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6 days ago

Watch our co-op playthrough of Chariot with insights from the developer!

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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, we'll be playing Chariot from Frima Studio. Chariot is a puzzle-platformer in which one or two players work together to push and pull a funeral chariot through haunted caverns and mines. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out more than 10 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam!

Update: The stream has ended. Tonight's stream was special because one of the developers (Alex van Chestein, AKA Havochq) joined us in chat and answered questions! See his contributions and more in the full video replay.

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6 days ago

Microsoft offering some Windows Insiders a chance to win tickets to MWC

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If you're a Windows Insider and you're running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your PC, you'll want to go check the Insider Hub right about now to check for a very special opportunity. Announced via Microsoft's Gabe Aul, some Insiders will be seeing a special notification which is actually the chance to go to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, courtesy of Microsoft, as pointed out by Neowin.

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6 days ago

Evidence points to a Lumia 635 with 1GB of RAM heading to some carriers

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The Lumia 635 is nearly a perfect budget phone. It has an excellent display with ClearBlack, a modern design with replaceable covers, and it even handles Windows 10 with ease. However, it does have a few faults, including the lack of a front-facing camera and 1GB of RAM. Indeed, the 512 MB currently found on the Lumia 635 seems antiquated and too little for modern phones.

An early report cited a Lumia 635 with 1GB of RAM on Telenor's website in Hungary. However, it does not take long to find carriers mislabeling devices – even with the wrong OS – to cast some skepticism on the hardware change. However, corroborating evidence has now been found to suggest that indeed, Microsoft is set to fix the Lumia 635 that was previously released under Nokia.

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6 days ago

These are the best unofficial Twitch apps for Windows Phone

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Twitch is a popular website that allows players to livestream games from their computers and Xbox One or Playstation 4 consoles. Watching someone play a game on Twitch lets you see a lot more of a game than you could from a trailer or video review. Every Twitch channel offers a live chat room, making the act of watching a stream a social experience. The host (the person playing) can even speak to viewers. It's like a live interactive podcast centered around videogames!

As regular Windows Central readers know, we do plenty of Twitch streaming ourselves through my channel Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch – four or five nights per week, in fact! It's important to us that you be able to view and enjoy our streams. Unfortunately, Twitch does not offer an official Windows Phone app and our phones can't natively play Twitch streams. Thus we must look to unofficial Twitch apps for our phones of choice.

Not all of the unofficial Twitch apps for Windows Phone are created equal. I've put the five current best apps through their paces: 8Stream, Infinite Game Stream, LiveGaming, "Twitch TV," and Unstream. Read on to learn how they compare and which app is the best in its class.

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6 days ago

Hot Tub Time Machine available as a free rental on Xbox Video this weekend (US only)

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6 days ago

This dual-textured skin for Lumia 920 is only $4.95 today

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Windows Phone Store Collection: Revisiting the AppCampus Showcase

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A few years ago, Microsoft partnered with Nokia and Aalto University to create the AppCampus. The initiative was created to help developers build new content for Windows Phone and has had tremendous success.

Some of the alumni of the AppCampus include Project Tripod, Dark Lands, Mash&Co. and Zombies got a Pogo. The collection of apps has grown so that the Windows Phone Store has an AppCampus Showcase Collection to highlight a few of the games that have darkened the campus hallways.

We have touched on this Collection before and felt it was time to revisit things and shine the spotlight on a few of these Windows Phone games for this week's Windows Central roundup.

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6 days ago

Leak reveals new location-sharing app from Microsoft called 'People Sense'

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1 week ago

Lenovo releases automatic removal tool for Superfish; issues updated statement

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Lenovo has just released an automatic removal tool for the Superfish software it pre-installed on some of its notebooks in 2014. This follows a manual procedure that the company detailed yesterday, and an update to Microsoft's Windows Defender from this morning that will also remove the software and its root certificate.

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1 week ago

Unannounced Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM with Digtal TV is headed to Brazil

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Earlier today, evidence came forward for an unreleased RM-1109 Lumia phone destined for Brazil. Unfortunately, no other information about the device was found except something related to battery size. Speculation suggested it could be the rumored 'Lumia 1330'.

Now, the same site that trekked through Anatel's documents have churned up another record connecting RM-1109 to the unannounced Lumia 640. Janela Tech is reporting that this device is dual SIM and sports integrated digital television (DTV), something that is increasingly popular in that region.

It is currently unknown if the Lumia 640 is an exclusive to Brazil, which seems likely, or another mass-market lower-midrange Lumia. More information about the phone is under embargo at Brazil's regulatory agency, Anatel, until after Mobile World Congress in March. The timing suggests we will hear more about this device during Microsoft's conference. Alternatively, it may only receive a local announcement, due to the smaller market involved.

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1 week ago

Disqus for Windows Phone hits 2.5 with new posting experience and improvements

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Disqus has moved up from just being a system for comments to a community unto itself. They also have a very swanky and well supported Disqus app for Windows Phone, which just happens to be updated.

Version 2.5 of Disqus is now live in the Store, and we have the director's cut of the full changelog. Let's find out what is new.

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1 week ago

4Effects for Windows Phone lets you add four filters to one image

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Why settle for one filter, when you can have four in one image? 4Effects divides your image in four different parts and then you can apply different effects to each one. You can come up with many different looks out of a single image. 4Effects is free at the Windows Phone Store and has thousands of positive reviews already. Want to see it in action? Check out our hands-on video.

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1 week ago

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

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Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

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1 week ago

Five cheap Windows tablets you should check out

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Five cheap Windows tablets you should check out

We've dug up some excellent cheap Windows tablets that are worth a gander.

It's easy to get swept up in the absolute best Windows tablets that are available, but more often than not, we're at least a little concerned with how much money we spend on our new toys. Here we've rounded up some of our favorite cheap Windows tablets available. These inexpensive Windows tablets may not break the bank, but they'll meet your basic needs and then some. The ones we're looking at are under $300, and some will even be under $200. Whether or not that threshold counts as "cheap" or not is relative, but we should have a little something here for everybody.

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1 week ago

Review – WaterField Designs Laptop SleeveCase for Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS 13 has been a huge hit since it knocked us off our feet at CES earlier this year. And we have been almost equally impressed with Waterfield Designs' cases for the Surface Pro 3.

So when WaterField Designs announced their new line of custom laptop sleeves for the Dell XPS 13, Lenovo, and ASUS laptops, we were pretty excited. I was fortunate enough to get one to check out firsthand.

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