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Congrats to DVLUP on their first year

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we first covered DVLUP. The program from Nokia rewards developers with prizes and badges for developing apps on Windows Phone. To celebrate their first year in the world they’ve released a pretty funny infographic that you can check out below.

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It’s the weekend, but not just any weekend. It’s the weekend before Christmas, so handful of you might not have any work until late next week. Either way, kick back and take a break from holiday shopping with your Xbox One. From Press play comes Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, now available for the Xbox One.

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Rightmove is a popular UK resource for property search, whether it be looking to buy or let residential and commercial listings. Already sporting an app for Windows Phone, the company has just released a new app for Windows 8.1. If you're familiar with either the web or mobile experience, you'll definitely want to check out this Windows app in your property search.

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The BBC has released an update for its iPlayer app on the Windows Phone Store. The popular client enables you to watch and enjoy your favourite shows in a catch-up and on-demand like experience. There's no public change log, but we're got you covered. The latest version (1.2) introduces a few new features, so pop on past the break to find out what's new in the release. 

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You’re not a major player if you don’t have APIs for devs to tap into your product. Which is why Xbox Music just went from another streaming service to a bonafide platform. That’s right, Microsoft has done something a little unexpected today. They’ve introduced the Xbox Music API as a way for developers to connect their apps or websites to the Xbox Music service. Let’s check it out.

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Yesterday we reported on a rare update for the Play To app by Nokia. The DLNA program allows users to stream media, like photos, videos and music, to their DLNA enabled TV or Xbox. The update was intended to improve “Wi-Fi connectivity ensuring it continues working with future devices and firmware updates.”

Ironically, however, many users on our site began having problems with the update. Specifically, reports of users only getting a black screen began rolling in, with warnings to others to not install the update.

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Game developer 10tons is getting into the Christmas spirit with some new offers on Windows Phone games. Azkend 2: The World Beneath joins Heroes of Kalevala and King Oddball, each having their price slashed by a fair amount. If you're looking for some superb deals on addictive and worthwhile games, read on past the break.

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While Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotions may have had a few bumps along the way, it had some rather nice savings opportunities.  The promotion draws to a close today with savings on the HP Envy 15 laptop, which is regularly priced at $899.

The deal begin at 7am PST/10am EST online and at participating Microsoft Stores (US/Canada).  The first twenty customers at the retail stores and the first one hundred online customers can snag the Envy for $499.  Once that allotment is exhausted, the laptop will be on sale for $699 while supplies last.

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Top Christmas games and apps for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Roundup: Games and apps for the Holiday Season

With Christmas right around the corner, what better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than with a few Christmas themed Windows Phone apps and games?

This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup features a few such games and apps.  We pulled a handful of the top rated apps and games from the Windows Phone Store for this week's roundup.  There is one app to give your Windows Phone lockscreen a holiday touch, a couple games with a Holiday touch, and one app to keep track of Saint Nick on his global journey.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 are currently on sale on Amazon US. The two Windows Phones are Nokia's most affordable smartphones running Microsoft's mobile platform. The main difference between the two are the mobile operators - one being AT&T and the other on T-Mobile. Head on past the break to see the deals and pick up your own.

Update: Both phones are currently unavailable. Hopefully Amazon opens up more stock for orders later in the day.

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After the quick launches of new Nokia Lumia devices in recent times, the device revelry continues in this part of the world. The Acer Iconia W4 tablets are available for pre-order on Flipkart, India’s leading online retailer.

Since Microsoft’s flagship Windows device – Surface – never hit the shores here and we still don’t have any clue about the availability of Dell Venue 8 Pro, the Acer Windows 8 tablets are the first ones to arrive in India.

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Every year around this time, Redditors (members of the site Reddit.com) gather around their computers and prepare to share gifts through a gift exchange for the holidays. Surprises are always popping up and this year was no exception; Electronic Arts donated a collection of games to one happy Redditor and another found out their personal Santa Clause was none other than Bill Gates.

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Daily Express joins the Daily Star, New!, OK! and Star today in a batch of updates released by parent company Northern & Shell Media. The British publications have had their official Windows apps brought up to speed with Windows 8.1. If you're into the latest headlines or simply enjoy reading up on celebrity gossip, these apps are definitely worth downloading.

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Need some games to fill up your Windows Phone device? Now may be the perfect time because Gameloft, a popular video game developer and publisher based in France, has just reduced prices on nine of their best games for Windows Phone by at least 50% for the Holidays. Check out the discounted titles after the break. You might find something you like.

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Not long ago, we published an in-depth preview of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One and 360. Electronic Arts had invited us to play the game’s competitive Team Vanquish mode, which proved to be tons of fun. Somehow, the transition from tower defense to third-person shooter works really well with Plants vs. Zombies.

Of course, most decent shooters have more than one game type. Garden Warfare is no exception. This week, PopCap revealed a gameplay video and new details about the game’s “Gardens and Graveyards” game type. The capture and defense-based mode will require serious teamwork in order for one of the game’s rival factions to succeed. Check out the video and our impressions after the break.

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Following on the heels of AccuWeather’s update for Windows Phone is WeatherBug, who lands at the 3.0 marker today. If you know updates, a whole number change means “big” and that’s the case here. How significant is this? Well, our records last show an update for this app back in May. Wait sorry, that’s May 2012.

WeatherBug 3.0 has been completely overhauled and it’s more in line with their iOS and Android designs. That’s not to say they haven’t flatten some of the graphics and adapted it for Windows Phone, but rather the menu system is a bit odd for Windows Phone users. Having said, we would be lying if we didn’t say it was feature packed. Let’s take a look.

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Here’s how Nokia and Microsoft made our app even better

There’s an app all of you should have on your Windows Phone right now. It’s ours and it’s made by Jay Bennett. As you may have noticed, our app hit version 4.4 nearly a month ago. It wasn’t a big update in terms of features. Instead, it was a refinement of what was already a killer app. How did Jay refine it? With a bit of help from feedback from both users and a recent design review with Nokia and Microsoft. Let’s check out the video from that design review.

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Fujitsu isn’t the most popular computer manufacturer here in the United States, but they are putting up their new Q584 tablet for sale within the United States. Accessories are available with the unit, including an optional keyboard docking station and keyboard cover. The Q584 is aimed at the business crowd with an integrated TPM chip, fingerprint scanner, and pen input compatibility.

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Nokia is currently sponsoring drama on Channel 4 here in the UK. This campaign covers the popular TV show Homeland and the Finnish manufacturer has tasked consumers to send in their most dramatic shots on Twitter, using the hashtag #nokia4drama.

To get more folks involved in the run up to Christmas, Nokia is asking everyone to tweet in their "Christmas S-elfie' to be eligible for a chance to appear on TV.  Not only will you grow a following with your dramatic expression aired on TV, but there's a Lumia Windows Phone (hint: Lumia 1020) up for grabs too.

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If you’re like us, you’re pretty excited about getting a new OS and firmware update this afternoon from Nokia on your AT&T Lumia 1020. While we’ve known that Lumia Black (new Nokia firmware) and Update 3 (new version of Windows Phone 8) were on the horizon, no one saw them being released this early. But you may be asking yourself, what’s new?

Luckily for you, we have all the details. You don’t have an AT&T Lumia 1020? Don’t fret. Your update will be coming too, but for now, you can crib off of this list to get an idea of what’s coming.

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