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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    App Studio DVLUP Offer!

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    OFFER: Windows App Studio Beta has new features that will help make your apps more engaging, while helping you reach more users. Check out some of the new features: • From a single template, build apps for phones, tablets, and PCs running Windows • Incorporate...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 5 (Additional Features)

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    This Construct 2 Trivia App series was originally intended to be a 4 part series, but I have had a couple of questions on how to add a few additional features.  So, I figured I would just add a part 5 here to cover those features.  If you haven...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 4 (Final Features)

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    This is the fourth part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games.  In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 3 , now focusing on adding...
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    BAM- Best App a Month

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    Our April results are in. And the winners are ... drumroll sound ... SOUTH FLORIDA - Robert Hellestrae for Essential Trivia NORTH AND CENTRAL FLORIDA - William LaMartin for Manhattan Then and Now Just a reminder on how to enter the BAM! contest . ...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 3 (Game Logic)

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    This is the third part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games.  In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 2 , now focusing on adding...
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    Dreamspark for Students!

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    Student with a valid school email address in the USA? Here's a great contest for you. Download / install Visual Studio 2013 using your schools DreamSpark account and you will be entered for a shot at one of twenty XBOX ONE's. Dont' have DreamSpark...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 2 (Reading From File Cont.)

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    This is the second part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games.  In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 1 , focusing on and continuing...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 1(Layout and Reading From File)

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    This is the first part in a 3 part series on how to build a Trivia App using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games.  This tutorial will cover some of the basics of Construct 2, including editing layout and...
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    Every Dev Has A Story

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    https://build.windowsstore.com/rewards HOW DOES IT WORK? Between April 16 and June 1, developers can enter by joining App Builder Rewards and completing the "Every Dev Has a Story" quest with 50-200...
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    St. Brendan High School App Producers

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    I am a little behind on this post, but about two weeks ago I did a 3 day workshop with a local high school, St. Brendan High School.  In this 3 day workshop, we met in a fantastic Windows 8 “All In One” touch computer lab at Florida International...
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    Day Of Unity

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    What -   Day of Unity Game Development 2014 Orlando - May 10 - Saturday - Full Sail University - 139 University Park Drive, Building 3 B (FS3B), Winter Park, FL 32792 ( map ) Miami - May 17 - Saturday - Florida International University - 1055...
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    Sleepy Dragon Studios Latest Games

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    Check out the latest games from previous “Developer of the Week”", Sleepy Dragon Studios.  You can follow them on twitter at @SDS_Interactive or on Facebook . Bubble Rescue Description It is a bubble frenzy. Save the animals in the bubbles by...
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    CNG Studios Latest Games!

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    I just wanted to take a minute to highlight some of CNG Studios latest games.  You can follow them on twitter at @CNGSTUDIOS or on Facebook .  Check ‘em out! Fluffy Pirate Owls Description Avast! Pirate owls are scrambling to avoid the crazy...
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    Nagual Sounds at the Microsoft Office

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    This past Monday I was lucky enough to play host to Nagual Sounds, a startup company all the way from Berlin,Germany!  I got to see a live demo of their innovative technology that uses the Microsoft Kinect to allow the user to create music through...
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    2014 MDC Mobile Appathon

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    Attention all students!  Ever wanted to develop a mobile application and have no idea where to start?  Well, Miami Dade College and Microsoft are here to help!  I have been working with Miami Dade College over the past month or so on scheduling...
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    Developer of the Week: Sleepy Dragon Studios

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    This week’s developer of the week is…Sleep Dragon Studios.  This studio has just recently released their first 2 Windows 8 games, and are in the process of porting them over to Windows Phone.  I believe they might even have a few more in the...
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    Azure Mobile Services in Project Siena

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    In this post, I will show you to incorporate your Azure Mobile Service data into your Project Siena App.  If you don't know what Project Siena is, you can check one of my previous posts, Microsoft Project Siena , to get up to date.  Very quickly...
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    Microsoft Project Siena

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    I wanted to share a quick post on Microsoft’s Project Siena, which is a Windows 8 store app that allows users to create powerful and enterprise level apps without having to write code.  Project Siena allows you to pull in data from Excel sheets,...
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    Your First Azure Mobile Service

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    Alright, so I will be starting a series of blog posts covering different aspects of using Azure Mobile Services.  In the short term, I will be focusing on creating and leveraging Azure Mobile Service tables, and will branch out from there. ...
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    Special offer for Unity3D Devs Targeting Windows

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    Building Games for Windows Using Unity3d? We've got an incentive offer for you. Unity devs can receive complimentary store registrations, Windows 8 licenses, and phone and tablet devices to work with. There's also promotional packages and technical support...
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    Gamemaker Standard FREE!!

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    If you have read many of my blog posts, you probably know that I use Gamemaker Studio very frequently with work and even in my personal projects for making games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  With the free version, you get access to publish to...
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    Promotions Update

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    There are several different promotions going around in my area right now, and I want to make sure that everyone knows about them. First off, let’s start with the Microsoft sponsored stuff. Microsoft 1. Windows 8 app Challenge Build, publish, and promote...
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    Fast Approval Time for Windows Phone Developers

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    Just wanted to share with everyone that the amount of time it takes to get a Windows Phone app approved or not after submitting has significantly dropped. I have heard this from countless people, and last night decided to try it out myself. I used the...
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    Developer of the Week: Oneironaut Games

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    This week’s developer of the week is Oneironautgames, a game development start-up that makes creative multi-platform games.  I have been working with this group very frequently over the last couple of months, and I have been able to help them get...
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    South Florida Code Camp 2/22

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    Alright just want to let everyone know that South Florida Code Camp is coming up on February 22nd at Nova University..  What is code camp you might ask? What is Code Camp? Code Camp is a FREE one day GEEK FEST held on Saturday February 22, 2014 This...
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