3/26/13

March Apps Madness 2013 – news and entertainment apps


It’s day three of March Apps Madness. We kicked off Thursday with the first round of voting on the games category and went in to the weekend withour social apps voting.
Today we start voting on the next batch of our apps with News and Entertainment apps. These are our go-to apps for staying connected with current events and factoids for water cooler conversations.
 If you need to research your choice and study the form, visit the Windows Phone Store – and remember, you can try the apps before you buy on a Nokia Lumia phone.
Under each pairing, select your favorite among the two choices below.  We’ll take it from there. 
Gas Buddy
Giving you the most comprehensive real-time gas prices and helping you find the cheapest prices in your area. Help fight high gas prices together by reporting gas prices, and get a chance to win free gas in the process! 
This is an all new, all Windows Phone 8 version of theGasBuddy app you know and love. There’s too many changes, fixes, improvements, and additions to mention, but rest assured, this is THE way to use GasBuddy.
All About Windows Phone
Keep up to date with the latest Windows Phone news, reviews, apps and much more with the FREE All About Windows Phone (AAWP) app. AAWP is the number one independent source of information for the Windows Phone platform.
The app is packed full with everything you need to know as it happens including latest articles, device, app and game reviews, tutorials, opinion-editorials, links, media and podcasts. You can now easily browse, read and share all the essential news quickly and easily on the move and the live tile support will notify you when new articles are available so you can stay ahead of the game.
 Once you’ve found something of interest you can share it with friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or email. If you need to know something specific, you can search for a related article in the handy search tool. What makes the app even more appealing is you can join in the discussion and add your own comments via the app.
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USA TODAY 
NEW in this Version
- Photo Gallery improvements
- Design and performance enhancements for Windows Phone 8 – Updated Live Tile support
- Theme support for a dark or light interface
- Weather city personalization
- Fast App Switching
- Various Bug Fixes 
Headlines – Browse and read stories from News, Money, Sports, Life, Tech and Travel. Watch related videos, enlarge images and share stories via Facebook, Twitter, email or text message. 
Scores – Review the latest sports scores for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, college football and college basketball.
Weather Flow
The weather experience tailored for Windows Phone 8 with amazing live tiles and awesome lock screen support.
Features you’ll love inWeather Flow include:
* Choose from two different live tile styles and three different live tile settings. Use the simple and elegant modern style or the graphical and beautiful rich style. Set the content of the live tile to show current, daily and hourly forecasts.
* Choose from three different lock screen styles and three different lock screen information settings. Choose your background image to represent the current weather, use a custom image or use the daily Bing wallpaper. Set the content of the lock screen to display the current weather, daily or hourly forecasts.
* Supports both metric (Celsius) and imperial (Fahrenheit)
* All three tile types (small, medium, wide) are supported with backtiles
* Track weather for multiple locations in the app. Forecasts and weather conditions are provided for locations around the world.
* Pin multiple locations to your start screen to track whether it’s warm or cold, rainy, cloudy, windy or sunny there.
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Plex
Plex for Windows Phone brings the power of Plex to your mobile device. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server (available from http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/) and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. There’s also a remote control feature for Plex Media Center. 
Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary! 
Plex Media Server streams your media directly from your computer, so there’s no need to convert before viewing. Plex is smart, too – if your media isn’t already in a format your device can play, it’ll convert it on-the-fly.
The Register
Biting the hand that feeds IT  With more than 6 million readers a month, The Register is the one of the world’s biggest online tech publications. 
It has news desks in London, San Francisco and Sydney to make sure you get the news you need on the tech market wherever and whenever it happens. And it has columnists who’ll give you an interesting take on the implications. 
It has an active community of IT Pros from across the world, who discuss everything from cloud to chips, systems design to sys admins, Virtualisation to Vatican bloggers, Latvian hackers to liquid crystal solid-state raygun turrets. 
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AmazingWeather HD
The fastest most beautiful and informative weather app with dynamic lockscreens and mix and match live tiles to bring you the ultimate experience on your phone. 
Beauty meets brain inAmazingWeather HD; have the most aesthetically pleasing app with live HD animations or a sleek modern look, and get the most weather details in addition to quick 7 days overview, hourly data,charts, warnings, satellite images, detailed forecasts, GPS live tiles, lockscreens and much much more! 
Bring new life to your phone with Lockscreens, a collection of background images specifically hand picked and styled in two themes with a variety of options to display weather info in your own unique taste.
Baconit
Baconit is a modern metro reddit app for Windows Phone. Baconit fully supports Windows Phone 8, and provides a beautiful, clean, fast, and easy interface to reddit.
Reddit is a leading source for news, events, politics, technology, gamming, humor, and much more. With Baconit, the user is able to easily and quickly browse all of the information on reddit with a quick, clean, and beautiful metro inspired interface.
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