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Angry Birds gets 15 new levels with latest update

The original Angry Birds game by Rovio is today picking up a whole bunch of new levels to play with the addition of the new "Flock Favorites" episode. The new levels are based on previous favorite episodes and bring yet more new life to a long standing favorite.

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It's that time again, time for another Xbox One update and this month's offering has some nifty new features it brings to the table. Top of the list is a mobile purchasing option, giving you the ability to buy games and add-on content right within the Xbox SmartGlass application or by using Xbox.com. Providing your console is set up to automatically accept updates whatever you buy will start downloading and be ready and waiting when you get home.

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In its latest experiment, Twitter is receiving a lot of complaints from irked users when it decided to tweak its network to retweet messages that users mark as favorites. Users are complaining that they are seeing tweets that are favorited by those whom they follow in their Twitter timeline like a retweet, with many also getting notification alerts when others follow a new users.

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If BBM and the variety of third-party Snapchat clients aren't secure enough for your messaging needs, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has announced on Twitter that Cyber Dust will be launching next month on Windows Phone. Cyber Dust promises to be a secure, fun messaging experience with stickers, self-destructing messages, and alerts if someone has attempted to save your message by capturing a screen shot.

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T-Mobile's new plan accommodates larger families

T-Mobile already has a special promotional 4-line family plan with unlimited text and talk along with 10 GB of data total, and now it seems that the un-carrier network is launching an even larger family plan to accommodate groups of up to 6. The 6-line plan is similar to the 4-line plan and will cost $120 per month.

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Offline maps are a handy Windows Phone feature that can help minimize the amount of data your Windows Phone consumes while plotting a course, navigating your travels or simply finding where you are.

The offline maps receive updates from time to time and we have gotten a few reports that several are receiving updates today. We can confirm that the Southern United States (at least Alabama, Florida and Georgia) are receiving updates as well as various European regions.

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Kotak Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, is the stock broking and distribution arm of the Kotak Mahindra Group. One of the oldest broking houses in India, its operations include stock broking and distribution of various financial products.

The company has introduced a unique stock trading app that lets you trade, view latest quotes, track portfolio and market movements, analyze market trends, and get live research calls. The Kotak Stock Trader app provides you with the right tools to keep up with India's biggest stock exchanges – the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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What is your favorite simple Windows Phone game?

What is your favorite simple game for Windows Phone? That is a question being tossed around in a Windows Phone Central forum discussion by Forum Member Omar94f.

He is looking for suggestions for games that have really simple controls (such as tapping on the screen as the only gaming control) or possibly games that are easy to play in short bursts. These are often games that are great time wasters that aren't too involved, like a game of Halo: Spartan Assault, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Today Only: Buy the Body Glove Satin Case for Nokia Lumia 520 and save 40%

The Lumia 520 Satin Case from Body Glove brings case innovation alive again with its brushed aluminum texture and trimmed high gloss accents for an all-around reliable solution against damage. The wear-resistant material that this case is made from will enhance your grip and shield against scratches and impacts if and when they occur.

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Waze: No plans for Windows Phone app update

We might never see another update to Waze on Windows Phone. At least that's what we've heard directly from Waze on Twitter. Waze is a popular navigation app that offers turn-by-turn navigation, user-submitted speed traps and more. It's a highly popular app with millions of users who prefer it over other navigation services. The thing is Google bought the company last summer, and we know friendly Google is towards Windows Phone.

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Oxigen Wallet is a popular mobile wallet service in India for money transfers, mobile and DTH subscription recharges, and bill payments. The prepaid wallet is approved by the Reserve Bank of India and is India's first non-bank wallet to have tied up with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for Instant Money Transfer.

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ICYMI: August 16, 2014

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It.

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Top New and Rising Windows Phone Games

Windows Phone Central Roundup: Top New and Rising Games

One of the many nice features of the Windows Phone Store is the New and Rising category of games and apps. This category is showcased on the Store's main web page and is one of the handful of categories you can sort title listings by.

In a nutshell, this category will feature the newer Windows Phone titles that are riding a wave of popularity. These titles typically come out of the gate with high user ratings and a decent download rate as well.

We touch on this category from time to time with our roundups to highlight some of the titles you may have missed. This week we will touch on the top five New and Rising games. Some of which you may have already heard of, while others may be new games worth trying. Please note that this category of games is fluid. The current titles holding the top five spots may be different today simply because it takes a few days to try out these games, shoot the photos and write up the roundup.

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Songbox is a new Windows Phone app that hopes to put add a musical twist to social networking. The app is really quite simple and lets you record ten seconds of your favorite song and share it with other Songbox members to rate. The twist is that the recording is you singing the snippet, not your favorite band/artist.

Songbox comes across as a nifty way to share your pipes with others and check out the rest of the talent out in the world.

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Today Only: Buy the Amzer Hybrid Case w/ Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 1320 and save 50%

This Lumia 1320 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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See more comments in the latest update for 6tag

6tag, the popular third-party Instagram app for Windows Phone has just received an update. The store listing mentions that version 3.3.2 now loads more comments under the images and also take into account username with dots. This update should be great for those who get a lot of comments on their images.

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