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Want to pick up a cool photography app for your Windows Phone? Check out Levitagram, which arrived a few days ago for Windows Phone 8 devices. Levitagram (www.levitagram.com) is made by PixoMobile, based out of Redmond, Washington, and it's on iOS and Windows Phone at the moment (sorry, Android!). Not only that, it's free for a limited time.

Because of all of that, Levitagram is today's Hidden Gem. Remember, by leaving a comment, you're entered into our contest to win a new phone or tablet!

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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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It was last June that we first talked about Project Tripod, an upcoming photography app with a lot of potential. This is an app that is coming out of the AppCampus program. That means the Project Tripod team received funding and help from Microsoft, Nokia and Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. In exchange, apps from AppCampus are exclusive on Windows Phone for 90 days before they’re allowed to join competing platforms. Project Tripod is an app with so much potential we can’t wait to see it go multi-platform, but in the meantime we’ll very much enjoy this Windows Phone exclusive.

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A month ago we showed you guys and gals a new app called GetOutCast. It’s another forecast app, but not the way you think. GetOutCast isn’t competing against Bing Weather, AccuWeather, or any other “traditional” weather apps. It isn’t even for most users. Instead, GetOutCast focuses and excels at providing forecasts for photographers. GetOutCast is a good way to see if you should grab your gear and head out to shoot if you’re crunched for time. It has picked up a few updates since its launch and just had one yesterday. Let’s check out what’s happened to GetOutCast.

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of our favorite sites for photography is 500px. It’s a great online photography with a beautiful web layout, apps on all major platforms, and re-launched market for buying fine art. It’s awesome. In the Microsoft world they have apps on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Today the Windows Phone version picked up a nice little update. Let’s check it out.

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If you’ve got a Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020 you might want to show off your camera to your friends. Unfortunately, places like Facebook compress the photos so badly that the zoom capabilities of the camera goes unnoticed. Thankfully we’ve got Sozoom. It’s a new app we looked at a few week ago for the Lumia 1520 and 1020 that shows off the power of your camera. The latest update fixes all of our complaints. Let’s check it out.

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SophieLens HD, announced and released last month at Nokia World, is the really impressive photo-filter app that just keeps getting better. Today, version 2.0.0.616 is live in the Store and with it comes two new photo filter packs and some fixes requested by users.

First up are the photo filter packs. "Sophia's Sepia" and "Light Leak" are the new packages and we’re really digging “Light Leak” (used above in the lead photo). Simulating light entering the camera, what was once thought to be a hardware flaw in film cameras is now chic in the digital age. Sepia is a more limited series that’s not black and white, but not color either. It’s kind of reddish-brown and follows the technique of enhancing black and white photos (called ‘sepia toning’).

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It’s been over a month since we’ve seen an update for Hipstamatic’s Oggl and Oggl Pro on Windows Phone. The app was notable for many thing. Beyond being its own insular social network, it also allowed for users to “officially” upload images to Instagram on Windows Phone. Initial performance and usability of the app was mediocre, but the Hipstamatic team has been working hard since launch on updates. Today we’re finally getting some more, let’s check them out.

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It’s been two weeks since Nokia World 2013 took place in Abu Dhabi. The event was highly successful for the Windows Phone platform. Nokia announced three new devices (two for Windows Phone 8 and one for Windows RT 8.1), new accessories for those devices, and a handful of new software. Of course Instagram for Windows Phone was finally announced on stage, but we also got other cool apps like Nokia StoryTeller, InNote, Vine, and more. PicFeed was also announced back then and is now available for download in the Windows Phone Store. Let’s check it out.

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While Windows Phone is the clear third place operating system compared to Android and iOS, it’s a very distant third. The latest numbers show the platform controlling about 4% of the global smartphone market share. So when a startup launches and targets Windows Phone first over other operating systems we take notice. PicHit.Me is a startup from Sweden that we’re happy to see on the platform. They’re also working on solving a problem that’s pretty widespread. Let’s check out PicHit.Me 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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Last night we gave you a sneak peek at DualShot, the new app meant to replicate the popular Frontback app on iOS. That free app has now gone live in the Store for all to download (well, Windows Phone 8 users at least).

By taking two photos—one with the rear camera and one with the front—DualShot allows you to capture a new perspective on the world. Now when you share your photos, people will see your reaction to whatever it is you’re actually seeing at the moment. We could imagine a lot of hilarious images could come out of usage of this app, indeed you all can see that I’m not a morning person in the photo above (yes, my hair is even crazier).

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OneShot, developed by Andy Stumpp, has quickly become one of our go-to apps for snapping photos on Windows Phone 8. With each update, the app becomes more user friendly, adds new features and brings new innovation.

The last time we visited this app was back one month ago when version 2.0 landed. Today, version 3.0 has gone live and if you know anything about version numbers that’s a big one.

So what’s new in 3.0? You’ll have read on to find out, but if you like taking photos, you’ll certainly want to see what’s new.

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