Designing the Windows Folder for the Mobile Era

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Here is a little suggestion for Microsoft Windows Design team to improve Windows for the modern/mobile age. I have been fighting this past week to get my VHD boot device upgraded to Windows 8.1 as I have grown tired of waiting for Microsoft to fix this problem. If you’ve not heard, Microsoft choose to leave out the upgrade of an official Install Scenario of Windows called VHD Native Boot. This is an officially supported Install option for Windows since Windows 7, but without warning to the community, they are not going to upgrade you from Windows 8RTM to any later version if you’re running in Native Boot. Continue reading

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Microsoft Finally Lets You Search the Windows Store from Your Web Browser

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I honestly don’t know what took Microsoft so long, but believe it or not, until now Microsoft did not officially provide a way to search the Windows 8 App Store from your web browser. It is in contrast to every other app store model, including Microsoft’s own Windows Phone Store! But you can finally browse the Windows Store from your browser. Visit this site to get started.

You could browse and search the iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone app stores directly from your web browser. But in the case of Windows Store, you had to use the Store app from Windows 8. If you didn’t have Windows 8, well, then you are out of luck. Of course, there are third party sites that attempt to solve this issue, such as MetroStoreScanner.

Frustratingly, Microsoft still does not provide a way to browse the Windows Store from the web browser. You can only search as of now. But it is a start. I thank Allah (God), and Microsoft, that it finally arrived.

Okay, so here it is. Visit this page and you will be able to search for apps in the Windows Store by typing their name or keywords. If the query doesn’t yield apps, make sure “Apps” is selected on the left sidebar, and not “This Site”.

Go ahead and try it!

Glide – Access All Your Cloud Files in One Place

Glide app for Windows 8 lets you browse your files stored on all of your cloud services in one, single place. You can connect to the various cloud storage services you use to this app, and, then, you will be able to browse through your files, in one, cohesive manner. You no longer have to remember which service you had your files uploaded on.

Description

Glide is a free service that connects your devices and cloud services so that you have access to all of your files no matter where they are stored. With Glide you can easily share and publish files and web content from your PC or mobile device. Glide automatically converts file formats when needed for easy sharing with friends and family!

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Features

  • Connect and manage various devices and cloud services.

  • Access photos, music, video and documents.

  • Play slideshows, music and video playlists.

  • Search for files across various devices and cloud services.

  • Share and publish photos, music, video and documents with friends and family.

  • All the time, anywhere access to all of your files!

Download it here: Glide

Temple Run Brave is in the Store!

If you love the endless running game Temple Run on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and you also love the Disney movie Brave, then check out this game for Windows 8! Temple Run Brave. This is a version of the classic Temple Run game with the characters and settings of the Disney movie Brave. Here’s the description.

Description

TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE IS AN OFFICIAL APP FROM IMANGI AND DISNEY/PIXAR WITH AN ALL NEW LOOK AND NEW ARCHERY FEATURE!
From Imangi, the makers of Temple Run, and Disney comes a new take on the most exhilarating app in the App Store. Join Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave as you run, slide, jump, turn and shoot your way across the wilds of Scotland on an endless running adventure!
New features just for Temple Run: Brave –
 • Introducing ARCHERY – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins
 • New, amazing visuals. It looks better than ever!
 • All new environments inspired by Disney/Pixar Brave and the wilds of Scotland
 • Play as Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave • Outrun Mordu, the demon bear, to earn running glory
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Also includes all the great features from Temple Run:
• Simple swipe and tilt control that are easy to use and just feel right
• Level up your character and use crazy power-ups
• Endless play!

Temple Run: Brave

AppSwitch Updates in the Store with more Features!

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AppSwitch updates with more awesome features and bug fixes:

Release notes
Version 2.0.0.0:
- Added support for BlackBerry devices
- Receive toast notifications and live tile updates when new matches become available
- Icon, logo and app UI refresh
- Search bug fixed!

 

App Description:
With AppSwitch for Windows 8, it’s easy to find replacement apps for those you have on your Apple iOS, Google Android or BlackBerry device. Just search for your old app and be presented with a list of alternative apps available for Windows 8. With built in notifications and live tiles, if you don’t find quite what you’re looking for, you can be alerted when a new match becomes available without even opening the app.
If you have any feedback, good or bad, then please email us:
support@appswitch.co.uk
Find us on Twitter:
@app_switch

Coming from other platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry)? This is the app to get. Download in the store via the source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

AppSwitch is back with a vengeance for Mobile OS Switchers

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A long while back I ran treatise on an App that debuted in the Store that allows Switchers from other Mobile OSes to feel at home on Windows 8. Since then AppSwitch has grown to become the first app a Switcher should download on moving to Windows 8. There has been improvements to the app down the line, and recently the Publisher has released an extensive update to the app in terms of UI improvements and database updates. You can now easily find any apps you were hooked on in iOS and Android on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. There are columns presenting the topmost apps, the “Top 50 Apps” like Microsoft like to call them. View top rated, view Reviews, Search by Category etc. I believe Microsoft should have done something like this actually with the release of their Mobile OSes, but we are glad an independent Vendor has taken up this challenge. Here are the updated features and screenshots from the Store:

Description
If you’ve recently moved to Windows 8 but can’t find your favorite apps, then use AppSwitch to find Windows 8 replacements for all of your favorite Google Android and Apple iOS apps!
Just type in the name of an Android/Apple app, browse a list of replacement apps (without having to leave AppSwitch) and download the one you think is the best fit for you.
Also browse latest, popular and top rated matches, add favorites, rate matches to help other users and share your discoveries in a fluid and functional app.
Don’t worry if the exact app isn’t available! You might find an even better one!
App discovery just got easy.
If you have any feedback, good or bad, then please email us:
support@appswitch.co.uk
Find us on Twitter:
@app_switch

Features
Find Windows 8 apps that similar to apps on iOS and Android
Search the Windows/Apple/Google app stores
Browse latest, popular and top rated matches

 

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This is the app that will make your switchover to Microsoft’s platform less of a pain trust me. You need to go get the app right now if you a new Windows 8 user coming from Apple or  Google’s platforms; what’s more, it’s free for what I can see for now. Download now via the source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Jetpack Joyride – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

Suit up with a selection of the coolest jetpacks ever made and take to the skies as Barry Steakfries, the lovable hero on a one-way trip to adventure! Join Barry as he breaks in to a secret laboratory to commandeer the experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers. Rain bullets, bubbles, rainbows and lasers downwards as you fly towards higher and higher scores!Along the way you’ll collect coins, vehicles, powerups and more, all of which can be upgraded and customized in the Stash. Want to dress up like a ninja? Paint your Profit Bird gold? Grab your robot pal Flash to come along for the ride? The choice is yours!Stay alive, get funky and lose yourself in Jetpack Joyride. There’s so much to see and do, all the time in the world and more than enough jetpacks! As always, Barry Steakfries will provide!


Features

  • Huge arsenal of jetpacks and vehicles to unlock
  • Equip gadgets for special abilities in The Stash
  • Dynamic missions, objectives and rewards
  • Compete with friends and aim for the highest scores
  • Unlock achievements and share your skills online

AppSwitch is here for Switchers to Windows 8

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[Update 2012-10-11: The Developers of this App (AppSwitch) wants your help to make this app better by proposing App Matches on their site: http://www.appswitch.co.uk. So if you are a user of other platforms and you’ve come across a similar or better replacement in the Store, you now have the opportunity to let the world know. Also if you are an App Developer and you’ve created something to blow the similar apps on other platforms away, you now have the opportunity to submit your app name to AppSwitch site. You will need to provide the 300×300 Logo of your app for proper display in AppSwitch. So come on people, lets make the Windows platform a welcoming platform by helping our Switchers with good apps recommendations.]

Are you a fervent user of iOS or Android devices and is being captivated by our Precious Microsoft Surface? Here is something to get you started and kill your nostalgia dead on their tracks. AppSwitch is to help you identify equivalents of your favorite programs on those other platforms in Windows 8. Looking for a replacement for TweetDeck? We’ve got FlipToast or TweeTRO. Looking for replacement for Splashtop on iOS, we’ve got Splashtop too for Win8, and so on, and so forth. Here’s according to AppSwitch in the Store:

Description
Have you recently moved to a Windows 8 device but can’t find your favorite apps? Use AppSwitch to find Windows 8 replacements for all of your favorite apps on Google Android or Apple iOS.
Browse  latest, popular and top rated matches or search for your favorite app and see if it’s available. Don’t worry if it’s not as you might find an even better app!
App discovery just got easy.
Visit the AppSwitch website for more info!

Features
Find Windows 8 apps that similar to apps on iOS and Android
Browse latest, popular and top rated matches

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So, now you know. Your switchover doesn’t have to be a pain. You’ve got a friend with AppSwitch, and we from the Community of Windows 8 Super Users have your back definitely!

Curious? Download the app right via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

Fruit Ninja – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

Slice across the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure! Fruit Ninja features Classic, Zen and the amazing Arcade mode! Your success will also please the wise ninja Sensei, who will accompany your journey with wise words and fun fruit facts. Fruit Ninja is the messiest and most satisfying fruit game ever!


Features

  • Carve, splatter, and slash your way through piles of colorful fruit in this juicy arcade action game
  • Choose from three different game modes to play through: Classic, Arcade, and Zen
  • Customize your experience with unlockable weapons and backgrounds
  • Keep your eyes peeled for three different game-changing power-ups

How Do You Feel About Instagram on Android? [Poll]

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Instagram is finally available for Android, but not everyone is excited. According to a CNN article, iOS users adopted a pretty snobby attitude when Instagram dropped into the Google Play market. That really isn’t surprising. The iOS platform is known to be used primarily by well off people. The Android user base is pointed more towards those on lower budgets and income.
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Will Upgrading to “Windows 9″ be Free?

Recently, a thought came to my mind. I pondered if Microsoft will be likely to give away upgrade versions of Windows for free for Windows versions following Windows 8. Windows has been relatively much more expensive compared to other operating systems on the market. Even to upgrade from one version to the next, on would have to buy a boxed “upgrade” copy or download the installer from online for nearly a hundred dollars if not more. Competitors, like Linux were free while Mac OSX cost around 30 dollars to upgrade. However, Windows has been so well used and a stable operating system, people would put up with the high upgrade costs. Given that this has been like so for at least 20 years or so, does it make any sense to believe that Microsoft might start giving away upgrade versions of Windows 8’s successors? Though this would be completely unlike Microsoft’s Windows business strategies, it does make sense to give away Windows “9” and future upgrades for free, and here’s why. Continue reading

Moneto NFC Enabled MicroSD Card Announced At CES

DeviceFidelity and Spring Card Systems have collaborated together to create a revolutionary new product: the Moneto NFC MicroSD card. Yes that’s right, a MicroSD card to be used in Android smartphones with NFC capability!  The card, that has been in development for several years now, houses an NFC (Near Field Communication) antenna and radio that processes contactless payments via MasterCard’s PayPass system. No memory capacity is included on the card, but hey; its NFC on ANY* Android device! Availability of the card is said to been in the next few weeks priced reasonably at $30. Several handsets will be supported at launch – unnamed as yet – with further compatibility rolling out later in the year.

*Not all devices will be supported at launch.

Tech Predictions for 2012

We are at another new year. 2012 is here and we are all still alive! To celebrate the new year, we are going to have a little fun here. Some of the authors at Techtronica have come up with some of their predictions of what will happen by the end of the year (other than the end of the world). The predictions range from Apple’s iPad, to Google+, to Windows 8 to 3DTVs. We have listed the names of the authors followed by their predictions. If you have your own predictions, agree or disagree with the authors, or have any other comments or questions, we look forward to hearing from you. Leave a comment bellow or message us via twitter, facebook, or Google+

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

Windows Store ScreenshotThe tablet market will explode with mindshare and products

With the iPad and the Kindle Fire’s notable success, there is no doubt that many other manufacturers will join the race for similar success. Yes, android tablets have been around 2011, but it is not until the Kindle Fire that android tablets have seen its true potentials. I would expect more customized and branded android tablets this year.

Let’s not forget Windows 8. Microsoft is in full throttle to push its next Windows OS into tablets. Windows 8 features a touch-first user experience, with fluid animations and response. With the new Windows 8 App Store and revolutionary Windows Applications, Windows 8 tablets will be a huge influence in this market.

By the end of 2011, consumers are now fully aware of and interested in this new way of computing, and, thus, it is only expected that in the year 2012 will see a boom in tablet purchases.

Windows 8 will be a huge hit and a great threat to the iPad

I know this is a bold statement, but bear with me. I am confident that Windows 8 will be a very successful both in the desktop and the tablet market.

The success of Windows 8 revolves around that Windows 8’s excellent ability to be backward compatible the ability to outperform Windows 7 even in the basic level. The desktop mode in Windows 8 allows almost full compatibility with Windows 7 programs and usability. With the addition of new desktop features, like a built in Anti-Virus, Window color that change to suit the wallpaper, ribbon in explorer, built in Virtual Machine, and a bunch of other stuff allows one to look at Windows 8 desktop as Windows 7 Plus! It is essentially Windows 7 with a bunch of new features. Let us not forget that Windows 8 also uses less ram to run and yields a better performance.

In the tablet market, Windows 8 will offer something Android fails to do. Like the iPad, Windows 8 will offer a unified experience that lacks the fragmentation of Android, UI overlays, and update hassle. But unlike the iPad, Windows 8 will also offer a choice of hardware and the ability to go deep in customization.

This will be the year of streaming

I am predicting that streaming will take a big step towards the war against cable television. I expect to see other direct competitors to Netflix. Not only that, I am also expecting companies to continue innovating. Like Google did with Google Music in 2011, I am betting that companies like Google will present more video and streaming related services. YouTube is a great candidate for playing a big role here.

Apple TV rumors have been stronger than ever in the year 2011. Apple is expected to do something revolutionary with TV, and I hope, perhaps, Apple can advance streaming while putting a huge blow towards the cable companies.

Joe Landor

Photo of the iPadThe Introduction of the iPhone 5 and a some form of a new iPad

The rumor mills have been grinding, as you all already know. Timing next year will be just about right for an iPad release (can’t say it’ll be called the iPad 3.) the timing would also be right for the iPhone 5, as Apple did the same thing with the 3GS and the 4. So Apple is following a pattern they always do. Look for a mid to late summer release for the iPhone 5 and a Q1 release for the iPad.

Google+

I predict that Google will hit 400-500 million users before 2012 ends.

 

Brett Young

Web Browsing

I predict that Web Browsing will go to another level. Bigger and Better with the ability to automatically convert different code language to like HTML 5.

Google Products

I predict that Google will change to another design including all of its products and that Google AdSense will be allowed to be registered with Regular Google Accounts

Apple

iPredict that Apple will come out with a fully designed internet TV for use in homes. iAlso Predict that Apple will vanish the Mac Pro and Make a better model then it is now..

Austin Allen

The year of 2011 has come and gone, and now we are looking forward to 2012. With a new year come advances, especially in technology. This upcoming year has many tech savvy individuals gritting their teeth to get their hands on the latest technology. This year is expected to contain the release of a new iPad, iPhone, improvements in 3D television, and many more gadgets.

Game Consoles

In 2012, I expect an announcement of a new Xbox, or PlayStation. This is likely to be just an announcement. The actual gaming system will probably not come out until 2014. The reason for this is because Microsoft is still trying to get the most out of the Xbox 360, and the Xbox 360 has finally gotten into its prime.

Apple iPad and iPhone

I also expect a new iPad in early 2012, assumedly being called the iPad 3. This iPad is expected to have a retina display screen, and 2 dual core processors with an A5 chip. I also expect a new iPhone. I believe this iPhone should be called the iPhone 5. There are no speculations on what software the new iPhone will have, but what is expected is a change in hardware. Many Apple lovers were disappointed with no change in the hardware for the iPhone 4s, but Apple will make up for this with the iPhone 5.

Apple MacBook

I expect a new MacBook Air in a few months. This MacBook air will have software improvements, and will also be even thinner than the previous model. Shortly after the release of the MacBook Air, I expect a newer MacBook Pro. This MacBook will contain a retina display.

3D TVs Will Finally Succeed

Last, but not least, will be 3D television. The release of the current 3D televisions was a major failure. This is because of the bulky, expensive glasses, and the hassle it takes to just watch your favorite shows. There also aren’t a lot of movies, or T.V. shows that are in 3D. Soon, more movies, shows, and video games will come out in 3D and will make 3D television a huge success.

More Gadgets: Fad or Revolution?

There will be many more gadgets, software updates, and even something that no one has heard of come out in 2012. Will these things be successful, or will they miserably fail? That is the question.

Conclusion

Well, this has been our predictions of what may happen in this amazing year. Stick with us during this year and we will continue to give you tech news and discussions. At the end of this year, we are going to revisit this article and see which of our predictions actually came true! We would love to here from you, so  Leave a comment bellow or message us via twitterfacebook, or Google+

Apple Claims Victory [ HTC Battle ]

In a recent court battle between Apple and HTC Apple came away with what could be considered a major blow to one of it’s top competitors. So, what’s such the big win here?” Well, within the operating system of the HTC Android it’s operating system is “too” similar to Apple’s iOS in this way:

When an iPhone receives a message that contains a phone number or an address — e-mail, Web or street — those bits of data are automatically highlighted, underlined and turned into clickable links.

Click on the phone number, and the iPhone asks if you want to dial it. Click on the Web address, and it opens in Safari. Click on the street address, and Maps will display it.

Not only has Apple gone after the HTC Android but they could potentialy go after other Androids with a similar operating system. So is this Apple’s warning to other Android devices with a similar software? Well, here’s the downside for HTC Android users: If all goes as planned the HTC Android will be officially banned from the US in April 2012. For those of you worried that your device is on the ban list here’s a run-down of what’s banned: Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, T-Mobile G2, Nexus One and a bunch of older Android devices. Check back in the near future for a full list of banned devices for the above date.

HTC’s Peter Chou had this to say about the lawsuit and the decisions being made right now about the patents:

This industry should not allow one company use its powerful weapon to stop other innovation and take it all…this is not fair.

Rumors are already going around that HTC has started a plan to “go around” Apple’s patent violation by modifying their current operating system.

WebOS is now Open Source!

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HP has made news, once again, but this time, this is good news! HP’s WebOS is now open source. WebOS was originally developed by Palm, Inc, and it is really became the first known “smartphone OS”. (WebOS is basically a successor to Palm OS, initially developed in 1996 for PDAs. WebOS is the latest living history of the legacy of Palm OS.) Sure we had “Windows Mobile/Pocket PC”, but that was a major fail at best. Over the years, WebOS has proved to be a very solid and simple operating system, creating fans from all over the tech industry.

Of course, HP buys Palm, Inc, along with WebOS. Unfortunately for HP, it couldn’t use WebOS to tackle the iPad nor the buggy Android tablets. To make matters worse, with the coming launch of Windows 8, HP is dedicated to make Windows 8 tablets. So, where did WebOS stand; the tech industry was quite worried about the fate of the beloved operating system. Thankfully, though, HP has made the right decision, in our opinion. WebOS is now open, and this could be big!

Now Android is no longer the only open-source choice for developers and manufacturers. We may now see more WebOS based tablets and phones, and given many think this OS is more stable than Android, it can be a win for consumers. Furthermore, because the OS is now open-source, we may see other developers and/or companies actively developing the OS in the years to come.

While I don’t see this as a sign of death for Android or iOS, I do believe this is a positive thing for consumers. Hopefully, we will have another real competition in the market soon.