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  • Blog Post: How Did I Fix My Nokia Lumia 920 Gear and Blank Screen Issue

    My Nokia Lumia 920 has been a great device since I purchased it last November. But it started to misbehave a bit lately. The Issues It first showed a static (non-spinning) gears screen as shown in the picture . I didn’t even know when and how it happened as I turned it off and left it in my backpack...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Developing Windows Store apps

    If you are relatively new to Windows Store app development, you may find useful the resources listed below. This set of resources touches many key areas that developers will need to work with while developing Windows Store apps.  Writing code for Windows Store apps (JavaScript) Creating a UI Defining...
  • Blog Post: Can you build Windows Store App and Make Money?

    The answer is YES and perhaps a lot by my standard. But that all depends on how you do it. My colleague Kevin Ashley tells his story of how to make $30,000 a month. Read his blog here . Please don’t ask me how you can make money because I don’t have an answer. The opportunity is there; it’s up to you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store App Helps Build Vocabulary

    This is one of the apps I’d like to build but I am super happy to see that my colleague Steve Seow has made it available at the Windows Store. I remember the days when I relied on dictionaries, books and fresh cards to learn new words while preparing for TOEFL, GRE and GMAT tests. This free tool makes...
  • Blog Post: A Game Startup Arkarium Makes Big Bets on Windows 8

    You may have seen or played one of the games Arkarium has released to Windows Store and other platforms. But the game startup has decided to double down its development effort on the Microsoft platform after receiving $5 million venture capital. Read the story at Venturebeat to find more detail about...
  • Blog Post: Develop and Publish Windows 8 / Windows Phone Apps Get Up to $2000 ($100 Per App)

    How It Works Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between March 8, 2013 through June 30, 2013 Submit up to 10 published apps per Store and get a $100 Virtual Visa for each one that qualifies Who Is Eligible? Below is a summary. READ THE FULL Terms &Conditions for all the...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up and Start Building Your Windows Store App

    Visit our revamped App Builder program (previously known as Generation App). Jumpstart your app development over the next 30 days with the tools, help, and expert guidance you need to make sure your app is ready for the Windows Store. Great resource at no cost to you.  
  • Blog Post: Top 10 List About Microsoft

    If you’ve been following up technology news, you probably have seen a lot of new things at Microsoft. So how would you describe Microsoft? I jogged down a few things to share with you. Please note that this is not an official list. 10. Microsoft opens Windows Store for developers to...
  • Blog Post: New Website Makes It Easier to Find College Info From Cost to Graduation Rate

    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 one or more apps on Windows 8. If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Coding is Fun and Writing Apps is Rewarding

    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, something to help people solve problems, or something...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Next App Star Contest and $60K Prize

    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 and make sure your apps are live by 11:59 p.m. PST...
  • Blog Post: A Prototyping Tool for Your Windows Store and Windows Phone Apps

    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 templates and therefore cannot offer my personal...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Virtual Office Hours

    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 virtual office hours via your computer browser...
  • Blog Post: BLINK–a Continuous Picture Taking App on Windows Phone 8

    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 the one you like most. It’s a vey handy camera app...
  • Blog Post: Can iOS and Android Developers Make Money on Microsoft Platform?

    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 how much money he makes but I’ll say that I am totally...
  • Blog Post: Finding Things Around You with Nokia City Lens for Windows Phone

    The app makes finding what’s around you rather easy. Nokia explains on its web site: City Lens uses your phone’s camera display to reveal the best shops, restaurants, and points of interest as virtual signs overlaid on the buildings right in front of you, so you instantly see what’s there. To see how...
  • Blog Post: Instructions on How to Install Windows 8 and Developer Tools on Mac

    You can install Windows 8 on your Mac with two options below. Run Windows 8 in a virtual environment using software like VMWare Fusion 5 or Parallels for your Mac Run Windows 8 on your Mac natively using Boot Camp Both are good options, and will allow you to build apps for Windows. It’s really just a...
  • Blog Post: Creating Apps for Education – Sign up for SLC’s Silicon Valley Camp and Codeathon

    The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is holding a contest for the two best open source apps that are written on the SLC data store this weekend!  There will be two applications selected for a prize of $2,000 each. Check out http://dev.slcedu.org/bounty/camp-bounties-checklist for more details...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows Applications Using the Blue Button Service for U.S. Veterans

    Available in October 2010, Blue Button is a federal program that allows Veterans to download their personal health information from their My HealtheVet account. According to the web site of the Department of Veterans Affairs , VA developed the Blue Button in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare...
  • Blog Post: Free Two-Day Windows App Development Training for iOS Developers

    Join other iOS developers around the world at the FREE Windows Store app development training live stream for iOS developers hosted by Channel 9 and streamed by the Verge on Dec 13 th and 14 th . Watch the Big Nerd Ranch and Microsoft discuss  the Windows platform, design differences between iOS...
  • Blog Post: Create Apps on All Your Mobile Devices with TouchDevelop

    The Microsoft Research team has created a programming environment called TouchDevelop that enables you to create apps (scripts) on your mobile devices. These apps or scripts can perform various tasks similar to regular apps. You can share your scripts with other people by publishing them to the TouchDevelop...
  • Blog Post: Resources for iOS Developers

      Getting started with Windows Store apps for iOS developers This getting started guide steps you through common development and design scenarios from an iOS programmer’s perspective. Learn how to map your knowledge of Objective-C, Cocoa Touch and XCode to Windows Store app development. API mapping...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Your iTunes Music to Windows Phone 8

    If you have a PC running Windows 8 or Windows 7 or a Mac, you can copy your iTunes music to your phone using the Windows Phone app . If you're using Windows Vista or Windows XP, you can move your music using Windows Explorer. Note: Whether you use the Windows Phone app or Windows Explorer, you'll only...
  • Blog Post: Developer Resources for Building Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure Apps

    Developers interested in building Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure apps can download and install any of the following tools to get started. · VISUAL STUDIO 2012 o Visual Studio Express Edition · WINDOWS 8 o 30-Days-To-Launch Your First Windows 8 App o Windows 8 SDK Download · WINDOWS PHONE...
  • Blog Post: SIM PIN and PIN Unlock Key (PUK) code on your Nokia Lumia 920

    A SIM PIN is a four to eight digit code that is used to prevent unauthorized use of a SIM card. The default PIN for an AT&T SIM card is 1111 . A PIN Unlock Key (PUK) code is required to unlock SIM cards that have become locked following three successive incorrect PIN entries. More info at AT&T...
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