TeamViewer Touch Arrived in the Store

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Another favorite tool of mine has just debuted for touch interface in the Windows Store. TeamViewer is no stranger to most of you that live in the IT and Support circles. It is the public contender with SplashTop, LogMeIn and other Remote Desktop solutions. I have been using TeamViewer for years to support my extensive family and friends PCs. I am glad they released this Touch version as this will allow you to remote into hosts from within Windows RT devices like Surface etc that doesn’t have desktop version of Teamviewer.

As you can see above I have already installed the app and taken it for a spin. I  can say, it works as advertised. You can only initiate outbound connection to remote hosts, you will never be able to connect to TeamViewer Touch from outside. Security feature of Windows 8 of course. Here is TeamViewer GmbH’s description of the App from the Store:

Description
Control any remote computer with TeamViewer Touch within seconds. If you want to remotely control this computer and benefit from the whole range of features please download the TeamViewer Desktop app (download on http://www.teamviewer.com).
With TeamViewer Touch you can remotely control computers or servers via the internet, as if you were sitting right in front of them. Whether you are providing spontaneous support for friends and family, administrating servers or working from your home office – TeamViewer lets you get the job done.
Find out why more than 100 million users trust TeamViewer!
Quick Guide
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1. Install and start the app
2. Install and start the TeamViewer Desktop app on the computer you want to control (download on http://www.teamviewer.com)
3. Enter the TeamViewer ID and password of the remote computer in the app and click on “Remote ControlConnect”
– Preview version —

Features
Windows, Mac or Linux — Remotely control any computer within seconds
Highest security standard — 256 Bit AES Session Encoding and 1024 Bit RSA Key Exchange
Integrated computers & contacts list — See the online status of your partners and connect to them via quick access
No configuration — Effortless access to remote computers even behind firewalls and proxy servers
Simple reboot — Reboot remote computers or servers from anywhere
Multi monitor — Switch between multiple screens easily

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I am still fiddling with this app, I can’t see the remote-reboot advertised. Note the message in the description informing that this is just a preview, that is the app is just basic at the moment, there more to come in the future. For me, I am just glad to see TeamViewer onboard. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got in the pipeline for the future. Download the Metro now via the source link here below.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @Windows4Life (Thanks buddy!)

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Google Joins the Windows 8 Bandwagon

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[Update 2012-10-24: OK, I have just been informed my oversight, that this app will not work on Windows 8 RT, i.e. will not work on ARM devices, this is an Intel x86 platform only app; for now.]

They say, when do you know you are on the winning streak? When your enemy comes to your camp bearing gifts. Yes Google acknowledges Windows 8 feasibility by bring their Search App to Windows 8. Ok maybe I am a bit overly here, you can equally say what’s the point, Google has apps on iOS, on Windows Phone etc, so why not Windows 8? Ok, you may be right, but Windows 8 is a different story entirely. Google has reached a point of independence that it doesn’t need Microsoft anymore to succeed, they even have their own ChromeOS right.

Google Search brings the Search war to the Bing App in the Store. Search results are not displayed for example in an external browser, but displayed in an iFrame built into the app. Here is Google Inc.’s description of the App from the Store:

Description
The world’s information at your fingertips. A familiar, fast, and precise way to find answers on your Windows 8 device.

Features
Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly.
Voice Search –  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly.
Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results.
Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm.
Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page.
View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword.
Google Apps page – Access all your favorite Google products from within the app with just the tap of an icon.
Google Instant – No need to press Enter – see results instantly as you type.

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So, Google may not have Chrome ready to compete with IE10 fully on Windows, but what this app does is try to isolate Google’s users from getting too used to Microsoft solutions. I wouldn’t call it a panic attack, but its close. Have you got a lot invested in Google’s universe, then you’ll need this app. So go ahead and download it via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Yay! Microsoft Implements My Advise on Selling Windows 8!

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Last year everyone was worried that Windows Phone was not getting the traction it deserves. Phone houses weren’t selling these devices, even actively turning potential buyers away from Windows Phone. It was absolutely frustrating. How is it possible that Windows Phone with such gorgeous tiles be so abominably misunderstood by the populace? Then it dawned on me! At the time of the writing of that post, Microsoft just released the Developer Preview of Windows 8. So I decided to title the post “Selling Windows Phone and Windows 8”.

The beauty of Windows Phone and Windows 8 is also their undoing. Windows Phone and Windows 8 are not devices you just look over for 5 minutes and conclude your opinion. Metro devices have to be used to be understood. You need to have your data on it and see how it all connects. So I proposed to Microsoft to create a fictive personal to sell both Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices. This persona should have normal data that everyone in their daily life have. Mails, SMS, Call history, Pictures, Music, Video etc. You know, the kind of data you accumulate after months of using a device. With this data, a seller can demo the device using this data so that a potential buyer will then understand what Metro is all about. Nothing beats a Tile popping up your messages and notifications!

And today, I have just read a post on NeoWin that Microsoft is bursting out Windows 8 with fictive personas built-in, and has trained sellers in its Stores to know these fictive accounts inside out. Awesome! Nice job Microsoft. Can I now have my mention? Smile

Source: NeoWin
Image Credit: Microsoft

Hulu Plus is now in the Store

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Hulu LLC has decided to join Netflix in Windows Store by releasing their Official Windows 8 App: Hulu Plus. Of course Hulu needs no introduction, but if you are from Mars and you know not what Hulu is about, its all about Video Streaming. Hulu brings you your favorite TV Shows and Series, but then the Internet. Following is Hulu LLC’s description of the App from the Store:

Description
Hulu Plus – Unlimited Instant Streaming
Download the app to enjoy unlimited instant streaming of hit TV shows.
• Watch popular shows including New Girl, Family Guy, The Daily Show and Misfits
• Enjoy classic series such as Lost and Battlestar Galactica
• Resume watching from where you left off on your TV or other supported device
Requires a broadband Internet connection.
Use of Hulu Plus is only available within the United States, and is subject to the Hulu Terms of Service at hulu.com/terms

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Alas, you can read is this only for US Resident individuals, or the Net Wizards amongst us. Get the app now via the Source Link hereafter.

Source: Windows Store

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

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

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