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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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The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.

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UC Browser has received an update that sees a host of new features added to one of the best browsers available on the platform. Cortana integration allows you to control the browser through voice commands. And then there's the ability to create a picture password, which you can set up by swiping down from the speed dial menu. A background download feature has also been added, which ensures that your downloads aren't interrupted even after locking your screen.

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If you're an EA Access member, a new game has just been added for download. As expected, EA Sports UFC is now available in the Vault. It joins Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Peggle 2 in an evolving collection of EA games on Xbox One that all EA Access members can play. I have just installed it on my Xbox One. Watch my first gameplay on video.

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Lumia Denim update goes live in Europe

It looks like the Lumia Denim software upload is now starting to hit a few of Microsoft's smartphones in Europe. The Lumia-maker has published a support page for the Denim update where owners of Lumia devices in Europe can check their country and phone model to see if the update is available. For now, it looks like variants of the Lumia 625, Lumia 520, Lumia 530 and Lumia 1320 are starting to see Denim in select countries.

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Earlier this morning, the Lumia Denim update began rolling out in China for numerous Lumia phones. A bit later, Microsoft published a video detailing the how to get the update on their YouTube channel (it was posted earlier on their support site). Now, Windows Central is receiving reports from users that Lumia Denim is rolling out on a broader scale.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made an official announcement about the update, unlike Nokia in the past. Likewise, the official update page does not yet reflect the Lumia Denim update, making verification a problem. The third issue is there is a bug with Extras + Info that causes false-positives for the Lumia Denim update. All three are making this job of verifying the true Lumia Denim update slightly challenging.

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Soccer Runner is an endless running game for football fans

Endless running games are starting to feel the same, but something hit the Windows Phone Store that feels a bit different. Soccer Runner introduces a football element to the usual gameplay found on Subway Surfers. Run, jump, slide, break, dodge, and score goals in this unique endless runner. Want to see some gameplay? Watch our hands-on video with the Lumia 930!

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week, focusing on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things). We have spent the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work well with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone with day one looking at the Misfit Shine fitness tracker and day two covering the Wellograph fitness watch.

Today is day 3, and we are featuring the Fitbit Charge.

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Check out our brand new best phones guides!

There's been a flurry of carrier-themed guides for best phones crossing the front page of Android Central lately. We wanted to round them all up for you here and give a bit of insight to our thinking when putting them together. Windows Phone makes an appearance on a few lists, and there's a good chance of more finding their way onto these round-ups over time.

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