It looks like there's some good news for audiophiles in Microsoft's next Windows iteration. Teased via a tweet, it appears that Windows 10 will officially come with FLAC support for all of your lossless audio needs.
It started out as a mini-game inside Project Gotham Racing 2 for the original Xbox but Geometry Wars has grown since then to become a well known stand alone game franchise on its own. This week, the arcade shooter series gets a new installment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, from UK-based Lucid Games. It's being published by Activision as the first game under their revitalized Sierra brand, which will be dedicated to launching smaller, downloadable titles.
Geometry Wars 3's biggest feature is that it uses 3D grids for the first time, as players control their ship and combat a variety of enemies with different power ups in its unique retro art style. The game is out this week for the PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms, among others. We got a chance to ask some questions, via email, to Lucid Games co-founder Craig Howard about their work on Geometry Wars 3.
China has levied a fine of $140 million, or 840 million yuan, against Microsoft for tax evasion. The fee would cover back taxes and interest owed. Additionally, the agreement reportedly stipulates that Microsoft would pay more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.
Duolingo, the popular and free language-learning app launched on Windows Phone last week, and I've been playing with it to refresh my Spanish lessons from high school. I like it because it feels like a game I have to beat. If you haven't tried it out yet, we've installed Duolingo on the Lumia 930 and placed it in front of the camera. Go watch the hands-on video.
Sparkle 2 Evo is a game of survival for our Windows Phone that has you rising up from the primordial goo as a tiny aquatic creature and progress up the evolutionary ladder.
The evolutionary path has several options including becoming an aggressive carnivore, a sluggish herbivore or an omnivore, which is described as something in between a carnivore and herbivore. The game include 15 levels of play and plenty of boss-like battles to fight.
Available for low-memory Windows Phone, Sparkle 2 Evo normally runs $2.99 but through the myAppFree deal, you can pick it up for free over the next 24 hours.
Threema has been promising for some time that its popular end-to-end messaging app was in development for Windows Phone. Today, the company confirmed that the app will be released in the Windows Phone Store sometime on Thursday.
If you haven't yet picked up an Xbox One, Black Friday might be the best time to finally dive in. Microsoft and several retailers are offering deals on Xbox One consoles and bundles in a $70-off promotion for the console. The promotion goes from November 27-29 at all participating retailers, then again on December 1, Cyber Monday, online only.
The Credit Karma app for Windows Phone 8.1 that launched on Friday is currently not available to download from the Windows Phone Store, with the company telling us that it was removed to fix an unspecified issue.
The holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving kicks things off here in the United States. Then we have Christmas and New Years next month! People will be traveling more and more over the next 40 days (give or take) as they visit friends, family and cash in all that vacation time from work. Here are some great apps to load up on your Windows Phone as you travel!
Made from multiple thermoacrylics, this Nokia Lumia 1320 skin case is highly elastic and resistant to oils. Say goodbye to annoying fingerprints! The back features a matte finish with a glossy edging that enhances the grip around your device. Available in both black and white, save 50% off the list price today.
If you're looking to get an affordable large-screen device, look no further than Cricket Wireless' Black Friday deal for the Lumia 1320. On November 28, the carrier will be offering the device for just $99, which is a 50 percent reduction from its usual price of $199.
Fans of the acclaimed, but extremely challenging, fantasy RPG Dark Souls II will be happy to learn that the game is coming to the Xbox One for the first time in 2015, with some revamped graphics and new content. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be released for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, among other platforms, on April 7.
Microsoft is running a sweet deal for those who have active Xbox Music subscriptions and reside in the US. The company is giving away 100 albums by a variety of popular artists for free. That is, you'll be able to download and keep said content as if you purchased them all at once.
Amazon has announced that its PickUp service has expanded to include more than 10,000 Post Offices across the UK, boosting the number of supported locations to over 16,000. Rather than relying on couriers, customers can opt for Royal Mail's Local Collect to have their packages delivered to a nearby location where they can conveniently pick up the order without hassle.
Update: Looks like the beta subscriptions have ended for VLC on Windows Phone. There's more good news though, as VideoLAN has announced that a beta for Windows RT devices may be available in a "week or two."
Original story follows: Disheartened when VLC did not announce anything on the Windows Phone front last week? So were we. There's light at the end of the tunnel, however, as the team behind the popular media player announced that they're now looking for beta testers for Windows Phone.
'Tis the season to great game and entertainment deals! Earlier today we broke down where you could get the best deals for Xbox One games from retailers, which you can read here. Yet some of you were left unsatisfied that we didn't do a post for digital sales. We're rectifying that now as the Xbox Store just announced its Black Friday sale for those ready to indulge in some digital greatness, featuring heavy discounts on movies, games, and TV season passes.
Just in time for the holidays, an absolute truck load of Xbox 360 games and DLC just received huge discounts. The price drops affect nearly 60 games and DLC combined, and are absolutely massive, going up to 85% in some cases.
After apologizing a couple of weeks ago, the folks over at 343 Industries have issued a small statement today on the progress of fixes for the problems that have been plaguing Halo: The Master Chief Collection since its launch. According to the blog post, the developer is working hard to bring the experience up to player expectations, and plans to release both a content patch as well as server-side fixes later this week to address the game's shortcomings.
Microsoft is now rolling out the Windows 10 9879 preview build to users who have selected to be on the Slow ring in terms of getting downloads via Windows Update. Surprisingly, it appears that's the most popular way to get these preview builds.
If you are in the Las Vegas area on Thursday, December 4, you might want to head over to the Microsoft Store location at the Fashion Show Mall. That's where a big Xbox fan meetup will be held and where you might win a ticket to the first annual Game Awards, which will be held the next day, Friday, December 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.