Armed Services News App arrives in the Store

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Armed Services News App debuts in the Store bringing you comprehensive news about the Military and DoD. The App covers all aspects of the Armed Forces, and if you’re serving whether at home or abroad, a reservist, or just plain curious about Armed Forces, you’ll appreciate the information collated for you in this app. TrippleDSoftware says this about the App in the Store:

Description

Stay up to date on all the latest news features for the U.S. Armed Forces.
Armed Services News gives you one location to browse all the latest content available from the U.S. Armed Services. 
Over 140 data feeds are available from the application.
The latest news, pictures, audio and video podcasts are all accessible from the application.
Look at all the content or filter all the feeds to present just the most recent items.

Features
See the latest news feeds for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, DOD, and the Pentagon.
Browse the latest new items.
Browse twitter and Flickr feeds.
Play videos from the application.
Link to the website for the news item.

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Download the App right away via the Source link below, its free in the Store.

Source: Windows Store

Optional Windows 8 Update Released: Bing Desktop

Earlier this year, Microsoft released “Bing Desktop” for Windows 7 that put a Bing search box on your desktop and also set Bing’s daily homepage pictures as your desktop background. That way, every day, you had a fresh, new, and high quality, desktop wallpaper. However, if you were an early adaptor of Windows 8, you might have known that Bing Desktop would only install and run on Windows 7. It would not install on a Windows 8 PC even with compatibility settings. But today, there is good news for Windows 8 users! Continue reading

A Great Un-Official Facebook App is now in the Store

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Here is something nice from the Store, an App that simply calls itself Facebook. You would expect Microsoft would block such an App name since its not the official Facebook app that Microsoft announced with Facebook during the launch of Windows 8. But seeing all the feature present in this App, I will not be surprised if Facebook officially buys off the app. It is the most comprehensive Facebook app we’ve seen so far, having almost 90% of all Facebook features. Pearl Apps really outdid themselves and should be commended. I am curious what is happening with this app when the official app drops. See for yourselves how complete this app is:

Description
Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected.
Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.
– See what friends are up to
– Share updates, photos and videos
– Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts
– Chat and have group conversations
Note: This is not the official Facebook App. We are not affiliated with Facebook in any way.

Features
News Feed
Browse individual Posts
Comment on Posts
Like/Unlike Posts and Like Comments
Browse Photo Albums
View your and any User’s Profile
Status Update
Picture Upload to Wall
Notifications
Friend Requests
Messages
Chat
Messages
Events
Search

Wall

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Well, I wonder when the official app arrives if it will do anything better than this app. Note the warning in the Description above. The vendor has mentioned they are not affiliated with Facebook in any way. They may eventually loose the Facebook App name as MS has made it part of the Store policy that you can’t register a Trademarked name. If you are curious about this app, you can download it now for free in the Store via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Windows Tip: Turning off Windows Store Notifications

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If you want to turn off the notification you get every time you install a new app, it’s easy to do so. When you install an app from the Windows Store, the Store will send a push notification on the upper right corner with the message “[name of app] has been installed.” You can click the notification to launch your new app. If you do not want to see that notification but don’t want to globally turn off notifications for all apps, you can do so from the Windows Store Settings charm. Continue reading

Once in a Lifetime Minute

Today, we all have a once in a lifetime minute. For all of us, this will be the final time we will have a number repeating across the board in both time and date. 12/12/12 12:12 The next time this will takes place will be in 3001 so for us this will be our final time seeing this. Snapshot it! Maybe you will have the opportunity to show it to others in 20 years. Also, we’d like to extend our thoughts and condolences to those involved in the mall shooting in Oregon.

Be looking out for some more changes here at Techtronica as we introduce new writers, staff in an effort to better your web experience!

Snapchat [App Review]

Everyone’s heard of Snapchat, right? Well, it’s currently in the top 25 running of Apple’s Most Popular Apps list and it’s a huge sensation in teenagers as of late. Snapchat allows you to take a picture, draw on it &/or place text on it, select an amount of time (1-10 seconds) that the receiver can view the picture and then send your picture!

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Audials Radio App in the Store to compete with TuneIn

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OK, I know some of you guys come to this site for news about the TuneIn App, most especially because of its initial problems in the Store. I know the App works for some of you, but some of you are still hitting the wall as far as TuneIn is concerned. Therefore I am happy to announce a consolation App for you in Audials Radio. This App is promising to fill the space TuneIn left by bringing you more than 40,000 Radio listing from all around the World. Like TuneIn, you can browse by country and language, you can listen by Artists or Genre. I am sure many of you will appreciate the app. I am having a hard time deciding which one is best, TuneIn or Audials. This app has some features that are not present in TuneIn; for example, you can see Album cover of the currently playing track. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
Listen to all radio stations of the world
More than 40,000 radio stations available. Browse radio stations by Country, Genres, Suggestions, or zap to stations which start to play back top hits right now. Live-search for radio stations by name, genre, or search for artists to get stations which play the artist frequently. See what music plays on each station before tuning in. Personalize the app by defining favorite stations, or pinning favorite genres or artists to the home view. Listen to radio in snap-in view. Always see cover pictures of currently playing track.

Features
Radio-Player
Radio-Data-Base with 40.000 Webradios
Radio Selection with Genre, Country, Language and Artists

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Try this app out and let me know what you think, is it better than TuneIn in your opinion? Download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

WordFx App in the Store for your Word Cloud

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Here is now such an app you’ll not be using daily, but you’ll appreciate it when you need that very one effect you can only get from it. WordFx creates a Word Art from your supplied text as a Word cloud. It’s a good analytical tool if you need to know your most used words, you need to see trends on a subject matter etc. You’ll be surprised how much you are biased to certain words. Just give this app a pile of text, it will create a visual cloud accentuating the most used words in bold and color. This is a nice tool to have in your toolbag. Read more about the app as follows:

Description
Wordfx allows you to create stylized word clouds from the text you provide. Create a word cloud from a special speech, web page, or document. Customize your Wordfx word cloud with different layouts, font, and color themes. Portray the essence and emotion of the text though the colors and fonts you select. Words that appear more frequently are given greater prominence in the resulting Wordfx word cloud.
Create a word cloud from:
– The words you select as they are spoken.
– The plain text you copy and paste from another source.
– The words you upload from a plain text file.
– The words, or short combination of words, you want included in the word cloud. Just enter the words and their weight. The weight determines the size of the word in the resulting word cloud.

Features
Create word clouds from the text you provide.
Customize your Wordfx word cloud with different layouts, font, and color themes.
Generate a stylized, Wordfx word-cloud from the words you select as they are spoken.
Type or paste plain text from another source. Then submit the text to create a Wordfx word-cloud.
Create a Wordfx word-cloud from words you upload from a plain text file.
Create a Wordfx word-cloud from the words you want included in the word-cloud. The weight determines the size of the word in the resulting cloud.

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Get this free App now while you can. Download via the app via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

The Yahoo! Mail Client is now in the Store

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And here it is! The Official Yahoo Mail client is in the Store. The App was in the news yesterday being announced by Yahoo in conjunction with iOS and Android Clients. We are glad they are not waiting for the next three months to release a Windows 8 version like some are doing at the moment for Windows Phone. The App looks robust from what I can see from the Screenshots, but unfortunately, I don’t use Yahoo Mail, so I can’t test out the App. But it comes strongly recommended so, please be my guest. Here is the full low down on the App from the Store:

Description
Yahoo! Mail now available for your Windows 8 desktop and tablet!
With an easy to use interface, the Yahoo! Mail app lets you message with ease, stay connected, and get more done faster.
Follow us on Twitter @YahooMail
* This is a global app developed by Yahoo! Inc under US Law. Yahoo! does not provide a local Swiss mail service.

Features
Easy-to-use interface
Send and receive messages from the people you care about
Share photos, videos, and documents
Stay on top of your new messages with notifications
See new messages arrive right from the Windows 8 Start screen
Quickly scan messages in your inbox with continuous scroll
Multi-select messages to organize your inbox faster
Mark messages as favorites so you can keep track of important messages
Search across all email folders
Auto-complete email addresses from your Yahoo! Contacts as you type
Pinch to zoom in on a message to get a closer look

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Please download the app and give it a spin via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

The Official “The Economist” App is now in the Store

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The wait is over for all lovers of Windows 8 and The Economist weekly mag. Their official App is now in the Store for your pleasure. Subscribers have full access to all content, while non-subscriber will only have access to Editors’ Picks after registration. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
The best way to read The Economist on your Windows device.
The app is free to download and includes free access to the editor’s picks – a weekly selection of articles from each week’s edition of The Economist.
Digital and print subscribers to The Economist receive unrestricted access to each week’s full print edition by signing in with their economist.com e-mail address and password. 
Non-subscribers can register for an economist.com account to read the free editor’s picks.
ABOUT THE ECONOMIST  
The Economist is a weekly international news and business publication, offering clear reporting, commentary and analysis on world current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts.

Features
Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time on Thursday
Download issues to your Windows device to read without an internet connection (if enabled in Settings)
Switch easily between reading and streaming The Economist in audio (when connected to the internet)
Subscribe from within the app and receive full access to The Economist on Windows, Android tablets, Android smartphones, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook and economist.com

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Yet another big name in the Store, and one by one they all join the Metro bandwagon. Feel free to download the App via the source link below.

Source: Windows Store

CNET Joins the Windows Party

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We now have a cnet app for Windows 8 and Windows RT. If you like their content, I recommend you check it out. It lays out articles quite nicely. I did wish, however, that it had the ability to properly zoom in text. My eyes require large fonts! The app also lays out reviews well, with charts, picture gallery, and video neatly laid out. Check it out!

Description

If you are a tech-lover, and you have a Windows 8 computer or tablet, you need CNET’s free app. We keep you living in the future with award-winning tech news, reviews, and trend coverage. Find opinions and help from your favorite, trusted CNET editors all in a fast, beautiful, and easy-to-use package. Download it now from the Windows Store. It’s free!

Features

All the latest and most entertaining consumer technology news, reviews, photo galleries, and videos directly to you in real time
On-demand and live video
Photo galleries
In-depth product reviews

 

Download it: cnet

Code Writer – The first true Code Editor in the Store

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Here we go people, the first true Code Editor in an MX App for your light brainstorming sessions. Note that this is not a full-blown IDE tool, but something to open a code file with and do light updates etc. If you’ve used the likes of Notepad++ you’ll know what I mean. Of course this is version 1.0 of such apps, MX Apps are all at version 1.0 stage. All Devs are learning as we go on the Metro route. So, there is plenty of promises for the future concerning apps like this. So, don’t be surprised if you are missing any major feature etc, it is what this app can become that is important. As for me, I welcome any MX App that replace my Desktop equivalents. I dabble a lot in Notepad++, so if I have this in my arsenal, yet a lesser reason to visit the desktop. The less desktop you use, the more performance/battery life you get from your mobile device. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. The days of apps wasting system resources on the Desktop is counted; the writing is on the wall like they say. MX Apps are the future.

For this app, you can open and edit almost any language you can throw at it; the vendors are claiming 20+ file types. All major code languages are represented. You can open files in tabs on the upper App-bar, just like in MX IE10. You get to choose your language when you Open the App to start a new file, or browse for an existing file:

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I eat SQL Scripts for lunch in my day job as a BI Specialist, at night I dabble in C# and XAML, just tested it with a few Sql files and I saw the app needs improvements. The app crash often, but luckily it saves your drafts every few minutes, so you’ll be back to your last point-in-time when crashed. Of course the app is flaky for now, hopefully this is a work in progress. You can take the app for a spin yourselves. Here is the app description from the Store with a few screenshots:

Description
Code Writer is a free text and code editor app with active syntax highlighting that updates as you edit documents and has 20 supported file types.  A tabbed document interface allows for quickly switching between open documents.
The app has been built from the ground up with Windows 8 design principles in mind.  It’s fast and fluid, and gives you the power to edit documents with features you’d normally only find in desktop apps.  Code Writer is perfect for editing any text-based file, doing code reviews, or giving presentations with code samples.
The core text editor screen allows you to edit documents in full-screen mode without chrome distractions.  Only the scrollbars and line/column display are visible by default.  Find/replace and advanced features like tabify lines and convert case are available.
Easily create new or open existing documents from any accessible source.  Color is used pervasively throughout the app to create a bond between you and the various file types you work with.
Configure the editor theme and other options such as font size to mold your ideal editing environment.  Learn about every product feature with the included detailed documentation.
The app even functions in snapped view, allowing you to work side-by-side with other apps.
This is our first release and we have many plans for further improvements such as touch-based text selection and more find/replace options.  Please offer your own ideas for app features in our support forum.
Code Writer is fully supported on ARM, x86, and x64 devices.

Features
20 syntax-highlighted file types supported including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, C#, VB, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL, and many other common languages
Create new documents, browse to open any accessible document (local, SkyDrive, etc.), and easily reopen recent documents
Chromeless UI editing surface that only shows caret position and scrollbars
Scrollable tabbed document interface to switch between open documents
Open documents are persisted between app sessions
Modified documents are flagged
Find and replace features
Undo/redo of changes
A plethora of keyboard shortcuts
Integrates with Settings charm for access to configuration options
Supports sharing of document or selected text with other apps via the Share charm
Detailed documentation that describes all app functionality
Snapped mode view support for working side-by-side with other apps
Options for theme, font size, line numbers, current line highlight, whitespace characters
Options to disable file types you don’t work with

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We are glad to see serious Devs warm up to Windows 8 Metro environment and keep pumping out great apps. Like I said, the more Devs understand MX Apps, the more of awesome apps we’ll be seeing in the future. Lets hope this trend continues. To get this app for yourself, please download via the Source link. It is priced FREE in the Store for now.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @Windows4Live Thanks buddy!

ESPN Crickinfo – Keep in Touch with Latest Cricket Scores and News

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Before the official debut of the ESPN’s main app on Windows 8, we had another app by ESPN dedicated to the Cricket sport. I, for one, love cricket; so this app is a blessing. ESPN Crickinfo lets you stay in touch with the latest Cricket scores and news. You can even view game schedule and watch highlights from previous games. The only thing that’s missing is actual live games that you are able to watch on the ESPN3 website. I am still holding out for an ESPN3 app that also allows me to play to my HD TV using DLNA. But for now, we have this!

Description

November 26, 2012: we’re aware of the slow-loading issues affecting some (not all) of you, and we’re actively working on it. We should have a fix in place very soon – we’ll update this page when we have more news.

The ESPN Cricinfo Windows 8 app provides comprehensive coverage of cricket from around the world from espncricinfo.com. With live ball-by-ball scoring, comprehensive news, features and editorial content, it’s the most beautiful way yet to follow cricket.

Coming soon: push notifications for wickets and results.

Features

Ball-by-ball live scoring of cricket matches from around the world.

Breaking news, previews and match reports keep you up-to-date with the latest in the sport.

Feature articles providing opinion, in-depth analysis, tributes, profiles and much more from ESPN Cricinfo’s global team of writers.

Download now from the Windows Store: ESPN Cricinfo. You can follow @McAkins and me, @NazmusLabs, on Twitter.

Format Converter X – Convert Multimedia File Formats

 

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We are back with another app feature! Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I, myself, have been busy for the last several days; so I had to put off publishing for the time being. However, if you are following @Mcakins on twitter, we still frequently update you with new apps for you to check out. So do follow us on twitter to stay posted. Now, without further ado, let’s get to business.

Format Converter X is a very neat little utility that might come in very handy if you work with any sort of multimedia files, like audio, music, and video. Of course, if you are working on a media project, like a home movie, you might need to convert audio or video from one format to another. However, this app can come in handy for even simply and daily tasks. For example, if you have an audio file in WMA format, and your friend’s Mac computer can only read MP3 files, you can use this app to easily convert the file and email it to her.

Here’s the app description and some screenshots. Enjoy!

Description

This App can Convert Video or Audio files in other formats.
You can convert a file in few simple steps maintaining or decreasing its quality, or for example you can extract the audio of a video..
In addition, when each operation will be completed, you’ll be noticed with a toast notification!

Advertising can be removed through the settings menu.

Saving formats:
MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA, AAC

Source formats:
MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA, AAC, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MOV, WAV, M4V, M4A, AC3, PCM

NB. At the moment the App can’t support other formats because Windows 8 supports H264, MPEG2, WMV3, WVC1, AAC, AC3, MP3, MPEG, PCM, WMA8 and WMA9 codecs.

What’s included

Features

Make conversions in background!

Really Easy!

Manages snapped mode

Toast notifications when a conversion ends

Download Format Converter X!