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I am missing the jump list on win8. I downloaded Pokki after reading this cnet article.

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Posted by admin - December 4, 2012 at 14:26

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Nokia Lumia 820

Loving my new #Nokia #Lumia #820.

WHY I LOVE NOKIA LUMIA 820 (as oppose to other win8 phones) – my top 4:
1. back cover can be removed / replaced… carphone currently selling NFC back cover (& free NFC charge pad)
2. expandable mini-SD (but see below)
3. Great screen.
4. Front facing camera, ready for Skype – if it ever stabilizes

WHY WP? Basically I love:
1. motion engineering paradigm. Microsoft guy explained they have motion engineers. This is all about what happens when you interact with the phone, for example the phone swiping, etc.
2. social integration. This is a really key thing: all my facebook, linkedin, outlook contacts and calendar events in 1 place. Very easy search telling me my interactions with people before I call them
3. nokia radio. creating my own (multiple) radio mixes of my favourite artists

GETTING ONE
Carphone warehouse does sim-free for 380 GBP. My suggestion is ring up the shops and check stock. I got mine from an out of town store near Oxford – they had only received 1 Nokia Lumia 820 and I got it. No other stores in Oxford had stock. Reading had also ran out. The guy in Reading town center said they had sold 20s of units.

GLITCHES
1. Distribution. Common story though: Nokia sales distribution channels are very poor in UK, stock is not really reaching shops and sales support is not reaching some of those shops – luckily the phone almost sells itself!
2. SD card. Few glitches with the mini SD card – some don’t work and I bought a new one with the phone. I bought a sandisk 32Gb originally which did not work – but then carphone warehouse tested in another phone, decided the SD card was fried and replaced it. The new one works fine.
3. Spotify. Cannot find the app yet – however found all my other apps. Phone seems to be coded to UK marketplace even though I use a Finnish live id (I can download t-mobile app, but not Elisa Viihde).
4. The carphone warehouse free Win8 upgrade offer did not have the sticker on the box, so not quite sure how that works as I need a code to get that working – luckily the carphone warehouse guy is very good and following up.
5. Charger. There is a fake plastic earth on the charger plug which did not seem to work on one of my plugs (but worked on the other)
6. NFC charger. This needs to be delivered to either carphone warehouse or to a UK home address, is shipped by courier and usually arrives in 1-2 days.

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Posted by admin - November 23, 2012 at 14:06

Categories: Feeling At Home in New Places, Mobile Development, Mobile Living, Tech, Windows Phone   Tags:

free sound effects for games

In my recent game, I had to put in some sound effects. A really good (and free) source was soundbible.

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Posted by admin - November 20, 2012 at 10:46

Categories: Android, Mobile Development, Nokia Development, Win8, Windows Phone   Tags:

xna wp7 advertising

In Visual Studio 2010, I added the following code:

1. Solution Explorer / Reference / AddReference
2. Go to browse & go to: c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Advertising for Phone\Libraries\Microsoft.Advertising.Mobile.dll
3. Add this line to the top of the Game1.cs file: using Microsoft.Advertising.Mobile.Xna;
4. then follow the instructions on expansionflow – Incorporating Ads into Your Windows Phone XNA 4.0 Game

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Posted by admin - November 20, 2012 at 10:42

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visual studio – which package should I be using

This is a really useful tip. In visual studio you sometimes copy code from the web, without there being proper references to which package to enter in the “using” section.

To help out, highlight the keyword. Then press s. It should then highlight the package.

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Posted by admin - November 19, 2012 at 15:04

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windows 8 elite

It’s official I am now part of the Windows 8 Elite programme, as I managed to submit my application (FinnGo) to the Win8 Store before the official Win8 launch.

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Posted by admin - November 9, 2012 at 13:29

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Rate and review win8 apps

Not yet started looking into the “rate and review” on Win8 yet (waiting for my app to get published first). However the charm settings page and the app settings sample should be a good start.

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Posted by admin - November 1, 2012 at 16:27

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Win8 failed certification: Your app doesn’t meet requirement 4.1 (privacy policy)

Grrrr. You rush to complete a win8 app submission and then the requirements have changed from previous submissions to other app stores, eg: Windows Phone.

On a positive note though I think this is a good thing.

For information on how to correct C# version, javascript version.

Note, for C# fix above, you will need to know:
using Windows.UI.ApplicationSettings; // for the Charm bar
using Windows.System; // for Launcher

For full requirements.

From a comments post by Karl Oots on Balassy’s blog:
Btw, the newly published MSDN articles Resolving certification errors and Avoiding common certification failures are quite useful for covering the opt-in scenarios and other certification related errors as well.

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 11:14

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FinnGo Privacy Policy

FinnGo uses the internet to access the translation service and foreign web pages. These URLs are the only information transferred to an external server – all other data is stored locally. No personal information is transmitted.

Current data stored on your device:
Windows Phone = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Windows 8 = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Android = user can define their own urls and languages. This data is stored permanently on the device. It is not transmitted to external devices. This data can be accessed and modified by going to the menu/settings.

To my knowledge, the above complies with applicable laws and regulations. If you want to report a violation or are unsatisfied or want further information, please email to admin@mobileliving.info and I will fix it (timelines will depend on certification of the various app stores).

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 10:31

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Win8 Hardware

I went to an MS conference here in Finland. As well as seeing the home screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 (Nokia weren’t allowed to show anything else), I saw some of the OEM offerings for Win8. My favourite form factor is definitely the laptop combination where the screen slides off to become a tablet. I also definitely want Win8 Pro and not RT, so the first version of the Surface is a no-go.

Some of the machines in that area:
1. HP Envy X2. Upsides: guerilla glass, NFC, beats audio. Downside: 1.8GHz CPU and no USB 3.0 (unbelievable). Availability December 2012
2. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. Upside: USB3.0. Downside: very little information.
3. acer iconia w700 (W700P-6821). Upside: USB 3.0, full resolution
4. asus transformer book. Upside: i7, USB 3.0, full resolution
5. dell xps 12 or dell xps duo 12. I don’t like this form factor (I can imagine being hit quite hard on the head)

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 11:25

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