Windows 8 - make awesome apps

Steve Ballmer announced at CES 2012 that there are 500 million users of Windows 7 and that we’re licensing about seven new copies a second. He also confirmed that every Windows 7 PC will be ready for Windows 8 on day one and that the developer preview version of Windows 8 has been downloaded more…

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The Mixing Room–Te Papa

Last week when I was down in Wellington for the ONYAs (Congratulations Keith!) I visited Te Papa to see The Mixing Room exhibition telling the stories of young refugees in New Zealand running from the 10th April 2010-2013. For me this is the rewarding part of being a technology evangelist. This story started two years…

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Silverlight 3 + Expression 3 Launch

I previously blogged about the release of Silverlight 3. Today I want to expand on this and talk about the Release To Manufacturing of Expression Studio 3 and DeepZoom Composer. Having used these products and technologies for a little while now I racked my brain to figure out the best way to communicate the capabilities…

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Click Suite, Auckland Museum + the ‘Hybridiser’

Click Suite has a long history of awesome interactive new media projects. Their front end weapon of choice has almost exclusively been Flash. Zef Fugaz has always been one for pushing the user experience to the edge and delivered a great session at the Microsoft Expression for Art’s Sake event on User Centred Design with…

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TBWA, adidas, the ALL BLACKS and Photosynth

TBWA have teamed up with adidas to launch the 2009 All Black jersey with a  new campaign. This is how it works: 1) Buy the 2009 All Black jersey to go into the draw to photograph the All Blacks during the national anthem at one of the home test matches. 2) The photos are then…

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NZsynth – How It Was Done

Previously I wrote and demoed the NZsynth application that was built for the WEB09 keynote. This post is detailing how it was made and introducing version two (Zoom all the way in using mouse wheel then double-click for popup image).   WATCH THE VIDEO that goes end-to-end on the development of the application (mainly building…

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Artist in Residence Melbourne Dec 1-5

Michael Kordahi and Shane Morris are holding an Artist in Resident (AiR) in Melbourne from Dec 1-5. Michael wrote: For those unfamiliar: AiR is a program whereby a developer and designer pair get together and build something in Silverlight from scratch. It goes for 5 days where you start with some training (day 1), conceive…

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Technical Briefing Wrap and HOLIDAY!

First of all what does it look like to talk to nearly 2000 people? Well here is a picture I found on flickr of 900 people… yup I’m in there #9 top row. Think double this and we will be just about there! It was all of you that made this event so successfull, THANKS!…

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TVNZ Ondemand Launches

During my presentation yesterday (watch it) I talked about the concept of media convergence… “Media Convergence is not the reduction of devices but the expansion of channels to content combinations.” I used TVNZ as an example to demonstrate these changing times. This morning I received an email from John Ferguson (Production Manager of Interactive) at TVNZ…

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Emerging Web Technologies

I presented today alongside David Bolocker amongst others on Service Oriented Architecture, Web 2.0 and Mashups. I even came up with my own quote… “Software Convergence, is not the reduction of solutions but the expansion of presentation & information to user combinations.” Check out my presentation at http://gobeyond.net.nz/brightstar and tell me what you think. Michael Sampson live blogged…

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