Last October Microsoft released the Microsoft Band – a wareable with a bunch of sensors and some apps. You can track your excercises, health, sleep and more. You can also see/feel notifications of incoming calls, mails, etceteras. Of course people want to extend this experience or use the data in their own app or website.

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For a project a use Azure Mobile Services to store GPS locations. But GPS locations are very hard to read – well, unless your debugging it all the time, then GPS locations start to mean something. The more human readable form is an address. To obtain an address for a GPS location you can use the Bing Service to do reverse geo-encoding. I wanted to do this automatically in my INSERT node.js script in the Azure Mobile Service.

As it took me some research to find the right solution, I thought it might be nice to share it with the world 🙂 So here is what I did… Read more

UX Checklist

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This is a very nice helping hand for thinking about UX when you’re developing a website, app or application. Did you really think of all the angles important for the user to deliver the best experience? The links are to various websites with more information on that subject.

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Source: http://uxchecklist.github.io/

YouTube is a very popular video website. While this may be a good solution for public videos, it’s probably not a good solution for publishing more ‘trusted’ videos – e.g. in an business/enterprise scenario. Part of Office is Office 365 Video. This is a solution where Sharepoint is the means to store, manage and publish you company videos and Azure Media Services is the incorporated solution to make sure the videos can be played on any device in the best quality.

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I was struggling with a problem during development of an app. I’ve had this before – build failed with the message:

“DEP0700 Another user has already installed a packaged version of this app”.

Because there are more than one user on my PC I most of the times could fix this by logging in to the other accounts to remove the app and then it would work. But not this time. No other installations that I could find, but the error remains. Also after reboot.

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User Experience is not only about design and beautiful images. There is so much more to it. The core is to help the end user to feel at ease using the application. Error messages is something you want to prevent as much as possible. This can be done through good interfaces, good and helpful flows so the user knows what to do, etceteras. But still then, a user can make an error. I came across a few examples of very bad messages where the user is left in the dark what to do.

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Yesterday the Adobe Max 2014 took of in Los Angeles. A remarkable appearance of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella made it clear that devices, Windows and Adobe tools make a great combination. Watch part of the keynote here:

 

You can also watch all the content from the conference at http://max.adobe.com

Perceptive Pixel, or PPI as it’s often called, is a range of big screen touch-screens. Currently there is a 55″ and a 82″ model. The goal of PPI screens is to “deliver exceptional, multi-purpose productivity solutions for brainstorming, collaboration and interactive presentations”.

Perceptive Pixel devices

Perceptive Pixel devices

I was involved with a number of TV shows that used a 55″ device, for instance with The Voice of Holland in 2012 and 2013. Read more

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I’ve published a new app in the Windows Store called MediaWall. It’s based on an idea that we used for The Voice of Holland in 2013. This app shows image and videos from a folder you select in a tiled wall. By default the wall animates so it looks like you’re hovering over the wall. The wall can show JPG, PNG, WMV and MP4 files. You can also click or tap a tile so it opens in a large media box. Tap anywhere to close the media box. In the mean time tiles are refreshed with new ones in a configured intervall.

 

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AppMachine has a solution whith a webinterface to create good looking apps with lots of functionality, and then publish it in an automated way. They started with support for iOS and Android. But now they also support Windows Phone. That means that you can define your app and publish it easily on all three platforms without extra costs. They have attractive pricing models to make publishing these apps affordable.

AppMachine added support for Windows Phone

AppMachine added support for Windows Phone

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