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On Friday, Microsoft released the first beta of their Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1. One of the neat aspects of the app is the ability to use custom wallpapers. Although adding your own image is in and of itself not groundbreaking, the prospects of creating images that leverage the unique clock designs is certainly enticing.

In our forums, some Photoshop enthusiasts are hard at work creating numerous backgrounds for the different clocks. A few members are posting the bare image plus the after shot to show how it looks in action on the Live Lock Screen, and there are a few gems that you may want to grab.

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Ready for another challenging game that is hard to put away? If you said yes, you should check out Kitty in the Box. Originally released for iOS earlier this month, it has also just been released for Windows Phone. It looks really cute and simple, but it's not as easy as you think.

We've installed Kitty in the Box on our Nokia Lumia 930. Check out the gameplay video after break.

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Microsoft is on a roll with its marketing campaigns, particularly here in the UK. The tech giant has released numerous advertisements for a variety of Windows Phones, including the new Lumia 930 flagship, even going as far as taking the new Windows Phone to the Cornbury music festival.

Families and children were able to be a part of the 'One Experience' where Microsoft had everyone dress up to feature in recorded scenes and eventually a movie. Now the company has released a video to show how everything was put together.

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T-Mobile is launching a new plan aimed at families of four. Beginning this Wednesday, July 30, customers will be able to set up a four-line Simple Choice plan with 10GB of data for $100 per month. Unlike plans on other carriers where that data would be shared, on T-Mobile each line will get 2.5GB of high-speed data. The offer will be available until 2016.

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Popular news reader app for Windows Phone, Magnify has just had its price knocked out the park for 24 hours. The myAppFree deals are popular offers where developers cut the price of their apps to allow more consumers to download their content for absolutely nothing at all. It's a superb promotion to really engage with their audience and attract some more downloads.

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Microsoft has released a new video putting Cortana up against the renown virtual assistant from Apple, Siri. The two assistants go head to head in a rather humorous commercial, showing just what Cortana can do to help with day-to-day tasks, offering a more natural experience.

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Follo (follo.co.in), a Times Internet service, is a celebrity connect service that enables fans to connect to their favorite actors, actresses, models, et al. You could read their updates, view extensive multimedia content, or listen to their voice feeds.

By follo-ing a celebrity, you could stay updated about their work and personal endeavors - breaking news, exclusive quotes, celeb gossip, trade news, event photos, candid shots, video interviews and more. Follo features celebrities from Bollywood and cine stars from regional cinema as well as Indian cricketers.

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After having spent some time on iOS and Android, the developers behind Get Water, Decode Global Studio, have finally made the game available on Windows Phone. If you're not familiar with the game, Get Water is the educational side­scrolling endless runner that aims to bring attention to the water scarcity in India and South Asia, and the effects it has on girls' education.

It tells the story of Maya, a girl who loves going to school and learning new things, but as the village's water pump is broken she keeps getting pulled out of school to get water for her family. The faster Maya can collect water, the faster she can get back to school to learn more.

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In April, Nokia revealed their Lumia 930 and a few other bits, including their new MD-12 portable Bluetooth speaker. A few months went by and finally the MD-12 started hitting various shops, though it is still relatively difficult to find (even for myself). That is why I was surprised to find it sitting on Microsoft's online Store for $49 in green, yellow, white or orange (sold out) – news to me, at least.

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Earlier this year when Verizon finally released the Lumia Icon, I gave the phone a solid review. However, one thing that always bothered me about Verizon's Lumia phones is their lack of color. For instance, the Icon comes only in white or black, but there is no red, which would seem like an obvious choice for the rosy-hued carrier.

Fast forward to mid-year and the Lumia 930 picks up some borderline neon green, and bright orange back covers. Is there a way to switch them to add color to your Lumia Icon? You bet, and you can find the answers in our forums.

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Although web sites and reporters often spill the secrets of companies, the best-kept ones get published by the companies themselves. Case in point is the revelation that 'folders' are coming to Update 1 (aka GDR1) for Windows Phone 8.1, which was accidentally revealed by Microsoft's website. Details though have been scarce about the forthcoming update, including what it contains. Luckily, Microsoft's Dev Center is filling in the blanks as we reported yesterday.

On Microsoft's website, buried within the Dev Center are two pages dedicated to the minor OS update. One page is 'What's new in the documentation for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1' and the other just 'Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1.' Now, details from those internal pages is starting to trickle out.

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On Friday, Microsoft released their new Windows Phone Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1. The app is still in the beta stages and offers a collection of lock screen styles that can be customized with your images, Bing's Image of the Day or you can opt for a solid color as the backdrop.

There was a slight build up to the release of this app and there's a discussion going on in the Windows Phone Central Forums asking if the app has lived up to the hype surrounding it's release.

WPCentral Forums member Crise feels the app so far is a disappointment citing the app is uninspiring designs and slowness. Keep in mind that this app is still a beta and Microsoft is still fine tuning things but based on the comments, several share Crise's point of view.

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The developer of Status Tiles for Windows Phone has changed the price of the app to make it free for everyone for the next 48 hours. If you've been interested in downloading the app but failed to make the purchase, it's now recommended you pick up a copy and give it a go. Status Tiles is a handy app that helps you out by pinning shortcuts to the Start screen, showing the status of numerous features (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and more).

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