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In an unusually quiet announcement, Microsoft today launched the most affordable smartphone 4G device in India, the Lumia 638.

The latest affordable Lumia on the block, the 638 features a quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. The device sports a 4.5" LCD ClearBlack display. In a first, the Lumia 638 will retail exclusively on the newly launched Microsoft Store at Amazon India at a price of ₹8,299 ($135). The device will be available for pre-booking from December 17.

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It looks like after having offered a workaround for issues that arose in about 12 percent of PCs running the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879, Microsoft went ahead and released a hotfix to patch up the situation. You can download the update from Microsoft directly if you're a Windows Insider participating in the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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The 12 Days of Hidden Gems has officially begun, and we're starting things off in the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things), spending the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work great with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

The first Hidden Gem to be discovered is the Misfit Shine fitness tracker and in Hidden Gems fashion, we're giving all of you the chance to win a FREE Misfit Shine in our 12 Days of Hidden Gems Sweepstakes!!

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This week will probably be the last week that we see a release for Xbox One until the new year. That could always change of course. So this week we have two downloadable titles that will arrive in the store tomorrow. The first is Kalimba, which is from the developers of Max and the Curse of Brotherhood. For the nostalgic gamers out there, Tetris Ultimate will surely bring some joy to you this holiday season.

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Update: The BLU Win Jr also has the same OS update available.

Those who own the affordable – and highly stylish – BLU Win HD Windows Phone will want to force-check for an OS update. BLU in conjunction with Microsoft is pushing out Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, one the latest versions of the Windows Phone OS. By comparison, the Preview for Developers program is up to version 14219, so as an official update, this one is quite close to the newest edition of the OS.

BLU Win HD users will find an exciting surprise upon installation: three-column support is now the only option for layout of the Live Tiles on the Start screen. Some users may not like this, but from our experience, it looks great on the Win HD's dark black display.

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The Office Sway Preview has been expanded and is available try out for anyone with a Microsoft account. Sway is a new app from Microsoft that allows you to express your ideas in a brand new way across any all devices. The Sway Preview launched 10 weeks ago and has seen over 175,000 requests to join and over one million visitors. Microsoft has also announced a handful of new features available today within Sway.

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Microsoft is getting a ton of support for its stance on not disclosing emails stored on one of its servers in Ireland to the US government. A number of major tech companies, including some of Microsoft's direct rivals such as Apple and Amazon, have submitted "friend of the court" briefs today, in support of the company's decision to keep the content of those emails private.

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One year after launch, the Xbox One has a single massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Onigiri. Based on Japanese mythology, Onigiri has a beautiful fantasy world to explore and lots of content for role-players to enjoy. And it's even free! The only downside is it's entirely in Japanese.

We've already published a helpful guide to downloading Onigiri and understanding its menus, making it fairly easy to enjoy for non-Japanese speakers. But nobody can deny that a true English version would still be more convenient and immersive for gamers living outside of Japan. And yet no English Xbox One version had been announced… Until now.

Windows Central is proud to break the news that the Xbox One version of Onigiri is coming to North America and Europe in early 2015, right alongside the Playstation 4 version. Learn about the English release, whether or not characters can be transferred between versions, and more in our exclusive interview with Onigiri developer Cyberstep!

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BT is in talks to acquire EE for £12.5 billion

British Telecom has confirmed it has "entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange" which could lead to BT acquiring the wireless carrier EE for about £12.5 billion. This means that the UK's largest land line and broadband company could buy the country's biggest mobile phone carrier.

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During my hands on mini-review of the Lumia 535, there was only one issue that stood out on the otherwise outstanding Windows Phone: touch screen sensitivity was lower than ideal.

Evidently, I was not the only one to experience this as a few other reviews – both professional and from consumers – have noted that it can take more than one-tap to register on the Lumia 535. Some have reported that disabling 'Screen Magnifier', found under Settings > Ease of Access, helps improve things, which we can confirm, but others are still having problems. Now, at least according to Microsoft Lumia Malaysia via Facebook, a software update is in the works.

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