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Bing Suite Of Apps Updated In Windows Phone Store

Microsoft today updated their Bing suite of apps in Windows Phone Store. This seems to be minor update with bug fixes and performance improvements. The only visual change I could notice was that all these apps have dropped ‘Bing’ branding in their name after the update. For example, instead of ‘Bing News’, its just ‘News’ now.

I’m not a big fan of this little change because I need to search for these app names separately in my App list. Earlier, all these apps were grouped by ‘Bing’ name in the App list and will appear one after another in the list. Find the download links of these apps below.

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Bing Food and Drink Bing Travel Beta Bing Weather

Magnify Beta picks up Massive update with 20 new features

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Magnify Beta is a feature-packed RSS news reader with fantastic-looking UI. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind user experience not found in any other news reader on Windows Phone or any other phone platforms. What’s more? It’s absolutely free and without ads! Magnify is truly a unique app that Windows Phone users can be proud of.


  • Beautifully animated and unique interface
  • Gorgeous wide Live Tiles with cycling images
  • Add custom feeds or search using keywords
  • Read full article text without clutter
  • Offline reading support
  • Dark reading theme
  • Pocket and Instapaper support
  • Video and GIF support
  • Zoom into pictures or save them to phone
  • Lockscreen notification support
  • Mobile-friendly web view support

If you are already a Magnify Beta user, update now to enjoy the following features:

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Update Magnify BETA now to get parallax scrolling and RSS search!

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The most beautiful-looking RSS news reader has a new update in store. Update it now to enjoy the following features!

- Parallax scrolling is back with better performance! (to disable, open Options in the top left of the page)
- Search for RSS by name, topic or anything related
- Remove custom-added RSS
- Option to auto-update feed on start
- App will auto-clear cache regularly (option to clear cache manually is also available)
- Option to reset app to default
- Overall performance improvements

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Magnify is also looking for private beta testers now to help test upcoming features. If you are interested to help in testing cool new UIs, please sign up here.

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Download or update Magnify here.

Microsoft Officially Announces Satya Nadella As Its New CEO

Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO

Microsoft today officially confirmed that Satya Nadella as its new CEO. Also Bill Gates will now take up a new role as Technology Advisor while John Thompson will become the chairman of Microsoft board.

During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

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MetroPandora Codeplex repository pulled after DMCA claim by Pandora


On the 1/1/14 popular music streaming app Pandora stopped being ad-free on Windows Phone, and it seems the company wanted to make sure Windows Phone users did not have any work-around available on the platform.

The company has sent a DMCA take down notice claiming MetroPandora was infringing on their copyright by using their API, which is a rather unusual claim given that it is well known that APIs can not be protected by copyright.

Nevertheless Justin Angel, the creator of the project which is the open foundation for a number of Windows Phone Pandora apps, will not be fighting the claim, which effectively means the end of the project and the associated app.

Fortunately we now do have an official Pandora app in the Windows Phone Store, but we nevertheless take this opportunity to thank Justin for his great contribution giving Windows Phone users access to essential services, an effort which remains important even now while important apps arrive on the platform daily.

Swift Reader – The Fastest, Most Beautiful NewsBlur Application

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Swift Reader is probably the fastest, most beautiful NewsBlur application in the Windows Phone store. It has been written for speed and simplicity. Don’t take our word for it, download the trial version today. As well as being able to integrate with NewsBlur, it can also integrate with your Pocket (Read it Later) account, allowing you to read all of your saved articles.

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  • Full Live tile functionality supporting all 3 tile sizes.
  • Pin Individual feeds or folders to the start screen.
  • Full NewsBlur compatibility.
  • Pocket (Read It Later) support.
  • Folder support (including pinning folders to start screen).
  • Full theme support (Light, Dark, Blue and Follow phone theme).
  • Separate theme for reading view (Light, Dark, Blue or Paper).
  • Readability and Instapaper Mobilizer support (now styled to fit your chosen reading theme).
  • Share on Instapaper, Pocket (Read It Later), Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, SMS/text or Email.
  • Feed Discovery to discover new feeds.
  • Search and subscribe to new feeds using keywords.
  • Add new articles to Pocket (Read it Later) from within the application.
  • Ad-supported trial.

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What people are saying:
5stars “Highly recommended”
5stars “At last, a useable NewsBlur client for WP!”
5stars “Really nice app full of features.”

Swift Reader is available worldwide and costs £0.99 with a free trial. Download here.

The part unification of Windows phone, Xbox and Windows 8 may be code-named Threshold and come in 2015


According the Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley plans for drawing closer Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox ecosystems are well progressed, and that the plans have gained a code-name: Threshold.

The name is a Halo-derived code name, and was the the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game.

The name now refers to the move to unify the app store of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox and also the development toolsets for each platform, as revealed in an internal email by Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson.

Threshold will also bring the  same core set of “high value activities” across platforms. These high-value activities include expression/documents (Office, and the coming “Remix” digital storytelling app); decision making/task completion (likely Bing); IT management (such as Intune and Workplace Join) and “serious fun.”

The updates will be released in Spring 2015, and before this Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 Update 1 and also Windows Phone 8.1 around Spring (Q2) 2014.

Do our readers feel Microsoft is moving fast enough? Let us know below.

FlipMag relaunched, 50% discount for a limited time

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nullFlipMag, the awesomely looking news magazine app, has been relaunched to fix crashes caused by the GDR3 update. To make up for this inconvenience, FlipMag is offering a 50% discount off the app price now. This offer will be valid till 30th Nov 2013, so grab it while it last!

FlipMag is a simple and beautiful news reader that lets you flip through news articles as if you are flipping the pages of a real magazine! You can mix-n-match news sources to personalize your own magazine, save articles to view later or share them with the world.

FlipMag is now available on the Windows Phone Store.

See a short demo video after the break.

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Awesome Lock V2.3 now available

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image004Awesome Lock app was updated to version 2.3. This update brings several improvements across the various features of the app. Some of the improvements are:

  • Select up to 12 favorite pictures from your phone’s gallery (Awesome Lock will randomly select one on every background picture update)
  • HD support (your favorite or Bing daily picture as background on all its glory)
  • Choose weather pictures from a list 6 six different sets of weather images
  • Improved support for devices with 512 MB of RAM (trying to circumvent some of the hardware limitations)
  • Other minor bug fixing and improvements

These features accumulate on v2.2, which included the following improvements:

  • Users are now able to select multiple news sources across different countries (besides the random functionality per country)
  • Improved Stocks functionality
  • Now it’s possible to monitor stock symbols from other markets besides NYSE and NASDAQ (virtually from any market around the world)
  • Monitor up to 8 stock symbols
  • Settings, disable dark gradient

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FlipMag, the awesomely looking news magazine app now on Windows Phone 7 and 8

QRCodeFlipMag is a simple and beautiful news reader that lets you flip through news articles as if you are flipping the pages of a real magazine! You can mix-n-match news sources to personalize your own magazine, save articles to view later or share them with the world.

FlipMag is now available on the Windows Phone Store.


WP Hermes – The Greek Windows Phone Blog

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Some months ago WP Hermes started as a small project to provide information about Microsoft Products like Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox … to a Greek audience. Over the time more and more people showed interest in WP Hermes and expectations have been growing ever since.

Finally to meet these expectations WP Hermes released their official Windows Phone app a little over a month ago. This has allowed people to read about everything related to Microsoft in Greek!

On first sight, WP Hermes is just like any other news application. It features reading the news, which is displayed in combination with high resolution images and sharing functions. The application can also provide the latest news per category allowing users to read whatever they want. These categories include: Apps, Games, Hands-on, Reviews & Editorials.

Besides these key features, the official WP Hermes application also features several impressive and unique features, such as commenting on articles and Live Tile support. The Live Tile is available in 3 sizes as you would expect from any high-quality news application.

WP Hermes also offers a featured app section, which enables the WP Hermes team to promote any interesting application worth your money. This also allows for Windows Phone developers to promote their (Greek) Windows Phone application. This can be requested by going to WPHermes.com/contact.

Again, here are the features of the official WP Hermes application in a short list:Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

  • Media-rich high-quality news feed
  • Full sharing features to built-in social networks
  • In-app commenting on news articles (!)
  • Filter news by category
  • Media-rich Live Tile support (!)
  • Featured applications

The official WP Hermes application is available for free in the Windows Phone Store, however to unlock certain features or to remove advertisements you need to purchase an in-app product.

You Can Download the App Here

See screen shots of the app after the break.

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AwesomeLock – News, Stocks and Weather information on your phone’s lock screen

With AwesomeLock you can get the latest news, weather info and monitor your favorite stocks directly from you phone’s lock screen. AwesomeLock is a great app to occupy the unused lock screen area with information customized for you. The information in lock screen will be automatically updated every 30 minutes.

**New on v2.0**

  • Trial mode: fully functional application
  • Stocks information
  • News: Random mode per country
  • Application always in English option
  • Bug fixing

Some of the key features are:

» Show news on the lock screen

  • Use one of the predefined news source (predefined sources for 17 countries)
  • Some default news sources: CNN, Al Jazeera, El País, Le Figaro, Skynews, Financial Times, UEFA and many more.
  • Random on predefined news sources on every update
  • News updated every 30 minutes on your lock screen
  • Provide your own favorite news source (RSS or Atom formats are supported)
  • Show random or most recent news
  • Show 1 or 2 news

» Stocks information

  • Monitor up to 4 stock symbols
  • See price variation as percentage or value

» Show weather information

  • Current location
  • User defined location

» Show next calendar appointment/event

  • This will allow you to configure another app the show information on the details section of the lock screen.

» Background image

  • Use Bing’s daily picture
  • You can select the picture from 9 countries
  • Use a picture from your phone’s gallery

Download AwesomeLock from Windows Phone  from the Windows Phone Store here.

Price: 0.99 USD (with free trial)

Stay tuned for the amazing new features we are working on for the next release.


The AwesomeLock Team

Popular Mobile Newspaper App Newshunt Now Available In Windows Phone Store

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NewsHunt, a mobile newspaper app that brings together news from 85+ regional newspapers in 11 languages from India is now available in Windows Phone Store.  According to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights, users in India spend more time on NewsHunt apps than on YouTube.

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• Read News from 85 national & regional Newspapers, Websites & other News sources.
• Read News in English & 10 Indian languages.Available in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi & Oriya.
• Get Local News from over 600 Indian districts & towns, plus Cricket scores & horoscopes.
• Partners: The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, Mid-Day, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Malayala Manorama, Dinakaran, Dinamalar, Eenadu, Sakshi, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Deccan Herald, Sakaal, Divya Bhaskar, Jagbani, India Today, BBC (Hindi), IBNLive.com & more.
• Share News over SMS, Email & Facebook.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.