I’m giving the Xbox Music app on Windows 8 a go this week, and after a day of using it as a regular Modern app, there is no doubt that using it with ModernMix is a much better experience. I’m playing different music and setting up a variety of playlists, and having Xbox Music in its own windows on the desktop is far easier than going back and forth to the start screen.
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What are some of your favorite Modern apps that you use with ModernMix on a regular basis?
The ALPHA of Galactic Civilizations III is due in 17 days (March 27). I want to use this post as a way to set people’s expectations and, if anything, use this as a public service announcement that you should NOT join the Founder’s program if your goal is to play a video game for fun early. That is not the purpose of the Founder’s program.
The stages of development Software goes through 5 distinct phases with varying definitions but below is my own personal version:
DeskScapes is a very popular gallery here on WinCustomize, and it gets lots of downloads from users coming to the site. Animated wallpapers are sometimes overlooked when getting a desktop setup configured, but there’s such a variety of choices that it shouldn’t be ignored. Landscapes are always a popular choice as they offer a subtle animated experience with a beautiful scene that gives a nice relaxing feel to your desktop. Of course if you like something a bit more wild,...
Greeeeeeeeeeeeetings my friends!
This post is more for indie developers who want to know how much money things make.
First some basics on game budgeting:
Every person on your game you should budget at $10,000 per month. It’s a good rule of thumb. You should target a 25% “profit” on your game to cover the unexpected as well as for future growth Steady State income represents the gross income of your game without sales, promotions, new releases, etc. Stead...
I have a Keurig machine, and I use the refillable K-cups which I fill with whatever coffee I decide to buy at the grocery store. It's much cheaper than the packaged K-cups, and in my opinion, tastes about the same.
It seems Keurig is tired of 3rd party coffee brands using their system.
"Green Mountain has announced a new anticompetitive plan to maintain its monopoly by redesigning its brewers to lock out competitors’ products. Such lock-out technology cannot be justified ba...
Lots of cool stuff going on around here.
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes 1.6 is due out in April and there will be a new DLC released shortly after that. It involves spouses. That’s all I’ll say.
Legendary Heroes 2.0
Also, as some of you may have heard, Legendary Heroes 2.0 has been approved and budgeted. This will be a free update of some significance. I don’t have a due date for it yet but it does have some interesting changes in it including ZOC for monster lai...
This is something I’ve talked about many times before, but it always deserves repeating and a reminder every once in a while. When you purchase a subscription to Object Desktop you get a great deal on a whole suite of the best desktop enhancement and skinning applications available.
Included with your subscription is:
WindowBlinds DeskScapes Fences Start8 ModernMix Tiles and more! Get Object Desktop here!
As long as your subscription is ac...
“Users being targeted by the scam will see a phony webpage modeled after the Netflix login page. When a user enters Netflix account info, the scam site claims that the user's Netflix account has been suspended due to "unusual activity" and then provides a fake customer service number. When the user calls that number, a representative on the phone recommends a download of "Netflix support software," which is actually remote login software that gives the scammers...
I use Bing as my primary search engine, and they have a Bing Rewards program where you earn points by doing searches and you can redeem them for a variety of things.
Right now you can get an additional 100GB of storage on the recently updated OneDrive for just 100 credits.
Still behind Windows 7, but not as bad as people make it out to be.
"Based on the current rate of sales, from launch to today, Windows 8 is selling at a rate of a little over 420,000 licenses per day. For reference, Microsoft sold roughly 240 million license of Windows 7 in a 12 month time period but it has taken Windows 8 15 months to hit 200 million sales. It’s quite clear that, while 200 million is a massive number, it is at a slower pace than Windows 7. "
I mentioned before how SkyDrive, Microsoft’s “cloud” storage feature was being rebranded to OneDrive following a lawsuit. Well today OneDrive is officially available and updates for OneDrive are being made available on the various platforms including Windows Phone, Android, iOS, Mac, and of course your Windows PC.
Aside from the name change, they’ve also added some features:
“As part of that goal, we’re doing more than just changing the name with today’s release: We’re rolling...
We have released WindowBlinds 8.03 today and current customers can download from their Stardock account or via the Object Desktop Manager. This update contains fixes for using with Google Chrome.
If you don’t have WindowBlinds, now is a great time to get started. WindowBlinds 8 supports both Windows 8 and 7, and can give your desktop a fresh new look.
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Maximum PC interviewed Oxide Games Dan Baker and the topic of discussion was all about AMD Mantle.
“Maximum PC: Most believe Mantle is a low-level API that is very close to the metal. Can you explain why this concept is wrong?
Baker: Relative to Microsoft's Direct3D (D3D), Mantle is indeed more low-level. But it's not low-level in the sense that we are exposed to individual architectural decisions. For example, Mantle still abstracts the details of the shader cores themselves, so...
A new Windows Phone device from Nokia was announced today. The latest being the Lumia Icon with a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, 20mp camera, quad-core processor, and much more. The only downside is this is exclusive to Verizon.
Windows Phone Central has a detailed review up already, and you can read that here.
It looks nice a great device, but being exclusive to Verizon leaves me out, so maybe it’s time to grab that Lumia 1520 instead.
Stardock’s very own Derek Paxton was on the Geeks With Wives podcast last night. Aside from talking about the current games they are playing and enjoying, they also talked about the SteamBox and the impressions of it so far.