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Digital pre-orders start for Fallout 4 on Xbox One

If you want to purchase the digital version of Bethesda Softworks' upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 for the Xbox One, you can now do so on the Xbox.com site. Microsoft has the game available to purchase for $59.99 before its release on November 10.

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Dinosaurs are big right now. Of course, they've always been physically large (except for the little ones like Compsognathus). But the recently-released Jurassic World movie broke all kinds of box-office records (despite featuring some unnecessary cruelty). People just love dinosaurs, and yet they hardly show up in movies or games.

If you do dig dinos, then indie developer Studio Wildcard has just the game for you. ARK: Survival Evolved, currently available via Steam Early Access and coming to Xbox One next year, is a cooperative survival game featuring all manner of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Players will have to work together to survive, build shelter, tame or kill primeval beasts, and ultimately escape from the island that time forgot.

We recently grilled ARK's Senior Technical and Gameplay Designer about dinosaurs, development, and much more. Read on for our quick impressions with an exclusive interview and gameplay video!

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The Surface Pro 3 is an incredible device. Several of the Windows Central team own and use them, and it's one of those rare pieces of technology that's tough to criticise.

But in the not-too-distant future I'll be parting company with mine and picking up its smaller, LTE powered sibling; the Surface 3. Partly because, finally, the Surface 3 LTE will be going on sale in the UK very soon.

But apart from that, what would make me go from the Pro to the regular one, especially when I like it so much? Lunacy? Here's why.

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Microsoft pledges support to Digital India initiative

In a video message during the launch of Digital India initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pledged the company's support to help the government in efforts to transform the country through technological innovations.

Satya said that Microsoft is proud to be a part of Digital India launch and he believes that technology can uniquely support the government's initiatives in key areas including: rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all its citizens, and communications and productivity services for the Government.

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When parts of phones appear randomly on the internet, it can often be hard to understand the full context. Moreover, we are at the will of the person posting it and the information they were given.

Case in point is this new photo of a display bezel and touchscreen component with a scribbled 'Lumia 1030' and printed Verizon branding. There is no doubt that this is a part of a phone, but it is not clear on the details. The image comes via Nowhereelse.fr and there are no details about the device itself, which is exasperating. Even more, some of the hashtags and the tweet are just incorrect.

The article and tweet references both the "Lumia 1030" and "McLaren" as coming to Verizon and noting that this is the display component for it. However, some things just do not add up.

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On July 12, Microsoft will hold the 2015 edition of its Worldwide Partners Conference in Orlando, Florida, where tens of thousands of the company's third-party collaborators will get more info about Microsoft's plans for the immediate future. People who are attending WPC 2015 can now download the official app for the event on Windows Phone.

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This week was pretty exciting for Windows Insiders as Microsoft surprised users by releasing not one, but two Windows 10 previews. While the software maker rolled out Windows 10 build 10158 to the Fast ring of updates on June 29th with a number of improvements and various visual changes, the company also released Windows 10 build 10159 on June 30th, which the company says includes over 300 bug fixes.

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In 2014, the Treasure Tag accessory for Windows Phone owners was released by Nokia, just before their Devices and Services division was acquired by Microsoft. It used Bluetooth to allow owners find their smartphone if they misplaced it. Now Microsoft is apparently developing a more advanced version of the accessory, as a device labeled as the "Treasure Tag Plus" recently was filed with the Federal Communications Commission. There's no word yet on when Microsoft will announce or launch the new device.

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AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. Today, AdDuplex has launched a new program designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.

Additionally, AdDuplex is partnering with Windows Central, myAppFree, AppDeals and PluralSight to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month.

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As promised, pre-orders have begun for businesses and organizations to purchase the big 55-inch and 84-inch Surface Hub touchscreen PCs. Microsoft is not taking the pre-orders directly; it is partnering with a number of resellers to sell the PCs, which will come with Windows 10 pre-installed. The 55-inch model is priced at $6,999, while the 84-inch version has a price tag of $19,999.

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It's taken several years, but finally Windows XP, which launched in October 2001, has finally lost its second place position in the desktop PC market share to another operating system. The research firm Net Applications has posted its desktop OS market share numbers for June 2015, and it shows Windows 8.1 taking over that second place spot from Windows XP for the first time.

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You heard right. Starting today, the folks at the Windows Central Canada store are offering 20% off absolutely everything.

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day, whether it's rocking your favorite maple leaf tee, enjoying the local parade, or scooping up some sweet accessories for your Windows device. Until midnight July 3, you can save 20% on a brand new case, charger, Bluetooth and much more by using coupon code: 7115 during checkout. We've got accessories for the hottest devices including the Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 920, Lumia 635, and Lumia 830 that you shouldn't go without while they're on the cheap.

Take me shopping!

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Game of Thr33s hit the Windows Phone Store earlier this month and is a deceptively difficult match-three puzzle game.

The Windows Phone game presents you with a series of shapes that you have to find matches of three. The twist comes into play in that the matches do not have to be exact. You can base the match on the shapes color, number, pattern or style. There does have to be some consistency in the matches, but you do have some latitude in creating the match threes.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the game has hundreds of puzzle levels to tackle and two gaming modes. Game of Thr33s makes a nice first impression and isn't too shabby of a Windows Phone game to pass the time with.

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Microsoft's LTE-enabled variant of the Surface 3 is set to go on sale this week. Business customers in Germany and the United Kingdom will be able to get their hands on the tablet from July 3, followed by France and Spain. Microsoft has stated that carriers will be handling sales of the Surface 3 LTE to enterprise users, including Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Orange Business Services in France, O2 in the United Kingdom and Movistar in Spain.

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