Review Category : Windows 8

The popular World Clocks app whose basic free version has over 165,000 users on the Chrome Webstore, now has an exclusive premium version on the Windows 8 store. World Clocks is an interactive world timezone app that comes with a time database of over 400+ cities in the world, with a constantly curated daylight savings (DST) and timezone database. It is aimed at personal and professional users alike, with its presentation concentrating on ease to use, visualization, and readability, and is tailored to work fluently on various screen sizes. Times are displayed as beautiful, live clock faces, with an option to switch to digital mode. The app also works fully offline, and utilizes internet connectivity when available, to sync with timeservers for accurate timekeeping. The Windows 8 version supports the following features. Windows Search charm integration Special snapped view support Automatic, over the air updates for timezone databases Comprehensive DST ...

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RWalrond has posted a series of videos comparing the performance the developer Samsung Core i5 Windows 8 tablet vs the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet with an NVidia chipset. While the presenter does repeatedly say the performance of the Surface tablet is close to that of the Core i5 tablet, I think it is clear than the Intel chip is outperforming the ARM chip, so if you prefer performance over battery life a Windows 8 tablet is the clear choice over an ARM tablet. See two more videos below. Boot Up test. Gaming. ...

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IE10 is pretty fast, as was seen in the recent Sunspider results in Windows Phone 8. Now another independent analysis has found that the browser is not just fast in tests, but also in real life. New Relic found IE9 and IE10 had the “fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9” while monitoring web loading times on thousands of websites. The video above also shows IE10 outperforming Chrome in RoboHornet ‘s micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario. The day of IE being considered slow and insecure is now well and truly over. No wonder Google Chrome has been losing market share for 2 months in a row. IE10 ships with Windows 8, and is due to hit Windows 7 in November. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Windows Phone 8 has the ability to let a Guest account use your apps using the Kids Corner feature. It turns out Windows 8/Windows RT, including the Surface, has the same ability, allowing you to set up an account for your kids and install only selected apps onto their account. To install apps you purchased on other accounts on your tablet: 1. Log into your second account on your device. 2. Open up the Store. 3. Open up Settings. 4. Click on Your Account. 5. Click on Change user. 6. Log in with a Microsoft account that has already purchased apps from the store. 7. Swipe down from the top and select Your Apps. 8. Select an install any of the apps that you had already purchased with that account. Don’t worry, it doesn’t download the apps again, so it doesn’t take up any more space. Our tipster, Mr. Brown, ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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You can now enjoy Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos on your Windows 8 machine using their new app. App Description: Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in ...

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AT&T has announced the release details of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC, Samsung’s Windows 8 ATOM powered tablet. The device will cost $799 had an 11.6 inch HD screen with 64GB storage and will have accessories available in store, such as the ATIV smart PC Stand Dock for $49.00 and the VGA adapter for $40.00 See AT&T’s press release below. AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile)2, today announced availability of the Samsung ATIV smart PC, a new tablet designed for the new Windows® 8 operating system, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1, a 4G LTE Android tablet.  Both tablets will be available for AT&T customers this holiday season beginning Nov. 9.  The Samsung ATIV smart PC will be priced at $799.99 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $499.99.  AT&T is giving customers more reasons to purchase a Samsung device this holiday season as ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Everyone knows that Windows RT is more secure than Windows 8 because of its closed nature and the app model surrounding it. Even though one cannot install unverified apps on Windows RT machines, already installed apps should be protected from hackers, etc. Recently, a Windows Phone Developer posted the above picture showing how he can hack a Windows RT game code to increase the gold coin numbers in the game. This may not sound serious to you, but the same amount of gold coins costs about $100 on Android! The above file was in IsoStore of the game and it was even encrypted. Even though signing/verifying the data should be taken care by app itself, I think Windows RT should provide more tamper-proof application storage solution for developers as individual developers themselves can’t do all these. What do you think? Thanks to WP Dev for the heads up. ...

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There is an interesting article up on TechCrunch urging developers to “Get Your Ass To Metro” or to put it more gently, that the time is now for developers to join the Windows 8 Store, to take advantage of the small marketplace to gain a loyal following and some prominence before it becomes extremely crowded. The writer and developer Tadhg Kelly made of point of saying that this is likely the last major new app store to open, representing a massive but fleeting opportunity for developers who are bold enough to join the store before it is a proven success, rather than after with everyone else. As if to underline this thesis MetroTwit has just announced passing 100,000 downloads on Windows 8, little more than week after the official launch of the OS.  Windows 8 Metro still does not have an official twitter app, and it seems by the time ...

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YouSendIt is a digital file delivery company that lets users send, receive and track files on demand. It is based on freemium model, free users can send files up to 50MB and paid users can send files up to 2GB. YouSendIt has released their app for Windows Store which you can download it for free. Say goodbye to complicated FTP and fax machines, and hassles of sending large files. With YouSendIt, send and share files quickly and securely, and access your content on the go. Whether you are a one-person shop or a large enterprise, we have a plan for you starting with our free app. Send files easily and receive content without the hassle of inbox limits. Simply send it. It’s dead simple from your Windows 8 device as well as the web and the desktop. Big files, no problem – send your big ideas without email limits on ...

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With a billion users security has been a top priority for Microsoft for some time now, as evidenced by Kaspersky’s Top 10 list of products with security vulnerabilities, which do not contain a single Microsoft product. In fact topping the list is Adobe’s Flash, which is rather worrying for an Internet facing application. Similarly Oracle’s Java also presents a significant risk to PCs, as the wave of cross-platform exploits this summer has shown. Next on the list is Apple, with another Internet facing application, Quicktime, which also presents a risk to Windows PCs. With the Windows OS layer now very well protected, it seems Windows users can protect themselves rather well by uninstalling apps like Flash, Java and Quicktime, a strategy which Microsoft itself promotes in the Metro side of Windows 8. See Kaspersky’s report “IT Threat Evolution Q3 2012” here. Via Hothardware.com ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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Cloud Gaming Service Agawi has released their GameZen app in Windows Store. GameZen brings the most popular game titles on Action, Strategy, Midcore,  and other genres of games to all Windows 8 devices using its Streaming technology. Earlier this year, Microsoft partnered with Agawi to power its steaming service and bring the app support to Windows platform. Download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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