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ASUS throwing a 'Zensation' event at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 is right around the corner and ASUS has begun inviting members of the press to its now traditional showcase event in its native Taiwan. Previous years have seen large numbers of product announcements covering both Android and Windows, phones, tablets, laptops, and combinations of the previous three.

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Catapult King from Wicked Witch is a relatively new Windows Phone game that is in the Family aisle of the Windows Phone Store and easily could be placed in the Action/Adventure aisle.

The game has you toting your trusty catapult across the countryside battling enemy strongholds and eventually facing off with a nasty dragon that has kidnapped your Princess. Catapult King has over 100 levels of game play, tons of enhancements for your catapult and is just a fun game to pass a little time with.

Catapult King is available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices.

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In Windows 10, Microsoft is including two new apps, Mail and Calendar, and while the company is bundling them as separate apps, they work very close to each other. The two apps will replace the same ones currently in Windows 8.1 and they both introduce a brand new look that follows Windows 10 modern design approach, and users will find that they are much easier to use.

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Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!

This week, we're looking at more Kojima v. Konami drama, new game announcements, Gears of War banning drama and more!

Stay tuned to Windows Central for all major Xbox announcements, and check here every Sunday for an ICYMI rundown - in addition to some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points.

So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.

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Make this chapter 684 in the Snapchat vs Windows Phone saga. A saga which we've covered in-depth over such a period of time that we'd assume all hope is lost at this point. And then there's a tweet. A vague tweet.

One which Windows Phone/Snapchat fans would immediately jump in the air at reading, because it seems to suggest that support may finally, one day, actually be planned. HUZZAH! Right?

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PicHit.Me is a crowd-sourced stock photography service, offering designers the ability to search for and request specific photos or scenes, and photographers the ability to monetize their work through licensing deals.

PicHit.Me were featured during Build 2015 for apps which integrate with Office 365 and PowerPoint, which allows you to pull down photographs without leaving your work area.

The Swedish start-up has teamed up with Microsoft and Shutterstock to offer over $10,000 worth of prizes to photographers, including heaps of Microsoft hardware and other goodies.

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Windows Phone Weekly Digest: May 16, 2015

There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.

Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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Earlier this month, Monkube games released BlastBall GO to the Windows Phone Store. The Windows Phone game is presented in board game fashion but also has elements of a match three game as well.

BlastBall Go has you shifting game board tiles around as you add colored balls into the mix, all in an effort to create linear or diagonal matches of five or more of the same colored ball. You have fifteen moves to see how high score you can achieve. Available for low memory Windows Phones, after playing BlastBall GO over the past few days it comes across as a fun game to pass the time with that can be a real head scratcher.

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Hands-on and first impressions: Microsoft Lumia 540

A Few months ago, Microsoft introduced the Lumia 535, a budget Windows Phone device and the first that carried the Microsoft branding after the transition from Nokia. Since then, there have been a slew of budget Lumia devices, several arriving in emerging markets like India before traditional Microsoft markets like the US or UK.

The Lumia 540 is an improvement over the Lumia 535 with a better display and an improved camera, but it comes at a time where the boundaries between the Lumia range of devices are blurring and the feature-set and pricing is overlapping between different devices. The Lumia 640 that launched a few weeks ago sells at a similar price to the Lumia 540 but features better internals, although with a limited front camera.

The Lumia 540 was launched in India earlier this week, and here are my first impressions of the latest budget smartphone from Microsoft.

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing Stealth Inc 2 from Curve Digital. Stealth Inc 2 is a puzzle platformer in which players must team up with clones of themselves to survive a dangerous test lab.

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for impressions, the list of contest winners, and a full YouTube replay of the stream!

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ICYMI: May 16, 2015

A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.

Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!

Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

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Some BLU Win HD LTE owners are reporting that their devices are currently receiving an update to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, also known as GDR2. The dual-SIM device originally launched last month, an LTE version of the BLU Win HD.

Update 2 has been slowly making its way out to phones, with on the Lumia 735 and 830 confirmed to be receiving the update as of early last month. Update 2 also shipped with the recently-launched Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.

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Lumia 640 might be coming to T-Mobile US on July 16

It looks like the Lumia 640 may be coming to T-Mobile US a bit later than some had hoped. While the affordable mid-range phone is now available in the US through Cricket, it looks like the 640 will arrive on the "Un-carrier" on July 16.

This news comes from T-Mobile's own Twitter account, responding to a question about availability of the Lumia 640.

It should be noted that T-Mobile and Microsoft have made no formal announcement about the Lumia 640's availability at the carrier, so this date may change at some point in the future.

A listing on the Microsoft Store late last month indicated that the T-Mobile version of the Lumia 640 would be arriving "soon," with a price listing of $89. It is currently available from Cricket Wireless starting at $129.99 without a contract.

Check out our review of the Lumia 640

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My Top Windows Phone Games to pass the time with

I lost count a long time ago how many Windows Phone apps and games I've reviewed and often scratch my head when people complain that the Windows Phone Store is lacking quality titles. For me, the Windows Phone Store is full of quality titles and the gaming aisles are no exception. There may be a few titles missing, but I just don't see the drought that some are clamoring about. Keep in mind that I view mobile gaming as something to help you pass shorter bits of time with, as opposed to console games (Xbox One, 360, etc.) that are great for wasting entire afternoons or overnight hours with.

Sure, there are exceptions but for the most part gaming from our Windows Phones helps you survive the car pool line, restaurant waits, lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles or just plain old spells of boredom. Over the years I've run across a boat load of games well suited to help you pass the time. For this week's roundup I have pulled together a small sampling of these games that I think you might enjoy. Some games will hold up to longer gaming spurts but if you need help getting past five minutes or so, I think these titles are good additions to your Windows Phone gaming library.

As with all our roundups, if we have overlooked your favorite Windows Phone title there is nothing nefarious afoot. This week's collection are games I have found to be entertaining and if I have missed your favorite time waster of a game, speak up in the comments below.

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