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November, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    “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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    Developer Resources for Building Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure Apps

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    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...
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    Windows Azure Training Kit - November 2012

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    You can download the latest training kit here . The November 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 52 hands-on labs, 24 demos and 37 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include: Updated labs to use Windows Azure SDK (October...
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    How to Get Your iTunes Music to Windows Phone 8

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    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...
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    Resources for iOS Developers

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      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...
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    Can You Predict Weather Yourself? Yes, with this Cloud Service on Windows Azure

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    Open your browser, and navigate to the cloud service at http://weatherservice.cloudapp.net . All you have to do is start a new forecast, select a location (by moving the map), and press the SAVE button to create a 3-day forecast of your own. It takes...
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