Where do you turn when you want to watch a film? You might flick on the TV, pop on a DVD, or make use of a Netflix subscription, you might even head off to the cinema.

But what about those times when you’re looking for something a little different, but don’t want to spend a fortune? This is where SnagFilms could help, bringing a collection of independent films from around the world to your Windows 8 desktop.

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I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who love cooking and want to try out new recipes every single day – or at least every weekend? Yes, the internet has a huge repository of great recipes but having your own database in your Windows phone is much cooler, don’t you agree?

I have been meaning to try a nice cook book app for a long time and BigOven suddenly struck my eye in the Windows Marketplace – pure luck, I guess. BigOven claims that it has over 250,000+ recipes and one million registered cooks from around the world. Well, clearly a lot of people are using it and it is time for me to try it out.

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There can be few web sites that are as well-known as Amazon; it is the go-to online store for everything from toilet paper to PCs. This is not surprising when you consider the sheer range of goods you can buy coupled with the range of merchants competing for customers and keeping prices down.

There are mobile apps available for iOS and Android, so it makes sense that a dedicated app should also be released for Windows. Amazon for Windows 8 brings the world of online shopping to your desktop in a dedicated app. We take a closer look.

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Chrome, the popular web browser from search and advertising giant Google, did not invent tabs or add-ons. Both of these were the creation of Mozilla and its Firefox browser. However, Chrome has become the web browser of choice among the tech crowd, and even, perhaps, the more mainstream crowd.

Of course, I can not tell you what extensions you will necessarily like best, or what will fit your needs. However, I can attempt to steer you towards some extensions that you may not be aware of and that you may just find very useful in your day-to-day life on the web. This is a personal list, of course, as all of these sorts of things are. But, it is what has been useful to me and, hopefully, you will find one or two, or even more, that you will find useful as well.

So, with all of that in mind, then let us get on with the list.

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I have had enough of talking about video, TV and Media Center-type stuff for the moment. It is time to move to the other side of the spectrum — music. It seems like, for many of us, our music library is in a more or less constant state of disarray. If you are, like me, always looking for a solution to organize it, and prefer free, then there are several options available out there.

However, my favorite over the past few years has proven to be MP3Tag. Over the time I have used this, it has proven to be the simplest, but also the best, solution of the many I have tested and thrown away, some of them I even paid before and then hated!

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There’s no dearth of music players out there in the Windows universe, each one with a unique take on how such an app should look and function. From the humble Windows Media Player to the feature-packed Winamp to the infinitely customizable foobar2000, there’s something for every taste. But just when you thought we had every base covered, I came across Stoffi Music Player.

Designed by a cross-national team of four to fit in with native Windows programs and be as simple to use as possible, Stoffi Music Player takes a novel approach towards finding and playing back audio on your PC and beyond. The app includes some interesting features that make it worth trying out — but will you stick with it? Let’s turn the volume to 11 and find out!

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Each part of your computer is integral to its performance and finding the perfect kit for you is always a challenge. However, when accomplishing different workflows we may need a better processor or graphics card to cope with the workload we’ll be putting on our machines. Something which is just as important for performance, but often overlooked, is the hard drive or SSD.

These help store everything we do and need to be right for how much space we need. Whilst there may not be a specific size that everyone needs, you’ll still need to see what’s best for you. Read on to find out if your current hard drive is worth upgrading.

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Computer users living in the US are somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to watching TV online, but anyone living in the UK does not have such a good deal. A few video streaming services do exist, but these will almost always involve entering a contract and paying each month.

TVCatchup – despite the arguably confusing name as this service is now concerned solely with live TV – is a web site, and now Windows 8 app, that can be used to watch dozen of free-to-air TV stations, free from subscription and charges.

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Video games are something we all love to indulge. Some are complex, whereas others can be some of the simplest games ever designed. Platform games in my opinion are one the most basic types, but, can also be the most fun and addicting making platform games a worthy candidate for January’s Windows Phone Elite article.

Even if you don’t know what a platform game is, chances are you’ve played a wealth of them already. Wikipedia defines platform games as, “a video game which requires players to jump to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles.” Hopefully, that’s cleared things up.

In this article, I’m going to be looking at the ten best platform games I’ve found for the Windows Phone platform. Read on to find out more!

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