Review Category : Windows 8

After the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, some 6 weeks ago, there was some speculation as to where he would end up, with some even suggesting he may be swapped for Scott Forstall who was also unceremoniously let go from Apple. Now in typical Sinofsky fashion Steve made the announcement above on twitter, saying he is returning to Harvard Business School to teach and share his experience built up over decades of working at Microsoft. I suspect his first classes, in Product Development, will be the most well attended next semester, as everyone hopes to discover the decisions which resulted in Windows 8. ...

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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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Fitbit which has products that track your health and fitness has released their app for Windows Store. This app allows you to access your health and fitness info from your Fitbit account and more. Description: The Fitbit family of products motivate you to stay active, live better, and reach your goals. This app enables you to view graphs of your activity levels, sleep and weight and gives you a clear picture of your health and fitness trends. Important: This app is designed to be used with Fitbit devices. Syncing data from your Fitbit devices to your PC still requires Fitbit Connnect software which can be downloaded for free at http://www.fitbit.com/start. You need a Fitbit account to use this account, which can be created using the Fitbit connect software or from the Fitbit website. Features: •Daily and historical graphs of your step, calorie burn and floor climbing patterns. •Feedback on progress against ...

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We all know Windows 8 UI/UX is very simple to use and we have seen couple of videos where children were using it with ease. Microsoft Portugal took a step further and decided to demonstrate how simple Windows 8 is. At Windows Experience center in  a Fnac store in Lisbon, a small boy gives a demo of Windows 8 features to a adult customer who visited the store. Watch the video above, the moment speaks for itself. Source: Microsoft ...

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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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In a sign of optimism, according to Digitimes Nokia has resumed development of their rumoured 10 inch Windows RT tablet. Apparently the tablet was originally planned for a MWC 2013 unveil in February, but was put on the back burner due to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. The tablet, which is expected to return in smaller volumes that the originally planned 200,000, will come with a Qualcomm’s S4 processor and be ODM’ed by Compal. Read more at Digitimes here. Thanks Tom for the tip. ...

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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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Donations are rolling in for VLC for Windows 8 Metro, with the collection gaining more than £6,000 in the last 5 days. That may still leave the open source team, which are planning to create apps for Windows 8 x86, Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone 8 still short of their £40,000 ($64,000) target. Microsoft has already pledged support in the form of hardware, technical and design help, but for the finances the team are relying on the eventually users, that being us. Show your support and be listed as a contributor in the app, by making a small donation at Kickstarter UK here (they take $ as easy as £). ...

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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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The days of Wintel are long over, with Intel increasingly pursuing an Android strategy, whole Microsoft is increasing support for ARM. It seems in Sweden the two giant companies can still find common ground, and have worked together to highlight products using their technologies. Microsoft and Intel have opened up a show room showcasing devices such as ultra books, tablets, hybrids and all-in-one PCs from OEMs such as Asus, Acer, Samsung, HP and Lenovo using Intel chips. Of course devices using ARM chips like the Microsoft Surface are not featured at all. There are also Xbox 360s so users can try out Xbox Smartglass. The showroom is not a store, but all products are labelled with QRCodes from retailer Dustin Home  so if something does take your fancy you can easily put in an order. The showroom is located at Birger Jarlsgatan 15, Stockholm and is open from 10 AM ...

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Rise of Tech posted this brief review of the 27in Lenovo IdeaCentre  All-in-one. The Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen offers 10-point capacitive touch and has a MVA screen with glass front. The screen is  height-adjustable and is able to folds completely flat. The Windows 8 device is powered by a  Quad-core Core i7 CPU, has 8GB of RAM, SSD/HDD combinations; HDMI in/out, Wi-Fi N, NVidia graphics, Bluetooth, USB 3.0; Blu-ray and a 720p webcam. The device is available for £1,499 from Amazon here. ...

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We were pretty glad when John Lewis announced they will be carrying the Microsoft Surface in UK this weekend, and I am sure French readers will be equally glad to hear popular electronics retailer FNAC is also offering the device. Already available online, the 32 GB tablet is retailing for 589 EUR, with the device available for delivery before Christmas. Presumably the tablet will also be showing up in stores this weekend also. See the online deal here. Are are French readers looking forward to having a hands-on with the device? Let us know below. Thanks Lauren for tip. ...

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Google is dropping support for ActiveSync for all new accounts, switching to “open” protocols which are not supported on Windows and Windows Phone. Their announcement reads as follows: Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement. The synching service will continue to work for existing accounts, but will mean when users connect their new Windows Phone or Windows tablet their Google ...

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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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