Star Chart–A Definitive AR App for Windows Phone

I asked San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games Ltd, a few questions about Star Chart, a high tech star gazing companion that allows you to see what’s out there in all its augmented reality glory. Q. Tell me a bit about your background and Escapist Games. "Our vision was to make the heavens… something that…

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The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined in your app manifest. Specifically: For Silverlight apps you’ll need: ID_CAP_IDENTITY_USER ID_CAP_MEDIALIB…

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You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, 11 additional countries were added including the UK. What does this…

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Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published

“It was with a sense of trepidation that I blogged a request for people who might like to help create a Windows Phone eBook back in February 2011. Despite my initial scepticism, there was an overwhelming response; both from people interested in the idea and those keen to volunteer their time and knowledge to help…

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Plug for our Windows Phone Online Conference

Just a quick plug for our upcoming online conference (Wednesday 5th October) which is themed “Design from a User Perspective”. More details on the UK MSDN blog here.

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Mango Jump Start Training Recordings Available

The Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training with Rob Miles and Andy Wigley that took place on 23/24th August is now available to view on demand on Channel 9. This is  a great way to learn about Windows Phone development and upcoming enhancements in the Mango release. There are a total of 14 session recordings….

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Free GUI Isolated Storage Explorer Tool

Those fabulous (and generous) guys over at Appa Mundi have created a free GUI version of the isolated storage explorer tool that ships with the Windows SDK 7.1 RC. If you’re a command-line person you’ll feel right at home with the tool that ships in the SDK. If you prefer a more “graphical” experience, GUI…

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Ensure Your Apps are Published in All Markets

Unless there’s a good reason not to do so, you probably want to have your app available in as many Marketplace markets as possible. In particular, now we’ve added 19 new consumer markets, taking us from 16 to 35 markets where your application can appear, you’ll probably want to make sure your app appears in…

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Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training 23rd/24th August

Building on the success of the original Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training, the dynamic duo* will be in action again to deliver free Mango Jump Start training live on 23rd and 24th August – 2 full days of it! Day One — August 23, 2011 | 8am-4pm PDT | Live online training (4pm –…

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Publishing a Mango Update to an Existing App

Assuming you’ve published Windows Phone applications to the Marketplace, you’re probably wondering how things will work if / when you want to update those apps to Mango. There’s a good post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that details exactly what will happen: What happens when I publish a Windows Phone ‘Mango’ application update? Key…

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