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4 days ago

6 tips to extend the battery life on your Microsoft Band

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The Microsoft Band has been advertised of having 48 hours battery life, but that can vary significantly depending on your settings, usage, and other factors. On the days we track workouts or runs, and sleep, we find the Band to last until about lunchtime the next day. Want to extend the battery life on your Microsoft Band? Here are some tips that can help you out. These tips include turning off some features when you aren't using them and other settings that can save battery.

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Activision releases its Call of Duty: Heroes spin-off strategy game on Windows 8

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As well as releasing the title for the iPhone and iPad, Activision also announced that Call of Duty: Heroes is now available for Windows 8 too, offering players a mobile-friendly version of the popular series with a 3D strategy genre twist. Players are tasked with constructing a base for themselves while launching attacks on enemies.

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Xbox Live Gold members get 24-hour free trial of Sunset Overdrive tomorrow

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Official Smosh app joins Al Jazeera on Xbox One

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4 days ago

Hero Forge, a puzzling RPG game for Windows Phone

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Hero Forge is a RPG game for your Windows Phone that combines puzzle solving with combat rounds. The game is also a Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) mode where you not only can skip battling computer opponents and seek out other players globally to rough up.

Your gaming character will advance in experience, improving their skills with each battle and you'll have opportunities to customize your character with weapons, armor and more. Hero Forge is available for low-memory devices and after playing the game over the past couple of days, we can see why the game is pulling down a 4.5 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store.

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5 days ago

Sainsbury's releases three new official apps for Windows

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UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has released three new official apps for Windows 8.1, including apps for eBooks and movies. Consumers who use the services provided by Sainsbury's will now be able to browse, purchase and enjoy popular content from both the eBook and movies stores. As an added bonus, it's possible to collect Nectar points as you download media to build a rich library.

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Plex Home delivers parental controls, better sharing, managed accounts

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Plex Home has arrived to deliver new features allowing users to have better control over sharing and their media in a multi-member family household. Users can choose who they want to share their media content with and create separate user profiles for different members of their family in Plex Home. This is enabled as Plex has moved the server management to the web app.

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5 days ago

Google agrees to settle with Microsoft-backed Rockstar

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Patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Microsoft, Apple, and BlackBerry among its members, has reached a settlement agreement with rival tech giant Google from a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after winning a bid to acquire Nortel's intellectual property portfolio.

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Weekly photo contest: Paths

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch detailed, coming later today [Update: is now live]

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Update: As of 7 pm ET, the MCC patch is now available and comes in at 1437 MB in size. Thanks, Thomas W., and others!

343 Industries, the developers behind Halo, have published the massive changelog that's coming in today's patch update to The Master Chief Collection.

The game launched last week but has had severe matchmaking issues for the majority of players. A patch was scheduled for yesterday but was delayed until today (11/20). Today's patch should alleviate all issues that resulted in extended matchmaking times and low matchmaking success rates. Plus there's a bunch of fixes for the different campaigns and a few UI tweaks.

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Microsoft wants a bigger cut of the revenue from Windows developers

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5 days ago

Wunderlist gains desktop app for Windows, updates Windows Phone app

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Popular list-making app Wunderlist is now available for your desktop. Wunderlist officially released updated apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 this past September. Now your cloud-synced lists will be available on your desktop, especially useful for any machines you have still running Windows 7. To top it off, the team at Wunderlist has updated their Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps!

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5 days ago

Getting crusts-on with the Domino's app for Xbox One

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This week Domino's Pizza jumped into the world of Xbox One applications. Or in the UK and Republic of Ireland it did, at least. It's not the first time a pizza delivery app has been available on a games console, but Domino's latest joins its apps for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

So, while we're waiting on it getting out into a few more countries we've fired up a British console and gone for a test order. All in the name of, er, science. Or something.

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5 days ago

Offline data for Maps on Windows Phone 8.1 is getting updated

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If you are using a Windows Phone 8.1 device and use the offline maps option, you may want to check for an update. Users are reporting to us, and we have confirmed that multiple states in the U.S. – and likely elsewhere – are flagged for some map refreshes.

We can confirm that at least New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California all have fresh maps to install. To clarify, this is not an update to the HERE Maps app, but rather the downloaded maps data for offline usage.

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5 days ago

Windows Store is currently down for at least some Windows 8.1 users [Update: It's back]

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