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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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EvolutionMultiplayer is a Windows Phone game that tosses you in the middle of an online sci-fi battle. There isn't much to this first person shooter beyond searching the battle arena for other players to take out. You do have some character advancement as your number of kills increase but for the most part, think of it as a virtual game of paint ball but in a sci-fi setting.

The game is from the developer who brought us Masked Shooters, which is another online multiplayer shooter but less sci-fi and more military combat in mood. We received a few tips on the game and decided to see how this installment of this gaming series shook out.

EvolutionMultiplayer isn't a terrible game but, as we saw with Masked Shooters, the graphic quality really holds this game back. There is also occasional lagginess with gaming controls. EvolutionMultiplayer has potential but does need a little polishing before it can shine.

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There are a lot of cases and sleeves out there for the Surface pro 3 of varying grades. Many times, I just need something simple that I can throw my Surface in, so it doesn't get hurt if I drop it on my way to a meeting or get beat up in my laptop bag. That means I generally opt for a cheap neoprene sleeve.

However, if you are in the market for a sleeve that is more rugged, makes a statement, or just plain looks great, then you need to check out WaterField Designs' Outback Sleeve for the Surface Pro 3.

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Zombie's Got a Pogo is an odd sort of an endless runner game available in the Windows Phone Store. As you would guess with the title of this Windows Phone game, you try to keep your Zombie in one piece as you guide him over various obstacles.

Simple controls, challenging game play and quality graphics helps give Zombie's Got a Pogo a nice level of appeal. The game is available for low-memory devices and while not the most feature rich Windows Phone game that features Zombies, it is a fun title to pass the time with.

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Strung Along is one of the more unique platformer games that is available for Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. You control a wooden string puppet across multiple levels of game play.

You will have to avoid obstacles and avoid over extending your puppet that will break its strings. The levels are timed, so you will need to balance speed with caution to avoid snapping your puppet's strings. The Windows Phone version is available for low-memory devices and after spending a little time with the game, it does have a bit of appeal.

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This is the special golden edition Nokia Lumia 930

In early January, Microsoft officially announced special golden editions of its Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 smartphones for various markets, including Europe, Asia Pacific and China, and India, the Middle East and Africa. Coming in either matte black or glossy white, the gold-framed versions of the latest Lumias add a little sophistication to the previously colorful devices.

I managed to get my hands on the matte black gold Lumia 930, which can be found unlocked for around $430, including on eBay. Here are some photos and a video to show you what it is all about.

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If you like Dungeons and Dragons styled games, the Windows Phone game Dungeoneers might be something of interest.

The game is a dungeon exploration game where you create a party of four adventurers from a handful of unique classes . Dungeoneers has tons of monsters to defeat, plenty of gold to fill your pouches and a few treasure chests to plunder. The game is available for low-memory devices and while I enjoyed playing Dungeoneers, it may take you a little time to get used to the interface and dark graphics.

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The Surface Pro 3 is a magnificent device, but it is also a pretty hefty investment, regardless of which model you get. For that reason, you want to protect it as much as you can. A good case or sleeve will get you far. However, you may want to go that extra mile and get yourself a screen protector as well.

The BoxWave ClearTouch Ultra, anti-glare screen protector, has some admirable qualities, but it may not be for everyone.

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Dragon Mania Legends is a city building styled Windows Phone game where you rebuild he kingdom of Dragolandia where you breed dragons and fight off neighboring Vikings and their dragons.

Dragon Mania Legends includes over one hundred species of dragons to discover and plenty of side missions to tackle. Combat sequences are turned based pitting your dragons against the Vikings. The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones, as well as Windows 8 devices, and after spending a few days with the game, Dragon Mania Legends is a fun way to pass the time.

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Goblins! Problems! - a Windows Phone game of survival

Goblins! Problems! is a Windows Phone game where you are tasked with battling wave after wave of goblins. You hack and slash your way through an endless number of these wicked creatures, earning gold along the way.

Goblins! has an RPG feel with upgradeable character traits and specialized attacks. The graphics aren't too shabby and while I don't know if I could spend the afternoon playing Goblins! Problems!, it might not be a bad option when you need help passing shorter bits of time. The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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Pigment Puzzle is a Windows Phone game that is heavily inspired by the Rubik's Cube puzzle that first surfaced in 1980.

Instead of dealing with a three-dimensional combination puzzle, Pigment Puzzle has you solving a one dimensional combination puzzle. The game has three puzzle sizes and four color schemes to keep you challenged.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Pigment Puzzle can be a little frustrating at times but overall, it is an appealing puzzle title for your Windows Phone gaming library.

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If you have the need to secure your photos from unwanted use or distribution, take a gander at PhotoScrambler.

PhotoScrambler is an app available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices that will encode/decode your JPEG or PNG photos. Images are stored as any other image file but all that is seen is a static image. PhotoScrambler takes a little time to get accustomed to but once you get the hang of things, the apps does have a bit of appeal.

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.NOON. is a Windows Phone game that will test your reflexes, patience and to some degree, your sanity. The game is available for both Windows 8 devices and Windows Phones (including low-memory phones). We have received a few tips on the game and found the game to be a nice time waster even though a game rarely lasts more than a few seconds.

The premise of the game is rather simple, tap the clock as the minute hand strikes noon. While the goal sounds easy, .NOON. is designed to make such a simple task challenging. Dare I say nerve racking?

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Last week at CES, Dell won over crowds with their new XPS 13 with infinity display announcement. Winning various awards and high praise from our staff, the new XPS 13 Ultrabook is a head turner.

Last night, I managed to pick up the new Dell XPS 13 with a Core i5 processor and 1080p non-touch display. Here are my initial impressions after using it for the last few hours.

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4Shot is a Windows Phone photography app that may be best described as a photo booth for your Windows Phone. It triggers off a burst of 1 to 6 frames that can be framed as a collage or filmstrip like you would get from a photo booth.

The app has editing support for the basics (brightness and contrast) as well as several effects filters, textures and masks that can be applied to your photos. While 4Shot probably won't be your daily driver for photo editing, it does a nice job of things. I can see it being a nice photo app for the times you want to be a little creative in how you present your photographs.

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Review – Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

These days, when it comes to peripherals for computers, a lot of attention is given to mobile keyboards and mice for tablets and laptops. But what if you are one of the remaining desktop computer users or use your laptop or tablet on a dock as your primary computer in your home or office? You will likely want a full-size mouse and keyboard to fill out your command center.

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a fresh and comfortable setup that combines functionality, versatility, and style.

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