We've already noted that today is the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95, and Microsoft is celebrating the milestone with a freebie for today only. People can download "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones in the Windows Store for free from now until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time today.
Game Troopers is building up an impressive collection of Windows Phone games that includes the likes of Tiny Troopers and Overkill 3. Their puzzle/trivia game What In The World? is a lot more laid back than their action/adventure titles but still a great way to pass the time. You are tasked with identifying images of hundreds of celebrities, logos and characters.
The Windows Phone game is one of this month's AdDuplex HERO Apps, which is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex network. The campaign partners AdDuplex with myAppFree, AppDeals, PluralSight and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month.
Our role with the HERO Apps is to shine a spotlight on these Windows Phone and Windows titles and help promote the platform. We've taken a look at What In The World? before and have found it to be a solid gaming option for your Windows Phone.
Evidently some low-level torrent trackers are banning Windows 10 due to paranoia over the new OS.
When it comes to the world of bittorrent, you cannot sidestep the big red flag that the majority of its usage is for sharing copyrighted material. Sure, torrents have legitimate uses, but let's not kid ourselves that most users are trading music, movies, games, and comics.
Putting that background into context and it is understandable that people running private trackers like iTS are slightly paranoid. After all, their business can be one fraught with lawsuits and criminal penalties.
Anyone who is looking to get an Xbox One game console with more than just a free game should consider the newly-launched 1TB Xbox One Amazon Entertainment Bundle. For the price of $399, it offers a free game (Halo: The Master Chief Collection), a code for three free months on Xbox Live Gold (valued at $24.99) and a total of $30 in free credit towards three of Amazon's entertainment services.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners of the open world crime action game Grand Theft Auto V will be able to edit, create and share their own gameplay videos in September. That's when Rockstar Games will offer a free update that will add the Rockstar Editor to both versions. The editor is already available in the PC version of GTA V.
This morning, AdDuplex, a partner with Windows Central and deliverer of cross-app promotions for Windows and Windows Phone devs, has released their August numbers for Windows Phone. The data is collected 5,000 apps running on all the Windows Phone in the global market and reveals current trends within the world of Windows mobile.
Considering that the last Windows Phones released on a wide-scale are the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, there has been little momentum recently. Pooled with Windows Phone 8.1 effectively being in a holding pattern as we wait for Windows 10 Mobile, this month's numbers are a little less exciting.
However, the Lumia 640 is finally making inroads into the small Windows Phone market, particularly in the US.
Lumia 640 races to #2 spot in U.S.
It was only in last month's AdDuplex stats (July, 2015) did we see the Lumia 640 for the first time in the US. The phone entered in the #10 spot, but just 30 days later it has achieved #2 with 8.8 percent of all Windows Phone in usage besting the old Lumia 521.
The Lumia 635 is still king at 31.4 percent, and we now have some numbers for some of the older flagship phones:
Windows is the most popular desktop operating system in the world, which means that there are no doubts lots and lots of people who use both Windows 10 on a PC and an iPhone or iPad. Today's Microsoft is accommodating to most platforms, so regardless of your preference, they've got solutions for you.
In this guide we're specifically looking at how to get your photos from your iPhone or iPad over to your Windows 10 computer. Sounds simple, but there are a few different ways you can do things.
Apple would like people to use its devices and platforms exclusively, but it does at least acknowledge the sheer number of Windows users around the world. Using an iPhone or iPad and a Windows machine isn't at all uncommon, and as such iTunes and the core iCloud services are available on Windows 10.
Windows 95 launched 20 years ago today, on August 24, 1995. Back then, the Internet was just beginning to be available to the general public, and the CD-ROM disc and drives were still considered to be a "new" thing in personal computers. 20 years later, a lot has changed in the PC industry, but remarkably, Microsoft's just-released Windows 10 retains many of the same features as Windows 95 did.
The Microsoft Band is currently on sale at Amazon. The popular wearable has seen various price reductions at multiple sources, including Microsoft's own store only recently. You can grab the Microsoft Band for $150 (or £150 if you reside in the UK).
Running Circles is one of the latest installments in the Windows Phone endless runner game genre. While you may sigh at the sound of another endless runner, Running Circles steps outside the box in many ways with this type game.
The Windows Phone game has you guiding a cube-shaped character around and across a series of circles. Golden gems line the course that can be collected and used to purchase power-ups or unlock character styles, plus there is a host of obstacles that you will need to avoid. The game has two difficulty levels (don't let the word "easy" fool you), as well as single and multiplayer modes.
The game play relies on your skills at timing and can drive you nuts at times. It's not an overly difficult game to pick up but may take a little while to master. After playing Running Circles for the past few days, it comes across as a fun and entertaining addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.
At the beginning of 2014, Microsoft purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. Future titles in the series such as the upcoming Gears 4 would be developed by Microsoft's Vancouver-based studio The Coalition (formerly Black Tusk Studios) rather than Epic. But how would the new team ensure that Gears 4 felt like a true successor rather than the slightly disappointing Gears of War Judgment?
As it turns out, The Coalition would first cut its teeth on Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One (and soon Windows 10). A remaster of 2006's original Gears of War, Ultimate Edition packs the same revolutionary third-person shooting gameplay that made the first game such a killer app on Xbox 360. It also boasts new single-player and multiplayer content, vastly improved graphics, and several welcome improvements – all for the low price of $39.99.
Check out our comprehensive review with video to learn how Ultimate Edition makes Gears of War just as relevant in 2015 as it was in 2006.
Microsoft IT Showcase is a universal app that lets you stay current with the latest innovations occurring within Microsoft. One such consumer-centric innovation is the HoloLens, which is due to arrive sometime within the next year. With the Redmond giant stating that it will build an ecosystem of apps around its wearable holographic headset, IT Showcase has become the first app to support HoloLens on the Windows 10 Store.
Thanks to the unified codebase in Windows 10, all modern apps will be compatible with HoloLens. As we inch closer to the eventual release of the headset, we should be seeing a host of apps showcasing support for the new platform.
We've got a quick-fire Sunday night poll for you right now. With Windows 10 having been available properly now for almost a month, we're already back into Insider Preview's being pushed out. The newest build is 10525, and while it's still a chance to help Microsoft shape the future of the operating system, there's no denying that for some the appeal may have diminished a little.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
This week we're looking at new Halo 5 details, stealth gameplay from Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend! You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Microsoft cut off the ability to create new Groups in OneDrive in 2014, along with a way to add new users to existing Groups. Now the company is informing users via email that all existing Groups will be inaccessible to all OneDrive users on October 16, and that data in those Groups will be deleted.
6tin, the third-party Windows Phone Tinder app from developer Rudy Huyn, got updated today to version 2.7. The new version of the dating app doesn't offer any additional features, but it does have some improvements and bug fixes.
If your Windows Phone 8.1 device isn't a Lumia, it seems you can now install the Lumia Camera app. Previously exclusive to Lumia owners, we tried installing the Lumia Camera app on a BLU Win HD LTE and can confirm that it works. However, there's one catch. The Lumia Camera on non-Lumia devices is version 4.x, not the latest version 5.x that includes Rich Capture.
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."
A few days ago, we ran a contest on Windows Central where we had 10 free codes for the full version of Start10, the Start menu replacement for Windows 10 from publisher Stardock. Of course, we wanted to give them out to some lucky readers. As it turned out, we actually got 11 codes to give away, so 11 Windows Central fans will get their hands on this nifty utility.