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I wasn’t too thrilled with last week’s Xbox Red Stripe Deal, but this week’s sale title is a much more solid game. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is on sale for $1.99, down from $4.99. This marks the fourth time it’s been on sale, but the last time was back in November so a lot of Windows Phone newcomers probably missed it.

The non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals are pretty good too. The hidden object game Flux Family Secrets from Big Fish Games is on sale for 99 cents. If you like the genre, consider it a must-buy. And JDB Pocketware’s calendar/productivity app AppoinTile is 99 cents as well. Details and Store links after the break!

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Today was supposed to be a joyous day for Telstra customers, a day that they could pre-order the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows phone. Sadly, however, Telstra has run into a software issue on their Lumia 1020s that is bad enough to postpone the release indefinitely, forcing Telstra to cancel all pre-orders for the Nokia flagship phone. Thankfully, the news isn't all bad. As a result of the cancelations, Telstra has generously shipped out free Nokia Lumia 520 smartphones to those who pre-ordered the Lumia 1020.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is already cheap as chips, being the most affordable Lumia Windows Phone on the market. But that hasn't stopped TigerDirect from knocking off a further $60 of the already low price tag with a mail-in rebate. Locked to AT&T, each purchase also comes with a copy of Total Defense Premium Internet Security for your PC. 

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We've all been there. You arrive into a new country or find yourself in a city where you need a taxi (or cab) but can't seem to get hold of one or have some difficulty in getting to the necessary points and locate a free driver. This is where Euro Taxi for Windows Phone comes into play. Instead of faffing about with multiple cards and numbers, simply make a booking while on the go at standard rates. Easy.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is an extremely popular smartphone, in fact it's actually the most preferred Windows Phone around. The device has also taken over the Indian Windows Phone market, according to previous reports released by AdDuplex. Today, news has begun circling around that Windows Phone has surpassed the iPhone in India to take second position behind Android.

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Previously we reported that Microsoft will be giving a special white edition of the Xbox One console to team members of the Xbox division. If you are consumed by the fire of jealousy, consider this to be some good news: supposedly an insider source in China revealed that the white next-gen Xbox One will be available to the consumer market some time after the console's initial launch in late November.

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Just over two weeks ago, Microsoft announced plans to buy the hardware and services division of Nokia. It’s the part of the company that actually makes all the hardware you’ve come to appreciate over the years. The remainder of Nokia will focus on three core businesses: location services (Here platform), Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and its advanced technologies division.

Nokia also keeps its patents portfolio, which Microsoft has licensed for 10 years. For others, they'll continue to need to pay royalties to use patents that Nokia owns and Nokia will continue to protect those patents. It’s happening right now in Germany. And according to one patent analyst, Nokia is closing in on one victory over a USB configuration patent against HTC.

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What’s going to happen to all those Lumia exclusive apps in the Nokia Collection when Microsoft finalizes the deal to buy Nokia? Nobody knows at this point. But until then, a lot of you will just look forward to days like this when an app leaves the Nokia Collection and becomes available for everyone in the Windows Phone ecosystem. Which app jumped the fence? PGA Tour for Windows Phone.

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FlashVideo is a Windows Phone video player that taps into various websites to deliver movies, television series and live sports to your Windows Phone.

FlashVideo normally runs $3.99 but for a limited time only, through a partnership with myAppFree, FlashVideo is...well...free.

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Last week we told you guys about a promotion going on at Microsoft Stores across the nation. Take your old, unwanted, outdated iPad and trade it in for at least a $200 gift card at the Microsoft Store. The catch was that it had to be an iPad 2 or newer and you needed to physically do it at a Microsoft Store near you. Those restrictions have been lifted in a new buyback program from Microsoft. Read on for the details.

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We’re a few years from having the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But if you find yourself in Brazil before then you’ll definitely want to grab Easy Taxi for Windows Phone. You’ve probably heard of Uber here in the United States and elsewhere. Think of Easy Taxi as the same, a service that lets you use your smartphone to hail cabs. Details after the break.

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Just yesterday we reported on how strong of a market India was for Windows Phone. The OS has been the number two in the country for three consecutive quarters now, beating out BlackBerry and the iPhone. Part of that success has been the range of devices released, especially from Nokia. The other piece of the puzzle is the ability for Windows Phone to pick up major apps that consumers are looking for.

Today, two big apps have landed for Windows Phone users in that region: Union Bank of India and KBC, which is better known as ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ to English audiences.

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There are so many great games on Windows Phone, you’ll probably never get the chance to play and beat them all. One developer who consistently makes some of our favorite games is Hexage. They’ve given us great games like Radiant, Radiant Defense, Robotek, Totemo, and more! So you know any new game they release is going to be good. Let’s take look at their latest called Reaper.

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No, it’s not Fitness Month at Mobile Nations. But BodBot is a too cool of a fitness app to pass up. It’s one of those apps that doesn’t come around too often. It’s where a unique idea meets both good app design and performance. It’s also cross-platform, with apps for Android and iOS available in addition to a web presence. BodBot is part personal trainer and part nutritionist all rolled into one app. Let’s check it out.

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Microsoft is charging full steam ahead with development on not only its desktop Windows platform, but also its popular web browser. Internet Explorer 11 is now available for Windows 7 as a pre-release, one step up from the developer preview we recently looked at. This release contains numerous performance improvements, updates to web standards support, as well as alterations made to developer tools.

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Behold, young Padawans, as Angry Birds Star Wars II is now live on the Store for Windows Phone 8 users—and it’s even a day early from the official September 19 launch date (beating out iOS and Android). What is even more fantastic? Those with a Lumia 520 or other 512 MB devices can get in on the action too.

The game weighs in at 32 MB and will cost you 99 cents (with a free trial). The epic saga continues in the follow up to the original Angry Birds Star Wars game, and we have to admit, it’s looking very fresh.

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According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has plans to grow its upcoming television programming selection beyond the originally planned Halo series on the Xbox One. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios, declined detailed comments to Bloomberg yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show, but showed Microsoft has full intentions to invade your living room.

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While Square (squareup.com) remains the king of mobile transactions for small businesses, taxis and other services globally, the company has so far stayed away from Windows Phone, sticking with the iPhone and Android instead. File it under the old “not enough market share” problem that has plagued Microsoft.

Some of that is changing though as PagSeguro (Brazil) and Cube (getcube.com) have finally embraced Windows Phone, allowing small companies to use their preferred device when doing mobile credit card transactions.

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When it rains, it pours is the old expression. That’s the case here with the Lumia 1020 news that keeps pouring in here to Windows Phone Central this morning--isn’t our worldwide readership just grand?

Today, Nokia Poland has announced that the highly sought after camera phone will go on sale tomorrow (September 19) at independent outlets and “in the coming weeks” to Orange and T-Mobile. The device will come in the traditional colors of white, yellow and black (sorry, no red folks!) and it will retail for 2899 PLN.

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While Telstra is due to launch the Nokia Lumia 1020 in Australia any day now (still not showing up on their website), Expansys-Australia is offering the 41MP Windows Phone now.

Expansys-Australia is offering the unlocked version of the Lumia 1020 for $878.38 Australian (about $821 US). Expansys is offering the unlocked Lumia 1020 in white, black and yellow with all three showing "in stock now".

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We last looked at TweeCominder earlier this summer. It’s an app that Twitter users can easily get behind. No, it’s not another Twitter client. Instead, TweeCoMinder helps you keep track of your tweet count. That’s its main purpose, but it does have a few other tricks up its sleeves. The latest update improves functionality and adds features. Let’s check it out.

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When it comes to consumer electronics and the retail space, Apple does a pretty good job dominating the spotlight. That’s not to say that Microsoft with isn’t doing a good job with the Microsoft Store, there just isn’t as many out there yet. Which is a shame, because if you’re lucky enough to be near a Microsoft Store you know how the experience of buying a PC is leaps and bounds better than elsewhere. The stores offer knowledgeable salespeople, quality hardware with no crapware, and some solid deals throughout the year.

Thankfully, you can take advantage of those deals and hardware online through the Microsoft Store. Or through the mobile app on Windows Phone, which just got updated today. Let’s check out what’s new.

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