IntoWindows.com – Great Windows 8 Resources, Tips, and Tutorials

This post is not a sponsored or promotional post. Rather, the goal of this post is to direct you to information that you may find helpful, informative, and interesting. I want to share with you IntoWindows.com. This is a fantastic place to get some great Windows 8 related tips, tricks, and tutorials. They sometimes even suggest new Windows 8 apps, like we do! Some tutorials on the site are basic, and perfect for those new to the latest version of Windows while others are advanced and provide huge benefits. Some of the advanced tutorials include being able to refresh or reset your Windows 8 PC without requiring the install disc, being able to add custom start screen wallpaper, and running Antroid natively on top of Windows!

If you love technology, and you love Windows, you owe yourself a visit to the website. I know I learned a lot of neat things from there!

Check out intowindows.com

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Top Three Programming Tools Every Team Should Have

Most of my programming these days involves two other people working together with me on the same project(s). Without these tools, working together would be much tougher. So here are the top three programming tools every team should have.

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App Highlight: World Clock – Time Zones App from TimeAndDate.com

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Almost all you know the famous Time resource site online called Timeanddate.com, well they are also now in the Windows 8 Store. Unfortunately we missed their debut in the Store on May 2nd, they obviously escaped our radar, our apologies for that. Still we are glad to bring you their App highlights. Timeanddate.com is the goto site when you’re dealing with International Time zone questions. Like when is your arrival time in that particular country in relation to your own time-zone, or when is that Microsoft online event scheduled in your local London time? Believe me, calculating that each time from your head can be of an headache, or better still, chance that you miscalculate and miss that important appointment. So, we are glad of the services Timeanddate.com provides to the community. And now that they have an app in the Store, which is even better for when you’re offline.

Here is the full description of the app in the Store; note that long list of features. Really nice.

Description

Do you normally check the time for multiple cities around the world? Are you tired of converting the time difference between cities? The World Clock-Time Zones app can help you organize your favorite cities so that you can easily find out the correct local time, as well as get the most relevant time zone information about the city.

Features

  • • Accurate times, synchronized with timeanddate.com.
  • • Large selection of cities from around the world to pick from.
  • • Sunrise / Sunset times.
  • • DST start and end times.
  • • Full support for Desktop and Tablet.
  • • Snapped view, so you can see your clocks whilst you work on something else.
  • • Fullscreen mode, showing a large clock of the city of choice.
  • • Quick access to some of timeanddate services, allowing you to quickly plan a meeting or event, create countdowns, check the weather, check moon phases, and find dialling codes.
  • • Automatic database updating.
  • • Upgrade available with:
  • • – Live Tile
  • • – Time adjustment (including meeting planner style notifications)
  • • – No adverts
  • • – Renaming clocks
  • • – Customize color of clocks
  • • – Show sun state on clocks

Specifics:

Price: Free
Avg Rating: 3.3/5
Total Ratings: 73
Publisher: TIME AND DATE AS
Category: Productivity
Size: 2.2 MB
Age rating: 12+
Download Link: World Clock – Time Zones

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Source: Windows Store

AppyMouse brings Awesome back to the Desktop on Tablets.

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If there is one aspect of Windows 8 that perpetually frustrates users on the new OS, it is the traditional Desktop. With the continued focus of Microsoft on the MX or Metro environment to the detriment of the desktop in Windows 8, users have been complaining. Of course the 180 degree turn of MS with the Start button is known to appease traditional users. Even with this and all the enhancements MS did to the desktop in v8.1 notwithstanding, there are still aspects of this OS that simply won’t go away in frustrating users. I.e. the ability to use the desktop of this OS on a tablet.

With tablets averaging 10” size and sporting ultra-HD resolutions, the desktop elements have been shrinking. There holds on rule, the more the resolutions you have, the smaller your screen elements become given the same Screen size. So when your 10 inch device sports a Full-HD resolution, your buttons, icons and text boxes shrinks to nothingness. You either need a magnifying glass to read text, or you resort to what everyone does now, increase the size of screen elements with the Display tools in the System, an action that defeats the need to have a high resolution screen on a small device in the first place.

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But even with increased screen elements, there is still the problem of targeting this small UI elements with the finger on a Touch device. Missed touch-activations is the result. When Yes and Cancel button stand next to each other on a dialog, you have the chance that you’ll hit Yes, while you meant Cancel on a Delete dialog box with all consequence thereof. So this is where Appymouse comes to the rescue. To give traditional desktop users a familiar UI operation back on a Touch device like Surface without having to increase screen elements to ugly sizes. Anywhere a desktop is presented, this tool is your hero.

See AppyMouse in action

AppyMouse is a tool published by Ostudiolabs and can be downloaded free of charge from their site. It is an executable, which means you can only install on the desktop and not in the MX environment. Installation brings the control to the lower right corner of your device where with the movement of the Thumb you can move the mouse on the screen, and tapping performs a click. Two-taps is your double-click as expected. See the video above to convince yourself. A picture is worth a thousand words right?

The publisher have of course taken your convenience into consideration by making the Control deck transparent so you can still see your work. And when you don’t need AppyMouse anymore, you can dismiss it to the Taskbar. You can also move the control to left side if you’re left handed, or it is just convenient. Look Mama, Photoshoping on my tablet, hands only!

This is something Microsoft self should have thought up and added to the OS instead of this coming from third-party developers. Consequence is that this app of course can only be installed on an x86 devices, you can’t install it on WindowsRT devices like SurfaceRT. So if you’re a SurfaceRT user, you are for now out of luck on that device desktop. If MS built this, it would have been included in the WindowsRT OS.

Coincidentally about a month ago I implored TeamViewer publishers to introduce this very feature on Windows 8 because they already have the very same feature as AppyMouse on the Windows Phone 8 devices with their TeamViewer client for WP8. There you can control a remote desktop sessions just like AppyMouse, and you can Zoom too. Now my request to AppyMouse publishers is to add Zoom function to generally zoom on the Desktop where those shrunken displays is a pain. I have even asked MarkRuss to add this zoom functionality to his ZoomIT tool. Hopefully they’ll be able to implement this. But in the meantime, we welcome this awesome tool to the desktop. It definitely makes life easier for the already frustrated Windows 8 Desktop users on a Tablet.

Source: Appymousing.com
CC: @Ostudiolabs

IntoWindows.com – Great Windows 8 Resources, Tips, and Tutorials

This post is not a sponsored or promotional post. Rather, the goal of this post is to direct you to information that you may find helpful, informative, and interesting. I want to share with you IntoWindows.com. This is a fantastic place to get some great Windows 8 related tips, tricks, and tutorials. They sometimes even suggest new Windows 8 apps, like we do! Some tutorials on the site are basic, and perfect for those new to the latest version of Windows while others are advanced and provide huge benefits. Some of the advanced tutorials include being able to refresh or reset your Windows 8 PC without requiring the install disc, being able to add custom start screen wallpaper, and running Antroid natively on top of Windows!

If you love technology, and you love Windows, you owe yourself a visit to the website. I know I learned a lot of neat things from there!

Check out intowindows.com

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ShareTo: Other Site–Your Web Services Interface in the Store

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Ok, here’s a handy tool, just arrived in the Store. ShareTo: Other Sites allow you to feed your current URL to series of Web Services online for processing. How about feeding to a Translation Service or a Readability Service. The possibility is endless. Here you have the excerpts from the Store:

Description
ShareTo: Other Device lets you open a URL in another URL. Examples for that are translation services where you can translate an entire web page by supplying it to Google Translate or Bing Translate. Similarly, sites like Readability.com let you format web pages for better reading on tablets.

Features
Simple integration with the Share Charm
Readability support (open and save)
Youtube Downloader support
Bing/Google translate support

Weird, the Dev decided to name themselves in Social Ebola, a nauseating name for such a useful tool. If you can handle their name without puking, you might as well get their other ShareTo Tools in the Store:

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I can understand Microsoft rejecting an app because of obnoxiousness, but are they allowed to reject a Dev too for an obnoxious name? Social Ebola? Infectious, yeah I know, but not something you want to be associated with. Download their app now via de link below. If you can swallow the name.

Source: Windows Store

App Focus: Fotor–The Best All-In-One PhotoEditor in the Store!

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The question through the ages have always been “How much goodies can you get for free?” As we all know, nothing goes for free in Life, right? There’s got to be a catch. But then, once in a while you come across exceptions to that rule. That, unlike Google products, still in this age some awesome things you can still get for free. This is the case with this App: Fotor!

The App comes packed with features you’ll expect in an expensive app. Just think of anything you want to do within a Photo-editing App, this app has got it. Please don’t believe me, just see for yourselves from this description from the Store and the subsequent Screenshots:

Description
Fotor is the best all-in-one photo editing application!
Perfectly combine the windows 8 user experience with cutting-edge tools including Basic Editing Tools, Brilliant Visual Effects, Frames, 1-Tap Enhance, Collage, Text, Tilt Shift and Raw Converter, all bundled together in one powerful package!
What’s New:
New Home Page
Before we just had feature buttons on the home page, now it’s a collage of sample photos you can click to try out new features, or just play around when you don’t have a photo of your own to edit.
Undo and Redo
Don’t like that last edit?  Hit the Undo button just above the editing space.  Decided you like it after all?  There’s now a Redo button right next to it.
Improved responsiveness and functionality
We’ve changed some things under the hood to make Fotor for Windows 8 leaner and meaner.  You should notice an increase in functionality as well as a decrease in response time.
Multi-Touch Zoom
Now all you need is two fingers and you can zoom in or out with the multi-touch zoom capability.
Adjustable Collage Border
So, you want to make a collage with those 4 pictures, but you think 4 equally sized photos would be a little boring, right?  Have no fear!  You can now just drag the collage border to change the dimensions of any of the photos in the collage!
Features:
Collage
Enjoy the freedom to arrange your pictures however you want with three different modes of collage:  Template Collage, Photo Stitching and Shuffle Collage.
Add Text
Input plain text or choose a stylish text template, personalize your photos by adding your own commentary, thoughts and messages for others to see, or just add notes to help you remember.
Raw Converter
RAW converter with tone mapping supports over 100 camera RAW formats. Import the RAW files and Fotor will take care of the rest.
Powerful Editing
Fotor contains some of the most powerful and easy to use photography editing tools for adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpen/blur, temperature, tint, cropping, flipping and rotation etc.
Effects & Frames
Stretch your creativity further with Fotor’s huge palette of Effects designed with input from experienced graphic designers and photographers. Fotor provides over 60 effects in various categories, including Classic, Lomo, B & W, Art and Vignettes, plus choose from 23 different styles of frames!
1-Tap Enhance
1-Tap Enhance quickly transforms “dull” or “bad” photos with a pixel by pixel enhancement, all with only one touch.  Analyzing brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure value, Fotor optimizes the source image to become an even more amazing photo!
Tilt Shift
Tilt Shift gives your images the depth-of-field and other visual effects normally seen only on professional grade DSLR cameras. Magically unleash your creative inspiration, while using a mix of clear focus and selective blurring to create magnificent photos.

Features
Powerful Editing
Effects & Borders
1-Tap Enhance
Tilt-Shift
Collage
Add Text

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Well, they call this “The best all-in-one photo editing application!”, I think they’ve earned that title. The question then is why free for all this awesomeness? Well I don’t know, but I am glad its free, for now. I guess when they’ve garnered enough users, they’ll monetize. So, get this while you can. Download now from the Store via the source link below.

P.S.: I hope those detractors slamming Metro Apps are taking a look at such apps as this. That you can develop an All-Touch Apps for the Metro that is usable and makes sense. If a Dev sets his/her mind to it, they can achieve awesomeness as you’ve seen.

Source: Windows Store

Hearing Test App is in the Store–Keep a tab on Hearing Loss

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Here is something to add to your Health Tools category. Simply called “Hearing Test”, this app does exactly what its name suggests, give you a feedback of the state of your hearing state. Have you been listening too hard to Metallica? You’d better checkout your auditory state and register early for hearing loss. The app keeps a record of your tests, you can create a profile for your family members, or if you’re running a Hearing Aid shop, create a profile for your customers. Here’s what JPSB SOFTWARE says about the app:

Description
Check your hearing health with this audiometer.
Most of people uses headphones to listen to loud music too long, which can slowly damage their ears. Specially targeted to young people, this App comes to help all people to check, keep checked and also challenge users to keep their audition health.
You only need a headphones and two minutes.
Use it with your family and friends.

Features
Aerial audiometry result

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The Ear is one of the most neglected organ of the body, but now that we all walk around with a headphone permanently attached to our heads, it is no luxury to test your ears once in a while so as to know when to cut back on those deep bass to prevent early hearing loss. Get this app then, and keep up to date with your teenager kids hearing state if you’re a parent. Download now from the Store, it costs you nothing. Download via this following source link.

Source: Windows Store

Send To QR Code – Data Sharing between Mobile Devices

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Here is another tool to love in the Windows Store. Just send you text or URLs to QR Code, then scan it from another device. Convenient way to share data with other mobile devices.

Description
Share text and URLs with other devices via a QR code!
Simply select “Share” from the Charms bar and click on the “Share To QR” icon.
A QR Code will then be generated that you can scan with your smart phone or other device.

Features
Generate QR codes to open links on other machines
Activate directly from the charms bar

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Download via the Source

Source: Windows Store

Ping for Windows 8 is in the Store

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Another great app that deserve a mention in this blog is Ping. A networking tool that most of us will find useful in our toolbox. The app afford you the opportunity to keep an eye on the performance of your Servers and Hosts. You can see their average availability in simple graphical form. Jujuba, the software vendor says they made actual TCP/IP connection to the hosts instead of the usual ICMP that is being blocked these days. I guess I’ll let Jujuba quote their own words:

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Description

Ping lets you test TCP/IP connection quality between your computer and servers both on local network and the Internet. Rather than using ICMP that is blocked by many firewalls, Jujuba Software Ping actually establishes TCP/IP connection and exchanges data with the server to measure packet loss percentage and round-trip time accurate to 0.01 milliseconds. Ping works great on both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. It allows you to ping several hosts at the same time and displays data in highly visual and intuitive manner.

This is another gem for your toolbox, and what’s more, it is Free as the air, so go get it via this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/b7e08c6b-7f41-4644-9b0e-787e3152b17d

Telnet Tool App is in the Store

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Another geek tool in the Store. An application simply called Telnet. And just like its name suggests, yes, it is a Telnet client, and you do all things telnet with it. It’s a simple tool for those of you that live in command prompt. As for me, I am installing this gem on my work laptop to see if it works with an old app at the office that is refusing to die. Give it a spin, hope it works for you.

Download the app from this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/b76e8960-518d-42fc-88b5-6413db694a65

PC Monitor App hits the Store

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Ladies and gentlemen we have the first true comprehensive tool in the Windows 8 Store. PC Monitor from MMSoft is indeed a Network Admin dream come true on a Mobile device. With the app you can monitor your whole network and see the status of all your servers and clients. You can see the configuration of the node and run commands on it. I haven’t used the app yet, so I don’t know if you have to install a client app on the nodes or not. You will need to register and install a client app to use the this App. But the app is looking to be a good management app for Professionals and Enthusiasts alike.

App description from the Store as follows:

Description

Monitor and manage your computers using this securely encrypted mobile app that gives you total control of your PC’s from anywhere, anytime.
- You can monitor up to 3 computers using this application for free, no subscription payment required and no time limitation.
- To create an account you will need to download and install the PC software from http://www.mobilepcmonitor.com first. A quick setup guide is available on the web site.
- For any questions or help please email us at support@mobilepcmonitor.com or visit forum.mobilepcmonitor.com

Features

View the status and uptime of all computers
View the current CPU usage
View the current available memory
View the external IP address
View and manage services
View and kill processes
View and run the scheduled tasks
View all logged in users and log them off
View hardware details like temperatures (system, CPU and HDD) and fan speeds (system and CPU)

Stangely, you’ll find this app in the Business Category instead of Tools category. Fortunately, the app is available on all platforms, which means you could use the app also on your ARM devices. Download the app from the following link and let us know what you think: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/9efc1d1c-6816-48bc-8de7-d4b21a5b3589