Get the Start button back in Windows 8.1

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Windows 8.1 has some great new features, but a core Microsoft one is still missing: the Start button. With users having already complained about it Windows 8 launched, you would be correct in assuming that Microsoft might have rethought abandoning the Start button and brought it back with Windows 8.1. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to combine the best of both worlds, thanks to a couple of nifty apps:

Classic Shell:

Classic Shell offers a very simple solution to getting the Start button back. All you need to do is install it and let it run, with nothing more than that required. If you’d like to take it even further, Classic Shell even gives you the option to customize the look of the menu, and even goes as far as adjusting the appearance of Windows Explorer windows.

Start Menu Reviver 2:

This app combines the look of the original Start Menu with the style of Windows 8. You still get the Start button, but you also get a two-column layout, one column containing recently accessed programs and the other containing the actual list of programs.

Whichever app you choose, you’ll be that much closer to getting the look you know and love – and all combined with Windows 8.1, too.

Blak – The ultimate video game for Android

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

It had originally started as an April’s Fool joke for 2014, but has since become loved by those who dared to download it.

One reviewer, for instance, goes on to say:

Incredible Top notch graphics, gripping storyline, great gameplay. What more do you need? Play this game to discover yourself.

And what is your task? Stare at the black screen, and tap it when it flashes white. The screen can stay black for anywhere from 1 second to, wait for it, one month.

And what happens when you tap on the black screen? Well, it’s game over I’m afraid. Retry?

Easter Egg Hunt in Forge of Empires!

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

An Easter Event started today in the popular free browser game, Forge of Empires.

You can hide Easter Eggs in other players’ cities, and others can hide Easter Eggs in your city.

As the official website update says:
“A special visitor will return to your realm, bringing with her a selection of items, including several new and unique ones. Get these items by spending Easter Eggs that you can find in your city or earn through a series of special event quests.
We’ll be giving you 25 free eggs when the event begins, to get you started.”

“The Easter Event 2014 introduces new event buildings and avatars, plus a new Great Building which spans across all the ages. It’ll also be possible to upgrade special buildings from previous events to your current age, using the brand new renovation kit available from the Easter trader.”

If you are not playing yet, you can easily start to build your own empire by clicking here.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Candy Texture Pack DLC

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The next DLC (downloadable content) for the immensely popular Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will be available to download for Xbox 360 from April 18, as announced recently by 4J Studios, the makers of the game. With the Candy Texture Pack, Minecraft will look like it is made entirely out of sugary treats.

In the meantime, you can download the main Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition from the Xbox Marketplace. To download the content to your Xbox 360 console, you need to be logged in with the same Microsoft credentials as you use to play.

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Forge of Empires

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Forge of Empires is a free, browser based game developed by InnoGames.
In the game, you can build your own city and develop it throughout the ages, from stone age to the modern and finally the postmodern era.

To advance from one era to the next, you have to explore new technologies to unlock new ways to develop your city. In the meantime, you can conquer neighbouring areas for new resources, or you may contact them peacefully.

Click here to read more info and tips about the game.

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Microsoft set to reintroduce the full Start Menu with Windows 8.2

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Microsoft acknowledged the backlash against Windows 8 by launching 8.1, and it seems they are about to go a step further. For those who absolutely hate the whole Metro UI, they can look forward to the return of the full Start menu with Windows 8.2. The desktop mode will integrate the Start menu Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95, while incorporating Metro apps to float on the desktop screen. While it may not be enough to appease the more hardcore of anti-Windows 8 users, it is an even bigger step forward (or backward, whichever way you look at it) than 8.1 was.

Apple participating in “Hour of Code”

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Apple is taking part in the international Code.org project this Wednesday. The project, which is designed to get even the most basic of computer users to grips with computer programming, is designed to offer free one-hour sessions to both adults and children. Apple will hold sessions across all its US stores throughout the day. “It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming,” the tech giant explained on its website, before quoting former vice president Al Gore. “‘The ability to code and understand the world of programming is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connecting world.'”

Source: iOS App Store

Microsoft ending Windows 7 sales

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

According to the Microsoft website, retail sales for Windows 7 have ended, and have been over as of October 30. The next deadline for Windows 7, which reflects PCs with it preinstalled, is October 30 2014. This is standard practice for Microsoft, whose policy is to stop selling an older operating system in retail one year after the launch of its successor (2 years to stop shipping to OEMs). With Windows 8 having launched in October last year, the time is ripe for Windows 7 to start being phased out to make its successor the default.

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Spotify to introduce free, on-demand service

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

There is a huge emphasis on mobile-specific on-demand services right now, and music streaming service Spotify has taken note of this. The company currently offers unlimited mobile music streaming for $10 a month, but has recently penned deals with labels like Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with the view to up their ad-based services and offer free streaming instead. While Spotify has a similar service available for desktop and laptops, this doesn’t include unlimited music streaming. Mobile users opting for the free service will also find limitations – although they will be able to choose what tracks to listen to, they will only get a limited number of on-demand songs per month. More details will be revealed during a press conference next week.

Toyota to start offering wireless charging thanks to new deal

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Toyota has just signed a deal to begin offering wireless charging with its future vehicles, it has been revealed. The deal was carved out with WiTricity, a creator of wireless charging systems, and will be available with Toyota’s line of rechargeable plug-in hybrid electric and fully electric cars.

WiTricity’s mission is to make wireless charging available as widely as possible, and this announcement is a significant step toward accomplishing that mission,” said WiTricity CEO Eric Giler in a statement. “We envision a world in which wireless charging accelerates the adoption of green, clean electrified vehicles. To have Toyota, the world’s leading carmaker, licensing our intellectual property, underscores the importance of the technology.”

Toyota had previously spoken of its plans to add wireless charging to the Prius line of hybrid cars, but this is the first time WiTricity has been mentioned in association with it – although the Japanese automaker has been an investor in the company since 2011. WiTricity is one of many companies producing wireless vehicle charging technology, but theirs will the first to be widely adopted due to the Toyota deal.