Microsoft Student Hackathon 2015 in Oslo

On the 18th to the 19th of September, Microsoft Norway and myself are inviting students to attend a hackathon event at Microsoft’s headquarters at Lysaker Torg 45. It’s a tradition and I’ve participated a couple of times during my period at The Norwegian School of Information Technology now knows as Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology (Westerdals ACT). It is quite the honor to be on the other side of the table this time and my good friend Anders Gill (Technical Evangelist) and I will kick things off with a thirty minute presentation each where we’ll be talking about Windows 10, Universal Windows Platform, Azure and the new Windows Bridge for Android and iOS.

For those into gaming there will be competitions in FIFA and Halo as well, so come on down on the 18th of September and join us in creating awesome new ideas, apps and websites!

Make sure to visit the post over at Channel9 where we have made a little promotional video or just watch it here and remember to sign up at this page.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Video: Remove noise using Adobe Audition

When I’ve recorded using my Blue Yeti microphone connected through USB to my desktop computer I notice that my recordings pick up a lot of static noise as well as the fan noise from my computer. Using Adobe Audition I’ve had great success at removing most of those noises from my clips using the Noise Reduction effect. This quick tutorials will show you the basics on how you can utilize the effect to remove unwanted noise. It is a powerful tool so there’s a lot of things to cover, so be sure to come back for more in-depth tutorials on this subject.

 

Video: Just another Friday night

Lately I’ve been gearing up and bought myself some equipment to help me do podcasts, videos and streams, and I recently purchased a Canon Powershot G7 X camera for that purpose. So far it seems to perform really well and is exactly what I was looking for: a small camera that can I bring with me everywhere that produces great video and image quality. I also bought a lighting studio set consisting of two daylight lamps on a rack. I might have to do an equipment video later on.

In addition to the camera and the lighting; a small clip-on mic, popfilter and a boom arm plus shockmount for my Blue Yeti was also purchased for audio sessions.

To test out some of this equipment I created this short video: “Just another Friday night”: While others go out partying (hard) on a friday night, others, well.. see for yourselves.

Try Android apps on your Windows Phone today

At Microsofts yearly developer conference, Build this April; they announced two interesting projects or bridges as they call them: Project Astoria and Project Islandwood. These bridges are intended for getting apps created for other platforms, namely Android and iOS to run on Windows 10.

Project Astoria contains a whole Android sub-system and will in its first rendition only be available on Windows 10 Mobile; which means phones and phablets only. Sorry desktop users.

In the latest builds of Windows 10 Mobile released through the Insider Preview Program the Android sub-system has been reportedly been a part of that package. Many pictures of developers and enthusiasts analyzing files and namespace have circulated on Twitter, and earlier today tools and documentation leaked for Project Astoria; making it so that some of us with supported phones can sideload Android apps onto our device.

Project Astoria currently works on a small set of phones, but it has been theorized that the next build of W10M will open up for a lot more devices. The current list of supported phones:

  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Nokia Lumia 925
  • Nokia Lumia 929 / Verizon Icon
  • Nokia Lumia 830
  • Nokia Lumia 930
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia 635 (1GB RAM variant)
  • Nokia Lumia 730
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Nokia Lumia 435
  • Nokia Lumia 928

Unfortunately the new Lumia 640 and 640 XL aren’t supported which happens to be phones I have access to here while travelling so I have no way of testing, verifiyng or uploading a video to show of the features. I will make a video in a few days when I’m back home so be sure to check back for more detailed information.

In case you have a supported phone and want to test it out, you can head on to Neowin and check out their installation process, but beware, it can end up badly (well, hard reset badly) for the phone.

Tool: Switch between Dark or Light theme on Windows 10

If you’ve been following news regarding Windows 10 lately there’s a good chance you have probably picked up that it’s possible to switch Windows 10 over to a Dark theme. It requires fiddling with the registry and there are some guides out there on how to do it, but why go through any trouble? I discovered today that my good friend and brother had released a simple tool that you can use to switch between Dark and Light themes.

Windows-10-dark-theme-tool

Interested? Then head over to “Windows 10 Dark Theme Enable / Disable Tool” on Tommynation.com for the download.