All Articles by Richard Devine | Windows Central

All Articles by Richard Devine

When it comes to CES 2015, what happens in Vegas definitely does not stay in Vegas. Windows Central has landed and we'll be on the ground for the next week with our Mobile Nations colleagues to bring you the absolute best of everything that the annual Consumer Electronics Show has to offer.

But the experience goes beyond just the posts that hit the front pages. For the behind the scenes stuff and the complete CES experience you'll want to keep one eye on the socials, too. Here's all you need to follow Windows Central at CES 2015.

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2014 saw a huge number of top drawer Xbox One games to choose from, and choosing the ones to actually sit down and play became ever tougher as the year went by. There's no doubt with the likes of Halo: Master Chief Collection, Dragon Age: Inquisition, GTA V, Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive gracing our consoles, we've been spoiled for choice.

But, none of those are my own, personal pick for my game of the year. For that we need to strap in and head to Southern Europe. That's right, Forza Horizon 2.

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The Microsoft Lumia 535. The first Lumia Windows Phone to do away with the Nokia badge and be replaced by Microsoft's own. It's an interesting device far beyond its new badge, though. There are plenty of Lumia phones to choose from – and even Windows Phones in general – for the more budget conscious, but the Lumia 535 offers an experience that not all the rest do.

So, if you just picked one up, or you're thinking hard about it, here's seven things you need to know.

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Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta now live!

We knew it was coming, we've been able to get it pre-loaded, but now it's finally time. The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is now live for every single owner of the Halo: Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. You only get a couple of weeks to play it, so make the most of it while you can.

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And so here we are, at the end of another eventful 12 months. Looking just in-house here at Mobile Nations, we've seen a number of big changes this past year. We brought in a dedicated newsroom team to get you the news you want, faster than ever, WPCentral re-branded to reflect a renewed focus on the entire Microsoft/Windows ecosystem, people came and people left.

That last one is particularly fresh in the memory. Our friend and colleague, Sam Sabri, departed his post here as Managing Editor to board the 'Mothership' and work for Microsoft. Life is full of new opportunities, new challenges, and that's exactly what stands before me as I attempt to replace Sam as the new Managing Editor in these parts.

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Just unwrapped a new Xbox One? We're here to help!

So, you just got a new Xbox One and you're wondering where on earth to start? You're in the right place! Microsoft's latest generation console has gone from strength to strength throughout 2014 and that's only going to continue into 2015. Whether you're new to the Xbox completely or upgrading from an Xbox 360, there's a lot to get into with the Xbox One.

From apps, through tips and tricks and into games, here's everything you need to know to get up and running with the best experience on your new Xbox One.

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Happy holidays to everyone! At this time of year gifts are given and gifts are received, and that includes smartphones, tablets and all manner of other techy products. If you were lucky enough to be gifted a new Windows Phone, then we're here to help you get the best out of it. If it's your first, then welcome!

But whether you're new to the platform or returning with a newer device, here's everything you need to know to get up and running with the best experience on your new Windows Phone.

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If you fire up your Xbox One right about now you should be seeing an icon on the dashboard to turn your console into a roaring fireplace for the festive season. Or a snowy forest. Or a beach front with rippling water. Microsoft has added the trio of ambient themes to the console for you to use at your leisure. Or if you don't have a real fireplace.

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GAME UK starts teasing post-Christmas Xbox One deals

After Christmas, British shoppers will once again hit the high streets and the online stores for the next round of sales. For GAME, the sales begin on Christmas Day online and the retailer has already begun to tease some of its Xbox One deals. These include picking up a console bundle with Forza 5 Game of the Year edition and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for £299.99.

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Well isn't this nice. Microsoft is giving us all a digital fireplace to curl up next to this holiday season through the Bing homepage. It flickers just like the real thing. It's super easy to enable, too. Head on into the lower right hand corner of the page and look for the little circle icon. Click that and you'll find the fireplace symbol. Then grab a good book and a hot beverage.

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The British arm of Staples has a deal so hot on a Windows tablet right now that we've not even had time to open the box before writing about it. Right now and for an unknown, yet likely highly limited time, you can pick up the Linx 8, 8-inch Windows tablet for £49.98. That's a £50 reduction on the regular price and it comes with a free years subscription to Office 365. Which is worth more than you'll pay for the tablet. But it doesn't stop there, either.

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Unofficial apps are one thing, but we'll always welcome official apps into both the Windows and Windows Phone catalog. Now, we're welcoming theChive, as it launches "probably the best app in the world" for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. It's a universal app – hooray! – is completely free and available to download right now.

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The Lumia Denim update is most certainly underway worldwide. With reports from all corners of the globe coming in thick and fast, it's tough to keep up. Fortunately help is at hand, and as we've collated for Asia and Europe, below you'll find a comprehensive list of the what (device) and the where the Lumia Denim update is pushing out for Latin America.

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Candy Crush Saga is one of those mobile games so huge that pretty much everyone, everywhere knows of it, regardless of your mobile OS preferences. While the much awaited Windows Phone launch isn't long behind us, there are a couple of benefits to the game having been on iOS and Android for a while before it.

There are some people out there rocking an iPhone or an Android phone that have put a substantial amount of time into playing Candy Crush as the months have passed, and that's good news for us. Because thanks to our buddies over at iMore, there are a whole bunch of tips, tricks and cheats to help you on your way!

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