It’s a fantastic phone. Yes it’s porker at 180 grams, but if you can get over that single downside, everything else is frankly wonderful. For users coming from Windows Phone 7, the 920 is a huge step-up. The screen is finally on par (and often surpasses) other high-end smartphones; performance is wonderful, with the lack [...]
When I heard Forza was coming back for another round, I jumped on the twitters, and the PR company very kindly responded. I’m so glad they did. I was expecting subtle revisions to the game, but Forza 4 is a revelation. It’s the best car racing game you’ll find on any platform, bar none.
When I asked Vodafone NZ for an official statement on the availability of Windows Phone 7.5 devices in New Zealand, their response was “We’ll let you know when we are ready to announce anything.” Imagine my surprise then, when I saw this story from the Waikato Times on Twitter. Top stuff. I can’t wait to [...]
You can have your cake, and eat it too, but only after it is fully baked. This is my one-sentence summary of the first day keynote sessions from Microsoft’s Build conference. Build replaces the long-running Professional Developer Conference (PDC), with the most visible change being a ton of Metro-style branding: bold colours, strong typography, attention [...]
We’re building an ASP.NET MVC3 website that runs in Windows Azure, using the fabulous TeamCity as our build server. So far we have been just building and running the site locally on the build server, but we wanted to extend our build process into the cloud.
It’s that crazy time of year again, the one where I run around like a lunatic llama preparing slide decks and sample code. There’s a bit of added spice in the form of Intergen Dynamics Day, and a trip to the USA there too. Good times! Here’s what’s on the cards: August 10: Intergen Dynamics [...]
The next major release of the Windows Phone OS is still codenamed “Mango”. This morning, New Zealand time, Microsoft has taken the wraps off some the developer details underneath new features in Mango.
POCKETVouchers is a local mobile marketing company who specialise in traceable mobile vouchers. Their unique approach means that customers can track exactly how many vouchers have gone out, how many have been redeemed, and ensures that vouchers cannot be redeemed multiple times. “I would recommend start-ups have a good look at Azure.” When POCKETVouchers decided [...]
Provoke are an online experience consultancy based out of Wellington in New Zealand. They build solutions using the full spectrum of Microsoft technologies: ASP.NET, Silverlight, SharePoint, and more. Coupled with their top-end user experience and design skills, it was a natural progression for Provoke to move into Windows Phone 7 development. I had a chat [...]
Thivy Ruthramoorthy and Sashank Ramkumar are two recent university graduates working at Datacom’s Auckland offices. Inspired by Microsoft New Zealand’s Windows Phone 7 app development challenge, they both downloaded the development tools and created applications for the competition within a month.