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Urbanspoon yanked their Windows Phone app too but will return under Zomato

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Back in December, Urbanspoon removed their app from the Windows Phone. Part of a growing and disturbing trend, it had appeared that the famous restaurant finder app had seen its last days on Windows Phone. Urbanspoon was a rather nicely designed app, but the last update from the company was back in 2012, so Windows Phone support had already withered.

For better or worse, Urbanspoon was acquired by Zomato just a few weeks ago for a reported $50 million. Interestingly, Zomato not only has a Windows Phone app but a highly-rated one as well (and it looks like they will have a Windows 8.1 app on the way).

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1 hour ago

Smartphone Futurology: The science behind your next phone's processor and memory

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The future of smartphone chips

The electronic brains behind the supercomputer in your pocket

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this new series of science-filled articles, Mobile Nations guest contributor Shen Ye walks through current technologies in use within our phones, as well as the cutting-edge stuff still being developed in the lab. There's quite a bit of science ahead, as a lot of the future discussions are based on scientific papers with a vast amount of technical jargon, but we’ve tried to keep things as plain and simple as possible. So if you want to dive deeper into just how the guts of your phone function, this is the series for you.

A new year brings the certainty of new devices to play with, and so it’s time to look ahead at what we might see in the smartphones of the future. The first instalment in the series covered what's new in battery tech, while the second article looked at what's next in the world of mobile displays. The series' third part focuses on the electronic brains of our mobile devices — the SoC (system on a chip) and flash storage. The rise of smartphones, and fierce competition among rival manufacturers, has accelerated the pace of technological progress in both these areas. And we're not done yet — there are ever wilder technologies on the horizon that may some day find their way into future devices. Read on to find out more.

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1 hour ago

Vodafone Australia won't offer Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 for HTC 8X and Lumia 630

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1 hour ago

These Nokia Lumia 1520 skin cases are on the cheap today—only $4.95!

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Huawei says no plans for a Windows 10 phone, surprises no-one

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There's a tale doing the rounds today about Huawei's confirmed decision to avoid making any Windows 10 powered smartphones. It's true, the company did say that during a press briefing at its Shenzhen headquarters as reported by several media outlets who were in the room at the time. While hearing a phone maker confirm they're skipping Windows 10 doesn't feel great, this one in particular comes as no surprise.

After all, Huawei has already ditched Windows Phone 8 because "it wasn't profitable" for them.

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1 hour ago

Stay on track with the Windows Phone game Rail Heads

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Rail Heads is a Windows Phone game designed to test your reflexes and ability to plan ahead. The game has you positioning railroad tracks out ahead of a locomotive you are guiding down the tracks.

Controls are simple, game play challenging (almost to the point of frustration) and there are plenty of bobble heads to unlock and choose as your gaming character. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Rail Heads may not be the most picturesque of games available in the Windows Phone Store but could be a decent time waster to have in your gaming library.

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1 hour ago

Over 2.2 million Windows Insider Program members have now signed up to get Windows 10

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2 hours ago

Big Game Day Sale! Save 15% on all Windows Phone accessories

It's time to gear up and buckle down for this weekend's big game! No matter what team you're rooting for this year, we can all agree that 15% off all accessories here at Windows Central is a pretty sweet deal.

We've got cases, chargers, car mounts, etc. for the hottest Windows Phones including the Nokia Lumia 1520, HTC One M8, Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 1320 and many more.

To receive 15% off your entire cart, use coupon code: GAME15 at checkout and you're all set! We also offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 and provide expedited shipping options for those that need their order on the fly.

So, place your bets for your favorite team and save some serious cash on your favorite Windows Phone accessories because this deal is only going on until midnight, February 2.

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2 hours ago

Sony's memory products are discounted by as much as 69% on Amazon

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2 hours ago

Mpow Swift Bluetooth Headphones, an economical option for wireless speakers

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Wireless headphones are convenient, easy means of listening your music files, videos or any other time you want a little privacy. There are plenty of options to choose from and Mpow is hoping that the Swift Bluetooth Headphones will be on everyone's short list.

These sweatproof wireless headphones have a standby time of up to 185 hours and play time of up to 5 hours. Sound quality is good, fit is comfortable and call quality isn't too shabby either. Priced in the neighborhood of $35, the Swift headphones are also gentle on your budget.

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3 hours ago

Sky partners with O2 to enter the UK mobile market

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15 hours ago

Watch our first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

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Join us on Twitch tonight for a first look at The Escapists for Xbox One
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Watch our first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on Twitch every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.

Tonight we kick off our regular Wednesday streams with an early look at The Escapists, the Xbox One exclusive sandbox game in which players have to break out of prison! The Escapists doesn't launch until February 13th, so our stream is a great chance to learn what the game will be like before release.

Update: The stream has ended. Check out our replay for a merry old time. We even embedded the chat in the video this time so you can follow the viewers' conversation!

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15 hours ago

Xbox Music for Windows Phone picks up substantial bug fixing update for January

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Microsoft today pushed out an update for Xbox Music on Windows Phone 8.1. The update is the first for 2015 and the first since the update last December.

Although no new features were introduced, the 2.6.656.0 update does address numerous user complaints and issues with the app. The changelog itself is quite substantial, and we will post it in its entirety.

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17 hours ago

PSA: Xbox Live is down for some yet again [update: and it's back]

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17 hours ago

FLAC support will also come to Windows 10 for phones

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