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Windows Central photo contest: Gaming

With E3 dominating the news in the past week we've come up with something a little different for our latest photo contest.

We want to see your best photos of you enjoying your favorite games. Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, it's all good. For this one we're waving the rule that it needs to be taken on a Windows Phone, but we're still keeping it Microsoft friendly. So, send us any photo, shot with any device of your best gaming shots. Whether that's a party enjoying something on the Xbox One or a solo effort getting into something on your Windows Phone. So long as the photo has a Microsoft based gaming theme, it's eligible!

We're upping the ante a little on the prizes, too, so be sure to check out the details below. We haven't forgotten about the previous contest winners, either. We've had a few weeks off with various different events and lots of travelling among other things, but the winner of the previous contest will be announced in a blog post tomorrow. We're back on track now so expect a new contest every couple of weeks.

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Hands-on with TuneIn Radio on the Xbox One

Another new app makes its way to the Xbox One as long time mobile favorite, TuneIn Radio, arrives with over 100,000 stations in tow.

The Xbox One is a superb games console but it's also perfectly at home sitting in the middle of a home entertainment setup. As such media apps are always welcome, especially ones that open up a whole world of music, like TuneIn Radio does.

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YouTube is an excellent source of entertainment and news videos, but you don't always have time to sit down and connect to YouTube with your Windows Phone. Enter the Windows Phone app Downloader for iTube.

The app delivers the ability to download and watch YouTube videos on your schedule. On a typical day, Downloader for iTube will set you back $1.99, or you can test things out with the trial version. However, for the next twenty-four hours, through a partnership with myAppFree you can pick up Downloader for iTube free.

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If you are one of the lucky people to be sporting a Microsoft Band, you should start checking for updates using the Microsoft Health app.

Today, Microsoft is pushing out Firmware version 10.2.2823.0 to presumably all Band owners. What does it do? Unfortunately, nothing concrete and there appear to be no new functions. Instead, we get the old 'general fixes and improvements' line from Microsoft.

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T-Mobile is getting ready to make some more announcements on June 25, as the company teases Un-Carrier Amped in a new video. The next series of announcements to come from T-Mobile will carry the Un-Carrier Amped branding. With this, the company will be beefing up some of its already popular Un-carrier moves, making them even bigger. The first announcement will be on Thursday, June 25, with several others following in the weeks to come.

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During last week's Xbox Media Briefing, Microsoft announced the new 'Warzone' multiplayer mode for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. The announcement trailer revealed that Warzone would support 24-players online in a combination of player-versus-player (PvP) and player-versus-everything (PvE) game styles.

With the bump from 16 players up to 24 and new PvE elements, Microsoft and 343 promised that Warzone would be the largest Halo multiplayer experience yet. I was lucky enough to try Warzone for myself at E3 2015, joining a 24-player game and battling it out with my fellow journalists. It would be my first hands-on experience with Halo 5, and an unforgettable one at that.

Read on for firsthand impressions of Halo 5's multiplayer Warzone game type!

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Officially, Microsoft ended support of its 13-year old operating system Windows XP over a year ago. Yet, even with all that time, many government and military organizations are still using the outdated OS on their PCs, and are paying Microsoft for special support. The latest example is he US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, who has signed a $9.1 million contract extension with Microsoft that will allow the company to keep offering Windows XP software update for that division.

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Ever wanted to run a poll about what Xbox video game to buy next? Curious as to which movie you think you should see? Straw is one of a unique mobile polling apps that started off on Windows Phone. Some Microsoft folks develop the app in their spare time, and it is also available on iOS and Android. Today, Straw 2.0 is taking the concept of mobile balloting to a whole new level.

Straw 2.0, now live in the Windows Phone, and it brings many new additions. However, by far the biggest one is Strawcast, a free, built-in polling service. We have been using Straw 2.0 for a few days, so check out our hands-on video to see it in action!

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Lenovo has announced the ideacentre Stick 300, a new pocket-sized device that you can plug into your TV or monitor to transform the seemingly dumb piece of equipment into a fully functional Windows 8.1 PC.

Powered by Microsoft Windows and an Intel processor, the new PC stick is an ideal investment for consumers who are seeking a solution they can use in the office, at home or even at locations like a dorm room.

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Toonia Colorbook hit the Store shelves earlier this month and is available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. The app, as you would guess, is a coloring book app that is not only a fun time waster but also an educational app to help with your child's concentration, motor and eye-hand coordination skills.

The core app includes thirty-two pictures to color with an additional ninety-six pictures available through in-app purchase. Toonia Colorbook has support for multi-touch to allow friends to color together and you can save, share and print the masterpieces they create.

Toonia Colorbook may not be an app that appeals to everyone. However, if you have younger children running around, we can see Toonia Colorbook as being a great app to have for those times you need a little quiet time.

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UK retailer John Lewis aims to take on Carphone Warehouse by offering an alternative to the lack of competition found on UK high streets, now Phones 4u is no longer in business.

John Lewis will begin a pilot scheme at two trial stores, Oxford Street in London and Cheadle Manchester, rolling out the scheme to more stores if successful.

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