Got Phantom Menus? RefreshScreen is here to help

The fact that my (full updated)  video card will occasionally blue screen my screen after playing Flash videos aside, my next biggest video card related gripe is floating phantom menus: You know the ones – those ones that stick around, in front of everything, after you click on a random menu item. They only seem to go…

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Windows Phone Power Tools 1.1

Grab them here I received a fair amount of feedback about the first version of the Power Tools mainly focused around the UI (people like modern today) and around “bug #1“, which prevented files from uploading to the correct path in IsolatedStorage. I’ve just pushed a major UI rehaul to something somewhat more Metro-ish, loosely…

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Windows Phone Power Tools

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s also often the mother of Open Source tools which are not really reinventing the wheel, but perhaps make our lives just that little bit easier (or more functional). A common pain point, especially as more and more developers move their apps to Mango is testing update…

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Windows Phone App Lookup Tool

Ever ended up with an application’s GUID but not with the app’s name? Probably not, but just in case you do ever need to reverse lookup a Windows Phone’s app name from its GUID, you can grab App Lookup. It’s also Open Source (i.e. not official Microsoft), so feel free to grab it, fork it and send…

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Getting Started with Node.js and Mango

It’s been a while since I’ve found time to blog – but it’s not like I’ve left you in cold hands. Rohan has been doing a great job posting on the Silverlight for Windows Phone Performance blog (check it out if you haven’t yet). On a completely non-performance related topic (we’ll get to those in…

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Marketplace Updates Galore! More Free Apps, No need for Support in your app

Woo! All registered Marketplace should have gotten their regular newsletter which this time comes packed with goodies: Free app submissions ramped from 5 to 100! The assumption here is that this is submissions and not actual apps (so if you fail an initial submission you lose a token), but updates are still unlimited. You’ll no…

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Marketplace FAQ: What do the different app statuses mean?

Now that we’re out of the woods with the unlimited free app updates policy being clarified, it’s time to go back to our Marketplace roots and clear up some misconceptions around the different statuses that your app can have as it passes through certification.   “Submission In Progress” – this is an app that you’ve…

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WP7 Marketplace Tip: Submitted a support request and never heard back?

If you submitted a request via AppHub, to either the “Device Unlock” or “Account Management” categories and never heard back then your request has most likely gotten stuck somewhere. So What Do I Do? The problem has been found and will be fixed by Friday – so resubmit your request any time after Friday and…

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WP Marketplace FAQ: What happens to my apps if I don’t renew my subscription

The Question I’ve signed up for the Windows Phone marketplace and submitted my apps. They’re selling well – but I’m not actually planning on doing any more development, so I don’t think I need to renew my subscription. What happens if I don’t pay the Marketplace renewal fee at the end of the year? The…

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WP7 Marketplace FAQ: Do my free app submissions reset every year?

Summary Yes. Seriously? Yup, you get 5 free submission credits a year, so every year you could potentially submit another 5 free applications to the marketplace (not to mention the unlimited free updates to existing free applications). Can I see how many submission credits I have left? Not at this point, though I hope to…

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