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ICYMI: August 30, 2014

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

Windows Phone

HTC One Verizon

  • Unboxing the Verizon HTC One (M8) for Windows [Coverage]
  • Lumia 520 versus Lumia 530 benchmarks show who is king of low-cost Windows Phones [Coverage]
  • Lumia 530 versus Lumia 635 benchmarks show which is the best affordable Windows Phone [Coverage]
  • Switching from a Lumia to the HTC One for Windows? Here are the apps you may (or may not) miss [Coverage]
  • HTC One M8 for Windows headed to T-Mobile US this fall [Coverage]
  • New stats show Windows Phone 8.1 now on 24 percent of devices [Coverage]
  • New photos of Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 hit web before announcement [Coverage]
  • Rumor claims Threshold preview for ARM-Windows Phone devices due in early 2015 [Coverage]
  • Lumia 730 FCC filings confirm dual-SIM support [Coverage]

Microsoft + Windows

Alienware Area 51

  • Dell XPS 15 laptop review [Coverage]
  • Surface Pro 3 expands global reach with availability in 28 markets [Coverage]
  • New rumor claims to have more info on Modern UI changes for Windows 9-Threshold [Coverage]
  • Microsoft takes the consumer side in new policy changes to banish misleading apps [Coverage]
  • The new Alienware Area 51 PC and its triad design belongs in a sci-fi movie [Coverage]

Apps

Spotify

  • Xbox Music for Windows Phone gains Live tile support in new update [Coverage / Download]
  • Xbox Video updated for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone, improves episode details page and more [Coverage / Download]
  • Spotify update brings free music streaming to Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket app debuts on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 [Coverage / Download]
  • NFL Now video apps finally show up for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 [Coverage / Download]
  • NFL releases official Fantasy Football cheat sheet and draft kit for Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • Appy Weather, a Windows Phone weather app with a personal touch [Coverage / Download]
  • Flipagram for Windows Phone 8.1 returns with bug fixes [Coverage / Download]
  • Microsoft adds social features to Xbox One SmartGlass on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 [Coverage / Download]

Games

Age of Empires

  • Age of Empires: Castle Siege coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 in September [Coverage]
  • Cloud Raiders updated with new Treasure Island and more [Coverage / Download]
  • Subway Surfers brings you to mystical China in the latest update [Coverage / Download]
  • Space shooter 2150 A.D. is this week's myAppFree deal! [Coverage / Download]

Xbox

Xbox Hero

  • Buying guide: Gaming headsets for the Xbox One [Coverage]
  • Xbox One September update now live, brings new media player and more [Coverage]
  • Xbox One Kinect stand-alone to hit the market October 7 for $149.99 [Coverage]
  • Amazon acquires Twitch for over $1 billion [Coverage]
  • Your local Microsoft Store will have unique launch events for Madden NFL 15 and Destiny [Coverage]
  • NHL 15 demo now available for Xbox One [Coverage]
  • Destiny for Xbox One now available for digital pre-loading [Coverage]

Misc.

Silhouette Contest

  • Weekly photo contest: Silhouette [Coverage]
  • How to get an Uber car with Cortana [Coverage]

Thoughts from this past week

Want an affordable phone? Grab the Lumia 630. Want a phone to supplement your current phone? Grab the Lumia 630. That's one thing I took away from this past week. We looked at how the Lumia 530 compared to the Lumia 520. Surprise, the Lumia 530 is better than the Lumia 520. Then we compared the Lumia 530 and the Lumia 630.

While the two devices have somewhat similar specs and performance, the Lumia 630 is preferred over the Lumia 530. The vastly superior display of the Lumia 630 make it a better buy and one you should go for if you're looking for an affordable phone. Yes, the Lumia 530 is cheaper, but your eyesight is worth the extra bit of money you'll spend on the Lumia 630.

Microsoft announced Age of Empires: Castle Siege for Windows Phone and Windows 8. I can't wait for this game. It comes sometime during September, and it brings my favorite RTS series to phones and tablets. John had a great interview with the dev team, and you should read it to get pumped for this game. The ability to control where units go, something you can't do in Cloud Raiders or Clash of Clans, will be welcomed by RTS fans.

This week wasn't too busy in terms of news, but I guess that's because we're in that calm before the storm phase. Next week is IFA, and Microsoft is expected to announce two new handsets. The next edition of ICYMI will probably have a lot of exciting information. Till next week.

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ICYMI: August 30, 2014

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One phone for 3 carriers does not mean much. It faces some stiff ass competition. iPone 6 is on the horizon along with the Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha. Need more than that to signify some change.

Apple is not picking up new customers sales are dropping. Will be interesting to see how well the iPhone 6 really does.

Ehh, I, for one, prefer Nokias phones, especially their amazing cameras. And very good support too. I like the colors of the lumias and their design too, but its up to you to decide which phone you like.

The support is the same as any other WP, they get those small firmware updates that Microsoft allows and a few apps, but the support as far OS period is the same as any other WP, the differenc eis that because WP is basically Nokia, that the other OEM's get pushed out for coverage. Their cameras are on par with other smartphones, the only exception is the 1020. Their designs are not the best in my opinion either, the kept the Lumia 800 design language for years and now they have devices like the 930/Icon which are boxy and thick. 

Me personally I always amired HTC Windows Phones. They always look nice.

I wouldnt say a 20 MP Camera on the 1520 is on par with any other smartphone. An iPhone 5Ss camera pales in comparison to this beast. Shoots the competition out of the water. I've used the 5s camera and let me tell you, its nowhere near the same experience and the post editing on WP is great too. Nokia Camera Beta is the way to go.

I am fine with Lumia dominance. I wish high end Lumia wasn't sidelined for this m8 mess and other devices. Those of us who supported the platform by buying Lumia are having to pay by having no high end Lumia released.

Man, I like your comments, they are fun to read, but mostly cos they sometimes make no sense. I respect your decision, but you should do the same. Some people Simply doesn't like the Lumia design ( the design which is almost always the same ) *Even Samsung's Galaxy is not that same all the time* - The thing you always have to say on a Samsung article. And the new 930 is thick and blocky *You don't need a case* - say that when you drop your phone and break your screen and such. Then some people simply doesn't care about that PureView camera or simply find another's phone camera simply better. Some people simply likes to put a SD card or a swappable battery, own a water proof phone. Then some people simply prefer HTC, LG, Sony, and such and will simply not buy a Windows Phone until then. The new Lumia flagship.. It would create too much pressure on other OEMs to actually start something on Windows Phone.. Which is the main reason to get more people on board.. Seems like that the heads at MS think the same way. And yeah some people simply likes plastic and rounded corners. :)

I bet, no free games. everything that's good is paid. lol get the fudge out of "expecting free stuffs" zone. get a job and support the platform.

sorry I got a bit furious.

I wonder how well the 530 will sell.

It can't really be used without an SD card - and a super cheap, slow SD card is not going to make this a pleasant experience - so that closes the price gap to the 630. The 630 also comes with SensorCore (great for fitness), and IMHO is the perfect size for a small phone; very similar to an iPhone in size and weight. Battery life is also going to be better on the 630, and obviously same for the display as written in the article.

Is th 530 one compromise too much?

I would again like to request a comparison between Lumia 525 and Lumia 530.
I would really appreciate it if you guys posted a comparison!

Tomorrow #adduplexWPC winner!! Hope so I win, never won a contest like this and want my favourite L1520. #upgrade add a 1000 to my 520.. Being a student can't do that best of luck to other participants also.

Just watch the M8 w/ Windows unboxing video. It looks like I might keep using headphones that came with the Trophy . The ones that ship with the M8 don't have the volume control on them.... At least free headphones!