Audiobooks 8 – Listen to Thousands of Free Audio Books on Windows 8

Audiobooks 8 is an application for Windows 8 that allows you to download and listen to thousands of free audio books that are in the public domain. There are books in a variety of categories and languages. The readers have done a fantastic job in reading them well. Best of all, any and all books are for you to listen to for free. You can even distribute and share them with anyone.

Description

Listen to audiobooks on a fast, easy-to-use Windows 8 application. You’ll have access to an expanding multilingual collection that contains over 6000 free audiobooks categorized by genre and language.

Audiobooks 8 allows the user to download and play audiobooks or to stream them without download.

Features

    • Search audiobooks
    • Download and play audiobooks
    • Stream audiobooks without download
    • Share audiobooks with other applications
    • Pin audiobooks to the start screen
    • Listen to audiobooks while the application is in the background
    • Use system media controls to control the audio playback
    • Get information about the currently played audiobook via Live tile

Download it here: Audiobooks 8

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Mega Update to Naturespace — You Can Now Relax Even More!

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We blogged earlier about a relaxation app called Naturespace. It is an app to help you relax, featuring some soothing music and sounds. Well, a couple of days ago, this app got a huge upgrade, featuring even more sounds. Here’s the description from the developer.

 

Description

Welcome to Naturespace Holographic Audio, creators of the finest 3-D audio recordings of nature, now on Windows 8! The sonic accuracy of our recordings are so convincingly real that they create an immediate positive impact on your state of mind. Under headphones, the 3-D experience quickly engages the mind and triggers a lasting physiological sense of safety, peace, and tranquility. Over speakers, it creates highly detailed ambiences that elevate the mood in any indoor space. From the calmest of evenings to the most intense thunderstorms, our spatially accurate recordings will transport you like no other.

Naturespace is unique. It’s not just about nature’s sound, it’s about nature’s space. All 3 dimensions (including height) are accurately reproduced, providing the listener with a true “being there” experience under headphones. The impact that spatially accurate outdoor sound has on the brain is astounding; it is immensely relaxing and entertaining. Whether you take a 5 minute vacation to a gentle evening by a lake, or an extended stay underneath a powerful thunderstorm, Naturespace provides the brain with the sense of openness and vastness that is so important to a balanced state of well-being. Naturespace is a spectacular catalyst for creative visualization and imaginative exploration. Just put on your headphones, and close your eyes. You’ll see!

We are a dedicated team of audio engineers and artists with a unique vision and a singular goal: to change the way the world listens to sound. We invite you to experience our work and welcome your feedback. For the latest information and to connect with us directly, please visit our Facebook page!

Features

    • Includes 17 pristine holographic spaces
    • Extremely long tracks are seamlessly looped for endless hours of listening
    • 30 additional spaces available for purchase, allowing you to customize your library based on what you enjoy
    • Beautiful and elegant user-interface designed exclusively for Windows 8

You can download it from here.

Download from Windows Store: Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep

Game Dev Tycoon – A Game worth Playing

Good day ladies and gents; I hope you had a good holiday break. We are approaching a new year, and to help you wait out the rest of 2012, might I suggest a wonderful game that you all can check out! Game Dev Tycoon is a simulation game that takes you back in the 80’s to start a new video game startup.

You start in the garage and develop games in the early years of video games technology. As you progress with your career, given your game isn’t a flop and you don’t lose all your cash reserve, new technology will emerge that you can take advantage of. The game recreates some of the historical happenings in the gaming industry, including Nintendo’s NES system and the rise and fall of the Commodore 64 PC. By the way, GD Tycoon slightly renames these companies and their products to avoid copyright issues. For instance, we have “Govodor 64”, “Vony Play System”, and “MS Boss”. I think it’s funny and cute.

If your game is successful, you will get praising reviews from industry watchers and magazines. By earning a good profit from your hit games, you can move in to your own office, hire staff, train yourself and staff, and buy more advanced equipment. As you gain more experience, you become more efficient at your career. You are also given the opportunity to do contract work for other companies to earn quick cash. You can research new technologies and spend on marketing. You have the option of targeting audience, acquiring developer license for specific consoles, and choosing development platforms. As you progress through the years, you can develop into a huge game company! How big can you grow?

I recommend you all check out this neat game and enjoy playing it while staying warm in this winter (if you are in the northern part of the earth).

Download it: Game Dev Tycoon

Naturespace – Let Yourself Relax a Bit

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There always comes a time when we deserve to just sit back, take off our shoes, and forget everything for a while. Relaxation is essential, and we have a Windows 8 app just for that! This app plays various soothing music and sounds that will help you relax your mind. It is even useful to play in the background while you work. Yes, the sounds continue to play even when you switch away from the app.

I will let you know that there is a bug in the app that causes the volume to be reduced automatically occasionally. However, you can go back to the app and change the volume back to the level you like. But, still, it is an annoyance. The number of relaxing tracks are limited for now, but the developer promised more tracks will land with a future update. There will be an in-app store that will allow users to accuire more tracks. However, that feature isn’t implemented yet.

I’ll leave you with the official app description from the Windows Store. Enjoy!

Description

Welcome to the world of Naturespace Holographic Audio, creators of the finest 3-D recordings of nature’s most beautiful moments, delivered on Windows 8! The sonic accuracy of our recordings are so convincingly real that they create an immediate positive impact on your state of mind. The 3-D experience under headphones quickly engages the mind and triggers a lasting physiological sense of safety, peace, and tranquility.

Naturespace Holographic Audio is the world leader in 3-D sound recordings for headphones and immersive, highly detailed listening over speakers. From the calmest of evenings to the most intense thunderstorms, our spatially accurate recordings will transport you like no other. We are proud to offer you a complimentary Windows 8 preview into a world of sound like you have never heard before.
Naturespace is unique. It’s not just about nature’s sound, it’s about nature’s space. All 3 dimensions (including height) are accurately reproduced, providing the listener with a true “being there” experience under headphones. The impact that spatially accurate outdoor sound has on the brain is astounding; it is immensely relaxing and entertaining. Whether you take a 5 minute vacation to a gentle evening by a lake, or an extended stay underneath a powerful thunderstorm, Naturespace provides the brain with the sense of openness and vastness that is so important to a balanced state of well-being. Naturespace is a spectacular catalyst for creative visualization and imaginative exploration. Just put on your headphones, and close your eyes. You’ll see.

We hope you enjoy the free consumer preview of our app. In the next few months Naturespace will continue to grow on Windows 8. Please watch for updates including our vast catalog which will become available for purchase inside the app very soon.

Features

  • First 3-D      audio app designed specifically for Windows 8
  • The most      efficient way to relax, meditate, escape or sleep
  • Seven free      audio tracks
  • Vast in-app      catalog of over 80 unique tracks available soon

Beautiful and elegant user-interface

Here are some more screenshots!

Download from Windows Store: Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep