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Microsoft has been trying to get more developers to release their apps for the Windows Phone platform, but there's also a problem with major app creators and publishers that don't bother to update them with new features or improvements for months. In a couple of cases, the apps haven't been updated for nearly a year.

Microsoft recently revealed a new Developer's Code of Conduct for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps that stated, among other things, that developers must stay active in the store. That's certainly not the case for these five popular free apps, which have seen numerous feature and bug fix updates for their iOS and Android counterparts over the past year. In fact, most of these apps have seen some update in the past month for those two platforms, and none have been updated later than early September. That is certainly not the case for their Windows Phone versions.

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eBay has announced today that users of the popular service should change their passwords immediately due to a cyber attack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. A press release sent out by the company stresses that only non-financial data was affected.

Hastily investigating the matter, eBay found no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, but we strongly urge all readers to pop into their accounts and make the change regardless.

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Cameraphone enthusiasts love xenon flash because it is much brighter than traditional LED flashes found on most phones and it’s great at freezing motion in low light. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has xenon flash, but if you’re on a budget, take a look at the Nokia Lumia 928 instead. There happens to be a great deal for it on eBay. There are refurbished models for just $179.99 without contract.

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Have you used eBay on Windows Phone recently? If so you probably walked away a little dissatisfied with the experience. Head to the Windows Phone Store and you’ll see it sitting there with an average review of three and a half stars, but a lot of dissatisfied users. It’s not a terrible app per se, it’s just lacking a lot of features and functionality that you’d want in an eBay app. This is especially apparent when compared to the app offering on iOS and Android. No worries though, since eBay is getting an update ready for you.

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is a solid (quite literally) Windows Phone, powering the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. It was the first Nokia Windows Phone to sport wireless charging, not to mention a great camera and superb display. If you're looking for a premium Windows Phone experience at a low price, you may want to check out an eBay page selling refurbished units for $200. That's a great deal for the overall package. Not only that, but Amazon has the Xbox Live 12 month subscription on offer too.

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The Lumia 525 and Lumia 1320 may aces for Nokia’s budget Windows Phones. The Lumia 525 is essentially the same as its predecessor, the Lumia 520 save for one change: 1 GB of RAM, which will allow it to play more high-end games. The Lumia 1320 is Nokia’s budget phone with a massive 6-inch display and the same design language as the Lumia 625.

Both phones are slowly rolling out globally. Here’s the latest on where you can pick them up.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Shopping Apps

While the Holiday Shopping Season is in full swing our Windows Phone can help you survive the malls, crowds and cross-town treks.  The Windows Phone Store has plenty of apps to help you shop online and locally as well as save you a little money.

This week’s Windows Phone Central roundup focuses on a handful of the more highly rated shopping apps available in the Store.  We touch on popular apps for retailers, online merchants and deal finders.  We also throw in a rather simple shopping list app to help you keep track of who’s been naughty or nice.

As with any of our roundups, if we have overlooked your favorite shopping app let us know in the comments below.

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A preproduction unit of the Nokia Lumia 1520 for AT&T is currently listed on eBay for $575. While preorders already started, the Lumia 1520 will not officially be available to the public until November 22nd. The seller, surfacedude, has 271 feedbacks and 100% ratings. He writes in the listing description:

This is a preproduction device. Final design hardware and software. It is just a network test device. 

The preproduction Nokia Lumia 1520 being sold on eBay is black with 16GB of internal storage. Starting November 22nd, you can head over to an AT&T or Microsoft store to get it in matte black, matte yellow, matte white or glossy red. Who’s going to press the ‘Buy It Now’ button and possibly get the device earlier than everyone else?

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It's known that Microsoft has constructed white Xbox One units for employees who worked on the next generation console, but UK charity GamesAid has listed an Xbox One on eBay - and it's in white. The auction includes the console itself (adorned with "I Made This" to the right of the disc tray), along with a special edition controller, Kinect sensor and headset.

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While the Nokia Lumia 1020’s design is one of their most solid yet, with a smooth, matte polycarbonate shell, there’s still the off chance you may drop and ding up your 41MP camera phone. Luckily for you there may be a way out, assuming you have some technical savvy.

On eBay, a seller has posted for sale the Lumia 1020 body/shell for replacement. The item goes for a fair-priced $30 and is available in black, white and yellow, meaning in theory you could swap out one color for the next (though no matching SIM door is included). The seller is based out of China and has a 99.5% reputation on the auction site.

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While we’re generally okay with the official eBay app for Windows Phone, there’s nothing like a little competition to keep things going steady in innovation. Such is the case with the newly released Auctionapp (Auctionapp.co) for Windows Phone (7.x and 8).

The app is sanctioned by eBay having been “vetted” by their Partner Network and Developer teams, so it's legit. That’s good news as it means the folks behind this app can access eBay’s services and in theory, improve upon them (or at least offer a different experience).

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