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Verisure is the consumer branch of Securitas Direct, a company in Europe that specializes in safety and security solutions for homes and businesses. Home owners can install a Verisure system to help protect their assets. There’s also now an official Verisure app for Windows Phone so you can control and monitor your home when you’re on the go. Details below.

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GTA: San Andreas comes to Windows Phone next week

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Rockstar Games’ biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas. While it has just released for iOS devices, Windows Phone users don’t have to wait long. According to Engadget:

Rockstar Games tells us that the promised Android and Windows Phone versions will hit next week.

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With the holidays right around the corner, we thought it would be nice to spread some joy and give away some accessories to our awesome readers! Whether you're looking for a case to protect your phone or tablet, some new headphones so you can keep rocking into the new year, or some extra power to see you through long winter nights, we've got you covered!

So, how do you enter to win a free accessory? That part is easy. Head over to the Windows Phone Central store and look around. Pick out what accessory you would like to have if you were chosen as a winner, and then come back here and post the link in the comments below. We will pick five winners and send their picks out to them! Please, only one entry per person, and anyone caught breaking that rule will be disqualified. The contest is open worldwide! We will announce next week who the winners are. Good luck!

 

UPDATE!

The winners are:

  • batuhanarican
  • Dipal Gandhi
  • jayruguitar
  • Mladen Mikovic
  • rickyb1106
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Streaming your live video game session is all the rage right now. Twitch is by far the most popular destination on the web for gamers to stream their games to followers. The Xbox One has a Twitch app that allows you to view streams and a later update to the Xbox One will allow you to stream directly from your console. On Windows Phone we don’t have an official Twitch app for viewing streams yet, but we’ve got some solid third-party offerings.

LiveGaming is another unofficial app for Twitch on Windows Phone. It’s also really good, so let’s check it out.

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Temple Run 2 might be an Xbox Live game for Windows Phone

Temple Run 2 has been a highly anticipated game for Windows Phone 8. It was finally announced (along with a few other apps and games) at Nokia World 2013, but sadly didn’t include a release date for the platform. A new video has leaked showing off the game on Windows Phone and with a little surprise in tow – Xbox Live support.

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype may be seen as a positive move by many users within the ecosystem, as it brings modern communication to Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone, but not everyone is keen to the idea. Cisco recently challenged Microsoft’s takeover of Skype Technologies. The challenge though, has been thrown out of the European General Court.

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If you are a Windows developer, you would’ve noticed the Explore Store Trends section of the Windows Store Dashboard. The trends section includes user demographics and catalog information. Since few developers can draw useful interpretation from those numbers, Windows App Builder Blog has shared interesting statistics about the most popular app categories.

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If you have been waiting for Amazon to sell the Nokia Lumia 2520, the wait stops now. You can now pick it up from the online retailer. They have it in black or red for Verizon and the black one for AT&T. There are no discounts available, so the price is $399 with a new contract or $499 outright. Stock appears to be limited for the Verizon variants, but Amazon states more are on the way.

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There are a handful of exchanges out there if you’re looking to trade your local currency with an electronic currency like Bitcoin. Coinbase and MtGox are two of the most popular Bitcoin exchanges, but there are a quite a few others if you want choice. Kraken (www.kraken.com) is one of those exchanges and there’s a new app by the same name in the Windows Phone Store to keep you posted to current rates for various cryptocurrencies.

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The Lumia 520 from Nokia is a superb Windows Phone 8 handset. You're looking at a dual-core CPU setup, decent display, standard rear shooter and 8GB storage, it's essentially a entry-level Windows Phone but without the sluggish performance you may expect from such a low price point on competitor platforms. The Carphone Warehouse in the UK have the Lumia 520 on sale for just £59.95 on PAYG.

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There’s no denying the massive market share that Android currently has in the mobile landscape. Android is basically crushing the competition globally. For example, 81.0% of all handsets shipped were running Android in Q3 2013. Compare that to iOS at 12.9% and Windows Phone at 3.6% for the same period.

Why is Android so dominant? Is it the number of apps in the Google Play store? Maybe it’s the “openness” of the platform and the ability to customize every aspect of the phone? Or could it be the licensing costs that OEMs pay Google to use Android (aka nil)? It could very well be those licensing costs since Microsoft is considering doing the same with both Windows Phone and Windows RT in the future.

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Microsoft has published a new post on the official Outlook blog, detailing some upcoming changes to the service that make it even easier to switch from Gmail. It's no secret that many consumers have switched from Google's email service to Outlook.com and Microsoft is looking to further push tools and services available to make the switch as seamless as possible.

These are said to be rolling out in the coming weeks, so sync on past the break to read up what's new.

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Speaking of Nokia going on the offensive, a new highly stylized ad has been posted on their Germany YouTube page, daring people to think differently by switching to Lumia.

The ad, an offshoot of one from last year that targeted the iPhone 5, uses modern animation design to tell the tale of a boring life of sameness. Set in a school, the video shows students placing apples on a teacher’s desk, one after the other, in a dreary, repetitive motion. The sequence repeats numerous times but there is one child growing oranges, who finally gives one to the teacher. The teacher’s eyes light up and the children rejoice as ‘sameness’ is pushed to the side.

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One of the big selling points in buying a Lumia Windows Phone, besides the unique and excellent design, is the customer support that Nokia offers. Whether they have had issues with firmware, a defective unit or just general feedback, the Finnish company has always treated their customers with respect. That hands-on sincerity has not gone unnoticed by many and it’s something that Samsung could learn a thing or two about.

Recently, an owner of a Galaxy S4 claimed that his phone caught fire during the battery charging process. The video was posted on YouTube and it quickly went viral. To be fair to Samsung, such events are super rare and are always plausible with electronics. There’s no indication that this is widespread event. Rather, it looks to be an isolated case of some defective hardware.

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Xbox One is Microsoft's next-generation video console, which launched just shy of three weeks ago. The company has today announced that more than 2 million consoles have been sold to consumers worldwide, reportedly averaging over 111,111 (see what they did there?) units per day. 

Microsoft previously unveiled some humorous, albeit rather pointless figures that included how many zombies have been slain in Dead Rising 3, as well as how many miles have been driven in Forza 5. We now have official numbers to play with when talking about the Xbox One launch and it's looking rather positive.

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Last week we announced our partnership with Geek Beat and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew to cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. CES is known as the largest electronics event in the world and it happens every year in Vegas. Also every year, we cover it as individual sites but this time around we’re going big.

Check out the preview video with Cali Lewis and John P. of Geek Beat along with Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie and myself as we talk ourselves into doing this huge, crazy project.

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The team behind the NFC Ring, a piece of wearable technology with support for NFC, have released the official Windows Phone app. If you're not familiar with the product, think of it as a ring, but with NFC capabilities. Starting as a Kickstarter project, we became rather excited about the possibilities this technology could unlock with Windows Phone.

Should you be looking to pick up a NFC Ring for yourself or friends, you'll definitely want to check out the official app. Head on past the break for all the details.

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Betfred Lotto (www.betfred.com/lotto) is an addictive gambling experience, which has just launched on Windows 8. From the UK bookmaker Betfred, this official app opens up access to a wide variety of lotto draws, including the UK, Irish, Euromillios and 49's. Should you be a fan of placing the odd bet or two to see if you've got the lucky charm to win, you may wish to check out Betfred Lotto for your tablet and PC.

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It was just four days ago that Rovio, and by extension we, teased you about Angry Birds Go! arriving for Windows Phone 8. The link for the latest and greatest in Angry Birds gaming was leaked and passed around rapidly. But the sinking realization of the app’s inability to connect to Rovio’s servers hit quickly and many were left with just a useless icon on their device.

Tonight (or even early morning for some of you), that tale has come to an end as version 1.0 of a true working version of the game is now live in the Store. That's just shy of under two-weeks after iOS got the game, which isn't too bad for platform parity.

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