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Halo 5: Guardians teaser turns out to be a fictional expose on Master Chief

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5 days ago

Weekly photo contest: Cars

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Weekly photo contest: Cars

After a brief hiatus thanks to events (and illness), the weekly photo contest is back and in its new weekend slot. We've decided to move it from a weekday when there's potentially a lot of news and other things going on to a more relaxed slot on a Sunday evening. Aside from a new day, nothing else is changing, so let's get to it!

This weeks contest is something close to my heart: cars. Along with tech, cars are my other major passion in life and recently I had the opportunity to finally visit the world famous Geneva Motor Show. Some 2 weeks later I'm still trawling through all the photos but it gave me some great inspiration for this weeks contest. The shot up top is from my Lumia 830, is completely unedited and is one of my favorites from the show.

But now it's over to you to get creative! But first, let's find out who won the last contest...

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5 days ago

The new HTC One M9 gets reviewed

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The new HTC One M9 gets reviewed

HTC's last flagship device, the One M8, is something we're quite fond of. Despite seeing a limited launch and coming after the Android version had already hit the market, it was a great example of a high-end Windows Phone.

Now, HTC is back. The One M9 has so far seen no mention of a Windows Phone version, but until someone at HTC flat out says it's not happening, we'll live in hope. And our pals at Android Central have just reviewed it.

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6 days ago

Track your favorite TV shows with PushTV for Windows Phone

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6 days ago

Ziggurat review: A magical first-person Roguelike for Xbox One and Windows

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Thanks to the existence of several standout titles like Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac, and Crypt of the NecroDancer, the Roguelike genre has exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. Characterized by randomly generated levels, the inability to continue when you die, and minimal room for error, games in the genre are addictive and tough to master. Although Rogue Legacy has been announced for Xbox One, Microsoft's console has long been without a Roguelike – until now.

Ziggurat comes to Xbox One and Windows from Spanish developer Milkstone Studios, who started out making numerous XBLIG titles for Xbox 360. Their first ID@Xbox release is a magic-themed first-person shooter in the vein of classic FPS Hexen. It also happens to be an FPS Roguelike, of which there are very few games so far.

Can Ziggurat's wizardly appeal and addictive randomness overcome a few technical issues and sometimes unfair difficulty? Read our full review with video find out!

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6 days ago

The Chase Bank app no longer works for Windows Phone as support is now entirely cut off

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A few weeks ago, Chase seemed to have taken a less-extreme position than Bank of America over its discontinuation of their banking app, announced in January. The massive bank told users that they could continue using the app 'until further notice'.

The implication at the time (and this all it was) was that if you had the Chase banking app on your phone it would still work into the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to reader reports, the app is completely non-functional as of today.

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6 days ago

Get ready to pay more for apps on Windows Store from next month

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Microsoft will update the price tier values for Windows Store during the week of April 13, 2015. Windows Store supports 96 tiers that publishers can use to price paid apps and in-app products. These price tier values are updated periodically to maintain consistency across currencies, accounting for changes in foreign exchange rates, taxes, and other geographic pricing considerations. The information comes through an email Microsoft has sent out to developers, alerting them of the change.

Beginning April 13, the price tier values will be updated and while the US Dollar (USD) price in each tier will remain the same, the prices in all other currencies adjusted relative to the USD price.

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6 days ago

This Lumia 1320 skin case is only $3.95 today while supplies last

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This week in Xbox One news - March 22nd 2015

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This week in Xbox One news - March 22nd 2015

Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!

We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy thread every weekend! So without further a-do...

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6 days ago

Watch us play Costume Quest 2 as we chat with our awesome viewers

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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 at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT), we'll be playing Costume Quest 2 from DoubleFine and Midnight City. Costume Quest 2 is a lighthearted role-playing game that takes place during Halloween. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out Costume Quest 2 codes for Xbox One, Steam, and PlayStation 4!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for the list of contest winners and the full replay in YouTube format!

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1 week ago

Countdown site promises a Halo 5: Guardians announcement Sunday, March 22 [Update]

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Update: Microsoft has released a very quick teaser video for Sunday's big announcement, showing a sniper rifle firing a bullet that shatters the helmet of Master Chief.

Original story: A Tumblr site has gone live that promises some kind of announcement related to Halo 5: Guardians, the next game in Microsoft's first person shooter series for the Xbox One, on Sunday, March 22.

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1 week ago

Lumia 435 now available from Microsoft Ireland

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Following launches at other retailers and it's British counterpart, Microsoft has put the Lumia 435 up for sale from its Irish online store now for €79. That's a little higher than we've seen the phone for sale in other countries since launch, though Irish buyers have been limited on opportunities thus far with some pretty outrageous pricing to boot.

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1 week ago

ICYMI: March 21, 2015

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A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!

Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

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1 week ago

Windows Phone Weekly Digest: March 21, 2015

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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1 week ago

You could win a Microsoft Store gift card by demoing the Microsoft Band this weekend

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