Freitag, 29. November 2013

SilverLight from Microsoft


“In this world, there are some known things and some unknown things, and in between are the doors of perception “and I m here to set right your perception for SilverLight.

Microsoft has the best development IDE on the market. If you are a .NET/Microsoft developer, you already have the majority of the skills necessary to start developing in SilverLight!!

What is SilverLight??

Windows users won’t really care whether the highly rich web application that they are viewing is using SilverLight or Flash. Both technologies require a small plug-in to be installed and once done, both are invisible until the user navigates a page that require their services. But we as developers need to care about which technology to choose. We need our applications to run on as many platforms as possible, and SilverLight applications will run on many browsers such as IE and Firefox on Windows, and Safari, Opera on the Mac.

OK let’s not divert from the topic, let me technically provide SilverLight defination. “SilverLight is a new cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building and delivering the next generation of media experiences and Rich Interactive Applications (RIA) for the web.”

SilverLight doesn't require ASP.NET to be used on the backend web-server; it means you can use SilverLight with PHP on Linux if u wish to. Thus the saying goes “Microsoft rebooted the Web “.

How the name Silver Light??

Below are the top ten names that got rejected before the name SilverLight came up:-

1. Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation Live Rich Client ActiveX Player R2 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 CTP (WPFLRCAPR2UESP1CTP).

2. Redlight.

3. Microsoft 2.0

4. Microsoft Light New User Experience.

5. MicroMedia Player.

6. Windows Technology Foundation.

7. Non-Windows Presentation Foundation.

8. David.

9. AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XAML.

10. GrayLuminosity.

A sample SilverLight Application??

Here we are going to create a simple SilverLight Application.

Steps to be followed:-

1. Open Visual Studio and select the File->New project.

2. After selecting the SilverLight Application, enter name and location as below and click OK.

3. A Pop -Up gets displayed.

4. You need a webpage to host the SilverLight components that you develop. Visual Studio makes this job easier just by prompting you to automatically create a website.

5. Thus when you create a new SilverLight Application using Visual Studio 2008, it creates loads of files by default.

Let’s detail out each of these files

• App.xaml:

It is used to declare element which are available through-out the application. You can also declare Global variables just same as in Global.asax in Asp.net.

• App.xaml.cs:

A code-behind file for the App.xaml file.

• MainPage.xaml:

o This is the page where all the UI elements that you require needs to be added. All UI elements in a .xaml control must be placed within a layout panel.

• ClientBin folder is used to place the .xap file of SilverLight application. You can keep this anywhere in your web application but this is the default that is used by the SilverLight.

• SilverLight.js is a helper file which enables Web sites to create advanced SilverLight installation and instantiation experiences.

• SilverLightApplicationTestPage.aspx is the web page that will be displayed once the SilverLight application is built error-free and executed.

When you compile your Silver light Application project, it will compile all .xaml files and various other resources in to a single assembly file with the extension .xap and will have the same file name as your project name.

What is XAP?

XAP (pronounced as ZAP) is the file extension for a SilverLight-based application Package (.xap). This file contains the compressed assemblies and resources of a SilverLight 2.0 application. This .xap file contains the XAML and code from your .xaml files and will be executed by the SilverLight plugin installed.

One nice thing about Visual studio is, it will show you a preview of the page as you type the xaml tags. When you complete typing the above xaml tags in your .xaml page, you will see the design preview in Visual Studio.

Thus you have created your first Silver Light application. You can also zoom the Rectangle box above to 100%. Now just built the application and run it. You are done!!

HTC Wildfire - Ticks All The Boxes


Once again, renowned smartphone manufacturer HTC has utilised the increasingly popular android operating system within one of its latest handsets the HTC Wildfire. Providing an impressive list of specifications, this appealing handset also retains a high level of aesthetic appeal.

The HTC Wildfire is a pocket friendly handset thanks to its compact dimensions of 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm with a light weight of 118 g. Mini users are sure to be attracted to this slimline profile this attractive handset.

In order to navigate the HTC Sense user interface, a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen is utilised which also provides superb quality display of on screen imagery thanks to a pixel layout of 240x 320 which can display up to 16M colours beautifully. In order to view video files and photos in portrait and landscape forms, an accelerometer sensor is included which automatically rotates the onscreen content based upon the orientation of the handset.

Users have the opportunity to utilise the song of their choice (in MP3 format) as a ring tone, a function which works alongside vibration to alert to incoming calls and messages. Thanks to an easy to use speakerphone system and a 3.5 mm audio Jack, users are provided with options for handsfree communication on the move.

Alongside its standard memory and storage, the HTC Wildfire boasts an integrated micro SD card slot which can handle a memory card of up to 32 GB. This offers the opportunity to store entire digital music collections along with the large numbers of video clips and other types of files.

Several connectivity methods are employed by the HTC Wildfire in order to stay connected to the Internet and cellular networks. GPRS and EDGE are both provided in class 10 versions providing access to cellular networks. Access to the Internet relies primarily on 3G coverage, whereby an HSDPA connection provides speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes per second. In areas where wireless Internet routers are located, integrated Wi-Fi Technology acts to provide a faster Internet connection. A number of compatible hardware devices can be connected to both wirelessly and directly thanks to Bluetooth and micro USB connections.

As well as boasting the capability to shoot video footage, the integrated 5 mega pixel digital camera offers an easy to use method of taking great quality still images, and operates at a pixel resolution of 2592x 1944 pixels. Its features include Autofocus, smile detection and an LED flash to overcome the obstacle of low lighting conditions. Geo-tagging is another included feature which functions thanks to GPS and automatically records the location at which a photo was taken.

The versatility of the android operating system combines with a Qualcomm 528 MHZ processor to provide seamless switching between applications at lightning fast speeds. All sorts of users are catered for thanks to a long list of are included features and applications. A number of entertainment features range from a versatile media player, a stereo FM radio player and a selection of pre-installed games along with social networking integration and access to the Android Market where additional applications can be downloaded.

Thanks to its wealth of available applications, both as standard and available for download, the HTC Wildfire offers impressive levels of versatility in functionality whilst retaining an aesthetically pleasing exterior.

Donnerstag, 28. November 2013

Android Applications


Google's new Mobile Platform android includes a software pile for mobile devices - with an operating system, middle-ware and key applications.

android was designed to create mobile applications that take full advantage of each mobile has to offer. It was built to be truly open. For example, an application can call one of the basic functions of the phone, calls, send text messages or using the device, enabling developers to create broader and more consistent experiences for users. Android is built on the Linux kernel. In addition, it uses a custom virtual machine that is designed to optimize memory and hardware resources in a mobile environment. Android is open source, can be freely extended to integrate new technologies as they appear. The platform will carry on to expand as the developer community works together to create mobile applications.

Android does not differentiate between the phone’s basic applications and third-party applications. They can all be constructed to equal access to the capabilities of a phone available to users with a wide range of applications and services. With devices built on the Android platform, users can fully customize the phone to their interests. They can change the phone’s home screen of the original style of the mark, or any of the applications. They can even apprise their phones to use their favorite photo screening application to handle the display of all photos.

Android exposes fewer barriers to the creation of new innovative applications. For example, a developer can combine information on the web with data on a mobile phone like, the user contacts, calendar, or geographic location - to provide a more significant user experience. With Android, a developer can create an application that allows users to see the location of their friends and be alerted when they are close to give them a chance to connect.

Android offers extensive range of useful libraries and tools that can be used to make ample applications. For example, Android enables developers to achieve the location of the device and enables devices to communicate among themselves to rich peer-to-peer social applications. In addition, Android includes a full set of tools that were built from the ground to the platform together with developers to provide high productivity and deep understanding of their applications.

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Mittwoch, 27. November 2013

Medical Website Design Does Not Have To Be Boring

The pharmaceutical industry is a big and valuable part of the UK economy. As well as its obvious function of contributing to the health of millions of people; it also works in conjunction with the NHS to promote ongoing medical research. Considering the size and importance of the pharmaceutical industry, in terms of websites devoted to the industry, many appear to have come from the Dark Ages rather than through any form of medical web design process!

There seems to be a big trend for using particular colour schemes for medical website design, with turquoise being the most common and blue coming a close second. Many sites are also built on ill-fitting templates and their content is boring, often outdated and very slow to load. Very few have an efficient database and the result is redundant and duplicated data slowing down load times still further.

This does not seem to change whether the site is selling B2B or B2C. So the question arises: Why are so many pharmaceutical websites out of date and do they really need to be so boring?

One reason may be that pharmaceutical companies, especially the big ones, will always continue to make sales, regardless of how good or bad their websites are. Established doctors, dentists and even vets will have 'trusted' suppliers that they use for repeat orders and feel that they just have to put up with the inconvenience of a poor website experience when it is time to place an order. When these sites were created, medical website design was an entirely different scenario but surely logic suggests that sales could be vastly increased by some simple improvements?

Perhaps those involved in medical website design need to backtrack a little and revisit the basic principles of any type of website design. The most important of these is to define a clear objective for the website and focus on that. When you consider that most pharmaceutical websites are used for e-commerce purposes that would be a good starting point.

Medical website development, where products are being sold online requires more thought and planning than a website that is used purely for advertising purposes, as it effectively replaces a shop window or glossy sales catalogue. Today's Internet users expect a Home page that can be accessed instantly, with the rest of the website optimised for single click viewing of products.

All content is very important, but where Genetic Digital medical web design is concerned, images are especially so. Images need to be of professional quality to reproduce well on a website so using a professional photography service is worth considering. The trick is to use the smallest file size possible, which will load quickly and will display without losing definition. The file type and size should then be standardised throughout the entire website.

The other matter to be addressed is that of ALT tags. Every image on a website should have one, which serves two purposes, accessibility and to enable search engine optimisation. ALT tags can have the very useful purpose of providing some useful information about the product on show. Attention to these details is particularly important and is something the Genetic Digital medical website design team is concerned with.

Websites with many products will often only have small thumbnails and it is worth providing a method for users to enlarge them. There are two ways, the first requiring a user click and the second enlarging with just a mouse hover over the image. With the latter, it is worth bearing in mind that some users 'read' with their mouse pointer and for them the use of images which enlarge automatically can be annoying. Research on this matter should be carried out

Still keeping in mind the objective of the website, pharma web design must include an efficient search facility and some very carefully planned navigation. Some pharmaceutical websites will have literally thousands of products on offer and a user will be totally lost if they land on the wrong page (by following an internal link for example) and may well go elsewhere to buy.

As with any e-commerce sites, there are some pages which are essential and must be made easy to access by users. The first of these is a page dedicated to company contact information. This should include full address, phone/fax number(s) and possibly a dedicated e-mail address. Also, providing a contact name will help to make customers feel reassured that 'someone is out there' if they should have a question or a problem at any time.

The other information that should be readily available to all visitors is details of the company privacy policy and carefully detailed Terms and Conditions of trading. The latter should include information about product guarantees, after sales service, refund policies and complaints procedures, at the very least. Both are necessary parts of medical website design and are reassuring to potential buyers.

Although the most important requirement for medical web design is functionality for users, there is no reason that the aesthetic design features have to be bland and eminently forgettable. Tasteful use of colour and putting some thought into making non-product pages more interesting may be enough to increase traffic. There is definitely no place for Flash images, pop-ups and sound effects; not only do they not suggest professionalism, they are a turn off for visitors and will not be supported by all browsers.

No matter how good the Genetic Digital medical web design that has been created, it will still only remain viable or functional with continuous maintenance and updating. Attention to the product database is the main priority, it should be checked regularly for functionality, kept updated in terms of product prices or information. Discontinued products should be removed at the soonest opportunity, perhaps with an alternative suggested in their place. A constantly updated website has two useful purposes; keeping customers happy and giving the search engines something to look at.

The answer to the question is definitely NO - there is no real reason for pharma websites to be the way they are currently, which is mostly outdated and dull. Putting some thought into medical website development, some relatively basic housekeeping and realising that there are colours other than turquoise or blue, could be all it takes.

Michiel Van Kets writes articles about medical website design. From designing and developing a website or mobile app to help you interact with your target audiences through to creating digital marketing campaigns that enable you to attract more visitors, the small but perfectly formed digital marketing agency, Genetic Digital medical web design is the choice. With a friendly team of digital marketing experts, Genetic Digital is also a member of the PM Society and has a proven track record in delivering medical web design, digital marketing, medical app design and SEO services for your sector. With a hands-on understanding of the key challenges and compliance procedures you face, all Genetic Digital digital solutions are designed to help you reach and engage with your target audience. Find out more today.

Montag, 4. November 2013

Nokia N8 - A Versatile Yet Stylish Smartphone


The Nokia N8 is the latest technology been brought by Nokia into the market this season. It is important to note that the features of this smart phone are quite unique, as the phone itself has a very impressive modern look. It is a metallic look which gives this very thin and light phone a very special touch. It is coming in very interesting colours like silver, red, orange and green.

Some of the most important features of the Nokia N8 include the 3.5 inch OLED screen, which is a technology that is not available in any of the old versions of Nokia, and there are many apps that are coming up to be part of this new device and which will be making your mobile life easier and richer.

There is no problem when it comes to the hardware of the Nokia N8, and you may be able to experience that the camera and video functionality are very unique and special. It comes with a great space capacity and therefore, you do not need to worry about space problems, the battery life is very reliable and it will not leave you stranded, and the OLED screen results in clarity and resolution which has to be seen to be believed. The aluminium body gives it richness and a sense of something really worth it and it also gives you a sense of durability and assurance.

There is no doubt that this is a phone that has an excellent capacity when it comes to video recording and playing. Not only does this phone have the capacity of giving you very clear pictures, it is also very fast to manoeuvre around and it has a very good sound as well, which is something so important in these kinds of multi devices. The processing process that some of these cameras have is incredible, however, it must be said that the Nokia N8 seems to be beating all of them when it comes to performance and resolution.

Nokia N8 comes with the advantage of Symbian 3, which makes the phone easy to use, gives it a good speed and it is reliable as well. Of course, we may find that some of the software may not actually be working in the manner that we want it to; however, this is something that most mobile phones do have problems with at any given time and this depends a lot on the kind of software you are actually trying to accommodate into the phone.

The touch screen facility is something you get used to easily, as the phone will recognize your tapping and will respond accordingly in a very fast manner. It is also wonderful to see how it gets easily adjusted to the landscape mode and the portrait mode depending on how you are holding the phone and this is a very unique capacity.

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It�s Time To Buy HTC Smart Contract Phone Deals


HTC has always taken the mobile phone world by surprise with its advance mobile phone manufacturing techniques but this time the Taiwanese mobile phone makers have astonished the world with a smartphone HTC Smart.

HTC Smart that is affordable to the average users and with Christmas calling Mobile Phones service providers are putting HTC at advantage with some interesting contract deals on the HTC Smart phones which is the new entrant in the UK mobile phone market. HTC is known for its innovative mobile phones which are always better than any other phones in the market and this time too with HTC Smart the company has choose to give other smartphone makers a run for their money as HTC Smart comes in affordable price.

It’s time for people of UK to smile and celebrate as Christmas is arriving soon and with HTC smart Contract Deals one can make the occasion more interesting and for the mobile phone users it has come as an opportunity to become an owner of the HTC Mobile Phones. It has always been thought buying HTC handset is a big task for the average users but with HTC Smart the company has brought smiles on the faces of the average and budget mobile phone users who have always liked to buy an HTC device.

You will not give a second thought before buying an HTC Smart contract phone deals as all the leading mobile phone service providers in UK like Vodafone, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, O2, Orange, T Mobile and Three Mobile are offering the HTC Smart contract deals with some awesome gifts and benefit offers which are tempting and irresistible. However, before you buy HTC Smart Contract Phone Deals, do check the online phone shops to know who is offering what that will make you assess the offer to make the most on the Christmas and saving some money to use elsewhere.

The UK Online Phone Shop offers compare HTC smart contract phone deals to give you an opportunity to delve in to save some more money out of the HTC Smart contract phone deals.

Samstag, 2. November 2013

Intercity: Is Your Business Using the Right Mobile Tariff?

The global economic recession has hit hard. Everyone, especially businesses, have felt the pinch.



As a result businesses are under more pressure than ever to ensure funds are being well spent, and that value for money is high on the agenda.



The demand for communications has increased to such a level that the use of smartphone technology (in the form of BlackBerry® smartphones and HTC handsets amongst many others) is now the norm.



Modern smartphones continue to incorporate more features and usability options, which is perfect for a business environment. However repercussions can occur such as a rise in operating costs due to higher data usage plus traditional calls and SMS. This has made it all the more important for businesses to shop around for their mobile service providers to ensure they get best value.



Many service providers will offer bespoke price plans solely aimed at businesses. For example it isn't uncommon to see tariff formats such as "business flat rate" or a "business bundle".



A "business flat rate" uses a simple flat rate system which involves paying for the minutes that you use, minimising line rental and upfront commitments.



On the other hand, a "business bundle" tariff system is more suitable for those businesses that use their handsets on a consistent basis. It's incredibly flexible and allows for the customer to take control over both the voice minutes and cost.



Business Connectivity and mobile service providers in most cases provide detailed information on calls and costs incurred; allowing for organisations to scrutinise whether the best value for money is actually being had.



Access to mobile email and internet can also be added to most tariff price plans, ensuring staff can access business email on their mobile device - even at the most hectic of times.



Not all businesses fit into a single criteria, therefore tariffs do not either. The size, location, staff commitments and industry sector of the business should be deciding factors when choosing a mobile tariff.



It is important when shopping around for a tariff to consider the amount of minutes that are going to be used on a monthly basis; or how much is the mobile Internet going to be utilised to access business emails.



Taking note of these things will ensure that a business doesn't end up with an excessive mobile tariff package (one designed for a large organisation making lots of calls, if utilised by a sole trader would ultimately see money carelessly wasted).



A good number of the service providers operating in the current market can provide a consultation approach to ensure all requirements are met and keep costs to an expected level.

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Chris Bourne - Intercity is a leading independent service provider in the Business Connectivity market. Intercity offer business broadband and Vehicle Tracking that is easy to use and simple to install.

Freitag, 1. November 2013

The HTC Wildfire Provides An Impressive Spec List


Whenever mobile phone giant HTC releases a new handset, it always creates a lot of hype. Their latest handset, the Wildfire is certainly no exception and for good reason. With all the bells and whistles you’d expect from modern smartphone, its features include touch screen navigation of the user interface, five mega pixel digital camera and Wi-Fi Internet access. The renowned Android operating system is utilised in v2.1 (Eclair).

For a smartphone of such of specifications, the HTC Wildfire remains relatively compact measuring just 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm and is also light weight at just 118 g. Its compact dimensions and light weight make it a pocket friendly phone which is also comfortable to hold and use on the move.

In order to connect to the Internet, the Wildfire relies on both 3G coverage and Wi-Fi connectivity. In areas covered by 3G, access to the Internet is provided courtesy of an HSDPA connection with speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes being available. A faster Internet connection can be achieved thanks to Wi-Fi Technology which detects the signals provided by wireless Internet routers and utilises these to provide a faster Internet connection. EDGE & GPRS are both utilised in class 10 versions in order to provide connectivity to cellular networks. In order to connect to other hardware devices, both Bluetooth and micro USB connections are provided.

As you may expect from the manufacturer, a long list of additional features and functions provides a high level of everyday versatility and appeals to range of users. For social networking fans, dedicated applications provide direct access to Facebook, Flickr and twitter, whilst a number of other popular websites are catered for with access to YouTube, Google and Picasa. The versatile internal media player supports many different formats of both music and video files whilst a number of pre-installed games and a stereo FM radio player are also provided to keep users entertained.

384 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM make up the internal memory of the HTC Wildfire. A micro SD slot is provided which can accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB. This provides ample storage for a large number of files and is capable of storing an entire digital music collection. The internal phonebook features the popular Photocall facility which allows a photo to be assigned to a particular contact in the phonebook.

The impressive five mega pixel digital camera provides a means of taking high quality still images thanks to a pixel resolution of 2592x 1944 pixels. To simplify the task of taking great photos, Autofocus and smile detection are provided along with an LED flash. The popular geo-tagging facility is also provided which automatically records the location at which a photo was taken thanks to GPS. An alternative method of image capture as video which the camera can shoot in a similarly high quality to that of still images.

The reputation of HTC alone seems to be enough for them to sell a large number of handsets these days, but it is easy to see why with examples such as the Wildfire which sums up the epitome of modern Smartphone.