Review Category : Apps

The Videolan team have posted an update on their KickStarter page after their fundraiser hit 90% of their £40,000 target with 7 days still to go. Standing at £36,615 at the time of writing, the team explained their plan to port VLC from Windows 8 Desktop to Windows 8 Metro, needed because the Windows ecosystem was moving in that direction, required portions of their code to be rewritten to meet Windows Metro ideals of responsiveness and the ability to wake and sleep as needed. Because VLC is an open source project the code will be re-usable by other projects making the same jump. VLC developer Geoffroy Couprie writes: Why am I excited to work on this port? This KickStarter will give us the opportunity to work full time on WinRT for a few months, and solve all these challenges for us, but also for other open source projects. We already ...

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Amazon today updated its Kindle Reader app for Windows 8/RT devices. This new update brings in the ability to purchase books/magazines within the app. This release includes an in-app store for touch optimized devices along with improvements to the reading and library experiences. (In-app store is available in English for customers with an Amazon.com account) Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. It is one of the best reading apps available in Windows Store at the moment. Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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Audible has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Audible came to Windows Phone users after a long wait, but it seems Windows 8 users may not have to wait for the same period of time. Description: Try Audible with a free copy of Life of Pi. Immerse yourself in this great story with this very limited offer. Audible is home to more than 100,000+ titles, from best sellers to classics, interviews, comedies, and everything in-between. Hear why more readers choose to listen with Audible. Please Note: Only new Audible.com customers who register using the Windows 8 app are eligible for this free Life of Pi offer. Existing or previous customers, including customers that have previously taken advantage of a free trial membership, will not be eligible to receive a free copy of Life of Pi. Features:  Download books to your device via wifi Chapter navigation, ...

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Microsoft is pushing out an update for the Mail, Calendar and Messaging apps in Windows 8. The changelog notes the following improvements: Group email messages by conversation to keep your inbox organised. Respond to meeting invitations directly from your inbox. Get things done more quickly with faster performance in all apps. Experience better reliability and usability based on feedback from customers like you. My experience with the mail app so far has not been great, with limited features and the app completely unable to send email from my main mail account, no matter how I tweak the settings. The good news is that the email does now actually work.  The bad news is that all the mail that was stuck in my outbox has now suddenly been sent The mail app does overall also feel much faster. Have our readers noticed any other significant improvements? Let us know below. Thanks ...

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The popular Windows Phone SkyMap application, downloaded by more than half of million users,  has now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms.! SkyMap is an amazing planetarium for your device. It enables you to point your device at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets or deep space objects are out there in real time. SkyMap shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars.It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.*Free trial availableSkyMap has a full set of features in order to help both casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to explore and locate the objects in the sky. can use the current time and location but you can also customize them interactive zoom ...

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Snes8x is a Super Nintendo emulator for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The app is based on Snes9x, a free and portable SNES emulator. Using this app, you can play Super Nintendo games. This app provides support for virtual touch controls and keyboard input as you can see in the image above. If you are a fan of old Nintendo games, give it a try. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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The Videolan team saw a massive responsive from their last update, raising nearly £4000 yesterday, but they are still £10,000 from their £40,000 target to create a VLC client for Windows Metro, which will eventually transfer to Windows Phone also. The team have therefore released two more high resolution renders resolution which can be seen here and here. To support the effort, which only has 9 days left, see the KickStarter page here. ...

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Google today updated its search app for Windows 8/Windows RT devices. The updated app brings in new features and performance improvements. * Added support for printing * Voice search improvements * Added ability to launch all results in default browser * Speed improvements * Bug fixes It already supports number of features listed below, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search – Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from ...

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The VLC team have not been very forthcoming with updates, but they have now finally posted some new information, in the form of mock-ups of their Windows 8 Metro client. They noted that they are 70% to their target with 10 days to go, which is on track, but they of course still need your donations to actually make it. They also confirmed that after some work they now know their 3 month development time scale is realistic, meaning they should be able to deliver the app in April 2013. They are of course also still planning a Windows Phone 8 version of the app. Read the update and donate at KickStarter here. ...

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  Bitcasa has released their infinite storage app for Windows 8/Windows RT devices. With Bitcasa, users can play whole music albums, watch videos in various formats, view and share photo albums, and read documents from anywhere. Instant streaming from the Bitcasa Infinite Drive allows users to stream their personal jukebox of music, videos, and photos to mobile and desktop devices without having to sync or store files locally on each of your devices. Description: Bitcasa upgrades your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone to unlimited storage space. The Bitcasa App for Windows 8 is the best way to store and instantly access ALL of your photos, music, movies, and documents on your computer and tablet.  Simply add whatever you like to Bitcasa, and it is instantly available on all your devices. Bitcasa instantly streams everything you own to your computer or tablet. Sharing photo albums or movies with anyone ...

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Expedia travel app is now available for download from Windows Store for free. Description: Book hotels from your Windows Store app and save up to 60% with Expedia Mobile Exclusive deals! The Expedia Best Price Guarantee ensures you get the perfect hotel at the best price. Choose from more than 140,000 hotels worldwide. Download Expedia for free today! Save big on hotel rooms• Save up to 60% with Expedia Mobile Exclusive hotel deals• See Expedia-verified reviews from millions of actual hotel customers• Zero in on your current location for fast, on-the-go booking• Switch easily between list and map view• Sort and filter by popularity, price and star rating – instantly• Filter by hotel name to find your favorite hotel• Get low-cost hotel rooms or 5-star luxury suites Book in a flash• Already signed in? Book in under a minute• Get Expedia Rewards points for your Windows app bookings• Immediate confirmation ...

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Windows blog today shared info about their latest Windows 8 customer, Toyota Racing Development. TRD has been developing racing software for teams to analyze information to improve performance and win races. Instead of old school Linux laptops,TRD worked with Microsoft to develop their apps based on Windows 8 which can be used on variety of form factors such as tablets, Ultrabooks, etc,. TRD’s Trackside App TRD’s Trackside app, running on Windows 8-powered tablets, helps deliver efficient trackside information exchanges at the track and improves the speed and accuracy of communications between the race car driver and racing team crew chief. Instead of fumbling around with a heavy laptop like most teams, drivers with teams such as RAB Racing with Brack Maggard are using TRD’s Trackside app to compare times and performance against the track layout with the tap of a finger, allowing them to immediately see where they have to ...

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Microsoft has updated a set of Bing powered apps that are coming pre-installed in Windows 8 machines. Bing apps that got updated today includes News, Weather, Sports, Finance and Travel. All these apps has got new features and several performance improvements. Here is the change log for all of them, Travel New destination content from Lonely Planet Points of interest reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor Saved flight and hotel searches for easy access Faster display of flight and hotel search results Easier filtering of flight results for departure and arrival times Enhancements to destination weather and currency information, with linking to Weather and Finance apps Sports New Soccer Leagues UK League 1 UK League 2 Bundesliga 2 FR Ligue 2 Dutch Eredivisie Argentina Primera División Portugal Primeira League Australian A league Content from additional partners Finance Improved navigation Content from additional partners Featured partner content Additional exchanges enabled Videos Improved ...

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Channel 4 has launched their 4OD video on demand app into the Windows 8 store. The app provides shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4, including Homeland, Fresh Meat, and The Inbetweeners to Windows 8 and Surface tablet owners. Channel 4 will also promote the app across the rest of its channels in conjunction with Microsoft. “It demonstrates how we can work with clients collaboratively to create something that is new to market, bespoke and one that utilises all our 4oD platforms as well as linking in to relevant content on Channel 4 to provide a fully integrated cross media brand experience,” noted Channel 4’s group digital manager Michael McSharry. The app and content is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. Via The Drum.com ...

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Adobe today released their Reader app optimized for touch devices in Windows Store. This app will allow you to view and interact with PDF files and more. Adobe still recommends their Adobe Reader 11 desktop app for keyboard and mouse users. Features: Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device Easily find your most recently read documents View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups Search text to find specific information Select single page or continuous scroll modes Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages Share PDFs with other applications using “Share” Email PDFs as attachments via: Neowin ...

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Today, Yahoo! announced an updated UX for their web mail client and a new app for Windows 8 devices that you can download from Windows Store. This app features the following, Features: Easy-to-use interface Send and receive messages from the people you care about Share photos, videos, and documents Stay on top of your new messages with notifications See new messages arrive right from the Windows 8 Start screen Quickly scan messages in your inbox with continuous scroll Multi-select messages to organize your inbox faster Mark messages as favorites so you can keep track of important messages Search across all email folders Auto-complete email addresses from your Yahoo! Contacts as you type Pinch to zoom in on a message to get a closer look Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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