Monthly Archives: April 2013

iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Commercial… A Wedding Nightmare

Maybe the Microsoft marketing team is finally putting out great ads.  I came across this one a little earlier today and am very pleased with it.  Thank you Microsoft marketing. 

What are your thoughts?

Switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

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FREE course from Pluralsight–Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service


Through May 1st, 2013, Pluralsight is offering their new course, Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, for FREE.

Read the Pluralsight blog.

Course Overview

This course is designed to give you everything you need to get started as a developer using the Windows Azure IaaS platform

Go directly to the course.

Windows Azure


Windows Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any operating system, language or tool. 

Learn more by going to Windows Azure Features.

Specials thanks to Scott Guthrie (@scottgu) for his twitter post.

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American Greetings Windows 8 App

imageAGInteractive, a subsidiary of American Greetings, has just published their justWink Windows 8 application.  The reviews are overall positive; however, there are concerns that some of the creation capabilities have sexual innuendos and the user of the application should be aware.

The design of the application looks great and should be a perfect application for your arsenal.  It could definitely save your rear in a pinch – an easy way to not forget your loved ones for that special occasion (birthday, etc.).

Publisher Description

justWink lets you personalize and send awesome greeting cards from your Windows 8 device to your friends, family, and beyond, via email or Facebook.
Where no greeting card has gone before? We just went there.

Always have the perfect card at your fingertips—over 500 cards that will work for every who, what, where, and when in your crazy life!

Cards that shuffle between, funny, bold, cute, trendy, sassy, heartfelt, sweet, and beautiful. Cards that open and flip and make people smile just like real cards.

You can even customize these cards like you can any greeting card: Add your own note, drop in a photo, and even add your own signature (or finger doodle) for the authentic “I Actually Care About You” feel!

Get the App


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Surface Pro for the artist in you


Jonathan Case, artist, shares his perspective and experience using the Microsoft Surface Pro as a portable replacement for his Cintiq that will also provide him “with good ergonomics and enough horsepower to run professional software.”

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This is a great read where he shares the positives and current shortcomings from an artist perspective.  Read his story, My Transition to Surface Pro and Manga Studio.


(Image Sources from Jonathan’s Blog Post referenced above)

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Nokia Beta Labs Hard at work–Nokia Chat

imageNokia remains hard at work adding exclusive apps to their line of smartphones.  Nokia’s Beta Labs has released a new beta application, Nokia Chat powered by Yahoo!, to bring messaging across the millions of Nokia Chat and Yahoo! Messenger contacts.

Features include:

  • Person to Person Messaging
  • Push Notifications and Live Tile Updates
  • Share a Place
  • Broadcast Your Location
  • Find Contacts

With Windows Phone 8, you get additional features:

  • Speak Your Message
  • Voice Commands
  • Lock Screen Notifications

Try the App

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(Pictures from Nokia Beta Labs)

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XBOX meets Pizza Hut


I believe I have just given reason for my wife to worry just a little more.  Earlier, it has been reported that you can now order your pizza (thanks to Pizza Hut) from your XBOX 360. 

USA Today Story

If that wasn’t incentive enough, if you use this app through May 6, 2013, you will receive a 15% discount.  Love it!

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Windows Store–Unofficial report of 60,000+ Apps available for Windows 8


It’s been reported that the Windows Store has crossed over the 60,000+ app mark.  Windows 8 has been available for 6 months and we are continuing to see the Windows Store momentum increase.  Source

This is a separate store from the Windows Phone Store which has 150,000+ applications available.

I’ll still claim that the Windows* Ecosystem has over 1.2+ Million Applications available.  Read prior post.

*x86 Systems

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