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4 days ago

Listen to alt-J on Xbox Music and watch Gotham on Xbox Video this weekend

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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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4 days ago

Citi Cards app for Windows Phone 8 is officially now available

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File this headline under late-breaking, but Citi Cards (online.citibank.com) has finally released their popular app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users. According to our forums, Citi started exploring building an app for Microsoft's platform 11 months ago, and today, it is live and ready for download.

Citibank is currently one of the top credit card and financial institutions around, and Windows Phone tends to have a gap when it comes to official banking apps, especially in Western markets. Bringing 128-bit encryption the Citi Cards app lets users log in and fully manage their accounts without using the web browser.

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4 days ago

Rogers Lumia 830 demo units show up ahead of Canadian launch

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A few weeks back it was announced that the Canada would finally be picking up a new Lumia, specifically the Lumia 830, after what seems like an eternity of no interesting Windows Phones. Although we knew Canada was getting the new Lumia 830, the carrier and release date was a mystery. Today, we now know at least one of those, the operator.

Rogers is the lucky – and perhaps obvious – candidate for the Lumia 830 and indeed, stores are evidently already putting dummy demo units out for customers to take for a test ride. Reader of the site Mike R. swung by his local Rogers and found this Lumia 830 demo unit available for some public fondling. In the photos that Mike supplied us, you can see some of the Rogers marketing material behind the Lumia 830.

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4 days ago

Pipo Work-W4 Windows tablet could launch well under $100

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It looks like Microsoft and its OEM partners are being more aggressive with tablets running Windows. The Pipo Work-W4 slate could launch well under $100 and is expected to be riced at just $81, or RMB 499. Still a concept at this point, the device is expected to ship with a full version of Windows, not Windows RT, as it is powered by Intel's chipset.

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4 days ago

European ruling opens up the cabin for in-flight phone calls, Internet access

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Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are placed into a transmission-restrictive airplane mode.

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4 days ago

Xbox Video for Windows Phone picks up SRT subtitle support for personal videos and more

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Following on the heels of the Xbox Video update for Windows 8.1, this afternoon the Phone version is also picking up a nice update. The last update was two weeks ago, and like Music, the Xbox teams are keeping busy in improving their app.

Today's update brings it to version 2.6.315, and there is a nice changelog to go along with it.

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4 days ago

Microsoft's Lumia 735 'selfie' phone could be Sprint's first Lumia ever

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It looks like Sprint may be get its first Lumia smartphone on its 4G LTE network as FCC documents reveal that the Lumia 735 supports compatibility for Sprint's Spark network. Listed under the model name Nokia RM-1078 in regulatory filings, the phone sports similar dimensions to the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 variants, and comes with a removable back battery cover, micro SIM card slot, and microSD card slot along with support for Sprint's LTE bands 25, 26, and 41

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4 days ago

Poll - Should Lumia devices go full metal?

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Lumia devices feature colorful polycarbonate materials that give them a distinct look. Some devices have integrated the use of metal, like the frames on Lumia 925, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 830, but no Lumia devices currently feature a unibody metallic design. Some people in the WPCentral forums have expressed interest in a metallic Lumia device. Are you one of them?

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4 days ago

WinHEC conferences coming back to support Microsoft hardware partners

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Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Community events haven't been around since 2008, but they're coming back as smaller, localized shows to offer workshops and networking opportunities for manufacturing partners. The next in the new generation of WinHEC shows will be March 18 in Shenzhen, China, and another is planned for Taiwan.

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4 days ago

Maestro email client for Windows Phone 8.1 is coming this Monday!

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For a few months now, the team behind Rowi Twitter have been teasing us with their forthcoming email client dubbed 'Maestro'. Running with the slogan "A better mail experience for Windows Phone 8.1", the app looks to shake up the native client on Windows Phone with a new, aesthetically pleasing one. In addition, we can expect a few more email tools for the addicts out there.

Today, the team has announced that the Maestro app for Windows Phone 8.1 is finally launching this Monday at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET). The app is considered a 'preview, so do not expect every feature to be enabled, as this is more about the core experience. Over the coming months, the team will add planned features and work with the community to improve the experience.

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4 days ago

KickBeat: Special Edition review – Kick butt to the music (and maybe gets yours kicked) on Xbox One

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Zen Studios is best known for Pinball FX2, but this week they released two totally different games for Xbox One: CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and KickBeat: Special Edition. KickBeat started out on Playstation 3 and Vita, finally arriving on Xbox One today in this new edition.

If music games are usually too sterile or non-violent for you, prepare for a beating. KickBeat is a martial arts rhythm featuring an authentic Kung Fu movie-style story and plenty of hard-hitting music to fight to. This Special Edition shakes things up with an expanded soundtrack. Just prepare for a few beatdowns as you adjust to the game's fierce learning curve.

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5 days ago

FIFA 15 Companion app coaches Xbox One gameplay from the sidelines

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FIFA 15 just landed on Xbox One, and now there's a companion app for Windows Phone available for those that want to manage their squads, formations, and bid on players. The market is available so you can load up on consumable power ups or play packs. For those looking for the full experience on Windows Phone alone, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team launched earlier this week.

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5 days ago

Xbox Music and Video both nab small updates for Modern Windows today

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It has been some time since we reported on an update to Xbox Music for Windows. While the Windows Phone version has had ten updates in the last few months, interestingly the Windows version was last updated in April. Today this changes as it, and the recently revamped Xbox Video app, picked up two small updates today.

First up, let us talk about Xbox Music, which has the most attractive of the two changelogs. Microsoft has been getting very good with these changelogs as the app even gives you a swanky toast notification when you re-launch it after the update, telling you what is new. Well done!

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5 days ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 1020

Today Only: Buy the Amzer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 1020 for only $9.95 and save 50%

This Lumia 1020 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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5 days ago

Xbox One launch exclusives Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, and Ryse getting GOTY Editions

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The Xbox One launched with three exclusive retail titles last year: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Did you buy the system at launch or shortly thereafter, but miss out on some of those games? Or maybe you're planning to jump in with one of this fall's bundles, such as the Madden, Sunset Overdrive, and Call of Duty bundles.

If you still want any of the big launch games, you're in luck. GameStop has outed the October release of "Game of the Year" Editions (GOTY) for all three launch exclusives. These new editions will bundle the main games with some or all of their downloadable content (DLC), making them quite a bargain if you haven't got those games already. Even luckier for our awesome readers, we're here to share impressions of each game and what their new editions will offer.

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