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2 years ago

Official Microsoft Band app spotted in Mac App Store ahead of announcement

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An app called 'Microsoft Band Sync' was just spotted in the Apple Mac App Store and looks to be the companion app for Microsoft's rumored wearable. We're expecting Microsoft to announce some kind of wearable within the coming weeks. Forbes recently reported that the fitness-oriented band would be coming out shortly. And just last week the device appeared to have passed FCC approval.

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2 years ago

Watch the replay of our first Halo: the Master Chief Collection Twitch preview

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One of the year's biggest exclusive Xbox One games launched this week: Sunset Overdrive. We went all out for it, providing an early review and hosting a multiplayer Twitch stream on launch day. We even have a review of the Sunset Overdrive white Xbox One console coming up on Thursday.

Awesome though Sunset Overdrive is, we still have one major Xbox One exclusive to look forward to in the weeks ahead: Halo: the Master Chief Collection. You can count on Windows Central for plenty of excellent Master Chief Collection coverage, including two Twitch preview events!

Our first Master Chief Collection Twitch stream starts at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific). Join us for a first glimpse at missions from Halo and Halo 2 running on Xbox One. We're also giving away some great prizes, so this is one stream you won't want to miss!

Update: The Stream is over. Thanks to all the cool people who joined us and congrats to the winners!

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2 years ago

Bing Rewards updated on Windows Phone to be a little more native

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The official Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone has picked up an update. Bing Rewards provides credits to you every time you do a search through Bing. You can redeem those credits towards cool prizes like Microsoft gift cards, Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards and other prizes. The official app on Windows Phone launched in June and was met with some initial criticism. The Bing Rewards app was just a web wrapper at the time, but today's update changes that.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile expected to get the HTC One M8 for Windows on November 9

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2 years ago

Just in time for Halloween, Costume Quest 2 and How to Survive are now on Xbox One

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Costume Quest 2 and How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition are both now available for Xbox One. In Costume Quest 2 you once again you take on the role of either Wren or Reynold on a quest to collect candy and awesome costumes. However, Dr. Orel White is doing whatever it takes to banish Halloween forever.

Meanwhile, the much darker How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition throws you back on a zombie infested archipelago and forces you to not only survive the infestation but other natural disasters. Read on for Store links and our exclusive How to Survive gameplay video!

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2 years ago

Xbox One and laptop get together one night, here's the outcome nine months later

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2 years ago

$99.99 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet on sale now

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2 years ago

Grab a great deal on an Xbox One at Argos until November 4

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A quick heads up for Brits looking for a great deal on a new Xbox One, Argos might have the thing for you. For a limited time – until November 4 to be precise – you can snag the Kinect-less console complete with FIFA 15, Forza Horizon 2 and The Evil Within for just £359.99. That's a saving of £85 over the separate selling price of each at the retailer.

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2 years ago

Battlefield Hardline coming out on Xbox One in March 2015

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2 years ago

Microsoft's Tetra Lockscreen gets first update with more 'toast icons'

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2 years ago

FOX Sports app now available for Windows Phone, never miss a game

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FOX Sports GO is now available for Windows Phone. The FOX Sports GO app for Windows Phone went under our radar when it quietly appeared in the Windows Phone Store last week. It's been available on Windows 8.1 since earlier this year, although that version suffers from horrible user reviews. Let's see how the Windows Phone version stacks up.

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2 years ago

Microsoft lays off even more employees as part of its ongoing job cuts

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2 years ago

Review: Nokia Lumia 635

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Review: Nokia Lumia 635

It's not the cheapest Windows Phone you can buy, but it might just be our favorite in the affordable category. Here's why.

The Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 were announced by Nokia during the Microsoft Build 2014 keynote. These two smartphones were among the first in the world to come with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan firmware out of the box. In the Lumia lineup, the 63X series sits above the Lumia 530 and potentially represents a tremendous smartphone value. In the United States, you can get the Lumia 635 for anywhere from $100 to $140 off-contract. That's a killer price.

We recently reviewed the Lumia 530, a Windows Phone you can get for just $70. While it makes a handful of compromises, you can't ignore how cheap it is. Is it worth spending a little bit more and getting the Lumia 635? Let's find out.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone sales drop slightly across markets during summer 2014 Lumia lull

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New stats from Kantar WorldPanel reveal that Windows Phone sales have seen a slight decline for the three months to September 2014.

The Kantar numbers, while not dramatic, reflect two aspects of the current Windows Phone ecosystem: lack of new phones and a substantial portfolio from the competition, including new iPhones.

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2 years ago

Halo 2: Anniversary's new trailer shows some incredible-looking cut scenes

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