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Fhotolens gets updated, faster image capturing and bug fixes in tow

Fhotolens is a Windows Phone 8 photography app that applies a fish-eyed lens effect to your camera.  Fhotolens also has an HDR mode to give your ultra-wide shots a High Dynamic Range.  The app has been updated a few times over the past few weeks, building upon a rather appealing Windows Phone camera app.

The most recent update was pushed out today and takes Fhotolens to version 1.2.0.  The update adds a few performance tweaks, bug fixes, and a new image viewer.  The performance tweaks increases the image capturing speed two fold.  HDR capture still takes a bit of time (keep in mind you're capturing three images) but standard shots are noticeably faster to capture and process.


App update roundup: MoWeather gets new tiles, Readit upvotes bug fixes and Minion Rush goes faster

Updates, updates, updates! Get your updates here! Kicking off the new week, we have three apps that have been bumped to new versions on the Windows Phone Store. MoWeather is joined by Readit and Minion Rush. Head on past the break to learn what's new in each of the covered apps.


App update roundup: Nokia App Folder gets bumped, alongside Netflix and 1Shot

Just because it's the weekend, don't you dare think for a second that it's completely quiet. We've got some app updates for you. Netflix joins Nokia's App Folder and 1Shot in this weekend's roundup of app updates. Pass by the break to see what's new in the latest releases.


Dungeon Hunter 4 and Asphalt 7 pick up support for both MOGA controllers and 512 RAM devices

It’s not uncommon for Windows Phone 8 games to require 1 GB of RAM at launch, only to later be updated to run on devices with 512 MB of RAM. This happens because optimizing a game to work with less RAM takes extra time. Games don’t have the phone’s full bank of RAM to work with. On a 512 MB device, they can only access 150 MB. Sometimes a game can be crammed into that space, sometimes not.

Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 4 launched without 512 MB RAM support back in December. Yesterday’s update added that support, allowing the game to run on low-memory phones like the Nokia Lumia 520. The update also brought another benefit we didn’t expect: MOGA controller support! It even turns out that the most recent Asphalt 7 (a game that already worked with 512 MB phones) update added MOGA support as well. Exclusive screenshots, hands-on video, and impressions after the break.


MetroMail updated with notifications fix; OneShot receives fun effects and more

MetroMail and OneShot have both received updates on the Windows Phone Store. The former has been bumped to version 1.3 and comes with numerous fixes we're sure users will appreciate. OneShot, on the other hand, has been updated to version 3.5 and comes with new fun effects, manual temperature adjustment and more. Head past the break for all the details.


Unofficial Feedly client, Pheeb gets a tune up and right-to-left support in new v1.1

Feedly client app, Pheeb, which came out last month, has released their first update. Most notably, Pheeb version 1.1 adds support for right-to-left feeds, but it also includes several bug fixes and performance improvements. Head past the break for all the details.


App update roundup: Nokia Camera Beta gets Amber support, Readit and Evernote receive new features

It's another day, another batch of app updates for Windows Phone. In case you've somehow missed the store notifications or they haven't quite reached your smartphone yet, we've got you covered. Today we'll be looking at Readit, Nokia Camera Beta and Evernote. Head on past the break for all the details on what's new.


App update roundup: Asphalt 8, DI.FM and Status Tiles get updated

We're rounding off our Monday with a batch of small updates that have been pushed to the Windows Phone Store. While we all recover from a rather busy CES 2014 (for Windows 8 and beyond), platform developers are still releasing updates for all your installed apps. Today we'll be looking at Asphalt 8, DI.FM and Status Tiles. Head past the break for the details.


Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, WhatsApp and Nokia Camera received bug-fixing updates

A handful of popular Windows Phone apps have received updates recently that appear to mainly deal with fixing bugs and improving performance.

First up is the addictive Empire building game from Disney Mobile, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star.  The game has you building an all-new Death Star and defeating the Rebel Alliance.  The update takes the game to version 1.0.1.7 and fixes the problem of stores not producing coins while the game is closed of minimized.


App Update Roundup: SongArc and My 500px get new features, while MonsterUp Adventures goes free

Everyone loves that feeling when apps and games have updates available. We also love a great deal here and there. Today's app update roundup features a bit of both to round off our CES coverage (for Windows Phone Central anyway – the event continues). Head on past the break to see which apps and games are included in this roundup and what's new.


1Shot for Windows Phone 8 updated, address a few performance issues

1Shot is a Windows Phone 8 photography app designed to let you capture images at the highest resolution possible and saves them as a single viewable file in your camera roll.

1Shot was updated a few days ago to address a few performance issues but it prompted us to take notice of additional features that had arrived through previous updates.  From user interface re-designs to adding a few new settings, 1Shot has progressed rather nicely.


Windows Phone spy game Mossad updated, puts bugs to rest

On New Year’s Day, we wrote about a recent App Campus game released for Windows Phone 8: Mossad, from Israel-based indie developer GreenShpits. Mossad marries location-based gaming with searching for virtual items in the real world via augmented reality, something you don’t see all that much on Windows Phone.

While Mossad’s unique gameplay made the game noteworthy, a few major bugs tempered my enthusiasm for it. The developer took notice of our report, and quickly released a patch that addresses most of my concerns. Head past the break for post-update hands-on video and impressions!


Unibeam updated, receives a slight makeover and bug fixes

Unibeam is a simple flashlight app for Windows Phone 8 that has an eye-appealing interface.  Unibeam was recently updated to version 1.3, which adds a few new features, gives the app a slight makeover and fixes a few bugs.

The new features include a SOS mode that utilizes the Morse code format in time of emergency and a battery status on the Live Tile.  The makeover removes the Joker theme, revamps the Ironman theme and improves voice command support and performance.


Calendar Calleague and Simple Calendar both updated with new improvements

Calendars, calendars, calendars. If there was one category of apps that Windows Phone has nailed is the calendar. There's a huge selection of solutions available, each with unique and interesting UI elements and features. 2014 has kicked off with multiple updates already pushed out for calendar apps and today we're looking at another two; Calendar Calleague and Simple Calendar.


4Blend HDR updated, adds flash control and bug fixes

4Blend HDR is the latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography app for Windows Phone 8.  The app takes three photos of your subject at varying exposure settings and blends them together into one image.  The result should give the photo more dynamic colors/range.  4Blend HDR has a simple layout, a healthy selection of effects filters and a voice-triggered shutter.

We found the app to have potential but was held back, in part, by stability issues.  As expected, an update was released today taking 4Blend HDR to version 1.0.1 to address the stability issues.  The update also adds a flash setting to the control panel to allow you to turn off your Windows Phone camera flash.


Awesome Lock for Windows Phone 8 updated, free version added to the line-up

Awesome Lock is a Windows Phone 8 lockscreen app that allows you to customize your lockscreen with the latest news, weather forecasts, calendar events, tasks and a lot more.

The app was recently updated to version 3.3.0.25 that takes care of a few bugs and adds a nice list of customization features.  In addition to the update for the paid version, the developer also has released a free version of Awesome Lock.


App Update Roundup: SysApp Pusher gets background checks, My 500px and more

Today we're seeing a batch of updates hit the Windows Phone Store. In this roundup, we'll be looking at SysApp Pusher, My 500px and Super Calendar (yes, another update for this app). Grab a hot beverage, pull up a chair and head on past the break to see what's new in these latest releases.


Car Starter for Windows Phone 8 becomes Car Dash after the latest update

Car Starter is a dashboard app for Windows Phone 8 that places a decent amount of functionality at your fingertips while on the road.  The app was recently updated to version 2.0 that not only brings about a name change but also a few design changes.

Now known as Car Dash, the version 2.0 update adds a dial pad to the Contacts Page and a music selection feature to the Music Page.  The dial pad will allow you to dial a telephone number directly from the app.  The music selection feature lets you browse through your music collection to find what song you want to listen to.


Weather Hound ends the year with another update, adds wide tile support

Weather Hound is a simple Windows Phone 8 weather app that provides you with the basics on the current weather conditions, an hourly forecast and a seven-day, extended forecast.  You can track the weather based on your current location or set a fixed location in the app’s settings.

Weather Hound was updated today to version 1.2.1 that adds doublewide tile support.  The wider Live Tile displays your current conditions along with a three day, extended forecast.


Angry Birds Star Wars II for Windows Phone gets the REAL Battle of Naboo update this time

Last week, Rovio was kind enough to update all of their Angry Birds games for Windows Phone 8 with new content. This included an update for Angry Birds Star Wars II, which was supposed to bring the Windows Phone version in-line with the December 5th iOS update.

For some reason, the new “Battle of Naboo” levels did not show up for many Windows Phone users after installing the update. We’ll never know what went on there, but it hardly matters any more. Today the game received an update that corrects the issue with the previous patch. At last we can battle for Naboo like the cool kids are doing!


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