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Listen to J. Cole on Xbox Music and watch Guardians of the Galaxy on Xbox Video

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There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

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Facebook Beta updated with 'Top Stories' newsfeed and more for Windows Phone

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It may be a late Friday, but as Microsoft Joe Belfiore just noted, they are "squeaking one more in this week". That update would be for Facebook Beta, and this is more than just performance improvements (although those are there too). Much like the earlier OneDrive app update, this one brings some significant changes to the layout.

Tonight, version 8.3.4.1 is in the Store and with it comes a beefy changelog, including improvements to 'Top Stories' and 'Most Recent' newsfeeds, which are some of the bigger changes. Let's see what else is new.

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Microsoft entices developers this holiday season to build more apps

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Microsoft is showing how valuable the Windows platform is as it tells developers that it anticipates roughly $100 million of Windows Store gift cards will be available this holidays for use on Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox digital content. The company says that during the holiday season, developers will also generate 2.5 times more revenue than during the rest of the year.

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Facebook no longer shows Bing search results

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Lenovo reportedly working on 11.6-inch Yoga 3 Pro

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It looks like Lenovo may be working on a smaller model of the popular Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. After having launched a 13.3-inch model, Lenovo may be working on an 11.6-inch variant of the Yoga 3 Pro sporting an Intel Core M processor. Like the larger version available now, the smaller sibling is said to have the same hinge design, allowing the laptop to fold into different positions to fit your use best.

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Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War coming to Windows Phone after December 17

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Windows Central welcomes these verified Microsoft employees to our Support Forums!

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Help make Windows 10 even better by working with these Microsoft engineers and developers!

Besides announcing our forthcoming 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes next week, Windows Central is also proud to announce our Microsoft verified-employees program for our help forums!

Now, when you use our forums, there will be a small crew of Microsoft engineers to help answer your questions, especially about Windows 10. So how will you know they are legitimate? You can see a Microsoft badge with a verified check mark as seen below, to let you know you are dealing with an authentic Microsoft employee.

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Band Sensor Monitor lets you remotely stream your Microsoft Band anywhere

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Although Microsoft is likely hard at work behind the scenes on their Band, third-party developers are busy trying to crack their code. Earlier, we saw Pimp My Band by one of the lead developers at Venetasoft, which lets you customize the background image. Now, Venetasoft proper has their app called Band Sensor Monitor.

Band Sensor Monitor lets you get the values for the various Band sensors, including ones that are technically not active yet like the Galvanic skin sensor, which measures your body temperature. By simply installing Band Sensor Monitor and flipping a few toggle switches, the values are streamed directly to this app in real-time.

Want to see what it is all about? Watch our hands-on video!

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5 intriguing apps for Windows 8.1: December 12, 2014

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It is time once again to review some apps that caught our eyes this past week. This week, we have a round-up of seven apps that made the news here at Windows Central. Yes, that would be more than the five intriguing apps in the weekly post title, but we have neatly categorized them into five groups.

All I can say is that it is more of a guideline than a rule. If Time can name "Ebola Fighters" Person of the Year, then I can showcase seven apps. Let's get to it.

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Blinkbox Movies now available on Windows Phone

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Change your Microsoft Band wallpaper with Pimp my Band for Windows Phone

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If you have a Microsoft Band, you need to download this app right away! Pimp my Band for Windows Phone lets you change your Band wallpaper with any image or photo you want. By default, the official Microsoft Health app limits your choices to what they have included. Pimp my Band adds even more personalization.

Want to see how it works? Watch our hands-on video.

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Trivia Crack for Windows Phone gains notifications in new update

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Vodafone to launch wireless services for US-based enterprise customers next year

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Appy Weather for Windows Phone gets updated, adds lockscreen support and more

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Appy Weather is a unique Windows Phone weather app in that it presents the weather in a more personal manner. The app takes on the weather forecast with a minimal approach, delivers a healthy amount of information and presents the information not only in a "nuts and bolts" manner but also suggest what the temperature will feel like or how the forecasted conditions will compare to your current conditions.

The Windows Phone weather app was updated today to version 1.2, which adds lockscreen support with the ability to use Bing images or custom photos from your Pictures Hub. App Weather is a well-received weather app in the Windows Phone Store and on first impression, the updates only adds to the appeal of this weather app.

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Announcing 12 Days of Hidden Gems for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone!

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The Holiday season is upon us and at Windows Central we're celebrating with a fresh season of "Hidden Gems", highlighting new and cool apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

12 Days of Hidden Gems, presented by Microsoft, will showcase some amazing apps in the scenarios that matter most to you, such as Health and Fitness, Smart Living, Travel and Entertainment, while giving the community a chance to win some awesome prizes!! We'll also be exploring the Internet of Things in depth, bringing attention to connected devices and wearables that deliver an exceptional experience with Windows devices.

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