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Microsoft is showcasing Windows Store Apps built by the community...

clock September 30, 2013 13:27 by author scottker

Microsoft has started showcasing applications built by the community on some very influential blogs as well as other Microsoft owned properties.  Take a look at some of the applications that Microsoft is showcasing right now below. If you have built and application please contact your local evangelist about opportunities for showcasing your great work.  If you haven't built an application yet, now would be a great time to get started.  Click HERE to start building application for FREE right now.



FREE VIP Windows8 Developer Event - 4/23/2012 - Club Nokia @ LA Live...

clock April 18, 2012 14:28 by author scottker

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Windows reimagined.

Learn everything you need to start building Metro-style apps for Windows at our VIP free full-day Windows Developer Event.

Learn about the Windows Store and what you need to do to be considered for early access to the store long before it opens to regular developers!  Also learn how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.

Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have—from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

Seating is limited and registration is not guaranteed. Secure your spot today!

Date: April 23, 2012       Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: 
Club Nokia @ LA Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Prerequisites

Tweet any questions about the event and Windows8 Development at any time #Win8AppDev

Notes - This free event is brought to you by Microsoft. However, you are responsible for booking and funding your own travel and accommodations. Please note that there is limited space available for this event, so be sure to register early.

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Can't make it to Los Angeles?  Attend the Livestream from 9amPST to 5pmPST!

Watch live streaming video from microsoftdevelopers at livestream.com

 

 

-Scottker



Conspiracy Theory #1–Why you can never find a lost cell phone.

clock April 7, 2012 12:27 by author scottker

Why is it the cell phone companies are always unable to help me find my phone when I lose it? It can’t have to do with privacy, that’s a lie, because it’s my phone with my account that has my data on it so privacy laws do not restrict me authorizing anyone to find my own property. It can’t be that they can’t find it because in an emergency they can find my phone very quickly, if I get kidnapped or in an accident or call 911 they can pinpoint me and my phone within a very small distance . It can’t be because the technology doesn’t exist either because if, for example, I lose my Windows Phone, I can go to “find my phone” at http://devices.live.com/ and locate it within 30 seconds (just another reason to have a windows phone).

So why can’t cell phone carriers help me locate my phone and instead are only capable of saying, sorry, which new phone would you like to pay full price for to replace your old phone. Now I remember, cell phone companies are unethical and use you losing your phone as an upsell/profit opportunity. It’s not that they CAN’T find your phone, it’s that they WON’T find your phone.

Do yourself a favor and buy a phone, it doesn’t have to be a Windows Phone, but buy a phone that YOU can locate over the internet if you lose it and make learning how to locate it quickly one of the first things you learn how to do on your phone. If you how to do it quickly before the battery dies right when you realize it’s missing, you will never have to depend on the call carriers and their unethical practices again.

In the meantime, someone should start a petition to the FCC requiring all carriers to provide online phone locating tools for all subscribers.

If you do happen to have a Windows Phone, here is a 4 minute video by my colleague Daniel Egan on how to locate your Windows Phone.

http://thesociablegeek.com/windows-phone-7/wp7-minute-episode-vifind-my-phone/

-ScottKer

 

UPDATE 4/12/2012:  Not even one week after I created this amazing post, the federal government has reacted!  The FCC will be building a "massive" database of lost cell phones World-Wide and "cracking down" on those people who are stealing phones by forming a taskforce of stakeholders to solve the real problem of robberies involving cell phones.  ;-)

http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-remarks-stolen-cell-phones-initiative

https://mashable.com/2012/04/10/fcc-lost-cellphone/



Good times @ DevCamp 3/30/2012!!!

clock April 2, 2012 06:15 by author scottker

After a short emergency trip to the eye doctor last Friday I got to attend a little bit of our DevCamp @ USC.  We had a really good showing across all of the technologies we were presenting including HTML5 (Over 100), Windows Phone (Over 50) and Cloud (Over 50).  Based on our numbers, it seemed like students were a lot more interested in Phone than HTML5 or Cloud, go figure as that is where there is money to be made.

Here is a picture library of the event, enjoy!

 

-ScottKer



FREE! Microsoft Developer Camps coming to Western USA!

clock March 29, 2012 17:17 by author scottker

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FREE EVENTS
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ATTEND A CAMP, BUILD AN APP
Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned. Check out the four different DevCamps currently being offered and register today!

 

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PHONE CAMP

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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Take your apps to the next level at the Windows Phone Dev Camp. We'll be covering how to bring the cloud to your app by consuming external APIs, add UX polish with Expression Blend, reach new markets through globalization and localization, and keep your app running at peak performance through advanced debugging and testing. In the afternoon, we'll break into labs to reinforce what we covered, and offer a chance to present your application for a chance to win in our application competition.

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CLOUD CAMP

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Events run from
9:00AM – 5:00PM

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Join us to learn about the exciting new Windows Azure developer platform! Windows Azure will open up a host of new application and multi-screen development opportunities, and this briefing will give you a jumpstart in understanding how to take advantage of them.

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HTML5 WEB CAMP

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clip_image005[26]Denver, CO

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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As developers, you keep hearing a lot about HTML5, but many don't know what it actually means or is truly capable of. If you want to learn about it, your choices are limited. The HTML5 Web Camp is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you what's possible, and how you can start using it today. Space is limited.

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STUDENT PREP NIGHT

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Events run from
5:00PM – 9:00PM

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If you're a student, interested in attending DevCamp (Phone Camp, particularly), we'd love to have you join us for a night of preparation and pizza! We want to be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful with the professional developer community.

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Connect with us
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For more information
Click here or to register by phone, call 1-877-MSEVENT.

 
Enjoy!
-ScottKer


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