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The official CNBC app has been released for Windows Phone. Users can gain access to popular Business Day and Prime shows on their smartphones, as well as checking out the latest in business news with Mad Money. All that's required is a cable or satellite provider account and you're ready to enjoy CNBC shows wherever you may be.

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ZOVI (zovi.com) is a popular apparel and accessory brand in India, which exclusively retails online. The company aims to be a one-stop shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories and offers a complete range of fashion products for men, women, and boys. Launching a Windows Phone app, ZOVI allows you to browse through and purchase items from the collection of fashion apparel and accessories with a few taps.

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Bidorbuy is the marketplace in Africa to go to if you wish to either buy or sell items and an official app has just been launched on Windows Phone. It's possible to browse, search, bid, buy and manage Bidorbuy activity through the Windows Phone app, making the experience seamless and convenient when on the move. The app supports South African and Kenyan marketplaces.

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Popular UK retailer Next has released official apps for Windows and Windows Phone, enabling consumers to enjoy the latest fashion at their fingertips. The main feature of both the apps is to shop while on the move for free, browsing ranges of quality clothes, shoes and homeware from Next. The universal apps themselves fit in nicely with the overall experience of Microsoft's ecosystem.

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El Al airlines has released an official app for Windows Phone. The app enables Windows Phone owners to gather all the information they would require for their next flight, ensuring every base is covered and there's no last minute, desperate attempt to check out details. As well as booking flights and hotel deals, the app also supports express check-in, arrivals and departures, frequent flier benefits and more, all from a Windows Phone.

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Ladbrokes has released a new app on Windows Phone for those who enjoy betting with the UK based gambling company. Downloading the app to your Windows Phone will allow you to bet anywhere on favorite sports with automatic login and easy-to-use betslips. The development team has added a few features to make the process seamless and it's a sweet little tool.

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India-based ICICI Bank has released an official app for Windows Phone, titled iMobile. The official app, much like other solutions already available from international establishments, enables customers to enjoy a variety of mobile banking features and functionality on the smartphone. From viewing details of configured savings to checking out credit cards and loan accounts, iMobile for Windows Phone is a rich experience for those who hold an account with ICICI.

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The official Manchester United app for Windows Phone has been released, but with limited availability. The app itself has launched in 18 countries, however the UK, US and many other countries have been skipped with further support expected in future updates. If you're an avid Man Utd football club fan, this is an app for you (or will be in the near future).

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Following in the steps of the BBC, ITV has also launched its catch-up service on Windows Phone. The app is the initial release but we're already seeing a rather polished product. There's content from ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV for consumers to enjoy, catching up with their favorite shows while out and about. ITV have also added a few hidden gems in this app too, including a stunning user experience.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a fairly substantial update for its iPlayer app on Windows Phone. The latest release makes it even easier for consumers to enjoy their favourite shows while on the go. Contrary to popular belief, the BBC has been busy working on new versions of its catch-up service and it's great to see Microsoft's mobile platform included. Head past the break to find out what's new.

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The super-popular fast food outlet McDonald's has released multiple Windows Phone apps for a number of regions. The company has now launched the official app for the UK market, enabling consumers to search for nearest restaurants, get directions to selected McDonald's and even save favorite restaurants for future use. It's a neat little app that we're sure many fans will enjoy using.

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen an update to Instagram Beta, the official (but in perpetual development) Instagram app for Windows Phone. The app launched and became available in the Windows Phone Store back in late November. It’s picked up a handful of intermittent updates in the subsequent period. Today we’re looking at a nice addition to Instagram Beta. Anyone up for Lock screen support?

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Yoga.com (yoga.com) is a great resource for folk who are looking to get into the art of stretching and moving into incredibly awkward-looking positions. An official app for Windows 8 has been released, opening up access to 300 poses and breathing exercises, all displayed in HD. Boasting the largest database of yoga content, users can deploy this companion app on a Windows tablet or PC to engage in spiritual practices and discipline.

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Pandora is a popular music service available in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Since the official app for Windows Phone launched on the store last year, consumers have been able to enjoy an ad-free experience without having to upgrade to a premium subscription.

This commercial-free Pandora experience was down to Microsoft, but now Pandora has announced that advertising will be coming to the Windows Phone platform, unless you have Pandora One.

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Popular file sharing website 4shared.com (www.4shared.com) is currently developing an official app for the Windows Phone platform, according to a response from the support team. When contacted about a possible app in the works, a member of the 4shared.com support team confirmed that an app is indeed in development. Unfortunately, no further details were shared.

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