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Podcast Lounge is a popular app for Windows Phone, enabling users to check out and enjoy thousands of recorded shows while on the go. We've been covering the app since it appeared on the Windows Phone Store, witnessing the developer publish multiple versions with each introducing new features and functionality. We're now on version 1.8 and this is no minor refresh, so let's jump in and see what's new.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: More Photo Apps

With this week's Windows Phone Central app roundup we re-visit an old favorite, Windows Phone photography apps. The camera has quickly become an influential feature on our Windows Phone and having supportive apps is an equally important point of interest.

Luckily, the Windows Phone Store has an abundance of quality photo apps ranging from camera software alternatives to photo-editing to photo sharing apps. We've pooled together a handful of the standouts photography apps for this week's roundup and it was tough to narrow it down to just a few.

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The big talk at E3 2013 last week was on Xbox One games (and the DRM policy that Microsoft only just repealed yesterday). But the Xbox 360 is still the best-selling console these days and so 360 games weren’t exactly in short supply at the Expo. We’ve already previewed three upcoming Pac-Man games, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, and don’t forget that The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order are 360-bound alongside Xbox One versions.

Today we wrap up our E3 Xbox 360 coverage with two more titles to watch out for. First up is Ascend: Hand of Kul (formerly known as Ascend: New Gods), an impressive free to play game with a Windows Phone companion game and SmartGlass features planned. On top of that, we also spent an extended time with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive. Turns out it’s coming to Xbox One too! Hands on videos and impressions after the break.

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Win an Alienware 14 gaming notebook (US Only)

If you want a chance to carry the ultimate notebook from Alienware – here it is. In honor of Second Life’s 10 year anniversary, Dell is giving away an Alienware 14 gaming laptop worth around $1,500 USD. The notebook is packed with an i7 processor up to 3.8 Ghz, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, an NVidia GeForce GT 750M or GTX 265M, up to a 1080p display, up to a 512 GB Solid State Drive, and a DVD or Blu-Ray drive.

You must be a legal resident of the United States of America and over 18 years old to enter (13 years old with permission from a legal guardian). Winners will be picked on July 18th, 2013.

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We made mention some time ago that an unofficial Nike+ Fuelband app was in the works for the Windows Phone 8 platform. Well the app, Fuelboard, has completed testing and certification and is now live in the Windows Phone Store.

While Fuelboard won't directly sync with your Nike Fuelband, it will tap into your Fuelband account and pull the data to your Windows Phone.

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Hands on with the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 with Windows 8

Today, Samsung unveiled two new tablet/hybrid devices, including the ATIV Tab 3, a follow up to the ATIV Tab, which we’ve covered before.

The device features a 10.1” 1366x768 display with an Atom Z2760 process, full Windows 8 with S-Pen and it comes in at a very sprightly 8.2 millimeters thin and weighs just 550 grams (1.2lbs). Much like the previous ATIV Tab, it’s an elegant looking device and a nice follow up if only because they made the display smaller (the old one was 13.3”).

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So Samsung unveiled a number of ATIV products today, which is great and all, but one can't help but wonder where the phones were. We're not talking about Android hardware, because Samsung managed to show off some features of the Galaxy range. But while we weren't expecting to see a new Windows Phone, the OEM could have unleashed a beauty of a device and rise to Nokia's challenge.

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Last summer Microsoft posted a collection of free eBooks and over 1 million copies were downloaded by geeks around the globe. Now, once again, the company is offering up a collection of completely free literature for your consumption in EPUB, MOBI, or PDF formats.

Topics include: Office & Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Web Development, Windows, Windows Azure, and Windows Server.

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Hotel Finder is a Windows Phone app that is a simple way to find a hotel based on your current location or through keyword search. The app recently updated to version 3 which gives the app a name change along with a few tweaks to improve the overall performance of the app.

Hotel Finder is now Hotels 4D and while the functionality hasn't changed much you have an updated user interface, smoother graphics and optimized performance.

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Microsoft has announced that their Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets will be available at a discounted price for WPC attendees. The company’s annual World Partner conference will offer a Surface RT 64 GB with touch cover for $99 and a Surface Pro 128GB for $399.

Don’t get too excited though, a ticket to access all of WPC 2013 will cost you $2,000. The conference this year is hosted at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas from July 7th to July 11th. Over five hundred speakers will be present including Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer.

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Today in London, Samsung has unveiled two new Windows 8 tablets, to further push the boundaries of Microsoft’s new desktop and tablet OS.

Both tablets bring some new features to the table, including the ability to run Android apps on the ATIV Q and with the ATIV Tab 3, users get an ultra-thin (8.2mm) and super light (550g) tablet running full Windows 8. Both devices also support Samsung’s unique S-Pen technology, offering an alternative means of input for data.

The ATIV Q also brings a first to tablets: the highest resolution with an astonishing QHD+ (3200x1800) on a 13.3” display, bringing the PPI to an eye-popping 275PPI. That’s in addition to the Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on board storage.

Read on for the full specifications and press release…and stay tuned for video our hands on with the new devices!

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Facebook held a new product event today and the possibility of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone was briefly mentioned.

In a nutshell contrary to the rumors there isn't a Windows Phone Instagram app going to be released next week. But the door wasn't slammed shut and double bolted on the idea of a Windows Phone Instagram app either.

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The Windows Phone Store Red Stripe Deals this week deal with an Xbox puzzle game, an app to help you tend bar and a game to sink battleships.

For those not familiar, each week Microsoft slashes the prices on three titles in the Windows Phone Store. The Red Stripe Deals consist of an Xbox Windows Game, an app, and a game from an independent developer. Discounted titles will have a red stripe around it's icon tile.

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We're live from London's Earls Court exhibition center for Samsung Premiere 2013 -- the Korean manufacturer's big event where it's promising to show off new Galaxy (Android) and Windows (ATIV) devices. So we can expect to see more Galaxy S4 phones -- and on the Windows side, there's the possibility of more tablets and ultrabooks, and maybe some new Windows Phone devices too.

The show kicks off at 7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT), so remember to bookmark this page for live coverage. You'll find our liveblog and the livestream after the break!

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Microsoft’s security division has been fighting back hackers and botnets for years and now they want you to help out. The company is offering a variety of bounties for finding bugs and security flaws in a variety of software.

Windows 8.1 is the first on a list of bounty programs to launch on June 26th. Microsoft will pay up $100,000 USD to hackers who can showcase “truly novel exploitation techniques”. The company is serious about making sure Windows’ latest revision is released to the public without a hitch.

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Recently we saw the upcoming 41MP Nokia Lumia ‘EOS’ (don’t worry, that’s just its codename) appear in black, metal and even white. We of course revealed that the phone would also come in yellow, especially for AT&T where the device goes by the codename ‘Elvis’.

Earlier yesterday, Nokia teased the monster camera-phone on their Conversations blog by noting there are “41 million reasons” to tune in on July 11th, when the phone is expected to be revealed in New York City for the press.

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In a very late breaking story, the site WinP.cn is reporting that a new ad from China Mobile shows the soon-to-be-announced Huawei Ascend W2 in video. The image appears to match up with those shown by @evleaks

The ad itself is not for the W2 itself, as numerous other Samsung phones are shown too. Instead, this appears to be an ad for the TD-SCDMA based China Mobile, which then uses several smartphones to bolster its image as leading network provider.

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Surface RT is great device. You’ve got beautiful hardware, held back by a somewhat under-whelming processor. The Surface RT launched in October 2012, nearly a year after the Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip inside of it did. Now, clearly Microsoft has more planned for the Surface brand than the Surface RT and Surface Pro. Obviously for the Surface Pro we can expect some Haswell magic for their Intel processors, but what about Surface RT? How about Qualcomm?

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We’re only three weeks away from Nokia’s Zoom Reinvented event in New York City. It takes place July 11 and it’s there we suspect the Fins to take the wraps off of the Nokia Lumia “EOS”. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the upcoming device in a variety of different states – smartphone housing, full images of the device, FCC filings and more. When it comes to the FCC filing the device was going under the name Nokia RM-877. Now there’s another device hanging out with the FCC – the Nokia RM-875.

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Enjoy Windows 8 but feel like you could use some more apps? Chief Evangelist for Windows, Steve Guggenheimer has you covered. He has taken the opportunity to highlight a handful of apps that are heading for Windows 8. We're closely approaching this year's Build conference (which we're attending), but that hasn't stopped Redmond from building momentum in the desktop app store.

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Wordament is a boggle styled Xbox Windows Phone game where you have to create words from a 4x4 grid of letters. You earn points based on the letters used and compete against thousands of other Wordament players to earn the most points.

Wordament was recently updated to version 2.5 and adds the ability to login with your Facebook account so you can play against your Facebook friends.  You can still log-in with your Windows ID with the Facebook log-in being optional.

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Following up on the Huawei news from yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Microsoft and Nokia were in advanced discussions about a Redmond purchase of the Finnish phone maker, but the talks have failed to materialize an agreement.

Citing “people familiar with the matter” the online paper notes that discussions eventually broke down due to “the price and Nokia's own strategic predicament”.

Deliberations were evidently held in London as recently as this month, but due to the talks faltering, they likely won’t be revived anytime soon. The WSJ also adds that both companies were close to an oral agreement with Microsoft purchasing the device division of Nokia, using some of Redmond’s reported $66 billion held in off-shore businesses. That method would have let Microsoft avoid a hefty tax penalty for purchasing the massive phone maker.

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