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Win a new Windows Phone from Amtrak (US only)

Want a new Windows Phone? Ride Amtrak on a somewhat regular basis? Then you, my friend, have the chance to win a brand new Windows Phone from Amtrak. There’s a contest going on right now with the folks over at Amtrak that we missed covering sooner. They’ve already given out two Windows Phone devices, but there’s still a two more up for grabs. Full details below on this contest open to U.S. residents.

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Next week, there’s a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Social Media Week aims to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. If that’s something you might be interested in, we’ve got a few passes to give away. Unfortunately, these passes are only for the New York campus.

Read on for more details.

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Last Thursday, we asked for your help rename Weather+ for Windows Phone. The app, developed by Bailey Stein, had received a ‘Content infringement claim’ from an iOS developer who had an app of the same name. So what to do? Why not ask you folks, since you use it!

The rules were simple: suggest a new name in comments. We would then pick five from the more than 1000 entries, and hold a poll where you can vote for your favorite. Well, that time is upon us, so head past the break for the five winners or round one, and vote for your favorite!

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Feb 7, 12:30PM ET: Comments are now closed! We'll be going through and picking our choices! Thanks to all who participated!

Weather apps. Everyone wants one, and everyone has their vision of the perfect one. Weather+ is the new kid in town that we’ve been covering, and it’s maintained a solid 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Store. That means many of you like its unique gesture based interface and bold UI.

Unfortunately, the weather app has run into naming troubles. This is an issue we’re seeing more and more these days as the mobile playing field starts to get crowded. The culprit? Weather+ is evidently a popular title on something called iOS (yeah, we haven’t heard of it either) and they’ve filed a successful ‘Content Infringement Claim’ against the developer Bailey Stein. The app has been temporarily hidden due to this dispute.

So, you know the drill. Based off of the app’s unique design and gesture-based UX, what would you call it?

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If you want a chance to score one of Toshiba’s Encore tablets than you must act fast. A contest is being held on Twitter known as “Get a Smile, Share a Smile”, and if you want to take part in the action then check out the contest instructions below. Be sure to do so now, as the contest closes at midnight PST tomorrow!

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Last May, the Windows Phone Central community came together and helped pick a new name for Instagram app Itsdagram. You know now that app as Instance, the first Windows Phone app with native uploading to Instagram available in the Store. Now we’re going to pull together as a community and help redesign the logo for Pouch, a Pocket client in the Windows Phone Store.

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With the holidays right around the corner, we thought it would be nice to spread some joy and give away some accessories to our awesome readers! Whether you're looking for a case to protect your phone or tablet, some new headphones so you can keep rocking into the new year, or some extra power to see you through long winter nights, we've got you covered!

So, how do you enter to win a free accessory? That part is easy. Head over to the Windows Phone Central store and look around. Pick out what accessory you would like to have if you were chosen as a winner, and then come back here and post the link in the comments below. We will pick five winners and send their picks out to them! Please, only one entry per person, and anyone caught breaking that rule will be disqualified. The contest is open worldwide! We will announce next week who the winners are. Good luck!

 

UPDATE!

The winners are:

  • batuhanarican
  • Dipal Gandhi
  • jayruguitar
  • Mladen Mikovic
  • rickyb1106
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*UPDATE* The winner is... Funky Cricket! Congratulations! Watch your email. *UPDATE*

The Asphalt franchise has long been one of my favorites when I'm in the mood for fast cars and hot competition. This week marked the release of Asphalt 8: Airborne, the latest edition to the series, for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8! With 47 high-performance luxury dream cars from all the top manufacturers, new exotic locations and 180 events, you are definitely going to want to check this game out right now! Keep reading for more details, and to see how you can enter to win a $100 Windows Store gift card!

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The Nokia DVLUP team has kindly provided Windows Phone Central with 10 free giveaway DVLUP design consultations for your Windows Phone apps! The consultations are usually worth 3,125 XP points so it's a very good deal.

Do you have a Windows Phone app that works great, with good ratings and reviews but not the best UX and design? If you do then this giveaway is for you.

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*UPDATE* The winner of the Samsung ATIV S Neo from Ting is htatc! Congratulations, and enjoy your new device!

If you're looking for an alternative to your current carrier, and you haven't checked out Ting, you should definitely give them a close look. With no long term contracts, overages, or penalties, Ting offers you the tools you need to take complete control of your account, your usage and ultimately, your bill. You can buy a new or used device directly from them, or bring your own Sprint device and activate it on the Ting network!

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It was a few weeks ago at Nokia World 2013 that we finally saw (and held) the Lumia 1520 and 2520. It’s hard to not want to break into Nokia HQ and make off with the two gadgets. Both are drool-inducing in their own right. Both devices feature 1080p displays that are easily among the best we’ve ever seen in their respective categories. They should be launching sometime soon, but you can own both devices before they go on sale with this new contest from Nokia USA. Details after the break.

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Today is Halloween so this is your last chance! Today when you're out trick-or-treating, heading to your kids Halloween parade or just slumming around the house in costume, don't forget to snap a photo for our #TrickOrWP contest. It can be pretty much whatever you want, just be sure to show off your phone or tablet in the picture.

Send us your photos (details below) and we'll pick the best of the best to win some awesome prizes ... or will we?

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With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, we know a lot of you will be out this weekend in costume getting your party on. Odds are you'll be carrying a phone in your pocket too. Heck, some of you will probably even be dressed up as a phone or tablet.

We had a great time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Windows phone (you can include other mobile gadgets to, but you know... we love Windows best). Then tweet or instagram it using hash tag #TrickOrWP, or email us your photos. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!

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Nokia today unexpectedly released the glance Background beta app, which enables you to add some cool backgrounds to your Nokia Windows Phone when the Glance Screen is activated.

As well as showing off how awesome our logo looks when used, we thought it would be a great idea to launch a small contest. Simply show off your Glance Backgrounds and you'll be in with a chance to win some cool prizes.

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Want to win a Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone? Want to get it before everyone else? Here's your chance.

Nokia U.S. is giving away five AT&T branded Lumia 1020 Windows Phones over on Facebook. The contest runs until 11:59am on July 23, 2013 and entry is simple.  Just head on over here to Nokia U.S.'s Facebook page and enter your contact information. You'll need to be a legal resident of U.S. or District of Columbia and 16 years of age or older.

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