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Microsoft donates $1 million to help fund a tech exhibit at the US Diplomacy Center

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Weekly photo contest: Trees

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Weekly photo contest: Trees

After last weeks more technical challenge, this week we're going back to a more simple topic for the weekly photo contest; trees. But even the simplest of topics can produce some incredible shots. The one up top, for example, isn't a particularly fancy setting, but it's one of the first outdoor shots I've been able to take using Rich Capture on the Lumia 830.

So, that's this weeks task. And a little heads up that we'll still be closing it down in the usual time frame, but we'll be skipping a new contest next week on account of being at various shows around the world. But before all of that, who won last weeks, Tilt Shift, inspired contest?

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Lumia 920 starts receiving Lumia Denim update in several countries

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2 days ago

Help beta test Flock for Windows Phone

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Flock is a free messaging app that is designed to facilitate group messaging within small teams and businesses. Available for Android, iOS, PC and Mac, the app is set to launch next month on Windows Phone. The developer behind the app is actively seeking beta testers to iron out the bugs and get feedback from the community, so if you're interested in checking out what the messaging utility offers, head here to register.

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Watch Batman try to regain control of Gotham in latest Batman: Arkham Knight trailer

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Rocksteady's critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series is coming to a close this year with Batman: Arkham Knight. The latest trailer for the game offers a glimpse at the multitude of villains that The Dark Knight has to go up against, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow.

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B&H starts selling the Lumia 435 in the U.S. for $99.99

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Five cheap laptops that are worth a gander

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Five cheap laptops that are worth a gander

We're showcasing some of our favorite cheap laptops, perfect for anybody shopping on a budget.

Whether you need a spare PC for tinkering, a laptop for the kid that can be stand getting busted with minimal heartbreak, or you're just keeping an eye on your budget and need a passable computer, we've assembled some of the most promising options available. We're setting the threshold for under $350 for these picks, and many are well below that. Keep in mind that you likely won't be playing graphics-intensive games on these machines, but browsing, daily work, and moderate photo editing shouldn't be a problem.

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Get a triple dose of Strider from our Strider History Night stream replay

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Back in December, Windows Central streamed a downloadable Xbox and Windows game from Capcom called Strider. The game became one of my favorites of 2014 thanks to its sleek style, fast pace, and rewarding sense of exploration. We've been wanting to come back to Strider on the stream ever since, and at last we're doing just that.

Why just play the newest Strider though? Last year's Strider is actually the latest in a long-running series. Seeing as how many readers and viewers probably haven't played the previous games, we've decided to turn back the clock a bit. Tonight we're playing the original Strider, Strider 2, and Strider (2014) all in one historic Twitch stream. Join us to see why the series is so beloved with hardcore gamers and have a blast chatting with the Windows Central crowd!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading to learn about the Strider series and see our full playthroughs of Strider 1 and 2!

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How to connect the Microsoft Band with HealthVault & other services

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The Microsoft Band is not widely available, but lucky owners got treated to an update earlier this week. Some of the new features include the Bike Tile, virtual keyboard, Quick Read, and much more. It also lets Microsoft Band users integrate their data with two additional services: HealthVault and MapMyFitness. The Microsoft Band originally included just two integrated services: RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. We'll show you how to integrate your Microsoft Band with these services.

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Microsoft researchers talk about the latest Microsoft Band update in new video

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Pebble, Microsoft and what could have been with Windows Phone

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Earlier today, Windows Central ran a story regarding a potential Pebble app coming to Windows Phone. Evidence for the claim comes via a Store listing for an internal app that demonstrates a Pebble watch syncing with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

At the time, my position was that this app represents a proof-of-concept approach. If Pebble were pleased with the performance and feature-set, a contract to build the actual app and partnership would likely take place.

Speaking with various people familiar with the situation, I have been able to learn the full context of the Microsoft-Pebble state of affairs. The news is fascinating, but the outcome will cause some weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider, and BioShock Infinite are the Games of Gold for March

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NBA Live 15 added to EA Access on Xbox One, Battlefield Hardline trial on March 12

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Lumia Denim rolling out to Lumia 820, 920 and 925 in India

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T-Mobile US Lumia 925 finally picks up Lumia Denim update

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Another carrier has (surprisingly) beat AT&T to the punch for the Lumia Denim update. T-Mobile US is now pushing out the update to its small but dedicated base of Lumia 925 owners, bringing some new firmware and an OS upgrade.

T-Mobile themselves have not updated their support page, but Microsoft has, and tips from users tell us the update is live. Indeed, we have checked on two of our Lumia 925s for the US carriers and have updates waiting.

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