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2 years ago

ICYMI: October 4, 2014

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ICYMI: October 4, 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

Sprint plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees in efforts to further reduce costs

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Sprint plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees in efforts to further reduce costs

While Sprint maintains their position as the third largest carrier in the U.S., they announced on Friday that they will be laying off an unspecified number of management and nonmanagement jobs this month in efforts to further reduce costs.

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2 years ago

Weekend Poll - Do you still use Microsoft's Live Lock Screen?

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Weekend Poll - Do you still use Microsoft's Live Lock Screen?

Back in April of this year, Microsoft surprised many of us who knew inner details of Windows Phone 8.1 prior to their announcement. The big revelation was the Live Lock Screen app, which was a closely guarded secret by those at the top of the Windows Phone Dev team.

Fast forward to July and the app was finally released to the community as a beta app with much fanfare. Betas are nothing new to Windows Phone users. Indeed, many of us suffer from beta-fatigue these days. However, since its initial release, Microsoft has updated the aesthetically innovative app exactly zero times. Doh!

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2 years ago

Redbox Instant video streaming service to shut down after October 7

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Redbox Instant video streaming service to shut down after October 7

Redbox Instant, the video streaming service that launched as a joint venture of DVD kiosk company Redbox and Verizon, will abruptly shut down its service at the end of the day of October 7, in a rather quick end for a service that was meant to challenge rivals like Netflix.

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2 years ago

Plex for Windows Phone gets updated with added support for Play Queues and more

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Plex for Windows Phone gets updated with added support for Play Queues and more

The popular media streaming app Plex has updated its Windows Phone port to version 1.7 with a number of new features, including support for Play Queues and more.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone continues to show slow (but steady) sales growth in Europe at 9.2%

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Windows Phone continues to show slow (but steady) sales growth in Europe at 9.2%

Kantar Worldpanel has released their latest smartphone sales numbers for the month August 2014. The report mostly focuses on the continued growth of the iPhone, especially the 5C in the UK, but the Windows Phone numbers are still thought provoking as well.

Kantar juxtaposes the numbers for August 2014 with the ones from August 2013, giving a sense of where things are going. In some cases, Windows Phone sees a decrease e.g. in Germany (6.9 percent, a -1.6 percent change) and France (9.9 percent, a -0.1 percent change). However, in comparing the Kantar sales data from last month, Germany increased slightly (0.8 percent), as did France (1.2 percent).

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2 years ago

Our Xbox One coverage plans: Contests, Twitch streams, and much more

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Our Xbox One coverage plans: Contests, Twitch streams, and much more

As our longtime readers know, here at WPCentral we've been covering a lot more than Windows Phone for the last few years. We recognize that a majority of our readership are Microsoft fans in general, so we've stretched our focus to include Microsoft platforms like the Xbox One. In fact, we've been covering the Xbox One since well before its launch last year.

You might also know that we're headed towards a name change to the site that reflects our broader focus. That's good, because we've also been ramping up our Xbox One coverage as of late. On top of best-in-class Windows Phone and reporting, we want this site to become one of your major destinations for Xbox One stories. Towards that end, we have big plans revolving around the Xbox One. That includes giving out free games and prizes every week, starting tonight! Keep reading for the full story.

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2 years ago

Windows 8.1 Update 2 references found in Windows 10 Technical Preview

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 references found in Windows 10 Technical Preview

References to a now cancelled "Windows 8.1 Update 2" release have now been found inside the code for the Windows 10 Technical Preview that was launched earlier this week by Microsoft.

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2 years ago

Top New and Rising Windows Phone Shooter Games

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Top New and Rising Windows Phone Shooter Games

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Shooter Games

If you are curious as to what new gaming and app titles are available in the Windows Phone Store, you need to check out the New and Rising section in the Store. You can filter out all the games and apps or dial it down to a specific genre to see what's new.

Once genre of games listed in the Store is the shooter games. These games typically call upon you to work your way through various gaming levels blasting everything in sight. They are often played from a first person point of view but you also have plenty games that are from a third person point of view where you control a character from an overhead view throughout the game.

For this week's roundup, we plucked four of the top rated Windows Phone shooter games from the New and Rising section of the Store. We have a somewhat traditional combat oriented game, a game that puts you at the target range, one where you hunt down dinosaurs and flipped a coin between the two Zombie oriented games that are in the top five titles. Ends up we picked the one with better graphics.

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2 years ago

Doctor Who pack for Minecraft released for Xbox 360, Xbox One version coming soon

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Doctor Who pack for Minecraft released for Xbox 360, Xbox One version coming soon

Xbox 360 owners of Minecraft can now purchase and download the first of what will be a series of skin packs based on the long running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who for $2.99.

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2 years ago

Pango Zoo - A fun, interactive Windows Phone children's game

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Pango Zoo - A fun, interactive Windows Phone children's game

Every now and then, we check out Windows Phone Store title designed for our younger audience, finding ourselves stumbling upon a gem of a game or app. Pango Zoo is one such app that is an attractive, dare I say impressive, Windows Phone children's game that lets your child interact with a host of zoo animals.

The game has more of a storybook feel than a gaming feel with five adventures for your child to discover and play through. The illustrations and animations are nicely drawn up and while the user interface does require a little exploration, that isn't necessarily a bad thing for children's game.

Available for low-memory devices, Pango Zoo comes across as a fun Windows Phone gaming title well suited for your Kid's Corner. It is a fun time waster of a game that you and your children should enjoy.

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2 years ago

These Nokia Lumia 920 hard cases come in black or white and are $7.95 today

These Nokia Lumia 920 hard cases come in black or white and are $7.95 today

Searching for a simple yet protective hard case for your Lumia 920? Look no further because this snap on case from Amzer adds hardly any bulk and feels great in your hand. There's even access to your camera, ports and buttons! Yours today in either black or white for 47% off the list price.

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2 years ago

Deleted Microsoft blog post claims Windows 10 to support desktop apps and more in Windows Store

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Deleted Microsoft blog post claims Windows 10 to support desktop apps and more in Windows Store

A blog post from a Microsoft employee that was later deleted this week seems to confirm that the Windows Store in Windows 10 will include many more features, including direct purchase and download access to traditional desktop applications (x86/x64) and more types of content besides just Modern apps.

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2 years ago

PC exclusive maps from Halo 1 and 2 to be added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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PC exclusive maps from Halo 1 and 2 to be added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will have even more content to check out than previously thought as Microsoft's 343 Industries has revealed that all the multiplayer levels included in the PC versions of Halo 1 and 2 will be included in the upcoming Xbox One port of Halo 1-4.

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2 years ago

Bow Man HD, archery duels from your Windows Phone

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Bow Man HD, archery duels from your Windows Phone

Bow Man HD is a Windows Phone game that will test your skills at archery by way of a dueling contest where you need to take out your opponent before they take you out. The game has three dueling modes along with target shoot where you get to shoot down passing birds.

Bow Man HD is a sequel of sorts to the original Bow Man game that was released earlier this year. The original was in black and white and the HD version simply adds more color to the mix. Even with the added color, graphics are minimal with Bow Man HD.

Game play is mildly challenging and Bow Man HD is available for low-memory devices. It's not the most action packed game in Windows Phone Store but if you are in the hunt for a decent time waster, Bow Man HD is worth a try.

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