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New WP & W8 Apps from the West

AppsAs a Developer Evangelist from Microsoft I help developers develop apps for Windows Phone or Windows 8. I cover the Western United States. Because of that, I wanted to do a post to showcase some of the apps that are coming out of the west. Of course, because Silicon Valley is part of the West Coast, I am sure you will recognize a few of these apps, but they are not all from big brand names.

Help me support the developers working hard on the west coast to build apps. Download the apps (All are free or have a trial) and then review them too… As a developer myself, I love to get ratings and feedback for my games and apps (I included my game on here too :) )

 

Hotel Tonight – Windows 8 - Get a great deal on a hotel TODAY.  I love this app, I am always last minute so it not only helps me get a room last minute but find really cool hotels to stay at. http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/hotel-tonight/2DAEDD08-2405-47F9-8069-4FEEC7BCCD8D

Scribed – Windows 8http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/scribd-read-unlimited-books/b6b0df3c-febf-4b02-b548-7acb4c91b1b1 - If you like to read, try Scribed to read thousands of books for $8.99 a month, I am checking it out using the free trial.

Interactive Touch Books for Kids – Windows 8http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/interactive-touch-books-for-kids/26145e23-b981-4795-a383-66277caa3086 - My daughter loves this, she is in the drag drop stage and wants to play this again and again.

Madagascar Math Ops – Windows 8  http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/madagascar-math-ops/66724460-7712-4241-be7e-eb172db21c66 - I might be starting my daughter a bit early on this but she loves the Madagascar characters.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

Dave In the Cave – Windows Phonehttp://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/dave-in-the-cave/e26cc5fa-f96d-4dfb-9ac6-d57b9cecac89 - (Shameless Self Promotion) Help Dave Escape the Caves, 20 levels of fun.  The first 10 may be easy but then it starts to ramp up and really makes you think about your next move.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  It is the first game I created.

Baby Connect (Active Logger)http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/baby-connect/bd32d247-f3db-4b17-bfdb-7cb5b40639b6 -  If you have a baby you are always keeping track of things, pee, poo, food, sleep, repeat.. This is a great way to not only keep track, but to share with others that help to take care of your little one.

That’s it for now.  Download, rate, and let me know what you think too..  Im proud to show off apps coming out of the west.. keep them coming.

Daniel

 



Using Spine for GameMaker Sprites

This post is a work in progress to figure out workflow….

 

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Wrapup Intel Ultrabook

This is the third and final post on the Ultrabook that I received from Intel to evaluate.

Whenever you receive a new piece of hardware, whether it is from work, you buy it yourself, or you are able to get one for evaluation, there is always a honeymoon phase.  You know what I am talking about, its that feeling you get when you take it out of the box, it has all the plastic protecting every surface, you open it with delicate fingers not wanting to smudge it or smear it or even breathe on it wrong.  The phase can last a few weeks or a few months, but ultimately, it starts to end up being thrown into your backpack just like every other gadget you own. It is in the “The honeymoon is over” stage that you can really evaluate your hardware.  Does it have an annoying bug that just drives you crazy? Did the sheen wear off the outside? Does it weigh down your backpack like a ton of bricks?

I have to say that while the Intel Ultra book has a few things that I wish would work better, it actually has become my main machine. In so much as I have started to not take my back-up machine with me when I travel.

First, the things I wish I could fix. Number one, being a presenter, I am always, well… presenting, so not having a VGA output can be a pain,  most rooms, stages, offices are only equipped with VGA so I had to make a couple of purchases.  I bought two different items, a Mini HDMI to VGA M/F Adapter, and just to make sure I could always connect, I also purchased a USB to VGA converter witch helped me to present wherever I go.

Second, the mouse pad is just WAY too sensitive. Although I don’t hold this against the machine at all most laptops I have have this problem, if I even look in the direction of the mouse pad, it seems to sense the touch and move the mouse which does not help when you are coding in front of a crowd.

Lastly, the cord for this thing is a absolute brick. I think it weighs more that the ultrabook itself.  It takes up a bit of room in the bag too since the cord attached to it is the big think non bending kind too.

But that being said, there is much more to like about this Intel Ultrabook then not.  The sleek design that I like when I took it out of the box is still turning heads when I bring it out in public. I am always asked where it can be purchased.  It is still rugged enough to handle my lugging it through airports and conferences.  It is also my only machine that has the SLAT compatibility I need to do my Windows Phone Development, which has been a life saver. In addition, the touch screen and other sensors have been a great help with my windows 8 development as well.

So All in All, after using it for a good 5 months now, I will continue to be using this as my main machine for quite a while, and since I have 6 other laptops sitting around my office right now, that says a ton about how much I like this device.



Generation App – The ultimate expericens

Sign up for  Generation App – The Ultimate Experience

http://aka.ms/ultimatemswest

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HOW DOES IT WORK?
Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between
December 20, 2012 through February 28, 2013 to qualify for the following rewards:
· A Store registration reimbursement* AND a FREE copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360!
· A chance to win one of 12 Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The more apps you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win.
· The Grand Prize: Three devs with the best apps will win an ultimate backstage pass to Microsoft Studios and spend the day with the Windows 8 Games Studios team—makers of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and XBOX-enabled games!
· Additional Benefit for GameSalad Customers: 5 Apps Will be Chosen by Microsoft and GameSalad to be highlighted on ‘Hot Apps, Cool Dev’ site.
We can help you launch your app. Either create a new app that you have been building or contemplating for some time, or simply convert an existing app that you built for IOS and/or Android platforms.

Store Registration Reimbursement Terms: Current Windows Store and Windows Phone Store subscribers, members of DreamSpark, BizSpark, or MSDN are not eligible. Reimbursement will be awarded in the form of a Gift Card ($49 for Windows Store or $99 for Windows Phone Store). Limit one (1) reimbursement per Store per person. For full details, eligibility, and entry deadlines, see Official Rules. Participation is US Only.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Below is a summary. READ THE FULL Terms and Conditions for all the details.
You are eligible to enter this contest if you meet the following requirements at time entry:
· You are a student, hobbyist, or professional developer in the field of software technology; and
· You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia 18 years of age or older;
· While there is no limit to the number of apps you can submit in this promotion, each app you submit to a single platform must be substantially unique and different. If you publish one (1) specific app on both platforms, you will receive two (2) entries.
Judging Criteria for the Ultimate Experience.

  • 25.00% – Does the app include platform specific features: Live Tiles*, Snap View, Share, and Search?
  • 25.00% – Does the app have market potential given current application trends?
  • 25.00% – Is the app innovative and original?
  • 25.00% – Does the app conform to the Windows Experience and UI guidelines?


Bumble and the Misfit Toys

I have to say, I LOVE these commercials… These Rudolph Claymation stories were something I always looked forward to as a kid… heck, I even watch them now.  Im not looking for any Bing Comments… I just love these.



Windows Phone Camp

Today I am doing a test with Livestream procaster.  We are broadcasting  the phone camp from Nokia.  It may be a bumpy ride.  Feel free to leave comments and add things to the chat.   Check out the video below.  You can also go directly to the site.  We are using the “Other” channel for something else… So I had to quickly set up a free account…  Sorry about the ads.  (SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIEWER)

Watch live streaming video from danielegan at livestream.com
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Meet the 4G HTC Radar

Meet the 4G HTC Radar.  It is a sleek new windows phone pre-loaded with Mango.  Its white exterior is all one piece and it is the only white windows phone out there.  It is being carried by T-Mobile…. I know a lot of my friends are happy for the upgrade.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

 

 



Become a Developer Evangelist


Are you looking to join the exciting life of a Developer Evangelist

My team is hiring two evangelist.  One in Seattle one in LA.  Feel free to ask me any questions about it.  You can find more information below.

Find out more about the Seattle Job here: http://bit.ly/deinseattle

Find out more about the Los Angeles job here: http://bit.ly/deinla

Let me know if you have any questions about either of the jobs. They aren’t on my team, but they are still fun jobs! Winking smile

Part of the job description:

The Developer Evangelist position is a technical role with the mission of engaging the broad community of developers in the Southern California area and driving excitement around developer tools and platform technologies. The successful candidate will have an established reputation within the region for significant technical achievement, superior presentation skills, effective and visible community participation, and a strong command of online and social networking tools. This position will report to the US West Region DPE Audience Director.



Windows Phone 7 Feature Requests

The Start screen of Windows Phone 7

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Being a developer evangelist who is focused on Windows Phone, I get asked all the time about features that users want added to WP7.  I completely understand when someone comes up to me and says : “ WP7 would be great if it had “Such and Such” feature.  What I don’t think many people understand is that, what is needed for one person, is not necessarily at the top of the list for others.

 

Do you want to find out what people think we need to add to WP7?  Do you want to post or share your own idea?

Then head on over to the feature feedback page on uservoice for WP7 (http://bit.ly/oeQnC9). Read what others are posting OR post your own and find out if other people share your idea.

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