What’s New with Azure Mobile Services for Spring 2014

Azure Mobile Services is a turnkey backend for your mobile and web apps. You get 10 for free. Yes, free. It allows you to easily add database support, authentication, and push notifications to your iOS, Android, Windows, and web apps. This spring, the team released a bunch of new features: Backend services can now be…

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Tips for winning hackathons

I’ve organized more hackathons than I can count. Here’s a list of tips for contestants: Read and understand the hackathon’s official rules before the event. Ask questions if needed. Understand the judging criteria. Devote attention to all judging criteria, not just one criterion in particular. Don’t have AV problems. At the beginning of the event,…

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How to project from a computer to a TV

Want to wirelessly project from a computer to a TV?  How about from a Windows Phone or Android device?  What you want is a Miracast receiver such as the Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro: It’s smaller than you might think, and plugs into your TV with an HDMI cable. You then project to it from compatible devices…

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