NFL Fan Event – Trafalgar Square, London

The first event of its kind was held in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday 22nd October (the day before the NFL game at Wembley Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears).

I attended the event with my wife and two daughters and we were thoroughly entertained for a couple of hours! (A big shout out to the organizers – Thanks!)

Definitely a date for next years diary!  

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Oh, and did I mention? coincidentally this event just happened to coincide with the release  of my own Windows Phone 7 ‘Fan App’ for the Green Bay Packers:

NB If you have a Windows Phone you can download the App here:

http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=e0d382cf-f310-4412-949f-523c2cc79926

NB: Anyone interested in seeing an NFL game in London can apply for tickets here:

www.nfluk.com.

UPDATE: Follow the NFL UK on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/NFL-in-London/202026769851069

Nokia World 2011

For me this event marks a potential starting point for Nokia’s entry into my own development related world.  Sure I have owned a spate of Nokia handsets in the past, but that’s not what I‘m talking 2about.  For some time now there has been an excitement in the Windows Phone Development Community about the impact and opportunities that a collaboration between two giants, Microsoft and Nokia might bring.  What will it mean tor the likes of humble independent phone app developers?  Nobody is quite certain but the expectation is palpable!

“NOKIA Watch” was released shortly after the announcement  that NOKIA is to focus it’s future energies on the Windows Phone platform.  It is a simple, but pleasing App that takes the best of newsfeeds, blogs and videos from across the web and serves them up using the popular panoramic based control. 

I look forward to the day when I can see this App running on a NOKIA device and yes, I would love that day to be October 26th and yes, I would love to be holding a Nokia phone, running my App on Windows Phone, standing amongst a group of my piers in the ExCel Conference Centre in London!

Sony Bloggie 3D vs LG Optimus 3D vs HTC EVO 3D

Anyone that knows me appreciates that I am an all round geek, and have had an interest in 3d cameras, devices and paraphernalia for more time than I care to mention.  So I was especially excited to get my hands on these devices, albeit only for a short period of time.  It will come as no surprise that my interest in these devices was in their potential as a 24/7 ‘back pocket’ device for taking 3D video and photographs.

So I don’t intend doing a particularly scientific test, nor reproducing technical specs (which are available elsewhere) but I thought it might be useful to compare some real world video and images taken at the same location, at the same time, using each devices’ default HD settings (with apologies for the rather overcast weather).

Video Quality

Sony Bloggie 3D

NB The Bloggie is the only camera to support full 1080p 3D video.

For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.

HTC EVO 3D

For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.

LG Optimus 3D

For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.

Conclusion

Having has some chance to play with all 3 devices here is my general conclusion.

If all you want is a tidy and petite 3D Video and stills camera to carry about for everyday use then the Bloggie, with it’s superior 1080p resolution and dedicated/simplistic functionality wins out.

If you need a combined 3d camera and phone my personal preference is the LG Optimus 3D though in all honesty there is little to choose between the two devices (In fact I would be tempted to go for whichever gave me the best price on the day)

(This post is a work in progress)

Rotating the Screen on a DELL Inspiron Duo under Windows 8

NB At the time of writing there is no accelerometer driver for the DUO under Win 8.

Until we get that fixed it is possible to add the ‘Windows Mobility Center’ applet as a shortcut on the Metro Desktop (which in turn has an option to rotate the screen)

Here are the steps to take:

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From the Metro Screen begin to type the following until you see the screen as above:

“Windows Mobility Center”

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Select the icon by either:

1. Swiping upwards on the icon itself
2. Right Mouse and select properties.

Now touch the Pin icon:

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You now have an icon on the right most side of the Metro desktop – simply drag it to your desired destination.

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Touch the icon to go into the applet:
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Now Click on “Rotate Screen” …

Web Based App Installs for Windows Phone

Stumbled upon a cool way of installing apps over the air.  Here are the steps I took:

First fire up the web based marketplace:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/search?q=web+services+uk

NB The above link shows all my own apps currently in the marketplace – you can click on the ‘Marketplace’ link to view all apps!

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Select an App from the App Store.

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install (or reinstall) the app.

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Select which phone you want to install to.

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Click Reinstall.

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Now check your phone!

 

Cool!