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Weekly photo contest: HDR

HDR! It's the category in photography that everyone loves to hate. There probably isn't a subject more polarizing in photography than HDR. Which is why it's going to be our theme for the weekly photo contest. Think you have an eye to capture a scene where HDR works? Then you best be entering!

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Want to lighten the load of your backpack? Then you're going to want to win a free Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. Today is National Backpack Awareness Day, an event to raise awareness about how the total weight of your bag can have negative health impacts. It was started by the American Occupational Therapy Association to make sure you don't carry too much junk in your bag. Microsoft things the Surface Pro 3 does a goob job of getting rid of excess gadgets in your bag, so they're celebrating by giving away one to you.

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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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Do you like free stuff? Of course, you do, which is why we want to remind you to enter our little contest to win either a Lumia 830 or a Lumia 735! Both phones aren't out yet, but we'll ship them as soon as they're available. The iPhone 6 was announced last week, so we decided to celebrate by giving away some new Windows Phones! How cheeky of us.

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Weekly photo contest: Nightlife

We're going to have 'nightlife' as the theme for the weekly photo contest this week. This is another contest where you can get creative and inventive with what nightlife means to you. As usual, you'll be using your Windows Phone to capture nightlife and sharing your entry in our forums.

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On September 9th, 1999, the origin story for Mobile Nations began when VisorCentral launched from my student apartment at University of Florida. Immediately the website became a fixture of the Handspring Visor online community by delivering high quality and reliable news, articles, reviews, and an active forum.

While today the Visor is a relic — I'm sure many of our younger readers have never even heard of it before — 15 years later we are stronger than ever delivering the same experience that made VisorCentral a success. Over the years we have navigated the many shifts in mobile platforms, and today Mobile Nations reaches over 32 million readers every month through Android Central, iMore, WPCentral, CrackBerry and our newest site, Connectedly.

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Over the month of August, WPCentral and AdDuplex teamed up for a Lumia 1520 giveaway contest. The entry simply involved users Tweeting a screenshot of their Start screen with the WPCentral app pinned and the hashtag #AdDuplexWPC.

The contest was open worldwide, and one lucky person was walking away with a brand new Lumia 1520 for about 30 seconds of "work."

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Leave up to eight comments on this article for eight chances to win Verizon's new HTC One (M8) for Windows!

HTC is back. Today they announced the new HTC One (M8) for Windows. It's not new if you read Android Central all the time, but it is brand new to us here at Windows Phone Central. The HTC One (M8) for Windows launches with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and is now available to order on the Verizon website. You can also walk into your local Verizon store tomorrow and pick one up. Or you can leave a comment and win one from us.

To enter, all you need to do is login to Windows Phone Central and leave a comment for your chance to win.

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You know what is fun? Winning a Lumia 1520, one of the best Windows Phone I have used (and still use). Luckily for you, you now can win one, and it is super simple.

We are teaming up with AdDuplex (adduplex.com) for their August Challenge. Last month, WPCentral won their July Challenge for favorite internet source for Windows Phone news (blush), so now we are paying it forward. Here is what you have to do.

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Weekly photo contest: Coffee

Ready for another weekly photo contest? Of course, you are! Last week we kicked off this new weekly series with the theme sunrise. You guys and gals submitted some gorgeous sunrise photos! Now it's time for another photo contest. This week I want to see your best coffee photos!

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Weekly photo contest: Sunrise

Let's get out and shoot more. I thought it would be fun if we had a weekly photo contest here on the site. How about every Wednesday we'll pick a theme, and you have until next Tuesday to go out and use your Windows Phone to capture the image. Our first theme? Let's do sunrise.

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Over the weekend, Windows Phone Central announced a contest in which readers could win copies of Snuggle Truck and Jack Lumber from Owlchemy labs. To enter, all you had to do was pick a game and give us a Monty Python quote. Monty Python is the British comedy troupe responsible for the Monty Python's Flying Circus television series and three classic films (more or less).

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Every now and then a new game developer joins the Windows Phone ecosystem and you just wonder how we ever lived without them. One such company is Owlchemy Labs, a small studio who recently published two stellar games: Snuggle Truck, a 2D driving/stunt game, and Jack Lumber, the best lumberjack game on the market.

Last week, our Jack Lumber review reminded some readers of Monty Python's Flying Circus. So "Hey," we thought. "Why not arrange a little Monty Python-themed contest and give away some Owlchemy prizes?" That's what we're doing this weekend. You guys can enter to win the Steam versions of Jack Lumber ($7.49 value) and Snuggle Truck ($4.99 value). Play a bit on your PC , Windows 8 device, or Mac and get an idea of what the Windows Phone games are like. And it's really easy to enter!

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A few weeks ago we started our Hidden Gems series in conjunction with Microsoft. The goal of the series is to highlight apps and games of high quality but that slip under the radar. Sure it is easy to write about big official apps, but it is these burgeoning services and games that are the heart of mobile today.

Currently, we are on a brief hiatus as we catchup on device release news, reviews and our usual content. However, two things: one, you can still enter our contests to win a new phone or tablet, and two, the series returns in the coming weeks!

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Okay folks, as Friday is winding down we figured it were time to announce our Surface Pro 3 contest winner. If you recall, all you had to do was leave up to three comments on our original article. Those comments were enough to enter, even if you're world-wide.

We ended up having an astonishing amount of entries, which broke our backend CMS a few times (thanks for the free stress test!). Let's take a look.

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Win a Surface Pro 3 from Windows Phone Central!!

Leave up to THREE comments on this article for THREE chances to win a Core i5 Surface Pro 3!

It was just over one week ago that Microsoft pulled the covers off of the Surface Pro 3, a device I use every day now (don’t worry, our full review is due soon, we like to spend time with it first). We know many of you want this super awesome, but admittedly pricey, high-tech gizmo, so we’re giving you three chances to WIN ONE.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is login to Windows Phone Central and leave a comment for your chance to win. And since this is the third Surface Pro, we're going to spice things up and give you up to THREE chances to win. After you leave your first comment, you can leave a second and a third to earn your additional chances (you can leave even more comments if you like, but only your first three will count for contest entry purposes). Please make comments UNIQUE from each other, otherwise you will trigger our spam filter!

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