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Discover the Weather Anywhere and Anytime of the Year with Climatology App for Windows

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Anyone with a smartphone is bound to have an app or two to check on the weather in their locality. Microsoft Research recently released a weather app called Climatology that’s quite unconventional in its offering. The app lets you access the weather data for any part of the world, for any time of the year. For instance, if you want to escape the freezing winters of your hometown and would love to be somewhere warm in January, you can find out places in the world that will be ideal to travel to at that time. Or, if you’re planning a cool November wedding but are worried that the rains will play spoilsport, you can check how the weather will play out in November, before you decide on a date.

While this may not the best weather app in the world, it certainly has its uses if you’re a frequent world traveller. The weather data are gathered by a team of Microsoft environmental scientists, so you can expect the data to be fairly accurate.

Climatology started out as an experiment by Microsoft and has very limited options at the moment. If you’ve got a mind for the unconventional, you can check out Climatology, which is available on the Windows Phone Store for the price of free.

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Tools

Speedometer for Windows Phone Updated with Dashboard Camera

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Speedometer, this is a GPS based car dashboard app by Sygic that provides speed camera alerts. The app has over 50,000 fixed speed camera locations and a live community support that reports traps and dangers on the road so you can stop worrying about getting caught speeding.

The developers have now upgraded the app to version 2.1, which brings a dashboard camera that can be used to record videos of all your trips. In many countries, a recent trend has been to scam insurance companies by faking accidents or claiming more damages for less serious ones. Having a dashboard camera helps users to show the results of the video recordings as evidence in case of an incident.

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The video recordings indicate the GPS, speed and location information and can be saved by the user at a location of his choice as well as on Sygic’s Azure servers. When the videos are stored in the Sygic cloud, they get processed by the company, which then adds metadata such as location, date, time, speed as subtitles. This comes in handy as it stands as a guarantee that the videos haven’t been tampered with and are a reliable piece of evidence for the police or insurance authorities.

Apart from the dashboard camera, the new update also brings additional improvements and features including thousands of speed cameras which have been added or updated, support for Polish and Turkish languages, speed camera information from TomTom, posted speed limits so you know what speeds you should be driving at, and improvement in manage & export trip logs.

The new dashboard camera is not a free service though. Users are required to pay $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year to avail themselves of the service. You can grab this handy app from the Windows Phone Store for the price of free.

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File Management App Files&Folders Pro is a Universal App for Windows

Managing files and folders on your mobile device can be a bit of a nuisance, but thanks to cool apps such as Metro File Manager and Files, handling all the file management tasks on your Windows Phone is relatively easy. Adding to the file managers on the Store is the fully functional file manager Files&Folders Pro from Finebits.

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Files&Folders Pro is a universal app, which means you can download the app on any Windows device and use it on other Windows devices too. The main features of the app include options to copy, move, rename and delete files and folders; open and extract files from archives such as RAR, ZIP, 7z, ZipX, ISO, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ARJ, XZ, and CAB; and add folders to Favorites and pin them to the Start Screen. The app also offers cloud support to OneDrive and Dropbox as well as support for multivolume archives.

If you often find yourself moving files between OneDrive and Dropbox, this app will make your job easy for you. Copying, cutting, deleting or renaming files is simple and intuitive as all you need to do to activate the options is press down on a file or folder. Currently, the app offers three themes with Bing wallpaper promised to be included in the upcoming 1.1.0.4 version.

Files&Folders Pro is free to download on the Windows Phone Store. Check it out and tell us what you think of the app.

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Music

BBC iPlayer Radio App Finally Comes to the Windows Phone Store

UK Windows Phone owners can now enjoy all their favorite radio stations on the go now thanks to the official BBC iPlayer Radio app landing on the Windows Phone Store.

Users can listen live to all BBC Radio stations and get access to hundreds of on-demand programs. There are also options to catch up on older programs, with up to 7 days past content being made available. Users can filter content based on Categories, Featured shows, or even the Most Popular.

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The app’s intuitive interface combines some neat Windows Phone features including Live Tiles and player integration. The app also lets users browse audio and video clips including live streaming music performances. The On Air feature lets users get a quick rundown on all the stations running programs.

BBC radio can be accessed over WiFi, 3G or 4G data connection. Users will have to note that using the app over a 3G or 4G data connection will impact the data allowance.

If you love BBC radio, be sure to pick up the free BBC iPlayer Radio app from the Windows Phone Store.

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Photo

Create Levitating Photos with the Cool Windows Phone App Levitagram

There are many photography apps in the app market that let you add a variety of creative effects to your image captures and share them with the world. Levitagram is a brand new app for Windows Phone that takes image alterations to a whole new level. The app lets you remove specific objects from your photos and give them a floating effect.

Obviously that’s possible if you have a professional camera and Photoshop, but then not everyone has the advanced skills to put such an effect together. However, with Levitagram this is made possible with a few taps and swipes of your fingers.

You can create a levitation effect with Levitagram in three simple steps. When you capture an image, the app takes two images, one with the object and one without it. It then combines them into layers while giving you the freedom to erase or recreate the layers just by swiping your fingers. You can then create a photo that gives the appearance of objects floating, falling or hovering in the air. Pretty cool!

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Editing in Levitagram involves adjusting the brush sizes and its coarseness. You also have options to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color of the area where the object was removed to make it blend in with the background.

There are certain basic things that you need to keep in mind when taking a great levitation photo. For instance, using a self timer gives more stability to the camera allowing you to take better shots. Similarly mounting your phone on a desk or tripod also helps. You’ll also have to take care about the lighting effects, whether indoors or outdoors. There are quite a few dos and dont’s that you need to remember, but don’t worry, the app provides you with a step by step guide to help you with the process.

Levitagram is a fun app that you’ll definitely enjoy playing with. It’s available on the Windows Phone Store for the price of free for a limited time, so be sure to grab it while you can.

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Music

OneMusic is a Clean, Customizable Music Player for Windows Phone

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You may love your Xbox Music app but if you’re still looking for a viable alternative to it, you may want to check out OneMusic from Phillipe Maes.

This full featured MP3 app can access music from your phone as well as from the SD expansion card letting you create cool playlists from your collection. Its clean intuitive interface lets you randomize tunes, repeat music, and sort tracks when you are creating playlists.

The app also offers full album art support but Live Tiles and tag editing features are not part of the current version. Maes is busy working on the two features though, so users should be seeing them in the next update or so. Other limitations of OneMusic is it cannot access Xbox Music, DRM protected files, or work with an Xbox Music Pass.

OneMusic is available on the Windows Phone Store for $1.99 but you can check out the free 5 day free trial before you decide on buying it.

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Tools

16 Useful Tools, One App, This is #1 ToolKit for Windows Phone

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No smartphone is complete without a toolkit. Sure, the Windows Phone app comes with its own collection of default apps ranging from a clock to a weather app, but there are times when you want something more – something that may not be a big deal to many, but is mighty handy when you’re stuck with everyday problems.

Ccool Media’s cool utility app comes with a vanity title #1 ToolKit, but who can blame them when you consider what’s in the pack: 5 app sets with a total of 16 tools.

The first app set comprises a ruler, a compass, and a protractor. The second set includes a flashlight, a mirror, onetap and a magnifier. The third app set features a unit converter, and an NFC writer. Set number 4 brings a noise meter, and a recorder while the last one comes with a handy timer, a stop watch, a world clock, and system info.

As you can see, these 16 great utilities in #1 ToolKit could come in handy in any type of situation and is a must have app for your Windows Phone. What’s more, you can pick it up from the Store for the price of free. Download it on your Windows Phone by clicking the button.

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Print PDF Documents and Photos with the HP AiO Remote for your Windows Phone

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If you have a cool HP all-in-one printer and a Windows Phone with some great looking photos but can’t find a sensible and easy way to print them, look no further than the HP AiO Remote app for Windows.

This smart app from the leading IT company not only lets you print photos and PDF documents but offers plenty of other useful features too. For instance you can check ink or toner levels and view error messages, find and connect to other HP printers on your network, scan documents and photos from your HP multifunction printer, create high-quality documents using HP mobile scanner technology, save the captured documents to OneDrive as PDFs or JPEGs and share them with others.

You can also control your printer’s scan and print functions from your Windows phone itself, plus send scans directly to your mobile device from the printer. One downside to the app though is that some of its features may not be available with all printer models.

If you’ve got a HP printer, download the HP AiO Remote app for Windows Phone and let us know if you found it an ideal printing companion for your all-in-one.

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