To the uninitiated, the title might seem pretty bland for a game with so much hype around it. But those who know who the ‘baldy’ being referred to here is, well, they are probably flying in anticipation right now. Because this is no ordinary bald guy we are talking about here, he is Agent 47, the original assassin. And when he is without a gun, you definitely know he is up to killing baddies in the most interesting, grotesque, bone-chilling manner.

Yes, Agent 47 is back with a vengeance and he has an impossible target to achieve. In its pursuit, Hitman: Absolution revives the best aspects of the series that has been dead for half a decade. Absolution shines, take a look at how! (more…)

Spyware, malware, viruses, rootkits; the list of online threats just goes on and on. There are plenty of tools out there that claim to offer protection but, certainly in the realms of free solutions, it is the same names that crop up time and time again.

Spybot Search & Destroy has long been the malware protection tool of choice for numerous Windows users and the newly released version 2 gives the app a much needed reboot which includes a completely new look, faster performance and a handful of new features.


Need For Speed is the most popular racing video game franchise in the world. And Most Wanted is perhaps its most popular sub-franchise. The hit 2005 game garnered a wide fan following and was perhaps the peak of the NFS brand name.

Since then, NFS has stumbled a bit in its last few attempts. Developer Electronic Arts (EA) tried going full-simulation (more realistic car handling), it tried to strike a balance between sim and arcade, but it never quite felt right. And meanwhile, Criterion Games launched its Burnout series and scored a mega-hit with Burnout Paradise, an out-and-out arcade racer (handling is not realistic, but more attuned for easier gameplay and control). EA ended up buying Criterion and put it in charge of reviving the NFS flagship with a remake of the 2005 classic.

But can an old game in new clothing really live up to expectations? Is the second coming all that it was hyped to be? And does it appeal to newcomers who have never been NFS fans? Read on…


There are various ways in which you can store files online. You might have your own web space that you used to host a web site as well as files, or you may make use of Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure.

If you have files scattered across various different kinds of server, the chances are that you use a variety of apps to access and manage them. Using Steed you may just find that you do not need any other tools as this can replace many of them.


It is really hard to make friends especially after the age of 10. When you randomly talk to someone friendly, they think you are weird and just walk away. Awkward, isn’t it? Why put yourself through embarrassing situations when you have WNM Near Me?

WNM Near Me is a free, location based, social networking app that lets you find people who reside near you or any where in the world and you can chat with them without revealing your personal information or your phone number.


OneNote for Windows 8 has just been released, and it’s quite different from previous versions. The only application in the Office suite to make the jump to a Windows 8 app, OneNote is an entirely different beast from the rest of the Office family.

Its features have made it one of the best productivity applications out there for some time. Does OneNote for Windows 8 maintain the best features of its desktop-based predecessors?


If there is anything like an addiction to taking notes, I’m right up there in the list of addicts. There are at least 10 different things I regularly use to jot down everything from names & phone numbers to quick snippets to file later, to todo lists and all sorts of random thoughts. Although I’ve been using the good old pen-and-paper to do this for years now, it has always fallen short of what the my ideal workflow should have been. As has become a yearly ritual now, I recently embarked on a hunt for the best minimalistic note taking app that does everything I need and fits perfectly in my workflow.

It’s probably no surprise that the stock Notepad app in Windows falls awefully short of my expectations. There are the high-profile alternatives like OneNote and Evernote, but they are better suited for longer term, heavier duty knowledge archival than for quick and dirty note-taking. I needed something that was lightening fast and has just the right mix of features to allow me to jump in and out of it at the spur of the moment. What followed was a battle of five free Windows apps that came closest to what I was looking for, with a winner that I am committed to skicking with for at least the next year.


You might be asking why you would want to use a third-party remote desktop application seeing as Windows comes with Remote Desktop as standard. Many of the reasons do not become apparent until you actually use another application for remote desktop and realise what else is possible…

With TeamViewer, the way you connect to your computer is different (in a good way), but leaving that aside for the moment, the real strength of TeamViewer is its multi-platform nature. The supported platform list includes; Windows (including Windows 8), OS X, Linux, the TeamViewer web app, Android devices and iOS devices. As you can see the list of supported platforms is pretty exhaustive! This article reviews the Windows application, and gives a brief rundown of a couple of the other platforms.


Travelling from place to place can often be a difficult task. If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll soon have a pretty frustrating task on your hands. On Window’s Phones we all have a map based system. But, this doesn’t cut it most of the time and often leads to greater annoyance.

Don’t fear. For our fifth installment of the Windows Phone Elite series, we are going to cover the best eight apps for making your next journey a bit easier. Read on to find out we recommend.

If you would like to read the last two editions of Windows Phone Elite the links are here: Windows Phone Elite: Photography Apps! and Windows Phone Elite: Finance Management Apps.


In many ways, each new version of Windows is a great leap forwards in terms of innovation, but at the same time there is always concern about how much change is a good thing. This has been the case with the release of every version of Windows, but never more so than with Windows 8.

One of the bones of contention for many users is that there have been such as change in appearance in some areas of the operating system while other areas remain virtually identical and this disparity can be confusing. Perhaps the greatest cause for concern for most people is the Start menu, or lack thereof, and this is something that can be addressed through the use of Classic Shell.


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