Sunday, September 20, 2009

Imagine Cup, Get connected

What is The Imagine Cup?
It is an International Competition organized by Microsoft that let everyone - software programmers, hardware developers, artists and dreamers - to imagine a better world, then make it happen. The Imagine Cup brings together more than 200,000 students from over 100 countries around the world where they compete to help find the answers. And no matter who comes up with the best solutions - everybody wins!

Each year the Finals are held in a different city of the world. Past Worldwide Finals include Cairo, Egypt (2009);Paris, France (2008); Seoul, South Korea (2007); Delhi, India (2006); Yokohama, Japan (2005); Sao Paulo, Brazil (2004); and Barcelona, Spain (2003).
The next Imagine Cup2010 will be held in Poland.
The world can't wait! Register now!

Competition Categories for the next Imagine Cup Poland 2010:

Software Design
Software Design
This is the only Imagine Cup competition that is run locally each year in countries/regions all around the globe. The mission is simple: create real world software and service applications that use Microsoft tools and technology. Think big! The competition requires students to use their creativity and drive to make it to the Worldwide Finals stage. This is where legends are born and lives are changed - where an application starts as an idea and ends up creating change all over the world.
Visit the Software Design competition page to learn more!

Game Development
Game Design
Build a full game experience from scratch! Create a game that uses Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 3.0, Visual Studio and/or Silverlight. Calling all students who've always enjoyed playing games ... this is your chance to create your very own game and at the same time change the global community. The Game Design competition is a great opportunity for learning and advancement towards an important step in a budding career either as a game developer or as an entrepreneur in the game business. The world cannot wait to play YOUR game!
Visit the Game Design competition page to learn more!

Short Film
Digital Media
The popularity of homemade videos created via editing pictures, text, music, voice, and video footage has exploded with the easy-to-use processes available to post them on websites around the world. The Digital Media competition challenges students around the world to use their creativity to create web videos by combining user-generated content in order to address the Imagine Cup theme. Submissions will use the internet to communicate, explain, and touch on issues in our global society. Your team will need to convey its message in a brief period of time while also being visually and audibly stimulating.
Visit the Digital Media competition page to learn more!

Coming Soon - Award Opportunities!
Including Embedded, IT Challenge and more...

No matter which team comes up with the best solutions � the world wins.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Apple's new transparent screens!

Apple has developed a new generation of screens that is really transparent!.
It is based on chrome technology which use to propagate the free electrons over the screen using a sort of wireless signals.
If you are trying to do this using another more simple but static way, simply take a picture for the place behind your computer using your Digital camera, make it as a background picture and don't ever move your computer :).

PHP how to start?

What is PHP?

PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page.PHP is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development, to produce dynamic web pages. It can be embedded into HTML and generally runs on a web server, which needs to be configured to process PHP code and create web page content from it. It can be deployed on most web servers and on almost every operating system and platform free of charge. PHP is installed on over 20 million websites (e.g. ) and 1 million web servers.


Originally designed to create dynamic web pages, PHP now focuses mainly on server-side scripting, and it is similar to other server-side scripting languages that provide dynamic content from a web server to a client, such as Microsoft's Active Server Pages, Sun Microsystems' JavaServer Pages, and mod_perl. PHP has also attracted the development of many frameworks that provide building blocks and a design structure to promote rapid application development (RAD). Some of these include CakePHP, Symfony, CodeIgniter, and Zend Framework, offering features similar to other web application frameworks.

How to write PHP code?(Syntax)

PHP only parses code within its delimiters. Anything outside its delimiters is sent directly to the output and is not processed by PHP. The most common delimiters are to close PHP sections. delimiters are also available, as are the shortened forms as well as ASP-style short forms . While short delimiters are used, they make script files less portable as their purpose can be disabled in the PHP configuration, and so they are discouraged. The purpose of all these delimiters is to separate PHP code from non-PHP code, including HTML.
Finally how to start?

The best way to start is to download the XAMPP php control panel. XAMPP automatically installs and controls the php needed services like the Apache server and the Mysql RDBMS(Relational Data Base Management Systems) these features are recommended to create a web application using the PHP language. download XAMPP

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A look at what’s Silverlight

What is Microsoft Silverlight?
Silverlight is a lightweight plugin that allows you to watch video content in your browser in much the same way as Adobe Flash does on sites like YouTube. It works with most major browsers including Firefox, Safari and Chrome and plays WMV, WMA and MP3 content. Although there is no prompt to restart the browser after installation, I recommend you do so as the first Silverlight content I accessed after installation simply crashed Firefox.

What is new in the last Version of Silverlight V3.0?
Silverlight 3.0 has recently been released as an attempt to bridge the ever increasing chasm although it’s developers rather than end-users who will notice the most new innovations.

Silverlight 3 finally supports AAC audio decoding as well as hardware-accelerated H.264 video decoding which were big omissions in the previous release. Microsoft have also finally decided to open up the “native multimedia pipeline” so that other formats can be supported if the codecs are installed. Microsoft Silverlight 3.0 still maintains the ability to stream high resolution video and supports HD quality videos.

Does Silver-light has some opponents?
Although Microsoft’s Silverlight was originally conceived as a competitor to Adobe Flash, it now finds itself competing with Abobe’s web 2.0 platform, Adobe Air. The harsh truth is however, only 2 years on from its original release and Silverlight has already fallen woefully behind Adobe Air. In typical Microsoft style, the software giant surely missed the boat by aiming at a competitor for Adobe Flash when the web world was already looking towards interactive Web 2.0 platforms such as Adobe Air. It says a lot that the New York Times recently dumped Silverlight for Adobe Air to re-launch their Times Reader application.

Finally, How to start?
If you want to create content for Silverlight, you’ll need Expression Studio and Visual Studio.
Animators are also now far better supported with “Perspective 3D” which enables transformation of 2D elements to 3D.

Microsoft XBOX 360

The Xbox 360 is the second video game console produced by Microsoft, and the successor to the Xbox. The Xbox 360 competes with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.

A prominent feature of the Xbox 360 is its integrated Xbox Live service that allows players to compete online and download content such as arcade games, game demos, trailers, TV shows, and movies. Major features of the console include its Windows Media Center multimedia capabilities, mandatory support of high definition in all games, movie rentals and game downloads from its online marketplace and the ability to watch HD DVD movies with an add-on drive.

XBOX History
The Xbox 360 was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged later that month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The console sold out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan,and, as of August 27, 2009, 31 million units have been sold worldwide, according to GameSpot's interview with Greenberg. The Xbox 360 is currently available in two configurations—the "Arcade" and the "Elite"—and each has its own selection of accessories. A former model, the "Pro," was discontinued on August 28, 2009 but units will continue to be sold until the supply is exhausted.

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