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2 years ago

Microsoft smartwatch may launch within weeks

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Microsoft smartwatch may launch within weeks

A new report suggests that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a smartwatch or fitness-oriented wearable device in the coming weeks. The wearable will come with a heart rate sensor and is described to work across multiple platforms, meaning that it won't be tied to Windows or Windows Phone if true. The good news is that unlike other smartwatches today, the Microsoft-made smartwatch is described to get two days of battery life.

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2 years ago

Killer Instinct 2 Classic review – the vintage fighter returns with online play on Xbox One

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Killer Instinct 2 Classic review – the vintage fighter returns with online play on Xbox One

In 1994, the original Killer Instinct took arcades by storm. The next year a downgraded but respectable Super Nintendo port followed, along with a GameBoy version. The home games helped maintain enthusiasm until Killer Instinct 2 arrived in arcades in 1996. The Nintendo 64 would see a mildly stripped-down port called Killer Instinct Gold that year.

The true arcade version of Killer Instinct 2 has never been available on home consoles… Until now. Like Killer Instinct Classic before it, Killer Instinct 2 Classic comes bundled with the purchase of Killer Instinct 2 Ultra Edition on Xbox One. The $39.99 bundle gets you eight characters in the new Killer Instinct, plus Killer Instinct 2 as a standalone game. Killer Instinct 2 Classic even gets online play, making it a more viable alternative to Killer Instinct Season 2. Read on for gameplay details, hands-on video, and exclusive screenshots!

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2 years ago

Choose from 5 colors and save 72% today on this durable Lumia 635 hard case!

Choose from 5 colors and save 72% today on this durable Lumia 635 hard case!

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Nokia Lumia 635 hard cases are strong enough to withstand drops and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The case snaps together around your device leaving access to the screen, camera, ports and buttons.

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2 years ago

Argos starts selling Bush-branded smartphone and tablet

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Argos starts selling Bush-branded smartphone and tablet

British retailer Argos has commenced sales of an entry-level Windows Phone device and a Windows tablet from Bush (No, not this guy). The vendor is known to sell home entertainment solutions in the country, and is now branching out into Windows-based mobile devices and tablets.

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2 years ago

Watch the replay of our 'Stick it to the Man' Twitch streaming event!

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Watch the replay of our 'Stick it to the Man' Twitch streaming event!

Every weekend, WPCentral streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed 3D puzzle platformer Contrast and dished out codes to eight lucky viewers.

This evening, we'll be playing the hilarious 2D platformer Stick it to the Man from Zoink! and Ripstone. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Stick it to the Man, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome. Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)

Update: The contest has ended but you can still watch the replay of our stream!

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2 years ago

Kill or be killed in Dead Target: Zombie for Windows Phone

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Kill or be killed in Dead Target: Zombie for Windows Phone

If you like zombie games, then you should check out Dead Target: Zombie on your Windows Phone. The game is pretty straightforward. You go through missions shooting down different types of zombies. This is the type of game you can show off to friends because of the stunning 3D graphics and sound effects. We've installed it on our Lumia 1520. Take a look at our gameplay video and see if you're interested.

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2 years ago

ICYMI: October 18, 2014

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ICYMI: October 18, 2014

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

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2 years ago

Revers9, a mildly frustrating (but in a good way) Windows Phone puzzle game

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Revers9, a mildly frustrating (but in a good way) Windows Phone puzzle game

Revers9 is a new Windows Phone puzzle game that challenges you to arrange a set of numbers in order before time runs out.

There's really not much to Revers9 but the game will test your reflexes and speed at solving number puzzles. The game can get mildly frustrating as you race to get the numbers in order but in a good way. Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Revers9 isn't a bad title to add to your Windows Phone gaming library.

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2 years ago

There's a small USB stick with Intel's Bay Trail CPU that can run Windows 8.1

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There's a small USB stick with Intel's Bay Trail CPU that can run Windows 8.1

Would you like to be able to run a full version of Windows 8.1 on a device as small as a USB flash drive? Then get ready to be happy as Intel is apparently offering a way to do just that with a recently discovered USB stick that has a version of its Bay Trail-based Atom processor inside.

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2 years ago

Dream League Soccer brings the sport to 512MB Windows Phones

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Dream League Soccer brings the sport to 512MB Windows Phones

While FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is available for Windows Phone, it's currently not available for 512MB devices. That's not the case for the just released Dream League Soccer, a free-to-play game from developer First Touch Games that lets players build their perfect pro soccer team.

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2 years ago

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gameplay launch trailer is all about action

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gameplay launch trailer is all about action

We are still two and a half weeks away before Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles (among other platforms), but that isn't stopping publisher Activision from offering their launch gameplay trailer of the latest installment of the first person shooter series.

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2 years ago

Sunset Overdrive pre-release reviewers get an in-game message just for them

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Sunset Overdrive pre-release reviewers get an in-game message just for them

Sunset Overdrive, the exclusive open world action game for the Xbox One, is due for release October 28 but as you might imagine some media outlets got copies of the game ahead of time so they could review it before it shows up on store shelves. As it turns out, developer Insomniac Games has put a special message in the game just for those pre-release reviewers.

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2 years ago

Poll your friends and family with the official Straw beta app for Windows Phone

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Poll your friends and family with the official Straw beta app for Windows Phone

In 2014, our social lives can be wildly complicated, especially with all the different choices users have from phones to clothes to politics. What better way to measure people's interests than with a poll?

Straw (pollwithstraw.com) is a new service that lets you create and share polls with text or pictures right to your Facebook, via SMS, Twitter, and more. The service is super simple with just you creating the choices, adding any optional photos, and checking off which social networks to publish.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Collection: Fun Runners

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Windows Phone Collection: Fun Runners

Windows Phone Central Gaming Roundup: Endless Runners

Endless runner games can be a rather addictive choice of Windows Phone games and can help you pass short bits of time or longer gaming sessions. There is no shortage of this genre of games in the Windows Phone Store and this week we turn our sights on the Windows Phone Store Collection that showcases a little over two dozen of the endless runner games.

The Fun Runner's collection has several well known gaming titles such as Despicable Me: Minions Rush, Subway Surfers and the Temple Run titles. For this week's roundup, we are going to highlight four titles in the Collection that you may not have heard about.

We have two games that are played from the "over the shoulder" perspective, one that is laid out in platformer style and one that is played from a first person point of view. While each game approaches things a little differently, they all have the same underlying goal, run as far as you can.

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2 years ago

Wheel of Words, a puzzling word game for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Wheel of Words, a puzzling word game for Windows Phone and Windows 8

Wheel of Words is a Windows Phone word game that has potential but is in desperate need of a design overhaul. The concept has you spinning a wheel, which randomly generates a word from an assortment of categories.

The word is conveniently missing a few letters and it is your job to fill in the blanks. The challenge comes into play with a game timer that you have to race in completing the word.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Wheel of Words is an interesting game but a cluttered, distractive game layout with the Windows Phone version significantly holds the game back.

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