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Download box set collections from Xbox Music for just $2 (US only)

Following on from the 100 albums available for free download through Xbox Music, which we covered yesterday, Microsoft has also confirmed that numerous box sets can be purchased for just $2. Artists include the likes of John Lennon, Elton John, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, KISS, James Brown...
Watch our Xbox One platformer Twitch stream tonight and win Kalimba codes!

Watch our Xbox One platformer Twitch stream tonight and win Kalimba codes! [ended]

We've got a busy week of Xbox One Twitch streaming lined up for you guys, and plenty of great prizes to sweeten the deal! Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll give you a chance to see two new and upcoming 2D platformers. First we'll stream our first look at Kalimba, the latest...
Windows 10 to support FLAC audio format

Windows 10 to support FLAC audio format

It looks like there's some good news for audiophiles in Microsoft's next Windows iteration. Teased via a tweet, it appears that Windows 10 will officially come with FLAC support for all of your lossless audio needs. The news was teased by Gabriel Aul in a picture posted to twitter (shown above...
Geometry Wars 3

We chat with the co-founder of Lucid Games about Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

It started out as a mini-game inside Project Gotham Racing 2 for the original Xbox but Geometry Wars has grown since then to become a well known stand alone game franchise on its own. This week, the arcade shooter series gets a new installment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, from UK-based Lucid...
China levies $140 million fine on Microsoft for tax evasion

China levies $140 million fine against Microsoft for tax evasion

China has levied a fine of $140 million, or 840 million yuan, against Microsoft for tax evasion. The fee would cover back taxes and interest owed. Additionally, the agreement reportedly stipulates that Microsoft would pay more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future....
Duolingo

Learning a new language is like playing a game with Duolingo for Windows Phone

Duolingo, the popular and free language-learning app launched on Windows Phone last week, and I've been playing with it to refresh my Spanish lessons from high school. I like it because it feels like a game I have to beat. If you haven't tried it out yet, we've installed Duolingo on the Lumia 930...
Windows App Studios

Windows App Studio developers can now add Twitter feeds to their apps

Microsoft's easy-to-use Windows App Studio development tools now include Twitter Data Source features via OAuth integration, allowing people who want to make apps for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 to add Twitter features inside. Microsoft says: "With the new Twitter Data Source, simply...
Sparkle 2 Evo

Climb the evolutionary ladder with the Windows Phone game Sparkle 2 Evo, this week's myAppFree deal

Sparkle 2 Evo is a game of survival for our Windows Phone that has you rising up from the primordial goo as a tiny aquatic creature and progress up the evolutionary ladder. The evolutionary path has several options including becoming an aggressive carnivore, a sluggish herbivore or an omnivore,...
Threema

Threema's Windows Phone secure messaging app is due out on Thursday

Threema has been promising for some time that its popular end-to-end messaging app was in development for Windows Phone. Today, the company confirmed that the app will be released in the Windows Phone Store sometime on Thursday. In a Twitter post, Threema also stated, "In celebration the first...
Windows 10

Windows 10 9879 preview build gets another patch to fix an IE Flash Player issue

After releasing a bug fix and the stand alone ISO files for the Windows 10 9879 preview build on Monday, Microsoft is at it again with yet another patch for the OS, this time to fix an issue with the Flash Player included with Internet Explorer. The 8.5 MB patch, with the support number...

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