Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.
Lumia 535, the first Windows Phone from Microsoft, was announced earlier this month adding another affordable Windows Phone device to the budget Lumia range.
At a press event in New Delhi today, Microsoft launched the Lumia 535 in India. While the Lumia 535 sounds like an upgrade to the Lumia 530, thanks to 1GB RAM, front camera, and rear camera flash, it is a considerable upgrade over the Lumia 630 as well. The Lumia 535 that will be available in India is a dual-SIM version.
Following on from the 100 albums available for free download through Xbox Music, which we covered yesterday, Microsoft has also confirmed that numerous box sets can be purchased for just $2. Artists include the likes of John Lennon, Elton John, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, KISS, James Brown and Nirvana.
We've got a busy week of Xbox One Twitch streaming lined up for you guys, and plenty of great prizes to sweeten the deal! Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll give you a chance to see two new and upcoming 2D platformers.
First we'll stream our first look at Kalimba, the latest game from Press Play, makers of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Tentacles. Kalimba won't launch until December 17, so tune in to see it early! After that, we'll stream Thomas Was Alone, the clever and artistic ID@Xbox platformer from Mike Bithell and Curve Digital.
The stream has ended, but you can still watch the archive videos to see what each game was like. Don't miss them!
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.