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Microsoft Tech Companion App hit the Store

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[UPDATE: 2013-12-04
Microsoft has temporarily pulled this app in the Store given the complaints a lot of people are having with its usage at the moment. Please try later on if you can't find it in the Store.]

Via @WinObs and Mary Jo Foley it came to our knowledge today that Microsoft has just released a companion app for their technology. The intention of the App is to be a single-point-of-News for everything Microsoft. Therefore the app is not only available on Windows, it is as well available for Windows Phone, Android and Apple platforms. There is news that the App is proving unstable for now on Windows 8, lets hope they fix it quickly. Continue reading

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With Movie World App in the Store who need IMDB App

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Some of us have been wondering how long will it take for IMDB App to appear in the Windows Store. Basically, I for one have grown tired of waiting, and whenever an app appears in the Store that gives the same information that IMDB does, I had to take a look. Well, I think my search has ended now with Movie World. With this app you don’t need IMDB App anymore. Does the app need more tweaking? Of course it does, no Windows 8 app is perfect at this moment. I am sure the Devs are working hard to bring you more features. But for now, it is already awesome. Continue reading

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Try HeuX App for Educational Excellence

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Sometimes as a Windows Store oracle, you just wonder why some apps don’t get traction despite awesome features built-in. Such is with this HeuX App in the Store. The app has been in the Store since October 2013, and up till today, not a single soul has touched the app. And when you think its feature could be of tremendous help to Students and teachers alike, you wonder why it hasn’t become very popular in the Store. That is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves here at McAkins Online to give some of these awesome apps some Air time.

HeuX is an educational hub as mentioned to drive Teachers/Students engagement. But when you hear of teachers/students, you’ll think this is only for classrooms. No, not at all, wherever people are mentored, this is a good hub for them. What do you think about parent/children knowledge dissemination. This could be of help too.

As you can read from below’s description, the app supports Whiteboard, pen for inking, Poll for question and answer session. But more so, there is a service from HeuX behind the app where you can upload teaching sessions for offline access etc.

Following is full details of the App:

Description

HeuX allows teachers to deliver lesson content to students through the use of whiteboards, quick polls, and forums.

Features

  • Lesson delivery through synchronized whiteboards, polls, and forums
  • Publish lesson to portal for access and review at a later time

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You can give the app a try now as it is free in the Store. Download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

For the Dutch, CBR Exam App in the Store

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For our Dutch friends, the CBR has just released a new App into the Windows Store for internal consumption of Examinators and Instructors. This is not meant for the open public, but for Driving Instructors and Driving License Examinators as they call them in the Netherlands. According to CBR, for external Instructors, this app will only be in the Read-Only or learning mode, while for CBR internal Staffs, they’ll be able to take legal driving Exams via the App. So I guess, the Dutch can download this app and have a look around out of curiosity. If you discover anything spectacular, please let us know in the comments. Thanks already. Continue reading

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Project Spark is now in the Store!

Project Spark is now in the Store!

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Here is an exclusive for you, Project Spark for XBox and Windows 8 is about to go Live! We caught Microsoft with its hands in the proverbial cookie jar as the adage goes. Microsoft sneaked this App for Windows 8 into the Store yesterday while everyone was in the Black-Friday mood. Continue reading

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Sesame Street Touch & Learn TV – Xbox Game for Windows

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This one slipped in under our radar from Microsoft Studios. Sesame Street Touch and Learn TV needs no introduction to must of you with Kids. So now you know this companion app is now in the Store to teach and entertain your young and bright spawning. Continue reading

Zillow is now in the Windows Store

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Zillow, the much sought after Realtor app for Window 8 has now dropped in the Store. I guess most of you know Zillow, especially after all those foreclosure stories. If you’re interested to know what real-estate is for grabs in your neck of the wood, this is the app for you. Go get it now!

Description

Is that home for sale? What is it worth? Where can I find foreclosures? Get answers on Zillow, the leading real estate network, featuring homes for sale across the United States.

Find homes for sale and for rent, plus check values on 100+ million homes in the U.S.

Find homes that are just hitting the MLS, or those for sale by owner (FSBO). Plus, Zillow has rental listings for any type of property: single-family homes, apartments, town homes, condos and more.

For homeowners, check Zestimate® home values on 100+ million homes in the U.S.

Features

  • Only on Zillow: Get FREE access to foreclosure listings in your area, including pre-foreclosures, foreclosure auctions and bank-owned properties.
  • Filter searches by price, beds, baths, keywords, and more.
  • See the Zestimate of any home in the U.S. and see Rent Zestimates (estimated monthly rental price), on most homes and apartments
  • Save your favorites and searches and access them across platforms: Zillow.com or from any mobile device
  • Contact a Realtor® or local agent to tour a home.

Supported processors

x86, x64, ARM

Screenshots:

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If you’re interested, you can download the app now in the Store via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

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Pinball Star–A Blast from the Past in the Store

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Normally we don’t cover games here at McAkins Online like so games dedicated sites, but sometimes something comes along that is worthy of mention. One of them is this blast from the past. Those of you that saw the birth of Windows 95 with us will surely remember this game, now someone has port it over to the Windows Store. The App dropped in the Store today, and already it has garnered 4-Stars at 37 Ratings. Awesome! Lets hope MS will not take them to court.

Description

Enjoy the best classic pinball game on Windows 8!

Remember the good old days of pinball on your computer? Now you can re-live the experience on your new Windows 8 devices. Engage your hyperdrive, and blast into this classic game. Play Pinball Star for Windows 8 today!

If you like Pin ball, Bubble Star, Zulu Star, skee ball, basketball, air hockey, bowling, or any other classic arcade games, you will love Pinball Star!

Features

  • Classic Pinball
  • 16 Missions
  • Achievement badges
  • Highscore leaderboards
  • Customize your controls
  • Great graphics and sounds

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Curious now about the app? You can download it via the source link below. It costs you Nothing.

Source: Windows Store

App Highlight: Drawboard PDF

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Here is introducing another awesome app in the Windows Store. Drawboard PDF is exactly what it is, an app to allow you draw and annotate your existing PDF files, but not only that you can also create a completely empty white PDF page and fill it up with your drawing as you deemed fit.

We are having a hard time to recommend the app given the fact that you can already annotate your PDF files in the built-in Reader App from Microsoft in Windows 8. However, this app has one thing going for it, the Radial Menu analogous to that of OneNote. The built-in Reader app misses this extensive menu and pen feature. So if reading PDF all day your thing, or a student that collects PDF files for your theses, this is the app for you.

Here is the full description and screenshots of the App in the Store:

Description

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

The #1 PDF annotator available in the Store – View, markup and mange your PDF documents the easy way! Ideal for replacing the pen and paper, avoid

printing documents again by using our features that make annotating a PDF a

breeze. Either upload or create a new PDF, annotate using our extensive

array of tools, then save it back as a compatible PDF.

Drawboard distinguishes itself by its intuitive user interface and

experience, stylus and touch input separation, smooth and natural pen, and

array of tools.

This is a great tool for:

Design industries (engineering, construction, architecture etc.)

Students and teachers

Travelers

Business

Anyone who needs to mark up a PDF document!

If you like this app, please support its continued development with good

ratings. We have many plans for further improvements but want to hear your

suggestions too. It is most helpful if you email your ideas for app

features in email contact (instead of reviews in the Store) so that we can

communicate directly with you. Sometimes we may need more information about

the feature request and by emailing us, we can get that from you. Thank you

for your support.

Features

  • Toggle between using an activated stylus and finger touch to perform annotations
  • Open and read PDF documents
  • Create new PDF documents of different size, orientation and page count
  • Radial menu with the following features:
  • Smooth and natural inking pen/stylus inking – change stroke width and colors
  • Eraser – also works on the back of the stylus eraser where functional, and right click on mouse
  • Undo/Redo
  • Select tool to move annotations around the screen
  • Shapes – rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow
  • Text markup – highlighter, underline, strikeout, squiggly
  • All annotations have the option for varying colors, widths, opacities, fills etc
  • Bookmarks
  • Search
  • Share by email
  • Print
  • Recent document recovery
  • Open large document file sizes
  • View and display options
  • Save as a compatible PDF
  • Insert, Rotate and Delete Pages

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If you’re curious about the, please go right ahead and download via the Source Link here below. It is free of change; for now.

Source: Windows Store

Microsoft 3D Builder for 3D Printing

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Microsoft has introduced what we might call a pre-cursor to 3D Printing ubiquity. Since 3D is becoming common and 3D printers are becoming more and more affordable, we all need an integrated system to manage this environment, this is where Microsoft is stepping in with this 3D Builder app.

With this app you can let your imagination run wild while you build you 3D objects virtually and see how it will look like. It is all in the teething phase so you should expect to build the space shuttle with this. All you now have a simple models to start with. Good thing about this app is you don’t need a 3D printer to use it. If your interest is in 3D printing you can already start building your objects in the app.

Here is how MS described the app in the Store:

Description

Meet 3D Builder – the best place to view, prepare, and print your 3D models on Windows 8.1-ready 3D printers!

3D Builder is a fun, easy to use, free app for Windows 8.1 that helps you turn digital objects into physical ones and explore the exciting world of 3D printing. It also includes a library of example 3D objects to get you started.

Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or new to the world of 3D printing, 3D Builder is fun for Makers of all ages.

Features

  • View and prepare objects for 3D printing on Windows 8.1-ready devices
  • Load STL, OBJ, or 3MF files from disk
  • Library of 3D objects to explore and print

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The App was released at the beginning of the week, and already it has seen an update to fix crashes on some video cards that users were reporting. Let us hope MS will continue to build out this app and user in an era of the Star-trek replicators.

Download the app now in the Store via the source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

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App Highlight: Podscout for your Podcast addiction

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Are you in a shopping mode for a good Podcast App in the Windows Store? Well, look no further as we bring you another awesome app for your Podcast needs. Podscout promise to bridge your information world by bringing you the best of Internet News media, all collated for you for easy access.

Podscout is a full featured Podcast app with the following description and features:

Description

podscout has the most significant features for an ambitious podcast audience.

Subscribe your favorite podcasts by searching in popular catalogs like iTunes and gPodder or easily adding a podcast feed URL. Dependent on your settings. podscout updates the subscriptions and downloads the latest episodes automatically. So you can play episodes online and offline.

podscout is not only a simple media player to stream video and audio podcasts. podscout further supports stepping through chapters, reading shownotes and play episodes to other devices. podscout brings a sleep timer to pause the playback after specific time span and keeps playback position even after suspending the app.

With podscout you can back up your subscription database to SkyDrive and restore them on other devices. You can easily share your subscriptions and episodes through the Windows share charm.

With background audio playback capability podscout enables you to listening podcasts while working on Windows 8.

The app supports a trial mode. While in trial mode, the app display ads. If the trial mode expires, the app will not start anymore and the user has the ability to purchase the app.

Features

  • optimized for Windows 8.1
  • search podcasts through iTunes and gPodder
  • manage Subscriptions and easily browse through Episodes
  • adjust Settings for each Subscription
  • step through Chapters if local media or podcast feed supports it
  • read Shownotes in web view if podcast feed supports it
  • use background audio playback capability
  • play to other devices (DLNA)
  • watch videos on full screen
  • backup and restore the Subscription database with SkyDrive
  • share Subscriptions and Episodes through the Windows charms bar
  • use sleep timer to automatically pause the playback
  • add Secondary Live Tiles with badge notifications for each Subscription

And here are few more screenshots to whet your appetite:

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Podscout gives you a chance to test out the app for 15 days of trial period. If that is not enough to convince you, then I don’t know what will. Let op, a long period of trial period is an attestation of the confidence of the Developers that you will love the App so much you’ll purchase it. For $5.00, we are sure the app is worth your every cent.

Download the app now via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

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Microsoft Updates Windows Store to Show Really Large Screenshots

Microsoft has quietly updated the Windows Store in Windows 8.1. The update is server side. That is, you will not need to update your operating system to see the changes; it is automatically available for all users of Windows 8.1. What is the update, you might ask? Basically, the screenshots in the app landing page are huge! It actually looks pretty nice. Before this update, the screenshots were much smaller, and you could see more of the panoramic view of the Store. But now, with the much larger screenshots, most of your screen is used by the app screenshots.

Here are some screenshots. Note that the resolution is 1920 by 1080. Before the update, I observed the app screenshots to be much smaller and I could see more stuff on screen than I can now.

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McAkins Online App Landing Page

Flipboard for Windows 8

Flipboard For Windows 8 Arrives!

Flipboard for Windows 8

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Yes! The wait is over! For all ye Flipboard fanatics out there, the gods have answered your call. Today, the Flipboard app will grace the Windows Store with its presence thereby making Win8 even more viable now for all those complaining for lack of Apps.

Tom Warren broke the News today at The Verge informing of impending arrival of the App for all and sundry at 07PM ET today. Also the quick intro was given on the YouTube for the App as you can see here below:

Flipboard for Windows 8.1

I hope with this release, other big names will follow suit and drop their apps for the Windows 8 Metro platform. Download the app and let us know what you think.

Source: The Verge

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