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Summer Fun!!!

Here’s the easiest contest I have ever done:

What you can win:

You can win either a Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 smartphone, 1 of 3 Swiss Army DVLUP Back Packs, a JBL Wireless Speaker, a Wireless Charging Plate or a set of Nokia Purity Headphones

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If you are a Canadian Windows Phone developer with at least one app published, email me at ext-atley.hunter@nokia.com with the following info:

  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Windows Phone Marketplace Publisher Name
  4. Twitter Id
  5. Link to your latest app
  6. DVLUP user name if you have one!

Rules:

You must live in one of the following Provinces or States:

Manitoba, P.E.I.
Ontario, New Brunswick,
Quebec, North Dakota
Newfoundland/Labrador, Minnesota,
Nova Scotia, Wisconsin,

All emails must be received by 10:00pm EST on Wednesday July 31st.

There will be milestone prizes so get your email in fast!!!

if you are from a place in Canada or the US other than those listed above, email me and I will connect you with the Nokia Ambassador in your area!!!  no charge Winking smile

Double your chances!!!

Retweet my tweet about this contest & then tweet the link again once you’ve entered it and I will put an extra entry in the draw for you!!!

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My 15 Day Challenge to You

I have another great contest for Windows Phone developers!

Create an app and submit it to the store before June 15th and I’ll give you a free phone!!!

The rules are simple:

  1. Must be a Canadian Resident!!!  Yes, that includes Quebec!
  2. App must be submitted to the store on or before June 15th
  3. App must be of decent quality (can’t just be your favourite four pictures in a pivot control)
  4. One Phone per Windows Phone Developer account

Here are the steps to get the phone:

  1. Develop your app
  2. Send me an email to ext-atley.hunter@nokia.com by no later than 11:00pm Saturday June 15 containing:
    • a copy of the XAP
    • a screenshot of your submission page
    • completed your windows phone marketplace publisher name.
  3. Once the app is certified (must be fully certified before June 29th, 2013), send me a link to your app in the store and I’ll send you a Lumia 800!

 

I will be drawing from the names of the developers that submit and one lucky developer will get a brand new Lumia 820!

This challenge is open to all developers whether you have won one of my challenges before or not!!!

Also, I have 20 free Developer Marketplace tokens to give to the first 20 developers that are producing their FIRST Windows Phone App.  You will get the token once you have completed step one of the challenge and have sent me your XAP!

Posted in Challenges, Nokia, Offers, Windows Phone.


Make Your First App and I’ll Give You Your First(?) Nokia Lumia 800!!!

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Are you looking for that push to get that idea out of your head and onto people’s phones?  If so, HERE IT IS!!!

Simply release your first Windows Phone app and email me the link and I’ll send you a phone!!!

 

 

The Rules are simple:

  1. You must be a Canadian developer living in: 
          Manitoba, 
          Ontario,
          Quebec,
          Newfoundland/Labrador, 
          P.E.I.,
          New Brunswick,
          or Nova Scotia

  2. You must not have previously released a Windows Phone app to the Windows Phone Store or Marketplace.
  3. The app must be a QUALITY app… What does that mean? It means:
    1. Must pass Marketplace Certification,
    2. No Hello World or Picture Catalogue / Resizer Apps.
    3. No RSS Readers
    4. One page apps must use either:
          Live Tiles,
          Gestures,
          Speech to Text,
      or
          Push Notification.
    5. The app must have a useful function.
  4. Your app must have been Certified and available in the store  
    AFTER January 1st, 2013.
  5. This is limited to as long as I have the phones to give away…  Act fast!!!

Contact me at: ext-atley.hunter@nokia.com to let me know when your app has been certified and is available on the Windows Phone Store!

Don’t forget to contact me if you need any help in getting your app completed or certified!

THIS JUST IN

:::  I HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE WINDOWS PHONE MARKETPLACE TOKENS – contact me for details!

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It’s back… First 5 With 5–2013 Edition

 

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Due to the incredible response I had in December with my First 5 with 5 app promotion, I am bringing it back!!!

I am celebrating the New Year by giving the first 5 Canadian Windows Phone Developers that write and submit 5 apps to the Marketplace in 2013 a brand new shiny Lumia 800!!!

 

This sleek, sexy phone can be yours, all you have to do is create 5 Quality Windows Phone Apps and put them in the Marketplace!

There are a few rules:

  1. You must be a Canadian resident, living in  writing Windows Phone apps
  2. The app must be submitted after January 1st, 2013 to the Marketplace.
  3. The app must be a QUALITY app… What does that mean?  It means:
    1. Must pass Marketplace Certification,
    2. No Hello World or Picture Catalogue / Resizer Apps.
    3. No more than 1 of the 5 can be an RSS Reader
    4. No multiple variants on a theme (travel/tourism, etc.)
    5. The app must have a useful function.
  4. All Apps will be assessed by me and my decisions regarding validity in this promotion are final.
  5. This promotion is being held by me, without any express written or implied consent or participation from any third party.
  6. By submitting your apps to me for evaluation, you agree to hold me not responsible for any promotion, remuneration or other, expectations whether implied or inferred.  I am doing this to help developers, not looking for any problems.
  7. The winners will be chosen by me based on:
    1. App quality / usability
    2. Order of CERTIFICATION
      (it is the first 5 developers to build and publish 5 apps after all).

How to Submit an App:

If you want to enter this promotion,

Once your app is in the marketplace, email me the Deep Link to your app to atley_cmt@hotmail.com and I will make sure that your apps are counted!!!

An Added Bonus Prize

A special, very cool prize will go to one of the winners of this promotion, so don’t wait… Get Apping!!!

Posted in Challenges, Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone.


How I Spent My Christmas Break

Well, by now, most of the people that know me, know that I am a coding freak.  I relax by coding, I rejuvenate by trying new things and I like to push the boundaries of what is possible whenever I get the chance.

When the time came to take a little break at the end of the year, I did it as a true code junkie would, and I locked myself away and coded some apps.  This time, I decided to stray a little bit from my normal Windows Phone apps and build some Windows RT apps,  I figured that I’d port some of my Windows Phone apps to Windows RT and see how hard it was.

I was extremely and pleasantly surprised to see that it was relatively simple to take an existing Windows Phone app and, mainly through UI changes, support a whole new platform!

I was able to convert 40 Windows Phone apps to Windows RT in an incredibly short time and they are all currently in the Windows Store.  you can find them easily by searching for CodeCreators in the store.  I will be blogging in more detail starting next week.  I look forward to your questions and feedback.

Posted in Mobile Development, Windows Phone 7, Windows RT.


Hi, I’m your Nokia Ambassador & I’m Here to Help

 

I am extremely excited to have been recently awarded the Nokia Ambassador title.  I have been chosen by Nokia to help developers in Canada get the tools and the help they need to create awesome Windows Phone apps.

Along with Jan Hannemann who is in BC, I will be striving to support, help and promote Windows Phone developers all across Canada.

I am celebrating by giving the first 5 Canadian Windows Phone Developers that write and submit 5 apps to the Marketplace a brand new shiny Lumia 800!!!

This sleek, sexy phone can be yours, all you have to do is create 5 Quality Windows Phone Apps and put them in the Marketplace!

There are a few rules:

1) You must be a Canadian resident, living in  writing Windows Phone apps

2) The app must be submitted after November 7, 2012 to the Marketplace.

3) The app must be a QUALITY app… What does that mean?  It means:

a) Must pass Marketplace Certification,

b) No Hello World or Picture Catalog / Resizer Apps.

c) No more than 1 of the 5 can be an RSS Reader

d) No multiple variants on a theme (travel/tourism, etc.)

e) The app must have a useful function.

4) All Apps will be assessed by me and my decisions regarding validity in this promotion are final.

5) This promotion is being held by me, without any express written or implied consent or participation from any third party.

6) By submitting your apps to me for evaluation, you agree to hold me not responsible for any promotion, remuneration or other, expectations whether implied or inferred.  I am doing this to help developers, not looking for any problems.

6) The winners will be chosen by me based on:

a) App quality / usability

b) Order of submission (it is the first 5 developers to build 5 apps after all).

How to Submit an App:

If you want to enter this promotion,

Once your app is in the marketplace, email me the Deep Link to your app to atley_cmt@hotmail.com and I will make sure that your apps are counted!!!

Posted in Nokia.


Two Store, Three Platform and a Special Rate??? What do I get for 8$?

Recently Microsoft held it’s annual Build conference last week.  At the Keynote, it was announced that for 8 days starting Monday (one day left as of this posting!!!), developers could get a Windows Phone Store account for only 8$ !!!

The deal for the 8 dollar marketplace account applies to the Phone Store only.  You would pay the full 99 dollar fee and receive a 91 dollar refund on your card almost immediately.

The fee for a Windows Store developer account is 49$ USD and allows you to make and distribute Modern UI apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT apps which are distributed to the public via the Windows Store.

There is no fee or store for legacy style or "Desktop" apps.  These are the ones that would run with chromed windows and could be installed on earlier versions of Windows. Those you have to market or distribute yourself.

Hopefully this will clear it up for you a bit.

Posted in Uncategorized.


Nokia, why only 8 MP not 41???

 

I have seen this question asked endlessly since the announcement of the Lumia 920 with PureView.

The reason they don’t pack the 41 MP camera into the Lumia 920 is because of the space necessary to house the lensing for a camera that powerful. 

If you have seen the PureView 808 IRL you would know that you cannot lay it flat on it’s back because the camera section is more than twice as thick as the rest of the phone.

With existing lens technology, 8 MP is about the right amount of capacity to allow for the sleek, sexy design of the Lumia. 

I know that they are working diligently to improve the lens technology and when the lenses are capable of that pixel depth without compromising the design of the phones, I am sure that we will see more Lumias with this stunning feature.

The Pureview 808 was more of a concept phone and a teaser of what’s to come.

If you think of it, 10, 12 and 16 MP cameras have been around for years now, the only reason we don’t see it in phones is that the lens technology has not progressed to that level yet to produce a portable, small, cost-effective (would you want to pay an additional 200$ just to get 2 or 4 more MP???) necessary for the smartphone audience.

PureView is more than the MP count, it is the whole deal, the lens housing (innovative, yet simple), the software, and the lenses themselves.

I know that I will be able to take way better pictures on my Lumia 920 than on any of my iPhones, Android phones or other Windows Phones and it’ll be because of PureView, cause I’m a crappy photographer ;)

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Appaddiction – A new beginning

I mainly post only technical articles here, so I apologize for the divergence.

I have been very active in telling developers about the opportunities in Windows Phone development.  I have decided to take my own advice.  That is why, as of April 18th, 2012, I will be focusing all of my development time and efforts towards mobile development focusing primarily on Windows Phone development.

After months of perfecting my mobile development and turning down contracts to work on large Windows Phone contracts, I have decided to make the leap to consulting and to also focus on my own app development.

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On the consulting side, I have been offered and accepted a chance to work with the fantastic team at Object Sharp.  I will be working with them to generate a world class mobile development offering which I will be heading up.  We will be offering the same expert advice and development resources that Object Sharp is famous for on Windows Phone.  We will focus on helping businesses to either expand their existing mobile offerings to this platform and make informed decisions and steps into the mobile space.

I am also excited to be involved heavily with this year’s At The Movies event to be held in Toronto on May 1st, 2012.  If you’re in Toronto that day, make plans to come to the event, which, as always, will be focusing on what is coming up in development as well as what will be essential in the coming year.   Be sure to find me and say hi!

On the app side, I will finally be able to, hopefully, catch up on some of the more than 200 app ideas that I have yet to create as well as maintain the apps I have already created.  My plan is to release more than 50 apps this summer alone to add to my app stable.  Watch here for more info on the apps and their successes!

On the mentoring, speaking and community side, watch for me to be even more involved, with a new online show starting soon in partnership with Microsoft and Telerik.  As always, I will be happy to talk to all developers and always eager to help in any way I can with your Windows Phone development projects.

I would like to thank the staff and management at Altus Capital Planning, where I have spent the past three years, for their understanding and support with my decision to make this career change.

Watch this space, lots to come!!!

Posted in General, News and Information, Uncategorized.


It’s Official!!! The Show Will Go On!!!

I asked, you answered, and its going to happen!  I will be creating and hosting a new Windows Phone Development show.

I want to create an open forum for developers.  I want to make the show YOU want to see about developing for Windows Phone.

I need two more things from you.  Comment below to tell me what you think the show should be called and if you have any ideas on what kinds of subjects you would like me to focus on, let me know.

Like I said, this show is for YOU, the developer, so don’t be shy, say what’s on your mind and I will do my best to give you what you tell me you need.

 

Let’s get this show rolling!!!

Posted in The Show, Windows Phone.