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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.

We want you guys there for our stream, chatting along. So we're giving out 20 Kalimba Preview codes for Xbox One! Play the first half of the game three weeks early; it's on us! Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The best travel apps on Windows Phone for the holidays

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!

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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