With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.
For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.
They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.
30 years ago today, on November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows 1.0 for IBM-based PCs. The 16-bit graphical user interface-based operating system was the first in the Windows line which continues to this day with this year's release of Windows 10 and this week's official launch of Windows 10 Mobile.
If you are going to buy a Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, you will likely want to buy an accessory or two for the new smartphones. Microsoft has a special deal that will allow owners of those phones to get a case, screen protector and external battery in a bundle that could save them as much as $50 if they were to be bought separately.
MeeDJ is a music-mixing console that affords you the ability to create music mixes and playlists from your music library. Available from both the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Stores, MeeDJ is a freemium title. That is the core app is free but there are plenty of add-ons you can pick up through in-app purchase.
While the myAppFree Deal cannot discount the MeeDJ app itself, what it has done is offer one premium feature free and discounted the other features. Through the myAppFree Deal, you get the "Additional Audio Formats" add-on free and the remaining in-app purchases are discounted 50%.
The deal won't last long, so if you've been itching to spin some tunes now is the time to save a little with MeeDJ.
The Windows Central Forums in general are a great place to visit to chat it up about all things Windows. With the addition of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL forums, you can share your tips and tricks with others, gripe about how you scratched your Lumia 950 on day one or seek out advice from other readers.
Game Troopers is one of the hardest working Windows 10 developers out there. They have churned out a respectable collection of Windows Phone and Windows 10 games that you can easily lose track of time with. Momonga is one of their more recent offerings and delivers a unique pinball game to the Stores.
The storyline behind the game has a group of owl bandits raiding the peaceful village of the momongas, a tribe of flying squirrels. During the raid, the owl bandits kidnap every momonga except one, the young Momo. Momo is rescued by a Panda who trains him to fight the owls and save his tribe. You accomplish this by tackling a series of pinball games.
I took the Windows Phone version of Momonga out for a test drive and found it to be a solid game. Graphics are well drawn up and game play is challenging. Momonga lives up to the quality games we have come to expect from Game Troopers.
Best Buy has slashed the price of the UE BOOM Bluetooth speaker in half, making it only $99 right now. This Bluetooth speaker combines great sound, portability and durability all in one great looking package. Being water-resistant, you can use the UE BOOM by the pool, in the rain or anywhere you may want to without worrying about it getting ruined.
You'll be able to game for less this fall with these awesome bundle deals from Microsoft. The company is selling the Xbox One from just $299, giving everyone a reason to pick one up and start battling other players on the planet surface of Hoth. As well as console deals, Microsoft has added a massive collection of store content to a catalogue and is selling each listing for just 10 cents.
Pantel Technologies, an IT and Communication devices company from India, has launched its first Windows 10 tablet in partnership with Intel and Microsoft.
The Penta WS802X features an 8-inch IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. There's 16GB of internal storage that is further expandable via a microSD card. The tablet also packs in support for USB OTG and 3G via USB dongle, and includes a micro USB port.
Skype for Windows Phone has received a small update, which should help to improve the overall experience by offering a more stable platform to communicate with colleagues, family and friends. Unfortunately for us, there doesn't appear to be an accurate, up-to-date changelog included with this update.
Microsoft Store is now offering the off-contract AT&T Lumia 950 in black and white color variants for $598. You can also pick up the device through AT&T's Next monthly payment plans, with prices starting from $19.97.
Microsoft is kicking off Black Friday sales by discounting several Xbox-enabled games on the Windows 10 Store to 10 cents. The titles on offer include hit games such as Hitman GO, Angry Birds Star Wars, Assassin's Creed Pirates and much more. Non-Xbox enabled games are also on sale. It looks like the discounts are limited to select regions, as the Indian version of the Store still lists full prices of the titles listed below.
In this article, we're rounding up all of the tips, tricks, guides and helpful links relevant to the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE), all in one place.
The NXOE bought sweeping alterations to the way we use our Xbox One consoles. As a result, some functions have been moved, tweaked or even removed entirely. As such, we've also gathered ten quick tips and tricks that'll help you get to grips with the new dashboard.
As always, if there's any functionality in the new OS you're unsure of, hit the comments, and we'll try to help out!
Invite friends to parties in three steps
One of the best things about the NXOE update is the new guide menu, which offers quick access to all of the Xbox One's core functions. The new guide allows you to invite friends to parties far more quickly than the previous dashboard, and you can achieve this in three easy steps:
- Double tap the home button on your controller to open the new guide.
- Navigate to your friends list.
- Hover over the friend you want to invite, and hit X!
In the coming months, Cortana and Kinect will allow you to invite party members by name using voice commands, but until then, this is the fastest method.