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Gamertags—they can be fun but also quite ridiculous. Same with people’s first names but probably less so, which may be the reason why the Windows Phone Store has started to use them.

A few readers told us of the changes and sure enough, when you now look at reviews for apps you’re more likely to see “Pat”, “Sarah” and “Kyle” than “Moonstomper82”.  What’s more, you will no longer see those generic usernames that are left when someone doesn’t have a Gamertag yet, instead you just see “User”.

In our opinion it does make the Store look much more clean and is easier to read, it also doesn’t look quite as juvenile as before (don’t worry, we’re sure your username is the coolest).

What do you folks think? Thumbs up or down and what negatives are there, if any? Thanks, Garret C. and others for the tip

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Windows Phone App Review: SplashID

The other day we shared that SplashID had been released on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The password management app is a carry over from the Windows Mobile days and has experience some success on other platforms. It's a robust utility and left a nice first impression but there are a few reservations that may not have SplashID appealing to everyone.

SplashID lacks a trial version and with the price just under ten dollars, we wanted to take the app out for a spin and see how well that first impression lasted. SplashID is a nice app for your Windows Phone but are the lesser priced alternatives a better option?  SplashID does have a desktop component but it comes at an additional cost. Considering the cost and some of the design features, that nice first impression tends to fade a little and one has to ask, is there an equally as capable alternative out there?

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