In an attempt to get you to sign up for their service, Verizon has introduced Connection Day, a day of digital giveaways for people visiting Verizon stores. Taking place on November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Connection Day will see Verizon give away music, apps, movies, and more from participating companies like Amazon, Apple, and Pandora.
UK mobile operator GiffGaff has unveiled new plans to take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds. Utilizing the O2 network, the virtual mobile operator is offering 4G on plans that start from £12 a month (for 1GB of data). There's no option for unlimited use, however, limiting power users to 5GB of 4G data for £18 a month.
Halo: the Master Chief Collection, the compilation of all four numbered Halo games, is finally available on Xbox One. Our detailed review won't be live until tomorrow, but a lot of players already own the game and are enjoying it right now.
In celebration of the Master Chief Collection launch, Windows Central is hosting a special Twitch streaming event. Tonight you can both tune in to watch us play and chat with our staff and your fellow readers, and you can also actually play with us during the session! We'll be inviting stream viewers into our custom multiplayer games for some serious Slayer and other game types.
Update: The stream has ended. We managed to play a few games, but the broken multiplayer prevented us from enjoying the game as much as we hoped. Fingers crossed that 343 will get everything working right soon!
Ubisoft is no stranger to Windows Phone and tonight they yet have another release to grace your device: Shape Up Battle Run. The game is related to the just released Ubisoft Xbox One Shape Up game, and lets you use your Windows Phone to augment your runs.
Think of Shape Up Battle Run as a cross between a game and fitness app. Using your phone's built-in sensors, the game can simulate a pedometer to record when you are running. Alternatively, the app can access your GPS to record your runs that way too. The app then pairs you up against the computer to simulate runs against an opponent.
Looking for a Nest app on Windows Phone? Then you should check out Nestle for Windows Phone. It's a relatively new app in the Windows Phone Store and comes to us from the developer behind weather app Blue Skies. Nestle for Windows Phone allows you to control your Nest thermostat or Nest carbon monoxide/smoke detector.
Just a few days after the launch of The Halo Channel app for the Xbox One, Microsoft has now released a version of the app for Windows 8.1 PC owners, allowing them to go deep into the fictional sci-fi game universe that's the cornerstone of Microsoft's gaming division.
Fast Camera is a Windows Phone photography app that allows you to capture up to 25 HD photos per second. Once captured you can skim through the images and save the best photos to your phone.
Along with the burst feature, Fast Camera also has a time-lapse mode, a self-timer and stealth mode. Fast Camera has experienced a good amount of success over on iOS and at first glance, it should have similar success on the Windows Phone platform.
Fast Camera is this week's myAppFree deal of the week, which will save you $.99.
It's patch day for Age of Empires: Castle Siege, and it's a pretty hefty one at that. The 1.3 update doesn't bring anything in the way of new content or features, but it does bring a literal ton of stability and tuning tweaks.
Developer Telltale Games has finally offered some concrete details about their upcoming six part episodic Adventure series based on the Game of Thrones TV show from HBO, including word that the storyline will center on House Forrester, which is part of the George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire novels but have yet to be depicted in the TV series. The game will be released for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, among other platforms.
So now that we have the new Microsoft Lumia branding and the reveal of the upcoming Lumia 535 smartphone, it looks like the company wants to start their new mobile device marketing in a rather big and interesting way with a contest that's running on the Lumia UK Twitter account.
Microsoft is sending out emails to Windows Phone app developers informing them that they will no longer be able to unlock any Windows Phone 7.x devices, like the Lumia 900, for app testing after December 31.
Sprint will reduce the data access charge for its $80 and $90 Sprint Family Share plans to $15 a month beginning on Friday, November 14 in their latest attempt to undercut the pricing plans of its competitors.
Office 365 business customers now have a new way to manage their inboxes that can get full of emails that are less than important. Microsoft has started rolling out a new tool called, appropriately, Clutter, that is designed to learn which emails are a top prioroty for users and which are not.
HTC is continuing to refine their HTC One for Windows, which saw its release on AT&T this past weekend (T-Mobile is still in limbo on their release). Today's update brings a nice update to HTC Photo Edit, which not only lets users do some basic photo chopping, but adds neat effects using the One's Duo Camera.
Version 2.0 is now on the Store, and there are numerous refinements to the app, including some subtle UI changes like the slider for the selective U-Focus feature. Additionally, a new effect called 'Seasons' has been added, and it is quite clever.
The enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and Playstation 4 looms near. It launches next week, in fact. Fans of open-world games and crime dramas have likely placed their preorders by now, with the promise of one million in-game bonus cash sweetening the deal. But so far those preorders have only been available through retail, not the online Xbox store.
Today Rockstar and Microsoft have rectified the situation. You can now hop onto Xbox.com or your Xbox One and digitally preorder Grand Theft Auto V. The download costs $59.99 in the US, the same price as the retail version. Digital preorders include the in-game bonus cash and allow pre-installation of the game so that it will immediately be playable on November 18. Read on for quick game details and preorder link!
If you bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One earlier today, but have yet to connect to the game's online matchmaking servers, you are not alone. Microsoft has admitted that the matchmaking features in the new first person shooter collection currently have some issues that need to be fixed.
The Lumia 535 fixes many of the Lumia 530's ills, but comes at an odd time
Late last night, Microsoft announced the Lumia 535, the latest addition in the admittedly growing and confusing Lumia line. The Lumia 535 is confusing because it borrows many of the strong points from the Lumia 630 and Lumia 730 line, blurring the differences between the two.
Having said that, the phone itself is in many ways a welcome addition, mostly because it addresses many of the concern reviewers have had with the 5xx line of Lumias.