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If you’re a Zune user, by now you’ve probably installed the Zune 4.2.x client software. There are a lot of cool new features in this release, including the Smart DJ feature, which I use fairly often. But there’s a lesser-known feature that I ran across that I thought I’d share, which is the ability to…

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Friday Potpourri: Azure, Bing Maps, Oomph, and more

I’ve been collecting some links to share with my readers for a bit, so without much ado, and in no particular order is some tech potpourri…enjoy! Azure Pricing comparison: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/popup.aspx?lang=en&locale=en-US&offer=COMPARE_PUBLIC Azure special offers: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/ UPS Locator, powered by Bing Maps: http://www.ups.com/dropoff?loc=en_US Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 Multitouch: http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet/archive/2010/01/04/bing-maps-3d-wpf-and-windows-7-multitouch.aspx ZuneHD profiles for Windows Live…

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Events this Week – October 14th, 2008

A day late, due to the Columbus Day holiday, but here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area (note in particular my upcoming appearance at BaltoMSDN this Wednesday, and the CMAP Code Camp on the 25th): Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:30 PM: October Pittsburgh .NET…

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Events This Week – October 6th, 2008

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:30 PM: CMAP Main Meeting: ASP.NET MVC – This session will introduce attendees to the new ASP.NET MVC framework while building a real-world application. "Separation of concerns" will be discussed as the Model,…

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Video: New Features Coming in Zune 3

I am definitely looking forward to this. Hope to see blue in the the larger sizes, too. I think it’s fair to say that the WiFi features are definitely coming into their own. More information here. Oh, and all of the new features will be available for ALL Zunes, including the original Zune 30. No…

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zune game development with xna game studio 3.0

The XNA Creators Club website has a nice step-by-step walkthrough of creating a game for your Zune, including a cool sample game with very nice graphics and play style: Are you ready to start programming games for your Zune? All you need is the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP and any model of the Zune…

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JD, Nic, and Brian Podcast - Episode 7

I was privileged to join JD Lewin, Nic Fillingham, and Brian Johnson for the latest episode of their podcast. Among the topics, Maker Faire, sensitive robots, the EEE PC, Zune 2.5 (including Zune games), and more: JD, Nic, and Brian Podcast – Episode 7 You can find links to stuff mentioned in the podcast on…

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XNA Team Blog : Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP)

Very cool…time for games on Zune! Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you the ability to build games for the entire family of Zune media devices.  This feature gives you access to the majority of the XNA framework APIs while retaining a seamless sense of…

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Zune 2.5 Available for Download

The Zune team has dropped the latest software and firmware, and you can download it from zune.net, or update from within the Zune client. Among the features of note: Gapless playback (yay for Pink Floyd fans everywhere!) Video Marketplace (get your Heroes fix on your Zune) Autoplaylist support Metadata Editing Windows Live Messenger integration There’s…

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Zauri Video

Gizmodo’s got pictures and video of Zauri, the Zune game prototype that was shown at the Game Developer Conference. Click the link at the bottom to check out the video: I got a chance to see first hand what the newly announced Zune gaming platform could look like. It’s important to keep in mind that…

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