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!


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!


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


Preview and Install

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:


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:

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.

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


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!


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 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.


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!


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:

Source formats:

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


Make conversions in background!

Really Easy!

Manages snapped mode

Toast notifications when a conversion ends

Download Format Converter X!

Place Sticky Notes on your Start Screen

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.


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.

Read less


  • 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

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.


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.


  • 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!


“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 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:

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).

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
Multiple account support


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


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:

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.

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:


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


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:

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!

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

iStunt 2 Cover

Preview and Install



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!





  • 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:

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


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:

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!

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

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 App is now in the Store!


Just a few seconds ago I broke the Amazon App news, now we have the 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 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:

Explore your family tree with the Ancestry app for Windows 8. 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. users can now use the Ancestry app to explore their trees, view photos, discover Ancestry hints, and keep up on the latest news and resources.

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


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!


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.


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:

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.

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


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