FlightRadar24 App is now in the Store


Here is another quality app in the Store. FlightRadar24 is a real-life Air Traffic monitoring app, acclaimed on all mobile platforms. You can follow any Aircraft’s journey real-life anywhere it may be in the world if it has a transponder, and although certain areas of the world coverage may be flaky, they’ve got excellent reputation for developed countries coverage. So if you’ve got relatives travelling or you are an aircraft spotter, this is the real deal for you. Unfortunately the app doesn’t have a trial, that itself speaks of the confidence of the vendors as they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. They’ve go a solid reputation to back up the app.

Here is how they described it from the Store:

Turn your Windows 8 PC into an air traffic radar and see airplane traffic around the world in real-time. Discover why millions are already using FlightRadar24.
FlightRadar24 is, or has been the number one travel app in more than 50 countries including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia. We are frequently featured in the media and recent media mentions include Bild (Germany), Le Monde (France), and CNN (US).
We are constantly working to expand FlightRadar24’s global coverage. Below is a breakdown of our coverage as of August 2012. For the most up-to-date coverage, please visit http://www.flightradar24.com
Roughly 95% of the continent covered
Complete coverage in the US and Canada (but with 5 minute delay) thanks to FAA data. Additional real-time data in large parts of the two countries. Minor coverage in Mexico
* Rest of the World
We have coverage in parts of Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greenland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and many other countries
Please note that coverage will vary.
Please note that FlightRadar24 only can track aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. The exception is in the US and Canada where we get radar data from the FAA and can track almost all planes, but with a five-minute delay. Visit http://www.flightradar24.com for more information about ADS-B and FlightRadar24’s coverage.

Planes moving in real-time
Comprehensive information for each individual plane, including route, speed, altitude and more
Easy to search for a specific flight or airport
Flight trails and callsigns directly on map
Snap to follow a flight or watch near by flights as you work on other tasks
Airport weather
Follow airport inbound and outbound flights
Banner free


You can download the app via the Source if it tickles you fancy.

Source: Windows Store

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Urbanspoon is now Live in the Store


“Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!” Here is the one of the few Apps Microsoft Demoed during the Launch of Windows 8 this week, and like the notorious dictator, it has been hiding from the public. Well here we have for the general public pleasure. Urbanspoon will show you the nearest restaurants and their menu. Following is the full description of the App:


Access the Urbanspoon database of over 800,000 restaurants to find the best restaurants in your city or while on the road.  Search by neighborhood or cuisine to locate the best eats for every meal.  Browse photos and read reviews to see what locals are saying.  Share your culinary discoveries with friends.

Search for restaurants near you
Browse reviews and pictures
Share your discoveries
Vote up or down on restaurants



So there we have it. If you like the app, go ahead and download via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

TechNet Wiki Widget App is in the Store


OK here is something for us Devs and Techies alike. Keep abreast of TechNet Articles.


The TechNet Wiki Widget is a little App to help you stay on top of new and updated TechNet Wiki articles.
It also highlights the TechNet Wiki Ninja Blogs who celebrate and evangelize the TechNet community, so you can stay up to date and in touch with developments.
You can also add your own tag searches and article watches, so you are informed of any new articles of interest to you.
This App also has built in Twitter integration, allowing you to Tweet links with one click.
This is an actively developing project, so please watch out for updates, as features and extra functionality are added.

TechNet Wiki integration
Article watch
Tag search & monitor
Twitter integration
Wiki Ninja watch


Download via Source

Source: Windows Store

Checkbook HD Free App is in the Store



You want an application, which you can use as a checkbook for all your accounts, and always stay aware of how much money is left on each of your accounts, and how it happened. You can import your banking records using your bank’s OFX file or manually add entries that change balance on your accounts. You can schedule recurring transactions, add both income and expenses, schedule delayed transaction and clear them later (feature known as reconcile), and see colorful charts, which represent activity of your accounts.
- great special Metro oriented interface design
- OFX import or manual input of data for your accounts
- detailed entries (income and expenses, regular and recurring transactions, reconcile, etc.)
- a lot of options for customization
- easy export to HTML and CSV (Excel)
- PIN code available (for privacy protection)

OFX import
manual input of data
detailed entries (income and expenses)
regular and recurring transactions
easy export to HTML and CSV (Excel)
PIN code available (for privacy protection)


Download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Total App Count – 2012-10-27


[Data per  2012-10-27]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 5738

App Stats:

App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 1104
Total Free Apps: 4634
Total Desktop Apps: 122

Total English Apps: 4795
Total Localized Apps: 943

Accessible Apps: 1383
Non-Accessible Apps: 4355

Store News:

Here we are, it’s the Day After! Day after General Availability of Windows 8, and the availability of Microsoft’s Surface RT Device. What an awesome 3 days it has been and the excitement around the whole happening was felt all over the world. I tweeted somewhere this week, its like Christmas, with all the warm happy feeling all over the place. If you want a low-down on the coverage of the GA event, please listen to Richard Hays,  my buddy’s podcast Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 67 or the Compromised and Confused Product Show where he gave the blow-by-blow account of the whole event.

Well, this post is about the Windows Store and its Apps, and boy what a week we’ve had! App started dropping as early as Monday, became a stream on Tuesday, became a river on Wednesday with the Tsunami on Thursday 25th. The most important quality apps dropped on Early on Thursday, with Angry Birds Space dropping after the keynotes late on Thursday. Some people were not happy that Microsoft did not discuss apps on the Keynotes, I think I understand why. When you are dealing with important Partners, you cannot to single out one or two without jeopardizing your relations with the others. You either mention them all or not, and given the limited time you have for the keynotes, you just can’t demo just a few ones and leave the rest.

Anyway, back unto our post. How many quality apps dropped this week, haha, don’t even tempt me. I will just point you to the list here below as I can’t possibly mention individual apps in detail. But standing out of this list are the popular Newspaper apps like WSJ, NYT and Fox News Apps. And Angry Bird Space of course. But Disney also debuted this week in the Store with a dedicated app for Girls; Princess Dress-Up.  Also,  Microsoft debuted and updated some apps. For example, Skype App made a grand entry this week, as well as Lync Metro Client. A few XBox Titles also released this week as you can see.  OneNote also dropped the MX predicate and became a full Metro App. No more preview thus. Of course outside of the Store but worthy of mention is the Office 2013 package for Windows 8 that has gone from Preview to Released status. If you have MSDN or TechNet account, please go ahead and download it for your Windows 8 device.

Corel, Adobe and Cyberlink are owning the Store right now with the 3 outdoing each other in who releases the highest number of Apps this week. They are bombarding the store with both Metro and Desktop apps. Just search for their names in the Store and see for yourselves. But the company that MS should thank for the current total number of apps in the Store is  Wagmob. A company that produces Educational pieces. You’ll see a lot of this company’s apps in the Store. Thanks to companies like Wagmob, Education category even beats the Game category this week. The Store itself has been polished by Microsoft, and the bitmaps of the leading apps are now used to to present categories. The Top Free and Most Rated buttons are now working as expected. But the general issues that plague the Store still remain. With the noise of people like me, lets hope MS will eventually listen.

I said its going to be a crazy week, well you can see the result of this week in the Stats. We had a total delta of 1446 this week, almost 1500 apps added to the Store in one week! Talking of a big bang. There is definitely something in the store now for everyone. There are still some apps we missed, like the IMDB and official Twitter and Facebook Apps, question is when these apps are going to drop in the Store. One thing is sure, every self-respecting business is now on Windows 8, even Google is in the Store now.

So, here are the remarkable apps this week. The following are the ones I blogged already, while the rest without links are apps worthy of your attention too:


Not Blogged but worthy of attention (Please search the names):

·         BrainControl at $1000

·         Relay Methods at $500

·         Skype

·         Epicurious

·         Google Search

·         Teamviewer Touch

·         London Bus Checker

·         Corel’s Roxio Mediabook Plus for OEMs (Fujitsu, Lenovo & HP)

·         Intel AppUp (for diff Markets)

·         Parts of a Computer

·         Learn C Programming

·         Skyrim Herbarium

·         Ludo.NET

·         Solitaire HD

·         Flowers Tutor

·         Spectral Souls (ENG)

·         persona/

·         IM+

·         Tweet Talk

·         Trello

·         FlightRadar24

There you have it. Lots and lots of apps for one week. There are lots of chaffs but there are lots of quality apps too. I am sure you will find something for yourself in the Store. Of course I only mention the most remarkable and quality apps on this blog. So if you think I missed anything, please let me know. On a closing note, if you’ve purchased Surface or any of Windows 8 devices this week, please make sure you obtained and install all the latest updates before use as there were lots of updates after Windows 8 went RTM. The same goes for Office 2013, please download the latest version as the RTM version had issues. And if you have any problem, reach us Windows 8 community on Twitter via the hashtag #Win8, you will definitely find help.

Enjoy your week ahead, and if you’ve bought a shiny toy on Friday, most especially Smile. See you next weekend.

[Noticed anything out of place? Wrong URL? Hit me on Twitter (@McAkins) to let me know. Thanks already.]

- McAkins


 Source: Windows Store

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.


Shazam for Windows 8 is now in the Store


Shazam for Windows 8 is here! Unfortunately, those of you with ARM devices will have to miss it for now as it is only for Intel platform on this first iteration.


Shazam is the quickest and easiest way to discover more about music, TV and ads. Hold your phone up to the music or TV to identify a track, buy it, share it, watch the video, get the lyrics and more!
“This is the best thing EVER!”  Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today Show

Buy tracks easily
Watch music videos and concerts from YouTube
Share tags on Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter & more
Learn the lyrics you thought you knew
Read album reviews and artist biographies
Use Shazam in Snap View while browsing the web or using another application

Recommended hardware

Supported processors
x86, x64

Supported languages
English (United States)

This app has permission to use
Your microphone, including recording audio
Your Internet connection


Download the app now from the source.

Source: Windows Store

Thanks @Windows4Live

Angry Birds Space (5)

Angry Birds Space – Xbox Game for Windows

Angry Birds Space Cover

Preview and Install



ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space!After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…

Angry Birds Space features over 160 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!


Over 160 interstellar levels!

Regular free updates!

Brand new birds!

Brand new superpowers!

Zero-gravity space adventures!

Trick shots using planets’ gravity!

Hidden bonus levels!

Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic!

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Terms of Use: http://www.rovio.com/eula

Privacy Policy: http://www.rovio.com/privacy

Support: support@rovio.com

Important Message for Parents

This game may include:
– Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.
– Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.
– Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.
– The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand.


  • Regular free updates!
  • Brand new birds!
  • Brand new superpowers!
  • Zero-gravity space adventures!
  • Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
  • Hidden bonus levels!
  • Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

Pokki Failed – Start Screen Rulez


With all the noise online and on Twitterverse about Pokki you would have thought it’s a one sword to rule them all App. But as always with these kinds of tools, reality is always different than fantasy. Pokki is aspiring to fill the gaping gap left by the absence of StartMenu in Windows 8. It was with much pump and fanfair they announced themselves online, predicting the early death of Windows 8 if users don’t have StartMenu back. So they offered Pokki, polished and shiny. Aah see Microsoft tremble in their shoes. Pokki is going to derail the Windows 8 bandwagon!

Common people, are you telling me the guys at Pokki knows the inside of Windows than Microsoft itself? Yes, I have seen this all before, all these external tools that promise heaven and earth, the “Shell Replacements” from DeviantArt people, what do they all have in common? They created bloated environments that eventually bog down the system and create bad UX for users. And who gets blamed, yes, it is Microsoft. When are people going to wise up?

That screenshot above was taken from NeoWin’s interview with a Pokki  spoke-person, from the comments section. That is the reaction of a user to Pokki after giving it a spin. Microsoft has warned that they are removing the infrastructure that made StartMenu possible in Win8 as it will be an extra undesired baggage. If Pokki can rebuild that infrastructure and duplicate the performance Microsoft’s StartMenu good luck to them. If I were you I would just set my teeth and learn to use the Start Screen, after 2 Weeks you’ll get used to it, after a month you’ll be smiling and after 3 months you CAN’T go back to the StartMenu. Believe me, we’ve all been there. I have been using StartScreen since MS went public with Win8, each time I have to work on Win7 now, it’s a pain. Period.

Source: NeoWin Interview with Pokki

CyberLink PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra is now in the Store


Cyberlink Corp is really rocking the Windows Store. They’ve just released another mobile App: PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra. Unfortunately as the suggests, this is only for powerful devices, therefore the “Ultra” appendage. So if you have an ARM devices you’re out of lick, sorry Surface users. The demand for high power devices comes from the Editing that the App also performs. Here is the full description from the Store:

Enjoying multimedia on-the-go has never been so easy. PowerDVD Mobile brings the award-winning features of CyberLink PowerDVD to your mobile device so that you can watch movies, view photos, and listen to music in the best quality, wherever you are!
(Please be advised some functions need to be activated. The activation key is released with the purchase of the latest PowerDVD 12 Ultra)

•Enjoy the convenience of video, photo & music playback and editing in one integrated app
•Playback MPEG and MKV videos as well as watch videos from Facebook and YouTube
•Stream content to and from your mobile device using Windows 8 Charm
•Edit and add cool effects to your photos. Browse them in Calendar View by date they were taken
•Create playlists for your videos, photos & music directly on your mobile device




Download via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

OneNote MX mutates into OneNote in the Store



What do you know, there is an update in the Store to my number one App: OneNote, and I missed it completely. Thanks to the Eagle-Eye of my buddy @Windows4Live who caught this in the Store and tipped me. Thanks mate.

As you can see, OneNote has dropped the MX, no more OneNoteMX but just OneNote, and it has also dropped the Preview predicate. It is now a full Metro App from Microsoft having gone through the stringent quality process of Microsoft obviously. I was using this metro version initially, but the pen on the version was not good, and I was creating artifacts on my notes arbitrarily, so I went back to the Desktop version. Now they’ve add the option to this version to turn-off the auto-zoom while using the pen. I guess they are still struggling with turning off the touch when the Pen is in the vicinity of the glass. I really do hope they fix this in the future, palm-rejection in the Desktop version is just marvelous!

In the meantime, I am taking this new version for a spin, if I notice anything new I’ll let you know in an update to this post. In the meantime I’ll leave you with the following:


Take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them.
Fast and immersive, OneNote has been reimagined for Windows 8. Whether you draw, type, click, or swipe, this app will shine on your Windows 8 device. On the go? Use a browser or one of the many OneNote mobile apps to get to your notes when you need them..

Make lists — Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes.
Draw and write — Use your device’s pen to draw in your notes as you would on paper.
Take pictures — Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes.
Customize formatting — Organize your notes with tables, bullets, colors, and more.
Search — OneNote works with Windows 8 search, so you can always find the notes you’re looking for.
Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while taking notes? OneNote can snap to the side of your screen so you can use both apps at the same time.
Paper — Take notes on a white background or change the background of your notes to grid or ruled lines.
Share — With Windows 8 share, you can quickly email notes to friends or send information from other apps directly into OneNote.

Release notes
This update addresses some issues.

Supported processors
x86, x64, ARM

Supported languages
Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch (Netherlands), English (United States), French (France), German (Germany), Hebrew (Israel), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Spain)


If you’ve got the old version installed, first uninstall it, then download and install this new version.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @Windows4Live

Disney comes to Windows 8 with Disney Princess Dress-up App


Disney Inc. has joined Microsoft ambitious platform with their first Metro App: Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book. This is to keep your girls busy in their favorite Disney princesses. If you’ve got young girl(s), buy this app for them, they’ll love you for it. It is rather a big app at 131Mb and you need at least 1Gb Memory to really enjoy the app. See app’s details. Here is the description from the Store:

Readers help their favorite Disney Princesses prepare for magical moments in this dress-up sticker book! Includes an interactive camera feature, outfits, shoes, and stories! A royal wedding. A special celebration. An unforgettable ride on the magic carpet! The magic continues with amazing hands-on features.

Read stories and dress-up 7 Disney Princesses: Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Bell, Jasmine, Tiana and Snow White!
Use the camera to make your face appear as your favorite Disney Princess!
Change outfits, shoes and accessories, add tiaras, then take a photo to save your princess dress-up!
Each new photo is a fresh round of creative dress-up play!


The app will set you back for $4.00, but that is worth all the kisses you’ll get from little princess. So go download the app now via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

RealNetwork is in the Store with RealPlayer Express


Hey, I wasn’t expecting this. RealNetworks Inc. has just joined Windows 8 with RealPlayer Express. I didn’t even know they are still active on Windows platform. Glad to see much competition in the Store. Way to go RealNetworks. As the app name suggest, this is a MediaPlayer form Real. Here’s how the described it from the Store:

RealPlayer Express is a personalized video app that brings the world’s best videos to you.
Trying to keep track of the most popular videos can be hard. RealPlayer Express makes it easy by organizing the most popular videos into video channels. These channels, updated daily, help you navigate and watch the latest music videos, sports videos, funny videos, cat videos and more.
Looking for a specific video? RealPlayer Express’s video search feature makes it easy to search the whole web for your favorite videos. Then watch the video instantly, or save it for later with “watch later” functionality.

Channels of new and popular videos refreshed everyday
Search for your favorite online videos and watch them instantly
Share and tweet the videos with friends and family
Save videos for later with the ‘watch later’ functionality
Viewing history to quickly access the videos you saw recently
Instant access to the videos shared by your friends on Facebook


If you are a fan of RealNetworks or just for pure nostalgia, go ahead and download this app via the Source below.

Source: Windows Store

Official The Telegraph App just arrived in the Store


The Telegraph has now joined the Windows 8 bandwagon, joining the likes of the WSJ and NYT in the Store. Since the Telegraph needs no intro, I’ll just jump right into App description as advertised in the Store:

The Telegraph preview edition allows you to enjoy award-winning journalism seven days a week.
The Telegraph is renowned for its outstanding news coverage, insight and agenda-setting journalism – everything readers have come to expect from the UK’s best-selling quality daily newspaper.
Each daily preview edition provides comprehensive news, sport and business coverage, as well as features from leading Telegraph columnists and our popular Matt cartoon. Archive editions are also available.
Note: This preview edition does not contain video, puzzles or picture galleries. These will be available in the upcoming version. Users need to register to see the full content. Without registration the app can be downloaded, and the front page summary can be viewed.


If you are an subscriber of The Telegraph and you have a Windows 8 devices, go get the app now via the Source here below.

Source: Windows Store

Layout – A Poor Dev’s Storyboard App has arrived in the Store


If you are young and budding Windows 8 Developer or you are Gandalf the Grey in Metro Design language, we all need a Storyboard to get our GUI right. If you think I am joking, go and see TweeTRO designers Storyboard. Coding something is C# or Java is one thing, getting the Interface right is a complete different story entirely. We know coders are almost always never Artists, we just don’t see this things that make a Lamp glow above an artist’s head Smile. So if you can’t afford a professional technical artist to put your GUI together, you can dabble yourself with Layout. You can create mock-up Screens of your app, see for yourself how it will look like in real life. Create sections of your app, link them together. At least that is what this app wants to achieve. As you can see, I have downloaded the App myself as I am working on something on the background myself. So this one come really handy, and better still, the vendor HigherCode has made it free for the time being. So go get it while you can. Following is describing the app from the Store:

Layout is an application for creating interaction designs for Windows 8 style apps.
This app can be used to create a visual representation of a real world app without having to write any code. Interaction designs can be quickly prototyped, tested, discarded and redone without long development cycles.
- Create projects with multiple screens
- Link different screens together to create a flow
- Design apps for multiple screen sizes
- Support for Windows 8 controls
- Get a perspective on your project via sementic zoom
- Duplicate projects/screens to quickly create variations
- Easily share you’re projects
- Pin a project on the Start screen to test your project via “Run mode”

Easily create interaction designs for Windows 8 applications


If this app work as advertised, I am sure the writers are sitting on a crock of gold. If you are curious just like me, download the app now via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

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