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2 years ago

Top rated New and Rising Windows Phone Games

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Top rated New and Rising Windows Phone Games

Windows Central Roundup: New and Rising Windows Phone Games

For those not familiar, the Windows Phone Store has a category of apps and games that highlights new and rising titles. If you are curious what new games and apps are on Store shelves that are gaining popularity, this is a good area of the Store to visit.

For this week's roundup, we have plucked four gaming titles from this aisle of the Store to showcase. Each title has a Store rating of at least four stars and includes a pair of racing games, an endless runner game and a casino title. There are a ton of quality titles in the New and Rising section of the Windows Phone Store and hopefully this small sampling will catch someone's eye.

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2 years ago

Microsoft now has over 500,000 apps in its Windows Phone and Windows stores

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Microsoft now has over 500,000 apps in its Windows Phone and Windows stores

Microsoft has confirmed that, as of September 30, 2014, the total combined number of Modern-based apps in both its Windows Phone Store and its Windows Store have reached and surpassed over 500,000.

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2 years ago

The newest build of Windows 10 preview contains some new Cortana settings

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The newest build of Windows 10 preview contains some new Cortana settings

Microsoft's latest public build, 9879, of its Windows 10 Technical Preview, contains some settings that show the company is planning to add more integration with its Cortana digital assistant feature.

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2 years ago

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions gets a new trailer; coming Nov. 26 to Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions gets a new trailer; coming Nov. 26 to Xbox One and Xbox 360

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the latest game in the long running arcade shooter series, got a new gameplay trailer this week ahead of the game's official launch on November 26 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. The game will also be available on November 25 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 platforms.

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2 years ago

Ghost Academy, a collection of ghoulish mini-games to help you pass the time

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Ghost Academy, a collection of ghoulish mini-games to help you pass the time

Ghost Academy is a Windows Phone game that pulls together a collection of mini-games that will test your skills at speed, timing and observation. Ghost Academy's premise is that each game represents a monster skill that a young vampire, zombie or possessed skeleton may need training on.

Training that will better the chances of success each monster will have when they go out and terrorize the world. The games are not overly complicated but challenging in their own right. Available for low-memory devices, Ghost Academy may not be up for marathon gaming sessions but it is a decent option to consider for shorter bits of time.

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2 years ago

Available in black or white, this durable skin case for Lumia 1020 is only $4.95 today!

Available in black or white, this durable skin case for Lumia 1020 is only $4.95 today!

Made of highly durable material that feels great when gripped, this sleek looking case features anti-slip properties that give your Lumia 1020 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all of your device's features! Get yours today and save 50%

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2 years ago

DirectX 12 won't be made available for Windows 7 users, according to AMD

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DirectX 12 won't be made available for Windows 7 users, according to AMD

It's not exactly a shock, but an AMD rep recently stated that DirectX 12, the next version of Microsoft's graphics API for Windows, won't be made available for Windows 7. Microsoft has already announced that DirectX 12 will launch alongside Windows 10 sometime in 2015.

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2 years ago

Goodbye, Nokia Collection and hello Lumia

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Goodbye, Nokia Collection and hello Lumia

Earlier today, Windows Central began receiving reports from users that their Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Store had altered to Lumia Collection. Sure enough, hours later the conversion is going wide as our Store now reflects the new name as well.

The shift in branding should come as no surprise, as for months now Microsoft has been scrubbing the Nokia name from apps, websites, Twitter, Facebook and more.

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2 years ago

What to watch on Xbox Video and listen to on Xbox Music this weekend

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What to watch on Xbox Video and listen to on Xbox Music this weekend

There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

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2 years ago

Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

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Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

A number of big-name tech companies are teaming up to lobby the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the reach of the NSA's spying activities, Bloomberg reported today. The coalition of tech giants includes the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

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2 years ago

Pure Pool and Terraria now available for Xbox One

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Pure Pool and Terraria now available for Xbox One

This week we have seen plenty of great new games on Xbox One. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Unity are probably the two big blockbuster titles out, but you're not going to want to miss the smaller titles. You can now buy, download and play Pure Pool and Terraria.

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2 years ago

Hulu Plus gets rare Windows Phone update, adds voice search to app

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Hulu Plus gets rare Windows Phone update, adds voice search to app

Last month we looked at five popular Windows Phone apps that have not been updated in months. We're happy to take Hulu Plus off that list. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll see a new update for Hulu Plus. This update isn't just a bug fix either; we're getting some sweet new voice control features.

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2 years ago

Popular game SongArc now available for Windows 8.1

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Popular game SongArc now available for Windows 8.1

SongArc is one of the most popular music games on Windows Phone. Which is why we're happy to see an update to the game in the Windows Phone Store. But we might be even more stoked to try out the new version for Windows 8.1. That's right; you can now play SongArc on your Lumia and your Surface.

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2 years ago

Lumia 830 now available in New Zealand, exclusive to Spark

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Lumia 830 now available in New Zealand, exclusive to Spark

Lumia 830, the affordable flagship from Microsoft, is now available for sale in New Zealand. The Windows Phone device is available exclusively from Spark, the leading carrier in New Zealand.

The Lumia 830 is the first Windows Phone to use Spark's brand new 700MHz spectrum, which promises blisteringly fast 4G speeds in more places allowing people to do more and get more out of their devices.

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2 years ago

Movie Creator now available for Windows 8.1, powerful video editing on your Surface

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Movie Creator now available for Windows 8.1, powerful video editing on your Surface

Yesterday Microsoft released a new beta app called Movie Creator. It's available for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 and gives you powerful video editing capabilities for free. The Windows Phone version was live, but we hadn't seen the Windows 8.1 at the time. That version, for your Surface and PC, is now ready to download.

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