Updated | Watching the Windows Phone 8 Event

So finally after months waiting, we will finally know what new features the new Windows Phone 8. You can watch the live event here. Next are these new features:

New Live Tiles

  • You can now resize the live tiles small, medium and large, making more space for tiles

New Lock screen powered by Live Apps

  • For example Facebook is allowed to update your lock screen where you can be greeted by the latest photo updates

Skype App

  • Runs always in background and uses really few resources so the battery isn’t drained
  • Terrific video chat

46 out of the top 50 apps will be available on Windows Phone like

  • Temple Run
  • Urbanspoon
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Pandora will include a whole year with no ads

Data Sense

  • Every web page is compressed before sent to the user.
  • It finds wifi hotspots, prefers wifi against 3G  and helps you manage your data usage.
  • With data sense on, you can browse 45% more web pages.

Kids’ Corner

  • You can choose which games you allow your kids to play
  • Swipe left from the lock screen to get to the kids corner
  • And you can stay quite.. while your children are playing safe games
  • Kids can custom tile sizes, change app positions

 Jessica Alba is on the stage 🙂

  • She had an iPhone and switched to Windows Phone.. go Jessica 🙂
  • She has an app of her company on Windows Phone
Rooms in People Hub
  • It gathers a set of people to share the same info together
  • By default there is the Family Room
  • Send private messages and share a location
  • Has a calendar
  • Share notes
  • Good for todo lists between different people
  • It can connect with other platforms, not all of the Rooms experience, but part of it
Photos and Xbox Music
  • Using SkyDrive you can sync all your photos with all your devices
  • Xbox Music syncs all your purchased songs automatically without needing to use cables

 

Now we’ll wait for the devices to come out and try 🙂 My favourite? The Nokia Lumia 920, pictured above. What’s yours?

jQuery Tricks Quickie – Select Images by using Alt tags

In jQuery you have multiple selectors to either select single objects or a whole bunch. I needed to select an image by its alt tag, and guess what, there is also a selector for alt tags. You need to do the following:

$(‘img[alt=”My Alt Image”]’)

I needed this so that I could change the class and set the selected image as active, by searching the alt tag as below:

$(‘img[alt=”My Alt Image”]’).addClass(‘.active’);

Something else that might be useful is to revert the active image, to a normal image. Instead of using the alt tag this time you can use the ‘active’ class selector as below:

$(‘.active’).removeClass(‘active’);

Hope this was of help. Buon selectoring 😉

Making the Perfect Tea

In Malta it’s Sunday afternoon, and in other places it’s still in morning. So what better time than having a nice cup of tea!

I admit it. I love tea! And drinking tea relaxes me. So I’m always in search to make a cup of tea better, sometimes adding more milk, or leaving the tea bag for a couple more minutes. But finally, someone did the research for me. Scientists, from the University of Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences, have discovered how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Apparently they spent 180 hours of testing and a panel of volunteers consumed 285 cups of tea in the laboratory to come up with an equation for the perfect cuppa, and have come out with the following recipe:

  1. Add 200ml of freshly boiled water to your tea bag (in a mug).
  2. Allow the tea bag to brew for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag.
  4. Add 10ml of milk.
  5. Wait 6 minutes before consumption for the cuppa to reach its optimum temperature of 60 degrees centigrade

But beware, if you leave it until after 17 minutes and 30 seconds, then the tea will be past its best. My opinion.. don’t take too long to drink it 🙂 Nice tea time to everyone!