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Watch our Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition stream right now on Twitch and win a free game!

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Every weekend, Windows Central 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 Stick it to the Man and dished out codes to ten lucky viewers.

Tonight we'll be gearing up for Halloween by playing Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition from Exor Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition, plus two 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 right here live or after the fact.

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2 hours ago

ICYMI: October 25, 2014

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ICYMI: October 25, 2014

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. 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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7 hours ago

Moto Racing, a Windows Phone endless runner game on two wheels

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Moto Racing is an endless runner styled game for your Windows Phone that has you weaving a motorcycle through traffic. You collect coins to buy new and faster motorcycles and ultimately see how far you can go without kissing the pavement.

The game's pace does have a little zip to it and a decent selection of bikes. Moto Racing isn't a bad title to have in your Windows Phone gaming library and is a fun way to pass the time. While the game is available for low memory devices, Moto Racing has more of a casual feel than what you would find with a more feature rich that you might invest marathon gaming sessions with.

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8 hours ago

Xbox head wants next Gears of War game to be more like the early installments

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Microsoft bought the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games in January and a new Xbox One game in the series is currently under development at Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios. In a new podcast interview this week, Microsoft's Xbox lead Phil Spencer hinted that the new game will be similar in tone to the early games in the series.

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8 hours ago

Five popular apps that have not been updated for Windows Phone in months

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Microsoft has been trying to get more developers to release their apps for the Windows Phone platform, but there's also a problem with major app creators and publishers that don't bother to update them with new features or improvements for months. In a couple of cases, the apps haven't been updated for nearly a year.

Microsoft recently revealed a new Developer's Code of Conduct for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps that stated, among other things, that developers must stay active in the store. That's certainly not the case for these five popular free apps, which have seen numerous feature and bug fix updates for their iOS and Android counterparts over the past year. In fact, most of these apps have seen some update in the past month for those two platforms, and none have been updated later than early September. That is certainly not the case for their Windows Phone versions.

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9 hours ago

Microsoft to hold partners-only Windows 10 webcast on October 29

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10 hours ago

Brookstone website reveals more about Fitbit Surge fitness watch, works with Windows

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11 hours ago

Top Rated Windows Phone apps and games for Halloween

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Windows Central App Roundup: Windows Phone Halloween apps and games

'Tis the season where pumpkins are carved up, kids and adults alike begin hunting for the perfect costume and bags of candy begin to fly off store shelves. In the spirit of the Halloween season, this week's roundup will focus on apps and game that give our Windows Phone a ghostly flavor.

We did a keyword search in the Windows Phone Store for Halloween and grabbed a few of the higher rated apps and games from the search results. We aren't including Zombie games because they are more of a year round genre. We do have a few games that have been recently updated with a Halloween theme as well as a few apps that can help your Windows Phone get into the holiday spirit.

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12 hours ago

Nokia Lumia 920 screen protectors are on sale for $8.95 today!

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Lenovo's upcoming Smartband SW-B100 fitness tracker will be able to unlock your PC

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12 hours ago

Microsoft promotes Surface Pro 3's musical software tool support

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1 day ago

Big Twitch streams coming from Windows Central: Halo, Sunset Overdrive, and more!

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One of our initiatives at Windows Central is to bring you guys as many quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. We're talking about previewing big retail games and catching up on downloadable titles you might have missed. It's fun for everybody. We get to know you, you get to know us and each other, and everybody can watch a game being played.

One of those games will be Halo: the Master Chief Collection, which we'll be streaming not once but twice next week! We also have streams coming up for Sunset Overdrive and Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition that you won't want to miss. Some of these will involve the chance to play with the Windows Central staff and/or win great prizes. Keep reading for our streaming schedule, prize details, and word on our new Twitch channel!

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1 day ago

Official Windows Phone Facebook page changing name to Microsoft Lumia

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1 day ago

Fun Friday: Retro WPCentral Freebies!

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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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1 day ago

Microsoft: 41 percent of current Windows 10 users installed it on a desktop PC

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Microsoft released the 9860 build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview a few days ago and now the company is offering up some of the installation statistics it has gathered since its release. It's not a shock to learn that 41 percent of 9860 testers have installed the build on a desktop PC, since that is what this version of Windows 10 is targeting.

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