Review Category : Windows 8

Speaking to financial analysts at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang has expressed his concerns over Windows RT. He is not pleased with the Windows RT device sales so far and it is didn’t meet his expectations. “We expected to have sold more than we did,” he said Tuesday. “I think everybody expected to have sold more than we did.” “They have to find a way to get into that ecosystem because it’s so disruptive. I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT,” He also expected Microsoft to release Outlook for Windows RT devices. “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete,” he said. “I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please…” “They own the source code and I know there are smart people up there. What do you ...

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Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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The Gunstringer Xbox Game which features 15 story levels with boss battles along with 3 infinite worlds in Endless Runner mode just got updated with many new features and improvements. Update Features:  >New power-up!  The Lucky Horeshoe automatically grabs coins as you run past! > New power-ups!  The 5 and 10 second Boosts gives the Gunstringer super speed for a short time! > New obstacle! Watch out for pits! > Completely redesigned Store allowing for easy browsing. > Extra Lives can now be bought in packs of 5, 10 and 20. > General bug fixes and improvements to gameplay have been implemented. This game costs $1.49 and you can download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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Twitter has finally released their official client for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This app comes with a great design and the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8. It also has share charm integration as well. App Description: With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before. ** Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline. ** Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. ** Express yourself with photos, videos and comments. Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8: – The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions. But nowhere else can you scroll through Discover stories horizontally. Smoothly move through a collage ...

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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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So far we have seen many references to Windows Blue, the next version of Windows which Microsoft is working on. Today, new job postings from Microsoft reveals some references to Windows 9, it seems Microsoft is already working on Windows 9 along with Windows Blue. Here is the description from Bing team job listing, Do you want to join the frontlines in one of the biggest battles we are fighting in the company? Do you want to work on the latest technology? Bing brings search experiences to tens of millions of users with over a billion page views a week. As a member of the Bing Client team, you will be joining a team that is constantly innovating in the latest technology areas by combining the best of client and services to build great customer experiences. We utilize cutting edge technologies across the stack from Bing metro application development using ...

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IDC yesterday released its latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker estimates. IDC expects tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017. IDC also predicted that Windows will only have arounf 10% of the total tablet market by 2017 with Windows RT growth to remain below 3% during the forecast period. “Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets. “Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.” What do you think of their forecast? Source: IDC ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a set of new themes and wallpapers for Windows devices in their Personalization Gallery. Here is the list of the new themes releases. One harbinger of spring is the sight of bees visiting the crocuses, apple blossoms, and daffodils that begin to bloom around this time of year. Our first theme, a collection of stunning macro images by photographer Mayur Kotlikar, opens a window into the busy and beautifully colorful world of these essential pollinators. Brilliant flowers and busy insects are also the subject of the new theme Garden Glimpses, which showcases the work of young photographer Rangan Das. I’m impressed by the painterly richness of his images. Our next theme features another participant in the Open Call, photographer Ondřej Vlček, whose camera is also focused on the small details of the natural world that might otherwise pass unnoticed: berries gleaming like jewels in the afternoon sun, ...

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Yahoo! has released a significant update for its mail app on Windows RT/8 devices. This v1.2 update brings in folder management, integration with Yahoo! Address book, etc,. The 1.2 release includes: - Folder management support: ability to add, edit, rename and delete folders – Integration with Yahoo! Address Book: ability to select, search and browse contacts – New languages support: Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, German, Greek, Traditional Chinese, British English, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesian and Swedish – Ability to invoke search from within the app – Overall performance enhancements and bug fixes Download it from Windows Store here.   ...

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Stardock has released a new Windows 8 program called ModernMix which allows you to run Windows 8 Modern/MetroStyle apps in a windows similar to the way other classic programs operates. You can run multiple modern apps, minimize & maximize it, pin them to task bar, etc,. Run modern apps in windows: ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Apply custom settings: Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them. Pin modern apps to the taskbar: Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Bring back the familiar Windows look: Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps. Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button Download it from Stardock here. It comes with 30 day free trial ...

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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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Next Issue magazine reader app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. You can get access to up to 80 magazines in categories such as news, science, technology, entertainment, fashion, home and garden, food and special interests. Features: •All the magazines you love. Next Issue includes more than 80 of the most popular magazine titles in the U.S. •One, convenient app. Browse, manage and read all of your favorite magazines from one easy-to-use app. It’s an entire newsstand at your fingertips. •Unlimited access. Read as many magazines as you want with our Unlimited Plans. Immerse yourself and discover the breadth of great stories, writing and photography within our catalog. •Enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets. Many magazines include enhancements such as videos, bonus photography and interactive features. •Smart download features. Tap any magazine and it will start downloading immediately. When enough of the magazine has been downloaded, ...

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European Commission today announced a fine of €561 Million on Microsoft for failing to comply with user browser choice related commitments. Due to technical error, browser choice screen didn’t appear on PCs sold in EU from the period of May 2011 until July 2012 causing the non-compliance with commitment to EC. Microsoft apologized for the technical error and issued the following statement. We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it. We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future. Full press release after the break. ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft has started offering price breaks on its Windows 8 OS and Office productivity for OEMs in an order to help spur the development of Windows based small, touch-enabled laptop computers. These new products are expected to be available later this year during fall. Microsoft is expecting that these discounts for software licensing could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of Windows based touch laptops. Here are the details about the discount, In late February, Microsoft offered PC makers the deal of Windows 8 plus Office for $30 for touch-screen devices under 10.8 inches, according to one person familiar with the situation. This compares with around $120 previously. Touch-screen devices above 10.8 inches can still get the discounted Windows 8 price, but Office isn’t included, this person said. Source: WSJ ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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