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So you've got your headphones on full blast with your favourite playlist wrecking havoc on your ears, but just how knowledgeable are you when it comes to music in general? It's time to put everything you know to the test with MixMaster. The Windows Phone game makes use of Nokia's MixRadio API to bring together intuitive and addictive gameplay.

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Great Ceaser’s ghost, Microsoft has finally delivered on one of the all-time time wasters: Solitaire. Not only is this collection of solitary card games now available for Windows Phone 8 devices, but it even comes with Xbox LIVE support for you achievement hunters out there.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes in at 42 MB and with five different games, including Klondike FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks and Pyramid. After 20 years of playing them on various PCs, it’s great to see them finally arrive for Windows Phone 8 in late 2013.

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What could be cooler than robots in space? How about technology that could lead to space robots being controlled via an Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s Kinect 2 technology? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is planning to do just that and they have a demo to show off.

The United States’ Space agency, NASA (Nation Aeronautics and Space Administration), has been trying to find a way to control their million dollar robots via modern day natural interface devices. The hunt itself has led NASA to test out devices such as Leap Motion, Microsoft’s Kinect, Oculus Rift, and more.

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There was a lot of excitement when Instagram introduced video. While we’re still not able to upload videos using the official app on Windows Phone, we can view our friends’ videos. If you’re looking for a way to download your favorite Instagram videos, there’s an app for that at the Windows Phone Store. InstaVideo Downloader provides that feature.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.

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Back at the end of November, Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was headed to iOS, Android and Windows Phone in the near future. The revamped popular game going mobile was a big deal, as anything GTA these days rakes in the money.

Since that announcement, we’ve seen San Andreas arrive of iOS and Android, though Windows Phone is still MIA. Some of you have perceived this when making off-topic comments on our articles, in some strange voodoo ritual on our site.

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When the first Final Fantasy arrived on Windows Phone, all of its Achievements were secret and thus couldn’t be viewed by players. We quickly posted a Mini-Achievement Guide to help get players on-track.

Now Final Fantasy III has appeared on Windows Phone, once again with Xbox Achievements. This time, the Achievements aren’t secret. But they do require plenty of time and effort to unlock. You just might need a guide! And wouldn’t you know it? Windows Phone Central is proud to present our latest Achievement Guide, filled with tips and resources for dedicated RPG players and Achievement hunters.

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Another week, another 6tag update for Instagram lovers. Scratch that, as this is the third update to the app in just four days. Not too shabby.

Likewise, Disney’s Wreck it Ralph gets an update as well, but unfortunately, it’s bad news for Lumia 520 owners and others with 512 MB devices. And finally, the long-awaited Pouch update rolls on out for Pocket users.

It's all here in this morning's app update roundup. Read on for the details.

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Looking for a bargain this New Year? If you're seeking a new smartphone, how about a Nokia Lumia 520? This is the most affordable Windows Phone you can find on the market, but it comes with some sweet features and runs Windows Phone 8 - the latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform operating system. 

Amazon UK currently has the device listed for £69.99 ($115).

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The world of betting (and gambling in general) is a popular and successful one. Millions of people engage in exchanges every day, be it on sports, games or other events. We've looked at betting apps in the past, but this is our first regional roundup. Should you reside in the UK, there are a number of official betting apps available on the Windows Phone.

Today, we're looking at Sky Bet, Unibet Betting and Betfred Lotto.

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Besides the Lumia 525 going wider yesterday in China, the other Lumia phablet aka the Lumia 1320 is finally available as well. Today, China started selling the 6-inch 720P device, which features a 1.7 GHz dual core processor and 8 GB of internal storage.

Announced on Nokia Conversations, the device can be picked up from retailers like JD.com for ¥2499 starting on December 31, which is about $412 off-contract. In addition to China, the budget monster Windows Phone will be hitting Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore in the coming weeks.

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PicsArt is a popular photo editor over on iOS and Android platforms and is now available for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 Windows Phone.  PicsArt is part photo editor, part photo sharing network and part free-hand drawing.

You can edit freshly captured images, pull images from your Windows Phone Pictures Hub, or download images from your Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, Picasa, Google or Dropbox accounts.

There is little doubt that PicsArt is a feature rich photo editor that should be well received by the Windows Phone crowd.

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Top Endless Runner Games for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Gaming Roundup: Endless Runners

Endless Runner games, also know to some as Infinite Runner games, are a fantastic way to pass the time with and there are plenty to choose from in the Windows Phone Store.  You know the games, the ones where the gaming character runs, jumps, dodges, and tumbles through various obstacles and dangers.  You run as far as possible before you eventually take a wrong turn, jump a little too late, or otherwise find your character stumble to their fate.

While this genre of games seems to be multiplying faster than weather apps, we shine the light on four of the top rated endless runners that are available in the Windows Phone Store for this week's roundup.  All four titles were highly anticipated titles that are drawn-up nicely and would be a great addition to your Windows Phone gaming library.

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On the whole, it’s been a rough year for Xbox games on Windows Phone. Most weeks go by without new releases, and several publishers like Gameloft have stopped publishing their games as Xbox titles. And yet, a couple of new Xbox releases have turned up in the last few weeks: Temple Run 2 and Rabbids Big Bang.

Today another Xbox Windows Phone game showed up out of the blue as something of a late Christmas present for Xbox fans: Final Fantasy III from Square-Enix. This makes the third Japanese role-playing game the publisher has released on Windows Phone, following the first Final Fantasy and Chaos Rings. Final Fantasy III runs on both Windows Phone 7 and 8, but it carries a hefty price tag… Check out our hands on video, impressions, and Store link after the break!

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Squirrel is a stellar new Pocket app for Windows Phone 8

Pocket is by far one of our favorite services on the web. We’ve covered a handful of third-party Pocket apps and apps that have Pocket integration in the past. It’s a great service that sadly doesn’t have an official app on Windows Phone or Windows 8 yet, but when apps like Squirrel come to the scene it’s hard to imagine what more an official app could really bring to the table. Squirrel is brand new to the Windows Phone Store and it’s a great client for Pocket. Let’s check it out.

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The best apps for your Nokia Lumia 520

Did you a get a new Windows Phone in your stocking above the fireplace or in a box under the Christmas tree? If you did, odds are it might have been a Nokia Lumia 520. Why’s that? It’s only the most popular Windows Phone ever. Last we checked, over one in four Windows Phone devices around the world are the Lumia 520. Which isn’t all that surprising. You have a smartphone that can easily be had for under $100 off-contract around the world, it’s selling like hot cakes.

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Vote now for the WPCentral Best of 2013 awards!

For the past two weeks we’ve been taking your nominations across a variety of categories for our Best of 2013 awards. You’ve told us what handsets, apps, games and accessories you think are the best in their categories.  We’ve taken your suggestions and compiled them into the poll that you’ll find after the break.

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Caesars Slots spins into the Windows Phone Store

The WPCentral team will be in Las Vegas soon to cover CES. If there’s some free time, we might head over to the slot machines. If you can’t make it to the casinos, perhaps a new game for Windows Phone 8 is close enough. Caesars Slots, which has just arrived at the Windows Phone Store, features some of the slot games found in their casinos.

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New update for the WPCentral app v4.4 now available

Happy Boxing day everyone! As we come to the end of 2013 we have a little tune up to announce for our Windows Phone app. This is a minor bump for version 4.4 up to revision 12 and you can go download it right now from the marketplace for WP7 and WP8.

Of course if you want to find out exactly what has changed you can stick around and we’ll tell you all about it below. Also don’t forget to go and check out the first sneak preview of our Windows 8 app if you haven’t already, we hope to be releasing that into public beta very soon!

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Let’s get this out of the way: endless runners are the new weather apps, the new puzzler fad in mobile gaming. They’re free, have great 3D graphics and more importantly, you can play them in under a few minutes. That’s why they’re popular and that’s why we love ‘em. It’s futile to resist (and fruitless to complain).

Space Heads is a new game available for Windows Phone 8 developed by Unity Studios, and yes, even the 512 MB crowd can get in on the action. Take that, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2.  So why is this game worth your time? We’ll tell you.

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