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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida
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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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    Publish Windows 8 Package to the Store

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    Alright, in my last blog post , I showed you how to get your Windows 8 store package from your Gamemaker game.  Now, I will show you how to take that package and publish it to the Windows 8 Store.  To get started, go ahead and go to the Windows...
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    Get Windows 8 App Package in Gamemaker

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    So, I have done a couple of different blog posts on working with Gamemaker, but I have yet to do a post about how to actually take your game, create a Windows 8 package, and then submit to the Windows 8 store.  Therefore, I will begin that process...
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    Market Your App with WMPowerUser

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    Have you ever published an app for Windows Phone or Windows 8 that you were proud of, but didn’t see the downloads that you were expecting or hoping for? Well,then you are going to want to check out WMPoweruser.   This website calls itself “The Largest...
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    New Year, New Games

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    So, the year is almost over, and I was thinking, what better way to spend the last couple of days of 2013 than with some new Windows 8 games to play?  Hard to go wrong with that.  Anyways, I found four games that were all published in December...
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    Developer of the Week: CNG Studios

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    Alright, I’ve definitely missed the last several developers of the week, but I am here to make it up to you.  I am here to introduce everyone to CNG Studios, an incredible group of people that are putting out games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone...
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    First Windows 8 App

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    Alright, so last week I posted about how to write your Your First Windows Phone App .  I figured I would follow that up by doing the same username generator app for windows 8.1 to give people a starting point for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone...
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    Your First Windows Phone App

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    I recently have been able to spend some time really digging in to making some Windows Phone Apps, and I know there are people out there looking to get started.  So, following the motto, “As I learn, you learn”, I want to try to share all of the stuff...
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    Windows Developer Success Kit

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    So you’ve worked long and hard to publish your game or app… Congrats! Now what? Get your app noticed with your personalized Windows Developer Success Kit. With customized promo materials specifically for your app, plus a little fun thrown...
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    South Florida Windows 8 Developers

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    I wanted to take a minute to give a huge THANK YOU to Colt Taylor, Frank Haggar, Bill Reiss, and Robert Hellestrae, the organizers of the “South Florida Windows 8 Developer” meetup group.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been working very...
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