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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!

Get CodeShow() and improve your Windows 8 coding skills

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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 the…

Intel XDK - Grab the latest September release

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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  …

Now JumpStart games is on Azure Cloud

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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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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 scanningReplaceable batterySpecially built construction worker-friendly C-PenWi-Fi / WiFi LTE versionsSamsung's proprietary KNOX Security protocol16 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/



Creating Projects with Intel XDK, ListView - Part 3

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In my previous post http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/08/creating-projects-with-intel-xdk-part-2.html   I covered the various project options that you can choose for designing your apps that can be accessed by multiple devices, iPhones, Windows Phones, iPads etc.

In this post I describe the steps to create a ListView App with the Intel XDK using the published templates.

A list view consists of a list and when you click on one of the list items, you get a detailed page related to the item. This is a very common type of application.

Download the source code for the template from github here:
https://github.com/gomobile/template-list-view-ad

The following note is from the above site:
'App Designer Ready-This template can be used for simple list view application
that has a main view with scrollable list and detail view for each list item,
this template can be used for creating applications similar to Mail app, Messages
app or Twitter* app'

After downloading the code, extract…