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A week ago we announced that we were evolving from Windows Phone Central to Windows Central, and with our name change would be a lot more coverage on all things Windows. On top of bringing you all the Windows Phone news, we're ramping up our coverage on everything else Windows offers, including gaming! As you probably already know, this means we're bringing you as much quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. Later this week you can catch some Halo: The Master Chief Collection game play on Wednesday and Thursday, and every stream is a chance to chat (and sometimes play along with) the Windows Central staff and win tons of prizes.

In the meantime, we have an Xbox One Titanfall bundle to give away this week here on the blog!

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This week saw some exciting changes around here. WPCentral became Windows Central, a big change that is evidence of many fun things to come. With that change comes a lot of rebrandings, and as I was looking around my office, I realized that I have a bunch of WPCentral items that need to go to make room for new Windows Central goodies. So this weekend, we're working on clearing the old things out!

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Weekly photo contest: Boats

I'm on a boat! Well, not really, but you might be. This week we're going to go out and capture some boats for our weekly photo contest. Those boats don't have to be in the middle of the Pacific, as you can see the image above here is on dry land. Just go find a boat and take a cool picture with your Windows Phone.

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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Karma In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!

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Every weekend, WPCentral streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed 3D puzzle platformer Contrast and dished out codes to eight lucky viewers.

This evening, we'll be playing the hilarious 2D platformer Stick it to the Man from Zoink! and Ripstone. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Stick it to the Man, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome. Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)

Update: The contest has ended but you can still watch the replay of our stream!

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Last week we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. Our first session (CastleStorm and KickBeat) went off without a hitch, with ten Xbox One codes given away. Now it's time for the second session!

During tonight's Twitch stream, we'll be playing the gorgeous puzzle platformer Contrast from Compulsion Games. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for Contrast, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! That's right, even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren can win this time. Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)

Update: The stream went down great! Continue reading to see the whole video stream and the list of contest winners.

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Earlier today, we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. And the first of those Twitch contests starts tonight at 7pm Central (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific).

During tonight's Twitch stream, we'll be playing CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and KickBeat: Special Edition from Zen Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for CastleStorm and KickBeat, plus four Pinball FX2 tables during the stream! Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. Update: the contest is over. Continue reading to watch the replay and see the winners.

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Today Windows Phone Central looked at a software tool called Automagical that allows developers to translate iOS and Mac source code to the language used by Windows Phone and Windows 8. Automagical developer Dawn of Play used that same tool to bring gorgeous reverse Tetris puzzle game Dream of Pixels to Windows Phone.

Now that we've gotten the word out about Automagical and Dream of Pixels, it's time for a contest! Dawn of Play has provided five $5 gift card codes for US Microsoft Accounts (including Xbox Live) for us to give away. All you have to do to enter is follow some Twitter and Twitch accounts and drop a comment on this article. The contest ends at midnight CST (-0600) tonight, so hurry to enter!

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Weekly photo contest: HDR

HDR! It's the category in photography that everyone loves to hate. There probably isn't a subject more polarizing in photography than HDR. Which is why it's going to be our theme for the weekly photo contest. Think you have an eye to capture a scene where HDR works? Then you best be entering!

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Want to lighten the load of your backpack? Then you're going to want to win a free Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. Today is National Backpack Awareness Day, an event to raise awareness about how the total weight of your bag can have negative health impacts. It was started by the American Occupational Therapy Association to make sure you don't carry too much junk in your bag. Microsoft things the Surface Pro 3 does a goob job of getting rid of excess gadgets in your bag, so they're celebrating by giving away one to you.

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September 9th, 2014, marked 15 years since the Mobile Nations story began, with the launch of Visor Central. A lot has changed in mobile tech in the years since, but one thing definitely has not — the passion of this great community. The response to our anniversary article was fantastic, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the congratulations and support you shared. It truly means a lot.

We celebrated the day by recognizing our ten longest, still-active members and also by holding a contest where two members from each of our active communities could each win a $150 gift card to be used towards the purchase of their next phone. And the usernames of the lucky winners are....

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Do you like free stuff? Of course, you do, which is why we want to remind you to enter our little contest to win either a Lumia 830 or a Lumia 735! Both phones aren't out yet, but we'll ship them as soon as they're available. The iPhone 6 was announced last week, so we decided to celebrate by giving away some new Windows Phones! How cheeky of us.

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Weekly photo contest: Nightlife

We're going to have 'nightlife' as the theme for the weekly photo contest this week. This is another contest where you can get creative and inventive with what nightlife means to you. As usual, you'll be using your Windows Phone to capture nightlife and sharing your entry in our forums.

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On September 9th, 1999, the origin story for Mobile Nations began when VisorCentral launched from my student apartment at University of Florida. Immediately the website became a fixture of the Handspring Visor online community by delivering high quality and reliable news, articles, reviews, and an active forum.

While today the Visor is a relic — I'm sure many of our younger readers have never even heard of it before — 15 years later we are stronger than ever delivering the same experience that made VisorCentral a success. Over the years we have navigated the many shifts in mobile platforms, and today Mobile Nations reaches over 32 million readers every month through Android Central, iMore, WPCentral, CrackBerry and our newest site, Connectedly.

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