Review Category : Apps

Microsoft today updated the Skype for modern Windows to v3.1 with two new features. With this new update, you now have  the ability to edit messages and a few more improvements. To edit a message, select the message you want to edit or remove, by tapping on it or right clicking with your mouse to highlight the text you want to remove. Also, they have have made improvements to make video message notifications more reliable and to make video messages more accessible. What’s new: - Having second thoughts? Edit or delete messages you just sent. - Get notifications and improved accessibility for video messages. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Over the weekend, Microsoft Bing team released the new SNIPP3T, a new iOS app powered by Bing that lets users stay up-to-date on their favorite celebrities. Today, Next At Microsoft profiled the launch of this app talking to the people behind this new app. Here is the summary of it, The idea of this app came from Donald Soon, Program Manager for Microsoft when he was came to know that Bing exceled in celebrity news searches over Google. To take advantage of this, they came up with this idea of building an app based on Bing data. Why a mobile app instead of new celebrity news section on Bing? According to Emma Williams, General Manager of Bing Studios, it’s because apps are how the vast majority of smartphone users prefer to get their information. “Users spend 86 percent of their time in apps on mobile devices, and only 14 percent in web browsers,” ...

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A new Microsoft Research project is going to make all the GoPro videos captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling. You can’t watch the video of someone climbing a mountain from a first person perspective, when you watch it in 10x speed, it will become too shaky. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. To overcome this problem, MSR’s algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. Then they optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. After that, they compute geometric proxies for ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week in Windows Store includes a free interactive picture book, an Xbox title from Gameloft Shark Dash and more. Find the apps and their store links below, As you can see from the illustration above, the “Fiete” interactive picture book doesn’t have any written instructions, but it does give children 12 tasks to help “Fiete” in his daily life: loading ships, mounting tires and buttering sandwiches, for instance. But the developers aimed to make this fun for kids, and were inspired by their own to include sounds and animations to encourage and motivate little ones. It’s now free in the Windows Store. “Shark Dash!” (99 cents), “Shoot 1UP” (99 cents), s Dictionary) is $19.99 in the Windows Store (previously $39.99), “Firefighters” and “Tiny Firefighters” (both 99 cents), “Toca Kitchen” is 99 Windows Store, Diagnose your car (99 cents) and the logic game “Golden Seeds” for $1.49. via: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has quietly released a new celebrity news app called SNIPP3T in Apple App Store. The surprising part is that Microsoft is releasing it for iPhone users before their own Windows Phone platform. Description: SNIPP3T (pronounced “Snippet”) is a Celebrity News app that snips everything you want to know about your favorite celebrities from all over the web and puts it in one place. •Subscribe to your favorite celebrity with one click, and the hottest stories about them will show up in your personalized stream of headlines. •Tap on a celebrity to view their detailed profiles and explore a timeline of news stories surrounding them. You can also tap into a news story to get all relevant story content (news articles, photos, videos, and social mentions) in one place. •Share your thoughts about the latest news with other fans of your favorite celebrities Download it here from App Store for ...

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Jeopardy! is a popular American television game show, it features quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. They have released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly routine? Ever caught yourself shouting responses at the TV and wishing that you were standing at the podium? Now is your chance with the Jeopardy! app. Test your knowledge with thousands of clues collected from the show’s very own writers. Hear Johnny Gilbert’s famous Jeopardy! introduction, step up to the podium and get ready for categories ranging from sports and popular culture to travel, world history and much more. Customize your own avatar in-game and use the interactive touch screen to write your name on the podium. Play in single player mode or challenge your family ...

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You can now stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games on your Windows 8/RT devices using this new app. You can watch entire NFL games from snap to whistle in approximately 30 minutes, view scores from around the league (Includes the option to turn scores on and off), full box scores of archived games and stats for your favorite NFL players and more. It requires a paid subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Description: Can’t get enough football? Watch every NFL Preseason game live† or on demand in HD with a subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Tune in to see football games from every team for the 2014 Preseason not available anywhere else. All from your Windows Surface. With NFL Preseason Live, you can follow your favorite team(s) and catch all the excitement with features such as: - Live and On-Demand Football Games: Stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games - Condensed Games: ...

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Following the release of OneNote apps for Kindle Fire and Fire phone by Office team, OneDrive today announced the availability of OneDrive apps for both these devices. With this new OneDrive app, users can store, view, and share their favorite photos and important documents right from their phone or tablet. OneDrive is now available everywhere from PCs to Macs, Android, iOS and Windows phones and tablets, and now on your Kindle Fire and Fire phone. OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is the one place for everything in your life. Easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. When you upload files from your Android device to OneDrive, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. With OneDrive for Android, you can easily get to, manage, and share files on the go: • Browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you • Share files by ...

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Microsoft developer and tools division today announced several new releases for developers around the world. The most notable ones are the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and  Azure SDK 2.4. Find the list of releases below, Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 a feature-filled update for all Visual Studio 2013 users. Azure SDK 2.4 an updated SDK of Azure tools for Visual Studio developers to take advantage of the cloud for infrastructure, platform, and dev/test services. Windows Phone 8.1 Update including new emulators to help developers test their apps on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 release. Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP 2.0 and update preview release of tools for Visual Studio for building iOS, Android and Windows apps with HTML and JavaScript using the Apache Cordova™ framework. The updated CTP2 of the Multi-Device Hybrid Apps tools includes includes support for developers on Windows 7 desktops, debugging support for Android <4.4 and across-the-board quality, reliability and performance ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad four months back and since then over 35 million users have downloaded it from App Store. Today, Microsoft has announced the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. It includes some of the popular features like Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF and more. PowerPoint: With this release, you can enable Presenter View when projecting to another screen, so that you can see your notes, what’s coming next, and more. With this update you can also make your presentations more rich and interactive than ever by more easily including video and sound to help get your point across. Not only do all of your embedded videos and sound recordings now play right from PowerPoint for iPad, but you can insert video directly from your Camera Roll as well. This allows you to quickly record, embed, and present interactive content more quickly than ...

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Microsoft today announced that Syfy Now for Xbox One is now available for Xbox Live members in the U.S. This TV Everywhere app is loaded with content from all your favorite Syfy shows, and by using your cable or satellite subscriber credentials, you can watch full episodes of most shows for free the day after they air. That means you can see episodes of current shows like “Defiance,” “Dominion,” “Face Off” and “The Wil Wheaton Project” whenever you want in full HD on your Xbox One. Also, starting today, you can watch both “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2: The Second One” in the app for a limited time. Syfy Now is more than just full episodes and movies, though. We’ve got hundreds of clips available – everything from last week’s “Defiance” panel at San Diego Comic-Con to an inside look at each week’s episode of “Dominion” featuring the show’s creators. Finding content ...

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Last month, Google released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows for the first time. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense ...

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Runtastic has released their PushUps PRO, SitUps PRO And Squats PRO app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. PushUps Pro: Your personal push-up trainer that helps you reach your exercise and strength training goals with an efficient, easy-to-follow plan. Think it can’t be that easy? Let Runtastic show you otherwise! With the Runtastic Push-Ups PRO App, you can achieve your fitness goals with the guidance of trained professionals. You will be motivated to workout harder, strengthen your muscles, and you will have fun in the process!  Unique recognition of your push ups: The recognition of your push ups is done automatically by touching the screen with your nose. Features: Three levels of sport science training plans with a goal of 100 push-ups Count of completed push ups by touching the screen with the nose Automatic countdown timer for your break between sets Voice Coach Personal records and exercise statistics ...

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VLC team member today updated about their progress in Windows Store app development. First of all, they have now redesigned the app to be a universal Windows app. They are planning to drop the support for Windows 8 users, they need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to continue receiving updates. They are designing the app that adapts itself depending on the device you’re using, while keeping the same user experience. Instead of fixing bugs in the existing codebase, they rebuilt it again from the scratch to have improved performance. Should I rebuild the app from scratch, again? Or should I try to fix bugs one by one and improve the current design? - The first possibility is the faster but also the most dangerous one. So I decided to take my time, and build a great universal app based on the work we have done so far. I cleaned the ...

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Following the launch of Now TV on PS4 last week, Sky has released their Now TV app for Xbox One users. The addition of Xbox One to the NOW TV device line-up gives customers yet another great way to get the popular contract-free streaming service. NOW TV offers a flexible way to watch the latest blockbuster movies, live action from all Sky Sports channels and must-see shows on 12 of the best pay TV channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and recently added Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. With the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass customers can see the hottest shows around for £4.99 a month. In August they can enjoy Silicon Valley (Sky Atlantic), Geordie Shore (MTV), Got To Dance (Sky 1) and Nikita (Sky Living).  Plus watch the first two seasons of the number 1 US network drama, Scandal (Sky Living), before brand new season 3 premieres ...

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Verizon announced that updated FiOS app for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles have added 14 channels to the lineup which includes AMC HD, AXS TV, beIN Sport, beIN Sport Espanol, Bloomberg TV, Cine Sony, Cooking Channel, Encore, Showtime, Showtime Extreme, Sony Movie Channel, Starz, Trinity Broadcast, and Universal Sport. Verizon also highlighted the fact that users will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold Subscription to stream live TV and content through the FiOS TV app. Customers can immediately start using voice and gesture commands to control the TV through Kinect. The consoles bring together TV channels and entertainment app channels into one seamless interface. Customers can create their own personal favorites through the electronic program guide. For easy navigation, users can search for TV, movies, games or music scans across all apps to find exactly what they’re looking for — without having to hunt through each app individually ...

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