Place Sticky Notes on your Start Screen

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Windows 8 features the Sticky Notes app from Windows 7, but it’s outdated and doesn’t integrate with Metro and the Live Tiles. No fear, as we have a solution for you in the Windows Store. Sticky Tiles lets you place quick stick notes of various colors on your start screen for a quick reminder. You can add as many colorful notes you want to your Start screen, with each tiles either large or small.

Description

Post Notes, To Do Lists, Reminders etc. as Tiles on your Start Screen. Then, you can just glance at the tiles to get the information you care about in one place.Choose a size, Select a type, Pick a color, Jot down the data, Pin!
Rearrange, Resize, Group, Unpin the Sticky Tiles just like the other App Tiles on Start Screen.

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Features

  • 2 Tile sizes
  • 2 Tile types
  • 6 Tile colors

Download from Windows Store

Want to Filter out the Junk from Windows Store? We’ve Got an App for That

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It’s inception all over again, and this time, it invaded the Windows Store. We now have an app for Windows Store that might as well act as a second Windows Store. Yes, you heard it right. Meet the “Great Windows Apps” app. This app will filter out the junk from the Windows Store and present you with the apps that truly stand out and are worth your time, and bandwidth.

If you, like us, regularly check the Windows Store for what’s new and exciting, you might notice it’s hard to do with the massive amount of junk we have coming in. So, try this little app to help you discover great app. The sad truth is that this is what we had expected out of Microsoft in the first place. Windows Store should be sufficient to find great apps, but it is not. This app will do that job.

Description

Great Windows Apps is a directory that is focused on quality and empowers you to discover great apps.

Windows 8 is beautiful. Microsoft have created an operating system designed for the future and it really looks great, particularly when you use it on modern, touch-driven hardware. This great OS needs great apps!

This alternative store implements strict quality rules to feature only the finest apps. Reviews and ratings from around the world are combined and apps that are poorly rated, or don’t meet basic eligibility criteria, are not included in our listings.

Great Windows Apps also aims to improve visibility for apps in a number of other ways.

Much mystery surrounds the way that Microsoft pick apps for their spotlight slots, and even which ones are featured as “new releases” and “top rated” apps, when the apps that are listed in those sections do not actually appear to be related to their release date, nor their rating.

This app generates true new releases and true top rated listings, to allow users to discover the apps they want, rather than being spoon-fed a handful of selected apps by the Windows Store.

We also spotlight the top developers and always allow you to see “more apps by this developer”, when you discover an application that you like.

Features

  • Super fast browse and search
  • Completely free with no ads
  • True “Top Rated” and “New Releases” sections
  • View more apps by a developer
  • Discover as yet unseen apps
  • See reviews from around the world

Source: Windows Store

Tweetro+ App lands in the Store!

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!” The elusive Tweetro App is back in the Store as Tweetro+. You have to have been living under a rock to have missed the whole shebang over Tweetro and Twitter these past weeks. Yeah, Tweetro got too popular for Twitter so they had to cut it down to size by reducing its tokens to 100K. Our buddy at WindowsObservers.com carried the whole story. You can peruse the whole details there.

So now Tweetro is back as paid App, because Twitter wants in on the piece of the Pie of course. But at $10.00? I find that rather steep for an unofficial Twitter client. You have to bear in mind that Twitter itself is creating its own client as we speak, and it will eventually compete with Tweetro+ whenever they released it. And there is the possibility, even more probable that Twitter’s own client will be free in the Store as it will be a joint effort between Microsoft and Twitter. So Lazyworm may be pricing Tweetro out of the market, and that will be very sad as this is a good Twitter client. Curious here to see  how this all will play out.

For the new-old App itself, I am taking a very close look at the description and screenshots, I can’t see any thundering differentiating feature as far as I can see. Of course its polished and professional and all now, but it doesn’t diverge much from what we’ve already seen in its Free incarnation. Following is the description of the paid version in the Store:

Description
Tweetro+ is an elegant Twitter client for Windows 8 and regarded by many as the best Twitter experience on the platform.
Included in purchase:
– Exclusive access to Tweetro+ (limited number of installs)
– 2 Twitter account slots (you can add up to 5 via in-app purchase)
DISCLAIMER: We cannot guarantee that this app will continue to function in the same way that it does in its purchased state (subject to any changes in Twitter’s API, rules and regulations).

Features
Real-time streaming of tweets (timeline & search results)
In-app browser
Pin multiple tweet columns to main hub
Photo browser
Custom views (snapped, portrait, landscape)
Semantic zoom for bird’s eye view
Notifications
Multiple account support

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So, there it is, the much awaited Twitter Client is back. Question is will you take the bait? What do you think about the price. Let me know in the Comments. Note there is no Trial mode, you buy this or you don’t, so I assume most of you that knows the app wouldn’t mind to buy without trial. But for new users? I think they should have added a Trial mode. Anyway, download the app now via the Source Link below.

Source: Windows Store

SAP Manager Insight App is now in the Store

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A  few days back, I mentioned the presence of an App from SAP to manage and keep appraised with Company Policies, now they’ve released yet another App bringing there total Apps in the Store to 5 in total.

imageHere at the left you can see the complete list of SAP Apps currently in the Store, and with this current App they’ve released their crowning glory for Managers. Yes, this App is specifically targeted towards Top Management Team of Companies to provide insightful information about your Human Resource, their capabilities and qualifications. Here is how SAP describes it from the Store:

Description
With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions.
Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data.

Features
Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests
Access relevant reports and KPIs
Drill down to display employee details quickly
Track the status of HR processes and visualize HR challenges
Check the talent ratio of teams and pinpoint diversity issues

Following are a few Screenshots from the App:

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You can see the rest SAP Apps in the Store by just Searching for SAP in the Store. To download this Manager Insight App, please follow the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

iStunt 2–The next XBox Title arrives in the Store

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Another XBox title iStunt2 just arrived in the Store.  If you love skateboarding over impossible objects, you’ll love this, and for you in the know, this app needs no introduction. The App works on both Intel and ARM platform, so if you have a Surface, you’re good to go. Here is App description from the Store:

Description
Hit the slopes for some serious shredding in the most fun snowboarding game ever created! To survive you will have to perform impossible stunts, dodge deadly saws and do incredible jumps in a world where gravity laws have been broken!
Combining outstanding physics, amazingly responsive controls and beautiful retina graphics, iStunt 2 is one of the most fun and original games on Windows 8.
With loads of exciting and devilishly tricky levels, iStunt 2 guarantees you many hours of fun.
Free your mind in this mind-blowing action-packed adventure pushing the adrenaline to the limit!
Key Features:
– Amazing graphics!
– Great Ragdoll Physics!
– Gravity Inversion and Zero Gravity Zones
– Rails, Boosts, Fans
– Floating mountains out of nowhere!
– Leaderboards and lots of achievements!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: http://www.miniclip.com/terms-and-conditions
PRIVACY POLICY: http://www.miniclip.com/privacy

Features
Amazing graphics!
Great Ragdoll Physics!
Gravity Inversion and Zero Gravity Zones
Rails, Boosts, Fans
Floating mountains out of nowhere!
Leaderboards and lots of achievements!

Hit the slopes!
Hit the slopes!

If this is your thing, and your got $4.00 to burn, give yourself a break and download it from the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Xbox LIVE Games on Windows 8 Wave One — Half Way There

Greetings again! Today, let’s take a quick look at the state of the wave one of Xbox LIVE games on Windows 8. Microsoft has promised about 40 Xbox LIVE games to become available on Windows 8 in what they are calling the “first Wave”. Recall that Xbox LIVE games on Windows 8 are games that connect to the Xbox LIVE service and integrates with gamertags, gamerscore, achievements, leaderboards, and, optionally, multiplayer. Unlike games for the Xbox 360, multiplayer feature on Xbox games on Windows 8 does not require you to have a paid “Gold” account.

Microsoft didn’t promise that all of the 40 games would be available on the day of Windows 8 launch on October 26th, but they did tell us to expect them to be released slowly throughout and beyond the holiday season. We had few Xbox LIVE games for Windows 8 before the OS launched to the public, and even more arrived to make it to the October launch date. More have been coming in post launch. Let’s take a look at where we are today.

We are just over half way there, folks! At the time of this writing, we have 21 Xbox LIVE games available for Windows 8. Below is a list of all the Xbox LIVE games that have been announced. I have linked to the ones that where actually released. Those that are not hyper-linked are not yet released to the public. When they are released, though, we will blog about them in future posts. I will not go in detail of each of the games because that would be way too long for one post. Rather, clicking on the hyperlink should take you to the app listing page where you can read the descriptions, features, and view screenshots. We will try to cover some of the games individually in future blog posts, so stay tuned for those. For now, here is the list!

Xbox LIVE Games Available for Download

  1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
  2. Adera: Episode 1 
  3. Angry Birds (Star Wars)
  4. Angry Birds Space 
  5. Cut the Rope 
  6. Fruit Ninja 
  7. Gravity Guy
  8. Hydro Thunder Hurricane 
  9. IloMilo (Plus)
  10. iStunt 2
  11. Jetpack Joyride 
  12. Microsoft Mahjong 
  13. Microsoft Minesweeper 
  14. Microsoft Solitaire Collection 
  15. Monster Island 
  16. Pinball FX 2 
  17. Reckless Racing Ultimate 
  18. Rocket Riot 3D 
  19. Shark Dash 
  20. Taptiles 
  21. Wordament 

Xbox LIVE Games Not Yet Released

  1. A World of Keflings
  2. Adera: Episode 2
  3. Adera: Episode 3
  4. Big Buck Hunter Pro
  5. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  6. Collateral Damage
  7. Crash Course GO
  8. Disney Fairies
  9. Dragon’s Lair
  10. Field & Stream Fishing
  11. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  12. Kinectimals Unleashed
  13. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  14. Shuffle Party
  15. Skulls of the Shogun
  16. Team Crossword
  17. The Harvest HD
  18. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  19. Zombies!!!

Well, there you have it. We hope to see the rest of the games to come along soon, but at the rate it is going, it will be a while. But nevertheless, let’s enjoy what we have now!

Source: Major Nelson and Windows Store

iStunt 2 – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

Hit the slopes for some serious shredding in the most fun snowboarding game ever created! To survive you will have to perform impossible stunts, dodge deadly saws and do incredible jumps in a world where gravity laws have been broken!Combining outstanding physics, amazingly responsive controls and beautiful retina graphics, iStunt 2 is one of the most fun and original games on Windows 8.

With loads of exciting and devilishly tricky levels, iStunt 2 guarantees you many hours of fun.

Free your mind in this mind-blowing action-packed adventure pushing the adrenaline to the limit!

Key Features:

– Amazing graphics!
– Great Ragdoll Physics!
– Gravity Inversion and Zero Gravity Zones
– Rails, Boosts, Fans
– Floating mountains out of nowhere!
– Leaderboards and lots of achievements!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: http://www.miniclip.com/terms-and-conditions

PRIVACY POLICY: http://www.miniclip.com/privacy

 

Features

  • Amazing graphics!
  • Great Ragdoll Physics!
  • Gravity Inversion and Zero Gravity Zones
  • Rails, Boosts, Fans
  • Floating mountains out of nowhere!
  • Leaderboards and lots of achievements!

Welcome to the Fully Featured Web Version of the Windows Store

Ladies and gentlemen, this was unexpected. We now have a fully functioning web version of the Windows Store! We can finally browse, search, and explore apps directly from the web browser without actually needing a Windows 8 PC. I will note right now that this is not officially by Microsoft; it is a third party web app. However, it works like a charm (no pun intended).

Metro Scanner

This website is really cool; it’s called MetroStore Scanner. You can check it out here: http://metrostore.preweb.sk/

Unlike the Windows Store app on Windows 8, this site shows worldwide apps. You can search apps from any part of the world, even if it is not available in your country. Of course, you can filter by country or category. On the picture above, for example, I am filtering out everything but Games form worldwide. According to the website, the total worldwide app is 25,405!

Of course, that 25 thousand plus apps are not all available for your country. So if you want to find relevant apps for your country, make sure to filter it by selecting your country.

Credit goes to Windows 8 Core for pointing this out

Source: MetroStore Scanner

The Official NASCAR Racing App now in the Store

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NASCAR is officially in the Store for the pleasure of those of you into racing. I knew they were coming as Microsoft mentioned them a while back. Now the wait is over, and the app is worth the wait too. The App brings you the best of NASCAR, news, events, videos and schedules. See who won which race real-time. Here is the description from the Store:

Description
The Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 desktop and tablet offers all of the basic features and functionality that the NASCAR fan would want on race day including News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules. Get up-to-the minute news from around NASCAR about your favorite driver and upcoming events for the 2013 NASCAR season. Download the Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 and you’re covered through the checkered flag!

Features
The fan will have access to the most recent news and media around NASCAR and the sport of stock car racing.
Be sure to check the schedule to keep up with the 2013 Sprint Cup Series

Home
Sprint Cup News
News Article

So this news of NASCAR app got your heart thumping, don’t wait any longer, go download now for free, via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Ancestry.com App is now in the Store!

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Just a few seconds ago I broke the Amazon App news, now we have the Ancestry.com joining the Metro Party. They’ve brought their Ancestry App to the Store, and might I say, the app is beautiful and functional. Of course Ancestry.com doesn’t need any introduction, it has been the source for many to trace their parental background and identify their gene pool. I am sure I am related somewhere to Obama, those flappy ears of his and mine are just too identical its uncanny. Now I have the tool to find out on the comfort of my couch.

Here’s the full description of the App from the Store:

Description
Explore your family tree with the Ancestry app for Windows 8. Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online collection of family history resources, home to more than 10 billion historical records, millions of family trees, and much more. Ancestry.com users can now use the Ancestry app to explore their trees, view photos, discover Ancestry hints, and keep up on the latest Ancestry.com news and resources.

Features
Browse people in your tree
Rich photo viewing experience
Discover Ancestry hints
Jump to website

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So, curious to know if you are related to Kennedy or to Napoleon? Wonder where those flappy ears or short height of yours came from? Here is the tool for you. Dive into the past with this app, it doesn’t cost you a thing. Download now from the Store via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

The Much Awaited Amazon App is now in the Store!

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At last! The Amazon App is now in the Windows Store! Wow, the really took their time coming. EBay and Newegg have been rocking the Store since Jove knows when, now Amazon joins the hustle. As you can see the App already garnered 98 ratings at almost 4 Stars. I wonder who are those people who rated it, as those are not the public, the App is just out! Probably those are Microsoft internal users and testers who were testing for Microsoft and Amazon as they need to get this right the first time.

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I have just installed the App, I just simply said Wow! when I first opened it. It is beautiful, it is comprehensive, to use my favorite term, it comes with kitchen and sink. Yes, it is worth the wait.

Once you login, the App lights up with your history and purchases, there are recommendations for you based on your search and buy pattern, they have columns for everything that might interest you. Can’t place screenshots here else you’ll be privy to my weird collections of Barbie pops Smile. But seriously, you’ll have to see this App for yourselves. Here is how Amazon (or is it MS, wink wink, nudge nudge) described it from the Store:

Description
The Amazon app allows you to quickly make purchases, search, compare prices, read reviews, and share products with friends using a simple yet elegant interface. Shop just as you do on the web.
You can access any of Amazon’s sites around the world from a single app by simply selecting your desired Amazon country store or shipping destination. You have full access to your existing cart and wish lists.
Search for products using the Amazon app, and easily add them to your shopping cart to purchase. (Note: the app uses the Amazon search engine, which is a non-Microsoft commerce engine.) All purchases made on Amazon are routed through our secure servers just as they are on the web.

Features
View popular products and recommendations
Quickly search for products
Read product descriptions and reviews
Add any product to your Shopping Cart and/or Wish List
Purchase products
Access any of Amazon’s sites around the world

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I can tell you for fact right now that these screenshots didn’t do justice to the App. You need to download it and login to see the App light-up with your Amazon universe. So what are you waiting for, it doesn’t cost you a dime. So go right ahead and download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

P.S. You didn’t think for once that the Barbie pop collection joke was true did you? Smile

Discourse News Reader is Back in the Store! – Now for the Money

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Guys, good news! Kindred Intellect is back in the Store with Discourse, your awesome News Reader App of yore, and this time for the money. Those of you that started this Windows 8 journey with us right from DP will remember Discourse. It was the de facto News Reader till a few months before RTM. Kindred Intellect just mysteriously pulled the App from the Store without any form of warning nor reason. Yours truly have attempted to contact them severally to get a low-down on what transpired, no response. Did they have a blow-out with Microsoft? Were they using a component to which Microsoft objected? You know, you can only speculate when the news source refuses to talk to you. Like they say, Nature abhors vacuum, you just can’t evict yourself from the market and expect the whole world to wait, or collapse in your absence. Discourse space was promptly filled by News Bento App in the Store. Now Discourse has a competition in its hands. News Bento is free as air, and Discourse is $3,00 bucks with no option to try. They are really going for the money this time around. I wonder how they’ll fair now in the Store.

I have just done a feature comparison with their last version before they dropped out of limelight, I don’t see any difference, they are probably sporting their last version 1.3.2.202 with a bit of polish I guess. Here is the latest description of the new old app in the Store:

Read all your news articles in full detail regardless of source

Create your own news sections using any feeds you like

Take in the full detail of every article with great readability

Description
* Discourse allows you to keep up with your favorite news sources in a clear, picture-rich, easy to read newspaper-like format.
* Read the full content of the majority articles right from within Discourse, even for custom feeds, and pages you Share into Discourse using the Share charm!
* Optimized for great execution on Surface & Windows RT machines
* Pin a live tile to your start screen for any section, including custom sections.
* Create your own ‘Sections’ of news, combining one or more of the large number of included feeds, a topic of interest, or by searching for/adding fully custom feeds of your own.
* Share your section definitions with others using the Share Charm
* ‘Topic Sections’ use keywords to maintain a set of up-to-date news articles about a particular topic. (Powered by Bing, Google and Yahoo)
* Import whole sections and individual feed subscriptions directly from Google Reader
* Import and Export your feeds (as OPML files) and section definitions (as SECTION files). You can also export and import from SkyDrive, just use the picker and choose SkyDrive.
* Once your sections are created, simply running Discourse will sync your news and you can then go offline if you wish.
* Search for articles across your sections using the “Search Charm”.
* You can also save pages to Discourse’s “Saved Stories” section so you can read them later, offline, at your leisure.
Privacy policy: http://www.kindredintellect.com/privacy.html

Features
Offline, full content, news reader, using a clear presentation for great readability
Combine your own custom feeds with the large number included

Well, there you have it. The riddle resolved itself. Discourse is back in the Store. The question is would you plunk your cash down for the Reader now, especially seeing a free competition would give it a run for its money. If Discourse fails to gain traction in the Store, it will not be because the App is not worthy, but because the vendor made a gamble that backfired. When you are king, you just don’t abdicate, not without a reason. You just give people a chance to crown another king. Period. I’ll keep an eye on this development. I see news down the line.

If you are ready to buy Discourse, please download via the Source link below. I am curious if any of you that know Discourse in its hay days have anything to say in response to this. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Source: Windows Store

MX Apps Security and Devs’ Income Jeopardy

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Since today is turning out to be a Plea day to Microsoft, I might as well add the following points that Devs have raised to me, and the points I could really understand looking from Devs perspective.

MX Apps (Metro Apps if you live in the past) have great promise for Microsoft and End-Users alike. They are highly portable, highly manageable and secured; if we could believe Microsoft on their promise for WinRT environment of Windows 8. Apps can be built with next to nothing experience, even script-kiddies are now top-notch coders on Windows 8. Its all fine and dandy till bread and butter comes into question. If you are a hobby developer, you wouldn’t mind what MS does with your code the moment you submit it to the Store, all you care about is to see your App published, hopefully featured in the Windows Store.

But when your app is your bread, and preferably your butter too, you do seriously mind what MS does with your code in the Store and on Users devices. MX Apps are scripted Apps, they are managed Apps, you either code in Javascript or in .NET both of which are translated Apps. This means there’s a file of yours somewhere with readable code for everyone who has the will and the intent. Here you are slaving away at a particular difficult routine in your app. You need to implement that killer feature that will differentiate your app as professional Dev, ergo, this is the source of your income! It took you two days to do the plumbing and debugging of this difficult routine, now it is part of your code for your app, submitted to the Store, and globally readable.

Of course you’ll feel cheated. Anyone who find your app awesome and wants to know how you carried out that impossible feat can now dive into your code and read how you did it, gone is your professional advantage. This will be an awesome scene in about 50 years when we don’t work for money anymore, the era of Star Trek has broken upon us where everyone works just for the pleasure of it. There is no hunger anymore, need has been banished by the Federation. This will probably remain in the realm of my dreams and many of you.

But for now, you need to pay your bills, but how could you if people could easily pilfer your code and earn money with it while you go hungry. So this brings me to my point. Microsoft, we know you protect MX Apps with Encryption from hackers and the likes, and that you can’t just copy and run apps on other machines, but what’s with people readable code. Why aren’t you protecting Devs labour? Why not encrypt Devs’ codes and files before publication so that only the system can unencrypt it at runtime? Why does my files have be readable to all? If you think I am joking read this from a concerned dev:

Hi McAkins,

I just want to explain, the security problem in Windows 8 store app, that can lead to another security problem:

First of all, when we install windows 8 store app, it will reside on %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps folder, although the folder is hidden

by default, but through ‘folder options’ we can show the folder, and we access it after we take ‘ownership’  of the folder (we don’t need special tool to take ownership of the folder, only through windows explorer we can take ownership), after that, the problem begin;

1. All the application that we installed, user can take all the assets we use in our app. (Images, Sound, Video, and other assets). because we can access all the windows 8 store app application folder, for JS app we can see the code clearly if we not minified that code first before published to the store.(like skype app, I attach the source code I take from my laptop,).

2. Let say we develop windows 8 store app using JS, and use Windows Azure mobile service to push the notification to the user, or even worse if we have storage or other cloude services, the ‘client secret’ to access our Windows Azure service, can be seen by the people or malware, and then they can abuse our cloud servce / windows azure services.

3. Another problem if we develop using C#, we can decompile it also using .NET reflector or other related app. (but this is the nature of .net app either Desktop App or Windows 8 Store app).

Thanks

<Concerned Dev>

And here is the Skype Source Code he was talking about:

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How about that?! Even MS own Software is not protected! But then they can afford to loose a dollar or two to a script kiddie.

So there you have it, if you write in JS, you’re screwed as professional Dev. You are basically plumbing for other people. Period. This is not acceptable and should be mitigated Microsoft. The only way to guarantee App privacy right now is to hide your code in C++  dlls with JS as frontend, or to a lesser degree to code in .NET, at least it takes a bit of effort to get to the decompiled code. So here we are MS with another plea. Please either obfuscate publish codes or encrypt all JS and .NET files. That’s the only way Devs can resign from their day job and take up coding full time if they are guaranteed income source in the future. Do it now! Yes you can!

Thanks all for your attention.

– McAkins

Seriously Compromised with SurfacePro – A Public Plea to Microsoft

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This week, Microsoft announced the pricing of the SurfacePro to the whole wide world, and reception of the news has been mixed to put it mildly. Its not even the price that broke the deal for me, I don’t mind the price since its work/play device. What broke it for me is the Battery Life of the device. I must confess I am seriously compromised right now in my decision for this device. What were you thinking Microsoft, 4Hrs battery life these days is just not acceptable on a Tablet device. I know it’s a Core i5 device, don’t get me wrong, I can see the need for power for some people, but seriously?

Look, I already have a Core i5 tablet that came with Windows 7, that was announced for 4Hrs battery life when I got it, but actually was pulling 2.5Hrs max in reality. Installed it with Windows 8 DP and my battery life jumped to 3hrs, now with Windows 8 RTM I am getting average of 3.5Hrs on this awesome device. So here I am waiting patiently for SurfacePro in January, and MS announced 4Hrs battery, sorry, but that is disappointing. I was expecting something that will match SurfaceRT battery life if not surpass it. Core i5 with 4Hrs battery life is almost what I have right now with my current Win7/Win8 tablet, I don’t see what’s the improvement, that extra 30 minutes doesn’t cut it for me; not for $1000 price point.

When MS announced 3-months-later for SurfacePro, I was actually hoping that they did that to get the latest and greatest CPU from Intel to capture the same battery life as SurfaceRT, as all kinks with CloverTrail would then have been ironed out etc etc. Ok, they said 3rd generation core i5 CPU, whatever that means, I don’t see its effect if it slurps the battery empty in 4hrs.

So, this is my plea to Microsoft: Please, please, make a third option for SurfacePro with CloverTrail Atom CPU! If HP and Dell could promise 9Hrs on their CloverTrail devices right now, it is a shame for Microsoft to come in the year of the Lord 2013 with a meager 4Hrs battery life device. You know, I have this Core i5 device right now, I am not doing any monster work on it, I am not doing video editing, not installing it with Photoshop or AutoCAD software even if I could. All those are on my Desktop where the power is when I need it. I have chosen this device to be my companion device, I need it to be always available when I need it, not to be looking for the next plugin socket each time. I use it lightly, that is the intention the whole time, the need to be able to run standard desktop apps and be highly mobile. That is the promise of CloverTrail, that is why we wait, so why should we end up with something in January that I can have now; that I have now?!

So, either you come with an announcement before the mid of December Microsoft, else I’ll be forced to shop at HP and Dell for my next CloverTrail device with a Pen. Thanks for listening as always Microsoft.

[Update: Corrected OakTrail to CloverTrail in the post. Sorry people, getting old here Smile. Thanks Voleheart buddy!]

Your buddy,

Denny McAkins

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