Mint.com is a free personal financial management service for the US and Canada. Mint’s primary service allows users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances through a single user interface as well make budgets and goals. In 2009, it was acquired by Intuit, the makers of Quicken andTurboTax. Today Mint has released both Windows 8.1 and WP8 apps.  This is another ‘big name’ app to come to the windows ecosystem. Download: Mint ...

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As the weather begins to get much colder throughout most of the United States, Microsoft has released three new Windows 8 Winter themes.  These themes are free to download from the official Windows site. The first is called the Snowy Night Theme.  These beautiful images capture the many ways that snow can transform a landscape, from the hushed grandeur of the forest to the beckoning warmth of a cozy cottage and the magic of snow-covered city streets. Welcome winter with this free theme for Windows.  This theme includes 12 photos including: Cozy mountain lodge, Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada City lights of Tromsø, Norway Timber barbeque house against bare trees in the winter landscape at night, Sweden City lights in winter, Plovdiv, Bulgaria Snowy lit trees, winter, Canada Country cottage with snow-covered trees, Sweden Close-up of lit lantern at gatepost, Sweden Light trails from traffic moving down ...

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Microsoft today released couple of ads to promote Surface devices by comparing them with the competing Apple iPad. The first ad shows the usage of tablets in the cooking scenario. If you want to use a tablet while cooking, Surface is a perfect device for you. Why? Surface comes with built-in Kickstand while you need to purchase separate case for iPad to make it stand straight. Also, the cooking app in the Surface works with gestures allowing you to turn your recipe pages with a wave of your hand. In iPad, you should shout at your tablet with voice commands which often fails. The second ad shows the scenario where a single tablet is shared among the family. In the case of Surface, you can create multiple user accounts with separate login and personalized environment. In Apple iPad, you always have one account and one home screen for all. What ...

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During an investor meeting in Santa Clara, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be released in the first quarter next year. Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display already have the A7 64-bit processor which improves application and graphics performance in devices. Intel revealed this information to let everyone know that they are not far behind Apple in terms of CPU processor power and efficiency. Also Intel expects to sell 40 million  Intel based tablets next year. Are you ready for more powerful Windows tablets? Source: PCWorld ...

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The long awaited Flipboard app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Flipboard is like a modern day RSS reader with a great UX. You can discover and read content in a enjoying way. Description: Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine. Use the Discover button to customize your Flipboard with iconic sources like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company and many more. You can also connect your social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share what you are reading and enjoy updates from friends all in one place. When you find things you like on Flipboard, use the ...

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Microsoft today announced Facebook Login APIs for Windows Store apps. As many developers rely on Facebook Login to tap into the Facebook social graph to enhance their applications’ experience, Facebook Login API support becomes essential in creating apps. Microsoft with its partnership with Facebook announced Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Developers can get access to documentation and the APIs through Microsoft’s Windows App Builder blog and Windows Phone Developer blog as well as Facebook’s detailed documentation for Facebook Login for Windows and Facebook Login for Windows Phone. While Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production applications, and for Windows Phone 8, Facebook Login is in beta. Lots of apps like Foursqaure, iHearRadio, Adobe, etc, will start making using of this API. · Foursquare will use the Facebook Login API on Windows devices to “make it even easier for people to use Foursquare to ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofit community around the world. Yes, it is available for free. If you are an eligible nonprofit organization or part of public libraries, you can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit. Source: Microsoft ...

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Along with the new Surface ad, Microsoft has also posted this new Windows ad as part of the new ‘Honestly’ series of ads. It focuses on Windows 2-in-1 PCs. Windows 2-in-1 PCs give you the best of work and play. Either it’s watching movies on Xbox Video or getting work done with Microsoft Office, Windows 2-in-1 PCs will serve the purpose.   It’s new but, you know it Work the way you always have with the familiar desktop and the Start button, but now with the magic of touch. It works with what you have Your new tablet or PC will work with most printers, cameras and software. It’s easy to get around With touch or mouse and keyboard, you can quickly and easily get it all done. It’s flexible With the new 2-in-1s, you can get a tablet and laptop in one. Power of Office Get things done with ...

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The Start Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allows you to pin your favorite apps downloaded from Windows Store as Live Tiles. If you want to add particular program to Start Screen or create a shortcut for a Modern app downloaded from Windows Store on desktop, it is not possible. There is a simple program called OblyTile which allows you to do so. You can now pin your favorite modern app to your taskbar. OblyTile is a simple-to-use program that allows you to create new titles for the Windows 8 Start screen. It can be handled by users of any level of experience. After a brief installation procedure, you are greeted by a stylish window with a well-defined layout. You can get started by writing a tile name (optionally hide it from the screen) and by specifying the path to the corresponding program. It is possible to apply an ...

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According to the latest Net Applications data, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 now holds 1.72% of the desktop OS market share. Windows 8.1 preview was available since June and the final version was launched officially in mid-October. The official launch has boosted its market share from 0.87% in September to 1.72% in October. Windows XP’s market share is now down to 31.24 and Windows 7′s market share is now down to 46.42% in October. Overall, Windows dominated the table with 90.66% market share while Mac OS X held 7.73%. Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want. Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think? Source: Google Chrome ...

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The modern mail app that was shipped as part of Windows 8 was not up to the mark. It was experiencing performance issues until Microsoft delivered an update 6 months later. Even after all the updates, the mail app remained as one of the weak points. Microsoft was aware of it and they delivered an much improved Outlook Mail app for Windows 8.1 devices. All Windows 8.1 devices will have this mail app pre-installed and it is the best email experience on any tablet. In a world of mobile devices like tablets, there’s an increasingly narrow distinction between your “work computer” and your “personal computer.” More and more people are bringing their personal tablets to work, and their work laptops home. Windows 8.1 is designed for this world, equally suited for your work life and your personal life. The Mail app is no exception—it’s designed to be great for your ...

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  Dell today detailed their XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook which functions similar to Lenovo Yoga models. You can flip the display 180 degrees to use it like tablet. XPS 2-in-1 feature machined aluminium, carbon fibre, vibrant displays, and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for performance, durability and the ultimate experience. It will come standard with a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS display, an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input, Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, a USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and an SD card reader. Starting at 2.5lbs / 1.1kg¹ and just 11-15mm thin, the XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today, offering a tablet-first design with laptop functionality. It easily transitions from tablet to laptop with a 360 degree rotating hinge design, and an innovative solid surface backlit touch keyboard that provides a superb experience from lap to bag. The XPS 11 has a bright, crisp viewing experience. ...

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Dell today announced their lineup of PCs and tablets for the upcoming holiday season. Dell today announced the new XPS 15 touch ultrabook which comes with an optional 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display. Also Dell is refreshing its XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster Intel Haswell processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. Find details about it below, · The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbs / 2kg¹. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB², both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start ...

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Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1. You can now pre-order Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version for $199.99 from Amazon. There are no upgrade option available for Windows 8.1, so you need to pay the full price of the OS. There is a neat trick by which you can save up to $120 for Windows 8.1 Pro if you already own Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Thanks to Windowsobserver for the trick, here is what you do: Go to Amazon and order the Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $78.89. This version allows you to install the upgrade from Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once your Windows 8 Pro upgrade is installed then you will be able to download the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade at no cost beginning on 17 October 2013 since the upgrade is free for current Windows 8 users. Since ...

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