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The Lumia 530 is the latest Windows Phone to hit the UK shores and NokNok.tv – Microsoft's UK blog – is running a quick competition for you to win one. The team have their lucky hands on three units to give away over the next three weeks. The first week requires you to share a photo that best sums up 5:30pm for you. This could be anything from relaxing (or not so) post-work activities to spending time with the kids.

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IFA 2014 is just days away in Berlin and Microsoft is starting to tease its next Windows Phone announcement on September 4th. We previously looked at invitations being fired out that hinted at a special 'selfie' Windows Phone (the Lumia 730) and this morning the company shared an image, which could have potentially been taken with said Windows Phone.

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Dungeons & Dragons is a super-popular tabletop role-playing game. There have been numerous titles released in digital format for players to enjoy on their consoles and gaming rigs, but many have failed to replicate the magic of tabletop. That could change as Backflip Studios is looking to bring a new Dungeons & Dragons game to mobile platforms and it's set to introduce some neat features.

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Cyanogen is a startup behind the popular Android mod, which is preloaded on the affordable One Plus One smartphone. What makes this interesting is how numerous big brands are watching the company as a potential purchase or partner. According to The Information, Microsoft is one of these companies and Satya Nadella has previously sat down with the folk behind CyanogenMod. Since the version of Android is picking up steam, it's clear to see how the company could be viewed as a potential acquisition or partner.

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Sometimes we want the latest and greatest in tech, but simply cannot afford such luxuries. This is where refurbished units come into play and AT&T currently has a sweet deal on the Asus VivoTab 10.1-inch 32GB Windows 8.1 RT tablet, which can be yours for just $160. Since this is a Windows RT-based tablet and not running full Windows 8, the product is slightly more affordable than the Intel option available elsewhere. That said, if you're looking for a companion device to deal with web browsing, light gaming and more, it's a steal of a deal.

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Microsoft has published around 800 lesson plans on Bing since the fall of 2013. These resources enable teachers to provide tailored content to three different age groups, be it elementary, middle and high school. Four teachers worked on these lesson plans, now available for free everyday, helping students practice critical thinking skills and web searching. Essentially, Bing is attempting to make search more involving for children, as opposed to simply copy and pasting. This is all part of the Bing in the Classroom project.

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Surface Pro 3 is now available in the UK!

The Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft is finally available for purchase at various retailers here in the UK. As well as releasing the product through its own channels, Microsoft aims to replace laptops and tablets with its latest high-end attempt at combining the best of both form factors into one single experience.

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Verizon Wireless today announced that VoLTE (Voice over LTE) will be available on the network nationwide in the coming weeks. Customers with the US mobile operator will soon be able to make higher quality calls (and video calls) with other subscribers on the same network with compatible 4G smartphones. The plan is to slowly roll out the upgrades across the board to compete alongside AT&T and others, using LTE for not only super-charged data but also higher quality calls.

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Aldi in Germany has a superb offer for anyone looking for a brand new Windows Phone. The Lumia 630 will go on sale soon with a price tag of just €109. According to the website, we're looking at August 28 as to when the smartphone will be available in stores, but it's the price that will surely attract consumers to at least check out Microsoft's mobile platform with its affordable hardware.

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Here's a sweet deal if you're looking to pick up the Surface Pro 3 in the UK when it launches next week. Voucher codes and deals website Quidco has £100 off the Microsoft tablet (through cashback) to match other neat deals available on Windows laptops at various retailers. The only problem with this offer is it expires today, so you better hurry through and make the purchase if interested.

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An official app for Papa John's is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The app, published earlier this month, enables pizza fans to order their favorite meal from the comfort of their own palm. The app itself is a mere web wrapper, but it performs well and is a solid start to at least draw attention to the brand and make the developers aware of consumer demand.

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Formula Ford is the entry-level when it comes to racing and offers a chance for those with ambitions of making it big in the single seat to go against one another. To ensure each race is fair and vehicles abide by technical regulations, officials utilize special hardware to check numerous components. The interesting part is how they use a rigid Windows 8 tablet, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 to perform said tests.

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Microsoft has today announced availability for the Lumia 530 Windows Phone in the UK. Starting from September 4, consumers in the region will be able to pick up the smartphone from as little as £60. Taking the mobile experience to the next level with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update, the affordable mobile device is a superb investment for anyone looking for a cheaper option when it comes to smartphones.

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Should you still be rocking the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and are looking to downgrade the operating system to get the full public release and Lumia Cyan, you won't have to carry out this task if you're able to hold on for another week. According to Joe Belfiore on Twitter, Microsoft will be upgrading those on the Developer Preview program to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 next week.

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