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  • Windows Phone Design Session - Part 2

    I blogged about my Windows Phone Design Session with Aruturo Toledo a couple of weeks ago. I took his advice on board for Find A Costa and it was released to the market a couple of days ago. I implemented most of Arturo's suggestions, and I thought...
    Posted to Pete Vickers by Pete Vickers on 04-17-2014
  • Windows Phone Design Session

    I recently was lucky enough to win a design consultation courtesy of Nokia DVLUP The consultation was with Arturo Toledo, ex Senior UX designer from Microsoft, and how head of Toledo Design . I was really looking forward to the session, as I attended...
    Posted to Pete Vickers by Pete Vickers on 04-09-2014
  • Nokia Purity Pro Headphones.

    Normally we only write technical blogs here at APPA Mundi, but the arrival of a brand new pair of Nokia Purity Pro Headphones by Nokia persuaded me to change my mind. These headphones arrived courtesy of the Nokia DVLUP program , and I got them with my...
    Posted to Pete Vickers by Pete Vickers on 03-05-2014
  • App Crashes on Launch as Beta (Works Side-loaded)

    I came across this issue with a test app which had been working fine either when debugging or deploying the XAP file directly. Then I set up a beta and when installed the app just starts and immediately stops. Since it took me some time to try a few things...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 02-05-2014
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  • Charming Display

    The latest addition to the “Build Charming Apps for Windows Phone” libraries addresses a couple of properties required to support different screen sizes. I decided I wanted a simple way to retrieve the DPI and Scale factor (real not emulated) while working...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 02-03-2014
  • What does Commerce Expansion Adjustment mean to me?

    Windows Phone developers have received an email about the upcoming changes to make mobile operator billing available in more countries. In particular markets from March 2014 this means that there will be an additional deduction from your revenue for these...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 01-09-2014
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  • Nokia DT-601 Review

    As part of the New Year tidy up I decided to add a wireless charging pad to my desk so that I can easily top up devices without too many trailing wires. I saw the new second generation DT-601 and thought it looked perfect - smaller than the original pad...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 01-09-2014
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  • Tasks 1.81– Now with added programmability

    In the latest update to the Windows Phone Tasks app I’ve added in some API features for other apps to hook into. This is facilitated by Windows Phone 8’s support for custom Uri schemes – the app supports the tasks: scheme and allows you to do a couple...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 12-29-2013
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  • Linking to your other apps

    Using the Windows Phone SDK the only method to return a list of your other published apps (e.g. for your About page) is to use the MarketplaceSearchTask and specify your company name in the search criteria. The problem with this is that it doesn’t return...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 12-21-2013
  • Translating Windows Phone Features

    There are a number of steps when translating a Windows Phone app. Hopefully you are using the Microsoft Multilingual App Toolkit ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/bg127574 ) which supports the standard XLIFF format. Often you will start with...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 12-05-2013
  • Launching System Features From Windows Store Apps

    In Windows Phone we have a number of Launchers and Choosers for interacting with system features. For the most part the approach used in Windows Store is to use special URI schemes to achieve the same end result and launch platform features. I've...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 12-03-2013
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  • Pairing a Motorola RS507 Ring Scanner with a Windows Mobile device

    I recently worked on a site that acquired some new Motorola MC67's, and also some Motorola RS507 ring scanners. The scanners are Bluetooth attached, and were replacing existing Bluetooth scanners. The existing ones were paired using the excellent...
    Posted to Pete Vickers by Pete Vickers on 11-26-2013
  • Detect When Running on Windows Simulator

    The Windows Simulator is a deployment target for Visual Studio which allows you to run your Windows Store apps in a simulated device. This allows you to test touch interaction and different screen sizes and orientations on your development machine. The...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 11-11-2013
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  • Charming Storage for Windows Phone

    A tweet by @martinsuchan earlier reminded me of an issue I faced porting some code from Windows Phone to Windows Store. Moving from the Isolated Storage API to the new Windows.Storage namespace there was nothing built-in to determine if a file/folder...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 11-06-2013
  • Windows Phone: App Accent Color

    The last post showed how to get the current app's tile colour in Windows 8. What about Windows Phone? There isn't the concept of a tile colour - you provide a full image for your app icon and tiles and this can be whatever colour you choose or...
    Posted to Peter Foot by Peter Foot on 10-30-2013
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