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When Where's My Water? 2 launched late last year, it was met with criticism from not only ourselves, but consumers too. This was due to the energy system implemented, which almost acted as a deterrent to play the game itself. Just like popular free online games available that make use of said system, players were forced to pick up in-app purchases to continue playing (or wait until their energy replenished). This sucked.

Luckily, Disney has been listening to consumer feedback and has released an update to the Windows Phone version of the game, removing the energy system altogether. 

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We’ve noted in the past that despite the Lumia 1520 being one of our favorite Lumias to date, like everything in the world of technology it had a few nits that bothered us.

One of those was the often reported ‘screen sensitivity’ complaint, where scrolling with the display would frequently result in a tap. Think of scrolling through your emails and instead of scrolling down, you open a message up unintendedly. Another example would be on 6tag, the double-tap to like feature of the app would be activated when just swiping through photos.

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Whether you are an individual, hobbyist Windows Phone developer or part of a developer studio that builds Windows Phone apps, it’s quite an effort to develop, test, and market the apps.

Therefore, it hurts when an app submission fails certification, and you have to correct and resubmit the apps. Not only does it increase the effort and resources, it also delays the app release and any marketing plans.

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Hands-on with the Sony VAIO Tap 21 at CES

The demise of the desktop has been greatly over exaggerated. We’re here live at CES and PC makers have some really great all-in-ones either in market or coming soon. One that we really like was the Sony VAIO Tap 21. Here’s our hands-on with the desktop that you can take from room to room.

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In case you missed it yesterday, Nokia announced that their Lumia Black update was beginning to rollout. That update is a double punch firmware (Lumia Black) and OS refresh (Update 3). But there’s one question a few of you submitting to the site that has caught our attention: What do those little arrow mean for the system icons?

Many of you have figured it out, but for those who haven’t we have the details.

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Here's a neat little trick to get your on your way to customising your Start screen with Nokia's App Folders solution. The app was recently published to the Windows Phone Store and just like you could with contacts, you're able to copy and paste emoticons from the SMS text box to App Folder titles to add some personality. Putting together a games folder, why not add a controller? 

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We talk FitBit at #CESLive!

It can easily be said that most of the WPCentral Staff are fans of the FitBit line of fitness trackers.  We all climbed on board last year during Fitness Month with the FitBit One and many of us have progressed to the FitBit Force.  It was a pleasure to have Lindsay Cook from FitBit spend a little time with us on the #CESLive stage.

Lindsay highlighted the FitBit Force with its digital display.  She also shared that an accessory line from Tory Burch is in the works for the FitBit Flex to dress up the device a bit.

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The big news a few years ago was Microsoft was not going to do CES any longer, instead focusing on their own events like Build, which are better aligned with their product announcements.

But the truth is, they are here, taking meetings with their partners and press (see our interview with director of Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan). They even have a rather large showroom with just announced Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, two-in-ones and various Windows Phone 8 devices.

Check out our behind the scenes video of Microsoft’s off-site showroom, including all of their wares. Video after the break!

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LG doesn’t get a lot of name drops here on Windows Phone Central. At one point LG was making Windows Phone devices, but stopped making them after poor response and sales. They haven’t been particularly strong in laptops or tablets either, but a few devices of theirs surprised us this week at CES. Their ultrabook, called the Ultra PC, left us with a good first impression. Here’s a quick look at another interesting machine from LG – the Tab-Book 2.

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Windows Phone Central 165 – #CESLive

We’ve been here all week at CES 2014, taking a look at new Windows 8.1 tablets, PCs, two-in-ones, speaking with Nokia, Microsoft and catching up in the world of tech.

Tune in and watch myself, Daniel Rubino, and managing-editor Sam Sabri for our thoughts on this year’s largest tech show in the world!

Our special broadcast edition of the podcast is after the break, in full HD!

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Based on the PBS KIDS series, Wild Kratts, the Wild Kratts Creature Power app intends to make science interesting, relevant, and fun for children.

In this app, kids can step into the role of the animals and insects around them and learn through games. The kids dive into the world of animals with the Kratt brothers in three adventures - pollinate flowers as a bee, bathe elephants, and feed a family of raccoons - while focusing on a specific science concept. As they play along, the budding scientists can earn stickers and take selfies in a Creature Power Suit.

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Everyone loves that feeling when apps and games have updates available. We also love a great deal here and there. Today's app update roundup features a bit of both to round off our CES coverage (for Windows Phone Central anyway – the event continues). Head on past the break to see which apps and games are included in this roundup and what's new.

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Sphero spends a little time with us at #CESLive!

We first learned of Sphero during last year’s //BUILD/ conference and the little robotic ball made a nice impression on us.  Fast forward to CES 2014 and we find that Sphero has grown tremendously.  Ian and Adam from Sphero spent a few minutes with us at #CESLive to show off the company's fantastic robotic products.

The robotic ball is controlled and programmed through your smartphone or tablet with a set of achievements that can be earned that will unlock performance features.  In addition to the original Sphero ball, the company showed off their latest product, the Sphero 2B which is slated for release later this year.

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Top Rated Windows Phone Photography Apps

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photography Apps

There is no shortage of photography apps over in the Windows Phone Store.  While some may argue there are too many, others welcome the variety and choices the photo app lineup offers.

Our Windows Phone camera hardware has improved phenomenally over the past few years providing us with extremely capable digital cameras.  The software used by these cameras has also noticeably improved.  Variety and choice is rarely a bad thing in these cases.

For this week’s roundup, we look at four of the top rated photography apps in the Windows Phone Store.  The apps tapped for this week’s roundup all have at least a four-star rating and are titles we have not covered before.  The apps range from a camera app alternative to an interesting note taking app that centers around the photos you take.  You still have ProShot, 6tag, Camera360, Fhotoroom and other top notched photography apps over in the Windows Phone store but we wanted to shine the light on a few apps some may not know about.

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GTA V: Manual now on the Windows Phone Store

The official manual app for Grand Theft Auto V is now available at the Windows Phone Store. The manual has over 100 pages covering everything from game controls and features a tour through the local neighborhoods and activities across Los Santos and Blaine County.

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Windows Phone is taking off, that much we know. But apps, apps, apps are the name of the game and there is always one that you want. If that missing app is NBC Sport’s LiveExtra, you can cross it off your list.

The app was revealed to be in the works by the NBC Sports LiveExtra Twitter account and the developer behind it confirmed it as well.

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Hands-on with LG’s Ultra PC and its stunning display

We just stopped by the LG booth here at CES and we’re surprised by their latest ultrabook. It’s called the Ultra PC (model 13Z940) and we we’re actually blown away by the little machine. It’s super light, has a gorgeous display, and looks great. It’s only knock is that it lacks a touch screen, but that could easily be seen as a bonus by some (We’re looking at you Mary Jo). Here’s our hands-on with this interesting ultrabook.

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If you are a fan of the cosmos, than you should be well aware of Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope computing program. WorldWide Telescope allows users to fly through the known universe as astronomical sky maps and a 3D modeled environment is rendered. Originally announced at a 2008 TED Conference in California, the application still continues to be listed as “beta”, but has attracted over 1.5 million active users.

Today, as a celebration of the software’s fifth anniversary, WorldWide Telescope version 5.0 is now available to download for anyone dreaming of space exploration. The new release itself is also a new milestone and includes new features and datasets to enhance the user experience.

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Phillip Nelson from NewTek spent some time with us today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show to discuss the company’s latest product, the TriCaster 860.  For those not familiar with NewTek, the company provides technology products for internet broadcasting.  Their goal is simple; let people get their hands on the tools they need to make a “real” TV show, not just a funny YouTube clip or home movie from Dad’s camcorder

The TriCaster 860 is an all-in-one integrated, live production system that offers the power of a live network studio.  Often described as a TV Truck in a Box, the TriCaster is designed so a single operator can use it.  Our friends at GeekBeat TV have had success with the system and it has performed fantastic this week during our CESLive broadcasts.

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Our CES interview with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan

CES is turning out to be an interesting event for 4K HD TVs, various connected technologies and smart cars. Smartphones are mostly relegated to display status, with companies preferring their own off-site venues for announcements. Microsoft though is here, taking private meetings with vendors and the press.

Yesterday, we sat down with Greg Sullivan, Director on Windows Phone at Microsoft. The news was positive and while no new announcements were revealed, Microsoft did have some thoughts on the coming company reorganization, acquisition of Nokia in the coming year and the sleeper-hit Lumia 520.

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