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Many iOS users have yearned for Windows app experience on their iOS devices, especially on the iPad. While there have been a few tweaks to give you that experience, one upcoming iOS 7 jailbreak tweak seems to be a winning shot!OS Experience iOS 7

OS Experience iOS 7 JB Tweak:

Named as OS Experience, this iOS 7 jailbreak tweak offers some promising features, as shown in the demo video.

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Microsoft is set to release the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update in April. However, seems like the company couldn’t keep the updated locked in somewhere. While company is yet to officially announce and release through the usual Update channels in April, you can already upgrade to Windows 8.1 leaked update!

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 leaked update:

According to reports earlier, Microsoft has finalized the development of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Russian leaker Wzor claimed that final update was compiled on February 21st and is being shared with partners and PC makers ahead of its release in April. Following Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference earlier next month, company is set to release the update to existing machines officially on April 8th. 

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Microsoft Rethinking Office for iPad:

Steve Ballmer had earlier said that Microsoft will build native Office edition for iPad and Android tablets. However, the project dint seem much certain until now. While official details are still unclear about the Office for iPad app, but it’d definitely be like Office Mobile for the iPhone.Office for iPad app

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Microsoft seems to be all ready to launch its “major” Windows 8.1 Update 1 in the coming month. Not that I am a fan of Windows 8 (who can get over those good ol’ days of smooth, consistent Windows 7), but let’s hope this new update brings some good vibes to its users along with, of course, all these features leaked in screenshot.leaked windows 8.1 update 1 images

Read: WhatsApp for iOS 7 – Better Privacy, Auto Downloads, and Camera Widget

Yep, the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 was leaked in a plenty of screenshots by various file sharing websites. Microsoft is expected to release the final version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 on March 11th before the Build Developers Conference in April. This leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 seems to be compiled on January 14th. Here are the details of Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshots:

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GTA: San Andreas Windows Phone 8:

Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8. “GTA: San Andreas” was already released for iOS and Android powered devices a month or so ago. GTA: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8 will work on these following WP8 devices:

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News reports have focused a lot on Nokia in the past month and continue to do so. Sometimes, it is a critique piece on Lumia series, the “dead” Asha, lack of user adoption for Windows 8 phones and very recently, Nokia reporting yet another plunge in its quarterly sales report.

It is yet to be seen what Microsoft decides to do with Nokia’s mobile division that works on all the non-Windows Nokia mobile phones. However, despite all the bad press that has swamped up the name of Nokia and its mobile devices, there is still some positive attention being given to Normandy.nokia normandy x

Nokia Normandy X:

Nokia Normandy X (earlier it was being code named as “Nokia Normandy:; since last week, the term has changed to “Nokia X”) is an expected device to be launched this year running Android. While Microsoft has now (almost)

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Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed Warlords Of Draenor as the fifth expansion for World Of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that has been company’s favorite for several year. Instead Of Announcing a new MMO title in the series, the company went on with its current successful MMO. The expansion is set to release in 2014, however, the time or date is not specified.

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Warlords Of Draenor Is Confirmed As The Next Expansion For Worlds Of Warcraft

World Of Warcraft would become 10 years old in one year from now and Blizzard has decided to continue with its massively successful MMO by announcing fifth expansion for the game. The expansion would be released next year, most probably on the 10th anniversary of the game.

Blizzard’s senior vice president Chris Metzen took the stage at BlizzCon 2013 to announce that Warlords Of Draenor is the next expansion in World Of Warcraft game. He started with the vast 30 years in-game history of the World Of Warcraft and described several new characters that would appear in Warlords Of Draenor.

“We have been thinking a lot about Warcraft, what makes it distinct, what makes it tick… about the early days,” he said. “Many of you were with us during the events of Orcs and Humans, Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal, the events of those came predicated what’s happening in the modern era of WoW”.

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Microsoft has promised to bring new first-party titles to PC games library. The games support for Windows by Microsoft has been inevitably near to the ground for the last several years taking the company was too busy with its dedicated gaming consoles, but the company plans to evoke the game development for PC.

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Microsoft Returns Back To PC – Promises Core First-Party Games To Be Released On PC

Everyone has their eyes on the next generation consoles in this revolutionary time in the gaming industry. Microsoft is also a dedicated gaming console manufacturer and it is jumping into the next-gen with Xbox one that is only a couple of weeks away from its launch. Despite this, Microsoft has taken out some time to extend the first-party games library of PC, the platform that is entirely powered by Microsoft but still gets very little of its attention in the games sector.

Microsoft’s attention to the development of PC games started dwindling since the Xbox 360 stepped into the spotlight and the support almost stopped gradually. Microsoft Studios VP, Phil Spencer admitted this to Shacknews in an event previewing Xbox One. He said, “I think it’s fair to say that we’ve lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games,” meantime revealing that Microsoft still care about PC, he said, “But we’re back.”

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Steam Halloween sale has begun providing a huge discount on a quite large number of games. Rush to Steam store guys and hurry it up because the sale going to last only till 1st November. This could be the best chance to get cheap games right now before the Black Friday sale arrives.

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Steam Halloween Sale Is Live – Huge Discount Available On Horror-Themed Games

Steam is well known for its unmatchable sales, Valve never misses a chance to please its customers by providing massive sales on Steam games. In the wake of Halloween, Steam sale is once again live, this time bringing a discount of up to 85% off on scary, creepy and zombie-filled games for PC.

Steam Halloween sale covers almost 150 games and game collections for Microsoft Windows PC and Mac. The sale includes some very quality and worth spending on titles, you can get Fallout 3 for as low as $4.99 and Dead Space pack for $8.74, prices for both the titles are on 75% discount. The sale also includes some recently released titles such as The Wolf Among Us, which is selling out for $22.49 and Outlast, available for $13.32. Go grab your stuff now before the ends on 1st November 2013.

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Apple is starting its new iPad Air sales from November 1st; with Surface 2′s launch, the comparison between two tablets has already begun. How these two stack up against each other will decide the winner during the holiday shopping season. Microsoft’s Surface 2 is considered as a competitor for Apple’s full-sized tablet, now named iPad Air, for both these tablets try to pose as a tablet and PC hybrid.

Weight & physics:

Air is lighter than the Surface 2 with Surface weighing in some 1.49 pounds against iPad Air’s meager 1lb.

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The developer of two great adventure games Myst and Riven, Cyan has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new up coming title Obduction which would be a spiritual successor to Myst. Cyan has been out of gaming scene for very long. This would be the first considerable gaming project for the development studio in almost a decade.

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Cyan Announces New IP After almost a decade – Kickstarter Campaign For Obduction Started

Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst had previously confirmed that his development studio Cyan wanted to launch a Kickstarter for a considerably larger project. Cyan’s last game development project was Myst V: End Of Ages, fifth and final game of Myst series which was released in 2005, it was a massive hit and was largely sold on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Now recently Cyan has initiated the Kickstarter campaign for a successor to Myst and Riven. However, Obduction, according to the Kickstarter page, is not a sequel to Myst, it is an entirely new franchise.

“Lately a lot of you have been asking about Kickstarter. So here we are. It’s taken us a while because we didn’t want to do this lightly. We wanted to make sure we thought this out and did the right thing for a Kickstarter,” said Rand Miller in the project’s Kickstarter video. “It would be easy for us to just do a Myst sequel, but maybe not as satisfying as taking a new fresh look at ‘How can we build a spiritual successor to the experience Myst provided without necessarily tying ourselves to that same, precise storyline?’”

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I am pretty sure everyone knows by now that Microsoft’s New Siri mobile assistant will be called Cortana.  And no that’s not a co-incidence, Microsoft’s Siri-Like Assistance will be fully based on the famous Halo AI. So has Microsoft finally given people to buy Windows Devices ? Heres what to expect:

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Microsoft Cortana’s Top Predictions

Cortana will be Unified Across Xbox One, Windows and Windows Mobile.

So we know that Cortana will come to all Widnows Devices which includes Windows Desktops, Windows Mobiles and the Xbox One. Microsoft’s PR has stated that they are waiting to make the Siri-Like Assistant smart and unique. Cortana will be ever-adapting and learn as time progresses. If Microsoft were to unify Cortana’s database across multiple devices owned by a single user, it would result in something truly unique and amazing. Not just a gimmick but a true cant-live-without digital assistant

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Need For Speed Rivals Under Cover Cop Premiered at Gamescom 2013. The new style of game play progression will feature an Undercover Cop Mode with 3 different paths. Although the Mode sounds exciting, it seems like the Undercover Cop change is yet another gimmick in the Need for Speed Series.

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NFS Rivals: Undercover Cop Mode – Another Gimmick?

The Need For Speed Series has taken a generally downhill course, where once it was critically acclaimed now it is only admired. Many critics blame the fact that the NFS is deviating so much from its original course (pure and simple racing) and the constant addition of Gimmicks. Now at Gamescom the Undercover Cop Mode of Need For Speed Rivals has premiered. However it seems that the Undercover Cop Mode was mostly used as a Gimmick for an otherwise fairly known gameplay.

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Windows 8 Banned by Top Benchmarking and Overclocking sites In a surprising news for us and probably disastrous for Microsoft. HWBot is a massive online database of Benchmark and Overclocl records and it is this site that first discovered a critical malfunction in Windows 8 RTC (Real Time Clock) protocols that would make any benchmarking software give completely incorrect results.

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Windows 8 Banned from HWBot: The Reason

There exists inside every PC a very incognito but essential piece of tech; the Real-Time Clock. The job of the RTC is fairly simple but very important: all it has to do is tick away the seconds with perfect accuracy, matching every stride of your quartz watch. Because the RTC is basically a hardware implementation by nature, programs such as benchmarks trust the RTC implicitly. Windows 8 however deployed a new set of protocols for the RTC to manage devices with non conventional RTC and this eventually lead to Windows 8 Banned from various sites.

There are benchmarks that are on the look out for tricks, any kind of instability and they invalidate the benchmark. However it just wouldn’t occur to a benchmark to check for problems in the RTC and therein lied the main reason this went on undetected for so long and consequently Windows 8 Banned from Benchmarking sites. HW Bot didnt give the explicit Kernel Level details but they showed this table which we can see gives completely chaotic results. Under clocking the processor actually increases benchmark score ( because time elapsed for the RTC is less it thinks it made that score in less time ) and vice verso leading to chaotic and unrealistic results.

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To clear up confusion surrounding Windows Blue, let me tell our readers that Microsoft isn’t going to call it Windows 9. Its not Windows 9. According to multiple sources, Microsoft will actually released Blue as part of the Windows 8 wave and not as an entirely new Windows platform update. It is going to be a refreshed version of Windows 8, and is expected to be released to manufacturing partners sometime in August. When it is going to be publicly released, Blue will lose its codename and will actually be called Windows 8.1.

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