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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If you are hoping for a new Windows Phone or a Surface tablet this Christmas, you probably want to keep an eye on Santa’s progress on the most important day. The official NORAD app will help you countdown to December 24th and enable you to watch Santa traverse the globe in real time on Christmas Eve as he distributes gifts to all the world’s children! The app also features: Learn more about NORAD and how and why we track Santa Watch videos from all of our Commands Links to Windows Store games Find the app in the Windows 8 store here. Thanks Christopher for the tip. ...

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VideoLan is looking to raise £40,000 to port their popular VLC Media Player to Windows 8 Metro. The money is to help deliver a polished product that will work both on Windows 8 and the ARM-based Windows RT. As expected the team are aiming for wide codec support, DVD playback where applicable and the ability to play network streams. Ultimately all the code will be made open-source if possible. The kickstarter has already raised £12,588, and has 21 days to run. Contributors will have their name listed somewhere in the app. Read more at the KickStarter page here. Thanks Kristian for the tip. ...

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British Airways have always been one of the first to support new Microsoft platforms, so it is no surprise to see them deliver a Windows 8 app also. The British Airways Inspiration App is meant to inspire travel to great destinations, be it skiing in March or a beach destination in November.  The app will even deliver the cheapest fares from London, based on your preferences and tell you what to do when you get there. Find the app in the Windows 8 Store here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Dropbox has announced at LeWeb 2012 in Paris that the company has released a Modern UI Dropbox app for certification in the Windows 8 Store. The app will become available as soon as it passes certification, and will support access to files, photos and media files stored in the cloud from the desktop but also on Windows RT devices like the Surface. At the event, Aditya Agarwal, Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox, reconfirmed the company’s desire to develop apps for the major desktop and mobile operating systems and allow users to store and access their files from most modern devices. Dropbox has more than 100 million registered users, making it one of the major services to adopt the new OS environment. Via TNW and Windows8beta ...

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While we recently had an indication that Facebook is not in fact in the process of building a Facebook app for Windows RT, the above Surface ad certainly suggests such an app is in the offing. While the large Facebook live tile in the top left is suggestive, we must recall that on at least one occasion Microsoft used the logo of an app without any app being in development, that being when they used the Angry Birds logo without Rovio’s permission in a WP7 promotion. We do think in the end Facebook will have make an app for the Windows Metro environment, and they might as well come around sooner rather than later, but the tile in the ad is likely not evidence enough. Via Neowin.net ...

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European legal TV streaming service Zattoo Live TV has come to the Windows 8 store. The app brings TV from national and international TV channels LIVE onto your Windows 8 PC or tablet.  The only requirement is an Internet connection. The app carries channels from In Switzerland, available channels (excerpt): SF2, ZDF, the first MTV Switzerland, joiz, TF1, DMAX, M6, TSR1, Sport1, BBC, ITV, SF1, ORF, France 2, … In Germany available channels (selection): ARD, ZDF, Sport 1, DMAX, iMusic, 3sat, arte, BR, The Fourth, ZDFneo, … In Denmark, available channels (excerpt): DR1, DR2, TV2, TV4, NRK1, NRK2, Deluxe Music, SVT1, SVT2, … In Spain, available channels (excerpt): La 1, La 2, Teledeporte, Canal 24 Horas, Telemadrid, clan, laSexta, Digital TV, Veo, Intereconomía, … In France available channels (excerpt): ARTE, France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, Direct 8, TV5 Monde, TV8 Mont Blanc, Virgin 17, 24 Horas The ...

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TuneUp’s Incredilock app adds about 400 themed wallpapers to your PC for free, but also has a pretty neat trick up its sleeve. The app supports widgets, which are displayed on your lock screen.  The first is the Sticky Notes one illustrated above, but they promise picture frames, weather information and many more will follow soon. Best of all the app is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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What is Sim Trader? It’s an app that allows you to trade stocks with virtual money, and compete against thousands of users globally! This application will teach you how to trade and the risks associated with the Stock Market, and is packed with loads of fun things to do, such as unlockable achievements. Over 15000 Public Companies with Real Quotes Online Leaderboards Virtual Trading Stock News Global Chat Achievements Shake to Refresh by enabling via AppBar Live Tile Compete against thousands of users The best part of Sim Trader is that every feature is free and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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With Apple is set to move away from skeuomorphism, it is interesting to see a Windows 8 app embracing the old Apple model enthusiastically. Diigo has released Quick Note to the Windows 8 market, which allows one to quickly take notes and if necessary pin them to the start screen individually. The app also supports snapped view mode and web clipping from IE.  The  review above was posted by Technologyiinfo.com The free app does not do much more, and does not offer any cloud synching capabilities. The app does however have a Mac Store version, which will be offering synching to the Diigo bookmarking and note storage service at a later point, so this is likely to arrive eventually on the Windows app also. If however your needs are limited, and you prefer speed over options, and are not turned off by some wood panelling, the app appears to be ...

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Dream Team Mobile uploaded this look at their Google Maps client for Windows 8. Windows Phone users will be familiar with this app on their OS, and on Microsoft’s new platform much of the functionality has been preserved. The app features: get directions (car, bicycle, public transit or walk) You can get directions from/to your location or between two coordinates/addresses. Different travel modes like ‘Driving’, ‘Cycling’, ‘Walking’ or ‘Public transit’ are supported. When route is built, you can browse route steps or select alternate route search for venues using powerful local search   Search for landmark, venues or stores using powerful local search. You can easily use your voice to search (use microphone button next to the search textbox). You can easily find out your current position using ‘locate-me’ button in the bottom left corner. To use compass integration please tap ‘compass’ button in the top left corner. voice search ...

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Microsoft recently promised a range of updates for the built-in and bundled apps in Windows 8. The SkyDrive app has been one of the first to be updated, and is now available in the Windows 8 store. The update to version 16.4.4388.928 brings: Search within SkyDrive from the Windows 8 Sidebar Rename and move folders and files using a new Manage control available in the taskbar within the app New first-run experience video Custom sort order Recycle bin Support for sharing to the SkyDrive via the Share Charm The update can be found in the Windows 8 Store. See the full list of coming updates here. Via LiveSide.net ...

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The biggest concern desktop and laptop users have about Windows 8 is losing the simple and efficient usability of the old start menu, which has frankly just improved over time. Vhanla has created a simple tool which allows a user to easily switch between Windows 8 old Start Menu and Windows Metro Style start screen. The tool hides in the notification area, simply modifies a key in the registry and then restarts Explorer. The app features: Runs at start-up, so you can change anytime you want Hides on system tray (notification area) Special button to only enable/disable old windows start menu (keeps ribbon explorer), requires admin privileges Read more about the app and find the download at DeviantArt here. ...

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