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One of the biggest trends of the current web design era is flat design, and Metro—Microsoft’s design language for Windows, Xbox and Office—is the most notable interpretation of this. If you’re looking to update your site with a fresh, clean design, these ten premium website templates will do just the thing.
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Love photography? If you’re not already using 500px then you’re missing out on one of the best photo experiences of the web. Today, 500px has released a beautiful desktop companion for Windows 8′s Modern UI.

500px is essentially a Flickr competitor that has an emphasis on beautiful, professional photography and the ability to show that off online in a hosted portfolio. It allows you to share photography with a large community and get critique from them as well as having the ability to join discussions with like-minded photographers.

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The Windows Phone platform is often criticized for lacking the sheer number of application as its counterparts. Well, here I am to prove that numbers alone isn’t everything. Here are a range of apps spanning various categories that I’ve found really useful over the past few months that I, as a student, have found extremely useful. Take a look — maybe you’ve missed a few as well!

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I am a sucker for efficiency. I like being super efficient, a good time manager, productive and well, again, efficient. I would romance efficiency, if that was humanly possible. As a writer, I have to research lots of links, scourge through the web for information and perform insane number of super-powered, unearthly moves to gather my research. Usually, what I require, other than my superpowers, is knowledge of what I need to find, effective searching techniques and, not to forget, a browser for all of my antics.

Since my browsing is usually a combination of Firefox-ing and Chrome-ing, with Firefox taking up nearly 90% of the browsing time, I have some extensions/plugins to enhance my browsing experience and meet my needs. Today, allow me to take you through the 7 Firefox extensions that have made life easy for me.
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So, first off, a little about me: I live in the UK, I’m from Guildford in Surrey, and currently live near Liverpool with my wife and one and a half year old son, both of whom are amazing. I work in Chester as a Web Developer, which is great fun, challenging and rewarding. For those of you who are interested my language of choice is C# and I do a lot of SQL and ASP.NET.

My commute is an hour and a half each way and I get most of my writing done on the train, so as to not miss out on time with the family. I have recently bought a Samsung Series 9 laptop which is an awesome bit of kit and allows me to work on the train without having to carry a heavy laptop around. Due to using a laptop a lot of the time, and being a developer at work, I love keyboard shortcuts over mouse use as I find it faster, especially when I’m on the laptop.

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Last month, I reviewed Directory Opus, a fantastic file explorer that utilizes the two-pane view popularized by Norton Commander. It’s not the only file explorer that’s built around that feature. In this roundup, I look at four other file explorers that were also inspired by Norton Commander.

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The number of apps available in the Windows Apps Store may not be near to what is available in Apple or Google Play store. But it has apps that can help your make the most out of your Windows Phone 8. Also, the number of apps for Windows Phone 8 are increasing day by day. The devices that are being released running Windows Phone 8 are no doubt good and Microsoft is working hard to make the operating system compete with Android and iOS.

If you are new to Windows Phone 8 and are looking for some useful apps, we have compiled a list of some of the most useful apps that are available in the Windows Apps Store.
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We all know that surfing the Web might be a dangerous thing for our machines. The Internet is swarming with infections that can provoke serious damage for the system, for the user itself or even for other computers utilized by that same user. We also know that there are ways to have a more secure web browsing, but often that implies buying expensive pieces of software.

Now let me present 3 absolutely free security solutions from Comodo, a trusted and world-renowned company willing to make Internet a safer place to interact and conduct business.

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Lenses are one of the coolest features in Windows Phone 8. So what exactly are they? Think of a DSLR camera, you buy a camera body of your choice, which you then pair up with a lens that fits your needs. There is a wide array of lenses to choose from, each with its own purpose for example macro lenses for shooting objects up close, wide angle lenses for taking shots with a very wide perspective.

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Think of your Windows Phone 8 camera app as the camera body. You can then spice it up by downloading camera lens apps which add more functionality to your camera. You can launch your lens apps directly from within the camera app. The first button with two arrows launches lenses…and there you see all your installed lens apps.

Read on to find some of the ones I really like and would recommend!
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At the moment I’m a student and on my Windows Phone I use a variety of different apps to keep me organised throughout the day. With lectures, meetings and social events its often hard to keep on top of everything. These apps, which all complete a specific task are vital for my everyday activities.

Read on to find out more!

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