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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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DocuSign, the leading eSignature solution in the market, has just released their official app for Windows Phone 8. Over 40 million people and enterprises use the service. With DocuSign Ink for Windows Phone, you can electronically sign, send and store documents from anywhere at anytime. There’s no need for printing, faxing, scanning, or overnight deliveries.

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Dark Lands is an impressive, addictive, quality Windows Phone game and if you have been on the fence about picking up this game title, MyAppFree has a deal for you.

The fantasy game is a free app title, regularly priced at $.99, for today only through the MyAppFree partnership.  Dark Lands is a 2D runner that features fantastic graphics, challenging game play and a RPG feel to it with various character ability and equipment upgrades.

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The Lumia 525 from Nokia may build off of the already massively successful Lumia 520. The key difference? It has that 1 GB of RAM. While 512 MB RAM devices have been doing very well for Windows Phone, that limitation on system memory prevents the handset from getting the latest and greatest in apps and games. It’s true that almost every app or game that can’t run on 512 MB of RAM eventually gets updated to do so, but if you want say Temple Run 2 or Subway Surfers right now, you need a high end Windows Phone.

Luckily the Lumia 525 keeps the price low but tweaks the memory. It’s really the best of both worlds, so it’s great to see it priced at $148 (¥899) in China, where it’s evidently available now for purchase.

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Microsoft India has released a safety app for Windows Phone users that could come in handy in times of emergency.  Guardian uses Microsoft Windows Azure cloud solution and the Bing Maps API to let selected parties track your movements and alert them in times of danger.

Guardian is the product of Microsoft India employees over a period of six months through the Microsoft Garage, an initiative to allow Microsoft employees to explore app development ideas.

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Microsoft is pushing for a major refresh on their Facebook apps, with Windows Phone 8 getting a major overhaul earlier this week and Windows 8.1 counterpart nipping at its heels. Although Christmas may have come in the middle, it’s clear Microsoft has a plan to keep these apps in tiptop shape.

If your Store has refreshed your apps, then you should be sitting on the version 1.2.0.12 of Facebook for Windows 8.1. It’s a fairly big update with a decently detailed changelog, let’s take a look.

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Shooting in RAW with your Nokia Lumia PureView Camera

One of the more interesting features of the Nokia Black update is the ability to capture photographs in RAW or DNG format.  DSLR and high-end compact cameras have been using the RAW/DNG format for years and this is the first time a smartphone has had this ability.

The DNG format allows Lumia 1020 and 1520 camera users more control over their images.  It is a feature that matches up well with the optical stabilization, low-light performance and larger imaging sensors already in place.

However, DNG may not be for everyone.  If you detest post-processing (photo editing) and prefer a “straight from the camera” photography experience, you may want to stick with JPEG.

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The Nokia-Microsoft deal is marching steadily to a conclusion as being approved by the United States, the European Union, and of course, Nokia's shareholders. However, China is still reluctant to give its word. Recently China's Ministry of Commerce has started a second round of probes into Microsoft's acquisition case. This time the government has a new emphasis: antitrust.

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