While OS X is available, officially, on only five products, you can get Windows in all shapes and sizes. Walk into a store that sells computers and you’ll probably find aisles appended with more aisles of computers running Windows, in various designs and form factors, and, most certainly, with different price tags.

While this strategy helps to push a dominating market share for Windows, it’s not a great retail experience and does very little to promote stellar products amongst the mediocre ones. And, it’s probably why critically-aclaimed products like the Surface (side note: yes, I know the device hasn’t actually been reviewed, but it’s been well received, conceptually at least) will ultimately not see the same level of success as the iPad. Perhaps one day Windows 8 might overtake iOS as the dominate tablet platform, but the hardware itself will likely sell far less units than Apple’s. Let’s investigate… (more…)

To many, myself included, there has always come a certain novelty and boyish joy out of the not-so-simple wargame; an occupation which pitted a lot of my childhood in eager sessions of assembling and painting tiny plastic armies, only to be butchered on a minute synthetic battlefield at the mercy of a set of dice.

Of course, the world of digital gaming has been no stranger to the art of strategy, although most translations from the classic wargame have been in the form of more action-oriented RTS’s such as Starcraft and the Age of Empires series’, with a seldom few titles coming close to really putting ‘armchair general’-style control in the hands of players. Fortunately the tide may finally have turned with Eugen Systems’ new title; the aptly named Wargame: European Escalation. Does it deliver a decisive victory, or is a general retreat in order? Read on to find out.

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When you have taken the time to take photographs, it seems a shame to keep them to yourself and leave the images stagnating on your hard drive. Just as regular photos are best framed and hung on the wall, so digital images should be shared with others as well.

If you have a web site or blog, you might want to post your favorite shots to share them with the world, or you may prefer to just share them with friends and family via email. Whichever of these applies to you, you’re probably going to need to resize your photos, and this is where FreeSizer can help you out.

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Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winners hav now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@and314rew
@InPerpetualMove
@tehsydney
@chadsolomon
@pasarin

Congratulations again to the lucky winners — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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One of my friends recently recommended that I try out Whatsapp and being the curious person that I am, I agreed. At first, I didn’t really get the point of it as I didn’t want to open a different application every time I wanted to text someone.

But considering the fortune that my carrier charges me for every text, I decided to give it a go, with great hesitation. I should probably tell you this: it was completely worth it.

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Distraction free writing applications provide a minimal, basic writing environment focused on getting everything out of the way so you can focus on your words. They provide an alternative to more traditional program such as Microsoft Office. Instead of trying to provide everything a writer could possibly need, these applications provide few features and little or no formatting options.

They provide an environment where nothing gets between you and your writing. A well known free minimal writing application for Windows is ZenWriter. How does it do the job? Let’s find out!

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It is very hard to place a value on your hard drive. The drive itself may not be all that valuable, but it is likely that many of the files you have stored on it are irreplaceable and completely priceless.

If you can’t imagine living without your digital photograph collection or losing the years of work you have stored on your computer, you need a backup plan. CrashPlan is a free backup tool that could be just what you have been looking for.

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It used to be so simple. Ten years ago, you could walk into a gaming shop and find PC games taking up the majority of the space. PC games were all the rage, completely dominating sales – yes, it’s hard to believe. Today, the industry is split up into different sections; with the consoles becoming the forerunners.

However, there’s still a part of PC gaming which prospers greatly around the world. The Massive Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game.

Read on to find out more!

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There are countless threats that face computer users these days, including viruses, malware and hackers. To help you to combat such issues, there are a wide range of antimalware and security tools available.

But Returnil System Safe enables you to take your security to the next level, and it works in quite an interesting way – it create a virtualized clone of your system to prevent any damage from being done.

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A new version of Windows on the horizon means that a lot of us are scrambling to put together a plan to get our rigs on the latest and greatest OS as quickly as possible. An easier task said than done!

With Microsoft rumored to drop the retail version for Windows 8, I can’t help but recount my license choices in the past. I’m an OEM man myself, preferring to put together my own rigs and OEM almost always seemed to be the right choice.

This week I’d like to know which type of license you’re rocking. I’d love to hear from you!

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

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