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The Nokia Lumia 520 can make a strong contender for Windows Phone of the year when we look back at 2013. The device is responsible for massively increasing the number of Windows Phone devices out there roaming the streets. We’ve seen rumors of its successor, the Lumia 525, coming soon, but the Lumia 520 is still an excellent smartphone for a number of users. Want one? Pick it up next week from Tiger Direct for a song as part of their Black Friday deals.

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Comparing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One side by side makes Microsoft’s unit look a bit… chunky. But Microsoft has its reasoning for making its next generation system the size of a large concrete brick – ventilation. While Sony has decided to go for the sleek racing car style approach, Microsoft has longevity and stability on their list.

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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Acacia Research Corp on Wednesday for breaking a contract to license various smartphone and mobile computing technologies. The litigation has been filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, but is currently under a seal. There are not a lot of details available, but this follows a number of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Acacia subsidiaries against Microsoft in October in Texas, Delaware and Illinois.

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Microsoft wants to know where your hands are at all times, and has filed a patent to do so. A new patent filed by the Redmond based company depicts a device that is able to sense a person’s grip on the border of a tablet. The patent itself shows “Skin Sensors” embedded around the entire screen border and filed under what Microsoft is calling “Touch-Aware Skin”.

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Microsoft is taking over Nokia's Espoo headquarters

Nokia is moving out of its current headquarters in Espoo, Finland when the sale of its Devices & Services unit to Microsoft gets finalized in the first quarter next year. Most of the people currently in the building are working on Devices & Services related activities. The 32,000 employees who aren’t transferring to Microsoft will relocate to Nokia’s own premises in Karaportti, Espoo, while others will set up in Otaniemi.

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The Xbox One launch is going to be massive. Stores are struggling to keep up with pre-orders (I've personally had my own order put in "queue three" with my local GAME store), but fear not if you've yet to pre-order the console. UK supermarket chain, Tesco has some stock put to the side at its Extra stores that will go on a first come first serve basis.

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Tomorrow's the big day (unless you reside in New Zealand and Australia). The Xbox One will be launching in multiple markets on November 22nd and it's not farfetched to assume everyone's real excited to get their hands on the next-gen console.

The only issue is that the launch day is a Friday, but what if you could have a Xbox One Doctor's Note to pull a sickie and get out of whatever is planned for you?

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MobiKwik is a fast growing mobile wallet service in India with popular Android and iOS apps. Finally, the app arrived on Windows Phone over the weekend, allowing users the convenience and security to purchase goods and services on third party merchant websites, recharge prepaid and post-paid mobile, television/DTH, data cards and make bill payments for broadband/landline phones, electricity, gas, and insurance.

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The Xbox One launch is fast approaching, with many game publishers lined up to publish launch titles for the new console. One of those publishers is Electronic Arts, who have Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals ready for Xbox One.

In celebration if the impending launch, EA invited us to their headquarters in Redwood City, CA to check out a couple of Xbox One exclusive titles they have coming in the months ahead. We can’t talk about those games just yet, but I can share my experiences and impressions of the gigantic publisher’s sprawling base of operations.

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ProShot is a feature rich camera app for Windows Phone 8 that provides users with a significant amount of control over their Windows Phone camera.  The app was updated today to version 3.0 and delivers a decent amount of new features and the customary user interface tweaks and bug fixes.

The stand out feature with the version 3.0 update is a real time filter editor that is a new in-app purchase ($.99).  The filter editor makes available a handful of preset effects filters as well as an editor that you can use to create your own filters.

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It looks like today wasn’t going to all be about Instagram and Waze, as the official Mint app (www.mint.com) was also close to release. At least, that’s what the November 20 Store listing from Intuit Inc. suggests. Mint was announced as coming to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 back in June and it looks to be readying for launch. The popular financial management app is wanted by many who rely on the service, especially to access it on the go.

Reader of the site Travis B. passed on the link to us, which also has a single screenshot from the forthcoming app. However, if you click to download Mint, you are met with an error stating you don’t have permission to download, hinting that this is not yet public.

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It's already set in stone that Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox One will require a day one patch - just like the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, with the next Xbox, you'll not be able to play any games (or really do anything at all) until you've installed the update.

Luckily, should you be afraid that something may go wrong on the day to prevent you from getting on with some gaming, Microsoft has made an offline version of the day one patch available for manual installation via a USB drive.

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If there’s one app left standing for Windows Phone users, it would be Snapchat. The popular photo messaging app that allows your pics to ‘expire’ after a pre-determined viewing time does not have an official client for Windows Phone, but today we have the next best thing.

Developed by Rudy Huyn, the mind behind 6tag and 6sec, also very popular unofficial apps for Instagram and Vine, 6snap has been in the works for the last few weeks. Today, the app is available to all with Windows Phone 8 devices and it does not disappoint.

Head past the break for our video first-look and more information on where to get it.

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It will not be long until the Xbox One consoles will find their way to entertainment centers and we are pleased to share that a dedicated YouTube app will be available from day one.

Microsoft Xbox team member Larry Hryb (aka @majornelson) shared the good news over on Twitter about an hour ago.  We do not know whether or not if the app will be a “view only” type app or if it will have Kinect integration for recording and uploading videos.

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Has Windows Phone finally come of age? Microsoft emphatically says 'yes'

With today’s announcement that Instagram has arrived for Windows Phone along with Waze (Mint and Xbox Video are still “coming soon”), Windows Phone as an operating system has finally reached a significant turning point. At least according to Microsoft.

We recently sat down with Todd Brix, General Manager, Windows Apps and Store at Microsoft, who walked us through some of the recent accomplishments. Brix and Microsoft are claiming that with the recent spate of app releases, a “critical mass” has finally pushed Windows Phone into the big leagues. Windows Phone now has parity on most of the top download apps found on iOS and Android with an “85% overlap” in top-25 titles, according to the company.

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Instagram has officially launched on Windows Phone, as a beta at least. That said, many of you are already downloading the app and publishing content on the social network. While there are third-party apps already available on the store, the official app is finally here and we'd like to see what you've all been able to produce on the Windows Phone Central forum.

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