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There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

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Words with Friends makes the jump to Windows

After a launch on Windows Phone, Zynga has finally made Words with Friends available for Windows 8.1. Now, you can challenge and chat with friends through the app on your laptop or Windows slate. The app also brings cross-platform compatibility to your gameplay so you can access all your games on all your devices.

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Evernote is adding what it calls "augmented intelligence" to Windows app with a feature called Context. Available to Evernote premium subscribers, Context essentially adds relevant contextual information as you're typing in your notes. These tidbits of information could be culled from existing notes that either were shared with you or were created in the past, along with external sources, like from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Pando Daily.

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As Microsoft rolls out the Lumia Denim update, one feature those with newer Lumias are looking forward to is 'Hey Cortana'. Based on passive-voice activated technology similar to the Kinect, the forthcoming feature lets users call up Cortana by merely using their voice. The feature works even when the Lumia is in standby with the display off.

The images and accompanying video, shown below, come from the site MSFTPlace who picked up the Lumia Denim update on their Lumia 1520. As they note in their article, Hey Cortana is not yet available in Spanish, so they needed to change to English in order to enable the feature.

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The British arm of Staples has a deal so hot on a Windows tablet right now that we've not even had time to open the box before writing about it. Right now and for an unknown, yet likely highly limited time, you can pick up the Linx 8, 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for £49.98. That's a £50 reduction on the regular price and it comes with a free years subscription to Office 365. Which is worth more than you'll pay for the tablet. But it doesn't stop there, either.

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week. First we focused on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things) with fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, and then took a look at the connected home. You can catch up on the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Day 5 brings us to a couple of great apps for travel, Hilton Hotels and NOAA Weather. Combine them and you have a powerful set of tools for planning any adventure that might come your way.

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Looks like another Verizon phone is getting an update today. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also getting some new firmware and an OS update if not on the Preview for Developers program. This news follows updates to the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 announced earlier this morning.

The update bumps the OS to version Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, and it also picks up new firmware, jumping from 10602 to firmware build 21705.

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Activision has released a trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's upcoming Exo Zombie mode. The mode, the first chapter of which debuts in January, is story-based, and features voice work from Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal. The four star as untrained, unprepared employees of the game's fictional Atlas private military contractor. Exo Zombies will launch on Xbox platforms first.

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Several retailers are offering last-minute deals on the Xbox One and related game bundles. The deals are available at most major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart. They are also available at Microsoft Stores and the Microsoft online store. All Xbox One promotions are on top of the existing $50 off deal for the console and bundles.

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The Lumia Denim update is most certainly underway worldwide. With reports from all corners of the globe coming in thick and fast, it's tough to keep up. Fortunately help is at hand, and as we've collated for Asia and Europe, below you'll find a comprehensive list of the what (device) and the where the Lumia Denim update is pushing out for Latin America.

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The Incipio NGP case blends the perfect mixture of plastic and silicone into one streamlined design and wrap all the way around your device for a snug, sure fit. The skin itself is completely stretch and tear resistant, yet the exterior's smooth matte finish almost feels like a hard case. Get yours in black, pink, blue or mercury today for only $16.95

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DriveNow is a joint venture between BMW and Sixt, providing car sharing services in several cities in Europe and North America. The company has launched an official app for Windows Phone, bringing said services to Microsoft's mobile platform. Looking for a ride to pick up and drop off wherever you want? DriveNow is a viable option.

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If you are rocking one of the fine HTC One (M8) for Windows on either Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T, you may be in the minority of Lumia Windows Phones, but HTC has not forgotten you. Today, version 1.3 of their HTC Dot View app has hit the Store and with it some very cool new additions.

First up, the HTC Dot View case gets a 'holiday themes' option which allows the Dot View case to 'automatically change on the holidays'. Certainly that is a nice twist on the Dot View accessory.

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Candy Crush Saga is one of those mobile games so huge that pretty much everyone, everywhere knows of it, regardless of your mobile OS preferences. While the much awaited Windows Phone launch isn't long behind us, there are a couple of benefits to the game having been on iOS and Android for a while before it.

There are some people out there rocking an iPhone or an Android phone that have put a substantial amount of time into playing Candy Crush as the months have passed, and that's good news for us. Because thanks to our buddies over at iMore, there are a whole bunch of tips, tricks and cheats to help you on your way!

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