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February, 2013

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    New Website Makes It Easier to Find College Info From Cost to Graduation Rate

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    The new website College Scorecard released by the Department of Education makes it easier to search colleges and find info on costs, graduation rates and so son. Check it out below. While the web app works well in browser, I certainly would like to see...
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    A Prototyping Tool for Your Windows Store and Windows Phone Apps

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    I came across a website that provides PowerPoint templates for prototyping your Windows Store and / or Windows Phone apps. These templates are NOT free, but they may be helpful in getting your prototypes done quickly. (Note: I haven’t tried any of the...
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    Windows Phone Next App Star Contest and $60K Prize

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    Contest open only to students, hobbyists, or developers in the field of software technology 18+. Submission period ends 3/5/13 and public voting period ends 4/8/13. For details, see Official Rules . All you have to do is register via our email opt-in...
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    Coding is Fun and Writing Apps is Rewarding

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    The video at code.org may be for students but the message is good for all of us. Coding is fun and you can start with something small and grow your skill over time if you like to continue the passion. Writing apps is rewarding. Create something you like...
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    Windows 8 Virtual Office Hours

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    I will be hosting weekly office hours to discuss Windows 8 app development and answer questions from Windows 8 developers. While discussing technologies, I will focus on apps that are built for government, healthcare and education. You can stop by during...
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    BLINK–a Continuous Picture Taking App on Windows Phone 8

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    Microsoft Research has recently released a great Windows Phone 8 app named “ BLINK ” that takes continuous pictures. Unlike Nokia’s Smart Shoot , Blink takes more than a dozen pictures with one touch, and you can then play back the pictures and choose...
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    Microsoft Windows Azure Demonstrates High Performance Over Competition

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    Network World reports that Windows Azure demonstrates high performance based on Nasuni’s tests. Below is an excerpt. More detail here . Nasuni conducted the tests on five of the largest CSPs: Azure, AWS, HP, Rackspace and Google Cloud. A write/read/delete...
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    Can iOS and Android Developers Make Money on Microsoft Platform?

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    My colleague Kevin Ashley has shared with us his first-hand app dev experience and his success with a few Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. His message was very clear to us: be there, be the first, be a change enabler for the industry. I will not say...
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    Resources for iOS Developers to Create Windows Apps

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    Set up dev environment on your Mac. You can create a virtualization solution for cross-platform development on OSX . Check out my previous post on how to install Windows 8 and developer tools on Mac. Learn how to build Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 apps...
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