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.
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.
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.
Reddit is a social content aggregator which has taken the world by storm. With millions of users, including even big celebrities such as Barack Obama, adopting the use of the site. Earlier this year the number of subreddits was recorded at 67,000 and I’m sure this amount will keep increasing all the time.
For those that haven’t heard of Reddit, it allows you to interact with other users who post pictures, questions or links. The site works by creating subreddits. These are specific categories which deal with a subject. The top ten of these are: pics, funny, politics, gaming, askreddit, worldnews, videos, iama, todayilearned and wtf. These are displayed at the top of the page to give you quick access to the most popular.
Personally, I’m a massive fan of the Reddit network which meant when I upgraded to Windows 8 and saw Reddit To Go I was excited. However, I was a bit skeptical as to whether the application would actually work. In the past I’ve tested similar applications which have just turned out to be a big disappointment.
Read on to find out what I thought of the newest competitor!
When you’re looking for entertainment, YouTube is a great place to start. Here you’ll find everything from music videos and documentaries to films and TV programmes but you are limited to watching when you have an internet connection.
There are various tools you can use to download YouTube videos so you can watch them offline or transfer them to other devices, but TubeBox is a recent discovery of mine that I wanted to share with you.