Alright, that pun could have been a lot better, but sadly the same can easily be said for the Windows Phone ports of what were, in their original forms, two excellent games. For those of you not in the know, the excellent fellows at 2K games recently ported two of my all-time favourite titles to Windows Phone, namely the empire-building Civilization: Revolution and swashbuckling Sid Meier’s Pirates!.

Those of us who are eager spectators of the gaming industry may know these two games as the brainchildren of Sid Meier; grandfather of the immensely popular Civilization series (of which I am a self-confessed fan), as well as a variety of other entertaining gems, including the one-shot wonder, Pirates! and the brilliant Alpha Centauri. Since both titles were released simultaneously, by the same developer and sadly suffering from the same underlying problems, I have decided to review both of them in one convenient package. So, for such a promising background, where did it all go wrong for the pair?


A few years ago, I was recruited by my dear mother to set up my grandma’s new computer and bring her up to speed on computing in the modern world. No big deal, right? Explaining the keyboard and mouse is fairly straightforward. Windows operates in a user-friendly manner most of the time so no problems there. And then there’s the Internet: one of the most powerful inventions of the 20th century with the power to connect users to family, friends, and free knowledge, and the evil to empty your bank account into the hands of a skivvy email spammer.

Where does one begin when laying out a framework to explain the ins and outs of the World Wide Web? How does one go about relating the etiquette of never using all-caps to type an email or the self-preservation of never falling for a Craigslist buyer’s promise of sending a freight truck to pick up your used car? I’m about to make an attempt so here goes: an Idiot’s Guide to Good Browsing Habits.


There are countless routine tasks you perform at your computer time and time again. You might launch the same set of programs, type the same set phrases, click the same menu options in applications time and time again.

Rather than doing all of this manually, you can turn to JitBit Macro Recorder to do the hard work for you, saving you not only effort, but also time


Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury and Myopia are painful byproducts of working long hours in a computer. If you’re not careful, they will lead to a situation where surgery will be the only option relieve your pain.

One of the easiest ways to prevent these ailments is to make sure that you take regular breaks when working to relax and stretch your muscles. But when you are so busy with work, you might forget to do that and that’s when Workrave comes in handy. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!


There are two piece of hardware that almost every computer user works with on a daily basis – a keyboard and mouse. A keyboard is not just used for typing; it can also be used to interact with programs with keyboard shortcuts.

It is likely that you are working with a keyboard that has a standard QWERTY layout, but this does not mean that you are stuck with it. Using KeyTweak, you can change the function of any of the keys to do something else.


Last week was one of Microsoft’s biggest in recent years with the announcement of Microsoft Surface, more information about Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as well as a ton more. The topic that stole the show was definitely Surface, Microsoft’s own first party tablet device.

As a lot of people have been harping on for a while now, Microsoft tends to do great when it handles both the software and hardware component of a device, like Apple. Case in point, the Xbox and the Zune, to a smaller extent.

This week I’d like to know your overall gut feeling when it comes to Surface. Are you in love? Hate it? Or can’t you even be bothered? 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!

The number of chat accounts one has to sign up to keep in touch has increased exponentially. Of course, you can download separate apps for specific accounts and use it but running multiple apps in the background will kill your phone’s performance. Not to mention the sheer amount of logging in and micro managing that you’ll have to do.

This is when IM+ comes along. IM+ is a mobile application which lets you to sign in to multiple chat services and chat with your friends simultaneously from different accounts.


Storage is incredibly cheap these days. A couple of hundred bucks could buy you the kind of space that was only found only on huge data centers some years ago, virtually nullifying the need for optical disks.

Optical drives are dead for a long time now. No one uses it anymore as they make our lives harder than necessary. But most of our important data is available in the form of DVDs and is incredibly difficult to manage. Today, I’m going to show you how to backup all your data from your age-old disks without worrying about losing them.


Are you looking for an easy to use file storage system on the web, but can’t seem to find the perfect one? Today at Appstorm, we will be looking at two forerunners in this field. Mozy and Cubby are both extremely capable applications which will surely satisfy your needs!

We will be comparing the apps’ features and abilities and eventually choose our favourite. Hopefully one of these applications is for you!

Read on to find out!


Gmail is the most popular free email provider and many of us are dependent on Google’s mail service. Whether you want a backup for just-in-case reasons, or you want to move your existing messages to another Gmail account, Gmvault is the program for you.

Let’s see just how easy it is to back up and restore your Gmail account with Gmvault.


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