HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone: Simple Geolocation

Now that I’ve spent the last two articles helping you to get your Metro user experience foundation created with CSS3 and Media Queries, it’s time to jump into one of the features of HTML5.  Geolocation is perfectly suited for smartphones because location awareness is something they all have in common.  Most people are under the …
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HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone: Dark and Light Styles

In my last article covering HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone, I got you started with a simple boilerplate. It just so happened that the style I presented you with was Dark.  Since we know that Windows Phone also has a light theme, I think it’s important that your mobile web site have one as well.  Below is …
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Windows Phone 7.5 wins 2012 Interaction Award

I’m excited to pass along the great news that our very own Windows Phone 7.5 is a 2012 Interaction Award winner! In a field of over 300 entries from 33 countries, the compelling UX of Windows Phone stood out.  Our elegant integration of social networks, the Metro design language of color and typography, and the minimalist …
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HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone: A Simple Boilerplate

Internet Explorer 9 running on Windows Phone 7.5 has seriously raised the HTML5 mobile web profile of Microsoft’s latest phone operating system. Up until recently, it’s been all about the apps written in Silverlight.  With hardware-accelerated video, text rendering, canvas drawing, and the high-speed “Chakra” JavaScript engine, IE9 compiled for ARM processors means business.  But diving …
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Submarine Warriors comes to The Dauntless Bookstore

Hey all you Submarine Warriors on the Kitsap Peninsula! This Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM I’ll be doing a book signing at The Dauntless Bookstore in Port Gamble. I’ll be signing, reading from, and talking about my new novel, ‘Submarine Warriors > The Enemy Beneath.’  This book takes place and belongs to Kitsap County and our …
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Prediction: 2012 Will be the Year of Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7.5 is running fast out of the gate for 2012. The stunning mobile operating system from Microsoft was the talk of CES in Las Vegas this year.  The accolades streaming in from the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, reviewers, and tech bloggers are unprecedented. The Nokia Lumia 900 won the Best of CES …
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I Love what Matt Damon is doing to bring Clean Water to the World

You might not believe it, but while two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, only 3% of it actually is drinkable. This means that roughly 1 billion people are unable to find the clean drinking water they need to survive. When you add inadequate sanitation to the equation, the number of people put at risk more than doubles. This culminates in the heartbreaking stat that over 3 million people die yearly from water-related diseases.

Encrypting your Credentials on Windows Phone 7.5

The last time I talked to you about Windows Phone security, I showed you how to encrypt your data and save it in Isolated Storage using Silverlight’s AesManaged class to create a Key and an Initialization Vector (IV) based on a password and salt value.  This gave your consumer and line-of-business apps the iron-clad AES …
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A Quick Note on Speedy, Scalable, Available Architectures

Just a few thoughts on concepts needed to give mobile users of your SOA infrastructure the best, fastest User eXperience possible: If you care about speed & scalability, your web service will always check the distributed cache before querying the database. If you have to get your answer from your database, make sure to add …
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