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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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Onbeats has released another instrumental app for Windows 8.1, and this time we're looking at Piano!!. Already available on other platforms, this interesting little app will turn your Windows 8.1 device into a virtual piano, enabling you to create some music without forking out for a new physical keyboard or carrying around equipment with you.

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The Skype apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone have been involved in a rather heated, yet slightly humorous discussion in the past. Microsoft originally made it so consumers could not close down the app completely on either platform, unless you rebooted or uninstalled the app.

Cartoonist Scott Adams has published the above Skype comic, illustrating just how annoying this problem was (and still is) for some.

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Football is a huge sport on a global scale, but it's particularly special here in the UK. There are numerous ways to remain up-to-date with leagues, fixtures and results on Windows Phone and Window 8, but what about individual teams? How does one check latest news and other data for their favourite squad? Cue 1st4Fans for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

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Around these parts the majority of you might be using OneNote as your note taking application. It has applications on most platforms, syncs across devices and more. One of the biggest competitors to OneNote in both features and users would be Evernote. They too have apps on nearly every platform, strong syncing, and more. They also just recently updated their desktop application for Windows to version 5. This is what’s new.

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Foursquare is pretty big. It's the one service you turn to when wanting to check-in and share your current location with friends and the general public. Whether you've just managed to hit up a superb coffee shop or simply on holiday abroad, Foursquare will let you boast about how active you are in the big bad world with locations being pinned, points of interests stored and badges rewarded.

Now the company has released an official app for Windows 8. We'll take a quick look and see what's what.

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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are both great platforms. While they’re made by Microsoft, there are times you might feel like two different companies built them. They might look the same, but there are features from each you wish the other had. Case in point, you can search for apps on Windows Phone using your web browser, but you can’t do that for Windows 8 apps. At least you couldn’t do that yesterday, now you can.

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Digital Cloud Technologies has published VK (www.vk.com) apps for Windows 8 and RT. These clients will enable users to log into their VK accounts and enjoy social features within the familiar Windows 8 experience - perfect for tablets. If you're not into Facebook and would like to try out something new, it's certainly worth looking into (rather humorously, Facebook Connect is supported by VK). VK is the second most popular social network in Europe, but it is used particularly by Russian-speaking users, not being widely known in the US.

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When it rains it pours. While we’re in San Francisco enjoying that warm, California sunshine, official apps are raining down between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Yesterday we saw the Discovery Networks and ABC News app release their official wares. But believe it or not, sometime within the past 5 days Songza came to the Windows Store and we all missed it. Songza is now available for Windows 8, details after the break.

Songza is a free music streaming and recommendation service. It launched way back in 2007, since then it’s had a few different iterations and updates as it slowly found its own angle on the streaming music scene. Because you can’t just build another Pandora, you need to do something different. And that’s just what they did last March in 2012 when they launched their Music Concierge feature.

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We previously looked at ✿+☮=❥, or better referred to as "Liquify", an app that enables fans of Liquid Daffodil to download Windows and Windows Phone apps by the developer at a reduced cost. We're now pleased to announce the app is now available on the Windows and Windows Phone Stores.

The idea is to offer subscriptions that are one-time purchases and each unlock apps across Windows 8, Windows Phone or both. For those who don't know, Liquid Daffodil is the developer behind such titles as glƏƏk!Add to Contactsflyby! and JamTiles.

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Good news for those who use Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The team has announced on the official blog that their apps will support Feedly. This is the next major chapter in the Closure of Google Reader book. With the search giant shutting down its popular RSS service, apps that connect and synchronise are having to locate other services to remain operational.

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IM is a popular instant messaging service that's relied on by many to provide a way to communicate with contacts, friends and family. With apps on numerous platforms, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone, it's certainly one we keep our eye on. We've received word that IM+ (the premium version of the app) for Windows 8 is currently on sale.

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