British Airways App is in the Store

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Another big name Company has arrived in the Store. British Airways has officially joined the Windows 8 Metro party with this App. With the app, BA wants you to know about the places they fly to so you can easily make you choice of places you want to fly to with BA. There is not much of screenshots to go with in the Store but but seeing the size of the app in the Store, 115Mb in total, it certainly comes packed. Here is BA’s description in the Store:

Description
Finding a great place to visit is easier than ever with the British Airways Inspiration app. This app allows you to explore many of the great places that British Airways fly to, discover places that are just the right temperature, and learn how to spend a perfect day in many of the cities.

Features
Discover destinations based on temperature, month, and what they are best for
Explore what our customers think makes a perfect day
Experience British Airways cabins

If you don’t mind the size of the App, please download via the Source Link below.

Source: Windows Store

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G-Maps – Quality Google Maps App in the Store

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OK, here is another useful app from the Store if you don’t use Microsoft’s Bing Maps App. G Maps is indeed Google Maps App in the Windows 8 Store, and I am impressed with the app. Even if you use Bing Maps, you want to have such an App as this for backup. This app includes Turn-by-turn navigation feature of Google Maps. I am yet to test its Turn-by-turn, but I am sure you’ll be impressed too. Here is quoting the app from the Store:

Description
G Maps – Ultimate Google Maps for Windows 8

Features
Search for a Particular Address
Get Directions between Addresses
Get Turn by Turn Navigation

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Download this app now for you Toolbox via the Source Link:

Source: Windows Store

Army Weapon System Handbook App arrived in the Store

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Do you love the Military, especially military gadgets, or are you an Armed Forces official? This is something for you. Army Weapon System Handbook, like the name suggests, is a database of all modern weapons systems for the US Army. This is a rich resource for laymen and professionals alike. It contains at least 15Mb of data. Here is describing the App from the Store:

Description
The Army Weapon Systems Handbook highlights the weapon systems that are in development and fielded by the U.S. Army.  This app is based on the content contained in the 2012 U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook prepared by ASA(ALT).

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Succinct and to the point. If Militrary wares is your thing, go get this app via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

ReddHub – Unofficial Reddit App is in the Store

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So you love Reddit and you’ve pre-ordered Surface and wondering which app to use, look no further, ReddHub is here to the rescue. Get your Reddit fix with a Metro flavor:

Description
ReddHub is the next evolution of client apps for Reddit.com and the premier reddit app for Windows 8. While maintaining a rich modern experience, ReddHub is feature rich and designed from the ground-up to make it easy to browse your favorite reddit content whether you’re using touch or keyboard!
ReddHub is stable. It’s fast. It’s elegant. It makes browsing reddit fun, exciting, and simple.
What makes ReddHub the premier Reddit client for Windows 8?
Just take a look at the features list below to see just some of what ReddHub offers!

Features
Infinite scrolling
Support for browsing Reddit without logging in
Full integration with your Reddit.com account – including voting, saving, reporting, and much more
View your messages or a user’s profile
Integration with Windows Search and Share
Ability to Pin your favorite subreddit(s) to the start screen
Ability to view comments, authors, and subreddits of any link
Collapsible comments
Ability to reply to comments and links
Integrated quoting
Launch a link in the browser or copy it to the clipboard
Awesome keyboard support that makes it easy to browse more content
Integrated image viewer for a stunning viewing experience

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You can download the app via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

TweeTRO updates in the Store

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LazyWorms has just released version 1.2.3 of TweeTRO in the Store. I guess the most important for me is the removal of Auto-Load of Tweets URLs, which constitute a serious security hole. Now you can turn it off in the Options. Yes, the app now have options reachable via the Setting Charm. Below summarizes the changes in the application:

Release notes

Features:
- Real-time streaming of tweets within ‘Timeline’ and search
- Mention suggestions when tweeting
- In-app browser options and URL bar
- Options to disable auto-loading of links
- Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut to compose tweet
- F5 keyboard shortcut to manually refresh
- Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to post a tweet

Bug Fixes:
- Semantic zoom control for desktop

Cumulo – Your multi-Cloud Drive Integrator App is in the Store

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Another practical application has just hit the Store for you Cloud-dwellers amongst us. Cumulo is an app designed to make your life simple if you’ve got assets spread all over the Internet in disparate Cloud-Services. The App bridges the gap between SkyDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox, by integrating these three services into one Interface that you can treat as one file source. You can manage and search across these services as if they are coming from the same source. The app also provides Download Manager function built-in with progress status if you have to download a large file. Following is full description of the App from the Store:

Description
Cumulo allows integrating different cloud storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive, in a single and unified view. All your cloud storage in one place!!!

Features
Integrates DropBox, SkyDrive and Google Drive into a unified view
Uses the search charm to search acrross all your cloud storages
Provides a download manager to download files from all registered storages
Uses descriptive icons to identify the cloud storage service for files or folders
A folder that appears in more than one cloud storage service is unified into just one folder
Allows to share files using the sharing charm
Open a file using the browser

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Yet another tool of your Digital Living Experience. Go ahead and download the app via the Source link, it is free as air; for now.

Source: Windows Store

T-Mobile releases “My T-Mobile” App in the Store

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Here we go, T-Mobile got their acts together and released My T-Mobile app in the Store. With the Developer Preview then, they released an app that no-one used, now they’ve come back with gun blazing and released an actually useful app for Windows 8. With this App, you can now keep an eye on your T-Mo’s universe; Tile and App inclusive. Got LTE? You want to get this app before LTE sucks out all your bits and you start paying through your nose. Here how T-Mobile describes the App in the Store:

Description
My T-Mobile provides an integrated Mobile Broadband account experience for Windows 8 OS.  The live-tile displays the current data usage information, billing cycle, and key notifications from T-Mobile.  It intelligently determines the currently associated plan to show the appropriate experience in a simple and intuitive manner based on the status of the plan.  Provides a seamless connection experience to purchase plans or to top-up data.  Saves all the T-Mobile toast pop-up notifications for later viewing.  Help & Support section provides friendly troubleshooting and self-help tips.
This application requires a T-Mobile data SIM card to function.

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If you are a T-Mobile US Customer, you’ll definitely need this app. So you’d better get this into your toolbox via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

BookReader – The First Working eBook Reader in the Store

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The first truly-working ePub reader is now in the Store. BookReader truly works with non-DRMed eBooks. The App leverages the full feature of Metro Design Language to bring a pleasurable reading experience to Windows 8 devices unlike some Reader Apps in the Store. Hello Kindle app, I am looking at you!

As mentioned, the only disadvantage here is non-support for DRM. But then, there is enough free ebook resource out there, so you won’t regret this app; and what’s more, its free. Here is the Dev’s description of the App from the Store:

Description
Enjoy your eBooks with comfort on beautiful multicolumn interface.
DRM protected ePubs (like iTunes or Kindle) are not supported, sorry.

Features
Support of DRM-free ePub and Txt books
Multicolumn modern interface
Day/In Door/Night Themes with selection of Fonts
Landscape or Portrait orientation
Table of content for both ePub and Txt

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Did I mentioned you can get up to 3 reading columns on a 1080p display, i.e. if you have SurfacePro, this is your reader of choice. Get it now while its free via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

The Official Al Jazeera App is in the Windows Store!

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Ok, somebody give me a pinch now. I think MS is on the roll here. Just a minute ago I blogged the release of JPL’s App, now another knocker has just dropped. The Official ALJAZEERA App has just graced the Store. This is a News App done right. Kudos to the Devs who put this together. The app gives you latest news, and News Categories. Follow the world news, or view one of their schedules. Aljazeera Media Network describes the app as follows:

Description
Al Jazeera brings you all the latest news and live broadcast of Al Jazeera English, free of charge.
The 24-hour news and current affairs channel is the first international English-language news channel to broadcast across the globe from the Middle East.
Al Jazeera’s global footprint continues to grow and now broadcasts to more than 260 million households on six continents in more than 130 countries.

Features
All the latest news, features, spotlight, opinion and blogs from Al Jazeera English
Programmes videos and information for the latest shows
Watch the LIVE broadcast

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So, yet another quality app is here to stay. Download this app now and follow Middle-East news from the natives’ perspective. Please download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

JPL Brings “NASA Be A Martian” App to the Store

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Hey, what have we here? A Martian Software on Windows 8! Another quality App has come to grace the Store. NASA JPL is here with “NASA Be A Matian” App to teach you what it takes to be on Mars. An educational package for young and old young-at-heart alike to experience Mars as one of the Robots we currently have roaming Mars at the moment. Learn how these robots operates, the condition that affects them and the challenges they face daily to supply us with those gorgeous Pics and data we receive from Mars daily. Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes the App as follows:

Description
Be A Martian: Come explore Mars with us!
Space exploration is no longer limited to the intrepid few, but is open to us all as members of a spacefaring society. Be part of exploration and discovery in these times, and personally contribute to the expansion of human knowledge for all of us now, and as a legacy for those who follow.
Join a community of worldwide explorers! NASA/JPL’s Be A Martian App offers exciting ways to take part in discovery and learn about NASA’s Mars missions. You can also view Mars images and videos, and read the mission news. Learn more about Be A Martian at: http://BeAMartian.jpl.nasa.gov and visit NASA’s Mars Exploration Program website: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

Features
See the latest mission images of our spacecraft and those returned from the Red Planet.
Get the latest updates on Curiosity’s Journey
Learn about Mars and all the active missions.
Ask us a question about Mars.
Get up-to-the-minute news.
Check out behind-the-scenes videos featuring people on the missions.

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Come take this trip with us, learn all you can about Mars and join & contribute to the Community of Space farers. Maybe you’ll be the one to first identify Life in the strings of pictures available for scrutiny. Download this app and take a trip with us. Download via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

MSNBC releases Breaking News App in the Store

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MSNBC has just released the Breaking News App to the Public. If you follow @BreakingNews on Twitter you know what I am talking about. If you really want to keep abreast of what is happening all around the world, this is the App for you. Here is the description of the App in the Store from NBC Inc.:

Description
Breaking News tells you what’s happening right now, straight from the source. See breaking stories appear in real-time, verified by the same journalists who power @BreakingNews on Twitter.

Features
Scan the latest updates in seconds from news sources across the globe
Get 4X more updates than @breakingnews on Twitter
Watch updates refresh at the top automatically
Share stories using the windows 8 sharing charms

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Download this app from the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

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Here’s how Steam and Minecraft can Play Nicely with Windows 8 Metro

Before we start the discussion, let’s recap on some basic topics, including a quick look at Steam and Minecraft and, also, the whole issue regarding these products and Windows 8. If you are familiar with the matter discussed in the overview, please skip to the next section, as it will contain more valuable insights that haven’t really been discussed much. Continue reading

Netflix for Windows 8 is here

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As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft has released another most anticipated App for Windows 8, Netflix. And according to all and sundry, the app is really a knocker on Windows 8, someone went as far as to say, its even better than Netflix on XBox. The app is so good that the vendors only supply just one screenshot in the Store, the one you see here above. That is confidence for you. Microsoft released the app just yesterday, and as you can see, it already has 76 ratings at solid 4.8 Stars! The app works on both the Pro and RT only version devices, so where you go, your movies go with you.

Following is Netflix Inc.’s description in the Store:

Description
Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies.
Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies.
If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial.
How does Netflix work?
- Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price.
- With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want.
- You can Browse a growing selection of thousands of titles, and new episodes that are added regularly.
- Search for titles and watch immediately on your phone or on an ever expanding list of supported devices.
- Rate your favorite shows and movies and tell us what you like so Netflix can help suggest the best titles for you.
- Start watching on one device, and resume watching on another. Check out netflix.com for all the TVs, game consoles, tablets, phones, Blu-ray players and set top boxes on which you can watch Netflix.

Is this version of Netflix better than the one on XBox? Well its for you to judge for yourselves. Download the app via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

Total App Count -– 2012-10-13

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[Data per  2012-10-13]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 3350
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App Stats:

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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 613
Total Free Apps: 2737
Total Desktop Apps: 86

Localization:
Total English Apps: 2718
Total Localized Apps: 632

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: 723
Non-Accessible Apps: 2627

Store News:

Welcome to this week’s News from the Windows Store. The week saw a flurry of activities in the Store, I was expecting doldrums this week given the trend of last week, but Microsoft surprised us by releasing one of the most expected app: Netflix this week.

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The debate is on-going whether this is by overt or by covert, a sleight of hand from Microsoft. Did they accidentally released this app or was it intentional to keep the buzz going? This coming week will tell if Microsoft decides to release another major app, that will then point to keeping the buzz going. Those of us tracking MS know they’ve got some serious Apps in Keeps for the GA. So the question remain “What Will MS Do” this coming week :-).

Coupled with this bang from the Store this week were the completion of the updates to the Windows 8 Built-In Apps. Every App from Microsoft is now updated bringing more features to these apps and welcomed stability updates. The most noticeable for me is the Mail App which now supports Conversations view. Another surprise from Microsoft is the release of two paid XBox Titles this week. Microsoft added 4 Elements II Special Edition at $9.99 and Rocket Riot 3D at $4.99. Click on the Pictures to get them from the Store.

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I mentioned a flurry of activities, this is not only limited to Microsoft this week. The Indy Developers were also hot on the heels of Microsoft in releasing updates to their Apps. I think I counted about 10 App updates this week. The most popular of course is the Update to MetroTwit Twitter client in the Store, followed almost immediately by the release of the update to the FlipToast my personal favorite Facebook/Twitter integration App. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to blog the update to FlipToast.

But the flurry of activities does not limit to Store Apps, Microsoft also release what we could call SP1 to Windows 8 this week. BuildWindows8 Blog detailed these updates here. The updates brought needed performance tuning and Stability to the Windows 8 Core systems, including increased Graphic Acceleration performance.

So here I was expecting a boring week in the store, but it turned out to be anything but boring. There are some noticeable apps released this week too. Early in the week debuted AppSwitch, an app to make life easier for Windows 8 users coming from other platforms like iOS and Android by recommending similar apps in the Win8 Store. I was contacted by the Vendors to request you lovers of Windows 8 to help make the app better by submitting your personal recommendations. Do you know a similar or better app in Win8 Store compared to other platforms? Please submit so we can all make Win8 go bang!

ArcSoft ShowBiz also debuted this week. This is another Video Editing app in the Store. Then you have what I called the most practical app in the Store: Windows 8 Cheat Keys. An app that help newbies and Pros alike to find and remember major keyboard combinations. If you love keyboarding on your PC, this is the app for you. Logitech also joined other Hardware OEMs in the Store by releasing their first Metro App in the Store: Logitech Camera Controller.

There are so many good apps this week that it will make this post too long to mention them all one for one. Please search for the following Apps in the Store, you wont be disappointed:

  • Additive Warning
  • Audio Analyzer
  • Farming Simulator 2012
  • Spiral
  • EVEision 8′
  • Rubik’s Cube Solution
  • Granny Tips
  • Sorting Algorithms
  • Graphing Calculator+
  • Physics Equations
  • myStarjob.com
  • Checkers Pro
  • Backgammon Pro

On App Stats, as you can see we’ve crossed the 3K milestone in the Store! I was actually expecting the crossover last week, but then it’s still an incredible performance that Windows Store has more than 3K Apps before General Availability. And please don’t sneer and say that number includes Desktop Apps, yes specifically for this week I counted the total Desktop Apps in the Store, they are 86 in total, so deducting that from the total number, we still have more than 3000 Metro Apps in the Store. That is a huge Performance! How many Apps does Mac has in its App Store again? No wonder Apple didn’t release the Total number. Go Microsoft!

The Crown has returned to the Games Category and we see a sharp drop in the delta number for Sports category. As you can see from the graphs, Games, Entertainment, Education and Tools are the most published Categories in the Store. They maintain a comfortable lead on the rest of App Categories.

I will close this week by personal recommendation of two Apps, one in the Social Category and the other for the Toddlers. These are apps that are worthy of mention because of their quality and concept. First is MathBoad for Toddlers. The app supports Touch and Pen for scribbling, it brings the concept of Scribble Board back for toddlers. Second App is NowFloats, a Social App that brings new twitst to Sharing. I won’t give a spoiler here, but please see the app in the Store for yourselves. Note these apps are receiving average of 4.8 Stars in the Store. Click on the Pictures for the links.

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Well, that is the news from Store this week. The Roller Coaster is now gathering momentum, we are speedily approaching the Apogee of Windows 8 Events. Whatever happens you can expect yours truly to be all over it. Just another week and then the party will start. I will probably have missed something in the Store you might think is important. Let me know what you think. Please find the archive of last week’s post here below. Have a great week ahead.

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

- McAkins

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 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.

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