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Cut the Rope: Experiments is a fun Xbox Live game for your Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. It hit the Windows Phone Store last week for $2.99 and today, the price has been cut to $.99.

The sequel to the original Cut the Rope has a mad scientist putting the title character, Om Nom, through a wide range of scientific experiments. Cut the Rope: Experiments brings 150 levels of game play to your Windows Phone and at only $.99 may very well be a steal of a deal.

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Phone Search is a Windows Phone 8 and 7.x app that lets you search your calendar and contacts from a central location.

You can search by keyword, address, phone book, date and all the details of your calendar and contacts will be scoured. If your search yields no results, you will be given the option to search the web via Bing.  Your last ten searches can be saved and search terms can be memorized so that it can be shown when the app restarts.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photo Lockers
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photo Lockers

The other day we took a look at the Windows Phone app Pic Lock Ultimate. It's an app that lets you store photos in a secure environment, away from prying eyes. Pic Lock also goes a little further with some neat security features to discourage and even photograph those trying to sneak a peak at your photos.

This week's roundup is going to focus on four alternatives to Pic Lock Ultimate. These photo lockers are amongst the higher rated apps of this nature to keep your photos in a secure area. While these picture lockers may lack the anti-intrusion features they aren't too shabby in their own right.

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We've already mentioned the Xbox Live portion of this week's Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals, Sonic CD. The other two parts of this weeks deals include Monster Pinball HD and Polyglot.

For those not familiar with Red Stripe Deals, every week three Windows Phone titles will be discounted and identified by a red stripe around the icon. You'll have one Xbox Live title, one game, and one app discounted. The discounted pricing only lasts a week.

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We've seen renderings, images and even a video highlighting the screen assembly on the Nokia Lumia 928 that is destined for Verizon. We are now hearing rumors that Nokia will officially announce the Lumia 928 on April 25th with availability in stores a few weeks later.

The Lumia 928 is expected to sport a 4.5" Super AMOLED screen and an 8.7MP OIS Pureview camera. Basically, a lighter, slightly redesigned version of the Lumia 920.

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Is there a need for a Microsoft Windows or Surface Phone?  Microsoft's Vice President of the Windows Phone Division, Terry Myerson, doesn't think so.  Speaking in an interview with AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile series, Myerson said there just isn't a need for such a device but left the door open should situations change.

"It would have to be something where Nokia or HTC was not providing the consumer experience we think is possible with our platform."

There has been speculation for sometime that Microsoft was leaning towards producing their own hardware. Myerson feels that Microsoft's partners are doing a good job of it and doesn't see the need for Microsoft to step in and start producing hardware.

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There is speculation that with the Windows 8.1 update users will have the option to boot up directly to the traditional desktop view. The 8.1 update, code named Blue (that will also impact Windows Phones), will still have the hot corner functionality for access to the Charms and Start Screen.  The option will simply launch the desktop view on the computer at boot up.

No word on whether or not the Start Button will be making a comeback (wouldn't hold your breath) but it will be nice to have the option to go straight to the desktop view. Especially for those who prefer the more traditional Windows view.

Source: The Verge

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DualCamPhoto is one of the more interesting Windows Phone 8 camera apps in that you capture photos using both the front and rear cameras with a single press of the shutter. DualCamPhoto was recently updated to version 2 and adds a nice set of features to the mix to give users a little more control over the end product.

You now have post editing capabilities with DualCamPhoto to allow users a choice in how their dual photos are presented. You have the traditional side-by-side plus picture-in-picture and a split image view.

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Some time ago we took a look at Gibbage Cases for the HTC 8x. The cases are 3D printed shells that snap on to your 8x to give the Windows Phone a little bit of style and protection. There was mention that cases were in development for the Nokia Lumia 920 and it looks like the Lumia 920 cases will be here before you know it.

While the 920 cases are still in the prototype stage Kevin Miller, the designer behind Gibbage Cases, has posted the above video over on YouTube and is going to give away a 3D printed case to five viewers who subscribe and comment to the video.

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ProShot is a popular photography app for our Windows Phone 8 devices that offers you more control over your camera. An update was pushed out this morning that mainly deals with performance enhancements.

The version 2.6.5 update boosts overall performance of ProShot, Live tile improvements/fixes, manual focus enhancements, along with other various bug fixes and tweaks. Full resolution HD browsing was also added to improve how your photos look from your Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Golf
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Golf Games

There's a small golf tournament going on over in Augusta, Georgia this week where one golfer will take home a coveted Green Jacket (and a healthy pay check).  In honor of this event, we felt that a roundup of golf games would be fitting.  Plus the weather's getting warmer and if your a golfer stuck in the office, these games might help take the edge off the need to hit the links.

Sure you have Shotly Golf to help you keep score and find courses. Then there's Golf Live to help you keep up with all the golf news out there. This roundup deals with golf games for your Windows Phone. Everything from a wonderfully animated Xbox title to a challenging round of golf featuring a stick man.  We even throw in a putt-putt golf game for those who prefer to putt around over dealing with fairways and roughs.

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We mentioned Microsoft's new Red Stripe Deal promotion earlier this month. It's not a special on Jamaican Beer but rather weekly discounts on Windows Phone apps and games. Every week Microsoft will highlight certain apps at a discounted price and you can pick them out of a crowd by the red stripe that surrounds their icon.

This week's deals includes the Xbox Live game Tiki Towers, the independent game Doodle Devil and the photography app Pictures Lab. All three Windows Phone apps have had their prices discounted from $2.99 to $.99.

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Quotr, insprirational quotes for Windows Phone 8

Looking for a really simple quote app? One that generates countless inspirational quotations from the likes of Confucius, Voltaire, and Grandma Moses? If so, Quotr is a new Windows Phone 8 that should fit the bill.

Quotr is as simple as it gets with an inspirational quote greeting you as the app is launched. If the quote doesn't do much for you, tap the screen and another quote is displayed. Repeat the process until you find what you're looking for.

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Earlier today Miniclip dropped the price of their Windows 8 and RT versions of iStunt 2, Gravity Guy and Monster Island to free titles.

Miniclip has now added the Windows Phone 7.x/8 versions of these games to their free offer. The free offer on the Xbox Windows Phone titles is only for a limited time only. As an added bonus, the Xbox Live game Fragger is also a freebie.

So if you've been on the fence or just want to build up your Xbox Windows Phone gaming library, now's the time to act. Head past the break for all the links and QR Codes.

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Jungle Mamba is a new game for our Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. It's a play on the classic Snake game with really nice graphics and simple controls.

Game play is just like the classic game of Snake in that you guide your snake around the screen, gobbling up fruit. As you do, the length of your snake grows. The challenge comes in avoiding obstacles and more importantly, running into your snake's own body.

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Smartphone Madness 2013
Vote for the Nokia Lumia 920 to knock out the Blackberry Z10 in the LAPTOP Smartphone Madness finals!

While we have the Windows Phone App Star contest winding down, we have another March Madness style contest reaching the finals. Laptop Magazine is running the "Smartphone Madness 2013" contest to see which smartphone on the market is the most popular.

The field of sixteen smartphones has been widdled down to two with our Nokia Lumia 920 facing the Blackberry Z10 in the finals.

Currently the Lumia 920 has a very comfortable lead over the Z10 (62.8% to 37.2%) but we shouldn't see this as an easy victory. Our friends over at Crackberry.com have sounded the alarm so this may end up being a close contest when all is said and done.

Every vote counts and to help keep the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone out in front, head on over to Laptop's site and vote. Voting ends Monday, April 8th at 9am EST so spread the word and get out the vote!

Thanks, everyone, for the tips!

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The Windows Phone "Next App Star" contest is winding down with voting for the final four apps ending tonight at 11:59pm PST. After which voting for the championship round will take place from April 6th to 8th.

While the WPCentral app made it to the elite eight, we fell short to ProShot, who is now facing (and leading) Amazing Weather HD. On the other side of the semi-finals you will find Wikipedia leading Voice Translator.

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Microsoft is at it again. Challenging the competition to see how things stack up against the Windows Phone.

This round, Ben Rudolph (a.k.a. Ben the PC Guy) takes on the Samsung Galaxy S3 with a Nokia Lumia 920 to see which takes the steadiest video. The optical stabilization on the Lumia 920 may make this an unfair fight but in the end, the video has less bounce and is more blur-free.

Source: YouTube/Windows Phone; Thanks, Aaron, for the tip!

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball Apps

Last week, Major League Baseball kicked off the 2013 Season and we thought it fitting to take a look a the baseball oriented apps in this week's roundup.

You do have sports apps like ESPN Scorecenter and ScoreMobile that will pull MLB news and scores to your Windows Phone but these are baseball only type apps. Apps that will keep you up to date with all the scores, stats and standings and one app that will help you score games yourself.

If you've got a favorite baseball oriented app, feel free to sound off in the comments.

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