Windows 8 Apps and Personalised Advertising

 

Any developer deciding to Add the Microsoft Advertising SDK as a part of their App stack will now automatically offer users the option to personalise their adds (the setting is off by default.)

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An interesting addition to 8.1 and another sign that the onward march of ‘targeted advertising’ continues.

 

NB Image Still from ‘Vantage Point’, which will be available soon in the App store.

“Art” Practical for Windows 8

Following on from the successful Windows phone App “Art” comes this fresh Windows 8 App – completely rewritten to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Windows 8 Application environment!

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Real artists demonstrating what they do best in the following mediums:

"Oil Paint"
"Watercolours"
"Pencil Drawing"
"Charcoal Drawing"
"Origami"
"Sand Sculptures"
"Chalk Drawing"
"Screen Printing"

Just watching these artists at work is a joy in its own right!

★★★★★ "Awesome!"

★★★★★ "I really learned something today!"

★★★★★ "Inspirational, thank you so much!"

 


Download for Windows 8

Also available for Windows Phone

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

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)