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Vasudevan Krishnamoorthy

Hola! I frequently rant about tech stuff, both at AppStorm and my personal site. It's well known that following me on Twitter(@skmvasu) will bring you loads of good fortune.

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The world is getting smaller by the day, since the advent of satellites. People have moved away from the expensive mobile phones to more elegant voice over Internet solutions like Skype. The fact that, more than 200 billion minutes of calls using Skype last year alone should speak volumes about its awesomeness.

When Redmond acquired Skype out of the blue for $8.5 bn a couple of years back people started seeing the next tech bubble. However it made a lot of business sense, in the wake of Google and Facebook virtually rooting MS from the IM market, until they completely botched it up. They missed several opportunities to tie Skype with their platform. Even weirder, there wasn’t an official release for their flagship Windows Phone 7 till late summer last year while there was back to back releases on iOS and Android platforms.

When Windows 8 was due, an acute app crunch was looming over their heads and had to dust off something from their own labs. Enter Skype Metro.

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Financial discipline is a hard trait to come by these days. With our wallets stuffed with so many free credit cards, it is incredibly hard not to fall into the debt spiral. One good practice that can save you from this trench is to keep a close tab on your spending. You will be surprised how much we waste our hard earned money.Tracking finances is not that easy as it sounds. Apart from self discipline, we need an intelligent tool which can set us in the right direction. Papers and spreadsheets simply do not work. There are many other nerdy alternatives like Mint, which will make your life hell before you know it, with all its complex configurations and pointed antlers.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Toshl and was instantly intrigued by its stunning simplicity. At first glance it looked like just the thing that I was looking for. Can it live up to its expectations? Join me after the jump to find out.

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When Microsoft announced Windows 8 they were facing a severe app crunch. They wanted a series of solid apps and games to showcase what their new ecosystem can do.

Team GSkinner came to their rescue this time with a solid port to the Windows Store. Did they manage to retain its charm this time around? Join me after the jump to find out.

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When Windows 8 Developer Preview was announced not many developers came forward to embrace the future of PC’s. DealFlux is one of the first wave of apps that broke the barrier and showed the world what this new ecosystem is capable off.

Today we’re going to talk with Austin Kettner of Quixby, the guy behind several apps like DealFlux and HackerNews Reader to know more about the story behind DealFlux and his experience with Windows 8. Join us after the jump to learn more.

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Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is here. I absolutely love this festive season for ONE reason, among others, – presents. This is the one time of the year where you can indulge in a mindless shopping spree, without worrying too much about the budget (that part comes later).

But sadly it also means crowded streets which I’m strictly allergic to. To that end, I prefer to take things online. If you’re anything like me, read on. This guide is for you.

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A year back, if you’d told me that Microsoft would beat Apple in unifying all your devices I would’ve laughed at your face. Plus, knowing Microsoft of the past, one would’ve expected them to botch it up, even if that were true. When legendary Allard, godfather of Xbox, quit the company, everyone, including me, started screaming that MS’s future is on the brink of destruction.

But this new Microsoft under Ballmer had other plans in mind. It was evident when they launched WP7. It was not just another wrapper on their old broken mobile engine. Rather it was a completely thought through, totally revamped product, focused on improving your experience. It turned out to be one of the best mobile platforms and the user experience is particularly phenomenal.

Still, even for Microsoft, Windows 8 is a greater leap, and far from their comfort zone. Many people are still looking out for the Start button, while others are busy calling names. Amidst all this hoopla, Windows 8 was launched recently and Microsoft has been under incredible pressure. It’s facing a never seen before competition from Apple and Google, threatening to erode it completely. Today we’re going to take a look at the challenges faced by Microsoft.

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Twitter clients are all the rage with app developers. One visit to the Anroid Play Store will prove that. Surprisingly, most of them have decided to stay away from Windows. Rowi is one of those first wave of apps which broke the barrier and embraced Windows with zero compromise to the user experience.

Today we’re going to talk with the wonderful people at Rowi to find the story behind Rowi, their experience with the ecosystem and much more. Join us after the jump to find out.

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Google Chrome doesn’t need any introduction to most of our audience. They almost saved us from the Satanic clutches of an Internet Explorer 6 infested world. With 3D rendering support, quick adoption of HTML 5, fastest JS engine (Wait.. That was before IE10), prettiest UI (again, before IE10) it wouldn’t be unfair to say Chrome is the most loved browser, under the sun.

Incidentally, Chrome turned 4 this month, and it is only fitting to celebrate their birthday with our readers here. Today, we’re going to see what makes Chrome so special.

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Over the years, Microsoft has bundled several useful utility apps with their flagship Windows operating systems. Sadly, screen capturing is not one of them. Sure, you can press “Prnt Scrn” and paste it in Paint as you’ve always done, but it doesn’t work for most of us. The same applies to the half-cooked Snipping tool, shipped along with certain flavors of Windows 7.

At AppStorm, our work involves a lot of images and screenshots. We need a powerful tool to satisfy our huge appetite. Are you like us, who is in dire need for the ultimate tool to satisfy your taste buds? Look no beyond! Today, I’m going to introduce you to SnagIt, the most sought after screen recording platform.

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Traditionally gamers attribute the advent of gaming to PC. Though it’s true to a certain extent, the reins dates back to early ’50s. While the first game was a really simple version of Tic-Tac-Toe- ‘Noughts and Crosses’, gaming has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry.

In these modern times, the gaming consoles have invaded our living rooms and has become an integral part of our life. Today, we’re going to take a look back at the evolution of of consoles over the years.

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