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Pure Pool and Terraria now available for Xbox One

This week we have seen plenty of great new games on Xbox One. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Unity are probably the two big blockbuster titles out, but you're not going to want to miss the smaller titles. You can now buy, download and play Pure Pool and Terraria.

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Popular game SongArc now available for Windows 8.1

SongArc is one of the most popular music games on Windows Phone. Which is why we're happy to see an update to the game in the Windows Phone Store. But we might be even more stoked to try out the new version for Windows 8.1. That's right; you can now play SongArc on your Lumia and your Surface.

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Lumia 830, the affordable flagship from Microsoft, is now available for sale in New Zealand. The Windows Phone device is available exclusively from Spark, the leading carrier in New Zealand.

The Lumia 830 is the first Windows Phone to use Spark's brand new 700MHz spectrum, which promises blisteringly fast 4G speeds in more places allowing people to do more and get more out of their devices.

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Skype Qik for Windows Phone has just received its first feature update. The new app from Skype launched on Windows Phone, Android and iOS one month ago as a fun new way to send quick videos to your friends. No more text messaging, just instantly send them videos. Today's update adds a new feature called Qik Flik.

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Snapchat has a had a rough few weeks in terms of security. People's photos were allegedly stolen and posted online recently through the use of a third-party apps. Those apps used reversed-engineered APIs to access the service, which creates a significant vulnerability in account security.

Now, the company appears to be taking a hardline against the practice by sending out emails to those who have been utilizing third-party apps, including 6snap found on Windows Phone.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview had a significant update earlier this week with many new changes. One of them is causing a bit of a stir as it involves OneDrive and the new 'selective sync' feature.

According to Microsoft's blog post on the Windows 10 changes, the OneDrive team was responding to user feedback about how OneDrive used so-called placeholders for data that was available on OneDrive but not synced locally. In short, they said such a design caused confusion as people had to "learn" the difference between a placeholder file and the real file that was synchronized on their local PC.

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Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone has a lot going for it, especially after today's massive update. Competing with WhatsApp, Skype, and Hike is no easy task but at least Telegram brings some new features to the table for those who utilize the service.

This morning, version 1.1.3.40 of Telegram Messenger was pushed to the Store. Although the app still maintains the 'Beta' designation, the list of features, fixes and improvements are impressive.

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As Microsoft solidifies its rebranding of the Nokia mobile division heading into 2015, there is one rumor that just won't die: Nokia wants to make smartphones again.

Certainly there is nostalgia behind the iconic brand, something that current Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri clearly understands. However, there is just too much navel-gazing these days for 'clues' in Nokia's Facebook and Twitter posts that Nokia wants to make phones again. Luckily, Suri today made it clear that Nokia has no plans to return to smartphones.

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Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.

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VLC media player for Windows Phone. It's coming. We're excited, and judging by the amount of interest we've seen from you guys over this, you're excited as well. After getting the media player working on ARM-based hardware last week, the VideoLAN team is currently getting the app certified for Windows Phone 8, with a tentative launch date scheduled for next week.

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A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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At the Connect() event in New York City, Xamarin extended their partnership with Microsoft and announced a new set of offers for developers. Xamarin enables development of cross-platform mobile applications targeting phones, tablets, and embedded devices running on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

Connect(), a developer event hosted by Microsoft outlining the company's next steps with their developer tools and application platforms, was branded as a cloud-first, mobile-first, developer-first, virtual event. At the event, Nat Friedman, CEO, Xamarin and Miguel de Icaza, CTO, Xamarin joined Microsoft executives on stage and talked about their partnership.

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Microsoft and their former Nokia team love making teaser videos for events and promotions. The latest one is #MakeItHappen, which was mysteriously teased this morning on the Lumia Vine channel. Now, a second video has appeared on YouTube with a little more detail.

Evidently, "legendary trials cyclist" Danny MacAskill is "planning his biggest stunt ever with a little help from his very own personal assistant, Cortana".

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