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April, 2014

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    Looking for some Unity?

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    Good news - there might be a " Day of Unity " coming to a city near you! Unity and Microsoft are running free day-long events aimed at helping you write Unity games on Windows devices. Did I mention it's free? Just register and then turn up with...
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    Hiding the Status Bar in Windows Phone 8.1 apps. Or Not.

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    I've been working on a Universal app that runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, and I have to admit it's going remarkably smoothly. I could get used to writing apps this way! One place I was temporarily stuck (until the kind folks who write the...
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    A downright cheap Windows Phone which isn't actually "cheap"

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    If you are in the US, you might want to run to your nearest Microsoft Store (or go to MicrosoftStore.com) where you can currently buy a contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for $59, including a free case. This phone is on a pay-as-you-go deal, and you might...
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    Using Bing queries in your Windows Store app

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    I was working on a Windows Store app (as I usually am between 9am to 5pm) and I wanted to make use of a web service (Bing, of course) to provide me with an image given some keywords. You don't need to know why, just believe me. I'm not making this up...
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    MonoGame 3.2

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    Delighted to see that MonoGame 3.2 is now available - this release contains a big set of improvements. Congrats to the MonoGame guys on shipping! Click here to visit the official MonoGame site and download it for Visual Studio.
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