If you fancy Windows 8.1 and have a deep-seated longing to develop apps for the colorful operating system, you might very well be interested in "Project Siena," a Windows 8.1 app that allows you to create your own apps for the OS. Right now users are relegated to beta status, but it looks to offer an abundance of tools for the creative Windows user.
Feeling a little nostalgic now that we're looking ahead to another new year? Are you looking back to those golden years of childhood where you might have received an Atari 2600 or one of many other fabulous video game consoles? You don't have to wallow in your nostalgia alone! The Internet Archive (via TechHive) has brought forth the Internet Archive Console Living Room, a collection of in-browser emulators so you can enjoy gaming from yesteryear.
It looks like 2014 might be a profitable year as well
The tech industry has seen a hefty rise this holiday season, with stock prices remaining at their yearly highs. TechSpot reports 45 tech IPOs out of the United States over the past year, which happens to be the most seen since thirteen years ago in 2000. The forecast for 2014 is looking awfully sweet as well, with mobile game and storage companies looking to enter the fold.
Earlier this month, Microsoft took a flawed Surface Pro 2 firmware update down after issues were found that drained tablet battery life and affects users' ability to utilize sleep mode. After making the update unavailable, Microsoft informed users that it would be re-relasing the firmware update "after the holidays."
New features include New Stories and 320 snap view
Windows 8.1 users who spend a lot of time on Facebook will be delighted to find the social networking app has been updated with a slew of additional features. Given the fact that Windows apps often go ahead and complete updates in the background, these new features may come as a surprise to some users, but for the unenlightened, we'll outline what you can expect the next time you get the urge to look at photos of babies and cats. That's what Facebook is now, right?
'Tis the season for phishing scams. You've probably already seen quite a few here and there, and now there's another one to add to the list. There's a license key scam swirling around inboxes from scammers claiming to be Adobe, straight from the company itself.
If you're a lucky owner of a Windows Phone or have a giftee in mind who would love some extra storage space, it's about to be one happy holiday! Microsoft is offering extra SkyDrive storage for free in an email announcement sent to all Windows Phone users. That's 20 GB of free storage up for grabs (active for a year) so all told, 27 GB of storage simply or being a Windows Phone user!
Get ready to shell out the cash for the GA release
If you've been using your trusty Windows 8.1 Preview over the last couple of months, Microsoft wants to remind you that it's getting time for you to purchase the full edition. The Preview edition will be ending on January 15th, so you've got just enough time left to purchase a license before your brief look expires.
We don't normally take much time to gush about too many games here at Maximum PC, but there's one that just may enhance that sense of holiday cheer that's brewing inside you -- especially for fans of the retro 16-bit aesthetic. It's called Fa'el: Beyond the Gate, and it's am ambitious PC release from independent developer Miguel Angel Perez Martinez. It also happens to be one of the coolest things you'll probably see today.
Looking for something distinctly more Fallout than zombie-slaying for your PC game repertoire? You might want to take on Wasteland 2, the delectable-looking squel to Wasteland, whose beta was just made available for Kickstarter backers as of yesterday. As far as the rest of us go, there's always Steam Early Access, which the game has gone live on as well.