Coloud Hoop Earbuds Review – Bang for the Buck with Unique Design

Coloud Hoop Earbuds Review – Bang for the Buck with Unique Design

I’m the kind of guy who was born with earlobes unsuitable for the headphone industry. Earphones would fall right off, and even in-ear variants had difficulties staying in place (Ultimate Ears 600vi’s Comply foam tips getting closest to reliable fit). So when I saw the first photos of Coloud Hoop’s intriguing design, I knew I had to try them out.

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Skype Translator Preview – Studyhackers’ First Look!

Skype Translator Preview – Studyhackers’ First Look!

In last December, Microsoft demoed a new product called Skype Translator – and I say a product, because calling this just a feature would be downplaying it. I’m not entirely sure when the Translator will be integrated as part of the official Skype client, but right now you can sign up for the preview program. That’s exactly what I did bit over a month ago, and received the email with download link this week.

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Age of Empires: Castle Siege – An Old Classic as a New Cross-Platformer!

Age of Empires: Castle Siege – An Old Classic as a New Cross-Platformer!

Almost two years ago I blogged about the promise of true cross-platforming which is made possible by the shared core in Windows ecosystem. This is a subject I’ve been passionate about for a while, so I can say I got pretty excited as Microsoft Studios announced that they will release the latest installment of the legendary Age of Empires franchise to mobile and desktop platforms, and it is completely playable between the two. Age of Empires: Castle Siege is free-to-play, and works just as well with 24” screen and mouse, as well as on a phone’s 4,5” touch screen. And of course with any Windows tablet too. Not many games can say the same!

The game does its magic trough Xbox Live (duh, obviously) so you can easily find friends who play it too and forge alliances with them – again regardless of the device they use. All in all the experience is pretty much what I visioned two years ago for the future of gaming to be. Although cross-platform games haven’t become as common as I hoped for, the movement is there.

And I like it.

The Best Note-Taking App Just Got Better

The Best Note-Taking App Just Got Better

I’ve been a fan of OneNote ever since the release of its touch-friendly app, and I can say that it has been no doubt the single most useful and productive toll during my university studies. As the software is free and available for any popular platform, I highly encourage everyone to try it out! The app truly stands out when taking the notes with stylus, sort of best-of-both-worlds deal, when you can draw and write freely but still get the benefit of digital archiving and cross-platform support (e.g. you can take a quick last look of your notes before exam from your phone instead of setting up laptop).

Printing accessible from Devices charm. Image from http://blogs.office.com/
Printing accessible from Devices charm. Image from http://blogs.office.com/

Although OneNote sure has its uses on work and free time too, this latest major update has been done with students in mind. Added features include printing, file attachments, PDF printouts and highlighting. For more info and download links for this great product head to http://www.onenote.com/.

Quick Look at Bookviser – A Great eBook Reader for Windows Devices

Quick Look at Bookviser – A Great eBook Reader for Windows Devices

I have to admit, I used to like my books the traditional, heavy-weight kinda way. But recently I’ve put a concious effort to give eBooks a shot (since I have the perfect device to read the, the 8″ screen Lenovo Miix 2), and I knew from the get-go that finding the perfect app to suit my needs could provide to be challenging. Of course there’s big names like Kindle app to be found on Windows Store, but I was looking for something that can open .epub files from OneDrive and possibly function in cross-platform harmony with my Windows Phone. After experimenting with several apps, there seemed to be a clear winner.

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