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Windows Phone 8 vs iPhone 5, why I won't be buying the iPhone

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via neowin.net I'm sure you've read your fair share of "why I'm buying an iPhone 5" and "why I'm not" editorials this week, but I don't think that many of them have considered the actual human factor in the equation. It doesn't matter that Apple hasn't changed the world, it matters that they don't understand how personal the phone is yet. When Nokia made it's announcement about the Lumia 920 last week, I wasn't too impressed, but I've been doing a lot of thinking about Windows Phone 8, and it hit me all of a sudden
when I saw this video published by Microsoft back in June which illustrates my point perfectly. The thing is, Microsoft gets it. They're completely right. Live tiles actually do make the technology disappear. Windows Phone 7 may have been riddled with a slow launch and a considerable amount of missing features, but they truly understand how a phone relates to an actual person. It's something the user is going to spend a lot of time with, and Microsoft understands that it should try as hard as it can to intimately get to know the user. Windows Phone 8...(Read whole news on source site)

"Usually—almost always—there’s a much simpler solution waiting to be discovered,..."

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“Usually—almost always—there’s a much simpler solution waiting to be discovered, one that doesn’t involve all the architectural noise, convolutions of the straightforward, and misguided emphasis on hooks and options for all kinds of tangents which might be useful someday. Discovering that solution may not be easy, but it is time well spent.” - Minimalism in an Age of Tremendous Hardware - James Hague

Just what is the CSS 3D perspective property?

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Most of us have had a play with CSS3 3D transforms, stacked a few elements, rotated them, maybe even made a cube out of them. And somewhere along the way, you’ll probably have set the perspective property, tweaked it, wondered what it did, tweaked it some more, figured it looked ok and then forgot about [...]

Connecting Windows 8 applications with services: Part 3: Background transfers in Windows 8

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The focus of this series is giving you an overview of how Windows 8 applications can connect with the outside world. In the two previous parts, we’ve seen a number of service types that Windows 8 apps can connect with. Among others, we’ve seen how to communicate with WCF services, oData services, RSS endpoints and quite a few more. Further in this series, we are going to be exploring some more exotic types of services, including sockets. Before we go that way though, we are going to take a look at some practical uses
of (service) communication. In this part, we’re going to see how an application can download and upload files in the background using background transfers. Background transfers in Windows 8 Windows 8 breaks with the “multiple window paradigm”: instead, only one application can be the foreground application (unless we are...(Read whole news on source site)

In details - Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: CheckBox

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via WindowsPhoneGeek Tips&Tricks This is the 4th article from the "Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone" series of articles focused on how to customize the default Templates and Styles of different Windows Phone UI controls.  Here is what is included: Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: Intro Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: Button Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: HyperlinkButton Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: CheckBox Custom Styles and Templates in Windows
Phone: ListBox Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: TextBlock Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: TextBox Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: PasswordBox Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: ProgressBar Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: RadioButton Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: ScrollViewer Custom Styles and Templates in Windows Phone: Slider NOTE: This article assumes that you have installed Expression...(Read whole news on source site)

Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.

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  This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure Virtual Network in to which you will deploy the Active Directory Domain plus all the member servers (SQL and SharePoint) and you’ll also learn how to generalise your images and add them to your library of images to make future deployment simpler. It’s a very lab focussed camp.
For more details about what a camp is like – see this post. This camp follows the Windows Server 2012 launch event and the Windows Server 2012 IT Pro Camp so if you are attending one or the other, or even both, you might find it useful to extend your time by another day.   Links for registration/details to the various events are here:   25th September: Windows Server 2012 Technical Launch event 26th September: Windows Server 2012 IT Pro Camp 27th September: Windows...(Read whole news on source site)

SignPost: Monitoring and BizTalk

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Michael Stephenson has been busy writing a couple of really interesting articles about BizTalk: Monitoring Almost Anything with BizTalk 360 When you work in an integration environment it is common that you will find yourself in a situation where you integrate with some unusual applications or have some unusual dependencies. That is the nature of integration. When you work with BizTalk one of the common problems is that BizTalk often is the place where problems with applications you integrate with are highlighted and these external applications may have poor monitoring solutions.  Read More….
  Monitoring a Windows Azure Service Bus Relay endpoint with BizTalk 360 I'm currently working with a customer who is undergoing an initiative to expose some of their line of business applications to external partners and SAAS applications and as part of this we have been looking at using the Windows Azure Service Bus. For the first part of the project we were focused on some synchronous request response scenarios where an external application would use the Service Bus relay functionality to get data from some internal applications. Read More… And Try these...(Read whole news on source site)

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