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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June 28th, 2013

Developing for Windows 8.1

Currently (and very annoyingly), both of my apps (Kuler Touch and Cheap Ass Gamer) are not functioning properly due to Adobe and Twitter’s APIs changing. Adobe Kuler’s API is being rebuilt as their website has been updated a lot. I haven’t been able to debug the CAG app yet but currently the Twitter features are throwing errors. MORE

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June 20th, 2013

Xbox backs down on DRM, but at the cost of its better features

Microsoft just announced they are completely revising their take on Xbox One DRM and used games. Basically, the system will be very similar to the current gen and PS4’s model.  An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games and trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today. This is great news, it goes to show how much weight the consumers and competition from Sony have in these decisions. It’s kind of a relief to see Microsoft change their policies before they released the console and witnessed low sales. MORE

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