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Bing correctly predicts most of the winners at this year's Oscars

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Some great Windows tablets for note-taking

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Some great Windows tablets for note-taking

We're here to help you to find some great Windows tablets with solid stylus support.

It's hard to ditch paper when it comes to the flexibility of freehand notetaking, but with the right Windows tablet and stylus, you can get pretty close. We're gathering up some of our favorite note-taking Windows tablets that are built with stylus input in mind. Whether it's for taking notes in meetings or drawing digital sketches while on the go, any of these could meet your needs.

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Poll results: Did you install the Windows 10 preview on your phone?

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The Dell XPS 13 (2015)

The Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Dell made a big splash at January's CES as it unveiled the latest in its XPS line, the 2015 edition of the XPS 13. For anyone looking for a compact Ultrabook, the new XPS 13 has to be at the top of the list of considerations, with a 22% smaller footprint than comparable 13-inch notebooks.

With prices starting at $799 and specs going all the way up to a 5th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and a QHD+ touchscreen display, there's an XPS 13 out there for you depending on your priorities. It's going to be one of the hottest Windows Ultrabooks of 2015, and we're going to spend a fair while talking about it. Everything you'll need to know can be found at our dedicated page at the link below.

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ICYMI: February 22, 2015

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ICYMI: February 22, 2015

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.

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Cortana going to the Brit Awards with Clean Bandit in latest Microsoft UK ad

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The Brit Awards is one of the biggest nights in the UK music industry and Cortana will be going with the Grammy winning act, Clean Bandit. Microsoft UK's latest ad sees the group putting Cortana to work ahead of the big night, including reminding Grace not to dance on any tables.

Oh, and Cortana will be wearing a phone down the red carpet. Of course.

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This Lumia 822 hybrid case has a built-in kickstand and is 55% off today!

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

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

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