PCWorld has an article up today showing how Windows 8 users don’t have to wait until Windows 9 or any other updates to get the Start menu back and put Modern apps in desktop windows.
“For less than the cost of a pizza, you can have Windows 9’s most-anticipated improvements right now. And once you’ve welcomed a Start Menu replacement and ModernMix into your workflow—especially paired with the Windows 8.1 spring Update’s tremendous tweaks —you might just be surprised how well those newfang...
Fences has been one of the most popular desktop organization apps since its introduction several years ago. It has nearly 5 million downloads on Download.com alone and has been recommended by many publications including Lifehacker, PCWorld, and more.
If you aren’t familiar with what Fences does, let me give a brief explanation. If you have a desktop full of icons they can quickly add up and become an unorganized mess in a hurry. Fences lets users create shaded areas on the desktop which...
I posted recently about the announcement of the next big update for Windows Phone, which is the 8.1 update. Today, the developer preview was released by Microsoft, so developers and enthusiasts can download and try the new update before it hits the general public in the next few month.
You have to register as a developer (free) and download the preview app from the Windows Phone store to get the update. I've installed it on my Lumia 920 and like many of the improvement, but I ...
Over 12 years after it has launched, Microsoft is finally cutting lose the operating system so many of us have a history with……Windows XP. Starting today Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support, security patches, updates, fixes, etc. for Windows XP. Now this doesn’t mean XP is going to stop working if you are using it, but going forward you are now running the risk of a vulnerable OS,and in all honesty it’s time to upgrade.
If you still want to use XP, there’s still o...
Lots of news came out of BUILD 2014 last week, and one of the best was the official announcement of Windows Phone 8.1. It wasn’t a secret that it was coming, but it was great to see the announcement, feature demonstrations, and the introduction of the Cortana digital voice assistant.
Other highlighted features include:
Use photos as the Start screen backgroundHigh density option for Start screenOverhaul of the app storeWi-fi senseWordflow virtual keyboardNotification Center...
Bottom line: DirectX 12 looks to double perf over DirectX 11 on the same hardware. The game changing effect of this cannot be understated.
Build is Microsoft’s annual developer’s conference. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to one of these.
This year, for the first time in some years, I feel like Microsoft is back to their old selves. It’s like they were in an incompetent funk for a very long time.
Consider the idiocy that has flowed from Redmond in recent years:
Creation of Silverlight and subsequent abandonment (Silverlight was awesome) Windows Presentation Foundation and its abandonme...
The Windows 8.1 Update 1 will arrive to users on April 8th, and at that time you will be able to update via the Windows Store. There’s quite a few changes in store for this update, and our friends over at Neowin have the details.
Read more: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-81-update-1-everything-you-need-to-know
I was thinking the other day on how Galactic Civilizations has evolved over the years. Let’s take a look:
Feature GalCiv OS/2 GalCiv I GalCiv II GalCiv III Core 4X mechanics x x x x United Planets x x x x Moral Dilema Events x x x x Anomalies x x ...
Every so many months I’ll load up Starcraft to play a few games. It is still an amazingly designed game. It is my go-to game when it comes to seeing a well designed-RTS.
That said, Starcraft is not designed for casual multiplayer enjoyment. If you’re not “really” into it you will likely find your mood soured after a few experiences online. This is regrettable because it is intentionally designed to be this way.
Years ago, I worked on the Starcraft expans...
The ability to customize your Windows desktop has been around for quite some time now, and there's never been a better time to jump in and start making Windows look and work how you want it to. We've previously talked about how Stardock has several $5 apps to make Windows 8 more usable, and today we're going to take it a step further with some other customization and enhancement apps that are just $10.
Lets take a look at some of the best and most popular desktop customizati...
I was browsing through Download.com and noticed that WindowBlinds is nearing 18.5 million downloads! That is an insane number of downloads for an app, and that’s just for Download.com alone. I can’t even imagine what the total would be if I had numbers for all the other various sites it’s available on.
If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 7, give WindowBlinds a try!
WindowBlinds on Download.com
For most of my adult life, I’ve suffered from what I euphemistically have described as melancholy. And like most people, I mistakenly considered it to be a “mood” as opposed to a serious physiological issue. If I just did X, then I’d feel better.
When the issue began to seriously affect my life, I readily accepted “advice” that included “appreciate what you have”, “look on the bright side”, “try to reduce stress from your life”, “don’t sweat the small stuff”, etc.
Ever wonder how popular a given game really is?
How many times have you read on a forum about how some game is way more popular than some other game. Is there a reasonable objective way to tell? Actually, yes.
Here are some Stardock games:
GalCiv II: http://www.steamcharts.com/app/202200
There are a lot of metrics you can come up with to tell how ...
Sins of a Dark Age from the great folks at Ironclad is up today on Steam's Early Access.
Sins of a Dark Age is an action strategy game from the creators of Sins of a Solar Empire. Explore your inventory, equip your Hero and enter a dark world full of decisive team battles, tide-turning quests, treasured rewards, crafted goods, and strategic trades.
It's just $4.99 for Early Access and since the game will be Free-to-play, you will g...