Saturday, October 15, 2016

Asphalt 8: Airborne update for Windows brings new competition, rewards and new cars.

If you're having a lonely and boring Saturday with your Windows Phone, download the latest update to Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne game to enjoy great new features. Today's update introduces Multiplayer Seasons where players will race against other players to score points in time-limited races to unlock prizes. The multiplayer league lets players earn bigger rewards at the end of the season as you drive your way through the top of the league.

An update of Asphalt 8 without new cars is not an update per se. This one adds more virtual cars for your pleasure: Falcon7, Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG series, GT by Ctroen, Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid. The developer promises more cars you cannot afford in future updates.

Check out the full change log before heading to the Windows Store to download and update Asphalt 8: Airborne:

- MULTIPLAYER SEASONS: Multiplayer just got a nitro boost of competition and rewards! Race your best against other players to score points and unlock prizes in limited-time Racing Seasons. 

- MULTIPLAYER LEAGUES: Your skills behind the wheel will be fully recognized as you score high ratings and make your way into higher leagues. The better your league, the bigger your rewards at the end of the Season! 

- NEW CARS: Hungry for more speed machines? The Falcon F7, Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series, GT by CITROEN, Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid, and more will be added regularly, so check back often! 

- NEW EVENTS: Are your skills sharpened and your engine revved for the new R&D event and 2 new Enduro Challenges? Be among the first to claim some of the most powerful cars ever added to the game! 

 - RIO & AREA 51 UPGRADES: We’ve improved our newest tracks with greater visibility, better lighting and lots of tweaks to make every race more vivid than ever.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Game Troopers launches Pebble game for Windows Phone.

I like those games that do not take a toll on your sanity and helps you enjoy, have fun and relax. Pebble from game powerhouse Game Troopers seems to fall into that category with a game that is simple, "easy to play but really hard to dominate, the perfect mixture between minimalism and velocity, all inside a peaceful environment with relaxing music". I have not played it yet, but this description definitely makes it tempting.

The game play is simple. Drag the pebbles inside a circle as long as their colors match. Should you miss, it's game over.

The game features:

  • Drag the pebbles of the right color inside the central circle.
  • Challenge your friends and play together on the same device.
  • Infinite game play, how many points can you score?
  • Boost your game play with amazing power-us.
  • Log in every day to get big rewards.
Before proceeding to the Windows Store to download Pebble on your Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, check out this short video: 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Runtastic for Windows Phone introduces Shoe Tracking to protect your joints and prevent injuries.

I never heard of shoe tracking up until today. At first, I thought it was surreal, but Runtastic really wants to help you track your shoes condition from the time you buy it and for the next 500 km you use to run or walk. Why 500 km you may ask. Well according to a study by Cook, Kuster and Brunet, "the initial cushion of running shoes dropped to 67% after about 150 miles (240 kilometers) and further to 60% after a little more than 500 miles (800 kilometers)." And another study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences "has shown that as the number of miles increases, the cushioning capability of the shoes decreases, exposing your joints to greater shock and force." So take note and mind your joints as from now on. But don't freak out, Runtastic has you covered with an update to their app for Windows Phone. 

They introduced Shoe Tracking to help keep track of the mileage on your running shoes. The app has a builtin database of shoes from which you can choose, and if your's are missing, snap a picture of your shoes to add to the app. If you have an existing shoe, specify when you started using it and include your mileage and Runtastic will take it from there. It is also capable of handling several shoes. 

Head over to the Windows Store to download the updated Runtastic and add Shoe Tracking to your fitness statistics.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Candy Crush Jelly Saga for Windows gets 420 new tasty levels.

I don't know about you, but my Candy Crush intake has dropped to the zero level now, even if the game comes pre-install in Windows 10. Candy Crush, like the Angry Birds franchise, are those games that just plain refuse to disappear. Candy Crush for its part keep adding more "chewy episodes" for the fans out there and I can tell there are a lot and I'm making this statement based on the number of phones and tablets that popup during commute with the different versions of the game running.

In order to keep the fan base happy, 420 levels were added to the game today. Yep, you have to be a fan to enjoy going through all of this. I never got to get above level 10 because I get bored very quickly. For the fans out there, head to the Windows Store to grab the update.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WhatsApp for Windows Phone updated with links rich preview.

It's been a while since I saw an update for WhatsApp for Windows. There seems to be a lot more updates for the beta version of the app, but very few for the official app. Now it may be a misconception on my part, especially that I'm not part of the beta program. Today WhatsApp published an update that brings a somewhat useful feature when sharing or receiving links within the app.

Users who share or receive a link will now include a rich preview. This feature can be removed when sending a link.

Check out the update in the Windows Store

Evernote explains how the Basic accounts two-devices limit works.

This year Evernote changed its subscription plan and caused some confusion for those who chose to subscribe to the free basic offering. Evernote stated that Basic users can access Evernote on two devices only, prompting long time users to validly ask how devices are actually counted. And Evernote kindly obliged by sending out a short explanatory email to its subscribers.

Evernote made it clear that the app can be installed on as many devices users own. However, Basic subscribers can only access the note-taking service on any two devices at a time. If a user is already logged on two devices and wants to launch Evernote on a third one, the user will first have to logoff on one of the previously logged on devices. If that is too cumbersome, users can always access Evernote Web on any device with an internet connection.

Download Evernote for your devices: Apple Store | Google Play Store | Windows Store

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Microsoft Sway for Windows 10 update makes it easier to find and view featured Sways and more.

Sway is a presentation program made my Microsoft and is a member of its Office suite of applications available free as a stand alone app in the Windows Store. Sway is also available on the web for those who do not own a Windows PC and as an app in Apple store

In order to use Sway, a Microsoft account is needed and allows users to create digital presentations in a website format from content stored locally on the computer or from the internet. No particular skills are required to create sways, simply add your content and Sway will do the rest and contents include a variety of file types ranging from simple text to images, videos, GIFs, maps, tweets, vines etc.

Microsoft has updated the app for Windows with the following features:
- My Sways - We’ve redesigned the My Sways page to make it easier to find your Sways and view featured Sways. 
- Maximize Storyline - You can now hide the Preview pane for a more focused editing experience. 
 - Accessibility Support - We've made several improvements including better screen reader, high contrast, and keyboard support. We've also added an accessibility checker that flags alt text and hyperlink issues, and makes it easy for you to fix them immediately. 
- Miscellaneous — We’ve fixed several bugs in this release. 

I strongly recommend you give Sway a try as it will let you create some great presentations to share with family, friends and colleagues. Sway is also an excellent tool for collaboration as sways are stored on Microsoft servers, making them available on any device with an internet connection. Check it out in the Windows Store.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Playcast for Windows restores Sort buttons in new update.

Playcast is a must-have multimedia player to cast your movies and songs to devices like Google Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Apple TV, DNLA Smart TV, Miracast or the Xbox One. A Windows Universal app, Playcast is available for $3.99 in the Windows Store with a 7 days full-featured trial. Being a universal app, you buy it once and use it across your Windows devices.

Playcast was updated today with a minor fix which restores the Sort buttons which was accidentally removed in a previous update. Playcast is one of my favorite apps on Windows and one that I strongly recommend. My only issue with it is that it does not support playing movies purchased from the Windows store for obvious rights reason and I cannot blame the developer for this.