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One of our initiatives at Windows Central is to bring you guys as many quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. We're talking about previewing big retail games and catching up on downloadable titles you might have missed. It's fun for everybody. We get to know you, you get to know us and each other, and everybody can watch a game being played.

One of those games will be Halo: the Master Chief Collection, which we'll be streaming not once but twice next week! We also have streams coming up for Sunset Overdrive and Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition that you won't want to miss. Some of these will involve the chance to play with the Windows Central staff and/or win great prizes. Keep reading for our streaming schedule, prize details, and word on our new Twitch channel!

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Fun Friday: Retro WPCentral Freebies!

This week saw some exciting changes around here. WPCentral became Windows Central, a big change that is evidence of many fun things to come. With that change comes a lot of rebrandings, and as I was looking around my office, I realized that I have a bunch of WPCentral items that need to go to make room for new Windows Central goodies. So this weekend, we're working on clearing the old things out!

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Review: Incipio Feather case for the Surface Pro 3

The Incipio Feather case for the Surface Pro 3 is a tale of two cases. For the most part, it lives up to what you would expect from an Incipio product. Overall, it looks great and is very comfortable to hold.

On the other hand, there are a few uncharacteristic things that make you scratch your head.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft unleashed a trailer for the upcoming Halo 2 remake documentary "Remaking the Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary." The documentary will reveal the tremendous work that went into recreating the classic original Xbox game Halo 2 on the new Xbox One console. Some of the most interesting things about Halo in general are its art, technology, and character designs, and we should get plenty of glimpses of those things in the documentary.

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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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It looks like things are about to speed up for our friends in the North—on Rogers at least. The Canadian carrier announced today that it has flipped the switch on LTE-Advanced in several markets throughout the country. Perhaps even better, Rogers is doing all of this on the 700 MHz spectrum, which should allow for greater penetration inside of buildings.

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Beginners' Tips Series!

If you have been keeping up with the news on Windows 10 Technical Preview, you have seen a plethora of new features, both functional and aesthetic.

Amongst the latter, is the new animation when opening and closing windows. These arrived as part of the latest version, Preview Build 9860. Reception of the look has been mixed. Some people find the animation to be snazzy while others are just annoyed by it.

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Join Office Sway without an invite for a limited time

Sway is the latest product to the join the Office software family. It was first announced at the beginning of this month and is currently available in a preview version. You'll need to request an invite at the Sway.com website if you're interested in trying out the preview. Except today, you have a chance to join without waiting for that invitation.

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No argument here. We have a ton of photo editors available in the Windows Phone Store. Which one is best? Your guess is as good as mine and one of the latest offerings hoping to catch your eye is OneRoom.

What sets OneRoom apart from the cornucopia of photo editors already available in the Windows Phone Store? You do have editing presets that helps you edit photos quickly and the app can handle images up to 38MP in size. The app is also minimalistic in design that hopes to make the editing flow more user friendly.

In just tinkering with OneRoom for a short time, it does have a bit of appeal but may struggle to knock off the more popular editors such as Photoshop Express, Fhotoroom or Fantasia Painter due to a few missing features. Still, if you are looking for another photo editor to add to your Windows Phone Library or are still searching for that one editor that fits your tastes bests, OneRoom is worth a try.

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On September 30, 2014, Microsoft finally revealed to the world their next version of Windows. Speculation about the name had been ongoing for months, especially with the known internal name of 'Threshold' being used widely in the press. Would Microsoft call it just Windows? What about Windows One or the more traditional Windows 9?

Microsoft threw everyone a curve ball by announcing the name as jumping from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. No official reason is known, although the most obvious is to make Windows 10 seem like a big deal as an update.

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Starting about ten days ago, reports that Samsung was pushing out Windows Phone 8.1 Update for ATIV S users began circulating the 'nets. We have our own ATIV S here in the house, which is an unbranded UK release, and were not able to get any such update. Instead, we are stuck on Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3 (Build 10517; Firmware 2424.13.10.1).

As it turns out, a very select few ATIV S users are getting Windows Phone 8.1 Update (Build 14157; Firmware 2424.14.9.3), which is splendid news. The bad news is it is isolated to specific regions like Austria and maybe Hong Kong.

Samsung ATIV S devices released through carriers and most other areas are not seeing the update yet, although obviously this can change. Let me try and explain and give you the full story.

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Movie Quizz is a Windows Phone trivia game that tests you skills at identifying movies through their posters. The game takes a bit of a casual approach with seven level of movies to identify that are grouped into movie genre or leading actor categories. Movies range from the more current titles as well as those from 50's and 60's.

Movie Quizz is available for low-memory devices and while it takes on movie trivia from a slightly casual approach, the game is an enjoyable way to pass short bits of time with.

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It is no secret at this point that the Nokia name was going to be eventually supplanted by something else. Nokia lives on as a separate company, while Microsoft takes ownership of the Lumia brand and brings the new employees into the fold.

Speculation about the name change has been going for months but on October 21, Microsoft made it official by stating the new name will go from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.

Tonight, the Conversations blog has more on the name change, including what it all means.

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Weekly photo contest: Boats

I'm on a boat! Well, not really, but you might be. This week we're going to go out and capture some boats for our weekly photo contest. Those boats don't have to be in the middle of the Pacific, as you can see the image above here is on dry land. Just go find a boat and take a cool picture with your Windows Phone.

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POP Messenger is a new app in the Windows Phone Store. It comes to us from Pinger, the company behind other popular apps like GIF Chat and Doodle Buddy. POP Messenger allows you to easily create and send customized visual text messages. You just pick a font, change the background color (or select a background image) and send the POP to a friend.

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