Getting started with Windows Azure – part 2

Welcome to the second blog post from the series that intends to provide you a step-by-step guide on how to connect with an SQL database hosted in Azure using Azure Cloud Service. In an earlier blog post we saw on how to create and manage our database. Now it is time to get hands on…


Android Support in Windows Azure Mobile Services

Official Android SDK for Windows Azure Mobile Services is recently released.  Android developers now have easy access to structured data storage, authentication, push notifications using Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and more in the form of a native Java SDK.  This SDK joins the Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, and iOS SDKs that was already released.  When the…


Installing and Using Advertising SDK for Windows 8 in your Solution

INSTALLING WINDOWS 8 ADVERTISING SDK Run the .msi file for the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows 8 to see a screen similar to the following. Click Next to bring up the licensing agreement. Click here to download the SDK.   Scroll through to read the agreement, and click Next if you accept the terms.   If the User Access Control screen…

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Windows Phone 8 : Identify Battery Status

A very simple and much required API addition in Windows Phone 8 which allows you to retrieve Battery related information. Here’s what this API expose, – Identify remaining battery percentage – Discharge time – An event that triggers when battery percentage drops by 1%  Battery class is contained within namespace Windows.Phone.Devices.Power Here’s how you can identify remaining…


Part 2 – Getting started with Microsoft Kinect

Hi Folks, In the first Part, I discussed about the fundamentals of Kinect hardware as well as technical details of the camera & microphone array. Today in this part of my “Programming with Kinect” series I am going to guide you about how to setup the development environment for Kinect and writing code to get…

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Windows Phone 7.8 SDK is just announced

Here’s a good news for Windows Phone developers. Windows Phone 7.8 SDK is just announced and is an optional update. Yes, that’s right. The SDK mainly adds two new Windows Phone 7.8 emulator images to existing SDK installation with variation of RAM (256/512). The update complies both with Windows Phone SDK 7.1 as well as…