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LIVESTRONG.COM has released their Calorie Tracker app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a companion tool for members of MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM which is also a free service online. The LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight easily by setting your weight goals and track your calories and progress with our comprehensive online food journal containing over 1 Million food and fitness items. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members. The Calorie Tracker tracks your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You will have access to MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a comprehensive nutrition database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. Most major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database. Features:   Easy to use interface for tracking The largest ...

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Few analysts predicted that Microsoft may sell few million Surface tablets in Q4 2012. Now, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander have told CNET that Microsoft may sell only over 1.3 million Surface units this quarter. She said “I would be surprised to see it much above that,”. Boston-based brokerage firm, Detwiler Fenton released their research report on Surface sales and told that the number will be below 1 Million. Do you think Microsoft can reach the million units number by selling the device through online stores alone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and in ~90 retail stores from US? I think this numbers will go up if Microsoft makes Surface available among 3rd party physical and online retailers. Source: CNET   ...

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  Last month SAP announced that they will be bringing their 6 Enterprise apps to Windows Store soon. Among them, SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions. Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data. Features: •Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests •Access relevant reports and KPIs •Drill down to display employee ...

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  Netflix today announced that Sony PS3 has emerged as their top platform for streaming videos. This comes as a surprise for many because Microsoft Xbox is always known for its entertainment hub nature and still PS3 beats Xbox in Netflix streaming hours. “PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall,” said Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. “PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.” But does it matter? I think the reason Netflix streaming hours on PS3 is higher than Xbox 360 because ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced that they are opening up their information social network Socl for the public. It was in public beta for months and now it got graduated with new UI refresh and following features. Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it’s less likely you’ll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl. Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about. People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person’s page. Everyone on Socl has ...

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Microsoft today released its next version of productivity suite for its enterprise customers. On-premises versions of the new Office products including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013 are now available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Office 2013 for general customers will be available in retail and online channels in Q1 2013. Microsoft highlighted the following new scenarios in Office 2013, The new Office works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard to give you the ultimate productivity experience. It brings the familiar Office experience to a wide range of new devices and gives you the best experience on Windows.* The new Office is inherently social with real-time news feeds for people, documents and discussions, high-definition video conferencing**, shared notebooks and virtual whiteboards. The new Office provides security features without compromise, includes data loss prevention, compliance management, built-in malware protection, and flexible deployment ...

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We have covered the Tweetro saga before, which basically amounts to no third party twitter clients being able to have more than 100,000 users. This forced the developer, LazyWormApps, to pull their well-regarded twitter client Tweetro from the Windows 8 Store, as a free, ad-supported client would just not be financially viable with such a small user base. The app has now returned in a premium form for a rather pricy $9.99. Times this by a potential 100,000 users and the total ends up close to $1 million, which should keep LazyWormApps in pizza for some time. Due to Twitter’s policies there will actually come a point when the Tweetro + app is sold out, and no new copies can be generate, so if you were looking to pick this app up it is a good idea to get it sooner rather than later. The App Features: Real-time streaming of tweets ...

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Asus Taichi Touch Ultrabook was one of the unique Windows 8 device we saw from PC OEMs in the recent times. However, the release date of the device got delayed several times and it was priced around $1300. Now, Digitimes reports that Asus Taichi will be released in IT Month trade show in Taiwan in December. And the pricing of the device was increased to US$1,992. Asustek’s Taichi is manufactured by Pegatron Technology and adopts panels supplied by Innolux Corporation, (renamed from Chimei Innolux (CMI) recently), according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek originally hoped to price Taichi at below US$1,600, but due to yield rate and cost problems, the company is only able to offer the product at above US$1,900. I hope Asus works out some other designs to reduce the price of the device to somewhere around $1500 and less. What do you think? Are you ...

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Ancestry.com, the family based networking service has released its official Windows 8 app in Windows Store. App Description: Explore your family tree with the Ancestry app for Windows 8. Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online collection of family history resources, home to more than 10 billion historical records, millions of family trees, and much more. Ancestry.com users can now use the Ancestry app to explore their trees, view photos, discover Ancestry hints, and keep up on the latest Ancestry.com news and resources. Features •Browse people in your tree •Rich photo viewing experience •Discover Ancestry hints •Jump to website Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Amazon.com shopping app is available in Windows Store. This app lets you browse through Amazon.com listings and order products within the app. Amazon has already released its Kindle app in the Windows Store and it’s good to see the support for Windows Store from high profile developers. Description: The Amazon app allows you to quickly make purchases, search, compare prices, read reviews, and share products with friends using a simple yet elegant interface. Shop just as you do on the web. You can access any of Amazon’s sites around the world from a single app by simply selecting your desired Amazon country store or shipping destination. You have full access to your existing cart and wish lists. Search for products using the Amazon app, and easily add them to your shopping cart to purchase. (Note: the app uses the Amazon search engine, which is a non-Microsoft commerce engine.) All purchases made on ...

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The Official NASCAR app for Windows 8 devices is now available in Windows Store. NASCAR fans should be happy to hear this news as it allows them to get access to NASCAR News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules, etc. App Description: The Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 desktop and tablet offers all of the basic features and functionality that the NASCAR fan would want on race day including News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules. Get up-to-the minute news from around NASCAR about your favorite driver and upcoming events for the 2013 NASCAR season. Download the Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 and you’re covered through the checkered flag! •The fan will have access to the most recent news and media around NASCAR and the sport of stock car racing. Be sure to check the schedule to keep up with the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. Download it here ...

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We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR. Sony product manager commented the following, “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” Toshiba VP commented the ...

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  PRadio is a third party Pandora Internet Radio App for Windows 8.  It allows you to stream music from Pandora recommendation service in the background. There are some issues while streaming music from this app in background on devices like Microsoft Surface. But the developer promises fix for it in the  next release. Features: Pin and Unpin Radio stations to start menu Add/Delete radio stations Multimedia Keyboard support Play/Pause/Skip songs History of Songs Played Share Song Information with other applications via share charm Provide feedback for song Background Streaming Support for snap views Support for touch and tablets Create new radio stations via the search charm Volume control to reduce the volume of music Bookmark song or artist Create new stations from current track Add variety to an existing station Stream music to other devices such as an Xbox or another computer via devices charm Logging for diagnostic purposes ...

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Yesterday, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled a summary judgment in Microsoft Vs. Motorola patent case. Judge ruled that Google’s owned subsidiary Motorola is not entitled to injunctive relief against Microsoft over any patents essential to the H.264 (video codec) or IEEE 802.11 (WiFi, or WLAN) standards. “Because Motorola cannot show irreparable harm or that monetary damages would be inadequate, the court agrees with Microsoft that injunctive relief is improper in this matter and grants Microsoft’s motion.” This is a big blow for Motorola and the ruling was already expected by Microsoft and other FRAND patent supporters. Now, Motorola has a clear way to end this case by licensing their standard essential patents to Microsoft under reasonable terms. Source: FOSS Patents, Microsoft/Motorola court order   ...

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Popular XBLA title Ilomilo is now available in Windows Store as ilomilo plus. ilomilo is already available in Windows Phone devices and now even Windows 8 users can enjoy this game. Description: ilomilo plus is the Windows 8 version of the XBLA title, ilomilo, beefed up with additional fun levels, two exciting new chapters and three new challenging cubes. ilomilo is a puzzle game where the player controls two fellows named ilo and milo. The two friends always seem to get separated from each other in the surrealistic and ever changing world they inhabit, and the goal of each level is to reunite them. ilomilo presents puzzles where the player will have to use a great deal of three dimensional thinking to succeed. The world of ilomilo is made of cubes, and ilo and milo can walk any side of the cubes, as well as move cubes around. The player ...

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We all know that Microsoft is having a game studio in Vancouver, Canada. Now Microsoft has revealed more info about its new game studio. It has been named as Black Tusk Studios and working on next generation AAA titles. Here is the info from their shiny new website, Black Tusk has assembled a team of seasoned game industry veterans who are united in their passion to create emotionally engaging AAA gaming experiences. We hire the best talent from Vancouver and around the world, and our global recruiting effort is reflected in the diversity of cultures and backgrounds on our team. It leverages human and technical resources from various other Microsoft Studios in addition to hiring local and global talent. Being a first-party studio at Microsoft means having both the mandate and the opportunity to think and act big. All of Microsoft’s studios share the same commitment to innovation and quality, along with support ...

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