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Samantha · Apr 9, 2014

Test the CPU Performance of Your Windows 8/RT Device

Although the spec sheet of your Windows 8 or RT device may give a pretty big indication of its performance, it’s sometimes a lot more helpful if you have an idea of how well it performs in real life. But although there are plenty of software tools available to help you to do this, we thought that XDA members may be much more inclined to try something home-grown and open-source. This is where CPU Performance Tester comes in. Developed by XDA...

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Samantha · Feb 21, 2014

Convert Units on Your Windows 8 Device with Global Converter

If you’re running Windows 8 on a device of yours, you’re probably already aware of the wealth of unit conversion programs and software granted by the platform’s capability to run standard Windows EXE files. Of course, one of the most glaring downsides with this is that most, if not all, of such standard PC programs are not designed for the touch interface, which can lead to a whole lot of accidental presses. So, if you’d rather have a touch optimized...

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Samantha · Jan 12, 2014

Costs Keeper Helps Keep Track of Your Budget on Your Windows Device

Now that the gift giving season is over and we have all (hopefully) received presents we've been wishing for, there are probably a lot of folks who've been gifted with a brand new Windows device and are wondering what exactly to do with it. If you are on a budget or are trying to reign in their spending habits, you may want to check out Costs Keeper. Developed by XDA Forum Member filfat, Costs Keeper is an app compatible with...

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Samantha · Jan 12, 2014

Install Extra Tool Menus on Your Windows 8 and RT Devices

If you're using a device running either Windows 8 or RT---be it a tablet, a PC, or a hybrid---you'll probably be familiar with the tools context menu that pops up when you right click on the desktop. And in all honesty, it's not that particularly useful other than to organize your desktop. This is a shame because it wouldn't cause any harm if some more options and actions were added. Well, XDA Senior Member pbanj thought similarly. And as a...

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Samantha · Jan 6, 2014

Tweak the Adaptive Brightness on Your Windows 8 Device

Automatically adjusting the screen brightness depending on ambient light levels, also known as adaptive brightness, is a pretty standard feature on modern smartphones, tablets, PCs, and anything in between. This is most definitely the case for Windows 8 and RT devices such as the Microsoft Surface RT and Pro (check out the review here), Asus t100, and the Dell Venue 8 and 11 Pro tablets. But if you've been having issues with the pre-determined screen brightness levels of your Windows...

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Samantha · Dec 20, 2013

Create Windows Apps with Microsoft’s New Project Siena

For Android users who have made the leap of faith to Windows 8 or RT, the limited number of available Modern UI apps can be quite a shock. But this shouldn't be a surprise, as the majority of tablets now ship with Android. This is then naturally reflected in user and developer contributions. It seems like Microsoft's well aware of this issue, however, as they've just released Project Siena. Sienna can be seen as Microsoft's attempt to encourage app development...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013

Microsoft Considering Free Versions of Windows Phone and RT: Too Little, Too Late?

It's no secret that despite their previous successes in both the mobile and traditional computing spaces, Microsoft's market performance as of late has been lackluster. And while sales for all of their platforms are currently suffering to a degree, it's really only Windows Phone and Windows RT that are in serious trouble. Why have these two OSes struggled to gain any sort of traction? Part of this is due to the confusion of simply offering too many different versions. But that's not...

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Samantha · Nov 26, 2013

Microsoft Doesn’t Want Three Windows OS Versions

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Spotlite Brings Native Spotify Experience to Windows 8/RT

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...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 26, 2013

Grab that Crowbar, it’s Half Life on Windows RT

OK, I must admit before I write anything else that this story hits extremely close to home on the nostalgia front. Having first played the game upon release in 1998 and considering it one of the best games of any genre ever made, Half Life's single player campaign not only forged a new genre of story-driven and immersive first person shooters; It defined the later part of my childhood. With that disclaimer etched in digital 1s and 0s, I'm delighted...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 15, 2013

Get Detailed System Information With Process Hacker For Windows RT

If you own a Surface or similar device running Windows RT and are reading this, chances are that you've already jailbroken it and are always on the lookout for useful ported apps to install. You may have been using some of those already ported by the development community, or even begun to port them for yourself. Either way, the selection of apps available to Surface owners is improving on a daily basis. One of the latest traditional desktop apps to be...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 28, 2013

How to Compile and Port Win32 Apps for Windows RT

One of the things Windows RT users have found most frustrating is the inability to run traditional desktop apps on their shiny new(ish) device. Although it was never any secret that this would be the case, it's still something that many people were hoping would cease to be an issue thanks to the development community. The release of the RT Jailbreak Tool, which allows the device to run .exe files that aren't officially compiled and signed by Microsoft, was a huge...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 28, 2013

Jelly Bean for Galaxy S2 I9100, Xperia T Alpha with Kernel Source? – XDA Developer TV

In an move unheard of from OEMs, Sony has released an official Alpha build with the source code! A lot of other great news stories hit the Portal here at XDA this weekend. Jordan reviews all the important stories from this week. Jordan talks about the official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100. In Windows RT news, Jordan talks about the whitelist tool that allows flash for certain sites. Also, a Windows RT jailbreak tool lets...

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Former Writer · Jan 27, 2013

RT Jailbreak Tool Lets Users Install Non-Microsoft Executables on Windows RT

This is XDA Developers, and we like our devices a certain way. We like them unlocked, rooted, and free to do with as we please. However, very few devices are ever released in this condition. Thus, our large community of dedicated developers figure out a way to do it. After all, it's happened again and again and again. When Windows RT came out, it wasn't 100% open either. There were security features in place that prevented users from installing unsigned...

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Former Writer · Jan 25, 2013

Windows RT Whitelist Tool Provides Quick, Easy Way to Enable Flash for Certain Sites

For those who don't know, Internet Explorer 10 has what is called a Whitelist. The Whitelist determines which websites Internet Explorer allows Flash for. For instance, if you went to a Flash heavy site and it wasn't on the Whitelist, none of the Flash content would load. This is a real pain for those who either enjoy Internet Explorer or have to use it due to lack of replacement browsers on Windows RT. We've previously covered a way to to...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 18, 2013

Jelly Bean 4.2.1 AOKP for Nexus Available, Free Android Backup and Kernel Config Apps – XDA Developer TV

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP for Nexus Devices. That and more news happened this week at XDA-Developers. Jordan reviews all the important stories from this week. Another story talks about Super Backup for your all-in-one needs. Additionally, Jordan talks about finding UART on Qualcomm variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Additionally, this week Jordan released three other videos, one is a Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL Hands-On, one is a discussion on Nvidia's CES releases, and the last is a recap...

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Former Writer · Jan 17, 2013

Several Standard Desktop Apps Ported to Windows RT

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...

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jerdog · Dec 28, 2012

HTC HD2 Refuses to Die, Now Runs Windows RT

Let's say you have a device from 2009, and at times it seems like it's just a little bit out of date. The latest devices coming out are all competing to become "The Next Big Thing," and this device just doesn't seem to stack up to the competition. And with the latest mobile Operating Systems out there, any device running Windows Mobile 6.5 just seems, well, outdated. But then you realize what device this actually is: It's the Mighty Mouse...

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Former Writer · Nov 9, 2012

How to Store Media on SD on the Microsoft Surface

With the release of the Microsoft Surface, users are getting their first real world tablet experiences with Windows 8. Of course, it's not perfect. That's why we mod things---to bring it closer to perfect. There is now a simple tutorial that gives you the ability to use your SD card to store media in Windows 8. XDA Senior Member mk1151 posted the tutorial link, and it isn't very difficult to follow. Essentially, it sets the default save locations for documents,...

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Former Writer · Nov 5, 2012

Enable Flash in Metro Browser on Windows 8 and RT

The release of Windows 8 has come and gone, and people have mixed feelings about it. Some like it; some hate it---pretty much the consensus on everything ever released. Now that it's released, though, it's time to have some fun with it. That means hacking it, making it more usable, and more fun. To start, users of the Metro Browser can now get full Flash on any website. XDA Recognized Developer Marvin_S has figured out how to get past Metro...

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