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We won't get any more new builds for Windows 10 Technical Preview this year, but it looks like Microsoft is cooking up a host of changes for the first preview of 2015. WinBeta has learned that the first Consumer Preview of the OS is likely to debut early next year, which may include Cortana for the desktop, a new Start screen, access to the desktop-to-tablet UI switching mode called Continuum and more.

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Earlier this month, Austrian Airlines announced that its pilots would start using the Surface Pro 3 as electronic flight bags instead of paper-based manuals, and now Lufthansa is following suit. The airline purchased more than 5,000 Surface Pro 3 tablets that will allow pilots to check weather reports, charts and navigation utilities in-flight. The tablets will be made available to pilots in all regions where Lufthansa flies, with the rollout commencing from February 2015.

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Microsoft has just released an update for Xbox Video that will help the app launch faster on Windows Phone 8.1 and fixes some crashing issues. The update is fairly minor overall, but contains important bug fixes. If you haven't already grabbed the update, it is available in the Windows Phone Store right now.

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First look: GTA V on Xbox One

The Xbox One big launches continue to come thick and fast, and they don't come much bigger than GTA V. Rockstar's epic, open-world, crime sim never made it to the Xbox One or PS4 when it initially launched in 2013, but what a difference a year makes. The time has been spent on giving it a new-gen makeover and it looks all the better for it. Updated visuals, new cars, new weapons, a new first-person mode, there's a lot to love.

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Microsoft invited the media to the River Thames in London this evening to see something special, the #MakeItHappen stunt. The company put on quite the show for Cortana, partnering up with "legendary trials cyclist" Danny MacAskill who attempted to recreate the famous Cortana icon in a loop on his chosen two wheels. The end result was impressive, as was the show itself. MacAskill performed the stunt not only in the vicinity of the river, but in the middle, between the banks, aboard a float, and situated just in front of the London Eye.

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No matter how technically savvy you consider yourself to be, there's always a good chance you will come across something that you just don't know anything about. For instance, a few of us at Windows Central were chatting online, and someone asked what S/MIME is and whether they should enable in their email settings on their Windows phone.

Having worked in IT for a number of years, I had heard the term S/MIME before. However, I didn't know nearly enough about it to answer the questions. Immediately, we all agreed that it was a good idea for a post. What you now have before you is an attempt to explain what S/MIME is and help guide you in deciding if it is something you should use on your Windows phone.

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Canadian theater chain Cineplex Cinemas has introduced an interactive gaming app called TimePlay where users will be rewarded with prizes and loyalty apps.

TimePlay allows users to challenge their friends or a theater full of strangers with interactive gameplay. The app, previously available or Android, BlackBerry, and iOS users has now reached Windows Phone allowing multi-player game play on a secondary screen. The mini games within the app will be continually updated and users can take advantage of special offers when they play.

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How to change the background of your Xbox One Dashboard

The Xbox One November system update has begun rolling out over a week ago and one of the new features let you customize your console even more. Each account on your Xbox One can now have a customized background. You can choose a custom color as a theme or achievement art as your background image. You can also use your own image. Want to know how? Watch our how-to video.

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Early this morning, WolframAlpha launched on Windows Phone 8.1 for $2.99. As many of you noticed, the Store listing showed it as being available for Windows as well. At the time, tracking down the Windows Store link was a bit tough, but later on it became available.

We are also happy to report that this fits in with the universal apps model that Microsoft is putting forth with its Windows 10 vision. So although the app is still $2.99, that cost covers both Windows and Windows Phone versions of the app. We just purchased the Windows 8.1 app, and when we went to 'buy' the Windows Phone one, we were informed we had already paid for it.

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If you have yet to play Titanfall for the Xbox One, the teams at developer Respawn and publisher Electronic Arts have just announced an easy way to get into their game. They will be offering a deluxe edition of the sci-fi first person shooter for Microsoft's latest game console. It will be released as a digital download exclusively on Tuesday, November 25 for $50.

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UK-based retailer Tesco is now selling its own 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet in its stores and online for £99, and it comes with three Tesco-branded apps pre-installed on the device. The retailer is also selling the Connect tablet with a new Lumia 530 smartphone together for £129 without a contract, or for free with a £12.50 a month contract for 24 months.

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T-Mobile US makes it even cheaper to call overseas

T-Mobile is giving its Simple Choice plan users some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just $5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It's also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just $10 a month per account.

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The textured polycarbonate cover that wraps around your HTC One (M8) is smart in design, keeping an extremely slim form. It has a unique rubberized finish that makes it easy to grip and comfortable to hold. The built-in kickstand on the back can be retracted for watching movies and the included holster keeps everything at your side, easily accessible. Yours today for just $14.95.

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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Duolingo is a popular way to learn a language online and is created by crowdsourcing pioneer Luis von Ahn. Duolingo has already garnered over 50 million users across the world via popular Android and iOS apps.

Selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013 and by Google as Best of the Best for Android 2013, the free, science-based language education platform began as a research project in von Ahn's lab at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and is now established as a top educational startup. After getting teased earlier this month, the official Duolingo app for Windows Phone has arrived.

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Have you ever felt like searching through tweets you published years ago? Now you can using Twitter's search engine. Searches on the social network were previously limited to just a week before tweets were removed from the index (but still viewable by other means – direct links, profile timelines, etc). Twitter has worked on rolling out a new search engine that not only keeps up with the plethora of tweets being beamed to the service on a daily basis, but also enable users to search through those vintage messages.

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