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Foursquare: Tablet App goes to Windows First!

[8/28 @ 8p EST – Note:  I’m receiving a few emails that say the links aren’t working for the Windows 8 app in the Windows Store.  I just tested and they work…  From the Windows Experience Blog – “the app is propagating across the Windows Store servers, if this link doesn’t work keep checking!”]

imageToday, the Foursquare application has been published to the Windows Store.  This is an EXCLUSIVE, Windows 8 FIRST, Tablet app that  provides users with an immersive experience that can take advantage of devices with larger screen sizes.

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Here’s what Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, said about the app (credit:  Windows Experience Blog):

“People want to experience and explore the world around them, and the Foursquare for Windows 8 app helps them do that. It makes it fun to search for a place for dinner or to go out, and helps people discover new experiences. We’ve worked with Microsoft on a bunch of initiatives over the years, and this product is another example of the great things we can do together.”

Publisher Description

Foursquare for Windows 8 helps you make the most of where you are and where you are going. Keep up with your friends and discover great places and activities nearby, on all your Windows devices!

Application Features

  • Get instant suggestions when you open the app, even if you don’t have a Foursquare account
  • See places that are currently trending, recently opened, or just best nearby
  • Easily search for “Thai”, “park” or “brunch”
  • Get directions, hours, photos, and more
  • Full-screen photos viewer brings locations to life
  • Save places to your to-do list and create custom lists
  • Get tips from friends, top publications and brands
  • Like or dislike places and leave tips for friends
  • Check in without interrupting location browsing
  • We learn your tastes the more you check in

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Download Windows 8 App

Download Link

You can also read about the application from the Foursquare blog.

Lastly, if you have a Windows Phone and haven’t done so already, download and install the Windows Phone Foursquare app from Windows Phone Apps.

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Instagram for Windows Phone

Well, not exactly.  Instagram still hasn’t officially published their app to the Windows Phone store, but, I think there is really good news to share… maybe even better news.  Let me explain.

imageYesterday, Rudy Huyn, published his application (6tag) to the Windows Phone store that is a FULL FEATURED Instagram App for Windows Phone.  As of today, 6tag has over 3,600 reviews and has achieved a 5 star rating.  It is a FREE application that you can download and begin using today.

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Publisher Details

6tag is the most full featured Instagram app for Windows Phone.

Upload picture and videos, apply filters, tag your friends, view posts on a map, etc…

Customize your photos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects.

Share your photos and videos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button.

  • 100% original filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Video recording with cut scenes
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare, VK
  • Unlimited picture uploads
  • geotag your posts
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Front & Back camera support
  • And much much more…

Why Better?

As we all know, 1st party titles don’t necessarily mean better titles.  True, 1st party developers have access to the super secret sauce and the APIs, but the world is filled with super talented 3rd party developers.  Maybe that is the case for Instragram.

If you look at the 5 start rating that 6tag currently has based on over 3,600 reviews, that is far better than the Instagram app is receiving on the iOS platform. 

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As of this writing, the official 1st party Instagram app is receiving 3 stars based on 2,300+ reviews with the haters nearly equal to the lovers of the app.

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(pic from iTunes store taken on 8/23/2013 at 8:30a EST)

If you have been waiting to adopt a Windows Phone because of Instagram, maybe you shouldn’t wait any longer.  It appears that the 6tag application will give you everything you have been wanting… and, maybe with a better experience.

You can also read another review about this app on Windows Phone Central.

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Windows Phone RemoteLink app for Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC

imageOnStar LLC  (a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC.) has just published their RemoteLink Windows App to the Windows Phone Store.  The app currently has 26 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars.   Here is the official Press Release.  I think this is perfect timing for the upcoming winter months (especially if you live in the North).  How about staying in your home and using the Remote Start to warm your car up.

Per the publisher:

OnStar RemoteLink offers an innovative way to connect to your vehicle. After downloading and registering the app, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC owners with an eligible 2010 model year or newer vehicle can use their mobile device to access real-time data from their vehicle and perform commands like unlocking doors remotely.

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Get the App

The application can be downloaded from this link.

Full Details from the Publisher

To connect your vehicle to RemoteLink, make sure you have: – An active OnStar subscription – A compatible mobile device – A compatible vehicle For help installing RemoteLink, go to onstar.com/mobile. OnStar RemoteLink offers an innovative way to connect to your vehicle. After downloading and registering the app, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC owners with an eligible 2010 model year or newer vehicle can use their mobile device to access real-time data from their vehicle and perform commands like unlocking doors remotely.

An active OnStar Directions & Connections or Safe & Sound service plan is required to access most features. If you purchased 2014 OnStar equipped vehicle and use RemoteLink just once during your OnStar trial or consecutive subscription, you’ll retain access to the Key Fob Services—Remote Start, Remote Door Lock and Remote Horn and Lights features—for five years from the date of delivery. Key Fob Services do not include any emergency or other OnStar services. Subsequent owners will be able to activate the remaining term by calling OnStar at 1.888.4.ONSTAR.

This application will collect device location and vehicle location and approximate GPS speed each time you use it. You can restrict our access to, or collection of, your device’s location by disabling the location features of your device or by not using the features of the app that require location information. It is not possible to restrict the access to, or collection of, vehicle location information or approximate GPS speed when you are using the app.

If you dispose of, sell, or transfer your vehicle, or your lease ends, you must notify us immediately at 1.888.4.ONSTAR to terminate your OnStar Plan or Remote Key Fob Services for that specific vehicle, and uninstall and cease to use the app.

Privacy Statement: https://www.onstar.com/web/portal/privacy

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Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners

imageBob Tabor, of LearnVisualStudio.NET, is back at it again.  He and Clint Rutkas put together a 35 part series on Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners.  You may have already watched the Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners, but for this series, Bob promises you that “you won’t recognize a single thing in this series because it has a lot of new things to learn.”

This video series was posted 6 days ago on MSDN’s Channel9 website, where you can also watch all of the recent BUILD 2013 videos.

Specifically for this series, the videos are located here and the source code can be downloaded here.

The 35 Part series includes:

Part 01 – Series Introductions

Part 02 – Installing Windows Phone SDK 8.0

Part 03 – Writing your First Windows Phone 8 App

Part 04 – Introduction to XAML

Part 05 – Basics of Layout and Events

Part 06 – Styling the App

Part 07 – Localizing the App

Part 08 – Understanding Compilation and Deployment

Part 09 – Overview of the Windows Phone 8 Emulator

Part 10 – Overview of the Databound App and Pivot App Project Templates

Part 11 – Setting Up the SoundBoard App

Part 12 – Improving the View Model and Sample Data

Part 13 – Styling Tiles in the LongListSelector

Part 14 – Binding to Real Data at Runtime

Part 15 – Playing a Sound when a ListItem is Selected

Part 16 – Working with the Application Bar

Part 17 – Introduction to Codin4Fun Toolkit

Part 18 – Navigating Between Pages

Part 19 – Setting up the RecordAudio.xaml Page

Part 20 – Recording an Audio Wav File

Part 21 – Permanently Save the Audio Wav File

Part 22 – Animating the Reel Grid with a Storyboard

Part 23 – Testing and Submitting to the Store

Part 24 – Getting Started with the AroundMe Project

Part 25 – Working with the Geolocator and Geoposition Classes

Part 26 – Retrieving a Photo from Flickr’s API

Part 27 – Navigating and Passing Data to the SearchResults Page

Part 28 – Understanding Async and Awaitable Tasks

Part 29 – Filtering the Results Keyword

Part 30 – Adding a Progress Indicator

Part 31 – Multiple Selection with the LongListMultiSelector

Part 32 – Animating Image Search Results

Part 33 – Working with the Lock Screen to Display an Image

Part 34 – Creating a Background Agent for Scheduled Tasks

Part 35 – Where to go from here

I’m a huge fan of Bob Tabor’s teaching style and this series looks to have a lot of great content.  I’m excited to watch this series myself.  Hope you enjoy.  If you do watch it, I would love to hear your feedback.

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Domino’s Pizza Delivers

imageToday, Domino’s Pizza released a Windows Phone application.  The interface and usability is superb and packs a number of great features.  The application is receiving a 5 start rating based on 130 reviews at the time of this post.

You can view the application in the Windows Phone Store.

There is also a UK and Ireland Domino’s Pizza app as well.  Go here.

Description from Publisher

Did Domino’s just launch an app for Windows Phone 8? Oh Yes We Did! Ordering Domino’s from your Windows Phone 8 is now convenient, easy and fun! Select from our Legends, Feast, and Artisan Pizzas. Can’t decide? Use our “Build your Own” feature to make the pizza just the way you like it. Got a taste for something other than pizza? You’ll love any of our chicken, pasta, sandwich, bread, or dessert options. And with the Domino’s Tracker® you can track your order from the moment you place it until it’s out of the oven, ready for pickup or delivery!

Features

  • The ability to order from almost any Domino’s in the U.S. (Nearly 5,000 locations) · Access to all the items on our national menu.
  • Find coupons available for use at your selected store.
  • The app will remember your most recent store and other useful information.
  • Sign in to your Pizza Profile to access your saved addresses and credit cards, or you may order as a guest.
  • Use Domino’s Tracker® to follow your order from the moment you place it until it’s out of the oven, ready for pickup or delivery
  • Use Windows Phone 8 speech recognition to select your favorite Domino’s items.
  • Designed and built in the USA.

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I absolutely love Pizza… and I want to thank Domino’s for publishing a fantastic application to the Windows Phone Store.  Hopefully we’ll see a Windows 8 application as well.

Domino’s is really changing the way they take care of their customers with innovative technologies.  If you are interested in how they are managing their stores (15,000 machines managed with System’s Center with only 2 administrators), read my previous post which includes their video case study.

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Flying the Friendly Skies with Windows Phone

Jet Airways is the newest member to add their application to the Windows Phone platform.  I thought I would take the time to share their app and to also put pointers to the Delta and American Airlines applications for Windows Phone.

Jet Airways

Do you fly the blue skies with Jet Airways?  If so, you are in luck.  Jet Airways has recently released their Windows Phone app.  Download the app today.

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Fly Delta

Maybe you fly Delta… there is an app for them as well.

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American Airlines

American Airlines also has an application for you.

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Are you an Android user considering a Windows Phone? There’s an App for that

Are you an Android smartphone user but considering the move to Windows Phone?  One of the hardest things to figure out is which apps are made readily available on another platform.

Today, Microsoft updated their Switch to Windows Phone app.  This app is to help you with understanding which apps you have installed on your Android smartphone are available on the Windows Platform.

If you are satisfied with the results, the app can save your results so you can retrieve them later to install on your new Windows Phone.

Try it out.  Download the Switch to Windows Phone app from the Google Play Store.

Publisher Description

Are you thinking about switching to Windows Phone and want a convenient way to migrate your app experiences over? Look no further, Windows Phone has an app for that!

Use Switch to Windows Phone to see how many of your Android apps are available on Windows Phone. Just run Switch to Windows Phone on your Android, and this app will check to see if your installed apps are available in the Windows Phone Store. It’s that easy.

Then (if you choose) Switch to Windows Phone can save your results so you can retrieve them later on your new Windows Phone and install the apps. You don’t need to remember every app you had on your Android, and you download only the apps you want.

Features:

  • Scan the installed apps on your phone
  • Find the Windows Phone equivalents
  • Save the personalized match results to retrieve later on your Windows Phone

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