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Andrea Haubner03/01/12
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Image Background, Orientation Changes and Control Visibility

Andrea Haubner explains how to set an image background, make sure that the proportions are right in both portrait and landscape mode, and ensure that the text stays readable with an image background while allowing users to edit values in her Windows Phone app...

Simone Chiaretta03/01/12
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Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle Unboxing

Simone Chiaretta recently purchased the Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle while in Bellvue for the Microsoft MVP Summit. He was kind enough to provide photos and details about his experience...

Juhani Lehtimaki03/01/12
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How to Ask Users to Rate Your App?

The way app stores arrange apps in their top listing is not well known outside the staff. It is a good thing too. Knowing the exact algorithms would allow dishonest manipulation of the system. Regardless, we all want our own apps to be up high in the listing for them to reach as many users as possible. We cannot affect the algorithm and we should not try to game the system. The best thing we can do is to try to get our user to rate our apps.

Chris Smith03/01/12
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What 256MB of Ram Means for Developers and Users

With the announcement that Microsoft has updated Windows Phone 7.5 and reduced the system requirements, making way for low-cost devices running on only 256MB, many developers are wondering what impact this will have on their apps. Chris discusses some of these impacts, and what it all means for developers and users...

Chris Smith02/29/12
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XNA Windows Phone Theme Library

If you've spent time developing games for Windows Phone using XNA, you've probably noticed it can be a bit of a pain to get the phone's theme color, particularly in comparison to how easy this task is with Silverlight. Tired of dealing with this problem, Daniel Brown set out to correct this problem by creating a simple and easy to use library.

John Esposito02/29/12
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 Beta Now Available

Today's the big beta day! Today Microsoft launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta. This article summarizes and links many launch resources, intended for both users and developers. I'll include more details on the Visual Studio 11 Beta launch in a later post.

Chris Smith02/29/12
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Developing Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Phone Gap

Colin Eberhardt gave a presentation yesterday at the Windows Phone User Group in London on using PhoneGap for developing mobile apps across multiple platforms. Presentation includes a Twitter Search Demo and a look at the first Phone Gap app: Property Finder...

Maarten Struys02/29/12
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EvenTiles from Start to Finish - Part 16

Maarten Struys continues his series on developing a Windows Phone app from start to finish. In this post, he explains how to add some functionality to the About Page created in the previous episode, including: Displaying the application's version in a TextBlock, Submitting a review, and Checking Marketplace for more applications from a given publisher...

Alex Curylo02/29/12
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Much Improved Apple PhotoScroller

Alex Curylo found a cool project that David Hoerl took the time to greatly enhance. Be sure to check out this upgraded version of Apple's PhotoScroller sample code for iOS...

Senthil Kumar02/29/12
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How to Retreive the TimeZone Programmatically in Windows Phone

Windows Phone users can set the time zone via the Settings -> Datetime Form in the Windows Phone. If you want to retreive this information (Timezone) , you can use the TimeZoneInfo.Local property that is defined in the System.Security NameSpace.

Chris Smith02/28/12
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Mobile App Development, PlayUp, Objective-C, and Windows Phone with Kevin O'Neill

Kevin O'Neill sits down with Channel 9 to discuss his work at PlayUp, his "love-affair" with Objective-C, and bringing PlayUp's mobile apps to Windows Phone 7...

Chris Smith02/28/12
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Jesse Liberty Leaves Microsoft for Telerik

Jesse Liberty announced on his blog yesterday that he is leaving Microsoft, after almost five years, to become a XAML Evangelist at Telerik.

Chris Smith02/28/12
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Skype App Beta Arrives for Windows Phone

Skype has finally arrived for Windows Phone (in Beta format). Skype for Windows Phone Beta supports the most important Skype features you've come to know and love. And you will be especially thrilled by the clean and simple Skype experience that the Metro user interface delivers on your Windows Phone...

Chris Smith02/28/12
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Learn XAML and Windows Phone Development Right On Your Phone by Writing and Trying Our Samples!

Social Ebola has developed a new app for the "geekier" users out there that allows you to use XAML and Javascript to try out Windws Phone 7.5 development right on your phone or through a browser...

Daniel Egan02/27/12
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T3P #1 Setting up for iPhone Dev

Daniel Egan starts off this series on building apps natively on each mobile Platform (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone) by detailing the setup and configuration of his MacBook Air that he will use for iOS development...