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    “Windows 8 Apps for Social Good” Contest Starting Nov. 5, 2012

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      Do you have an idea to help people better track their energy usage? Do you want to help students learn math or science? Have an idea about how to track online donations? Show us how Windows 8 apps can help the world and you could win one of three...
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    SIM PIN and PIN Unlock Key (PUK) code on your Nokia Lumia 920

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    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...
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    My Favorite Apps and Features on Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T

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    I bought a Nokia Lumia 920 from a local AT&T store the day when it was first available in the U.S. and spent some time playing it this weekend. I really, really, really like the phone. I enjoyed many new apps and features of the “reimagined” device...
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    How to Set Up Visual Voicemail on Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T

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    Nokia Lumia 920 available through AT&T only comes with Visual Voicemail, a feature that allows you to view, play, and or delete voicemail messages on your device. In order to use the visual voicemail feature, you must create a voicemail password and...
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    Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) Camp Denver CO, Nov 17-18, 2012

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    It’s a two-day combination Codeathon and Tagathon event in Denver, CO.  At the camp, SLC is holding a contest for the two best open source apps that are written on the SLC data store that same weekend! There will be two applications selected for...
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    Creating Django (Python) Web Sites on Windows Azure

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    Windows Azure Websites (currently in Preview) provides support for Django web sites. You can find step by step instructions from the tutorial “ Creating Web Sites with Django ”. Note: You will need a Windows Azure subscription. If you don’t have one,...
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    Windows Azure SDK for .NET - October 2012

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      You can download and install it from here . It is recommended you use the automated one-click install provided by the Web Platform Installer x64 or x86 . Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio: VS 2010...
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    What Is ASP.NET Web API and How does it Work?

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    If you navigate to the ASP.NET site , you will find the following statement. ASP.NET Web API is a framework that makes it easy to build HTTP services that reach a broad range of clients, including browsers and mobile devices. ASP.NET Web API is an ideal...
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    Sign up for the Windows Azure HDInsight Service Preview (Hadoop)

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    Microsoft has recently released Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure, now called Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows and Windows Azure HDInsight Service . Today, customers can access the first community technology preview of...
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    Windows Azure Poster for Download

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    You can download and print the poster from the public download on www.windowsazure.com . The poster shows high-level diagrams for cloud services, virtual machines, web sites, mobile services, and media services. Very informative!  
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    TFS - Cloud-based Collaboration Platform for Software Development Teams

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    Team Foundation Service, a version of Team Foundation Server hosted on Windows Azure, “provides modern application lifecycle support for modern app development, including agile project planning and management tools, version control, build automation,...
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    VoterHub–Free Election App for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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      With general election only a few days away, this is a just-in-time app for your Windows Phone and Windows 8. With VoterHub, you can register to vote look up voting info for your state lookup key calendar dates for the election research the candidates...
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    New and Updated Windows Azure Services at a Glance

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    Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business, introduced several Windows Azure services (currently in Preview release) to thousands of developers during a keynote at Build 2012. Windows Azure Mobile Services Windows Azure Web Sites...
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    New Windows Store App for your Windows Phone 8 Device - My Windows Phone

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    My Windows Phone is the name of the Windows Store app. The app works for your Windows Phone 8 device and Windows 8 operating system; it does not support previous versions of Windows Phone. You can download and install the free app at Windows Store . Features...
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    Creating a Windows Phone 8 App Using Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    Windows Azure Mobile Services now supports Windows Phone 8 apps, in addition to Windows Store and iOS apps. Support for Android apps is coming soon. You can find step by step instructions on how to create a Windows Phone 8 app using the service from the...
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    Develop Applications to Integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory (AD)

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    Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD), currently in Preview release, is a cloud-based, RESTful identity provider service that provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. It enables you to easily...
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    Windows Azure SQL Database Partition and Federation Code Examples

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    By default, Windows Azure SQL Database supports up to 150 databases in each SQL Database server, including the master database. You can create up to 149 databases in each SQL Database server. An extension of this limit may be available for your SQL Database...
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    Reboot America Summit – November 8 & 9 in Washington, DC

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    You're invited to the Reboot America Summit Where the hottest startups are changing America November 8 and 9, Washington, DC. Register via Eventbrite Reboot America is a national movement to focus America’s leading corporations and emerging startups on...
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    Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services

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    This MSDN article authored by Mark Simms and Michael Thomassy provides thoughtful guidance based on real-world customer scenarios for building scalable applications on Windows Azure and SQL Database, leveraging the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach...
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    OData Client Tools for Windows Phone Apps

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    OData Client Tools for Windows Phone 8 brings OData V3 support to the Windows Phone platform. This release enables you to consume OData V3 services in your Windows Phone application. More specifically, this exciting release extends the Add Service Reference...
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    The Rights and Limits of the Windows Azure Co-Administrator Account

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    Windows Azure subscription,  Service Administrator and Co-Administrator A Windows Azure subscription grants you access to Windows Azure services and to the Windows Azure Management Portal. The terms of the Windows Azure account, which is acquired...
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    Windows Phone Toolkit Update For Windows Phone 8 and 7.x

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    Windows Phone Toolkit provides the developer community with new components, functionality, and an efficient way to help shape product development. WPToolkit releases include open source code, samples & docs, plus design-time support for the Windows...
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    Free Tool to Check if your Computer Supports SLAT

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    Update : You can download and check your device with another tool at https://slatstatuscheck.codeplex.com/   If Windows Phone 8 emulator doesn’t work on your computer, chances are that your computer doesn’t support SLAT, which is required by Windows...
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    Windows Phone 8 SDK is Available Now

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    The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.0 provides you with the tools that you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5. Click here to download it. Note: Windows Phone 8 Emulator requires: Windows 8 Pro edition...
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    .NET 4.5 now supported with Windows Azure Web Sites

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      ScottGu announced in his recent post that .NET 4.5 now supported with Windows Azure Web Sites. See detail here .   About .NET Framework 4.5 The .NET Framework 4.5 is a highly compatible, in-place update to the .NET Framework 4. By using the...
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