Yesterday, I was talking with my staff during rebuilding a dev box. The hottest topic in that conversation is Chromecast. That is a small USB computer for JUST $35. It uses HDMI port to connect your TV and turn your TV into a smart TV. In a simple term, it can make your TV runs Chrome. It can read and load the content from internet into TV. The most feature is "Remote Cast" which is similar with AirPlay. You can drop the content from your iOS devices, Mac, Android Devices into Chromecast. Then you can continue to watch the content in your TV. But that is different from Airplay. The AirPlay can support Offline content, Chromecast has to online.
Well, this device is attractive and that is just $35! If I have not already Android USB TV stick. I will buy it. However, my Android USB TV stick already runs Chrome browser and it runs the app from Google Play, that sounds more powerful than Chromecast.
I have not heard about Android for a while. Today, I finally heard somethings about that. Android 4.3 will be available.
But there are some improvements only, without any very impressive new functions. The major updates are:
- A device can be login by different users and you can have a profile for each user to restrict their right too.
- Better 3D
- it has a new rendering engine for games
- Gesture Keyboard
- That is the most impressive I think. You can swift the multi keys to type. That looks similar with SwiftKey.
If you are Nexus 7 user, I think you should have it.
-Android - What's New
I am started to use Umbraco. But I found there is no form engine. I cannot create a contact form without coding. But I found there is a good contact form package, Cultiv Razor Contact Form. That is easy to use too.
You just need to this line into your template:
Recently, I went a microsoft meeting. There were a number of people tried Windows 8.1 Preview. According to what I heard, although it will be not very stable in some situations, they are happy about the improvements, such as better sky drive and windows store. The most interesting thing is everyone mentioned the "Star" is back!
We started to build ios app again. But I drop iAd banner on the panel and run the app. I got this error "Could not instantiate class named ADBannerView".
Well, that is a silly mistake. I just forgot going the project and add iAd.framework at Linked frameworks and libraries in the target, just like before: