Angry Birds Space Has Entered Windows 8 Universe!


Here we are with Angry Birds Space! Did anyone doubt MS will burst out on the first day with the latest Angry Birds? I never did for one second! Believe it or not, Angry Bird is the King Maker of any platform, shunning the Game is like putting a noose on your neck. So I can imagine that Microsoft have twisted a few arms at Roxio, probably a few more. The picture I see in my head here is MS just pushing money into someone’s mouth each time he wanted to open his mouth to complain. “You have to make the GA!” I heard MS screaming.

Anyway, I am glad Angry Bird is here, my kids are here Angry Bird is here, even my Cat is glad Angry Bird is here, now the kids will leave him alone Smile

Ok I wont keep you in suspense any longer, here is Roxio’s description from the Store:

Content rating

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Everyone

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Everyone

Comic mischief

What is this?

ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space!
After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…
Angry Birds Space features over 130 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!
Over 130 interstellar levels!
Regular free updates!
Brand new birds!
Brand new superpowers!
Zero-gravity space adventures!
Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
Hidden bonus levels!
Beautifully detailed backgrounds!
Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic!
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Regular free updates!
Brand new birds!
Brand new superpowers!
Zero-gravity space adventures!
Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
Hidden bonus levels!
Beautifully detailed backgrounds!


Platform: x64, x86, ARM

So there we have it. I see Roxio’s name as Publisher, but believe me, we could also put Microsoft Studios behind Roxio’s name as I am sure this is a collaboration of the two companies to get this out on day one. Am I happy they did, I am sure a lot of you did. So if you haven’t downloaded it, please go right ahead and download via the Source Link here below.

Source: Windows Store.
Tip Credit: @NazmusLabs

Star Chart released a Major Update in the Store

The app Star Chart has just released a major update in the Store. For the astronomy-astute amongst us, this app needs no introduction, but for those of you who doesn’t know the app, it is a Sky-mapping app. With this app you can take a virtual journey through the Universe. The initial release of the app was just a teaser with the publishers dipping their feet in the Windows 8 Metro waters, now they’ve taken the full dive:

Star Chart, the definitive star-gazing and astronomy app, gives you a virtual window into the visible universe.
Make the most of your powerful Windows 8 device and hold it up to the sky. Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at! Augmented Reality (AR) mode is available on tablets & devices with accelerometer and digital magnetometer sensors.
Alternatively, explore the universe from the comfort of your desktop to learn about the wonders of our solar system and beyond.
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe and the latest high-tech sensor functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real-time – the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!
Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your AR device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!
Want to know how the night sky appears to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your AR device down!
Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and much more.
So point your Windows 8 AR device at the sky and see what’s out there!
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Just point and view. Hold your Windows 8 AR device to the sky and peer into the universe.
Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures or a mouse – perfect for armchair astronomers!
Share your astronomical discoveries with your friends, with the help of Windows 8 Share.
A powerful and dynamic search function, utilising the new Windows 8 Search.
Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your Windows 8 screen at any angle.
Accurately depicts all the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres up to magnitude +10 – a total of over 120,000 stars!
Displays all the planets of the solar system, plus the sun and the moon.
Features all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 15th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
Includes the complete Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.
Select anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance, brightness and exact position in the sky.
Very powerful zoom function lets you view the sky in extra detail.
Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.
Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon, so now you can see where the sun is even at night!
Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.
Release notes
– General polish & bug fixes.
– Telrad ring around selected object.
– Rotating labels in AR mode.
– Rotation of planets fixed to correct axial tilt.
– Smoother location update
– Fading Messier object so you can zoom through them to see objects behind.
– Localisation fix for some Messier objects
Recommended hardware
Compass, Gyroscope and / or Accelerometer for AR mode to work
Direct X11 compatible graphics card recommended
Windows 8 compatible PC

This update contains the kitchen and sink in the app. The app now supports the full sensors in your device. I am talking of Accelerometer and Gyroscope and Compass support. You can now take your tablet outside on a clear night and let the device identify the constellations for you; starting with our own local galaxy. Boy I am just giddy with the app right now. Everyone can now take a class in Astronomy if you’ve got a modern tablet. How cool is that? There is just one damper on this party, and that is that the app only support x86 tablets for now. If you have a Windows RT (ARM) device, you may have to wait.

I intend to test the app fully after my vacation when I’ll be able to download this 66Mb sized app.

I hope I’ve been able to whet your appetite for this app, if so, please download the app from the following link:

Let me know what you think.

Mars Rover Landing for Kinect

Microsoft and NASA joined effort to celebrate the landing of my favorite Mars rover Curiosity on Mars in a few weeks time by release just today an Xbox 360 App for Kinect. Mars Rover Landing for Kinect takes you through the difficult motion of landing a Rover safely in an unfriendly atmosphere of Mars. This is an opportunity for you budding JPL Lab rats to try your hands on this awesome experience of controlling remote operated vehicles millions of miles away.

One can only commend NASA and Microsoft on this joint effort in showcasing yet again the ubiquitous Kinect ability, and inspiring young kids in Science. I haven’t tried this myself as I am on holiday right now, but you can be sure my kids and I are gonna have a blast with this once we get home.

You can find this app in the Kinect Apps section of Xbox. Hopefully some of you will comment to let me know your experience with this.