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This Week in Xbox One News - Silent Hills canned, DX12, Watch Dogs 2, and more! (May 3rd 2015)

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Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!

This week, we're looking at the death of Silent Hill, DX12, Watch Dogs 2 and more!

We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!

So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.

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Continuum for Windows 10 Phones does require new Qualcomm hardware

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One of the biggest new features of Windows 10 for phone – and the last feature to be announced before RTM – is Continuum. Revealed at Build this week, the new tech lets users adopt two modes for their phone and a second display.

For instance, you can use your phone as a remote mouse and keyboard for the second screen. However, other operating systems can already do such things. The more interesting addition is the ability to run your phone on the second screen, including all the apps. Moreover, since these are universal Windows apps, they scale up just like being on a full PC. This technology lets you turn any second display into a full PC, and it could change how we think about computing.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10074 updated with bug fixes and Dolby Digital Plus codec support

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The next Xbox One game from Rare could be revealed by Microsoft at E3 2015

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Interview and contest: Nihon Falcom talks about Gurumin, Steam, and Windows in Japan

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Although Japan has a rich history of game development, it's relatively uncommon for Japanese-developed Windows PC games to be released in English markets. That makes the recent releases of Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (see our review) and Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim on Steam reason for celebration. Both games were developed by Nihon Falcom, with Mastiff publishing Gurumin and XSEED publishing Ys VI.

To find out more about Nihon Falcom's experience with bringing its games to Steam, we teamed up with Mastiff to interview Toshihiro Kondo, company President, and Representative Managing Director. He provides unique insights on Steam, Windows 8 and 10, Gurumin, Ys, and even Xbox One.

We also have a Gurumin guidebook signed by voice actress Tara Strong to give away to one lucky reader. Read on for details!

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Batman: Arkham Knight to include Batgirl DLC pack as part of its Season Pass

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Tweetium pushing out an update to fix Twitter image upload issues

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For only $3.95, you can rock this smooth skin case for your Lumia 520

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Watch us play Divekick and Threes, two indie games for Xbox One

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One 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 have a special double stream with two games and double the prizes to win! First up, we'll be playing the humorous fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition from Iron Galaxy Studios. Then we'll follow up with numerical puzzle game Threes from Hidden Variable Entertainment. Watch along and you could win one or both games!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for my detailed impressions of both games, the list of contest winners, and the YouTube video replay (edited for entertainment value) of the stream!

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Windows Phone Weekly Digest: May 2, 2015

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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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ICYMI: May 1, 2015

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ICYMI: May 1, 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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New features and improvements coming to Windows 10

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Windows Weekly Episode 411: Back from Build now available for podcasting, streaming

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Microsoft's Build 2015 conference wrapped up yesterday. As usual, there is a massive amount of news that came out of the three-day developer event.

To wrap things up and put it all into perspective, Windows Weekly on TWiT.tv did its annual Build wrap-up show, with a packed audience and guest lineup to break it all down. Guests included Peter Bright, Carl Franklin, Dmitry Lyalin, and myself, making it a fascinating watch (or listen).

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Windows Media Center gets laid to rest, won't appear in Windows 10

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Pre-orders for the Surface 3 are now shipping

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