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Good old Shazam is back with a solid update for those on Windows 10 desktop. The popular music ID app is now on version 4.6.22.0 is now live in the Store and going out as an update for those with it already installed. The big change is the app is now Windows 10 based.

Indeed, looking through the app there are a few changes including the telltale back arrow key in the top left corner. Windows 8.1 apps run with the hamburger button for legacy controls, whereas Windows 10 apps get the back button for navigation. Additionally, the Shazam logo is modernized to match their app on other platforms.

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For those who use a Nest thermostat at home, it is hard to find an official client for your tablet, laptop or PC. Sure, you can still use the web, but you miss out on some unique Windows features. Luckily, Cozy is here to save the day.

Cozy – Nest Client has been an app for Windows Phone for some time now. In fact, we highly recommend it if you are on the go and want to monitor your thermostat while out and about. Now, the app is available for Windows 10 and leverages some of the cool features of the OS.

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If you've ever been to university there's a strong chance in many parts of the world you'll be familiar with Blackboard. A software platform used by institutions to communicate with its students on a whole host of things, as yet there aren't any official Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone applications for it. But that could be changing in the near future as the company is looking for "a Windows 8 / Windows Phone / Windows Surface Developer to revolutionize the role of mobile technology in education." Sounds promising.

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Are you eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is too, and you can team up with Microsoft to see exactly where Santa is. Previously available, 'NORAD Tracks Santa' received large amounts of traffic back in 2012 and the website is once again available for 2013. What's more is there are apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

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