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There's something to be said for convenience and fashion in one, though we might have to question just how convenient the battery-as-a-bracelet QBracelet really is. The band splits in the middle, with a hinge on one side and your choice of a microUSB plug or Apple Lightning connector on the other. Simply pop it off your wrist and plug into the charge port on your phone to juice up. But how much juice are you looking at? Not enough, especially not for the $99 asking price. It's not a smartwatch — it's just a battery, for your wrist.

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We use our Windows Phone devices to read emails, browse the web, take photos and more. How about opening the garage door? Yes, we can do that too. GoGogate (gogogate.com) has just released their official app for Windows Phone 8.1. The GoGogate app will connect your Windows Phone to a GoGogate device (sold separately) via your Wi-Fi home network to open or close your garage door or gate.

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Here's a sweet deal if you're looking to pick up the Surface Pro 3 in the UK when it launches next week. Voucher codes and deals website Quidco has £100 off the Microsoft tablet (through cashback) to match other neat deals available on Windows laptops at various retailers. The only problem with this offer is it expires today, so you better hurry through and make the purchase if interested.

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Opera has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide the company's mobile web browser for Asha, Series 30+, Series 40 mobile devices. This partnership will last 10 years and will see Opera Mini made the default web browser on hardware running said platforms. Windows Phone will not be affected by this deal.

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Today Only: Buy the BodyGuardz UltraTough ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 1020 and save 44%

These custom protectors are made from the same material used to shield the front of vehicles from rock chips and provides unmatched scratch protection from outside elements. Each pack includes 2 protectors so you can have a spare or share one with a friend!

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The Lumia Cyan update is going wider and wider each day. Starting yesterday and into today, many countries in Europe and the Middle East began getting the dual 8.1 and firmware update to their phones. Lumia 920 owners can rejoice. Even if your country is not listed, you know it is getting close.

As usual, we have gone through and documented by region, country, and carrier those that are eligible for the Lumia Cyan update! For non-Lumia 920 users, you can check your phone on our Cyan tracker page.

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Cases are always an optional accessory on phones, but the Dot View case for the HTC One M8 for Windows is much more than just protection. The case is interactive, showing owners useful information like the time, current temperature and the current conditions. The case is 'dot view' because of the mesh screen gives users a dot-matrix picture of that info.

On the new Windows Phone version, Microsoft and HTC added something unique to the equation: Cortana integration. Although all Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US get Cortana, the HTC One (M8) for Windows goes a step further by adding a feature to the Dot View case. Users simply swipe down on the case when the phone is in standby, and Cortana comes to life.

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Weekly photo contest: Outdoors

It's time for another weekly photo contest. Last week we decided to tackle motion with our Windows Phone cameras. Now this week we'll try and capture the outdoors. Get outside and shoot!

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When the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leaked back in February, double-tap to wake was seen in the documentation, suggesting that Nokia's tech was being opened to all OEMs. Fast-forward to August and HTC's new One for Windows is the first non-Lumia Windows Phone to feature this useful technology.

Double-tap to wake came to Nokia Lumias in mid-2013. The optional tool lets users tap their display twice when it is off, letting people turn on their phones without using the power-button. Double-tap has always been a useful feature, especially if you only have one-hand available and you would like to use your phone.

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The Kinect is no longer as important to Microsoft's Xbox One plans as it used to be (neither of the Call of Duty nor Sunset Overdrive bundles will include it). The Xbox One launched without any compelling Kinect games (though we enjoyed Zumba Fitness World Party), and developers haven't been too eager to pick up the slack since then.

Luckily, Harmonix is on the case. The studio has two Kinect-specific Xbox One games in store for the fall: the downloadable Dance Central Spotlight and the retail Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One and 360, published by Disney). Dance Central comes with built in-good will from Xbox 360 Kinect owners, but Fantasia is a more unknown property. To help get things moving, Disney has announced that Fantasia preorders will include a bundle of three bonus songs – including "Let it Go" as performed by Demi Lovato!

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The best Windows Phone you can buy - August 2014

Last December we looked at the best Windows Phone you could buy, concluding that the Nokia Lumia 925 was the top choice for Windows Phone shoppers. The svelte profile, sexy looks, and beautiful display make the Lumia 925 one of our favorite Windows Phones. However, it's hard to recommend buying it brand new today when it's well over a year old at this point. So it is time to refresh on our best Windows Phone recommendations.

Today we're going to look at the Windows Phone landscape and select the best Windows Phone you can buy right now.

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The HTC One (M8) for Windows is now available for those in the US on Verizon Wireless. In the coming months, other carriers, including AT&T, are set to launch the same flagship Windows Phone. The release of the HTC One (M8) for Windows is good news because with the cancellation of 'McLaren,' there are no flagship Lumias on the immediate horizon.

When it comes to hardware, the HTC One (M8) for Windows features some innovative specs, including a newer Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz along with the Adreno 330 GPU. The Lumia 1520 packs a still noteworthy – but older – Snapdragon 800 with a 2.2 GHz clock speed and Adreno 330 GPU.

Does it make it a difference? Indeed it does. The HTC One (M8) has become the second fastest smartphone in the world, and the fastest Windows Phone to date.

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Attention UK residents looking for a new Windows Phone on the cheap: starting Friday the 22nd of August you'll be able to get the brand new Nokia Lumia 530 from Carphone Warehouse. The Windows Phone 8.1 handset can be had for as low as £10 a month (£0 upfront) with a 500MB/month tariff from Talkmobile, or on your choice of UK carrier (EE, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone all included).

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Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

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