interior 3D Pro is a useful app for Windows 8 devices for homeowners planning to renovating their home or planning improvements and professional Interior Designers trying to bridge the gap between ideas and visualization.

I've written about the app before when I first discovered it, but the app has come a long way since then. There's a Light Editor dialog that helps create and control light sources and Type & Representation dialog for setting object type, origin, as well as adjusting 2D and 3D representations. There are several more small but nifty additions as well.

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With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.

For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.

They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.

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modTuner Pro is a feature rich tone generator that is available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices. It is suitable for tuning a wide range of musical instruments such as guitars, basses, violins, cellos and more.

modTuner Pro normally runs $3.99 but for the next twenty-four hours, you can pick the app up free through the myAppFree campaign. As an added bonus, modTuner is a universal app so in picking up the Windows 8 version, you have access to the Windows Phone version free as well.

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Bing Image Search has been updated with a number of tools that make it easier and faster than ever to find exactly what you're looking for.

The updates to Bing's image searching tools include related searches, bigger images, and even store results that sell the thing that's in the image, all just a swipe or scroll away.

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myAppFree is a Windows Phone app that you should be familiar with. The app works with Windows Phone developers to offer free or discounted pricing on a wide variety of Windows Phone games and apps. The deals often run twenty-four hours and are available throughout the week.

Starting today, the myAppFree deals will expand to the Windows Store and offer free or discounted pricing for Windows 8 apps and games.

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Although YouTube is once again changing their API for developers and third party apps, one of our favorite apps Tubecast is getting a big update today, including fixing some recent bugs.

If you recall, a few weeks ago Tubecast for Windows 8.1 joined the ranks with its Windows Phone brother to become a universal app. Today is the first update for both apps, bringing some improvements and new features. Let's take a look!

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