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2 years ago

Digitally Imported, Foundbite, NBA Game Time and more are your app highlights of the week

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It’s been a fairly quiet week in terms of breaking news, but the world of Windows Phone doesn’t stop. We’ve got a handful of great apps to highlight for you this week. This is our second time rounding up noteworthy apps that are new to the store or current apps that received a substantial update. We’re going to be calling this column our Weekly App Highlights. Again, this is to make sure you didn’t miss out on any cool new apps in the Store. We’re doing this for you, so be sure to leave us feedback on what you want. Now, without further ado, let’s check out the apps for the week.

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2 years ago

Tests show significant battery life improvements with Surface Pro 2 firmware update

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An important factor for laptops, tablets and other mobile hardware is battery life. After Microsoft released the Surface Pro 2, the company pushed out a firmware update enabling the WiFi to go into lower power states and utilise even less power. AnandTech has run another battery life benchmark for the product after updating to see just how much of an improvement we're looking at. 

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2 years ago

Accessory Review: iOttie Easy Flex 2 and Easy One-Touch car cradles

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If you spend any amount of time in the car and need safe access to your Windows Phone, a car cradle is a must. You could sit your Windows Phone on the dash or in the passenger seat (if vacant) but one quick turn and it could go sailing across your car. You could sit it in a car holder but the view isn't that great.  Keep it in your pocket and you've got to battle the seat belt to get it out.  Car cradles or mounts are convenient, safe and keeps your phone handy.

iOttie offers a nice selection of car cradles for our Windows Phones. Two of which we carry over in the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store; the multi-adjustable Easy One-Touch and the compact Easy Flex 2. Both are quality cradles and features iOttie's automatic closure system.  Ease past the break to read more about both these Windows Phone car cradles.

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2 years ago

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8 updated, new features added as download milestone approaches

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Fhotoroom is a feature rich photography app for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. It combines a photo editor, camera app and photo sharing/social network all into one package.

The Windows Phone 8 version of Fhotoroom was updated over night to version 9.3 which adds a few new filters, new comment feature and a few UI changes. The update comes just as Fhotoroom moves within reach of a milestone... 3,000,000 downloads.

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2 years ago

Hungama brings free, unlimited music streaming to Windows Phone

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Music lovers in India have another reason to celebrate this festive season. Hungama, one of the biggest digital music services in India, has finally launched their Windows Phone app this week. Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd. is the largest aggregator, developer, publisher, and distributor of Bollywood and South-Asian entertainment content in the world.

The beautifully designed app is definitely a one-stop jukebox for free music streaming. Along with songs and music videos, the app provides trivia, lyrics, and info for all the latest songs. The service is backed by a huge library of over 2 million songs and music videos spread across bollywood, devotional, ghazals, pop, and rock genres in Hindi and several regional Indian languages, along with popular and latest international music.

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2 years ago

Phones 4u giving away £1 million worth of gifts in time for Christmas

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2 years ago

2flicka delivers a killer Flickr experience for Windows Phone 8

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The official Flickr app for Windows Phone is slacking off. It hasn’t been updated since 2012 in March. Thankfully, we’ve got a ton of great developers stepping up to the plate to provide solid Flickr experiences on Windows Phone. Some of our favorites include Pixl, Indulged, and Viewr for Flickr. Feel free to add newcomer 2flicka to that list of awesome Flickr apps for Windows Phone. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Windows 8 grows in market share and Microsoft intends to invest $405 million to keep it up

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We recently reported that Windows Phone is the world’s fastest growing smartphone operating system with a 275% percent growth rate, but that might not be Microsoft’s only reason to smile. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 8 now owns 9.25% of the desktop market. Breaking that number down even further, we find that 1.72% of all market share belongs to Windows 8.1, while the other 7.53% belongs to the vanilla version, Windows 8.

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2 years ago

Foundbite launches exclusively on Windows Phone, allows you to share the world you hear

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Quality apps that are exclusive to Windows Phone make us very happy. Foundbite is one that we’ve covered in the past in beta form and it’s now available for you to download. This is an app we’ve been looking forward to hitting the Store for a long time. Now that it’s here we’ll check it out and hopefully help convince you to get on board with one of the coolest apps to come out of AppCampus.

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2 years ago

Nimbuzz messaging app gets a major update with voice calling for Windows Phone

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Although Windows Phone 8 is nearly one year old, the promise of numerous VOIP apps is still not quite a reality. Yesterday though, Nimbuzz, an old school messaging service, finally delivered on free voice calls for their Windows Phone app.

Version 1.1.4.0 is now live in the Store for Windows Phone 8 devices. Free voice calls (with your Nimbuzz contacts) and bug fixes are the two features on order.

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2 years ago

Grab the Verizon HTC 8X for $199 with Deal Steals

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We all love a good bargain, especially with the festive period coming up. We've come across a superb offer to tempt you to the platform (or for yet another phone for the collection). The HTC 8X is available for just $199 on Daily Steals. The Windows Phone from HTC is a premium smartphone with an array of features, including Beats Audio. While locked to the Verizon network, it's a great upgrade should you already be on the network.

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2 years ago

Report: Windows Phone is the world’s fastest growing smartphone operating system

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Data from Strategy Analytics suggests sales of Windows Phone units were up over 275% year-over-year for the third quarter. 

Windows Phone has been in third place for mobile operating systems for quite some time. The latest developments around BlackBerry only widen the lead for Windows Phone, while cementing its spot in third. However, to catch up to the likes of Android and iOS it has a lot of work left to do. The latest numbers in market share and global shipments show Windows Phone making solid progress in the third quarter of 2013.

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2 years ago

Nokia releases #MoWithLove app to help you grow the perfect moustashe

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Movember (a charitable spin on November) is an important month of the year, enabling every man to grow a moustache for charity. These "Mo’s" raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. It's a worthwhile cause. If you remember last year, we also got involved with Movember, but Nokia has now released an unofficial Movember (www.movember.com​) app, titled #MoWithLove.

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2 years ago

Nokia announces Create Mini Mission competition winners and new challenges

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Nokia's Fred Patton has taken to the Developer blog to announce the Create competition winners. Developers are tasked to create apps for Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia. The previous contest, Nokia Future Capture, was centred on imaging and the Lumia 1020. This contest however, has multiple categories, opening up the flood gates for different types of apps.

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2 years ago

Huawei announce the Ascend W2 Windows Phone - UMTS shipping right away

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Huawei have made the Ascend W2 UMTS version official - giving consumers in the smartphone market yet another option when deciding on which smartphone to purchase. According to the below press release the device should be available now in China (but has already been listed at retailers) - with roll outs later this month to Russia and the Netherlands, and further markets to follow in due course. 

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