Category Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft’s Brave Move – Universal Windows Platform Bridges

The Universal Windows Platform is a single app platform that is available across all Windows device families, enabling you to reach a new user base and open up new revenue opportunities. From PCs to tablets, phones, HoloLens, Surface Hub, and soon to include Xbox and Raspberry Pi – you can reach all these devices and look great on them all using one store and one codebase.

Following the launch of Windows 10, we are also releasing four Universal Windows Platform Bridge toolkits that enable you to quickly bring your existing code base to the Universal Windows Platform and add capabilities such as live tiles, active notifications, and Windows Store in-app purchases. Each toolkit provides you with tools and run-time technologies that are tailored for your codebase.

Android Runtime

For existing Android™ developers, ”Project Astoria” will enable you to build apps using Android code to target Windows 10 phones without having to leave your Android IDE.

In addition to extending the IDE, ”Project Astoria” will include a Windows phone emulator and interop capabilities that help your app (including UI and services) to run and look great on the Windows platform.

More information about ”Project Astoria” will be made available in Summer 2015, but in the meantime we are offering an invite-only preview for those interested in giving early feedback.

iOS

For existing iOS® developers, ”Project Islandwood” will enable you to build a universal Windows app from within Visual Studio 2015 using your existing Objective-C® code.

You will be able to import your Xcode® project into Visual Studio, tailor the app experience to run on each Windows device family, and extend your iOS code to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities.

More information about ”Project Islandwood” will be made available in Summer 2015, but in the meantime we are offering an invite-only preview for those interested in giving early feedback.

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BlackBerry Z10 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

BB 10 vs Nokia Lumia

The BlackBerry Z10 is finally here flying the BlackBerry 10 OS flag and, with it, carrying the hopes of the struggling company. We’ve pitted the Z10 against its two most dominant competitors, the Apple iPhone 5 and the ever-popular Android Samsung Galaxy S III, but the truth is, the Z10 will likely be clawing for market share against another young hopeful—Windows Phone 8. So how does the Z10 stack up against Microsoft’s flagship phone, the Nokia Lumia 920? We break down the two underdogs for a side-by-side spec comparison.

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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415004,00.asp

Samsung Year in Review: Galaxy Triumphs, Apple Losses

Samsung produces a number of products – from kitchen appliances to PCs – but it was the company’s mobile division that made the most headlines in 2012.
The Korea-based company dominated the mobile phone space, introducing several new Galaxy devices throughout the year. But it couldn’t shake one its biggest rivals, Apple, which proved to be a worthy opponent in the courtroom and in stores.
Still, despite all the hysteria surrounding the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, it was Samsung and its Android-heavy lineup of devices like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II that were the really mobile winners in 2012. Those two smartphones were only introduced in the second half of the year and they have already sold at least 30 million and 5 million worldwide, respectively.

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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413529,00.asp

How to find your Google Plus ID

This is so simple

1. Go to your Google + account (https://plus.google.com/).

2. Click on the Profile icon on the Left.

3. If you look at the URL in the address bar, it should look something like this:

https://plus.google.com/104653270154306099169/posts

4. The long numerical string in the URL is your Google+ ID. Here is CoderzHeaven’s from the URL above:

104653270154306099169/

Google + CoderzHeaven

Apple again the most valuable brand.

Apple took the top spot for the second year in a row, beating out IBM, Google, and McDonald’s to assume the position of the world’s most valuable brand.

At $183 billion, Apple is the world’s most valuable brand, according to Millward Brown Optimor’s annual BrandZ study. Apple was last year’s most valuable brand, as well, though the company’s value jumped 19 percent over last year’s $153.3 billion tally.

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57439046-92/apple-again-the-worlds-most-valuable-brand-google-third/