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We love games with great soundtrack and cool graphics. Picnic Rumble from Tree Men Games has both of those features. You control four strange characters and help them find a perfect picnic spot in a surreal world filled with food. It’s really fun and we think you should check it out.

Head past the break to watch some gameplay footage with the Nokia Lumia 1020.

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Microsoft made some radical changes to the Windows platform with the launch of Windows 8. Some consumers adapted to the new Modern user interface, while others struggled to move on from the Start menu, not effectively utilising the Start screen with Live Tiles and other functionality. According to latest reports, the company is looking to return the Start menu in a coming update.

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Nokia’s Lumia Black firmware, which will come along with Microsoft’s Update 3 OS bump, is due in "early 2014". It seems however that the Finnish company wants to make sure all is right with the firmware as they are offering customers early access to work out any bugs.

The proposal seems to be tied to using the ‘Feedback to Nokia’ app found under Settings. Users who have evidently competed the mini-survey are being contacted via email with the offer to test Lumia Black before anyone else gets it. The early-access beta program appears to be linked to Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 devices, although it’s not clear if other Lumias will have the same testing program.

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After disappearing from the Windows Phone Store nearly 11 months ago, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) banking app has finally returned with some new features and Windows Phone 8 support.

The app was pulled in early 2013 and USAA later went on record stating there was simply not enough market share for Windows Phone 8 to justify their continued support of the app. Since then, people who had the app previously installed could not even use it as it stopped working.

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We’re big fans of SophieLens HD, especially since its major overhaul back in Abu Dhabi. The Windows Phone Lens app applies some really slick filters to your images and also adds nice overlays, like Wikipedia or location info. In that sense, this is way more than just another filter app for Windows Phone.

The last update a few weeks ago included the addition of two new filter packs, some bug fixes and UI adjustments. This week, the app has received another update, and it’s quite significant.

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Microsoft has today kicked off its 12 Days of Deals for the month of December in the US. With Christmas just around the corner, it only makes sense for there to be some incredible offers on the hottest tech around. Today we've seen the Dell Venue 8 Pro have its price slashed at Microsoft Stores (and online), but there are many more offers on the way. 

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Microsoft has kicked off its 12 Days of Deals today with the Dell Venue 8 Pro starting the festive period of savings. If you're looking to pick up a Windows 8 tablet this holiday season, look no further as this device is currently available for just $199. Full Windows 8.1 tablet for under $200? Where's the purchase button?

Update: Unfortunately, Microsoft's online store appears to be out of Dell Venue 8 Pro stock. We recommend you check with your local Microsoft Store to see if they have units available.

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Phototastic is a handy Windows Phone and Windows 8 photography app that focuses on photo collage building.  Phototastic also has some nice editing tools to let you make the most of your collage building skills or just give your individual photos a little flair of its own.  Once built, the collage can be shared or used as your Windows Phone lockscreen.

The Windows Phone version of Phototastic was recently updated to version 2.9 which adds new frame backgrounds, new stickers that includes photos, and several user interface changes.

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Sylvain Dubrofsky of PopCap Games and Windows Phone Central's Paul Acevedo

Microsoft’s Xbox One console is in stores now and doing very well; we even gave it a highly detailed review last week. Early adopters have more than twenty games to choose from, most of which are actually quite good. We’ll be reviewing more of those titles very soon, but in the meantime let’s look ahead at the next great Xbox game to go on sale: Peggle 2!

PopCap’s Peggle 2 is one of the upcoming Xbox One titles we played during our visit to Electronic Arts headquarters just before Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever played the original Peggle on Xbox 360, PC, DS, or phones (sadly it never arrived on Windows Phone), you should know why we’re excited for the sequel. Peggle 2 launches as a timed exclusive on Xbox One this Monday as an $11.99 download.

Head past the break for our video interview and hands-on footage of Peggle 2 in action!

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An awesome puzzle game from iOS and Android has just made its way to the Windows Phone Store. We previously covered a similar title, but it was not the official version. This is the real deal. Let’s check out Move by Nitako.

The game is simple. The goal is to move the dots onto the target squares. They all move together in the same direction unless they are blocked.

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Well it’s not Siri obviously, but Copy This offers a very interesting speech-to-text functionality for Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s been in the Store since a while, but we recently discovered it or found a mention somewhere.

The app allows you to quickly speak text directly to the clipboard on your phone. You can launch the app from anywhere on your phone with your voice. Once the app is launched, you can say any text you want and your words will be copied to the clipboard. 

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As you may know, Microsoft is throwing a 12 Days of Deals sale at their physical Stores, starting this Monday. That first deal is for the Dell Venue 8 Pro, which gets a massive discount to just $199 (or $99 if you’re on of the first 20 customers).

Well, Microsoft has just posted a new ad to their Microsoft Store YouTube page, and it’s causing quite a stir tonight. However, we’re treading cautiously here, and we’ll explain the nuances of the deal and why it's not what you think it is...

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Technically speaking, it’s been a slow week, mostly due to the hangover from last week’s holiday festivities. In reality though, you probably have noticed that developers have been busy tweaking and improving their apps. We’ve covered a bunch of ‘em but there are still more. Today, we know of two pretty big updates that are well worth your time.

Both Miniclip’s Rail Rush, a freebie and Nokia exclusive game, got a Christmas bonus and Huyn’s Snapchat client, 6snap, received a few new features as well. Here are the details.

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