Thursday, October 23, 2014

How do I get health and wellness app to my Windows Phone?

First of all it does not run on all Windows Phones (hereafter they are called Microsoft Lumias). Only the following Lumia phones have the support of Lumia SensorCore which is needed for this feature:
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia Icon
running on Windows 8.1
 
However I was able to install it on Lumia Icon running 8.0 as well.

You can get it from the Windows Store. Just search for Health and Fitness; download and enjoy.
You should see a screen like this when you activate the app. This one is on my Nokia Icon running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview.



 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you want to build health and fitness apps with Windows Phone?

This is possible if you use the LumiaSensorCore SDK. 
What is LumiaSensorCore SDK?

Read here:
http://hodentekhelp.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-is-lumiasensorcore.html

How do start using the SDK?
Well you need to bring it to your application. It is not like downloading it as an executable but it is a Visual Studio Extension that you should install.

If you have Visual Studio 2013 Express Update 3
http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2014-aug-4-vs.aspx

You should launch VS2013 and from its Tool menu you should access Manager NuGet Packages and download the SDK as shown.

You should have NuGet Package manager. If you do not have go here and install it.

How?
Go here to this link:
http://hodentekhelp.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-do-you-install-nuget-package-manager.html

 
Once you do this you should be able to start working with this.
 
 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bad news! If you have Nokia Icon from Verizon you are stuck with Windows 8.0

Yes. You are stuck with it as Verizon does not tell (or it does not know) when it can push the Windows Phone 8.1 to your Icon. It was rumored that the 'push' is going to happen at the end of August.

Come on, today is September 19.

May be you should trade it at a AT&T stall.
http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/07/windows-phone-81.html

Actually, I admit I had a rough conversation going with a Verizon assitant at one of the local stores here. They have one answer, "I don't know when". They were nice and better at anger management.

Verizon sells a phone and does not tell when it is going to push the new OS.
Nokia and Microsoft seems to have no bearing on this 'push'. Nobody takes the responsibility!

Practically you are stranded!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get CodeShow() and improve your Windows 8 coding skills

The CodeShow() on CodePlex is one source which may help you a great deal in programming for the Windows 8 Platform. You may get a comprehensive picture of an end-to-end app but more importantly CodeShow() gives you an opportunity to learn all the bits and pieces of accessing devices like camera, error handling with grace etc.

In order to install CodeShow() there are some options. You can install from Windows Store from here:
http://aka.ms/codeshowapp

This not some kind of an executable but bundled source code.

Another option is to get the source code from here
http://codeshow.codeplex.com/.


Once here, you can download a zip file by hitting the marked tab (Download). This will give you a snapshot of the source code as it exists at the time you downloaded. Mark you,  it gets continuously updated and if you are not vigilant you may miss out. This is a zip file and extract everything to your favorite folder.

There is yet another option Clone it or Fork it.

If you are going to fork it then it  means you are going to contribute to its development.

If you clone it you will be getting the latest version to work on and you can do this from Visual Studio 2013 (should be at least Update2). You will use the Team explorer tab in the Solution Explorer.

The details of getting to work with the clone are available at the CodePlex site.
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Intel XDK - Grab the latest September release

After the July 2014 release, the September 2014 SDK was released (Intel XDK - Release - 2014
September 08 v1332) recently.
Plugins and Services integration especially for games development with HTML5 was the
high point of the July release.

Read previous posts if you have missed:
Details of July release here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/jump-start-your-cross-platform-app.html

Types of project you can create with Intel XDK here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/project-options-for-cross-platform-apps.html

Creating a ListView type of cross-platform app with Intel XDK here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-listview-type-of-cross.html

Step-by-step procedure to create a ListView cross-platform app with a template here:
http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-projects-with-intel-xdk.html

New features in the September release are:
Improvements to Live Development
  •    Live Development in Develop tab has been changed. Simultaneous editing and previewing  within  browsers or devices now possible.
  • Run my APP lets you test your app on the emulator in a separate window or on the Android       connected to an USB port. This allows access to  test native device functionality.
  •  Live Layout allows you to test your app's UI over WiFi on Android and iOS devices.
  •  App Security API's first release aid in providing security for on-device app data and      storage.     
Other related improvements:
  •      Updated App Preview
  •      Deprecated App Games Interfaces
  •      New Samples to illustrate Ads and Monetization
  •      Improvements to UI for Cardova plugins(App Security & Dolby Audio)
  •      Bug fixes

Download the new release from here:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/tools

Downloaded file name: xdk_web_win_master_1332  
File size: 128MB

Double click the above file to install. You need not remove the previous version to install.
When you launch IntelSDK from its shortcut on the taskbar, you may get a message to update your most recent application on the old SDK followed by a login screen.

Release information here:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/articles/release-notes-information-intel-xdk

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Now JumpStart games is on Azure Cloud


The jump was partly from RackSpace to Azure Cloud. In the process the entire on-premise infrastructure has also been moved to Azure according to
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2014/09/03/partner-profile-jumpstart-moves-games-to-microsoft-azure-to-improve-reach-and-gameplay-and-adds-two-new-games.aspx.

JumpStart is a leader in the learning-based multiplayer games for kids with recent releases like School of Dragons and Madagascar Math Ops.

According to a JumpStart article it has thrown all of its eggs in Azure basket that includes all of its web content, web and mobile game products to Azure.

Read more about this here: http://www.jumpstart.com/aboutus/press-releases/jumpstart-transitions-to-microsoft-azure-scalable-cloud-technology
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Samsung ruggedizes an Android tablet for the work force

Samsung Tab Active is a ruggedized Android tablet targeting the rough and the tough.

With home building picking up construction workers will all be carrying this tablet as Samsung imagines.

It is toughned against occasional drops and spills from coffee or soda. It is sheathed in a anti-shock housing which is also dust-proof. Otherwise it appears to be a standard Android (4.4 KitKat) with a 1.2GHZ Quad processor and having a display resolution of 1280x800 resolution.

Other feature highlights:
  • 3.1 MP camera designed for barcode scanning
  • Replaceable battery
  • Specially built construction worker-friendly C-Pen
  • Wi-Fi / WiFi LTE versions
  • Samsung's proprietary KNOX Security protocol
  • 16 GB storage plues MicroSD slot
More details here:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2602388/samsungs-rugged-galaxy-tab-active-takes-aim-at-the-workplace.html

Here is a video you may want to watch from
http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/samsung-galaxy-tab-active/