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The media is important to everyone. It allows us to find out everything we need to know as well as influencing our everyday lives. However, there are so many different types of media it’s often hard to choose which one we would like to read, watch or listen to. Personally, I prefer to read my news — this way allows me to take everything in at my own pace and give me the opportunity to quickly come back to it later.

Although, ever since buying my Windows Phone I’ve been in desperate need of a capable and fast news application. Eventually, I came across Metro, a free newspaper which is heavily circulating in the UK.

Read on to find out if Metro is the app for you!

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Photography apps seem to pop up everywhere we go. Searching through the marketplace I constantly come across the “next big thing” in the photography category. It seems that the majority of us have moved on from the normal social networks and have transferred over to the world of photo social networking.

Unfortunately, we Windows Phone Users lack the ability to download the most popular app of this kind, Instagram. Until I came across Fontli, which quickly becoming one of my favourite apps. Fontli supports a sleek design which works perfectly with the layout. However, the most interesting feature is that all the pictures revolve around typography and how the letters are structured – something I hadn’t seen before.

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Social networking has become a part of our life. You probably have accounts in god knows how many social network sites. You tweet, share photos in Flickr, videos in Youtube and do everything in Facebook. Logging into each account everyday can be time consuming and boring. Wouldn’t it be better if you were able to manage all your accounts at once?

Yoono helps you to do just that by letting you access and manage all your social networking accounts in one place. Read on to find out more.

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The number of chat accounts one has to sign up to keep in touch has increased exponentially. Of course, you can download separate apps for specific accounts and use it but running multiple apps in the background will kill your phone’s performance. Not to mention the sheer amount of logging in and micro managing that you’ll have to do.

This is when IM+ comes along. IM+ is a mobile application which lets you to sign in to multiple chat services and chat with your friends simultaneously from different accounts.

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Looking for a better solution for team collaboration than Skype or Google Talk? HipChat is an affordable, cross-platform, cloud-based private chat service for your team or company. With group chat rooms, private messaging, file-sharing and video capabilities, HipChat is a solid application that will help your team communicate more efficiently than before.

Let’s see what HipChat has to offer and how it will help increase your team’s productivity.

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I have eight email accounts, plus Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, which means I have many different browsers open at any given time to keep track of everything. What if I told you there is a one-stop shop that collates all of your email and social media accounts into one handy-dandy desktop application?

The app to rule them all is Inbox2, a free, open-source social email application that integrates your email accounts with your social media accounts. Let’s find out how well Inbox2 stacks up as a social email app.

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Screencasts are a sure way to sell your stuff online, especially if you’re a developer. It adds certain credibility to your product and sometimes it’s easy to make your point. What needs a lengthy description on paper just takes a few seconds on a screenshot. For developers, mainly designers, it’s the best way to show-off.

“I’m already sold, just show me how the heck to do it”, I hear you say. Today, we’re going to take a look at the most popular screen recorder known to man. Yes, I’m talking about Camtasia Studio. Let’s find out what makes it so popular and if it’s worth your while — join me after the jump.

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Communicating via a mobile phone is something people do across the world everyday. Skype is a powerful software tool which will transfer this experience to the personal computer as well as add the ability to add video calls.

Get your friends, relatives and loved ones to set up their account communication becomes completely free. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection. Does it deliver on its lofty goals? Let’s find out!

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I remember first hearing about RockMelt a couple of years ago when I wasn’t quite as active on social networks. Google Chrome with some Facebook extensions baked in? That’s supposed to get me to switch?

I scoffed, tried it out and scoffed some more. But now that I manage multiple accounts on various social networks, every little time-saver helps. And that’s why I’m glad I checked out the latest version.

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Microsoft has been in the news a lot over the past year for having crafted the beautiful Metro design language. Metro lends itself very well to all kinds of apps, as demonstrated by early versions of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7. And they do deserve the credit being showered upon them – Metro is simple, focuses on conveying information and looks great on all types of screens. A number of Microsoft products will likely follow these design principles once Windows 8 is launched – but what if you wanted a taste of Metro right now?

Look no further than MetroTwit, as it presents a brilliant implementation of the Metro UI in its minimalistic Twitter client for Windows. The app layout, fonts and graphic elements all borrow from Metro reducing visual clutter and presenting a lot of dynamic textual information in a pleasing, usable interface. However, not everyone chooses a Twitter client simply on the basis of its looks. Is there to MetroTwit than meets the eye? Let’s try it and find out if it’s right for you.

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