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2 years ago

PicsArt photo editor jumps from Phone to Windows 8.1 and wins our affection (Hidden Gems)

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Late last year, PicsArt photo editor arrived on Windows Phone, becoming one of the top rated image-fixing apps around. A month later, the Lumia exclusive app went wide for all Windows Phone 8 devices. Today, we're pleased to report that PicsArt is now available for all Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets, making it a true universal app.

PicsArt (www.picsart.com) is a favorite photo site where artists and regular people share their photo creations. The company bills itself as "one of the world's most installed and free photo editing and drawing apps and a unique social network of creative," and we don't doubt it. With apps on Android, iOS and even Amazon, PicsArt is now embracing Microsoft's mobile platforms with aplomb. That's why it's our Hidden Gem of the day.

Remember, by leaving a comment on our Hidden Gems, you're entered into our contest to win a new phone or tablet!

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2 years ago

Live Nation comes to Windows Phone, book concerts on the go

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2 years ago

Anova utensil allows you to precisely cook food with Windows Phone

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Anova's sous vide Precision Cooker brings support to Windows Phone through an app, allowing you to precisely cook food. The utensil pairs with an app on your phone using Bluetooth, and the app will also provide you with recipes and instructions on how to prepare food the sous vide way. Bluetooth connectively means that your phone must be within range to get updates from your culinary creations, but at least you won't have to stand in front of the stove fretting all day.

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2 years ago

A&E, Lifetime and History come to Windows Phone

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2 years ago

SmartGas, a Windows Phone app to help you find the best gas prices

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While gas prices continue to rise, SmartGas is a Windows Phone app that could help you find the best fuel price in your area. SmartGas will not only search for the lowest price for gas in your area but also calculate your smartest station based on the round trip cost of driving to and from the station.

I liked the concept behind SmartGas and saving a few dollars never hurts. However, a few performance issues, a cluttered appearance and some confusing in-app purchases holds this app back. On the plus side, the app is a universal app for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Bottom line - SmartGas has potential but needs a little renovation.

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2 years ago

Vodafone in New Zealand confirms it will sell Nokia Lumia 930

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2 years ago

Lumia Cyan allegedly showing up in Argentina

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We're all waiting for the Lumia Cyan update with bated breath. It's going to bring a lot of cool new firmware features to the mix for those with a Lumia handset. Just an hour ago we learned of a provisional and pilot Cyan update for the Lumia 925 in Finland. Turns out they might not be the only region getting the update. Reports are coming in that users in Argentina are receiving Cyan.

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2 years ago

Lumia Cyan update begins on a provisional basis in Finland for the Lumia 925

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2 years ago

Android tries to find visual identity through 'Material Design', borrowing from Microsoft

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Since its inception, Windows Phone has had a bold visual design language defining the core experience of the OS. Initially called Metro, Modern design gets its influence from the work of Massimo Vignelli, who famously made the NYC Subway maps, and the school of Swiss Style started in the 1950's. At Microsoft, the lineage starts with Windows Media Center, up through the ill-fated Zune HD, finally spearheading the core design of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8.

Android though, has never had such luck. The UI has changed significantly since Android 1.0, often evolving around a very loose, almost ad-hoc set of principles. Things began to change once ex-Palm design head Matias Duarte joined the Android team back in 2010. Since then, we have seen attempts at a new language, notably the Roboto font for Android 4.0.

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2 years ago

Bing Rewards app lands on Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

Need to track a package? Try the new universal Windows Phone app 'Doorstep'

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If you order a lot of items off the internet, especially for Amazon Prime members, tracking packages is practically a full-time job. Doorstep is a new app for Windows Phone 8.1 that will also be picking up a companion app for Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks (it's in final stages of development).

Doorstep is a lightweight app, coming in under 1 MB in size. It also has all the necessary bells and whistles to make it worthy of your time to check out. Here are some of the features.

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2 years ago

U.S. Supreme Court rules police need a warrant to search cell phones

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2 years ago

TD Bank confirms Windows Phone app in the works

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2 years ago

Microsoft concludes Motion Monitor beta program, urges users to download Bing Health + Fitness

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Motion Monitor is a handy app for those who wish to get in shape, using nothing more than their smartphone. Microsoft has fired out an email detailing that the app will be pulled from the Store for incompatibility with Lumia Cyan, but Bing Health + Fitness and other third-party apps will be available for download.

The SensoreCore SDK takes advantage of internal sensors on new Windows Phones to sense when you're moving and how intense said activity was. Essentially, it turns your smartphone into a smart pedometer with the Lumia Cyan firmware update installed, combined with Snapdragon 80x chipsets.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 930 available for pre-order in Belgium and Vietnam

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The Nokia Lumia 930 has yet to launch and become officially available for purchase, but that hasn't halted retailers from riding the hype train and firing up pre-orders. The latest markets to be included on this ride are Vietnam and Belgium, both retailers following suit with an expected release sometime early July. Microsoft formally unveiled the Lumia 930 at a media event in Vietnam today, noting that the smartphone will cost 12,999,000 VND ($610) off contract (starting July 1), while Cool Blue in Belgium has the device listed at €499,99 ($680).

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