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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff brings Quahog to Windows Phone 8.1

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Check your Xbox Live inbox for Halo 5 beta codes

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Check your Xbox Live inbox for Halo 5 beta codes

Check your messages on Xbox Live because you just might have your access code for early access to the Halo: 5 Guardians beta. Yesterday Microsoft announced that those in the Xbox One Preview program would be getting access to an early beta of Halo 5 this weekend from December 19 through December 21. Those codes are now rolling out to gamers in the Xbox One Preview program.

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2 hours ago

Evernote Context automatically adds augmented intelligence to your notes

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Evernote is adding what it calls "augmented intelligence" to Windows app with a feature called Context. Available to Evernote premium subscribers, Context essentially adds relevant contextual information as you're typing in your notes. These tidbits of information could be culled from existing notes that either were shared with you or were created in the past, along with external sources, like from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Pando Daily.

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First images and video of voice-activated 'Hey Cortana' revealed

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As Microsoft rolls out the Lumia Denim update, one feature those with newer Lumias are looking forward to is 'Hey Cortana'. Based on passive-voice activated technology similar to the Kinect, the forthcoming feature lets users call up Cortana by merely using their voice. The feature works even when the Lumia is in standby with the display off.

The images and accompanying video, shown below, come from the site MSFTPlace who picked up the Lumia Denim update on their Lumia 1520. As they note in their article, Hey Cortana is not yet available in Spanish, so they needed to change to English in order to enable the feature.

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2 hours ago

Staples UK offering probably the best deal yet on a Windows 8 tablet

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The British arm of Staples has a deal so hot on a Windows tablet right now that we've not even had time to open the box before writing about it. Right now and for an unknown, yet likely highly limited time, you can pick up the Linx 8, 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for £49.98. That's a £50 reduction on the regular price and it comes with a free years subscription to Office 365. Which is worth more than you'll pay for the tablet. But it doesn't stop there, either.

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2 hours ago

NOAA Radar and Hilton HHonors, the fifth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

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Unwrap the 5th #HiddenGemsApp for a chance at a $500 Hilton gift card #sponsored #sweeps

We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week. First we focused on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things) with fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, and then took a look at the connected home. You can catch up on the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Day 5 brings us to a couple of great apps for travel, Hilton Hotels and NOAA Weather. Combine them and you have a powerful set of tools for planning any adventure that might come your way.

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3 hours ago

Verizon HTC One for Windows nabs OS and firmware update too

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Looks like another Verizon phone is getting an update today. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also getting some new firmware and an OS update if not on the Preview for Developers program. This news follows updates to the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 announced earlier this morning.

The update bumps the OS to version Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, and it also picks up new firmware, jumping from 10602 to firmware build 21705.

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3 hours ago

Fable Anniversary for PC available for 50% off for a limited time

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies get a new trailer

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Activision has released a trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's upcoming Exo Zombie mode. The mode, the first chapter of which debuts in January, is story-based, and features voice work from Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal. The four star as untrained, unprepared employees of the game's fictional Atlas private military contractor. Exo Zombies will launch on Xbox platforms first.

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4 hours ago

Microsoft might just have their own Xbox VR headset in the works

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4 hours ago

TheChive launches 'probably the best app in the world' for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

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Unofficial apps are one thing, but we'll always welcome official apps into both the Windows and Windows Phone catalog. Now, we're welcoming theChive, as it launches "probably the best app in the world" for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. It's a universal app – hooray! – is completely free and available to download right now.

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4 hours ago

AMBER Alerts will now appear in related Bing searches

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Time is running out! Save 20% on Windows Phone cases, chargers, Bluetooth and more

Our last minute shopping sale is still going on here at Windows Central, offering you 20% off everything in the store until midnight, December 21

We've got accessories for the most popular Windows Phones like the Nokia Lumia 1520, HTC One M8, Nokia Lumia 920 and many more.

Pick up a new car charger and vehicle mount for safe holiday traveling, durable case to stay protected from the holiday mayhem or even a backup battery in case you can't make it to a charger while you're out and about. It's all here, and for a limited time it's 20% off with coupon code: LAST14

Depending on how fast you want your items, see our available shipping options for expedited delivery before the holiday. We also offer FREE standard shipping on all orders over $50.

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4 hours ago

Retailers offering last-minute holiday deals on Xbox One consoles and games

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Several retailers are offering last-minute deals on the Xbox One and related game bundles. The deals are available at most major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart. They are also available at Microsoft Stores and the Microsoft online store. All Xbox One promotions are on top of the existing $50 off deal for the console and bundles.

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