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Top Windows Phone children’s games from the For the Kids Collection


There is a wide variety of Windows Phone games available in the Store, many designed to educate and entertain our children. While these games may not appeal to everyone, if you have children these Windows Phone titles can come in handy. Whether it is for long road trips or waiting for a table at a restaurant, these titles can keep your children occupied and teach them a few things along the way.

The Windows Phone Store has a series of collections that group themed apps and games together, making it easier to find the Windows Phone title you are looking for. The For the Kids Collection groups a couple of dozen children’s games together. We have visited this collection before and thought it was a good time to revisit things. For this week’s roundup, we have plucked four titles from the For the Kids Collection to highlight.

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Apple Watch Pop-Up Shop Also Planned for London’s Selfridges Department Store


Apple is planning to open a dedicated pop-up shop for the Apple Watch at high-end department store Selfridges in London, according to sources. The shop will likely be located near the entrance of the iconic Wonder Room, a 19,000-square-foot shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury jewelry and watch brands alongside a concept store and mezzanine wine bar.

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Wonder Room at Selfridges in London houses fine jewelry and watches
A section of Selfridges located near the Wonder Room was boarded up earlier this month to allow for construction of the expected Apple Watch pop-up shop, sources say. The store-within-a-store concept will display various Apple Watch models and provide customers with a personalized shopping experience, potentially including One to One service for those interested in learning more about the wrist-worn device.

Apple is recruiting retail employees from nearby Apple Stores in London to fill Specialist vacancies at an upcoming Central London location, which is likely to be this Selfridges boutique. The pop-up shop is expected to be readied in time for the Apple Watch launch in April and will likely join Galeries Lafayette as one of multiple standalone Apple Watch stores that Apple plans to open throughout Europe.

Selfridges has the second-largest retail space in the United Kingdom behind competing high-end department store Harrods. The store offers a myriad of designer jewelry and accessories, such as watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings. With the Apple Watch positioned at least partially as a fashion item, the department store offers an ideal setting for the wrist-worn device to be displayed.



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Kyocera to show its Windows Phone prototype device at MWC 2015 next week


Next week’s Mobile World Congress 2015 trade show in Barcelona, Spain will be the place for Kyocera to show its first Windows Phone 8.1 prototype device. The Japan-based company has yet to offer any more details on the product.

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Mar

How to add more notification Profiles to Quick Settings in BlackBerry 10.3.1


In previous BlackBerry 10 OS builds, before OS 10.3.1, tapping on the Notification icon in Quick Settings would toggle between Normal and the last used notification Profile. In OS 10.3.1 it just toggles between Normal and Silent. However, you now have the option to add more Profiles to the Quick Settings menu and each time you tap on the Notification icon it will scroll through those Profiles. This is a nice little addition as I sometimes like to use Silent or Vibrate depending on where I am.

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Apple Likely Building Apple Watch Demo Area at Yerba Buena Center


A new image has surfaced that shows construction of an outdoor extension at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as reported by 9to5Mac. The tented space will likely serve as an Apple Watch demo area at the upcoming “Spring Forward” media event on March 9th, where Apple is widely expected to provide further details about the Apple Watch’s features, pricing and release date.

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According to the tipster that submitted the photos, there are security guards wearing “Apple Security” shirts monitoring the construction site, all but confirming that the external addition belongs to Apple. The company previously built a similar structure outside of the Flint Center as a demo area for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, so an exterior demo area would not be unprecedented.

Apple sent out invites for its “Spring Forward” media event earlier this week, and will also be providing a live stream of the event on its website for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The media event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on March 9th at 10:00 AM Pacific and should be focused on the Apple Watch ahead of the wrist-worn device’s launch in April.



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Secret iMessage shortcuts: Ten gestures to speed up your iPhone chat!


Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone.

There are tons of features you can activate with just a tap. It’s got even more, however, that you can access with long presses, swipes, and other gesture shortcuts. If you have enough time, you can figure them all out. Or you can just read all about them right here and instantly master your messages!

Pull to search

Just like on the Home screen where you can touch and pull down to access Spotlight search, you can touch and pull down from any mailbox to bring up search for mail. Start typing and Mail will show you any messages that match.

Swipe to go back

Another system-wide gesture, any time you’re in a message or mailbox, you can swipe to go back to the mailbox the message is in, or the account the mailbox in in. It’s especially handy for those with bigger phones.

Swipe to see time-stamps

Time stamps — exactly when a message arrived — aren’t shown inline. If you want to see them, you can swipe from the right edge of the screen to the left and you’ll see them listed.

Hold to copy

You can’t select text in a message the way you can in other parts of iOS. If you want to copy any part of a message, you have to copy the whole message. To do that, touch and hold down on it and then choose Copy from the popup menu.

Multi-trash or forward

There’s no Edit button in Messages but there’s still a multi-select mode. Touch and hold down on a message and then choose More from the popup menu. Choose the messages you want, then choose Trash or Forward to delete or share.

Save images and videos

Whether it’s a priceless family photo, a magic moment, or an infuriating animated GIF, it’s easy to keep pictures and videos you get to you camera roll. Just touch and hold the thumbnail and then choose Save from the popup menu.

Swipe through attachments

Messages shows you thumbails for every photo or video you receive. Tap on a thumbnail and it goes fullscreen. Swipe, and you can browse through all the photos and videos in the conversation, just like albums in the Photos app.

Insta-selfies

To quickly send a selfie or video message, touch and hold the Camera icon. Then swipe up to take a photo or right to take a video.

Sound bites

To quickly send an audio message, touch and hold the Microphone icon. When you’re done talking, swipe up to send or left to trash.

Delete conversations

If you want to trash an entire conversation, swipe from right to left on the list item and then tap Delete to get rid of it. You can still send and receive new messages, but the old ones will be gone.

Hide keyboard

Sometimes, where you’re responding to a message, you want to see more of it. Maybe you forgot the exact question you’re trying to answer, or you want to refer to something specific. No matter the reason, all you have to do is touch the message above the keyboard and swipe down to hide it.

More secrets

If you just can’t get enough of this stuff, and want to learn more of the secrets to iPhone mastery, check out our ultimate guides and how-to pages. And if we missed any of your favorite Mail tips, add them to the comments below!

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Mar
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Secret iMessage shortcuts: Ten gestures to speed up your iPhone chat!


Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone.

There are tons of features you can activate with just a tap. It’s got even more, however, that you can access with long presses, swipes, and other gesture shortcuts. If you have enough time, you can figure them all out. Or you can just read all about them right here and instantly master your messages!

Pull to search

Just like on the Home screen where you can touch and pull down to access Spotlight search, you can touch and pull down from any mailbox to bring up search for mail. Start typing and Mail will show you any messages that match.

Swipe to go back

Another system-wide gesture, any time you’re in a message or mailbox, you can swipe to go back to the mailbox the message is in, or the account the mailbox in in. It’s especially handy for those with bigger phones.

Swipe to see time-stamps

Time stamps — exactly when a message arrived — aren’t shown inline. If you want to see them, you can swipe from the right edge of the screen to the left and you’ll see them listed.

Hold to copy

You can’t select text in a message the way you can in other parts of iOS. If you want to copy any part of a message, you have to copy the whole message. To do that, touch and hold down on it and then choose Copy from the popup menu.

Multi-trash or forward

There’s no Edit button in Messages but there’s still a multi-select mode. Touch and hold down on a message and then choose More from the popup menu. Choose the messages you want, then choose Trash or Forward to delete or share.

Save images and videos

Whether it’s a priceless family photo, a magic moment, or an infuriating animated GIF, it’s easy to keep pictures and videos you get to you camera roll. Just touch and hold the thumbnail and then choose Save from the popup menu.

Swipe through attachments

Messages shows you thumbails for every photo or video you receive. Tap on a thumbnail and it goes fullscreen. Swipe, and you can browse through all the photos and videos in the conversation, just like albums in the Photos app.

Insta-selfies

To quickly send a selfie or video message, touch and hold the Camera icon. Then swipe up to take a photo or right to take a video.

Sound bites

To quickly send an audio message, touch and hold the Microphone icon. When you’re done talking, swipe up to send or left to trash.

Delete conversations

If you want to trash an entire conversation, swipe from right to left on the list item and then tap Delete to get rid of it. You can still send and receive new messages, but the old ones will be gone.

Hide keyboard

Sometimes, where you’re responding to a message, you want to see more of it. Maybe you forgot the exact question you’re trying to answer, or you want to refer to something specific. No matter the reason, all you have to do is touch the message above the keyboard and swipe down to hide it.

More secrets

If you just can’t get enough of this stuff, and want to learn more of the secrets to iPhone mastery, check out our ultimate guides and how-to pages. And if we missed any of your favorite Mail tips, add them to the comments below!

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Mar
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Pebble sets a new record, net neutrality passes and other stories you might’ve missed!


Pebble beats its own record, Motorola confirms what we already knew about the Moto E and Facebook takes a break from the sillier aspects of its site to get serious about mental health. Basically, we’ve got everything you need to know from this past week in one neat little package. Won’t you catch up with us?

The top 11 tablets you can buy today

If you like to take your tech on the go (or even just to the couch), a tablet is usually a good gadget to have on hand. Not sure which one is best for you? We’ve rounded up 11 that we think are excellent choices.

Pebble returns to Kickstarter for its next-gen color smartwatch

Three years ago, Pebble made Kickstarter history with its smartwatch. Now, with a new color display and other features, the company is besting its own crowdfunding records. We explain what’s made the brand so popular in this breakdown of the wearable’s triumphant return.

I got a connected surveillance camera, but used it mainly as a puppycam

If peace of mind is important when it comes to your home, a connected surveillance system might be just what you need to feel secure. We gave Withings Home HD camera a try to find out if it’s worth the $200 price tag.

What you need to know about HTTP/2

The familiar four letters — HTTP — in your address bar are getting a behind-the-scenes makeover. The current version has been the same since 1999, but in case that date alone isn’t reason enough for an upgrade, we explain why you’ll soon be using HTTP/2.

Here’s what we know about Magic Leap so far

We know it’s a blend of augmented and virtual reality, but the rest of the specs behind Magic Leap are shrouded in mystery. We’ve amassed all of the information available on the project to find out why companies like Google are dropping half a billion dollars to invest in it.

Motorola’s budget Moto E gets LTE, a quad-core CPU, and more storage

It’s official: Motorola is releasing a bigger and better budget phone. We go hands-on with the updated Moto E — now with LTE — to break down its new specs.

Facebook rolls out new tools to help prevent suicides

Social media has become an outlet for for many, whether that means sharing exciting life changes or issuing a cry for help. When it comes to the latter, Facebook is stepping up its policies and introducing new suicide prevention efforts.

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

Both mobile and home-based broadband are now classified as a public utility thanks to new rules from the Federal Communications Commission. This marks a huge milestone for those in support of a free and open internet.

Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America’s first digital brothel

RealTouch Interactive lets consenting users “have sex” with each other over the internet. But it’s going out of business — not because of moral protests — because of patent licensing.

Happy net neutrality day! Here are some llamas and a dress

As our Engagement Editor John Colucci stated on Thursday night, “Twitter was on fleek today.” Join us as we take a minute to celebrate the glorious and sometimes ridiculous platform that is the internet.

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Join us tonight on Twitch as we play Asphalt 8 with guest co-host Gameloft Ryan!


Every weekend, Windows Central streams a game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It’s like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we’ll be playing Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft. Asphalt 8 is a massive free to play Xbox game for Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. Tonight’s stream is special because regular co-host Tyler and I will be joined on the microphone by Gameloft Community manager Ryan Changes, also known as “Gameloft” Ryan. And we’re giving out Microsoft gift cards donated by Gameloft. Stick around after the Asphalt 8 stream for a bonus Starwhal stream with more prizes!

Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. You can also watch the stream right here live or after the fact.

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Samsung hypes #TheNextGalaxy with tweets from around the world


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We are less than one day away from the Galaxy S 6 being announced and all eyes will be on Samsung to see what the device is capable of. This morning, Samsung released a video to continue hyping the Galaxy S 6. The video includes tweets from people around the world that are excited and eager to see #TheNextGalaxy. Near the end, counting starts from one but ends until six. That is where the message WHAT’S NEXT appears before reminding everyone that the announcement will be tomorrow.

Hit the break for the video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

It is almost ‘go time’ for MWC 2015. Are you ready?

Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)

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