Last Friday, I joined Accenture’s seminar about Windows 8 application development. The speaker was not really that good but of course I did learn some things.

Windows 8 is really something new. I have not tried it first hand since I do not like using beta softwares, I was satisfied just by watching the demo.

Now, as far as developing Windows 8 Metro styled apps, the speaker said to be consistent. He has a point and I totally agree with him.

Then again, I thought to myself, in order to grasp the consistency of developing Metro styled apps, I have to use Windows 8 itself so that I could understand how the new operating system works.

The speaker also demoed a short sample on how to create a Windows 8 app. Simple and the template for tiles is already there by default. That made me laugh a bit because I tried to make an app that mimicked the Windows 7 phone tile user interface, using someone else’s sample code.

Windows 8 is interesting and has great potential. I really am interested to learn about this and convert my Android apps to Windows format. However, my PC in the company sucks because it is slow so learning Windows 8 will have to take a raincheck for now.

Still, despite the not so good speaker, it was a good topic and I learned some new things.

From tech savvy India, another first: talking newspapers. The Times of India and The Hindu, two of the largest circulated papers in the world, released a special advertisement in their daily papers Tuesday, launching Volkswagen’s new sedan, the Vento.

While this new technology is actually good, it left unsuspecting people startled and suspicious when they opened the paper to the back page and a light-sensitive, voice activated chip began reading out why you buy their new automobile. The talking advertisement was pasted on the final page of the paper’s special 10-page section. The talking newspaper became the talk of India.

Unsuspecting readers bolted upright when the advertisement voice activation began. In many parts of the country there were unintended consequences from startled readers. The police in Delhi received numerous calls, particularly from elderly Indians, who were frightened and suspicious of the talking newspaper.

In Mumbai, the bomb squad was called out when passersby became suspicious of noises coming from discarded newspapers in trash bins. Some readers thought they were hearing the voice of a ghost. Lolz. Now, I cannot blame them. Even I may have the same reaction as them for someone who has never heard of a talking newspaper before. Heck, I am countries who have never heard about a talking newspaper would surely be startled the same way the people in India did.

While it is true with chat conversations that people sometimes misinterpret messages that are all uppercase as people getting angry, imagine the horror that this person experienced because he accidentally turned on the caps lock on his keyboard and he is getting worried that his friends are getting mat at him because they thought he was shouting at them.

Hilarious though. I mean, who in the world does not know how to turn off the caps lock key? Maybe those who do not use computers? Maybe. But if one knows how to turn on the caps lock, one should be able to turn it off as well. After all, the light turns on whenever caps lock mode is on, right? Or maybe this conversation was meant as a joke hmmm? And the best answer by Charlie Baker was hilarious too.

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