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Age of Empires: Castle Siege Free for Windows 8 + WP8

If you want to enjoy some old-school RTS on your Windows phone or Windows 8 machine, you won't have to shell out any money. Microsoft is giving away Age of Empires: Castle Siege as a "Freemium" game. The game will offer in-app purchases to speed up your progress, but if you're patient and are just a casual RTS fan, this game will provide you hours of fun.

 

Source: AgeOfEmpires

Would You Get Windows 9 if it's free?

Windows 8.1 was adopted pretty quickly (for a Windows operating system) when it was made available as an upgrade to Windows 8. Of course, it is more of a service pack than anything and Microsoft was pretty pushy about the upgrade, but it worked. There are rumors that Windows 9 will be free in hopes to get users away from Windows 7 and remove the bad taste that is Windows 8. If Windows 9 is free, are you in for a quick upgrade? Windows 8 was only $20 for a long time and still it didn't do all that well. If you want an idea of what will happen if Windows 9 is free, take a look at the link below.

Over the last 12 months, the no-cost Windows 8.1's share of the combined user share of it and Windows 8 was 8.5 times Windows 8's share of it and Windows 7 at the same point in Windows 8's post-launch timeline. Although the uptake of Windows 8.1 was front-loaded, even in August its share was 3.7 times that of Windows 8 at identical points in their lifecycles.

Source: ComputerWorld

15 Important Announcements from Apple

If you weren't able to watch the Apple event today or would just prefere a quick break-down of the event, there are 15 of the most important announcements listed below. Us non-fanboys will be quick to tell you that much of this has been done for years by the Android camp, but the reality is that Apple is doing some it better. By the same token, they are totally dropping the ball on others.

Apple is definitely playing catch-up here-it’s adopting features that Google and others announced months or years ago. But this is also how the company has succeeded with products like the iPad: perfect the technology, and then bowl over the competition. We’ve sat through a string of boring Apple events, but this wasn’t one of them.

Source: TheVerge

Group Therapy: New Microsoft Cortana Ad

Microsoft must have hired a different ad agency. Lately their ads have been pretty decent and this one is mildly amusing at worst and pretty clever at best.

 

TiVo Mega

As hard drive capacities grow larger and larger, TiVo has come out with their latest PVR that will ensure you won't have to delete anything. The TiVo Mega will feature 24TB of storage (yes, you read that right, Terabyte!) and will allow you to record up to 6 channels at a time and should give you enough storage for 26,000 hours of standard def video. Unforunately the TiVo Mega doesn't come out until early 2015 and carries a $5,000 price tag, but other than that this is the ideal PVR if you are a hoarder. The WSJ has more details.

The Mega DVR is less of a set-top box and more of a personal server farm for your videos. It’s got 24 terabytes of hard-drive space, which TiVo says can hold more than 26,000 hours of continuous standard-definition video, or at least 4,000 of your favorite “Real Housewives” episodes in glorious high-def. It can record six channels at the same time.

Maybe you’re just crazy enough to plunk down $5,000—which includes the lifetime subscription to TiVo’s service—when the TiVo Mega goes on sale in early 2015. At least you can stash the rack-mountable monster someplace other than directly beneath your super-thin TV: It automatically transcodes video to stream over the Internet to your iOS devices, and you can also access its abundant stash on any HDTV in the house that’s connected to a much smaller $100 TiVo Mini box.

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