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Via @WinObs and @Surfacegeeks the news reached us a few minutes ago, that the much anticipated Project Siena is rearing its head in the Store. You ask what is this all about? It is Microsoft’s take on popular App designer sites like Ideanotion’s “IdeaPress”. Where you can just put some few modules together and voila you have a Windows 8 App! No code, no night after nights of learning a GUI layout principles. Just like Lego, you take all individual parts, stitch them together, add some data component at the background and you have a fully functioning Windows 8 app. Continue reading
Royal Revolt! deals with a medieval family feud that lets you play as a warrior, where you need to defend your castle, and prevent your enemies from invading your entire colony. While some aspects of the game are no different with the likes of Trenches and Swords, Royal Revolt! takes it a step higher, giving users 3D perspective experience like no other. Let’s unravel more secrets about this medieval-based game for Windows 8. Continue reading
Microsoft has silently added a handy new user interface to the Windows Store in Windows 8.1. The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 updates differently than does the other parts of Windows. This is because most of the Windows Store’s user interface is delivered from Microsoft servers. In laymen’s term, the UI for the Windows Store comes from the internet; it is not loaded from your computer’s hard drive. This makes it possible for Microsoft to update the Store without having to go through Windows Update. Basically, you don’t have to update Windows to get the new updates and features to the Windows Store! Continue reading
Hello World! I am very excited to announce to you that we have a new writer for McAkins Online. Her name is Jennifer Birch. As you may already know, until now, only I and Denny McAkins have been writing on this blog, covering mostly Microsoft Technologies; but now, we’re a three person team. Continue reading
Viber for Windows 8 is here ladies and gentlemen. They took their time coming, but they are finally here. Viber is the de-facto Skype competition at this moment, and it is a good thing Microsoft allows them into the Store. Sometimes I wonder how much of Skype tech is in this App. But they differ from Skype in one big aspect, they connect Users via Phone numbers, so they present a coherent telephony profile if you ask me. When you think about Viber you don’t think Social App, but a phone calling app. How about that. Continue reading
The Windows Store is filling up with more and more high quality games that are a blast to play. One of the latest in the series is called “Despicable Me: Minion Rush”. This is the latest in a series of fantastic games released by Gameloft. The game is based on the animated film Despicable Me, where you play as one of the cute, yellow, minions.
Your mission is to run and collect as many bananas as you can. You will have to dodge all sorts of stuff and fight off villains. There is a giant golden cup for the best minion. Can you be the one? The game works great with the Xbox 360 controller. You can use the keyboard as well as touch inputs to play the game.
The entire gameplay is very well animated. Attention to detail has been noted in every single corner of the game, from scenery, to obstacles, to the characters. There is a different animation for bumping in to different types of obstacles. The voice acting is great and you truly become immersed into the game. Here is an example: in the game you will meet your fellow minions who will take your hand and swing you forward. The camera changes angle and the entire scene is immersive like a movie. There is humor throughout the game, from the opening scene to bumping into your minion friends and having them hint your computer screen.
I really enjoy this game, and I think you will too! Best of all, it is free at the time of this writing! So go and grab it, and start your adventure engines!
DescriptionGru’s loyal yellow gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Play as a Minion and compete with others in hilarious, fast-paced challenges in order to impress your boss, (former?) super-villain Gru! Jump, fly, dodge obstacles, collect bananas, be mischievous, and defeat villains to earn the title of Minion of the Year!
ALL THE HEART AND HUMOR OF DESPICABLE ME • Enjoy unpredictably hilarious Minion moments • Perform despicable acts through hundreds of missions • Run through iconic locations, which are full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles: Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair! • Customize your Minion with unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups • Battle Vector and an all-new villain exclusively created for the game
AN INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL GAME • Encounter secret areas, unique boss fights and amazing power-ups • Experience custom animation, voiceovers, and state-of-the-art 3D graphics • Enjoy multiple dynamic camera angles • Engage in various bonus gameplay modes: → Destroy things as Mega Minion → Collect bananas while riding the Fluffy Unicorn → Hang on to Gru’s Rocket for the ride of your life • Have fun with your friends! See their best scores during your run, and send them funny Minion taunts and challenges to show them who’s going to win Minion of the Year!
Visit our official site at http://www.gameloft.com Follow us on Twitter at http://glft.co/GameloftonTwitter or like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Gameloft to get more info about all our upcoming titles. Check out our videos and game trailers on http://www.youtube.com/Gameloft Discover our blog at http://glft.co/Gameloft_Official_Blog for the inside scoop on everything Gameloft.
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- Rediscover the heart and humor of Despicable Me in the official game of the franchise.
- Perform despicable acts through hundreds of missions!
- Run through iconic locations, which are full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles: Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair!
- Enjoy hilarious Minion moments with 3D graphics and fun animations!
- Customize your Minion with unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups
- Battle Vector and an all-new villain created exclusively for the game
Source: Despicable Me: Minion Rush
You’ve taken your kids to watch Frozen, now they can play the game in the Windows Store! Continue reading
You asked for it, now it is here. The SlingPlayer App is now in the Windows Store! And one by one all the big names are now represented in the Store. Hopefully Microsoft detractors and “No App” singers are taking notice. Continue reading
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This is an attempt to Name and Shame some of these companies that rode on Microsoft’s shoulders to greatness, but turn around to hate Microsoft’s guts. What prompted this is the news last week that Valve has joined the Linux Foundation, thus moving further away from its Windows root. I tweeted something in the trend of “Good riddance Valve”. Continue reading
Bing Maps Preview is now in the store! Your long wait is over. Microsoft dropped this on us today. I got wind of the app from @LocalJoost just this morning, and lo and behold, there it is in the Store. Continue reading
Microsoft has temporarily pulled this app in the Store given the complaints a lot of people are having with its usage at the moment. Please try later on if you can't find it in the Store.]
Via @WinObs and Mary Jo Foley it came to our knowledge today that Microsoft has just released a companion app for their technology. The intention of the App is to be a single-point-of-News for everything Microsoft. Therefore the app is not only available on Windows, it is as well available for Windows Phone, Android and Apple platforms. There is news that the App is proving unstable for now on Windows 8, lets hope they fix it quickly. Continue reading
Here is a great app just dropped in the Store for the young and young-at-hearts. Ever wonder how those handy people fold those Origamis? Look no further. Download this free App and learn by clicking on the picture Continue reading