All Articles by Richard Devine

Microsoft Research's Hyperlapse for Windows Phone surfaces in an internal beta [update]

Back in Summer 2014 Microsoft Research pulled the wraps off its Hyperlapse project, a video algorithm to smooth out shaky video footage and generate first-person timelapses. It's been all quiet since then, but now an internal beta has surfaced for an app to bring Hyperlapse to Windows Phone.

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Achievement list: Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious

With the release of every title for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 comes new opportunities to bump your gamerscore some. The new Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious standalone expansion gives you a potential for 1000 extra GS without spending a single dime of your own money (or at least it does it until April 10 when the game will cost $10).

Some of these achievements aren't that tough to unlock, some require a little more perseverance. Either way, here's a list of what you get and how in Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious.

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Weekly photo contest: Filters

The weekly photo contest is back with a new theme and a new week to show off your best work. This time around we're asking to see your best efforts with filters. Those weird and wonderful effects that helped make Instagram so popular can be a great way to simply and effectively make your photos take on a whole new life.

Like the shot up top. I took this relatively pleasant, if somewhat uninteresting scene while catching 5 minutes after a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. But with a little goofing around in Camera 360 Sight it became (or so I think, at least) something worth keeping. So, as ever, read on for the full rundown on this weeks contest and to see who won last week's!

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First play and impressions: Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious

Today, the hotly anticipated Fast and Furious expansion to Forza Horizon 2 has launched for free for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Let's buckle up and take a ride.

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Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious now tearing it up on an Xbox near you

Fans of Forza Horizon 2 and fans of erratic driving in general have a new time killer on their hands as the official standlone Fast and Furious 7 expansion is now available for Xbox One and Xbox 360. To celebrate the launch of the movie in early April, it can be had completely free of charge for two weeks until April 10. So there's not a lot of reason not to take it for a spin.

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Poll: Do you need official apps so long as there are good third-party ones?

Earlier this week I wrote about how it'd been a full year since Instagram updated its official Windows Phone app and what we, the Windows Phone users could do about it if we were unhappy. Our advice was to use something like 6Tag, an excellent third-party solution but some of the comments on the post raised an interesting question. A question we're going to put to you, the Windows Central audience.

Do we really need official apps as long as there are good quality, third-party solutions available in the store?

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Todoist has a bright future on Windows with TaskCrunch acquisition

Todoist is a hugely popular, cross-platform task managing service that hasn't traditionally had a great presence on Windows. That looks set to change with the company's acquisition of TaskCrunch, a third-party client that syncs with Todoist, and the developer behind it.

Jan Kratochvil will become Todoist's first full-time developer for Windows.

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F1 2015 confirmed for Xbox One and PC, launching in June

Codemasters has today confirmed more details on the next instalment in its Formula 1 franchise, F1 2015. The good news is that the game will be out in June and we'll be able to play it on both the PC and Xbox One this year.

This marks the very first time that the F1 series will have graced the Xbox One, with the 2014 edition missing the cut and only going to the 'last-gen' consoles. None of that for 2015 with the PS4 also supported.

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Get a free HP Stream 7 with a top-spec Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft UK

The HP Stream 7 is no stranger to finding itself on the Microsoft deals table and the UK store has yet another for prospective buyers to consider. Right now if you buy a top of the line, Intel Core i7 Surface Pro 3, Microsoft UK will throw in a Stream 7 completely free of charge.

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Everything you need to know about ID@Xbox

ID@Xbox is a Microsoft program which allows independent developers to publish Xbox certified titles to Xbox One and the Windows 10 unified app store.

The program was announced in August 2013, and already boasts well over 200 independent development teams across the world. Indie devs who become approved for the program receive up to 2 Xbox One development kits, access to the full technical documentation and direct support from Microsoft. In addition to free hardware, all ID@Xbox developers get free access to Unity Pro – a popular video game engine which allows for easy porting to different platforms.

And here's everything you need to know about the program and its games.

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Final thoughts on the Eve T1 Windows 8.1 tablet

Some additional thoughts on the Eve T1 tablet after living with it for a few weeks.

A few weeks ago I took a first look at a new Windows 8.1 tablet from Eve, the T1. Clocking in just under 150 Euros it's not the most expensive tablet you'll find, but it's firmly inside an ever increasingly crowded space. There are now so many low cost Windows tablets out there that standing out is a big ask.

Does the Eve T1 do that? Initially I was quite impressed with it, but what about after a few weeks of use?

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Instagram launches new app for iPhone else after a year of abandonment on Windows Phone

Today owners of the iPhone, had something new from Instagram. Layout is the popular photo sharing service's take on the collage, allowing you to group together a bunch of your favorite images and share them with your friends and the wider world on your favorite sharing service. And it came a day over one full year since the last update to the Instagram app for Windows Phone.

While that's a pretty bad state of affairs, it's at least one we can do something about.

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Microsoft UK offering HP Stream 7 and Xbox One bundle for £330

If you're in the market for a new Xbox One and a small Windows tablet, the UK Microsoft Store may have just the deal for you. For a limited time you can snag the console and a HP Stream 7 Signature Edition (aka no nasty bloatware) for £329.99.

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Weekly photo contest: Cars

After a brief hiatus thanks to events (and illness), the weekly photo contest is back and in its new weekend slot. We've decided to move it from a weekday when there's potentially a lot of news and other things going on to a more relaxed slot on a Sunday evening. Aside from a new day, nothing else is changing, so let's get to it!

This weeks contest is something close to my heart: cars. Along with tech, cars are my other major passion in life and recently I had the opportunity to finally visit the world famous Geneva Motor Show. Some 2 weeks later I'm still trawling through all the photos but it gave me some great inspiration for this weeks contest. The shot up top is from my Lumia 830, is completely unedited and is one of my favorites from the show.

But now it's over to you to get creative! But first, let's find out who won the last contest...

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The new HTC One M9 gets reviewed

HTC's last flagship device, the One M8, is something we're quite fond of. Despite seeing a limited launch and coming after the Android version had already hit the market, it was a great example of a high-end Windows Phone.

Now, HTC is back. The One M9 has so far seen no mention of a Windows Phone version, but until someone at HTC flat out says it's not happening, we'll live in hope. And our pals at Android Central have just reviewed it.

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Lumia 435 now available from Microsoft Ireland

Following launches at other retailers and it's British counterpart, Microsoft has put the Lumia 435 up for sale from its Irish online store now for €79. That's a little higher than we've seen the phone for sale in other countries since launch, though Irish buyers have been limited on opportunities thus far with some pretty outrageous pricing to boot.

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Dell UK now offering an entry level XPS 13 at £799

We're big fans of Dell's latest XPS 13 round these parts, but one issue there has been outside of the U.S. is availability of the full range. In the UK, for example, the only models to go on sale initially were the range topping, Intel Core i7 models. Fortunately that's improved since and now British buyers can spend substantially less and get one from £799.

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The Lumia 430 forums are open for business!

Microsoft's newest Windows Phone is the super-affordable Lumia 430 announced today, and we've got just the place for you to come and talk about it. The brand new Windows Central Lumia 430 forums are now open for business and awaiting your visit!

So, whatever's on your mind, questions to ask, opinions to share, hit the link below and come join in the conversation!

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Lumia 430 vs Lumia 435: How different are they?

Microsoft today announced yet another affordable Windows Phone, the Lumia 430.

But, coming not long after the Lumia 435 and being pretty close to it in the naming scheme, there are going to be those asking "so what's different?" It can get confusing, so here we try to break it down and see how, if at all, the Lumia 430 differs from the Lumia 435.

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Easily get rid of duplicate tracks in your Xbox Music library

Now that it's possible to add our own, personal music collections to Xbox Music using OneDrive, we run into the potential problem of duplicate tracks. If you upload a song or album you already have in your Xbox Music library, it's unlikely you want it to show up twice. Fortunately, there's a really easy way to get rid of the duplicates.

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