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Chapter 15: Media

C H A P T E R  15

Media

In today’s information age, content is everything. Think of the multitude of web sites you have visited, and reflect on those that offered high-quality content vs. those whose content you did not trust. In terms of media files, consider YouTube, which provides access to everything from wacky personal videos to substantive educational videos to the masses via the Net. Now smartphones also have the ability to play high-quality movies, music, and more, anywhere at any time. What was once possible only on a powerful desktop computer can now be done with the smartphone that you carry around with you, regardless of whether you are near a cell tower or have access to a Wi-Fi connection.

Windows Phone devices come equipped with powerful media features for developers and designers to use to create compelling applications that can play back music, audio, and video in a host of formats. A good example of such functionality can be found at the NBC Olympics web site, where the Olympic Games were streamed live and then archived, and can now be viewed again in high definition (see www.nbcolympics.com/video/index.html).


  

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