Read heart rate from BLE device using Xamarin on Android

in this sample I use the library found in xamarin-bluetooth-le to read heart rate and battery level from a Polar H7. I have used this sample to test the integration of BLE Heart Rate Characteristics reading for Caledos Runner for android. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it:-) All…


Demo Xamarin PebbleSport integration app

If you are looking for a Xamarin Android sample that show how to manage the Pebble Sport app from a Xamarin Project, I have just released on github a sample for you!:-)   Because I haven’t found out there any sample that shows to use Pebble SDK from Xamarin, I decided to write this…


How to remove Android partition from a Teclast x98 PRO “dual boot” - K9C6

The Teclast X98 Pro (a good review here) is the third iteration of the popular Teclast X98 series of tablets. This latest 2015 version features an updated chipset with Intel’s latest Atom SoC the 14nm Cherry Trail and double the Ram of it’s predecessors. The X98 Pro currently comes with Windows 10 and no dual…


Analyze User Behavior in Your Windows/Windows Phone App with Google Analytics

  My article on MSDN Magazine is out! “App development is by definition an iterative process, so you’ll want to understand, in the shortest possible time, how your app is used and how a new version or feature may impact user behavior. How much is a feature really used? What is the user behavior on…


NicolTIP#031: Toggle Internet Explorer proxy via powershell

The following powershell script toggles the Internet Explorer proxy status between the following values: Automatically detect settings Explicit Proxy Server as shown in the following screenshots:   remember that after executing the script, Internet Explorer must be restarted. this script is a widely based on the work of the following guys (thank you!): Aymeric Mouillé…


NicolTIP#030: How to disable Direct Access via Powershell

in order to disable Direct Access on Windows 8.1, you can run the following powershell script (as administrator) remove-itemproperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\DNSClient" -name DnsPolicyConfig Net stop iphlpsvc /y Net start iphlpsvc ipconfig /flushdns Write-Host "" Write-Host "Press any key to continue …" $x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")


Comparing Canon EOS 7D and Lumia 920

I like to take photos and I love my reflex. When I bought my new mobile phone and I choosed a Lumia 920, my idea wasn’t to use it as replacement for my reflex. I hate to take picture and share them "as is", or via "Istagram like" apps that make all pictures "similarly cool",…


A logging solution for Windows Phone 8 / Windows 8 app developers

I have developed various applications, on both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, and many times, I needed to analyze a log related to a strange behavior of one of my apps for a specific user. Often, it was not a crash but I needed to understand what the user did in order to…


The cool-est thing of the day:-)

To realize that Windows Phone 8 emulators are just virtual machines running in Hyper-V is definitely the coolest thing I could see this morning I am geek, I know