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Microsoft Doesn’t Want Three Windows OS Versions

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Which company has not one, not two, but three operating systems being actively developed at the same time? Microsoft does, and they’re getting tired of it.

The strongest suggestion of this comes with Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green’s statement that “We [Microsoft] have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three,” at the UBS Global Technology Summit last week. The straightness of the statement strongly hints at a potential axing of an existing OS. And given each OS’s relative success, it’s not difficult to surmise which.

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Spotlite Brings Native Spotify Experience to Windows 8/RT

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If you’re a Spotify user running Windows 8/8.1 or RT, you may have noticed that there’s currently no official offering available in the Windows App Store. While x86 users can simply download the official client directly from Spotify’s website, ARM-based users aren’t so lucky.

To alleviate this, XDA Forum Member hsalps created Spotlite and uploaded it to the Windows App Store. The application supports x86, x86-64, and ARM processors.

In addition to allowing Spotify members to listen to music, Spotlite lets you play playlists, search for songs/albums/playlists/artists, and it gives you personalized recommendations based on your listening habits. Initially, the app only . . . READ ON »

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Retrieve System Info with Open Source SysLib for .Net Apps

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Some time ago, we took a look at a simple, open source application for Windows 8 by XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher that returned CPU information on demand. Telling you all sorts of parameters, the application was useful for all of us looking to learn a little more about the architecture used in our desktop-class processors.

Since then, Beatsleigher has received many requests to port the application to C++ or C# in order to allow other developers to create an app similar to the admittedly awesome CPU-Z. Rather than simply porting the app, Beatsleigher instead created a .Net library that has most of the functionality of DetectCPU, and then some.

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Dual Boot Windows 8 and Android on Your Acer Iconia W700

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The Acer Iconia W700 is a perfect blend of the tablet form factor and ultrabook specs. Sure, it’s a little heavier and chunkier than your average Android tablet, but that’s the price you pay for having the power of a full desktop OS like Windows 8 at your disposal. Well, at least it is if you want that experience out of the box. You could always take you’re existing Android tablet and use something like the Linux on Android Project.

While it’s no doubt great to have the power of Windows 8 in a compact device, what happens if you find that the full on desktop experience isn’t always necessary?  You dual boot with Android, of course, and XDA senior member ThatGrass has put togethe. . . READ ON »

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Soft Modding the Xperia Z and Samsung Devices, and Windows 8 App Development Tutorials – XDA Developer TV

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Get started with Windows 8 development with a handy tutorial. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about connecting certain Samsung devices via USB Mass Storage protocol and adding a physical camera button to your Sony Xperia Z.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video on salary negotiation tips and tricks, which was followed up with a video on tips and tricks for the toughest job interview questions. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Several Standard Desktop Apps Ported to Windows RT

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One of the main limitations of Windows RT is that most 32- and 64-bit applications aren’t compatible. Therefore, if you are buying a Microsoft Surface and intend to install all your favorite Windows programs, then you’re going to have a bad time. To remedy this issue, XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has begun an initiative to get some desktop apps compiled for RT users.

So far the initiative has gotten attention from a number of users and developers. To begin with, everyone has been focusing on re-compiling free, open source software to work on Windows RT. Here is the current list of applications that have been ported already:

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Securing Android with SecDroid, Fixing Touch Screen Issues on Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface – XDA Developer TV

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How to increase touch screen responsiveness on the Microsoft Surface is one of the stories from this weekend on XDA-Developers. Also, you can calibrate Windows 8 touch screens with more accuracy. However, other news items happened this weekend. XDA News Specialist Jordan covers some of those stories. He talks about cleaning bloatware and adding some Android 4.2 apps with PalaTool.

In XDA news, Jordan talks about his Huawei Ascend Mate Hands-on video. Also, Jordan mentions securing Android devices with SecDriod. Finally, all in one toolkits were released for the HTC Explorer, Desire V and Desire S.  Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Calibrate Windows 8 Touch Screens with Greater than Four Points

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Despite not being an actual mobile OS, Windows 8 has seen a surprising amount of development here at XDA. Whether it’s because of the Windows App Store or the Microsoft Surface is uncertain, but users and developers alike have been adding some great content for Windows 8 users. There is now a tutorial that will allow for more than four calibration points on touch screen devices running Windows 8.

XDA Senior Member young blade posted the tutorial for a number of screen resolutions. Users who use it will be able to break free from the usual four points to as many as 150 points. As young blade explains:

4a) As mine touchscreen is 22″ 1680×1050 I calculated the folowing line to get 150 calibration touc

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Use the Complete Windows API in Windows Store Apps

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While some have many bad things to say about Windows 8, others are doing what they can to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Thus, Windows 8 has received an unnaturally healthy amount of development from XDA community members and developers, despite not being a mobile OS. One limitation is that Microsoft doesn’t allow use of most of the Win32 API. There is now a way around that.

The workaround was written by XDA Recognized Developer mamaich, a known legend whose development here dates back to 2004 when he overclocked the successor to our namesake, the XDA2. Here is mamaich’s more in depth explanation:

As we know, MS prohibits using most of standard Win32 API in Windows Store applicati

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