InfoWARE Fincance App updates in the Store

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Here is another awesome Update from Solutaris LLC to their InfoWARE Finance app in the Store. The App is a must have tool if you are an Entrepreneur on the continent of Africa, you’re an investor and you’re interested in continent’s Nubian economy in general and the Nigerian economy in particular. The is a trove in the hands of the knowledgeable and it will assist you to make quick financial decisions in your transactions with the continent. I have a vested interest in the continent and I am glad to see these enterprising people taking the bull by horn to change the negative image we have in the West about the continent. Get this InfoWARE App, its free and you wont regret it. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
InfoWARE Finance – Nigeria provides access to business and financial news on Capital markets and specifically about Nigeria and its capital market. It includes stock prices, daily top gainers and losers, top movers (volume), bond prices, Nigeria Naira currency rates as well as other world currencies. It also includes various analytics such as weekly, monthly and yearly charts with drill in capabilities, moving averages etc.
This app does not ask for, collect, store or transmit any personal information.

Features
Nigeria, African and emerging markets information
Investment tool

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Please feel free to download the app now from the Store via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Turner Broadcasting debuts TBS for Windows App in the Store

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What do you know, Turner Broadcasting Inc. is in the Store already with TBS for Windows! I missed this obviously, but we are never too late. The App is the culmination of everything Turner has for you in terms of entertainment. All videos clips for their shows are your to take. Comedies, Cartoons you name it. All your favorite shows served on a platter of gold. Get behind the scene actions, pin and share to your heart desire. Here is the description of the App from the Store:

Description
Watch. Laugh. Share. Get exclusive clips from the funniest TBS comedies served up on all of your Windows 8 devices. Share the laughter with your friends or save your favorites to watch later.
Watch show clips, behind-the-scenes videos and exclusive trailers for Conan, Family Guy, Cougar Town and many more with just a touch. Thousands of hilarious clips are at your fingertips and free to watch without annoying logins or registration.
Pin and share your favorite videos and get up-to-date schedule information on all TBS programming. Just don’t expect to watch full episodes in this application, because it doesn’t have them. (Hey, somebody has to manage user expectations.)

Features
Hundreds of videos from your favorite TBS shows
Intuitive saving and sharing of clips
Exclusive Windows 8 “snap view” allows for seamless multitasking
No full episodes–but with thousands of clips, you may not miss them!
Beautifully scales on any Windows 8 device–laptop, desktop or tablet
Show clips, behind-the-scenes content and exclusive trailers
See more with hubs: view top sections without navigating away

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If you subscribe to these shows, you need to get this app now. Download via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

Gravity Guy – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

In a world where gravity laws were broken, a brave guy, was held captive for defying the rules. Not happy, he decided to escape, being the first one to run for his life flipping gravity at will.He became known as the Gravity Guy.

Being chased by Gravity troops, Gravity Guy can’t stop, he has to keep running and it’s your job to guide him through an impossible world of mazes, flipping gravity when needed.

This fast paced and frustratingly addictive adventure features 30 challenging levels, and 3 different worlds, and guarantees you many long hours of fun!

OTHER KEY FEATURES:
– Amazing graphics
– Leaderboards and Achievements
– Local multiplayer mode up to 4 players
– 3 game modes Story, Practice and Endless
– Interactive tutorial to learn how to play

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Features

  • Amazing graphics
  • Leaderboards and Achievements
  • Local multiplayer mode up to 4 players
  • 3 game modes Story, Practice and Endless
  • Interactive tutorial to learn how to play

Air Soccer Fever Updates in the Store with lots of Enhancements.

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Our friends from Dangling Concepts has also released an enormous update to their Air Soccer Fever App in the Store, bringing a lot of enhancements to the App, and adding Portrait and Snapped mode play. Now you can play your buddy in Brazil while you keep an eye on your Stocks Tickers Smile. Or start a tournament in the Office for those boring hours. Here’s the release notes from the Store:

Release notes
1. Fixed a bug where app wont start when offline
2. Added 3 multiplayer servers for better performance
3. Added local multiplayer feature over WLAN or WiFi
4. Added local Tournament mode
5. Now you can change your player name for multiplayer mode
6. In addition to swipe, now support a new input method (Press/Click) for players who would like to play with Keyboard & Mouse. Just press the player number on keyboard and click anywhere with mouse to shoot. Player number display can be switched on/off from settings

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Download this work of art now from the Store.

[Update: 2012-11-29] I have just been informed by @Danglingneuron, the author of the App, that he has released a Beta of the App unto the Android platform. Now you can play your friends also on Android devices. Awesome! So go tell your friends on Android and get to show them why we on the Windows platform own their base.

Source: Windows Store

Freda–That Awesome eBook Reader Updates in the Store

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Turnipsoft has done it again, they’ve made Freda even more user friendly by releasing a barrage of Updates to the App, bringing it to version 3.2. This version now has almost everything the users were complaining about in the Reviews: Bookmarks, Annotations, Delete books from bookshelf etc etc etc. Just see this Release Notes and screenshots:

Release notes
Update 3.2  fixes various bugs, and adds
– The ability to add bookmarks and annotations, and to delete books from the bookshelf
– Selecting multiple books to download simultaneously from SkyDrive or local folders
– Creation, deletion, editing and re-ordering of book sources
– Additional display options (such as choice between smooth and sharp text rendering and the option to turn off the patterned background)
– A live tile display showing details of current book (and you can pin additional books to your start screen)
– Various user experience improvements
Freda is still being actively developed; we’re working now on features like:
– Dictionary and Translation lookup
– Search for text in the book
– Search and filter your bookshelf
– Customising and managing book sources
If you have any problems with the app, or you have any suggestions for new features, please contact us at freda@turnipsoft.co.uk .

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You can go download the update now in the Store.

Source: Windows Store

SAP GRC Policy Survey Business App in the Store

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SAP has started releasing its Business Apps into the Windows Store. Microsoft mentioned partnership with SAP during the launch of Windows 8 as an example of its Business Enterprise push for the new Windows Platform. The series released by SAP are more of information sources apps to aid your workforce. This current one is one of them. SAP GRC Policy Survey is to poll Policy compliance in the Enterprise. It presents a  coherent GUI for evaluation of your business policy compliance forms and data. Here is concise description from SAP AG in the Store:

Description
With the SAP GRC Policy Survey mobile app for Windows, you can manage enterprise compliance assignments anywhere and anytime. This app connects to the SAP Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions and allows employees to receive, complete, and submit GRC policy surveys, quizzes, and acknowledgements right from their Windows tablet device.
Note: To use SAP GRC Policy Survey with your business data, you must be a user of SAP solutions for governance, risk, and compliance, with mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try the app first using sample data.

Features
Receive, complete, and submit GRC policy surveys, quizzes, and acknowledgements
View general information about policies
Read policy documents (distributed as attachments)
Maintain a local archive of completed tasks

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Of course this is an Enterprise App, which means you’ll have to have access to SAP Infra Servers to really use this app, but they’ve provided a test data environment to test it if your are just curious to take app for a spin. You can download the app now from the Store via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

The Official ESPN App is now in the Store

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Finally, the long awaited ESPN App arrives in the Store! It took a long time coming since Microsoft demoed the App during the launch of Windows 8, and I have been keeping an eye on it since for its debut. As you can see it has already garnered 45 ratings at almost 5 Stars. The App comes packed as can be expected, and all you Sport Lovers around the world will appreciate the details put into this App. For a functional MX App, it comes in at almost 15Mb, then you know it comes with kitchen and sink. Here is how ESPN described the app from the Store:

Description
The ESPN app for Windows 8, offered on desktop and tablet, provides sports fans with all the things they love about ESPN in a single place.  Get up- to- the -minute scores, news, and analysis for all your favorite teams, leagues, and players.  Access rich, in depth content from the leader in sports.     Download the ESPN app for Windows 8 for a deeper sports experience than ever before!

Features
Access a completely personalized experience that syncs with your myESPN account
Follow breaking news, and get real time scoring alerts and updates through live tiles and deep pinning.
Get expanded game views that provide in-depth game coverage.
Listen to your favorite ESPN podcasts including Mike and Mike, PTI with Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser and The BS Report with Bill Simmons.
Stay informed with comprehensive editorial content from ESPN The Magazine.
Share your favorite news and video highlights with your friends!

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The App is available for download now, so please go right ahead and download it via the source below.

Source: Windows Store

Why Metro Apps on a Desktop or Laptop

If you have been following McAkins Online, you know that we are dedicated to bringing to you the latest from the Windows Store and are here to feature some great Metro Style (aka Windows Store) apps for you to check out. But the question remains is why should you care about Metro Style apps, especially if you are using traditional, non-touch, desktop or laptop? I want to take a quick break from featuring apps to talk about why you might sometimes want to use Metro Style apps instead of classic Windows Desktop apps even on traditional hardware. We believe that if you understand the advantages of using Metro Style apps over desktop apps for some occasions, the content of this site will be of even more value to you.

I want to discuss some of the advantages of using Metro Style apps over desktop versions of similar apps by covering some key areas. But before I get to that, I will quickly brush through the most controversial topics in regards to Metro Style apps. There is ongoing debate about Metro Style apps being fullscreen and optimized for touch make them unusable on desktops and laptops without touch and a productivity killer. This is a heated topic and one that needs more than a paragraph for discussing. I will hold of discussing this topic in depth for another time. All I will say is that some apps work great on the desktop, with mouse and keyboard, and others work better in Metro, like Netflix, games, and painting apps. Again, I will be talking more about this topic alone in the future. For now, putting the fullscreen issue aside, let’s talk about how Metro Style apps offer advantages in other areas that might make some more compelling than their desktop counterparts.

No System Degrading Over Time

One problem that has plagued Windows since beginning of time is that the system degrades over time. While the problem has gotten significantly better since Windows 9x, it still exists. Today, the biggest cause of the system degrading is the installing and/or uninstalling of many software over time. This happens because as you install desktop apps, these apps can make changes to the registry, add files to various places in the system, and add services (sometimes unnecessary ones) that take up system memory. Some apps have hidden startup files that slow down boot files. And we are only talking about the good apps. Because desktop apps are not curated, you might install a malicious app pretending to be good but one that significantly damages the system after being run. This problem still exists for desktop apps in Windows 8. Installing too many desktop apps can cause system performance to be reduced, performance that might not be regained even if you uninstall all of your desktop apps.

Metro Style apps do not suffer from this issue—at least not in a significant way, if at all. When you install a Metro Style app from the Windows Store, they are curated by Microsoft. Thus, you won’t likely be installing malware. Secondly, Metro Style apps won’t change the system registry, add startup files, change system files, or anything else that might damage the system. All this is because Metro Style apps acquired form the Windows Store don’t have the right to mess with system files. You can install as many Metro Style apps as you want without slowing down your PC.

Clean Uninstall (No Leftovers)

When you uninstall a desktop app, chances are that it is not completely wiped from the PC. Some files associated with your app still might remain on your drive. Registry items created by the app when installed and run don’t always get removed when uninstalled. Some desktop apps install additional apps and services that might continue to run in the background even if you uninstall the app. For example, if you install iTunes, you can opt in to install QuickTime player with it. However, if you uninstall iTunes, QuickTime remains installed. You have to manually go and run the QuickTime installer.

Metro Style apps uninstall cleanly. No traces are left when you uninstall these new apps. They won’t leave hidden files lurking in the system nor install additional apps or services. So, you can install and uninstall lots of Metro Style apps as many times as you like without degrading your system’s performance.

Security and Sandboxing

Windows desktop apps in Windows 8, like those in previous versions of Windows, are not Sandboxed. This means, desktop apps have access to other apps and system files. Though this is less of an issue with modern security measures in place in Windows, it’s still not as effective as true sandboxing.

Metro Style apps are sandboxed from one another. They can’t directly touch the system or other apps. They communicate with the system and other apps mainly through the Windows 8 contracts. If one app is misbehaving, it can be more easily contained if it is a Metro Style app. Also, I will say it again because it is so important: Metro Style apps are curated by Microsoft, so you will likely not get a malware on your PC if you download them.

Updating

The Windows desktop apps are Win32 apps that have been conceived in the early 90’s. They are dated, and it shows. There have been layers upon layers added to Win32 apps to make it play along with modern time. One such “layer” is terrible update mechanisms. Back in the 90’s, software updates through the internet wasn’t common; thus, Windows didn’t have a built-in mechanism to automatically update all Win32 apps from the internet. As we entered in to the modern era, each developer built its own updating system on top of their Win32 app. This meant that updating each app was a different experience and a cumbersome process. The Windows OS still doesn’t provide an integrated way to updated most modern Win32 apps.

Metro Style apps, on the other hand, was created for today’s era and with software updates in mind. The Windows OS handles updates for all Metro Style apps. They are seamless and painless. They don’t require downloading EXE files or running an app updater with admin privileges. The Windows Store makes the process easy and automatic.

Conclusion: Metro Style Apps Provide a Better User Experience

We looked at the many ways in which Metro Style apps are much better for you and your system in terms of performance, security, and seamless updating. The big point that should be taken from this is that you don’t have to be afraid to try lots and lots of Metro Style apps. Go ahead and give all of our featured apps in this site a try because your system won’t degrade in performance. If you don’t like an app, you can uninstall it easily. The same cannot be said for desktop apps. We don’t want to install and uninstall too many desktop apps for performance and security concerns.

The one tip I would give when deciding whether to get a Metro Style or a desktop app is to ask yourself if you really need this app for regularly. If so, you will likely be keeping this app and you trust the app. So install the desktop version if you like. Good examples of this are Office, Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Visual Studio, After Effects, etc. However, if you would like to try an app or want to use an app less often, you will likely want to use a Metro Style app. Examples of these types of apps can include bandwidth measuring apps, format converters, web video downloaders, etc. Installing too many desktop apps that you won’t use regularly is not worth the performance downgrade. Also, if you are likely to uninstall an app or are concerned about malware, definitely download a Metro Style app from the Windows Store.

Well, I hope this can give you some insight on how some apps and utilities might be better suitable for you as a Metro Style app than a desktop app. With that, I conclude this article. We have some more great Windows Store apps we would like to show you; so stay tuned on McAkins online for updates. Some apps that are not blogged about on this site immediately are mentioned on the McAkins Online twitter account. So be sure to follow @McAkins. You can also follow me on twitter @NazmusLabs.

Have a great day and keep surfing!

Official Holiday Inn App is in the Store

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If you are a regular guest of the Holiday Inn hotel chain and you own a Windows 8 device, you are in for a treat with this app. To celebrate their 60 years anniversary, Holiday Inn has just released this Windows 8 app. You can find and book a room worldwide via this app. You can verify your reservations and find the nearest Hotel via GPS using the app. Here is the full app description:

Description
Celebrate 60 years of Holiday Inn with the new Holiday Inn app for Windows.
Find and book hotel rooms in your favorite locations. Immediate access to the entire Holiday Inn Family of Brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo,
Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood
Suites.

Features
Find and book rooms at over 4,500 hotels worldwide
Use GPS and interactive maps to easily find hotels near you
View upcoming reservations
View photo galleries and amenities for each hotel
Get special rates using your Corporate ID
Use credit cards already associated with your Priority Club Rewards account to expedite bookings

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So if this down your alley as a Holiday Inn guest, please download the app via the following Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Network Usage App – Keep an eye on your 3G/LTE Data

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Here is a really nice Tool to help keep an eye on your 3G/LTE Data consumption. The App presents your data consumption in a graph per month showing your download and upload totals. This way you can make sure you don’t overuse you data quota from your ISP. You can also see the details of your connection in the app, like whether it’s a roaming connection and its encryption type. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
Network Usage displays the amount of data sent and received by your network interfaces. Usage data is displayed in an easy-to-read bar graph. Drill down into the data by clicking or tapping the graph’s bars.

Features
Supports multiple network interfaces
Bar graph with drill-down capability

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Above is my own mobile data usage for the past 3 months, now you can see why I have been spotty online, you can see I have been on the road since October, and explains my large mobile data usage.

As you can see, the App is Ad supported to make it free. So it is a good tool and its free too. You can download via the Source below.

Source: Windows Store

Valve, If You Don’t Integrate Steam with Metro, Someone Else Will…And They Have!

Valve and its founder Gabe Newell doesn’t really like Windows 8 and its “metro” environment. As such, we didn’t expect Valve to integrate its flagship product, Steam, with Windows 8. Well, good news because an elegant solution arrived sooner than we would have thought. The community stepped up and created a Windows Store app that integrates your steam games with metro! Now, you can have a more seamless experience with Steam and Windows 8 despite Valve’s opinions.

The app that’s behind it all is called Pin Steam. It has two main functions; the first is that it is a metro version of your Steam games library. Now, rather than having to go to the desktop and launch Steam, you can open this app and view all your Steam games in a clean, metro style, app. The second function of the app is its highlight. It lets you pin your Steam games to the Start Screen as a tile!

Because Steam games are desktop apps, pinning it manually through the OS only shows you a small icon on the Start Screen. However, if you pin it with Pin Steam, you get a big tile that displays the Game’s cover art. It makes your game collection prettier on your Start Screen. Now, you can launch Steam games directly from Start in an elegant way!

Pin Steam Configuration
When you run this app for the first time, you will be asked to type in your Steam ID. If you need help, the app will help locate it for you. This ID is required to access your Steam games library.
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If you need help locating your Steam ID, the app will launch your Steam profile and will tell you where to look to find your ID.
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The app displays your Steam games library in a clean, metro style, environment. Just click a game to play it. Right click it if you want to pin it to your Start Screen
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You can customize the tile, if you wish, that will be pinned to the Start Screen.

The app is $1.49; however, you can download a trial version that lets you use the app as a metro style Steam games library. To be able to pin apps to the Start Screen, you will need to buy the full version. Also note that you need to have the official Steam desktop app installed for this to work.

A note to Valve: if you think Windows 8 will be a catastrophe, think again. Windows is too big to be a failure. Thinking that users and developers will ignore Windows 8, like they did with Windows Phone 7, is wishful thinking. If you don’t step up your game and play nicely with Windows 8, someone else will. Let’s just hope that someone isn’t a competitor.

Download from Windows Store: Pin Steam

Total App Count 2012-11-25

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[Data per  2012-11-25]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 13783
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App Stats:
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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: —
Total Free Apps: —
Total Desktop Apps: —

Localization:
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Accessibility:
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Non-Accessible Apps: —

Store News:

Hello All, welcome to this iteration of the News from the Store. I did it again, I know. Dropped the ball twice now, I couldn’t publish last weekend again. Just bear with me people as I am going through some personal tough times at work and private life. You’ll indeed notice my inconsistency also online these past period. And given this pressure and realization that the Store has grown to such a point that it is humanly impossible to cover every App that drop in the Store, and to make sure you guys are not missing out, I have reached out to some friends online that I know are as passionate as I am about Windows 8 and the Windows Store to share this burden with me. So you’ll be seeing posts on this site from these people. Naz (Nazmus S Khandaker) has bitten off the spit last week, you’ve seen a couple of posts from him, the last that is making a lot of wave is about the Un-Official Steam App in the Store.

I will not be talking much about Apps and Categories this week as I have again a list of Apps that I think is of worth for your attention. I have a point in my mind I want to make about the App Store that I will dedicate this week’s discussion to. I have people complaining about me reporting incorrect number of Apps, that my figures are way lower than what other trackers in the Store are reporting. I stated it in the past, that the figure I report are not some esoteric figures from the Store that cannot be verified. What I report is what a typical User will see in the Store when you turn off Localization in the Store. I am aware that WinAppUpdate is reporting 20000+ Apps in the Store, but this is inclusive Apps that typical user will not see because they are in the Store accreditation pipeline.

I have enjoyed the acquaintance of Wes Miller that runs the site, we agree on certain points, but like adults we disagree on certain points about the Store. He gave the explanation of his discovery process in this post, and I think should check it out. He uses a process that is external to the Store client, which retrieves all apps submitted to Microsoft. But not Apps submitted are immediately available, they have to go through certain qualification process that takes time before they are published to the general public to be available for download. I agree with him that searching by asterisks [*] has its drawback, but at least it gives what is publicly available to end-users. My retrieval process adds an extra salt to public query structure using the published Windows Store Protocol, but it doesn’t differ much from the standard query process, so it ensures everyone will see almost everything I see depending on your location in the world and Cloud data propagation. I do not agree with Wes that querying the store from the GUI will not retrieve all Apps from other Locales, I mean, I do retrieve French, Spanish, Chinese apps in my list, it all depends on your Store Localization settings.

I agree with Wes Miller on one point though, that the success of Windows 8 and its Store is not dependent on the number of Apps in its Store, but the number of Quality Apps in the Store. After the Store reached the 10,000 mark, I also lost interest in counting the number of Store Apps because most of them are chaffs anyway. “Its all about Quality Apps Stupid” like they say. So I am seriously thinking of stopping this weekly reporting of number of apps in the Store. Those of you that follow me know I do break the news of Quality Apps arriving in the Store here on this Blog. So, you’ll not be missing much really if you follow this blog and me and my friends’ Twitter accounts. So just like Wes Miller did, I will also be taking the turn here by not actively reporting weekly the number Apps anymore, but I will be updating the count when major Milestones are reached. I am thinking of maybe to report each 10K Milestone.

I know for most of you, it is just the news of quality apps that is important to you, we’ve got you covered there on this site. So please be dropping in once in a while on this Total Count report to see if its updated. I will of course tweet it when its updated, so if you follow me on Twitter, you won’t miss any news. I will move the “News from the Windows Store” portion to normal posts of the same title, and I will try to do this weekly. Please comment below if you think this new turn is OK or NOT. My apologies for this long post, but I think it is necessary to make things clear so you may understand where I am heading. I hope most of you are OK with this development.

So, as you can see, the exponential growth of the Windows Store is still continuing. Remarkable is the sharp drop in the delta of Books & Reference category. The most quality apps we found these past two weeks have been blogged already on this site. I have tweeted a lot of App updates too. Below is the list of Apps that I think you should check out if you feel like it.

Notable Apps:

Users Recommendations:

  • Chess Wars – Check out this great Chess App from a buddy of mine who wrote the  Air Soccer Fever App
  • Tube Downloader – I raved wrote about a YouTube downloader somewhere on this site, but this one is even better; paid app though.
  • Craigslist+ – Also this unofficial Craiglist client is even more awesome that the ones we’ve seen before.

So, this is it for this week. This is the last you’ll be seeing in this format, I’ll be back next week with “News from the Windows Store” as a Standalone post. This tally count will be updated somewhere down the line when the Store reaches another milestone. Thanks for your audience thus far, and have a great week ahead.

[Got a tip for me? Or noticed anything out of place? Wrong URL maybe? Hit me on Twitter (@McAkins) to let me know. You can follow Naz on @Nazmuslabs  Thanks already.]

– Denny McAkins

Related:

 Source: Windows Store

Disclaimer:
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, and also subject to Store Cloud propagation, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time, and possibly different from your part of the world. Errors in this report are mine  and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute any binding agreement.

Star Chart – Solar System Explorer Update and a 75% Discount!

Star Chart, a massively popular astronomy app on Windows 8 has another major update, which adds the ability to explore the solar system in a very cool way! It also ads real time planetary positions of Earth and all other planets in our solar system. So, the position of the planets you see when using the app will correspond to their theoretical position at the date and time set on your PC. Of course, you can fast forward or rewind time and observe the orbit and rotation of the planets react It’s very cool! Check out the screenshots below for a visual representation of the new features.

Also, this week, the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Star Chart is 75% off of its original price. The app is six dollars, but at the time of this writing, you can get it for one and a half dollars. If you want to get it, now is a great time! Anyway, here’s some screenshots that I took. Below that, I included the developer’s description and a download link for your convenience. Enjoy!

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With this new update, we can now have a closer look at each of the planets. This is Earth, but you can see more planets to choose from on your left.

Here, we are looking at the moon. You can pinch to zoom or rotate with your finger. Yes, it works with the mouse as well.

You can zoom out and see the solar system as a whole. Try fast forwarding time and watch the orbit around the sun at super speed.

Here’s another neat little feature. You can play “movies”, which basically adds horizontal film strips on your screen and automatically pans around the solar system for a lean-back experience. Turn off your lights and enjoy! :)

Description

*** Special Discount this week only. Over 75% off! ***
Explore the wonders of the Solar System with Star Chart, the definitive star gazing and astronomy app. From our own star – the Sun, to the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn, Star Chart gives you a virtual window into the visible universe.
Make the most of your powerful Windows 8 Augmented Reality enabled device and hold it up to the sky. Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at! Augmented Reality (AR) mode is available on tablets, laptops & devices with accelerometer and digital magnetometer sensors.
Alternatively, explore the universe from the comfort of your desktop to learn about the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Visit the planets, explore their rings and moons, learn about the constellations, discover majestic Messier objects, and travel both forwards and backwards in time.
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe and the latest high-tech sensor functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real time – the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!
Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your AR device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!
Want to know how the night sky appears to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your AR device down!
Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and much more.
So point your Windows 8 AR device at the sky and see what’s out there!
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Escape Velocity and Escapist Games will update Star Chart regularly, so please send us your feedback and feature requests to scwin@escapistgames.com

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StarChart
Visit the Star Chart website: http://www.starchart.info
View Star Chart tours: http://www.starchart.tv
Follow Star Chart on Twitter: StarChartApp – twitter.com/StarChartApp
Also follow our latest developments: twitter.com/EscapistGames

Features

  • Explore our beautifully rendered Planets, Moons, Rings, Stars, Constellations, Messier objects and much much more.
  • Just point and view. Hold your Windows 8 AR enabled device up to the night sky and peer directly into the universe.
  • Sit back and enjoy tours of all the planets, as Star Chart shows you views of our Solar System that you have never seen before.
  • Shift forwards and backwards in time by up to 10,000 years.
  • Share your beautiful screen captures, astronomical discoveries and night sky viewing with your friends, with the help of Windows 8 Share.
  • A powerful and dynamic search function lets you search the entire night sky, utilising the new Windows 8 Search.
  • Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky with your Windows 8 screen at any angle.
  • Accurately depicts all the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres up to magnitude +10 – a total of over 120,000 stars!
  • Explore all the planets of the Solar System, their moons, our Sun and our Moon.
  • Features all 88 constellations, with intricate constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 15th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
  • Includes a complete re-mastered and high quality Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.
  • Select anything in the sky and get facts on what you are looking at, including distance, brightness and exact position in the sky.
  • Very powerful zoom function lets you view the sky in extra detail.

 

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Shark Dash! – Xbox Game for Windows

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Description

Discover the new benchmark for physics puzzle games! Shark Dash is a highly addictive game that takes the physics puzzler to fun new heights with a unique cartoonish style starring funny little bath toys!Sharkee and his merry band of toy sharks were living happily in the bathtub. That is, until a bunch of mischievous ducks came along to ruin their peaceful little world. These cheaply-made rubber duckies are a little loopy from the chemicals they are made of, and now they’re teasing the sharks, playing pranks like they owned the place! But when the ducks kidnap Sally, Sharkee’s girlfriend, that’s when Sharkee and his buds have had enough! Join a wild journey to tricky bathtubs around the world, save Sally and get rid of the dimwitted ducks!

BATH TIME HAS NEVER BEEN THIS FUN
• Amazingly accessible gameplay: Simply drag and release the shark’s tail with your finger to launch him at the ducks!
• Dispose of the duckies, grab all the coins, and finish each level with the fewest jumps possible to earn 3 Stars! Use your Stars to unlock new levels!
• Not happy with your last shot? Undo it and try it again!

A WILD JOURNEY IN BATHTUBS ALL OVER THE WORLD
• Make your way through 96 levels with more to come in future updates!
• Visit 4 different environments, from ancient Rome to distant Japan!
• Complete tons of missions & unlock loads of achievements!

MEET THE MOST ADORABLE BAND OF BATH TOYS
• Sharkee, the hero and fearless leader of the merry band of plastic sharks
• Sawy, whose incredible saw nose can cut chains and drop heavy objects on those dastardly ducks
• Hammy, who uses his Jump Slash skill to leap through the air and hit ducks from incredible trajectories
• Scuby, Sharkee’s twin brother, a calm and meditative toy who likes to swim through the watery depths to take out duckies wherever they hide

Grab enough coins and you can upgrade the appearance of your sharks with cool new skins!

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Features

  • Simply drag and release the shark’s tail with your finger to launch him at the ducks!
  • Dispose of the ducks and grab the coins with the fewest jumps possible to earn 3 Stars!
  • Make your way through 96 levels and 4 different environments!
  • Complete tons of missions & unlock loads of achievements!
  • Play with 4 different types of shark, each with their own ability!
  • Grab enough coins and you can upgrade the appearance of your sharks with cool new skins!

Mine for Facebook – The First Dedicated Facebook App in the Store

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we have the first Dedicated App for Facebook in the Store. Don’t get me wrong, we already have Facebook apps in the Store, and the most popular being the FlipToast app that I have reported severally on this blog. But FlipToast, as awesome an app as it is, is meant to be a front for most of your popular Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. Which means it is impossible for this one App to do it all, you have to miss some features. Thus we have this great competitor in the App MINE for Facebook.  The app stepped in to fill the void of a full Facebook app till Facebook and Microsoft decide to release an official Facebook app.  It’s a well written app and gets the job done as advertised. You can view your Feeds, Comment, Like and UnLike, view Profiles, Facebook Notification etc etc. The list is just too long, so I’ll let you review the Description as given by Marvin Apps in the Store:

Description
MINE for Facebook is a Facebook client created with one mission in mind: to show you your Facebook feed, the way you want to see it.  Of course you can see your Facebook timeline, post updates, comment & like, …, but if you want, you can go one step further and customize your feeds until they exactly fit your needs.
We’re adding features constantly, so feel free to check back often – this is just the beginning :-)
Current version: 0.9.0

Features
View your Facebook news feed.
Comment, like & update your status, share a link, add a picture, …
View your friends’ profile pages, including their wall posts.
Customize your feeds! Do you only want to see status updates?  No problem.  Do you want to see all the pictures, but only from a select group of friends?  No problem.
So, next to your regular feed, you can create custom feeds, allowing you to select exactly what you want to see from which friends.
Update your Facebook status or share a link or picture from any application which supports sharing!
Get notifications from Facebook right on your Windows start screen.
Designed with Windows 8 in mind, for both touch & non-touch devices.
Search Facebook from anywhere in Windows.

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The App is at the moment free for all, so might as well go ahead and give it a spin. Download via the Source below.

[Update: 2012-11-22] We’ve just been contacted by the Author of this App below in the comments as you can see. The author indicates this is just a preview of things to come; an appetizer if you will. They promise a high update and release cycle which will indeed make this app great and give Facebook a run for their money when the Official Facebook app drops in the Store. You can trust your friends on McAkins Online to be on top of latest developments as they appear in the Store. So check back regularly for updates.

Source: Windows Store