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Microsoft's new universal Windows MSN apps have been out for Windows 10 PC for a few weeks now, but we are now seeing them arrive for phones as well.

MSN Weather, News, Sports and Money all have the new design that ditches pivots for split-view menus. Indeed, all the new Microsoft apps do feel very coherent in that their design elements are all reused for each app. This experience gives an enjoyable familiarity when using Windows 10 Mobile, something we are sure to see more of in the future.

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The popular and free service Pocket does not have an official app for Windows or Windows Phone. Luckily, there is something better called Poki, which hooks into your Pocket account.

Poki has been on Windows Phone for some time, winning our praise for its minimalist and stunning design. As previously announced, today, that app is now a universal Windows app, and it is available for Windows 8.1 users.

We had an early look at the read-it-later app and have come away impressed as you can see in our hands-on video.

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft helped to relaunch the official Eurovision Song Contest apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. Now, the company's Bing search engine is trying its best to offer predictions on which country will win the contest.

Currently, the Bing Predicts website does not list Eurovision as one of the categories, but the predictions started around three days ago according to tips sent to Windows Central. Unfortunately, the Eurovision predictions do not seem to work for those in the U.S. and instead, is isolated to those in the UK and the rest of Europe. Considering the low-awareness of Eurovision in the States, this makes some sense.

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In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Windows Phone accessories at the Windows Central Shop.

Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, backup battery, screen protector or wireless charger for your Windows Phone and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Windows Phone accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the most popular Windows Phones including the Nokia Lumia 1520, HTC One M8, Lumia 920, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 635.

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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Cublast is a Windows Phone game that landed on Store shelves late last month and is a fun, addictive way to satisfy your gaming itch.

Game play is laid out in platform style where you are tasked with guiding a bouncy ball from the starting point to the exit. While the concept sounds simple, you will have to use the tilt sensors of your Windows Phone to keep the ball from rolling off the edge of the platform or into one of the many dangers that are scattered about. Your sense of timing will also be tested as you tap the screen to make the ball bounce over these dangers or across the various levels of each platform.

The minimalistic graphics work, game play can be a little frustrating and there is that odd addictive quality that keeps you pulled into the game. Luckily, the game has 80 levels to keep most of us busy for a while and while at time frustrating, Cublast is a fun game to play.

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Finnish game studio 10tons has launched its latest title in the Sparkle series, dubbed Sparkle Epic. The orb-smashing game — available as a universal app — features great graphics, an immersive soundtrack, in-game powerups and a variety of orbs to choose from. Encompassing over 300 levels, Sparkle Epic promises to deliver hours of enjoyable gameplay, and unlike the earlier titles in the series, is free to play.

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Lenovo announced its earnings figures for the financial year 2014-2015, with the PC maker boasting increased revenue and market share. In the three months ending March 2015, which Lenovo described as a "seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts," the manufacturer made $11.3 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 21 percent.

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Discovery News has come out of the woodwork to release a new Windows Phone app, matching the Windows 8 one released sixteen months ago. In fact, both apps now seem to match up, which jives with the whole universal Windows apps model.

Perhaps even better than getting this official news app is that fact that it is stunning. Discovery News features some fantastic animations, smooth transitions, and it even leverages the universal Share picker for article sharing. Users can also toggle a light/dark mode for text in the articles. Here are some of the other features.

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Get fit and trim with Perfect Workout for Windows Phone

The Windows Phone Store has a host of exercise apps, many designed for intense, short daily workouts to knock your body back into shape. Perfect Workout from Perfect Thumb hopes to catch your eye with over 100 animated workouts, daily reminders and progress charts.

Perfect Workout is a free Windows Phone app that comes with a full-body workout and add-on exercise packs available through in-app purchase. The exercise app hit the Store recently and makes a nice first impression.

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Spotify Now will build custom playlists around your day

Spotify has introduced a number of new features that help tailor the music your music listening to different parts of your day. The new Now section will serve up playlists tailored to activities and times of the day, like the early morning, for your commute, or when you go to bed.

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