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This year's HACKED event, which is a free-to-attend weekend of intense learning, building and sharing of cool stuff (that's what the website says) has sold out on tickets. Fear not though as the organisers plan to release more batches through June. Whether you're an expert, novice or a developer or designer, everyone is invited to take part (should you manage to get a place, of course).

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Just as they did with the Xbox 360, Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be the all-in-one entertainment device in your living room. But this time the console is designed around that host of functions from day “One” as opposed to having them patched in later. Of course it will play games (and boy, do they look awesome) but like a smartphone it also does so much more.

Chief among these non-gaming functions is the new live TV integration. During the Xbox One reveal, Microsoft outlined some impressive new ways to watch TV and discover video content through the new Xbox. Seriously, the Xbox One will change how you watch TV – for the better!

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Microsoft is still running through the Xbox One presentation, which has impressed all of us here at Windows Phone Central. We're certain at least a few of you have something worth shouting about, so we've created the Xbox One forum over on our community boards.

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EA Sports delivering four Xbox One exclusives

An Xbox console wouldn't be complete without games and EA Sports is bringing four exclusive games to the new Xbox One console.

At today's Xbox Reveal EA Sports announced FIFA 14, Madden NFL, NBA Live 14 and UFC gaming titles developed to maximize the capabilities of the new gaming console.

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Microsoft has just introduced the Xbox One. It’s the next generation console from Redmond that will help power the living room for the next decade. The Xbox One is accompanied by a new controller, new Kinect motion and voice sensor, and a much, much more.

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The Xbox Windows Phone games SPY Mouse and Trivial Pursuit were introduced late last year as Nokia exclusives. That exclusivity ended today and both titles became available for all Windows Phones.

SPY Mouse is a puzzle game from the makers of Flight Control and has you playing the role of Agent Squeak, a super secret mouse operative. You guide Agent Squeak through over seventy levels spread out across six worlds. Each world has its own frisky hench-cat to defeat.

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We’ve heard a lot of discussion from users, mostly anecdotal, about their local carriers and how well they are promoting Windows Phone in the store. Some are horror stories, with reps pushing Android or the iPhone while often there are great experiences too.

Telstra though as evidently set the bar with their in-store advisements.

In fact, it’s so good that Microsoft has made a video in conjunction with the popular carrier to highlight their effort. It’s quite the achievement to see Windows Phone promoted in such a way and while US carriers like AT&T and Verizon are getting serious about putting Windows Phone front and center, we think Telstra here sets a great example.

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There's very little argument that the Nokia Lumia 92x series of Windows Phones performs extremely well in low light conditions. The latest Verizon commercial, #takebetterphotos, highlights the Lumia 928's camera's low light abilities.

Touted as the "best low light smartphone camera around" the thirty-second ad illustrates how well the 928's camera performs when lighting is at a minimum. Similar to the Lumia 920, the Lumia 928's benefits from the optical stabilization and Nokia's Lumia 928's benefits from the optical stabilization and Nokia's Pureview technology to improve photos captured in those dimly lit situations.

The Nokia Lumia 928 is an exclusive to the Verizon network and is currently running $99.99 after contractual discounts.

Source: VerizonWirelessThanks, pbroy, for the tip!

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In case you’re living under a cave, today is Microsoft’s big day: the reveal of the next generation Xbox console. We wrote about what to expect yesterday, and today, we finally get to see what it’s all about.

You can watch the event live on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8 device, or of course your PC.

We’ll have a live blog of the event in case you can’t watch it any place or you want some live commentary on the announcement (and to discuss with your fellow Windows Phone Central community members).

The event starts at 10AM PT/1PM ET. You can use this handy scheduler to see your local time or use the countdown clock below.

Link to eventhttp://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-xbox-next-generation-live-blog

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Nokia is continuing to update its #2InstaWithLove app with more filters. It was only last week when we saw the manufacturer add in the Pureview filter and today we now also have OIS. The effect joins the likes of Smartshot, Lumia, Nightshot and more, offering consumers even more cool ways to edit photos.

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It shouldn't be a secret that Nokia likes to hold photo contests from time to time to showcase the cameras on the Lumia line of Windows Phones. The latest Nokia Lumia Photo Challenge dared readers to capture adventures at night with their Lumia Windows Phone.

The winner was announced over on Twitter and we would like to extend our congratulations to Windows Phone Central reader aaa6112 for his photo of the Scripps Pier in San Diego. The above photo was captured with his Lumia 920 and the prize for this wall hanger of a photo, a new Lumia 720.

Not sure what the next Nokia Lumia Photo Challenge will be but we'll keep an eye out for it and let you know.

Source: @Nokia_Connects

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Tomorrow is the announcement for Microsoft’s next-generation console, the successor of the company’s world famous Xbox 360. The boys up in Redmond have been secretive about their new entertainment beast (most likely using the Cone of Silence in meetings), but a few rumors have slipped through allowing us to take a shot at what we might expect tomorrow on stage.

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The Microsoft Design Language (aka Metro) was made to work perfectly with any mode of input. That’s one point a lot critics seem to miss about Windows 8, the Xbox, and Windows Phone. The language allows for any type of input for interaction. Now, as a case in point, let’s see how the Leap Motion Controller complements Windows 8.

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A Windows powered car is not anything new; Ford has been factory installing their Windows Embedded in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, SYNC, with cars since 2007.

Now, six years later, Fiat is getting in on the action by installing a redesigned Uconnect system based on the architecture into their latest 500L model. The Fiat 500 was first produced in 1957 until sales plummeted in 1975; the rebirth of the car, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, was in 2007. To this day, the Fiat 500 is still considered as one of the first city vehicles and as an automobile that truly redefined the term "small car".

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The Nokia Lumia 928 and 925 aren’t upgrades to the Lumia 920. Daniel put it best in his From the Editor’s Desk this morning when he called it a sideways upgrade. Same goes for the camera found in those devices, they’re basically the same one you’ll find in the Lumia 920, but with a little more software magic.

Here’s an ad from Microsoft that shows off the low-light prowess of the Lumia 928 for Verizon.

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Although we’re kind of in love with yellow for our Lumia 920, there’s one even more elusive color out there that’s kind of hard to find depending on your geo-location: Grey.

Yup, Nokia does make an all matte grey Lumia 920 and while it’s difficult to find, you can now order the original housing for that device on eBay from a UK seller. The price of the housing (which may not include the SIM tray, so contact the seller first!) is going for £39.95 (~$60 USD), which isn’t cheap but for an accessory that will literally make you feel like you have a brand new phone? That’s not too bad.

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Last fall we finally got the popular word game Words with Friends. But by the time it finally came to Windows Phone the gaming community seemed to have moved onto newer games. On iOS the next big word game was a little gem called Letterpress. We don’t have Letterpress on Windows Phone, but we’re getting a game that looks fairly similar called Wordness. Check out a sneak peak of the game after the break.

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