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Seidio is a mobile industry name Windows Phone users should be familiar with.  The company makes a wide assortment of smartphone accessories such as cases, chargers, extended-life batteries and more.

We sat down with Kevin and Derrick from Seidio today at the CESLive to discuss the companies latest smartphone case offerings.

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GM discusses LTE Wireless Cars with us at #CESlive!

If you're soon to be hunting for a car and are looking for one that offers you some serious connectivity options, GM might just have what you want. GM has teamed up with AT&T to offer LTE in select cars from the company. The LTE will power GM's app shop to personalize the experience for the customer and the app shop will be open to developers to create apps. We sat down with Steve Schwinke from GM at CESLive to discuss it all further.

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the company's high-end "phablet" Windows Phone. The 16GB variant is currently available at numerous outlets within the US, as well as AT&T for direct purchasing. The mobile operator has yet to launch the 32GB version of the Windows Phone, but this could well change soon as we've learnt that January 10th is believed to be the day when AT&T opens up orders.

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AT&T announces Development Summit Hackathon Winners

AT&T has announced this year’s Hackathon Winners who pitched their app/product ideas during the recent Developer Summit held at the 2014 CES. The two development teams will receive $25,000 to help with the continued pursuit of developing their apps.

Each of the finalists pitched their product to the live audience during the Developer Summit, who voted and selected the winners. There are two categories of winners, Wearables and Mobile Apps.

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The creation of Android/Windows 8 hybrid machines is nothing new. I personally wrote an editorial a month ago, entitled "A Tale of Split Personalities: Windows 8-Android Hybrids", that concentrated on the negative effects these machines could have on the Windows 8 ecosystem. 

This year at CES 2014, the trend continues as Asus announced its Transformer Book Duet TD300. The unit itself can be dual-booted between Microsoft's Windows 8 and Google's Android Jelly Bean operating systems. 

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PicsArt expands its Windows Phone 8 availability

PicsArt hit the Windows Phone Store shelves last month exclusively for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 Windows Phones.  PicsArt is a fantastic photo editor and is now available across the board for all Windows Phone 8 devices.

If you are not familiar with PicsArt, it is part photo editor, part photo sharing network and part free-hand drawing.  You can edit newly captured images, find an image in your Pictures Hub to edit or download images from your Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, Picasa, Google or Dropbox accounts.

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Panasonic may not be the top household name when it comes to Windows PCs, but they have certainly carved their niche into the market with their line of Toughbook and Toughpad products. Touted as the world's most rugged PCs, the Tough series gives military and law enforcement personal a laptop they can truly work with. 

This year at CES 2014, Panasonic has announced a new Windows 8 tablet, dubbed the Toughpad FZ-M1, that is being described as "the world's thinnest and lightest fully-rugged 7 inch Windows tablet". 

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If there’s one thing Microsoft hates, it’s for consumers to know about an Xbox Windows Phone or Windows 8 game before that game is released. You’ll recall that a slew of Xbox-branded games for mobile Windows platforms popped up at the end of 2013, most of which had never been announced or publicized by the platform holder.

Still, a sharp-eyed tipster has discovered a game that could be the next Xbox release for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1/RT: Throne Together from Rogue Rocket Games and Microsoft Studios. Throne Together has already soft-launched in certain countries. At first glance, it appears not to be Xbox-enabled. But Windows Phone Central has confirmed with the developer that Xbox is definitely in this game’s future.

Throne Together is a fun and free little puzzle game. Head past the break for instructions on how to get it, plus our hands-on video!

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Rudy Huyn is a popular name within the Windows Phone community, namely for the array of apps he has published to the store itself. 9GAG is one of them. The unofficial client enables fans of the humour website to check out latest posts and more while on the move. The app has today been updated to version 2.3.0.1. Head on past the break for the list of changes.

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British international bank, HSBC has released a Windows Phone app for the region of Brazil. The official solution brings mobile banking to the platform, offering customers new and more convenient ways to manage their money and accounts. If you reside in Brazil, hold an account with HSBC and are looking for an app for your Windows Phone, head on past the break for all the details.

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Unibeam is a simple flashlight app for Windows Phone 8 that has an eye-appealing interface.  Unibeam was recently updated to version 1.3, which adds a few new features, gives the app a slight makeover and fixes a few bugs.

The new features include a SOS mode that utilizes the Morse code format in time of emergency and a battery status on the Live Tile.  The makeover removes the Joker theme, revamps the Ironman theme and improves voice command support and performance.

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If you ever have the need to know your Windows Phone IP address, you can track it down through a simple Bing Search.  It is a trick that some of our seasoned readers may already be aware of but those new to Windows Phone may not be.

Just as you can do on your Windows 8 computer, if you launch Bing Search on your Windows Phone 8 device and type, “my IP address” the result will be your phone’s IP address.  It is easy as pie.

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It would appear that the UK mobile consumer is loving 4G, according to the latest statement from EE. The network, who was first to introduce LTE to the UK, had a target of signing up one million subscribers in 2013 and it only took ten months to get to that goal. During the following four months a further one million folk joined EE which goes to prove two things.

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Day 0: CES behind the scenes

Monday was our first day at CES, but the conference does not officially start until Tuesday, January 7th. The show floor was still being prepared, but we walked around for a little preview. Want to know what it’s like? Watch the video after the break for a quick look behind the scenes.

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Microsoft has told TechRadar that the company is witnessing some serious growth for its Windows Phone platform. Christoper Flores, director of communications for Microsoft, told the publication that attacks on "both ends" of the smartphone market were well under way (high-end and budget mobile devices) and we can expect to see further aggressive marketing should the deal with Nokia go through.

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