Untether Talks in Toronto: A conversation on the future of mobile

This week (June 26 and 27) in Toronto, the Untether Talks conference will take place.  If you’re interested in mobile and what some of the best experts in the mobile space think will happen over the next few years as mobile computing grabs greater traction, you’ll want to join the talks by registering here. In…

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Mobile screen != PC screen. Raise your hand if you knew that.

Ok, I admit it.  The headline was a bit of link bait given how obvious it is.  That being said, it’s surprising how often the mistake is made by app developers to add more features and screen activity than is necessary.  This is especially true of developers porting a PC app to the mobile form…

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“Open” for business: using OData in Windows Phone apps

Everyone who has used a modern smartphone knows that with very few exceptions, apps that have the most value to its users are those that are connected to services.  Standalone apps just don’t cut it anymore.  With that being said, finding data sources through web-based services can be difficult and even when you find them,…

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Unlocking the motivation of your mobile app user

When you look at successful mobile apps and games, there are a few common traits that you will notice in them.  They all achieve a certain set of goals that may be subtle or completely obvious (or both!). If you harness the power of motivation for your app user, you have created an experience for…

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2012: The year of the Windows Phone app and how we’ll help get you there

Happy New Year! With 2012 upon us and a fresh outlook on what a new year can bring, you might have a few ideas up your sleeve for apps/games that you’ve always wanted to build. Windows Phone should definitely be one of the platforms you target for your upcoming masterpieces; given the momentum the app…

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Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of great…

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Mobile Devs: Why Windows Phone Matters to You

Everyone knows how competitive the mobile space is.  There are a wide range of platforms available for you as a developer to adopt and build your mobile app masterpiece, each with their pros and cons.  So Microsoft introduces a new mobile platform (Windows Phone 7 and now the upcoming Mango update) which basically is a…

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Q&A with Matt Kiazyk on “Own This World” for Windows Phone 7

Matt Kiazyk (@mattkiazyk) hails from small town Manitoba and is a partner in Big Nerds in Disguise (BNID), an independent application development shop based out of Calgary, Alberta. Graduating in 2003 from Brandon University, he now works for an accounting firm in Brandon, Manitoba. He recently teamed up with the Big Nerds to make Own…


Two New Books for Windows Phone 7 Developers

Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Charles Petzold literally wrote the book on Windows development, and he’s now doing it for Windows Phone 7. Programming Windows Phone 7 is published by Microsoft Press and covers Windows Phone 7 development from many angles: building apps with Silverlight, making games with XNA and making your programs even…

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Got a Windows Phone 7 App? Let Joey Know!

Are you a Canadian developer working on a Windows Phone 7 app that’s done or nearly done? We want to help you get a head start on everyone else. Contact me – Joey deVilla – by Monday, October 18th (and sooner is better) and let’s see what we can do to make your app one…

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