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Alexa Skill with Azure Functions – Messaging

In the previous Alexa post I talked about building a List skill to integrate with a third-party list provider. This gives you a mechanism to react to changes in Alexa’s lists and write them to your external provider, but what about implementing a two-way sync? When you setup account linking for your skill the user […]

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Latest Version of InTheHand.Core

I’ve just updated the NuGet package for InTheHand.Core. This adds a VibrationDevice which works across all Xamarin Platforms (hardware permitting) and fixes a bug with PowerManager.RemainingChargePercent on iOS. The library now has 18 namespaces full of UWP APIs for all Xamarin platforms (and this doesn’t count the sister library InTheHand.UI). Check it out here:- https://www.nuget.org/packages/InTheHand.Core/

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Charming Apps – Latest Version

It’s been a few months since I did a NuGet release but lots has been going on in the code in the mean time. The focus this year has been less about harmonising Windows APIs across versions (although that’s still there of course), but widening the functionality to the Xamarin platforms. The result is that […]

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Add Sharing to your UWP App

With Windows 10 the original Charms introduced with Windows 8 have gone. Old Windows 8.x apps will display a window menu with those commands if supported in the app e.g. You’ll also notice the icon has changed in Windows 10 to a kind of “three person group hug from above” image whereas they had a […]

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.NET 4.6 and DateTime extras

In case you missed it there is a great blog post on .NET 4.6 which is a part of Windows 10. Among the various performance and Hi-DPI improvements there are some more subtle enhancements. Perhaps as a nod to Microsoft’s new openness to other platforms there are some helper methods on DateTimeOffset for converting to […]

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iRAPP Remote Desktop

Firstly, just to clarify, I don’t rap – this is a post about a useful Remote Desktop server for OSX. Wait, I hear you cry, you’re a Windows developer! Well that is true but I also use Xamarin to produce apps for iOS and Android and to build and deploy iOS apps you have to […]

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Calendar Import Now Universal

In order to extend the app onto Windows devices I’ve re-written the Calendar Import app as a Universal app with separate UI and features for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Both apps add the new feature of browsing for files to import from directly within the app itself. This is on top of the […]

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Microsoft Band Initial Thoughts

I received my Band today and have just started setting it up, loading in my Starbucks card and tweaking settings. One thing which is interesting is that the phone doesn’t use GATT Bluetooth LE to expose functionality unlike some other wearables. Instead it has three RfComm services named:- Cargo Service Cargo Service 2 Push Service […]

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Tasks v1.19

The latest update to Tasks is now available in the Marketplace. This release continues the improvements to the sync experience by providing more resilience in situations where the network drops out during a sync. It also improves the reminders feature in Windows 7.5 and improves the display of reminders for tasks with very long titles. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/apps/55fcf880-6b03-e011-9264-00237de2db9e […]

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Developer Unlock Expiry

When you’ve developer unlocked your Windows Phone you can merrily deploy and debug on it and everything is great. If you’ve upgraded to Mango you had to run the Unlock tool again but this is fairly painless. What is not obvious is that the developer unlock has a 12 month expiry from when you first […]