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  • Thu

    For those aged devs trying to rock with WP7

    I’ve discovered some developers of a certain aged, further defined by being drivers of Volvo cars, have experienced some difficulty getting the ‘tunes’ they would like to ‘get down’ too on Windows Phone 7 and Zune marketplace. So I wanted to offer some help. First step is to ensure your Windows Phone 7 is set to the correct region. That’s ‘English (United Kingdom)’ for here in the UK. This ensures that the marketplace presents prices in the correct currency – that’s GBP. If you get USD $$ then clearly...
  • Thu

    UK’s first Windows Phone 7 purchase

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/36365/windows-phone-7-first-buyer
  • Wed

    First Windows Phone 7 device sold in New Zealand!

  • Thu

    VB.Net comes to Windows Phone 7

    Yep – it is CTP at the mo, but will be coming. Ready the details here . At the moment it hooks into the VS 2010 Pro (or better) versions – it doesn’t use the Express bits just yet.
  • Thu

    WP7 memory monitoring tip

    WP7 support guru Reed Robison shared this little gem, I thought I’d pass it on… You can monitor memory pretty easily during debug… You can setup a timer in your app.xaml like this : System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherTimer timer = new System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherTimer(); timer.Interval = TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(1000d); timer.Tick += new EventHandler(timer_Tick); timer.Start(); Which can dump constant memory info using a handler like this : void timer_Tick( object sender, EventArgs e) { ...
  • Wed

    Capturing WP7 Emulator screens for Marketplace

    Gosh we are nearly there! Windows Phone 7 marketplace will soon be open for application submissions. So I thought I should give you a top tip about capturing the screen shots you need for your marketplace application submission. Basically, with Windows 7’s ‘Windows Snipping Tool’ you can select Windows Snip from the ‘New’ combo button and then hover the mouse over the emulator client window. Because the emulator client rendering window is a separate hWnd, so you get just the bit you need for the...
  • Thu

    Windows Phone Developer Tools - RELEASED

    Windows Phone Developer Tools are released! Install from here. You just need a Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine to start building apps and cash in on the next wave of mobile technology! Read about the details and a recent ScottGu/CharlieK event here . Additionally, the Silverlight team have dropped a good bag over on CodePlex – More controls for your Windows Phone 7 SL projects including Date Picker, Time Picker, Wrap Panel and more :-) Get building those apps – be amongst the first to deliver...
  • Wed

    Windows Phone 7 RTM

    Windows Phone 7 has been RTM today (1st Sept 2010). Tally-ho!
  • Wed

    Midlands XAP-A-THON tonight!

    I am attending the XBLIG user groups first meeting with my Windows Phone 7 dev lab tonight in Coventry. If you have a Windows Phone 7 app or game then do come along – bring your projects XAP file on a memory stick so we can deployed it to a Windows Phone 7 Prototype so you can see how it runs. All event details are here: XBLIG UG Oh and by the way: using the traditional ‘clapometer’ method we’ll judge the apps presented on the night. The winner will receive an XBox 360 :-) <Note. XBox 360 will...
  • Wed

    WP7 dev lab in a box..

    Well, a rugged flight case! This case contains 12 Windows Phone 7 prototypes and all the stuff needed to make them useful. I set this case up this morning for the dev labs we have running. Current available dev lab slots are: September 1 st ,6 th ,13 th ,16 th ,21 st ,22 nd ,24 th ,28 th ,29 th October 6 th , 7 th Book your slot in the XAP-A-THON today by contacting me via this site or via @paulfo You just need to bring your WP7 application using the Public Preview tools build (or better!) and we...
  • Tue

    New XNA Creators Club Windows Phone Content

    New content to help you build XNA games for Windows Phone 7 has been published on the Creators Club website . Lots of great samples so go check it out!! [All items can also be found in the Education Roadmap ] 2D + Touch Game Lab – “Catapult Wars” [ Get it Here ] This lab is a full 2D gesture-based catapult battle game. Launch rocks to crush your opponent, but beware the changing wind! Two learning modules help you build the gameplay from scratch, then polish with animation, sounds, and menu screens...
  • Tue

    XAP-A-THON!

    Since before Mix10 I have been busy working with brilliant software developers all over the UK building fantastic games and apps for the new Windows Phone 7. Using Silverlight or XNA with Visual Studio 2010 and Blend 4 productivity is amazing and the quality of applications will set new standards of expectation in mobile apps. With these projects powering towards completion I can now extend the invitation to device testing labs to more developers in the UK. If you are a software developer building...
  • Tue

    Windows Phone 7 game nominated for BAFTA Award

    I am very excited to report that Henry and team won Dare to be Digital over the last weekend and have had their Windows Phone 7 game nominated for a BAFTA :-) Well done guys! If you are a software developer building Windows Phone 7 applications/games in the UK then please get in touch. I am running a series of ‘XAP-athons’ in London where you can bring your code and test it on Windows Phone 7 developer devices. I have 12 dates currently booked in London, and will happily set up additional dates around...
  • Fri

    Rob Tiffany on Encrypt your Windows Phone 7 Data

    Stumbled upon Rob’s blog post on encrypting data on Windows Phone 7 . It is a nice walk-through with code sample. Take a look!
  • Tue

    iPad owners are the ‘selfish elite’

    Just saw this story on Mark Prigg’s technology blog on the London Evening Standard site. Apparently Tim Koelekebeck, of MyType, which carried out the survey of 20,000 Americans, said iPad owners were six times more likely to be "wealthy, well-educated, power-hungry, overachieving, sophisticated, unkind and non-altruistic 30 to 50-year-olds". "As a mainstream, closed platform device whose major claim to fame is ease of use and sex appeal, the iPad is everything they are not," he...