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1 year ago

Watch us play How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One and Windows PC

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Every weekend the Windows Central streams an Xbox One and/or Windows 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 How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition. Take the survival mechanics of State of Decay and mix them with a cooperative twin-stick shooter with a sense of humor and you get How to Survive. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out more than 20 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for game impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay in YouTube format!

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1 year ago

ICYMI: April 25, 2015

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ICYMI: April 25, 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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1 year ago

Windows Phone Weekly Digest: April 25, 2015

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Windows Phone Weekly Digest: April 25, 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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1 year ago

Leaked screen shots of Windows 10 for phone build 10070 show some Live Tile changes

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Some new screen shots have leaked claiming to be Windows 10 for phone build 10070, and they show some more changes coming to the layout of Live Tiles. In build 10070 the Live Tiles appear much closer together than they have in the past, with very little space between them. The leaked screen shots come from a Samsung ATIV S, and the build is said to be extremely buggy on the device.

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1 year ago

Top Windows Phone City Builder Games

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Top Windows Phone City Builder Games

If you enjoy long, drawn out games then city builder games can be a great option for your Windows Phone gaming library. These time management games call on you to build up a city from scratch and often include a number of missions your growing community will have to conquer.

There is a vast selection of city builder styled games in the Windows Phone Store and we've plucked a few of the top rated choices to highlight in this week's roundup. We have cityscapes ranging from those where dragons rule the skies to those that will take you to the Dark Side. These games take the original city builder concept that most of us learned about through SimCity and takes it up a notch by adding combat/action elements into the mix.

As with all of your roundups, we try to highlight several Windows and Windows Phone titles that might spark an interest with our readers. However, we cannot touch on all the fantastic apps and games in the Stores so we will rely on you guys and gals to fill in the gaps. If we've overlooked your favorite city building game, feel free to toss out your recommendations in the comments below.

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1 year ago

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 leaks point to pre-order beta access, November 6th launch and more

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The inevitable Call of Duty 2015 edition will land on November 6th, according to leaked retail posters from good old Gamestop.

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 takes place in a "dark and twisted" near future, following Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's segue into military futurism.

In addition to the posters from Gamestop, magazine pages have leaked onto reddit, giving us an idea of some of Black Ops 3's content.

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1 year ago

Microsoft to exhibit at IFA 2015 in September

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Following yesterday's presentation by Microsoft's General Manager of Developer Experience, Bryan Biniak, at the IFA Global Press Conference in Malta, today we've learned that the company will apparently be an exhibitor at the main event this September in Berlin.

And that's pretty huge news.

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1 year ago

Microsoft releases Contacts+Message backup app for Windows Phone

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If you are running Windows Phone 8.1 on a device with expandable storage via an SD card, you may want to grab this new system app from Microsoft.

The release is titled 'contacts+message backup' and the tiny app only installs to the Settings on your Windows Phone (it will not be listed in your apps). Contacts+message will "backup of all your contacts (in VCF format) and messages (SMS & MMS including attachments) to SD card (in XML format) for later restore to same or another Windows Phone."

The information is saved to in a 'backup+restore' folder on the SD card.

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1 year ago

Rumor: Remastered Gears of War reportedly heading to Xbox One

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Polygon has reported that third parties are hard at work with Black Tusk Studios to bring a Gears of War re-master to Xbox One.

Gears of War was one of the relatively few blockbuster exclusives enjoyed by the Xbox 360, originally owned and developed by Epic Games. Microsoft purchased the property last year to ensure it remains part of the Xbox line-up.

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1 year ago

TrueCaller update adds Persian language support, blocks installing to SD cards

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1 year ago

6tag updated with custom locations, improved dark theme, more

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1 year ago

Codemasters ressurect a cult classic with Overlord: Fellowship of Evil

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Codemasters are set to hit Xbox One with a top-down action RPG based on the Overlord franchise.

Codemasters are a UK based studio who enjoy an incredibly rich history. Perhaps most famous for various racing games, such as DiRT and Colin McRae Rally, but Codemasters have also turned their hand to other genres.

Overlord was a third person action RPG, which tasked players to take control of an Overlord, and micro-manage an army of minions with various abilities. Overlord for me always carried a very Fable-esque vibe, featuring very British tongue in cheek humour, a morality metagame and a rich colour pallet.

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil will sport elements of the cult classic Xbox 360 games of yesteryear, with some significant gameplay revisions.

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1 year ago

Build 2015 event app for Windows Phone is now available

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Next week, Microsoft is unveiling their annual developer event in San Francisco. Build 2015 looks to be a massive year as all eyes are on Windows 10 development, HoloLens, Xbox One, IoT, and more.

For those who are attending, there is now the official Build 2015 app. Listing all the sessions, maps, showcases, and ability to favorite talks to create your own schedule, the Build app is essential for attendees.

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1 year ago

MixRadio may reveal its next moves on May 19 at NYC press event

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1 year ago

Microsoft will reveal info on new 3D printing file format during Build 2015

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