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Monthly archives for February, 2011

MyGreatFest – Coming to the UK

If you are part of the iCommunity you will of no doubt seen an event called ‘MyGreatFest‘ talked about, and grow in stature over the recent months. The ‘MyGreatFest’ concept and ethos is that of a unique nature, and has not only never been done in this community before, but has never been seen anywhere in the world. Conferences, conventions and gatherings exist for technology industry in general, for the computing industry and also for the video gaming industry – now it exists for the mobile smartphone industry – and it will be huge! The primary focus of MyGreatFest is to concentrate on what we believe to be the number one mobile OS on the planet – Apple’s iOS.

It will feature showcases and talks from prominent developers in the community. Such as Jay Freeman aka “Saurik”, a 15 year old iOS developer named Joshua Lee Tucker, another developer Chris Simpson (who creared 3Dboard) there will be giveaways, games, tournaments, stalls selling the newest accessory or case for your device, technical demonstrations to include question and answer sessions and much much more!

This event will feature respected members of the community you will already be aware of, and introduce you to talented people from all aspects of the community who you may not be. We are also pleased to announce an event date of 17th September 2011 for MyGreatFest. And tickets are on sale now at their eStore Don’t forget to pick up their iOS theme!

Finally, MyGreatFest have told us that they do plan to bring this fantastic event to the USA in early 2012. If that becomes a success (of course it will be!), we can see MyGreatFest becoming an annual event! So what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket before they all go!

Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 – April 6th 2011

April the 6th will mark the release of Angry Birds for the Windows Phone 7 platform, a day where work productivity plummets.

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Productivity--;

Angry Birds, one of the most popular smartphone games available 2010/2011 has been available for the Android/iOS/Mac/Windows/PS3-PSP/WebOS platforms with Windows Phone 7 missing out on the fun. This release is sure to be welcome by the many Windows Phone 7 users who have eagerly been awaiting it’s official release date since it Rovio announced it was being developed.

Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 will feature Xbox Live integration to enable Achievements, Leaderboards and more. With this new addition to the Windows Phone 7 marketplace it shows signs that Microsoft are trying to appeal to a more mainstream audience, gaming on the Windows Phone 7 is a brilliant experience and Angry Birds is a great way to show it.

Kinect SDK Arriving in Spring 2011, sales to further increase

Kinect Unit

So they did it, after months of waiting and people creating open source drivers for it, Microsoft have finally announced the long awaited news and release date for the Kinect SDK. A while ago it was posted on the App Hub forums, during the battle with indie developers over their position in the Xbox live market place, that a future update to XNA would incorporate many things, such as achievements, leader boards and further improvements, but the one bullet point that stood out most of all was the fact that XNA would incorporate the Kinect API, and with the release of the SDK we are one step further to this goal.

I say this because it has not been said in the official release that this will be incorporated into XNA or as a separate package, so we all eagerly await more news on this development, but thing will be sure, no matter the success Kinect has had in the past, it is about to receive a whole lot more.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Available Now

Windows 7

A milestone for every software package, Windows 7 service pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack one are both available for download now. Microsoft have been hinting at the release for some time, giving access to developers and people with MSDN subscriptions first but now it is available for all.

You can download this one of two ways, you can download the stand alone installer and run it, or you can run Windows Update to download the update for you. It has been recommended by Scott Hansleman that you do the latter. So why are you still reading this go find it here:

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iPad event on March 2nd

iPad2So it seems the multiple rumours flying around the interwebs were true Apple will be holding an event this time next week.

Seeing as in the invitation they have shown what appears to the corner of an iPad I think it’s safe to assume that this event will be based on the announcement of the next iteration of the iPad likely to be called the iPad 2, although some people have suggested the iPad HD.

So what are we to expect from this version of the iPad? If the rumours are to be believed and the leaked cases from companies such as best buy we will be seeing Apple’s first case of expandable memory as revolutionary as it isn’t the inclusion of an SD card slot. Also a higher quality screen and a front facing and rear camera. Personally I think Facetime over 3G is a must have here too. Video calling over Wi-Fi just isn’t good enough anymore especially as the new Motorola Xoom does video calling over both 3G and Wi-Fi, we could see Apple start to fall behind the trends if they don’t announce it.

So what do you think Apple will bring to use next week? Leave a comment below and read our Live Blog next week to find out.

WebMatrix Tutorial: A Overview of the User Interface

This video gives a brief introduction to Microsoft’s newest web development tool WebMatrix. It gives an overview of the user interface as well as creating and adding files and folders to a website.

Download Microsoft WebMatrix here

PSA: Windows Phone 7 Update Causing Issues for Samsung(Updated)

Samsung Omnia 7

You always know when a new update for anything comes out that there is going to be a issue for some poor group of people out there. Well if you have Windows Phone 7 and a Samsung handset then I’m sorry to tell you that it might be you. Over Twitter and Facebook people are complaining that the new update for the Windows Phone 7 is bricking some of the phones. It has been reported that the update is not completing correctly and that some users are getting a error message during the installation.

It is being reported as well that Microsoft are reporting a fix for the handsets having issues, that takes me back to the good old days of technology, simply pull out the battery and put it back in(Let’s see you do that iPhone). Failing that just perform a hard reset on the device and that should fix your issue. Samsung and Microsoft are recommending that you don’t attempt to update again until your phone reminds you, which is estimated to be around 2 days.

UPDATE: Microsoft have stopped Samsung models recieving the update at the moment, giving them time to fix the issues before releasing the update. Again this only for the Samsung models at the moment.

WebMatrix Tutorial: Creating a Website With Web Gallery

This video steps you through the stages of creating a website using the Web Gallery in Microsoft WebMatrix.

Download Microsoft WebMatrix here

The 3DS and me.

Being one of the first 0.5% (if THAT) of people in the world to play the 3DS is a pretty big deal, and that’s exactly what I became today.

I was invited along with my friend Ryan to attend a Nintendo 3DS pre-launch event in Bristol where Games Journalists and a few members of the public could try the 3DS a month before it hit store shelves. It was a pretty magical experience too.

Upon arriving we were ushered in a room which contained a floor which when stood on would light up, if someone else stood on it, it would also light up beneath their feet and the two people would be connected together by spectral lights on the floor.
Also in this room was a bunch of previous Nintendo handheld consoles  to show really how far handheld gaming has come since those original primitive days of the game and watch.


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11 Year Old spends £1000+ via Xbox 360

Recently there have been various news articles reporting how an 11 year old boy managed to spend just over £1,000 on additional content via his Xbox 360 using his Mum’s debit card.

Quite a few people take advantage of the fact that you can enter your card details on your Xbox 360 to make additional content purchases easier. Downloadable Content (DLC) is one of the most popular types of purchases made through the Xbox 360 as they tend to provide new levels, equipment and characters to individual games.

Instead of realising that she may of made a mistake in letting her son use the Xbox 360 unsupervised, she decided to attack Microsoft saying “it’s too easy to make purchases from it” and that ‘When he is in gaming mode he can’t be thinking about the money. You can’t put all that responsibility on a young boy.”.
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