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Everyone has their favorite brick and mortar stores for buying things, and for some, it is mass-seller Costco and its chain stores. Even though Microsoft is out of the Core i5 Surface Pro 3 with 128 GB of storage, Costco is ready to sell them next week.

Heading to the Costco site, and you can find the Core i5 version up for preorder at $1,149.99. If that sounds more expensive compared to the $999 Microsoft Store version, it is only because Costco is selling the Surface as a bundle, complete with a black Type Cover and one-year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal. With the 365 inclusion, you also get an extra 1 TB of OneDrive storage and 60-minutes of free Skype calls per month.

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Do you remember the good old days when Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone came at a steady clip every Wednesday? It almost seems like Microsoft is getting back into the swing of things, with not only more releases, but also the universal app kind. These are the ones where developers can code for one, but get two apps for Phone and Windows for users.

It is no secret that Age of Empires: Castle Siege is coming to Microsoft's platform, but today you can finally download both for your Phone and PC, and even get that coveted Xbox LIVE integration.

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Today Only: Buy the Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 for only $16.95!

The Incipio NGP case blends the perfect mixture of plastic and silicone into one streamlined design. These cases wrap all the way around your device for a snug, sure fit. The skin itself is completely stretch and tear resistant, yet the exterior's smooth matte finish almost feels like a hard case.

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UK mobile operator EE today refreshed the company's range of 4G SIM-only plans, offering more bang for your buck when it comes to mobile data. Available from today both online and in EE stores, the new 12-month and 30-day plans offer a wider range of options for consumers looking to hop onto the 4G bandwagon, without having to fork out an extreme amount for the luxury of LTE connectivity.

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Visa, Kraft Foods execs join Microsoft's board

Microsoft announced that two of its current board members are retiring and that the company is filling the vacant seats with new board members. At the end of their terms, Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon will retire, and Microsoft said that they would not be seeking re-election. When that happens, effective October 1, Kraft Foods Group Inc. EVP and CFO Teri List-Stoll and Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf will be joining Microsoft as its newest board members.

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September 9th, 2014, marked 15 years since the Mobile Nations story began, with the launch of Visor Central. A lot has changed in mobile tech in the years since, but one thing definitely has not — the passion of this great community. The response to our anniversary article was fantastic, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the congratulations and support you shared. It truly means a lot.

We celebrated the day by recognizing our ten longest, still-active members and also by holding a contest where two members from each of our active communities could each win a $150 gift card to be used towards the purchase of their next phone. And the usernames of the lucky winners are....

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Xbox One SmartGlass is probably the best app to have on your Windows Phone if you have an Xbox One. The app is incredibly useful and gains new functionality with nearly regular monthly updates. Recently, Microsoft introduced the ability to buy and purchase games and game add-ons using SmartGlass. A few of you still aren't too sure how to do that, so here's a quick guide on how to install stuff to your Xbox One without being anywhere near your Xbox One.

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Office Lens for Windows Phone has just been updated. Today's update to Office Lens adds a few new features that make creating notes from photos even easier. With Office Lens you can save photos of whiteboards and docs to OneNote, but today's update allows you to create Word and PowerPoint files from those images as well!

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Today Only: Buy the Incipio Feather Snap-On Case for Nokia Lumia Icon for only $15.95 and save 36%

Lightweight and durable, this Feather Case is engineered to provide inconspicuous protection. The snap-on application allows for quick installation when needed and its soft touch finish provides a comfortable grip in the hand. Comes in black, cyan, pink and gray!

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Over the last week, some users have been experiencing issues with the WPCentral app for Windows Phone and our massive forums. Specifically, users are getting error messages when trying to access the feature through the app. I let you know last week about the problem, when we re-launched our mobile site, and that our developer Jay Bennett would address the issue as soon as he came back from vacation.

Today, version v4.5.5.915 is now live in the Store and brings along with it that hotfix for the forum issues. The update should resolve any connecting issues that people with Windows Phone 8 and higher were having.

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Flying can be both an enjoyable experience and an absolute nightmare, depending entirely on just how smoothly the journey progresses. There are numerous apps available to help make things easier and App in the Air for Windows Phone is one of these solutions. Available for free on the Windows Phone Store, App in the Air helps travelers by providing accurate information on a variety of topics, be it finding the best food in an airport or connecting to free Wi-Fi.

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Top Spider-Man Unlimited tips and tricks

Spider-Man Unlimited is the latest endless runner from mobile gaming giant Gameloft. The game's premise involves Spider-Men and villains from various universes converging into a single universe. With slick production values and dozens of different Spider-Men to collect, Unlimited is a real treat for fans of the web-slinger.

Want to get ahead on the Spider-Man Unlimited leaderboards and fill out your roster with Spidey's coolest costumes? Our latest tips and tricks guide will teach you the best ways to spend your time and energy while thwarting the plans of the Sinister Six.

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