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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging clients around, especially for Windows Phone users. One limitation though with the app is the inability to send particular videos due to their size. Whatsapp force-edits (shortens) your video to meet the 16 MB requirement for sending videos, which is a bit odd.

Luckily, there is now a solution through a free third-party app called WhatsApp Video Optimizer.

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Pirates and Dragons is a relatively new Windows Phone game from MissinGames, an AppCampus alumnus. The game has an arcade, maybe even an endless runner feel where you pilot an airplane across thirty levels of game play, battling pirates, dragons and other creatures as you hunt down treasure.

While the game has a slight casual pace it doesn't lack in challenge. Graphics are well drawn up and in playing Pirates and Dragons over the past few days, it comes across as an addictive, entertaining Windows Phone game.

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Slingpin for Windows Phone, bowling with a slingshot

Slingpin is an arcade styled Windows Phone game that puts an entertaining twist on the game of bowling. Instead of rolling your bowling ball down the lane to knock the pins down, with Slingpin you shoot your bowling ball from a slingshot.

To add to the challenge you have obstacles to bank your shots around, barriers that have to be destroyed to get to the pins and laser beams to avoid. Slingpin has over seventy levels of play that are spread across four difficulty levels. Available for low-memory devices, Slingpin may not be the most action packed sports game in the Store but it is a fun way to pass the time.

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Incredible Circus Remix is the follow-up Windows Phone game from iNdT, a non-profit research and development institute founded by Nokia. Incredible Circus Remix picks up where Incredible Circus left off with you taking on the role of daredevil Pierre as he works his way through 85 levels of death defying stunts.

The physics based game has plenty of challenges and dangers such as man-eating lions, knife throwers and fire rings. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Incredible Circus Remix is a nice sequel to the original and not a bad Windows Phone game to pass the time with.

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When it comes to tablets, people vary on how much they value a good pen. While a stylus is the old way, companies are now focusing more heavily on quality pen inputs, thanks in part to the Surface Pro 3.

Toshiba's Encore 2 Write (2015) is their latest entry into the competitive Windows tablet race, and it looks to be a hit. Coming in 8 and 10-inch versions ($349 and $399, respectively), the new Write tablets utilize Wacom's latest pen recognition technology dubbed Active Electrostatic (Active ES) to ensure highly precise input.

Microsoft is currently selling the 8 and 10 inch Write tablets online, although physical stores do not have them in stock. Buying through Microsoft ensures that they are Signature Editions, which just means it is pure Windows with no bloatware on board. I have one on hand to show you what you get in the box, specs, and our hands-on video. So, is this tablet worth it?

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Shred It! - downhill fun for your Windows Phone

No argument here. There are a boatload of endless runner games in the Windows Phone Store. Luckily, while these titles seem to be growing like rabbits, most of them are entertaining Windows Phone games to pass the time with.

Extra Miles Studios hopes that their offering, Shred It!, will soon join the ranks of the quality titles in the genre. The game places your gaming character on a snowboard and you will have to maneuver around, over and under a wide range of obstacles.

Shred It! is not available for low-memory Windows Phones and in playing the game over the past few days, it comes across as yet another entertaining Windows Phone game to fill our endless runner appetite.

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Not every type of game works great on touch-screen mobile devices. The lack of precision with touch screens is a key element that led to the birth of the endless runner, a platformer in which players need only controls jumps and attacks – not movements. Some endless runners like Rayman Fiesta Run have distinct levels and feel a lot like console gamers, just with less control over the character.

What would happen then if you took an endless runner and adapted it to consoles? That's just what indie developer A Crowd of Monsters has done with its first Xbox One game: Funk of Titans! Yes, Funk of Titans is an endless runner with 45 distinct levels, all based around Greek mythology with a modern musical twist. If you're looking for a nice simple platformer without any puzzle elements to slow things down, this game really brings the noise and the funk. Read on for our full review.

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Lamp Head is yet another endless runner styled Windows Phone game but the game isn't your run of the mill endless runner game. The goal is to run your gaming character as far as possible, flipping up and down to avoid deadly obstacles.

Fitted with a lamp to shed a little light on these dangers and keep the darkness at bay, Lamp Head is an entertaining Windows Phone game to pass the time with. Available for low-memory devices, Lamp Head also includes missions or goals to work towards and global leaderboards.

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Cycloramic is a relatively new Windows Phone app that isn't a stranger to smartphone photography. The app has had a modest amount of success over on iOS and was released to the Windows Phone Store back in mid-December.

The first release version was noticeably buggy and often failed to work on certain Lumia Windows Phone models. An update was released last week that hopes to fix these compatibility issues. We also saw the app go from a free app to a paid app with the update. With the fixes in place, we decided to take a closer look at this new Windows Phone photography app.

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While Xbox One gamers are enjoying the first-person shooter game Evolve, Windows Phone gamers have a slightly different version of the game to pass the time with.

Evolve: Hunters Quest is a Windows Phone game that has you solving match-three puzzles that in turn drives a team of hunter's actions as they deal with a wide variety of mutated creatures. Evolve: Hunters Quest has over one hundred missions to tackle and team members can be ranked up to make each member more formidable as they encounter monsters that are more dangerous.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Evolve: Hunters Quest is a fun Windows Phone game that is somewhat addictive. It could use a little fine-tuning but overall, it is an appealing title to have in your gaming library.

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Field Goal Tournament is a challenging, casual sports game that is available for Windows Phone. The premise of the Windows Phone game is, as you might guess, is to kick field goals. It may not be a full game of American Football but a fun game nonetheless.

There are two gaming modes, a variety of football stadiums to kick in and plenty of crosswinds to contend with. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the game may not be something to sit down with for hours on end but if you are in the mood for a little pigskin action, Field Goal Tournament is a nice title to have in your Windows Phone gaming library.

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You may be familiar with Fhotoroom as a photo-editor, camera app and photo sharing Windows Phone app but did you know there's a Windows 8 version of the app?

While we have taken a look at the Windows 8 version of Fhotoroom before, a series of recent updates has delivered a serious design makeover to the app and a host of new features. The end result gives the photography app some serious mojo and well worth revisiting.

Fhotoroom is currently at version 5.5.1 and adds a HDR editor, Tiny Planets integration, RAW file support and a lot more. You also have a small footprint with the Windows 8 version of Fhotoroom that makes it especially appealing for Windows 8 tablets where storage space is often at a premium.

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Drop Hunt is a Windows Phone game where you are tasked with moving colored droplets into their corresponding jar. The backstory for the puzzle game has a Dr. Wasper working on an elixir for his sick daughter when disaster strikes his lab and chemicals go everywhere.

You will have to solve eighty puzzle levels that are spread across four different locations to restore the elixir and save the daughter. Drop Hunt is nicely animated and game play can be challenging. Drop Hunt is available for low-memory Windows Phones and a nice gaming choice to pass the time with.

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If you hate math puzzles, do not try Freaking Sign. It is a Windows Phone game where you are challenged to solve basic math problems and determine the relationship between the two solutions.

Sounds easy but you only have three seconds to decide if the relationship between the two values are greater than, equal or less than. Don't let the minimalistic layout or simple equations fool you. As the Windows Phone Store description states, "Freaking Sign can make you freaking mad!".

Freaking Sign is available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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Grimbo, a wonderfully animated Windows Phone game

Grimbo is a relatively new Windows Phone game that has terrific graphics and challenging platform styled levels to conquer.

The game has you navigating Grimbo, the Grim Reaper boy, through each level avoiding obstacles, hunting for objects and collecting coins. The game is designed with foreground and background segments that adds visual depth to the game.

After playing the Windows Phone game for the past few days, Grimbo comes across as a quality gaming title to pass the time with. Grimbo is available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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Dwelp is a challenging connect the dot puzzle game that is available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. The Windows Phone game includes 100 puzzle levels where you are tasked with linking all of the same colored dots.

There is no time limit to solving the puzzles but the fewer moves it takes, the better. Dwelp is available for low-memory Windows Phone and after playing Dwelp over the past few days, it comes across as a fun game to pass the time with. Graphics are minimal but nice and game play is challenging in that you have to think out your moves in advance or you'll find your pursuit of a solution stalled.

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Review – eTauro USB dock for Surface Pro 3

One the characteristics that set the Surface Pro 3 apart from other tablets is its versatility. It can do so many things well that, if you get the right one for your needs, it can be a laptop replacement and quickly become your primary computer.

A significant reason for this is the inclusion of video and USB ports, features that are missing from most other tablets. However, to be used as a real primary device, most Surface users would prefer an easy way to hook up to an external monitor and peripherals.

Microsoft has satiated this desire with their Surface Pro 3 docking station, but for those of you who may be looking for a more affordable (and portable) option, take a look at eTauro's USB dock for the Surface Pro 3.

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MixaMonster is a relatively new Windows Phone game that is designed to help children learn about colors and what can be created when they are mixed together.

The Windows Phone children's game has you mixing colors that will transform into an interactive monster. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, MixaMonster may not be appealing to everyone but if you have young children, MixaMonster comes across as a fun, educational game for your Windows Phone Kid's Corner.

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AVG AntiVirus 2015 review

AVG has been on the PC antivirus scene for a long time, and has traditionally been the go-to free antivirus program for ages. Competitors now offer excellent alternatives, but AVG has kept up with the times.

We tested AVG AntiVirus 2015 on a Windows 8.1 PC. This entry level security suite covers day-to-day virus scans, malware detection, and web protection for $39.99/year. For an extra $15/year you can get anti-phishing and enhanced firewall through AVG Internet Security 2015. A full feature comparison is available at AVG's site.

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Stay on track with the Windows Phone game Rail Heads

Rail Heads is a Windows Phone game designed to test your reflexes and ability to plan ahead. The game has you positioning railroad tracks out ahead of a locomotive you are guiding down the tracks.

Controls are simple, game play challenging (almost to the point of frustration) and there are plenty of bobble heads to unlock and choose as your gaming character. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Rail Heads may not be the most picturesque of games available in the Windows Phone Store but could be a decent time waster to have in your gaming library.

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Wireless headphones are convenient, easy means of listening your music files, videos or any other time you want a little privacy. There are plenty of options to choose from and Mpow is hoping that the Swift Bluetooth Headphones will be on everyone's short list.

These sweatproof wireless headphones have a standby time of up to 185 hours and play time of up to 5 hours. Sound quality is good, fit is comfortable and call quality isn't too shabby either. Priced in the neighborhood of $35, the Swift headphones are also gentle on your budget.

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