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Tile Me! has received an update that makes its Twitter background creator even better. Version 2.7.1.0 responds to a couple of suggestions we had in theprevious version. The latest update adds more Windows Phone devices to display in the background and you are now asked for permission to post a tweet whenever you change your background. You can also now save the background to your phone or even share it from your device.

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Microsoft: Buy a Chromebook and get Scroogled

Don’t get Scroogled. Whether you’re considering using Gmail or buying a Chromebook, Microsoft doesn’t want you doing it. To make the point at how useless a Chromebook is, Ben the PC Guy went to Venice Beach to ask passerby’s what they thought of the device that quite function without an internet connection. Video and reactions below.

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Weather Hound is a simple Windows Phone 8 weather app that delivers the forecast basics to your phone.  The app has a clean, minimalistic appearance and comes across as an appealing choice to consider for those wanting a basic weather app.

Weather Hound was updated today to version 1.1, which most notably adds a trial version for the app.  The update also adds support for a solid color lockscreen and a description to the unit choices in the apps settings to make things a little understandable.

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Nothing quite stokes our fire like a good deal on a gadget or gizmo. Microsoft apparently knows that since they are starting a new promotion called “12 Days of Deals”. How good can any deal be before Christmas and after both Black Friday and Cyber Monday already take place? Apparently really good. On the first day you can get the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet for $99. Did you do your double take on the price? Good. Details below on how you're going to want to be at your local Microsoft Store this Monday. 

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Seasons is an infinity/endless runner game for Windows Phone that was recently released in the Store but had a few glitches that prevented it from loading to Windows Phone 7.x devices.

An update has been released taking the game to version 1.1 and the game loads and plays just fine on Windows Phone 7.x devices.  The update also improves multiplayer match making and fixes a few minor bugs that were discovered after the initial release of the game.

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Yammer is one of the leading enterprise social networks, and was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. It has apps for all mobile platforms, and a while back introduced one for Windows 8 as well.

Today, both Windows Phone and Windows apps (along with Android and iOS apps) have got updates that add much requested feature to the apps, along with bug fixes and performance enhancements.

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As some of our readers may know, a few of us around here are fitness junkies. Namely myself, Sam and Seth are all active Fitbit users, runners, Crossfitters or gym rats. Because of that, we really dig running apps like today’s Track Runner or Fitbit Tracker. MyFitnessPal fits into that because the free service ties into virtually everything.

What is MyFitnessPal? It’s a sophisticated calorie counter. But it’s also super smart and easy. Plus it can connect to Fitbit, so that when you run and burn calories, MyFitnessPal auto adjusts based on your activity level. Throw in the Aria scale with Wi-Fi, and it’s like living in the future.

MyFitnessPal has been on Windows Phone for a while and version 2.0 went live a few months ago when it got its Windows Phone 8 bump. Today, version 2.1 is available and it brings with it even more cool features. Heck, it’s such a big update that the company even blogged about it. So what’s new?

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If you’ve got a Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020 you might want to show off your camera to your friends. Unfortunately, places like Facebook compress the photos so badly that the zoom capabilities of the camera goes unnoticed. Thankfully we’ve got Sozoom. It’s a new app we looked at a few week ago for the Lumia 1520 and 1020 that shows off the power of your camera. The latest update fixes all of our complaints. Let’s check it out.

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Australia's Commonwealth Bank (CommBank) has released a brand new official app for Windows Phone. The bank hasn't paid much attention to the platform with its sub-par app, but this update is certainly a notable upgrade -  version 2 is essentially a complete rewrite. If you've held off previously, you may wish to slide on past the break to see what's new.

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The exclusive Dragons Adventure game from DreamWorks and Nokia for the Lumia 2520 (see review) is surely an exciting and interesting title, even if you’re not a kid. Based off of the hit movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (which is getting a sequel soon) the Adventure game lets you go on quests, train various dragons and even fly a few around.

Now, the companion Windows Phone app is available for Lumia phones, and it’s quite exciting. The app works by pairing up to the Lumia 2520 using NFC and Bluetooth (Tap + Send) and you’ll need to create a free account with DreamWorks. From there, you’ll also need to enable location services on both devices as GPS is a prime feature.

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There was a period of time where Windows Phone didn’t exactly have any stellar running apps in the Store. That changed this past year with Runtastic getting big updates early in the year and Active Fitness joining the Windows Phone Store. There’s also Endomondo to help add variety to the selection of fitness tracker apps in the Store. Today we’re getting one more and it’s leaving us quite impressed. Let’s check out Track Runner for Windows Phone 8.

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UK mobile operator O2 has revealed some video game console bundles for Christmas. Should you be a PS4 or Xbox One fan, there's a bundle to suit your smartphone requirements this festive holiday. The Xbox One offer includes not only the console itself, but also the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone from Nokia. Gesture past the break for the details and pricing.

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When WhatsApp isn’t pushing out public updates on a regular basis for Windows Phone, they’re busy jamming them out behind the scenes for their private beta. Looking at the latter, version 2.11.318 is making the rounds and it has been discovered that a few new features are on board. (The current public version is 312).

That’s good news as it means those features will be headed to the official, public version, presumably in a few weeks (or sooner).

So what’s new? Glad you asked as we have some screenshots and details.

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A few days ago, we mentioned that Microsoft had pushed out an update for their Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows 8.1 devices. Falling on the heels of that update are similar ones for the Windows Phone apps, including the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions.

Firing up the app for the Xbox One, we’ve noticed the version number has changed from 2.x.xxxx.14001 to 2.x.xxxx.26000 and no new features, at least nothing that popped out. Our guess is this update ties in with some minor bug and performance improvements, including some connectivity issues some users have reported (ours has worked flawlessly since day one).

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Microsoft's Bing Maps for Windows 8.1 is a breathtaking experience

The preinstalled map app within Windows 8 is quite good, but it comes nowhere near the detail and quality of map resources supplied by Google’s own mapping service. Microsoft intends to fix that idea and has just released their “Bing Maps Preview” application to the Windows Store.

Simply put from first impressions - we are impressed.

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Cyber Monday may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t extend the savings. Yes, in case you missed it earlier this week, we’re extending the savings through the end-of-the-day Friday. Until midnight PST this Friday, you can save 25% on ALL Windows Phone cases and accessories at Store.WPCentral.com.

If you haven't visited our store for a while, be sure to click over and take a browse. You simply select your phone and the store will be customized for your device—awesome.

To take advantage of the Cyber Monday savings, all you need to do it use coupon code CYBER13 during the checkout process. It's as simple as that. Also a reminder that earlier this week we announced support for Bitcoin, so if you're sitting on a pile of Bitcoins now you can get it on the savings.

Thanks for supporting the Windows Phone Central community!!

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There’s very little debate that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is capable of taking some fantastic pictures.  But would you test that theory on such a memorable event as a wedding?  An event where the moment doesn’t always afford you the chance to re-take the picture?

Wedding photographer Joy Marie Smallwood took such a chance at a recent wedding that took place at Capella Pedregal in Cabo, Mexico.  The results held true to the Lumia 1020’s reputation.

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Nokia Lumia 1320 passes through the FCC

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is getting ready to hit the market. The mid-range Lumia device with 6-inch display has just been spotted on the FCC website. The documents don’t reveal any information we haven’t already uncovered from Nokia World earlier this year. The approved device appears to be the Global variant since it supports LTE bands 3, 7 and 20. The carriers in the United States use none of those.

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Delivery.com now has an app for Windows Phone 8. It lets you order delivery from participating local restaurants and stores in the United States. There are over 10,000 local businesses listed with delivery.com, so you can get things delivered instead of going outside.

If you are not a member, account setup is required. After providing your name and address, delivery.com will show you the restaurants and stores that deliver to that location. Choose a merchant, browse the menu, and place your order.

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