Just in time for your next holiday shopping spree: Mint, the wildly popular money management tool, is now available on Windows Phone 8. Download it now
As you can see below, the app shows all your financial accounts in one place and makes it easy to create and stick to budgets. Once you’ve linked your accounts to Mint, your financial transactions start to appear as they’re processed. Multi-touch graphs quickly show where your money is going, while the app’s Live Tiles offer handy financial snapshots.
Pull up account summaries, bill due dates, and set financial reminders. You can even apply for loans right from the app.
Another day, another holiday app sale.
Following on Disney’s heels, Electronic Arts is slashing prices on some of its classic titles by up to 60%. The sale, which runs through Dec. 2, includes all-time favorites like Monopoly, plus other fun family options including Trivial Pursuit, RISK, The Game of Life, The Sims 3, and more. See the games
Let’s talk turkey apps.
With T-minus two days to Thanksgiving 2013 here in the US, many people are double checking shopping lists and firing up their stoves for a lazy day of holiday feasting, family, and football. That’s where our newly updated Thanksgiving collection for Windows Phone comes in: it’s full of apps to help organize, upgrade and generally ease your plans for the big day. The collection spotlights some of my favorite kitchen companions including All Recipes, Everyday Food, and Big Oven—plus a bunch of others to keep you entertained while you digest.
Microsoft’s Jeff Meisner, meanwhile, published a very nice round up yesterday over on The Fire Hose blog of his own favorite Thanksgiving apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 owners. It’s a fun post full of lots of great download ideas. Check it out
Black Friday is still a few shopping days away, but there are already plenty of bargains to be had.
Case in point: Disney today kicked off a sale on its biggest Windows Phone game titles, including Where’s My Water?, Where’s My Perry?, Where’s My Mickey?, Wreck-it-Ralph, and Monster’s University.
For a limited time, you can grab all six for free from the Windows Phone Store. See the games
And get a FREE Power Boost in Where’s My Water? 2.
I’m happy to announce that Instagram and Waze are now available in the Store for Windows Phone 8.
The arrival of Instagram, which has more than 150 million users around the world, brings one of the world’s most popular social photo apps to what many critics have called the world’s best smartphone cameras. Instagram can transform everyday moments into shareable works of art. Just grab a picture from your Photos Hub, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram (or share to Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr and Foursquare). As with many other Windows Phone apps, Instagram for Windows Phone will have a Live Tile which updates with data on the Start screen as well as support for fast-resume. This helps the app feel at home on the OS.
- The full set of Instagram filters including XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and more
- Linear and radial tilt-shift blur effects for extra depth of field
- Unlimited uploads
- Ability to like and comment on other people’s photos and videos
You can also read more on the Instagram blog.
This isn’t your typical traffic and navigation app. Instead, Waze makes it possible to join forces with other drivers and crowd source real-time road conditions, saving time and gas money.
By simply driving around with Waze running, you can outsmart traffic and help improve everybody’s daily commute. For example, you can both report accidents and hazards and see road problems on your route. Community-shared fuel prices make it easy to pinpoint the cheapest gas station. With Waze riding shotgun, it’s also fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.
Great time to own a Windows Phone
Instagram and Waze are just the latest in a wave of popular apps to arrive in recent weeks. Others include Vine, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Angry Birds Star Wars II—to highlight a few of the 500 apps that pour into the Windows Phone Store each day.
So when you consider the fully stocked Store, the broad range of phone models and prices—from the affordable Lumia 520 to the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 to the big new 6-inch Lumia 1520 (which goes on sale at ATT this Friday after earning rave reviews)—and the slew of new holiday deals and discounts now available to buyers, I think there’s never been a better time to own a Windows Phone.
Update: I wanted to clarify some of the early press coverage about the Instagram app’s ability to take pictures. Here’s the scoop directly from the folks at Instagram:
“Windows Phone users will be directed to their camera roll instead of a camera interface initially, where they have the option to either select an existing photo or take a new photo to apply filter to before sharing.”
Ahead of Friday’s release of Xbox One, the Xbox team today launched an all-new SmartGlass companion app for its next-gen game console. The app, available on both Windows phones and tablets, offers a whole new way to experience Xbox One.
Fans of the popular SmartGlass app for Xbox 360 will find plenty of new and innovative features alongside familiar handy ones.
The new app, for example, makes it easy to navigate your Xbox One dashboard, play videos and other media, and browse the web on your TV. You can also message friends, track Xbox Achievements, and unlock Challenges (a new community-focused feature similar to Achievements but more time sensitive). Speaking of cool new features, the new SmartGlass app can also play Game Clips, the recorded highlight videos that Xbox One lets you create and share, as well as snap apps, making multitasking on Xbox One a breeze.
There’s more. With the app you can easily manage your Pins, another new Xbox One feature that provides fast access to your favorite games or people. If you’re familiar with the Windows Phone or Windows 8.1 Start screens, then you already get the concept.
But the best part about SmartGlass for many people is how it serves as a second screen to whatever you’re playing on your TV. And the Xbox One version takes this second-screen concept to a whole new level. For example, the app can help you choose the best defense to counter your opponent’s line of scrimmage formation in Madden 25, and see maps and complete exclusive missions in Dead Rising 3.
Read more about the new Xbox One SmartGlass companion app on the Xbox Wire blog today.