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Windows 8 Classic Start Menu Software: Classic Shell versus Start8, Free versus Paid…

Users new to Windows 8 from older Windows platform have quite a learning curve to get through. Once the swipes and tiles have become familiar you may still be left with the feeling that something is missing?

What is missing is the Start Menu button, normally tucked away in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Sure there is that Windows 8.1 thing but the secret to the classic Start Menu was having all of the stuff you needed in the one spot, one click away.

Presented today for your consideration are the two leading Start Menu customizers, Classic Shell versus Start8. Dispatch that missing feeling once and for all with a little classic Start Menu action.

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Microsoft’s Project Siena, Metro Apps in a Flash and the Return of the Programming Enthusiast…

App Builders have come a long way over recent years, web based tools are now available that allow anyone to quickly build code free apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Microsoft has this week released its contribution to the field with Project Siena, and she may just be a game changer.

Project Siena is a blindingly fast, obscenely simple yet surprisingly powerful way to build Metro apps that run on all Windows 8 platforms, from Smartphone to x86. Simple enough that no programming experience is required, if you can use PowerPoint or Excel then you can use Project Siena.

The beta of Project Siena is now available for download from Microsoft’s Store on all Windows 8 platforms, finally a use for those RT tablets, Metro developer? And could Project Siena herald the return of the programming enthusiast to Windows?

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App of the Week: TuneIn Radio the App that killed the Video Star…

Music, some say it is food for the soul while others claim it tames the angry beast, even in this fast changing digital landscape it is as essential as it has always been.

Leading this revolution of the audio kind are a number of well known services, Pandora and Spotify being the most popular, there is however a third name that is on the brink of becoming the new name in radio, TuneIn Radio.

Wanting to become the YouTube of the Radio World TuneIn is slowly taking over the airwaves, taking their easy to use interface and 70,000 stations worth of music to every internet connected device in the world.

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Rumours surface, The Xbox Surface…

With recent rumours of a Microsoft smartphone setting the rumour mill spinning Microsoft kicks the mill into top gear with news of a new Surface tablet.

According to website the Verge Microsoft has big plans for the mini tablet market, adding an Xbox twist to the now crowded 7 inch tablet market, an Xbox Surface twist. The development process is still in the early stages, with dev hardware in use at a number of high security facilities in Silicon Valley.

Earlier in the year a series of leaked documents purported to summarize the new tablets hardware specs. The latest rumours confirm the specification as; a 1280×720 display, SD card slot and the usual assortment of communications standards WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The operating system will be a customized version of Windows 8, built for gaming. Internally Microsoft is said to be working on its own custom chips, with the possibility that both Intel and ARM based tablets are to be manufactured, in the same way there are both RT and Pro Surface’s.

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The Logitech Windows 8 Gesture Update, One Finger or Two…

The Windows 8 gesture revolution is only weeks away from invading the desktop. Logitech has this week joined the Windows 8 build up party by releasing three brand new input devices designed specifically for Windows 8 and its new gesture based interface.

The three devices given the Windows 8 treatment include the $79.99 T650 Touchpad, the $69.99 T620 Touch mouse and the $59.99 T400 Zone Touch mouse. All three devices offer varying amounts of gesture control for varying amounts of your money.

Logitech have a well established history of design style, producing devices that have even been known to make Apple owners green with envy, it is a well deserved reputation. This tradition in design is carried over to the new Windows devices, the sharp industrial design of the Touchpad and the smooth futuristic design of the T620 Touch Mouse will guarantee they look good in front of any Windows 8 machine.

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The Tablet Wars Twist And Turn. Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Acer And The Rest Of The Gang…

Since the days of Moses Tablets have been an important tool for recording and sharing information. Sure Moses used his tablet with an iron stylus and hammer, his tablet was made of stone after-all. Strangely enough the purpose was the same whether stone or silicon, its all about information and connecting with people.

A few quick statistics. Worldwide tablet sales for Q3 2011, Apple 11 million, Samsung 1 million, HP 903,000. The Amazon Kindle has sold over 6million units in its short life so far. Android currently owns 42% of the US market, Gartner research expects Android to surpass Apples iPad in market share within the next two years.

IDC is forecasting that tablet sales will be in the hundreds of millions by 2016, they mustn’t think much of Windows tablets though, as they also quote 2016 as the year they pass 1million sales a year. Not great for the mighty Microsoft but great for Android and iPad tablets. Retailers are also overjoyed with the incredible growth in the tablet market, you could easily get the feeling they are the only thing keeping cash registers going ca-ching at the moment.

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