Welcome to the world of fighting both zombies and inner demons in “Deadlight,” a survival-horror adventure. It’s available to Xbox Live Gold members, who have access to Games with Gold on Xbox 360 and get a new, free game every two weeks.
“Deadlight,” available for free until April 30, puts you in the rapidly moving shoes of Randall Wayne, who is desperate to get back to his family amid the horrors of a zombie apocalypse. In the game’s bleak-yet-lush atmosphere, built on a heavily customized Unreal Engine 3, Wayne faces not only the living dead, but his own inner demons.
General Assembly, a global group that provides practical education in business, technology and design, has unveiled the Opportunity Fund, a scholarship and support program. The pilot program is in New York City and will serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. As part of the program, Bing is underwriting eight scholarships for military veterans.
There’s nothing like sharing our photos and videos on the big screen – our home TVs – with family and friends from the comfort of our couches. Microsoft’s new All-in-One Media Keyboard lets you do that easily when you connect a laptop or tablet to a TV.
The All-in-One Media Keyboard has a multi-touch trackpad next to its full size keyset so you can not only type things but swipe, drag, drop, zoom and click, writes Brandon LeBlanc. There are also three buttons above the trackpad that you can customize for quick access to your favorite apps, including Xbox Music or Video, Netflix and Hulu.
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Brady Gaster (@bradygaster) is a Microsoft Azure Program Manager and the former host of Channel 9’s Web Camps TV, who focuses on building tools that make it easier for web developers to benefit from the cloud. His recent interests involve connecting devices like the Kinect, Netduino, and robotics platforms to Microsoft Azure, as well as finding creative ways to use SignalR, the groundbreaking open source persistent HTTP abstraction. Brady took a break from all things .NET, ASP.NET, Web API, SignalR, Kinect, microcontrollers, C#, and Java to chat with us on his work to ensure Microsoft’s cloud platform is open.
What’s your favorite technology innovation?
This is a great question, and the answer is part of the reason I’m at Microsoft.
SignalR, a library for ASP.NET developers, makes it incredibly simple to add real-time web functionality to your applications and is one of my favorite technologies created in the last five years. It has an interesting history, and I feel fortunate to have witnessed its creation and maturing.
Two guys at Microsoft were on separate teams, but both were excited about the possibility for real-time web functionality for applications. They started meeting in their free time discussing the potential and eventually created SignalR. In the beginning it was just a pet project, but over the course of a year, it became the most popular .NET project on GitHub. From its inception, SignalR was an open source project.
Finally. The season is beckoning us outdoors, into the sunshine, and we’re ready to go. Now it’s only light-jacket time, no heavy-duty parkas needed. But how to cut down on some other gear you might want to take? Of course you’ll have your Windows Phone device with you. And that means you can add some very useful apps to your mobile to help guide you as you go, and give you many of the tools you’ll want while you’re out and about.
You’ll find many apps in The Great Outdoors Collection in the Windows Phone Store. But here are eight to start with for Windows Phone and for Windows. These apps can help you safely blaze your own trails as you enjoy the weeks and months ahead:
The following post is from Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft. Once a month on The Fire Hose, Beauchere gives her point of view on topics related to the global consumer online safety, privacy and security landscape. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #MSFTCOSO.
If children have access to online technology, it’s never too late—or too early—to teach them sound habits and practices that will help keep them safer online. Such tips can help parents decide what issues are important for their families, starting with what I call “The Four Es” – Engage, Educate, Enforce and Evaluate.
Historically, in Western culture, when having “the talk,” adults agonized over explaining “the birds and bees.” Today, that critical dialogue—or monologue in many instances—has all but been supplanted by how to talk to kids about various aspects of digital freedom. With some simple guidance, this “e-talk” doesn’t have to be painful or awkward. So, whether it’s a mobile phone, a social media profile or texting privileges, how to use technology safely, responsibly and appropriately, together with family rules, help create the recipe for good digital citizenship.