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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review

Modern Warfare 3 marks the final chapter of this Call of Duty series, bringing an engaging single-player campaign filled with nonstop action and a polished multiplayer experience.

Pros

Polished campaign: Modern Warfare 3 holds nothing back as a mind-numbing, blockbuster, single-player experience. The game places you in the shoes of several protagonist soldiers from the previous two games and takes you around the world, chasing terrorists in the middle of an all-out war. Modern Warfare 3 may not have the most advanced game engine, but it excels at demonstrating destruction of cities, intense firefights, and uncomfortable, cinematic situations.

Satisfying multiplayer: … Read more

Crazy sounds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

William Kentridge's "The Refusal of Time" (2012) creates its own environment through the ever-morphing, large-format videos depicting the collision of technology, social upheaval, and industry. The five videos display a series of scenes, texts, shifting diagrams and papers, and laborers shown in silhouette marching across the screens. Music and voices come from eight speakers -- four large JBL studio monitors -- and four smaller megaphone-like horns that make announcements throughout the piece.

Picture and sound quality are exceptional, and while the sound is realistically loud, I never thought it was too loud. The running time is 30 … Read more

Review: Launch8

Pros:

Appeal: Launch8 brings a fresh take on the modern Start screen by giving you access through a familiar user path to your apps, now more commonly found on mobile devices.

Tweakable: In addition to its clean look, the app dock's effects can be customized by color and transparency. Icon sizes also scale accordingly to size, should you opt for a larger dock. You can also add both desktop and modern apps.

Accessibility: Recent apps and files pop up in a drawer-like fashion, similar to the drawer found on OS X's application dock.

Cons:

Constrained: The placement is … Read more

Review: Modern Conflict 2 is a mix of modern military and base control mechanics

Modern Conflict 2 combines many of the best elements of other RTS and tactical strategy games with the speed and efficiency of an iOS design to create a fun, multiplayer game that is as addictive as it is engaging. The core gameplay in Modern Conflict 2, combined with straightforward controls and numerous options to build your army, make for a game with numerous paths to victory, and a great deal of fun to be had along the way.

In Modern Conflict 2, you control an army and must defeat the opposing army by placing bases and building up units to … Read more

Review: WindowBlinds 8 goes modern with style

WindowBlinds version 8 brings a couple new features that include a brand new interface, better support for Windows 8, and SkinStudio, a theme designer that lets users create their own customizations.

There are four main aspects of your windows that you can modify: style, color, texture, and background. Styles are preset schemes to make your windows look new. Version 8 includes a couple new styles (including Win8, which mimics the flat style of Modern UI). Each style contains a substyle that'll modify a graphic or tailor your windows and taskbars to be more in line with your current version … Read more

Stardock releases WindowBlinds 8, exclusively on Download.com

On Wednesday Stardock announced an update to their Windows style and theme customization app, WindowBlinds. This update brings it to version 8 and comes with a handful of new changes, including a much more intuitive user interface, updated skin styles, and an improved preview window to see your adjustments before applying a new skin. WindowBlinds also comes with SkinStudio, a built-in tool that lets you customize specific parts of the Windows interface.

WindowBlinds is available at Download.com. Follow the link and grab the product here.

Gameloft teases Modern Combat 5 ahead of E3

Mobile device gamemaker Gameloft is putting Venice in the cross hairs of its next Modern Combat title, judging by a trailer for the game released ahead of next week's E3 conference.

The teaser doesn't tip its hand on what devices will be getting the game or when, but it does show off slick graphics. The visuals for the trailer no doubt cherry picks the new game's best scenes, but it still shows an improvement upon past parts in the franchise.

What we do know: players can count on helicopters, guns, and explosives turning precious art and architecture … Read more

The Top Essential Hotkeys for Windows 8

Whether you're new to Windows 8 or a seasoned veteran, it's always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Let's face it: without a touch screen, Windows 8 can get a tad tedious to use. Here are the most essential Windows 8 shortcuts for accessing and working with the Charms menu, and system-wide. You can thank us later.

Useful keys to access Charms in a touchless world

Windows Key + C: Opens Charms Bar Windows Key + I: Access the settings or control panel for active app Windows Key + Q: Search your applications Windows Key + Z: Open … Read more

ModernMix 1.0

Still feeling the Windows 7 blues? Ever wish you could take your apps out of Win8's Modern UI and onto your desktop? ModernMix is a utility that enables Windows 8 Modern-centric apps to run inside a windowed frame, resulting in a more traditional experience like previous versions of Windows. Regardless of your feelings about Microsoft's current direction, ModernMix is an attractive utility made especially for the classically desktop dependent.

When running multiple Modern apps, the applications are not normally running or visible in desktop view. Instead, the charms bar acts as your standard task manager for Modern apps. … Read more

ModernMix 1.0

Modern Mix is a tweak for Windows 8 that brings users one step closer to the classic Windows experience inside the Modern UI environment. Stardock's latest release removes the barrier between the Start Screen and desktop by enabling Modern apps to run inside a window. The result is a user experience more in line with the traditional Windows 7 way of displaying windowed applications. Regardless of your feelings about Microsoft's OS, Modern Mix is a utility that is genuinely useful for the desktop dependent.

After installation, you'll be introduced to ModernMix's config menu. By default, any … Read more