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Things may have been off to a rocky start when the NFL started using Surface tablets earlier this year, but today brought a pretty cool little story about how the tablets have helped out Washington's own Seattle Seahawks. In an interview with Washington's King 5 News, quarterback Russell Wilson said that the ability to instantly review plays on the tablet has helped the team win.

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Microsoft is celebrating the holidays in grand fashion with price cuts on a ton of its computers and tablets. Among them is the Dell XPS 15 15-8947sLV Signature Edition Laptop. This light, yet loaded, powerhouse normally retails for $1899.00 at Microsoft Stores, but can be had for only $1499.00 during the sale.

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Grand Theft Auto Online has a ton of free holiday content available for all Xbox One owners. Most of the new items, including new cars and weapons, are available permanently, while some of the more festive things, like snowfall in San Andreas and holiday masks, are only around until January 5. On top of the new items, Rockstar is also kicking off a #FestiveSurprise holiday photo contest with a big $1 million prize in in-game cash.

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The Microsoft Portable Power DC-21 smartphone battery charger, which was first announced in October, is finally on sale on the Microsoft Store website for $49.

The 6000mAh battery can charge a smartphone — such as a Lumia Windows Phone device — two times before the charger itself needs to be plugged in again. It can also hold its charge for up to a month if needed, and can be plugged in and charged while also charging a smartphone.

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In a surprise announcement, LINE messenger has picked up MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE is one of the biggest messaging services around, although it is mostly prevalent in non-Western countries at the moment.

Microsoft announced the news on the Lumia Conversations blog. The deal is expected to be completed by "early 2015" with the MixRadio team staying in Bristol, UK.

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Find out who won the Xbox One TV Tuner contest!

A few days ago we opened up a quick pre-holiday contest for our European readers to win an Xbox One TV Tuner courtesy of Windows Central. Thanks to everyone who entered and as promised we've closed it down and selected one lucky winner at random.

So, drum roll please...

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Designed to be ultra-compact, this charger is convenient to carry with you while traveling. Included with the wall charger adapter is the Micro-USB data cable that measures 3 feet in length, enough to reach around common obstacles. The wall adapter has a USB port built-in on the side, making it simple to plug in the included cable when you're ready to take charge! Yours for just $9.95 today

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Update: The HERE team has posted an official update on this stating: "we have noticed some discussions in the blogosphere about HERE on Windows Phone. We want to clarify that we are committed to providing great products and consumer experiences for Windows based phones. We will continue to support our HERE apps to ensure that they will be compatible with future versions of Windows."

Original story: It looks like Microsoft is taking over development of HERE Maps for Windows Phone from Nokia. The change comes after it was revealed that Nokia was looking to develop the client from the ground up for Android and iOS platforms.

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There are Xbox One deals galore around of late and British retailer, GAME, is continuing the trend by offering up a great deal on titles like The Crew, just recently launched for Xbox One and Xbox 360. On the former, the title has been reduced to just £24.99, a £20 saving on the RRP, but Xbox 360 owners can also join in by snagging it for just £21.49.

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Today's Microsoft Store daily deal is for either the HP Pavillion x2 or the Dell Inspiron 15 notebook (depending if you live in the US or Canada), but what about for Friday, December 19, the final day of the sales event? As it turns out, it's for a 12-month Xbox Music Pass, which will allow users to stream and download as much music as they want for just $49.90, or for $29.90 if they show up first at a Microsoft Store location.

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