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ICYMI: October 11, 2014

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

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Microsoft may be slowing ditching the Nokia branding from its Windows Phones devices, but at the moment it is still using the Nokia name. This week, the company's Nokia US Facebook page launched a new Halloween themed giveaway that will give five people in the country that are 16 years of age and older a new Lumia 635 with some extras to boot.

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My Top Windows Phone Weather Apps

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Weather Apps

Weather apps seem to multiply faster than a burrow full of rabbits and are one of the more populated genres of apps in the Windows Phone Store. You have feature rich apps that not only deliver the current and extended forecasts but also live weather radar, weather videos and the ability to track the weather for a friend's location. Some can add your current weather conditions to photos and others are more minimal in nature.

The choice as to which likely boils down to personal preference and for this week's roundup, I'll toss out my top Windows Phone weather apps. Now before you break out the pitchforks, light the torches and begin posting "How could you miss (insert weather app title here)!", these are titles that I find myself relying on in my day to day activities. There is a huge selection of quality weather apps available in the Windows Phone Store and if I don't mention your favorite, there's nothing nefarious afoot.

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In case you missed it, Creative Studio has just been updated to bring back Color Pop. This feature lets you create black and white images with the exception of certain objects. If done correctly, you can come up with some awesome photos. I walked around New York City today and took some photos with the Lumia 1520. Check out some of the images I've created and my 5 tips with Color Pop.

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Win a Lumia 930 in the Nokia Indonesia photo challenge

Nokia Indonesia is currently running a competition, challenging consumers to take and submit impressive photos to be in with the chance to pocket the new Lumia 930. For three weeks, the competition will see three different themes be revealed for participants to get creative and snap some shots. Two winners will be announced each week.

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Gameloft is certainly committed to the Windows and Windows Phone ecosystem, as the publishing house has released numerous games for both platforms over the last few months. Today, this continues with Cars: Fast as Lightning, based off the hit Pixar movie Cars 2 (2011).

Cars: Fast as Lightning is being simultaneously released on the App Store, Google Play, and Windows. As of now, we do not see a Windows Phone version, though it may pop up later.

The game weighs in at 104 MB, is free, and it runs on RT devices as well as x86/x64 Windows 8.1 machines. We did run into a few hiccups running the Windows 10 preview, but our Surface 2 ran the game just fine, albeit with slightly more choppiness.

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Starsports.com is an online destination that brings live sports action on Web and mobile for Indian viewers. After being available for iOS and Android since the launch almost a year ago, the app has finally landed on the Windows Phone Store.

The starsports.com app allows you to enjoy all the action from your favorite sports on your Windows Phone device. The app allows you to follow the match the way you want – you can get instant score updates, watch the important match moments though short video clips, or watch the entire match for free with a five minute delay.

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This morning we reported that AT&T should begin selling their version of the HTC One (M8) for Windows and the new Lumia 830 starting Friday November 7. For those on AT&T who have been longing for a new, high-end Windows Phone, either device offers some substantial benefits.

This raises the question: If you have to choose between the Lumia 830 and the HTC One, which would it be?

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Microsoft made headlines earlier this season with the NFL exclusively using the Surface to help manage players and for strategy planning. Now it looks like the world's most famous racing circuit in the US is jumping on board too.

Today, Microsoft, and NASCAR are sharing their new partnership, specifically using Windows to power a new racecar inspection process. Previously, NASCAR relied on the old pencil and paper method for checklists, but now the group is outfitted with a Surfaces and some customized Windows software to help automate the tasks.

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft acquired Minecraft makers Mojang for a rather large sum of money. The next obvious question is when can we see Minecraft Pocket Edition for Windows Phone? After all, even BlackBerry 10 has it at this point. Microsoft's Phil Spencer did claim it would happen, even for Windows 8.1.

As it turns out, Mojang had begun development of a Minecraft port to Windows Phone before the acquisition. So says Tommaso Checchi in a series of recent tweets. Checchi is a developer on the Mojang team and even tweeted a photo of the game, seen below, listed in the app menu of the dual-SIM Lumia 635, which seemingly confirms it runs on 512 MB phones too.

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If you are on Verizon Wireless, you may well be thinking of dumping the carrier after their early retirement of the Lumia Icon. Blame poor sales and denounce their staff, but the fact is Verizon is a tough carrier to love when it comes to Windows Phone. Luckily, the blackout from getting your itchy fingers on the svelte, cold metal of the AT&T HTC One (M8) for Windows just got an end date, at least according to our sources.

I reported earlier that Friday November 7 was the planned launch date for the Nokia Lumia 830, which is shaping up to be a prevalent launch for that phone (example: all of Canada). Additionally, it looks like Microsoft is going to have some welcomed competition that day as we hear AT&T's version of the HTC One is also launching the same day.

If you have been waiting for a new Windows Phone, your choice now becomes a little more complicated.

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Beginner's Tips Series!

Previously, we took a look at different methods of creating screenshots on the Surface Pro 3 and other Windows 8 devices, some of which automatically saved to a subfolder in the Pictures directory called Screenshots. This folder gets created the first time you use the Home (Windows) button + Down Volume to make a screen grab and becomes the default folder going forward.

You may decide that for ease of use or organizational purposes that you want to change the default folder where these files are saved. If that is the case, fear not, you can easily change it. Furthermore, this procedure is not limited to your Screenshots folder. It will work with just about any of your default folders, like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. However, for the sake of continuity, we will stick with the Screenshots folder.

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This week, the Xbox One and 360 got their most frightening game since Outlast. That would be Alien: Isolation. And you might think that after getting chased around by an Alien, that horror fans would literally be frightened to death and no longer able to consume future horror games.

That would be silly, though!

October is the month of scares, so every horror fan owes it to him or herself to stay alive at least until Halloween. You might as well play all the scary games you can until then, or your heart gives out. Next week will bring us just the perfect follow-up game – The Evil Within from Bethesda. Read on for the creepy details and a look at the game's last trailer before launch.

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