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Pro Tip: Use Custom Colors for Windows Phone Start Screen Tiles

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With Windows Phone 8.1, you can now choose any background images for your Start screen tiles. A nice side effect of this is that you can now also put custom colors for your live tiles too! No, Windows Phone 8.1 did not add new accent colors for you to customize device with. Instead, you can use a solid color of your choice as the background picture for your tiles! Continue reading

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Did you know: Windows Phone 8.1 Built-in Apps Update through the app Store

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With Windows Phone (WP) 8.1, many of the built-in apps are now updatable from within the Windows Phone Store. Unlike on previous WP versions, the built-in apps do not need to wait for the next OS update to be updated. These apps now can and do update regularly just like other apps you install from the Store. I have already seen many of them being updated recently, and WPCentral documented today that the Games app has been updated. To compliment this, these apps now have their dedicated Windows Phone Store landing page just like any other apps you find in the store. Continue reading

Build 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 is Getting the Share Charm from Windows 8

Build 2014
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Microsoft announced a lot of new features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 in their Build 2014 Conference. Many of the features are highlighted in the mainstream Microsoft websites, including Neowin and WPCentral. So, I won’t reiterate what’s being said there because they are doing a fantastic job in covering the big stuff. What I want to focus on are the little things that are coming to Windows Phone 8.1. Things that are not well known around the web. So let’s start with the Share charm. Yes, Windows Phone 8.1 now brings the same Share charm found on Windows 8. Continue reading

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Designing the Windows Folder for the Mobile Era

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Here is a little suggestion for Microsoft Windows Design team to improve Windows for the modern/mobile age. I have been fighting this past week to get my VHD boot device upgraded to Windows 8.1 as I have grown tired of waiting for Microsoft to fix this problem. If you’ve not heard, Microsoft choose to leave out the upgrade of an official Install Scenario of Windows called VHD Native Boot. This is an officially supported Install option for Windows since Windows 7, but without warning to the community, they are not going to upgrade you from Windows 8RTM to any later version if you’re running in Native Boot. Continue reading

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The Future of Software — Freemium and Subscriptions

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The business model for software has seen tremendous change in the last decade. Gone are the days of buying software in large boxes from retail store for a hefty price. Gone are the days when you needed to pay nearly as much to receive updates to the software you purchased. For instance, in the past, if you payed $50 for a version 1 of a software, you were expected to pay another $50 for version 2. In many instances, “upgrade” prices would slightly reduce the cost of the new version, but not by much. Today, with a few exception, that is not how it works. Only a few big name software has been able to hold on to the tradition, namely Microsoft Office and, until recently, Adobe Creative Suite. But even these software makers are moving away from the old model. We are truly moving to a new era in software business. Continue reading

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Windows Store Passed 150000 Apps Mark

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I know App count has lost its meaning, still we at McAkins Online feel we should inform you folks that indeed Windows Store has passed the 150000 Apps mark. Really I don’t know whether to cry or to rejoice as I don’t see the real meaning of bloggers beating the app count to death resulting in the OS Publishers allowing junk apps in the Store just to belong to the number success group. If I may have my take I’ll say let Windows Store have just 5000 App that are highly polished and worth users’ time than having to prune the Windows Store just to find App needle in a haystack. Continue reading

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Introducing NextGraph–A Simple yet powerful MindMap App

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Sometimes we come across a gem in the Store and we appreciate the effort the Dev has put in the App, then we are absolutely blown away when as icing on the cake the Dev makes it free. Such is the case with this NextGraph app in the Store. It is a simple yet effective way to dump your mind of ideas and create simple UML relationships. I was looking for a simple tool in the Store to help understand the relationships in an app I’m currently involved with in a project and I came across this app in the Store. Continue reading

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Facebook App for Windows 8 just received a massive Update

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Facebook has just released a massive update to their Windows 8 App in the Store! They’ve brought the the App up to Win8.1 level and added much requested features. I am not an iPad nor Android user, but if I’m not mistaken, the Windows 8 Facebook App has now stepped up in par with its iOS and Android siblings. Please let me know if I am right or not. Continue reading

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Nokia App Social is now live in Windows 8 Store

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Here it is, the much-anticipated App from Nokia is finally in the Windows Store. Those of you that use Windows Phone of course will know this app. It is Nokia way to make Apps Discovery much less of a pain. Who’s best to recommend you Apps? Right, your friends. Suppose there is a way to know which apps your friends friends are running right? Yes, now you have it. The more people that use it, the more usable the app gets. So go download it right now.

Here is the description from the Store:

Description

App Social: Discover, browse and share amazing apps both for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Features

  • Browse & Download apps recommended by App Social most popular users
  • Sign up create your own profile and your own list of apps to share with your friends and the whole community
  • Get followers and climb up the leaderboard
  • Search for apps, applists and even users to save time
  • All both for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps to enjoy an amazing companionship experience
  • Get App Social on Windows Phone 8 from www.appsocial.nokia.com

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You can download the app now in the Store from the following Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

100 GB OneDrive with Bing

Get One Year of 100GB of OneDrive Storage for FREE Now with Bing!

100 GB OneDrive with Bing

Great new foks. You can get one year of 100GB of OneDrive Storage for free right now with Bing Rewards. Just head over to this link to Join Bing Rewards to get started. With bing rewards, you will earn points for completing simple quests and doing web searches. With only 100 points, you will have enough points to get 100GB of OneDrive (formarly SkyDrive) storage for free for one year. Trust me, 100 points only would take you only a few days to earn at most. Continue reading

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Here’s What Windows 9 May Look Like (According to Rumors)

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This concept was created from information available about the latest rumors of what Microsoft plans to do for Windows 9. Namely, Microsoft plans to allow users to run Windows Store (WinRT) applications in Windowed mode for desktop and laptop PCs. I honestly hope these rumors are true! Continue reading

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Flappy Bird Flaps into Windows 8 Store

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we got’m! Flappy Bird is now in the Store!

Don’t ask me if it’s the Official Flappy Bird from the frustrated rich poor developer, we can’t see the forest anymore from the Flappy trees. But this is a quality version anyway, guaranteed to make you break your precious Surface2 or Lumia2050s in half from frustration. Not to worry though, you’ll have an advantage of high score cause for now you can play in Landscape mode! Continue reading

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