Day: August 28, 2017

  • August 28, 2017

    Android TV: Android Oreo Is Here

    So it finally happened this week. The final and consumer-ready version of Android O has now arrived and with a name. Android O is now officially Android Oreo. While this is exciting for the Android world, it is probably a little less exciting for those who are part of the Android TV community. First and foremost, Android TV device makers do not seem to be that great at pushing out updates. So when a particular user of a particular device, will actually get to use Android Oreo, is anyone’s guess. Although, if you do own the original Nexus Player, and in spite of this device being three years old now, you can be running Android Oreo right now. The update should roll out to all Nexus Players as an OTA in the coming days and weeks, while those who would prefer not to wait can push the update manually to their device by using this method. Those who are part of the developer preview program, should have already gotten the update. Android Headlines I am kind of surprised that AndroidTV has not caught on more and does not get the media attention like the Chromecast.
  • HTML5 is used to structure content. HTML is an XML-based language based on the principle of nested tags. Even when writing a single sentence, HTML is used. I will need to write lines of HTML to tell the browser to display text. As the HTML works on the principle of nested tags, I will frame text by two tags: The first to indicate the beginning and the second to indicate the end. In summary, it serves to indicate to the browser how to display the web page. The choice of tags is paramount and search engines use tags to classify and position web pages when querying. Imagine that I wanted to create a site with a single page. Each tag has a logical use in structuring the document. Although the rendering to the display is the same, for the browser’s interpretation of the page, and especially for the search engines, it is not at all the same. It is therefore very important to pay particular attention to the choice of tags. HTML is a language designed to represent web pages. It allows a programmer to write hypertext, structure and format pages, and include multimedia resources and forms. It also contains APIs for creating applications. It is one of the most widely used languages for the development of non-native applications. HTML is the basic language for creating a website. Even if a web page is relatively simple, a programmer will always need HTML. So, whether I am launching a small personal site or a very large project, I will have to use HTML. Learning HTML is one thing, mastering it is another. A programmer has decided to go into the creation of a mobile application, and is now facing a thorny problem: what to choose between a native application and a...
  • “Adobe Photoshop Elements 15—the one Store app I give a damn about–will not run; it simply crashes on the first-run experience,” I wrote. “I tweeted about this on Friday, tried every app and Windows troubleshooting technique you can imagine, including completely reinstalling Windows 10 S, and it just would not work. And then Adobe reached out to me and told me they were aware of this issue and were working to fix it. Something specific to Windows 10 S, apparently. (Oddly, I installed and used this back in June, so it must be tied to a more recent update on either end.)” Since then, I’ve checked back from time to time to see if the issue was resolved, but I always had the same problem: The app crashes on first run. I did note, however, that Microsoft at some point changed the Store description of the app to note it had issues. Thurrott Windows 10S has chance to really compete with Google Chromebooks but not if issues like this are already starting.
  • What’s the Best Wireless Microphone System? The key piece of equipment for any dynamic live performance is the wireless microphone system. If you’re a performer who needs the freedom to move, you don’t want to get tangled up in a microphone cable and have to worry about dragging a heavy stand around the stage. That’s where the wireless microphone system comes in. By going wireless, musicians, actors, and public speakers can give a more flexible and animated performance without being confined to a single area, while still having their voice projected loudly to the entire audience. If you are performing a play, for instance, wireless microphones are especially essential, as they can easily be hidden without sacrificing vocal quality. Many wireless microphone systems also can control their broadcasted frequency, so that interference from other electronic devices is minimized.  In fact, the best wireless microphone systems can equal or even surpass the audio quality generated by more ungainly wired systems. Benefits of Using a Wireless Microphone System The biggest advantage of any wireless microphone system is undoubtedly freedom of movement. What artist wants to be constantly thinking about tripping over a snaky microphone cable? Wireless microphone systems allow a performer the entire reign of the stage and must be the go-to solution for creating any dynamic performance. Wireless microphone systems also present a cleaner look on stage. Can you imagine watching a play in which the actor is constantly having to bat a microphone cable out of his face or to try to mask a dangling cord? Wireless microphones can easily be concealed in an actor’s clothing to give the illusion that the actor is projecting naturally to the audience. Other public speakers or musicians may also want the advantage of performing without the distraction of extra cords dangling from their bodies. When it comes...