Event Session – Building Universal Windows Apps for Smartphones and Tablets with XAML & C#

The “Blue Wave” is in full swing. Thanks to the new Universal Windows app templates in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, it is now easier than ever to build mobile apps for both Windows Store and Windows Phone. Developers are curious about the new features and I’ve been touring around speaking at events to spread…


Event Session – Beyond Cortana & Siri: Using Speech Recognition & Speech Synthesis for the Next Generation of Mobile Apps

Speech is probably the topic I’m most passionate about when it comes to app development (ok, I have a soft spot for GIS too). From HAL900 in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Joshua in WarGames, to Star Trek computers, Siri and Cortana, having conversations with a semi-sentient computer using natural language and speech is probably…


Internet of Things Expo Power Panel with Microsoft, IBM, Kaazing, LogMeIn & Aria

I recently had the pleasure of joining a team of experts on the Things Expo Power Panel about the Internet of Things (IoT). The panel was recorded on Monday June 9, right before the Internet of Things Expo – which is part of SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo – which was held June 10-12 2014 at the…


Dads: Teach Electronics to your Kids

My Three Dads Yesterday was Fathers Day. I feel very lucky because I didn’t grow up with one father, I grew up with three fathers. My father, my stepfather and my godfather. All three had a presence and an important role in my life. I am eternally grateful to them. My dad was a career…

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Live from New York, it’s the Internet of Things!

I’ve been spending the last couple of days at SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo in New York City – which also includes the Internet of Things Expo (amongst others). It’s been fun so far to connect with attendees at the Microsoft booth and discuss all the goodness that is in Microsoft Azure, and I’ll be back there…


App Spotlight: MakerBot Thingiverse

3D printers fascinate me. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I do not own one (yet) though. There are several reasons for that: I have to convince my wife to let me buy one. No further comments. I’d have to cough-up a few G’s because I’d buy a really good one, like a tried-and-true…


(re)Introducing Windows Platform Developer Magazine

Almost a year ago, I decided to test the waters on a new feature of my (then) favorite iPad app: Flipboard. Flipboard is still one of my favorite apps on the iPad, and I also use it on Android and Windows 8. Flipboard was basically my favorite way to read all the articles gathered under…