Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Windows Phone App for Desktop has great features

I tried to transfer some pcitures from Nokia Icon running my windows Phone 8.1 and I got an update to my phone app on my desktop. Now sync between phone and laptop has become lot easier.

Although my phone is a Nokia Lumia  Icon even the updated version shows Nokia Lumia 929.
Here is the connected(with the usb connector) view of the PC and Phone.



Here is the feature list:
The Windows Phone app for Windows desktop makes it easy to:
• Sync music, photos, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your existing Apple iTunes library or your Windows Libraries to your Windows Phone 8.*
• Automatically import pictures and videos you've taken with your phone to your PC.
• See at a glance how much space you're using for each type of content, so it's easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
• Get your playlists on your phone.
• Find songs that will work as ringtones and add them to your phone.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Surface Pro 3 will be available soon at a store near you



Surface Pro 3 has received a lot of god reviews and it should be available anytime soon. I was disappointed that a demo model was not available at Microsoft Store today (5/21/2014) at Ala Moana's Microsoft store in Honolulu. The staff on the floor could not tell me when they would have a demo model. Well, that's not good. If I am serious in selling I would have had one displayed last week!

Surface Pro 3 is ways ahead of the previous model with lots of great features. The price tag is somewhat hefty compared to often compared models from other operating systems. The cheapest is around $799 and could go up depending on your memory needs. Of course the accessories are not free like mouse etc.

Here is a copy of the technical specifications from Microsoft site:


The 12" display is great. It has a fourth generation Intel processor and comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 Pro  and you can install the full Microsoft Office suite + 1000's of Windows Programs.

It's very easy to go from using it as a tablet to use it as a laptop. Periferal connectos like a full size USB 3.0, MicroSD card reader are all ready to go including a Mini DisplayPort (you will need an adapter for this).

You can write on Surface Pro 3 and pass it on to OneNote but you need the Surface Pen even if the device is in sleep mode.  You need to buy a pen.

Want to watch movies, no problem it has a brilliant Full HD and Dolby Audio.

Well watching some of the Wall Street guys I get a feeling that it is too pricy and too late to enter the market to make a difference to the bottom line and it might have harmed the business as other hardware makers in the Windows Group may feel threatened and may peel away from Windows OS.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fixing Windows Phone Apps error using Blend for VS 2013


In my previous post here:

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/05/windows-app-studio-project-on-emulator.html

 I described some UI errors in projects created using Windows App Studio which is in beta. Notice the bleeding from the next section into the section in display.


 

I had attributed those errors to my incorrect usage of the App Studio. However looking at sample the project (Windows Phone App Studio Sample App) I believe it is some errors not fixed in the beta. Notice the 'bleed' in the next screen shot.



I went back and opened the project in Blend for Visual Studio 2013 and fixed the errors in my previous post.
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/wpapps/en-US/57b5f392-d5f8-46b8-9a5a-fa7b88aba398/app-studio-developed-app-has-display-errors?forum=wpappstudio

Basically, the horizontal alignment was wrong and the seciton widths were not set correctly. After making these changes, the display was corrected as shown.

 
Blend is very handy for fixing the UI errors, more intuitive than VS.
 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

With Nokia Asha can Microsoft make significant impact on its mobile phones?

Microsoft Mobile is a hardware manufacturing company located not in REDMOND but in Espoo, Finland.

That Microsoft acquired Nokia's devices and services divison is knwn although details finalized this April 2014.

Microsoft Mobile will:
  • Design Develop
  • Manufacture
  • Distribute Mobile Phones
  • Smart Phones
  • Tablet Computers
  • Accessories
The 'Lumia' and the low end 'ASHA(Hope in Samskruta aka Sanskrit)' are owned by Microsoft.

I am not sure if 'Asha' can compete with 'Akash' which traces its DNA to INDIA?

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/search?q=akash

In any case, I wish good luck to Microsoft Mobile.

You can develop apps for Nokia ASHA either with Java or Web.

You should read this article if you are into developing apps:
http://developer.nokia.com/asha/platform-overview

Watch this Nokia ASHA related video from Vietnam.