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Sharing images has been improved over the years with smartphones, social networks and better wireless communications. Still, there's room for improvements, especially when it comes to quickly sending an image captured within the last few seconds. This is where apps come into play and today we're looking at Windows Phone exclusive Flickpic, a cool new app from a team called CoLinked who won the 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup. Flickpic enables you to quickly transfer photos to friends and family.

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Soft imagery, light flares, alternative processing, and cheap plastic are all tell-tale signs of the analog camera movement known as Lomography. A philosophy and later a company, the Lomographic Society, cherishes images that make use of creative style photography – photos that broke out of the normal everyday “perfect photograph”. You can think of Lomographers (as they are called) as analog Instagram hipsters.

Luckily though, you do not need a Lomography camera such as a Holga, Diana, or the company’s king – the Russian Lomo LC-A, to take part. The Lomographic Society has put out fifteen different photography apps for Windows Phone that allow you to achieve similar results. So read on, as we explore the different applications and make you into a digital Lomographer.

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While Flickr’s competitor, 500px, has beautiful applications for both Windows Phone and Windows 8; Flickr themselves have yet to deliver to the Windows Store and the last update to their Windows Phone application was pushed out in March of 2012.

However, to fill the void of an official Flickr application on the store for Windows 8, we have set out to find the best third party app and to see if any of them has what it takes to provide the ultimate Flickr viewing experience. After shuffling through collections of terribly mediocre Flickr applications, which trust me that some of them are simply terrible, we stumbled upon “Flickrology” for Windows 8.

Follow us as we explore the app, and decide for yourself if the full version’s price tag is worth $2.49 USD.

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When you are searching for an image on bing.com/images, you can always pick the one you like while sorting through hundreds of them. However, once you’ve made the choice, sometimes you find that it’s low resolution, watermarked or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results page.

The Bing team has introduced a new feature, Image Match, to take care of this common hassle.

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Have you ever looked at photos captured with your Windows Phone and thought, "I would really like to add some font to these beautiful selfies"? You're able to do just that with Instafont for Windows Phone. The app landed in-store this month and is available for free. Slide on past the break for more details on the app and what you're able to do with it.

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Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon. That device is said to be in carrier testing right now and it could be released between Thanksgiving and the beginning of next year.

The Nokia Lumia 929 is a custom phone built for Verizon, featuring a 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display. It’s in many ways just a bigger, more powerful Lumia 928, as it features a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 CPU and updated internals.

Now, high quality photos of this device have been revealed to Windows Phone Central and we have the inside scoop of Verizon’s flagship Lumia.

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Windows 8.1 is right around the corner, and with Microsoft’s latest operating system upgrade comes a plethora of new features and even a few new apps. A collection of new multimedia applications are set to bring out the creative soul in everyone. They cover everything from photographs, to movies, to paint drawings - let’s check them out.

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Did you know Nokia is working on a smartwatch? Neither did we though we have heard some rumblings in the past of such a project. Even Microsoft themselves are rumored to be re-entering a market they pretty much created years ago (hello, SPOT!).

Now, two photos have leaked on to the microblogging site Sina weibo that allegedly reveal a prototype device. The story was run by the site Ctech, who have previously unearthed details on unreleased Nokia devices. The source of the actual images ranks high for them, but since there is little corroborating information, it is difficult to verify at this time.  

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Question. How do you go about deleting the high resolution image files from you Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone without deleting the 5MP, lower resolution copies?

That's a question Windows Phone Central reader Binson#WP has tossed out over in the WPCentral Forums. There's no way to sync just the low resolution images and you can't see the high res image file from your phone. So what's the solution?

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Galleries is a Windows Phone 8 photography app that will let you build custom photo galleries and generate collages, pin your galleries to your Start Screen and more from the pictures within these galleries.

Need to create a slide show from photos of your kids, Galleries will do just that.  Need to generate a collage of your favorite scenic images, Galleries will do just that. It even has a clock function that transforms your Windows Phone into a digital clock personalized with your own photos.

While Galleries has a lot going for it, there is room for improvement.  Still, it's a nice photography app for your Windows Phone 8 devices that is worth a try.

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Instagraph is a popular Instagram client for our Windows Phone that was the first to allow uploads to the photo sharing network. The Windows Phone photography app was updated today to version 2.6 and adds new features to both the Windows Phone 7.x and 8 versions.

The Windows Phone 8 version gets forty-five new effects filters that are powered by Nokia's imaging SDK. Everything from an antique filter to a cartoon rendition to a lomo filter. Instagraph also gets lens support with the Windows Phone 8 version allowing you to launch the app from the camera lens selection.

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It’s an early Sunday morning but leaks are leaks and they know no boundaries. Tonight (or this morning), two more photos of the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s 6-inch phablet device due in November, have come forward from China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center—basically their FCC.

The photos themselves don’t reveal too much more on an initial pass, just what we already know: the world is about to gain a really big Lumia Windows Phone. The specs for the 1520 should bump Windows Phone into the forefront of large screened devices, especially with its 1080P display, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 32GB of storage (and microSD). We recently revealed that the device will also feature an industry leading 3400 mAh battery to power the device for an extended period.

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While Windows Phone 8 10327 and higher (aka GDR2) does a great job of fixing the Other storage memory leak, there are still some quirks that are irritating a few users. The main complaint appears to be how Windows Phone handles auto-uploaded images to SkyDrive, or even if you manually mass upload photos and video.

In essence, when you upload photos to SkyDrive, they end up either in the 'Camera Roll' and 'Mobile Uploads' folders. You can then of course delete them from your device but believe it or not, Windows Phone holds onto them in Temporary storage for two weeks i.e. a SkyDrive cache.

That’s why some people have higher than normal Temporary storage numbers that cannot be cleared using apps like Nokia Storage Check. If you leave auto-upload for photos off, it will be quite low, usually less than 50MB in size (ours is at 33MB). If however you had a few hundred photos that were just processed, it could much higher.

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Yesterday we ran our final Casual Connect USA news item for the year: a preview of upcoming games Animal Park Tycoon and Yeti Rising. Now its time to look back at how Windows Phone and Windows 8 fared at the show. Did they live up to our predications, and has Windows Phone gaming prospered since Casual Connect 2012?

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Phox is a Windows Phone photography app that offers an easy way to add creative effects filters and frames to your pictures. The app does have a respectable selection of filters and frames along with the ability to save your edited image at three different sizes.

But the user interface needs a little fine tuning and the ability to stack filters is a little confusing. Still, none of these issues are devistating and Phox has potential.  Phox isn't a bad app to have in your Windows Phone photo app library and worth a try.

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Have you ever looked at photos on your Windows Phone thinking where that image was taken? If the answer to that question is yes, GeoPhoto is an app for you. Using Nokia's HERE Mapping service, GeoPhoto not only enables you to check out where photos were shot, but also provides means to add and edit geotags later.

According to the developer on Reddit, this is the first app that can do that on the Windows Phone Store and it may be a great solution for those of you who leave auto-GPS info off by default.

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You might know Autodesk for their 3D design tools like AutoCAD and Maya, or their game design middleware like Autodesk Scaleform. They also make a couple of Windows 8 apps for consumers: Sketchbook Express and FBX Review, which we discussed when it released back in July.

During my recent trip to San Francisco for Casual Connect, I stopped by the Autodesk Gallery for a quick visit. From a quiet corner of the Gallery, Wes Adams, Autodesk’s Games Industry and Product Marketing guy walked me through some of the cool things FBX Review can do. Head past the break for our hands on video, plus a photo tour of the Autodesk Gallery.

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For those of you who can’t help to wave around your tablet and take photos, we have an exciting announcement. InstaPic, a full featured Instagram client will be headed to Windows 8 device shortly.

The application will allow users to view timeline and popular posts, search for users and tags, pin favorites to the Start Screen, locate friends from Facebook and their address book, and even upload photos to the popular social photo sharing service.

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