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Popular Android game, Balance 3D, has just been ported over to Windows Phone. It boasts 10-50 million downloads from the Google Play store, and now it's over at the Windows Phone Store as Ball 3D. It's a fully 3D game in which you go through mazes with unstable places, and unpredictable gravity.

We've installed it on our Nokia Lumia 930. Watch the gameplay video to see if it's worth your time.

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Microsoft is now offering a $100 off promotion on its Windows RT-powered Surface 2 tablets, including the model with built-in 4G LTE connectivity. With the $100 discount, the 32 GB version of the Surface 2 now starts at just $349 and the most expensive configuration, the 64 GB model with AT&T 4G LTE, retails for just $579 through Microsoft's online store and at its retail locations.

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Is it still worth getting the Lumia 1520?

Is it still worth getting a Lumia 1520 now? That is a question being discussed over in the Windows Phone Central Forums and has a personal interest as well.

WPCentral Forums Member johnj2803 brings up the topic of discussion wanting to avoid buying the 1520 now and in a few months seeing a newer model released. The question takes a personal note because with the price points of the 1520.3 going sub-$500, it's awfully tempting to pick one up.

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Aldi in Germany has a superb offer for anyone looking for a brand new Windows Phone. The Lumia 630 will go on sale soon with a price tag of just €109. According to the website, we're looking at August 28 as to when the smartphone will be available in stores, but it's the price that will surely attract consumers to at least check out Microsoft's mobile platform with its affordable hardware.

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ICYMI: August 23, 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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When Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November of last year, the company didn't have the supply to meet worldwide demand. So while the console debuted in the US, UK, and several more countries initially, several other markets have had to wait for the system. One country without the Xbox One is Japan, a very tough market for Microsoft to crack.

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The Lumia 525 is an odd device, as it is just a Lumia 520 but with a boost in RAM to 1 GB, instead of the normal 512 MB. Even though that may be preferable for some users, it is fascinating to see how widely unavailable this phone is worldwide. For instance, the Lumia 525 is found nowhere in Latin America or North America, and even in Europe, it is mostly isolated to Russia and Ukraine.

Still, countries in the Asia Pacific region do have the Lumia 525 on the shelves, and those users should be pleased to know that Lumia Cyan is being pushed out to those devices. Like previous rollouts, this one is only starting on a limited basis, with a wider rollout usually occurring one week later. So far, these countries are getting Lumia Cyan on the Lumia 525.

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Back in the month of April, T-Mobile announced that it will be rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 521 over the summer. As we head into fall, there is no word of when the update will be available to users on either device, with a tweet from T-Mobile's support account only mentioning that an update will be available "later this year."

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Our interview with Alienware's General Manager discussing the Alpha

While game consoles like Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One have found their way into hundreds of millions of homes to be connected to televisions, it's been a challenge for the PC industry to offer a product that's designed to connect to a big screen TV and be used in a living room setting. A year ago, Valve announced a plan to launch its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, that was designed to be used in small living room PCs to play native Linux games and to stream PC games from their Steam service.

While Valve announced earlier this year plans to team up with a number of third party PC OEMS for a SteamOS hardware launch later in 2014, the company later revealed those plans have been pushed back to sometime in 2015. However, one of those SteamOS partners, Alienware, decided to go ahead and launch their SteamOS machine this year as a Windows 8.1 PC, the Alienware Alpha. While it may use Microsoft's latest operating system, the team at Alienware (which Dell acquired in 2006) are also developing their own UI that will allow owners to use the Alpha as a gaming PC with an included Xbox 360 controller, with no requirement to use the Windows 8.1 desktop.

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Windows Phone Store Collection: I Love Ninjas

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Ninja Games

Two of the more common characters in Windows Phone games have to be zombies and ninjas. Aliens are popular as well but that's an awfully broad category. Ninjas are the stealthy assassins known for tossing razor sharp throwing stars or slicing through their enemies with a sword.

Both ninjas and zombies have their own Windows Phone Store Collection and this week's round-up will focus on the I Love Ninja Collection. The Collection showcases a handful of games featuring our black robed warriors. We've plucked a few of the titles to highlight and for the most part, all five titles are entertaining time wasters.

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There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

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Using the HTC One M8 for Windows as a TV remote

Did you know that the HTC One M8 for Windows can control your TV? The One – both on Android and Windows Phone – comes with an infrared (IR) blaster built into the top of the device. Combined with their HTC Sense TV app and your One goes from a smartphone to a smart-remote.

See how it works in our hands on video.

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Without much fanfare, Microsoft had quietly unveiled the Nokia BH-222, which is a Bluetooth headset, for the U.K. The headset is still marked as "coming soon" in the UK store, and pricing information isn't quite available at this time. The discreet Bluetooth headset will allow you to make and take calls as well as listen to music.

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Hidden Pineapple, developer behind upcoming email app Maestro, has posted a video update about the current status of the app, along with a demo of the current version. Maestro has faced some delays, with the beta originally intended for a July release. Check out the video by Maestro team member Ben Krogh below.

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The Dot View Case for the HTC One M8 for Windows is great because it has interactive features while still protecting the device. You can see the time, weather, and even interact with Cortana without flipping open the front cover. But not everyone is in love with it. WPCentral forums member, offbeatpop, thinks the features are cool, but it's ugly and hides the beautiful craftsmanship of the HTC One M8 for Windows. What do you think?

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