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2013 has been an exciting year for Windows Phone. As Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market has grown, so has Windows Phone Central, as we now near 3 million unique visitors a month, making us by far the number one site for all Windows Phone news and information.

As such, we’re continuing to expand and refine how we do things. For instance, many of you asked us to re-cap app news on the weekend, which Sam Sabri has obliged you with. Likewise, we can’t ignore India and how much it matters to the Windows Phone ecosystem—so we’re addressing that too.

So. here’s what’s new at your favorite Windows Phone and Microsoft site.

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It’s been a fairly quiet week in terms of breaking news, but the world of Windows Phone doesn’t stop. We’ve got a handful of great apps to highlight for you this week. This is our second time rounding up noteworthy apps that are new to the store or current apps that received a substantial update. We’re going to be calling this column our Weekly App Highlights. Again, this is to make sure you didn’t miss out on any cool new apps in the Store. We’re doing this for you, so be sure to leave us feedback on what you want. Now, without further ado, let’s check out the apps for the week.

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We're at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi today where Nokia has unveiled the new Lumia 2520, a Windows 8 tablet. Alongside the tablet, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 have also been unveiled as two new "phablets." While we bring you the latest from the floor, there's room for you to comment on our coverage, as well as engage in conversation over on our forum. Say hello to a handful of new forums.

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If you’re like us, you’ve spent a good chunk of the day updating your PCs, tablets and Ultrabooks to the brand spanking new (and spectacular) Windows 8.1 OS. If you did, pat yourself on the back because we have a small, but cool, bonus for you troopers: The Windows Phone Central Live Tile.

Sure, it’s not our official RT app, which is still in the works (you can bug Jay about it), but as runner up you can use the new Internet Explorer 11 “pin to start” feature, which will give you four Tile sizes: small, medium, large or wide. The tile is also Live, pulling directly from our site—think of it as another cool way to keep up to date on your favorite Windows Phone and Microsoft news.

The Tile will update every 30 minutes, giving you a peek at what’s new on the site!

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Last Thursday, Nokia gave the Lumia community a nice little surprise with their beta app Glance Background. The app allows users with phones that support the Glance Screen to add images to the mix. It was welcomed with open arms and the creativity in the community was on full display with the little contest we put together in the Forums.

It was tough to pick our favorite three, but we finally settled on some images to win some gift cards to the Windows Phone Central Store. Let’s check out the winners.

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Poll time! Earlier this morning Microsoft announced their brand new Developer Preview Program. You can think of it as the enthusiast program that was announced a few blue moons ago. Shortly after that, any registered developers could download GDR3 to their Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s been a busy day and a lot of you are now running GDR3 on your handset. What’s your favorite new feature? Take the poll below to answer. 

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You may (or may not) be aware of Nokia's latest app that just went into beta - Glance Background. If you're not, be sure to read this article for more information, as well as our awesome hands-on coverage to see what all the fuss is about.

While you can add your own images and create some cool effects, we thought it would be truly awesome to show off the Windows Phone Central logo while glance screen is active. 

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Last night, we reported that our app was having a few troubles on the AT&T network (and a few of you on Verizon said the same). It was a networking issue, not the app directly and while we won’t bother you with the details, it should be working for most users now.

We just checked on our phones and have finally had a successful connection, but we need to make sure all is good for the rest of you. So if you use our app and are on AT&T, Verizon, etc. please take the poll below and let us know your results!

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We're not entirely sure what's going on here, but we've just had a flood of e-mails from users who are reporting that our app is crashing when they try to use it. Coincidently they all appear to be AT&T variants of Windows Phone. We're currently testing the app to establish exactly what's happened but first tests seem to show that when loading over the AT&T mobile network, the app fails, Wi-Fi connections and other networks appear to be unaffected.

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Microsoft today announced both the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 Windows tablets. But while we cover news and availability, what about discussions and questions that need to be published? This is where our brand new Surface 2 forums come into play. As you already know, our Windows Phone Central forums are a vibrant place to be, and now they're catering for Surface 2 fans.

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Following last night's BIG Microsoft / Nokia news, we've been receiving a bunch of tweets from media sources wanting to speak with us but unsure of the best way to reach out to us for commentary or to setup an interview. So here's a friendly note on the best way to do just that.

Simply send an email to mediarequests @ mobilenations.com and put WPCentral Interview Request in the headline. We'll always do our best to comply with your requests. WPCentral's  Editor in Chief, Daniel Rubino, is not too far from Manhattan, so for big media based in NYC he's available for in-studio appearances. If you want to get the pulse of the Windows Phone community, he's your source.

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Have questions about the Lumia 625? Want to discuss the pros and cons of the product and whether or not your mobile operator will be stocking the Windows Phone? Want to talk about how Nokia has nailed the low-end demand? You'll want to head to our new Lumia 625 sub-forum to get your discussion on. If you're already not a member of the largest Windows Phone site in the world, why not register today? We have cookies!

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After officially announcing the Lumia 1020 in New York City, Nokia is back in front of the mainstream news. From local news stations to major networks, it’s going to be hard to ignore 41 megapixels in a smartphone. But when it comes to anything Windows Phone related news there’s only one authority. You’re reading it right now. So who better for local NYC radio station WCBS 880 to talk to than our very own Daniel Rubino?

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You may have noticed a new update for your official Windows Phone Central app appeared earlier this week, followed by another one this morning. In the interest of keeping our readership informed we thought it best to let you know what these minor patches are for, but if you'd rather just get on with being up to date you can grab the update here in the marketplace.

The brief changelist and a little information on what's changed can be found after the break for those of you who enjoy technical details!

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If there is one thing that is fun to look at, it’s just how massive the Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41MP BSI sensor is when compared to “normal” smartphone sensors.

Such is the case in the photo above, where you can see the Lumia 1020’s sensor, lenses and housing, along with “standard” 8MP sensors (Hint: the 1020’s are the big ones).

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