November 8th, 2013

I've played an Xbox One

GAME held Xbox One lock-ins across the country this month, and one of them was in Hull. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play an Xbox One before launch so I reserved a place for me and my friend Danny. MORE

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September 21st, 2013

Podcasts and iOS 7

As you might have guessed from my Cheap Ass Gamer app, I like to listen to podcasts a lot. Usually when I’m doing something mundane like washing clothes, making food or before bed. I use my iPod touch for podcasts because iTunes is (or was) actually quite good at being a reliable hub for podcasts and the Music app is (or was) quick and simple to use. I’m saying ‘was’ because iOS 7 removed the feature to play podcasts from the Music app, and we now have to put up with the terrible Podcasts app they haphazardly developed and left to die (To be fair, it is better now than when it was first released). There is absolutely no valid reason for this. Everyone had a choice in iOS 6, install the app and it functioned as your place to play podcasts, or don’t install it, and keep using the Music app, no problem. Apple haven’t even been bothered updating the UI of the podcasts app to the new iOS 7 scheme, and it’s not installed by default. It appears they just don’t care. MORE

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September 12th, 2013

Experimenting with Windows 8.1 RTM

Now that Windows 8.1 is in its final form and available on MSDN, I thought I would finally test the water and install it on my laptop. Even though I never installed the preview build, the installation never gave me the option to keep files, apps and settings. This is why I am hesitant putting it on my main desktop computer; it’s got a lot of important data that I don’t want to lose, and some programs and mods that would take a long time getting back to normal. MORE

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July 9th, 2013

Twitter integration in the Cheap Ass Gamer App v1.3

As you may have read before, my Cheap Ass Gamer app for Windows 8 broke a little while back, due to Twitter dropping support for their v1 API. Version v1.1 carries tighter restrictions that make downloading Twitter like an RSS feed basically impossible. Here are the main changes that make my implementation in the CAG app useless: MORE

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