Advertising is not a Dirty Word (Part 2)

Busier & Busier Check out Part1 where we came up with some ideas on increasing your requests and impressions.  We also define all the acronyms I’ll be using throughout this blog.  Without increasing impressions, increasing your payment rate (eCPM) is not going to make much difference so you really should read part 1 (shameless plug). …


Kinect With Me Part 1 - Setting Up Your Machine

This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev environment,…


Don't Launch Your Universal Windows Store App Before Reading This

Your Universal Windows Store App is ready to go to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 markets and I am assuming you have read the 5 most important resources before building your app. Well, don’t launch just yet! There’s a few things that you need to make your app an even greater success on the…

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Day 1 of //build/ In a Nutshell

I have the pleasure of being here in San Francisco to experience //build first hand, and it has been amazing so far. A lot was talked about yesterday, so I put together this recap to give you day 1 in a nutshell. Notable announcements of day 1 Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN,…


Get Your Game On (with Unity, Windows 8, and Windows Phone)

Unity is a free game engine – software you can use to make your own games (and interactive apps). Unity has been chosen by over 2 million developers because it provides all the core functionality needed, right out of the box, to develop great games (and interactive apps). The following are sessions recorded live during…


Security Risks and Recommendations for Mobile Apps

For the purposes of the below, let’s set the context that mobile apps include both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Windows 8 introduced several security features, which are being rolled out gradually. Secure Boot, Early Launch Antimalware, as well as the new AppContainer technology added the security controls and features needed to enable developers…


Data Everywhere, All the Time

For people visiting Data.gov for a little while there, this is what met them. From a developer perspective, this meant the data housed there, the same data many of those developers had built apps around, was inaccessible. Unless they took some action to ensure their continued access that meant their app had no data or…


Know Your 8.1 (Windows 8.1 that is)

With Windows 8.1 now generally available and starting to come down to Windows 8 machines worldwide, now would be a good time to flip open Visual Studio 2013 (also now available), crack open your apps, and take a look at what you can do to update your apps to Windows 8.1. In a previous post,…


Using Windows 8 WinRT APIs in .NET Desktop Applications

WinRT is a set of modern, object-oriented APIs introduced in Windows 8. WinRT is built on top of Win32 and COM and is designed to provide interoperability for the various languages using metadata. In addition to the previously available Windows and .NET APIs, now exposed in a cleaner, streamlined way, WinRT provides an access to…