EA Access is a great way to spend a few bucks a month on your Xbox One and members are being rewarded this month with ownership of an expansion for Battlefield 4. For a limited time, EA Access subscribers can snag the Naval Strike expansion pack completely free of charge. Perfect to play with Battlefield 4 being one of the titles in the vault.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
This week we're looking at tweets from Phil Spencer, LawBreakers and Dragon Age Inquisition's final DLC!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend! You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
It would appear that the Windows Phone developer Game Troopers has another hit on their hands. This go around it is with a minimalistic arcade game where you are challenged to bounce a ball up the screen, avoiding a host of dangers and seeing how long you can survive.
The twist in the Windows Phone game is that the gaming screen is split in half and your ball can switch sides or worlds as it bounces up the screen. Timing is key with Twins Minigame and if you allow your concentration to stray, you'll bounce into deadly spikes.
Twins Minigame is a Xbox gaming title and available for low-memory Windows Phones. In playing the game over the past few days, it can be a little frustrating but in a challenging way and overall a fine addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story.
Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.
Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we streamed Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart from Artifex Mundi. The Xbox One version of Nightmares from the Deep launches on September 4th, but you can watch our YouTube replay to get a good look at it right now!
Sure, next week is IFA 2015, but that doesn't mean we can't have news now!
We're still putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 through its paces, but we got one surprise this week: if you put the stylus in backwards, it sticks and will probably break your phone when you try to pull it out (if you can). So don't do that. Apple also announced the date for the anticipated iPhone 6s launch event, more photos of the BlackBerry Venice Android slider leaked out, as did the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their Continuum dock.
It's time for Mobile Nations Weekly!
Windows Central — New Lumias cometh
If you are a fan of iHeartRadio, you may be wondering if the popular music streaming service would have a Windows 10 app. Luckily for you, the answer is yes as their Windows 10 Univeral app has hit the Store. The mobile version is currently not available – like Twitter and FitBit – but we know that those are on the way, and such is the case here.
There's not much to dislike about the MarsBox Speaker — great sound, cool construction, and exceptional battery life for extended use.
Since the MarsBox is fairly compact in size, you can rock this wireless speaker just about anywhere you see fit. It measures approximately 7.25 x 2.37 x 3-inches and is coated with a soft matte finish that's easy to grip. The front grille is as solid as the rest of the chassis, painted in red to compliment the black behind it. There are 2 anti-skid feet on the bottom that do an excellent job of keeping the speaker in one place as well. The slightly angled top panel adds to its unique design, and is also where you'll find the main buttons for operation. Surrounding the volume buttons are your play/pause and multifunction buttons — all made of a bright red rubber that's easy to press.
Microsoft's smartphones can continued to be imported and sold in the US, according to a ruling this week by the U.S. International Trade Commission. Their decision overturned a previous ruling by a judge in April, who stated Microsoft had violated two patents owned by InterDigital.
Gameloft has had a presence in the Windows Phone and Windows Store for some time now. The developers have built up a respectful collection of fantastic gaming titles that can easily help you pass short bits of time with or satisfy your itch for longer gaming spurts. Many of their gaming titles are universal, being available for both Windows Phone and Windows devices and many allow for game progress to be saved across devices.
There are the likes of Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dragon Mania Legends and World at Arms to stock your gaming library with. Additionally, many of Gameloft's titles have been adopted as Xbox gaming titles and while some stand out stronger than others, it is hard to find a terrible Gameloft game.
For today's roundup, we are going to focus on four of the top-rated Gameloft titles that are available from the Windows 10 Store. While these games are also available in the Windows Phone Store, with many of our readers discovering the Windows 10 Store experience we wanted to focus on those titles available for the larger screen.
If we have overlooked your favorite Gameloft game from the Windows 10 Store, don't be shy and toss out your recommendation in the comments below.
Mortal Kombat X was a big critical and sales hit for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms when the fighting game was released in April. Its developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had planned to launch the game for the older Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles as well. However, today it was revealed that Mortal Kombat X won't be released for those platforms after all.
Earlier this month, Microsoft launched a 'Lumia 535 Smart Buyback Offer' in India in which you could exchange your old phone in a working condition, and buy a new Lumia 535 for ₹5,999 (US$ 90), inclusive of all taxes.
This offer is available on purchase of Lumia 535 at all the authorized re-sellers of Lumia devices across India till stock lasts.
Every week, lots of new stuff drops on Groove Music and Movies & TV, and it becomes hard to keep up. Well, that's where we come in. Every weekend we'll highlight some of the hottest albums and singles on Groove Music.
We'll also let you know what movies and television shows just dropped on Movies & TV for your viewing pleasure. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
If you own an Xbox One or if you own a Windows PC with the right hardware requirement, you can now play in Activision's Call of Duty Black Ops III multiplayer beta test. The beta was launched earlier this week just for people who had pre-ordered the upcoming first-person shooter for both platforms.
While we wait for Microsoft to release a new build of Windows 10 Mobile for members of the Windows Insider program, a site has posted what it says are leaked screenshots of a new version of the OS, with the build number 10534.
Earlier this week, Square Enix released a Windows Phone version of Lara Croft GO, the new puzzle-based game in the long-running Tomb Raider franchise. Now, the publisher has launched a Windows 10 version of the game that supports cross-buy and cloud saves with its Windows Phone counterpart.
WhatsApp for Windows Phone users received yet another update, which is actually the second one for the popular messaging app this week. The new version number is 184.108.40.206. However, the app still doesn't come with an updated change log, which likely means it's a minor update for bug fixes and unnamed improvements.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it had launched a Windows 10 version of its mobile strategy game Age of Empires: Castle Siege. However, the official blog post didn't really offer any details on the differences in the Windows 10 version, compared to the older Windows 8.1 port that launched nearly a year ago.
Windows 10 introduced us to the new Microsoft Edge web browser that was created from the ground up to be the eventual replacement for Internet Explorer. A recent video on Microsoft's official Windows YouTube channel put the focus on the Microsoft Edge team, with several members talking about the development of the browser.