Over the last year we’ve seen the quality of Windows 8 applications gradually increase and now that Windows 8.1 is on the horizon, we’re starting to see some unique apps that really set the platform apart.
Newseen is one of these apps, which has a unique view on how to read news and does the job much better than many fully-fledged RSS readers on the internet.
A long time ago Microsoft was a company that was young, attractive and exciting. Of course, those aren’t metrics that we could easily quantify but if you look at the company over the last ten years you’ll see that they became boring and increasingly comfortable with what they had and their position in the market despite everyone else accelerating away from them.
The internet was up in arms when Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 RTM (release to manufacturing) build was not going to be released to developers — or anyone — until the official launch on October 18th.
Today, Microsoft reversed course and announced that the final release of Windows 8.1 is imminently available on MSDN, Technet and for volume license holders. That means if you have access to an MSDN or Technet subscription you can head over to there right now and download the final release.
If you’ve been following the Xbox One closely, you’ll notice that there’s been very limited amounts of information about the dashboard interface and how the console actually works available.
It’s true, even the media hasn’t been able to get much hands on time with the console yet, but today what appears to be a beta tester of the console has uploaded a video that shows off a few features of the new dashboard.
On the fifth birthday of Google’s Chrome browser, the company has announced big plans for their flagship web browser. Chrome Apps, a new-generation of applications that build on top of Chrome that work cross platform and offline, just like any other desktop application.
The Surface Pro may only have been on the market for eight months, but it’s already getting a refresh. The device was released at an interesting time — between Intel chip refreshes — which meant the device wasn’t so great on battery life and was a little on the chubby side. The good news is that it’s getting a refresh, which could make it the best PC on the market.
Today, Neowin reports that Microsoft is about to release a refresh to the Surface Pro device, something they believe will be called the “Surface 2.” Information given to Appstorm indicates that it may simply keep the “Surface Pro” moniker and follow a similar trend to Apple devices, simply calling it the “new” Surface Pro.
In a somewhat sudden move, Microsoft announced today that they are going to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business for 5.44 billion EUR in cash. This move was predicted for a long time, but nobody was really sure when it was going to come. (more…)
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!
Video conversion has become a popular topic with me lately. I purchased a Google TV a few months ago, using the device to retire my old HTPC, which ran Windows 7 with Media Center set to launch upon startup. The problem is this — not all of my ripped DVD’s were in a format recognized by Plex, which now serves my home media to the living room.
Since purchasing the Vizio Co-Star, I have been slowly but surely working my way through the re-encoding of almost all of our movies, most of which had been ripped to ISO files in order to retain all of the menus and extras. Unfortunately, Google TV will not allow me to keep those options, but this is not the end of the world — I do not really need them, it was just a nice touch.
My latest experiment is using TEncoder, which is a powerful tool for converting video and audio files from one format to another. The app holds a lot promise, but may not work for every need — more on that later.