Check out a few of the many cool apps out there for Windows Phone!

We all know there are great apps out there, the challenge is finding them! Our very own Canadian evangelist Paul Laberge is highlighting a few of his favourites every week. Here’s are this week’s highlighted apps. You can keep an eye on www.w00t.ms for his weekly blog post, or you can subscribe to receive his weekly “apps of the week” email to keep finding cool new apps for your Windows Phone.

We’ve had student apps featured in his blogs and emails as well, if you have built a really cool app that you think we should know about tell us!

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clip_image001This app helps you locate Shaw Exo WiFi zones near you. Extend your Internet experience beyond your home into public locations such as malls, parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and gyms. Our coverage is growing daily, with hundreds of locations in select cities across Canada.

Connecting to Shaw Exo WiFi is available at no extra cost to Shaw residential Internet customers. You will have WiFi access with leading broadband Internet speeds without the worry of expensive mobile data charges.

Stream video, wage online battles, and use data-intensive applications on all your wireless devices just as smoothly around town as at home. The best part is that once you sign in, you don’t have to re-authenticate each time you enter a new Shaw Exo WiFi zone.

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link:  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-CA/apps/4c4df4b9-d707-4922-8314-b8dccddb6e44

Country of Origin:  Canada

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By now, you are probably well aware of how important Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia is not only to the Phone business, but to other parts of the business including Bing.  Clearly, the people at Nokia have a lot to offer our customers and their smartphones have been garnering rave reviews for their industrial design, with some in the press going so far as to say the torch for innovation in industrial design being passed from Apple to Nokia.  Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phones include the 900 (available on Rogers), the 800 (available on Telus), the 710 (available on Rogers and Mobilicity) and the 610 (available on Koodo) and all of them feature Windows Phone 7.5, our award winning and visually stunning mobile platform.  With this great industrial design and a cool hand of colours to select from to boot, it’s no wonder that apps built for Windows Phone 7.5 look great on these phones.  This week’s edition of the Apps of the Week are dedicated to the apps that completely rock on the Nokia Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Nokia Drive (Nokia Exclusive)

imageNokia Drive is a car navigation app that includes full offline support without the necessity of a data connection and coverage in more than 100 countries across 6 continents.  Find where to go with access to millions of places and get there easily. 

 

 

 

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link (works only from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone):  http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=b5382dbf-0923-4195-b68b-f93b7ee76fe9

Country of Origin:  Finland

Creative Studio (Nokia Exclusive)

clip_image021Creative Studio makes image editing fun and transforms the way you take photos on your Nokia Lumia – you can add special effects to photos before you’ve even taken the shot. Created by Nokia, Creative Studio transforms standard photos into something extra special, with ease.

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link (works only from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone):  http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=55a4097e-d65f-4a77-81a3-7fec8bacdedd

Country of Origin:  Finland

Nokia City Lens (Nokia Exclusive)

clip_image025Augmented reality is on its way to Nokia Lumia. With Nokia City Lens, you instantly know more about the neighbourhood than the locals do. Nokia City Lens turns your phone’s camera into an augmented reality browser, revealing places and points of interest around you with stunning clarity. Just tap on a place to see business hours, reviews, and more. There’s no easier way to get more from wherever you are.

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Price:  Not yet available – will be released in 2012

Marketplace Link:  Beta available to Lumia 900/800/710 users here - http://betalabs.nokia.com/trials/nokia-city-lens

Country of Origin:  Finland

PGA TOUR (Nokia Exclusive)

imageGet weekly inside access to the PGA TOUR’s best players and events with the official PGA TOUR Application.  This app will enable you to follow every stroke of every player throughout the season. 

 

 

 

 

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link (works only from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone):  http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=39e74375-8ce6-42b4-8d37-3ac1c8cc1fb1

Country of Origin:  USA

Cocktail Flow

imageBrowse, find and discover cocktails with a continously growing collection of drinks. The application features beautifully presented recipes and identifies cocktails that can be made from ingredients in your bar. It also gives suggestions on what ingredients to buy next to make additional delicious cocktails.

The application is regularly updated with new cocktail recipes, the latest ones added include several themed drinks.

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Price:  CAD $2.99

Marketplace Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-CA/apps/ddd1ad08-d9d5-df11-a844-00237de2db9e

Country of Origin:  USA

News360

imageNews360 aggregates more than 15,000 different news sources around the web to bring you news stories in a concise and useful stream, along with photos and video covering the story. The semantic analysis technology behind News360 allows you to tailor your feeds to your exact interests and location, and get background information and dossiers about all the companies, people and locations that make the news.

 

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-CA/apps/078e239f-4bdc-df11-a844-00237de2db9e

Country of Origin:  USA

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 imageCan’t decide where to go or what to do? Don’t worry!  With Zufall Adventures you can escape the crippling effects of indecision and embrace the romance of spontaneity. Throw planning out the window, roll the dice and let chance lead you to your next adventure.

Zufall Adventures is the app that helps answer that insidious question, “What do you want to do?”  Whether you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch, an exciting way to spice up date night, motivation to throw away the guide book, a place to spend the weekend, or an adventurous way to explore the world – Zufall Adventures can lead the way.

Start by telling Zufall how you want to travel (foot, bike, car), what type of adventure you are looking for (coffee, dining, exploring, shopping, overnight) and then set your limits. All you have to do is shake the dice and Zufall will identify your target zone on the map and alert you once you get there. Once in the Zufall Zone, you can ask the map to show you what’s in the vicinity for your specific type of adventure or you can discover it on your own.  Then share your journey with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Sound like you’re still making too many decisions? You can also set Zufall to the “I can’t decide” setting and let the dice do all the work.

In a hurry? Zufall Adventures also comes with a Quick Roll option.  No selecting parameters - just shake the dice and go the selected number of blocks in the direction rolled.

Whether you are up for a quickie or an epic journey – Zufall is your best path to an adventure by chance.  Unleash spontaneous fun with one shake of the dice. 

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Price:  CAD $1.29

Marketplace Link:  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-CA/apps/34c3afb5-aaa2-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Country of Origin:  Canada

100th Day of School (Nokia Exclusive)

Join Elmo in an interactive read-aloud experience! And don’t miss all the Sesame Street books!

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Price:  Free

Marketplace Link (works only from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone):  http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=0ec2cb6e-4067-4445-9b98-7f84a85f542b

Country of Origin:  USA

Mirror’s Edge (EA Exclusive to Nokia Lumia Users)

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Immerse yourself in the world of Faith Connors – an underground “runner” who must bolt into action to stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers. 

ONCE YOU BECOME A RUNNER, THERE’S NO LOOKING BACK

Run up walls, slide down ramps, ride zip lines and hurdle between rooftops as you burn through 14 levels of increasing intensity.  Think fast on your feet, engage in furious hand-to-hand combat, elude your enemies and push yourself to the very edge.

CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS

Upload your best scores to the XBOX Live Leaderboards so your XBOX Live friends can compete against you.

EXPERIENCE THE VISUAL POWER

Absorb the breathtaking graphics as you pound through a stunning cityscape flooded with realistic sounds, a pulsating soundtrack and dynamic camera angles.  You’ve never seen or felt a game quite like this.

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Price:  CAD $2.99

      

Marketplace Link (works only from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone):  http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=0ec2cb6e-4067-4445-9b98-7f84a85f542b

Country of Origin:  USA