Wemlin now available for Windows Phone 8

If you live in Switzerland and use the public transportation from Zürcher Verkehrsverbund, OSTWIND or LIECHTENSTEINmobil, this app will get you to where you have to go – easy and fast.

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It has been developed by the cool crew at Netcetera and can be downloaded from http://www.windowsphone.com/de-ch/store/app/wemlin/5cad8cfa-8b54-4193-8448-b5613c7934f3

Building a working QR Code from Lego Bricks.

During a recent holiday I had the idea of creating a working QR code from Lego bricks. This is how it turned out:

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The Making of:

First, I created a URL QR code for my domain, http://corti.com on http://qrcode.kaywa.com/.

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The next step was to port the black blocks to a grid – I used Excel for the task.

Lego QR 1

Next, I split the black areas into the largest possible Lego bricks available. The result looks as follows with the various colors representing different kinds of Lego bricks.

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With the resulting number of required bricks, I headed over to Lego’s Pick a Brick and ordered the required amount of the flattest possible bricks called “plates”.

After a week I had all the parts I needed.

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Putting everything together in the next pictures.

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The last step was getting a fitting picture frame from Ikea.

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And yes, I am missing one “pixel” which I will add as soon as I get my hands on another black 1*1 plate… :) The QR code still works thanks to error correction.

Kinect face tracking based user interface.

I just stumbled upon this great project by David Newman. The system integrates Kinect facetracking and a custom-built wireless EEG headset for hands-free computer control.

My Celtic Cross Tarot for Windows 8 is now available in the Store as a free download.

One of my recent pet projects I have been working on in my spare time (to put the new Surface Pro to good use…) was to create an implementation of the classic “Celtic Cross” Tarot that would guide the user step by step through a reading, even for users that have no previous knowledge of Tarot readings.

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The app makes use of the “Sharing Charm” in Windows 8 to allow the user to share the result so it can be kept it for further reference.

I added some visual effects but left out sound so the app wouldn’t seem too much like a game.

It uses the classic Rider-Waite deck and way of interpreting the major Tarot Arcana, including the differentiation between normal and reversed cards.

The app can be downloaded for free here, if you want to give it a try: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/celtic-cross-tarot/1d584f86-3e18-44e7-bade-179f7b89585f

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Begin the reading by asking your question.

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See the meaning of each card while you select it from the deck.

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After all ten cards has been selected, each card is revealed and its reading is presented.

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In the end, the full reading is summarized.

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You can share the question and the reading using Windows 8’s share charm.

Windows 8.1 Resources for Developers

Windows 8.1 has been announced last week at the //build/ conference in San Francisco.

Now is the perfect time to get yourself up to speed on what is new in Windows 8.1 for developers, try the new Visual Studio 2013 preview and install the preview build of Windows 8.1.

The following, small collection of links hopefully helps you in getting your bearings in the matter.

Build 2013 Session Recordings
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013

Windows 8.1 app samples
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-8-Modern-Style-App-Samples

Download Visual Studio 2013 Preview for Windows
http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-downloads

Get the standalone Windows 8.1 SDK
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=294834

Download the Windows 8.1 samples pack
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-8-Modern-Style-App-Samples/file/60708/47/Windows%208%20app%20samples.zip

Windows App Certification Kit 3.0
http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/apps/bg127575

Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=299013

Multilingual App Toolkit
http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/apps/bg127574

Windows 8.1 New APIs and features
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/bg182410

Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=306678

Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide (PDF Download)
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=302189

Migration guide for app builders
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=304117

Internet Explorer 11 Preview Guide for Developers
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/bg182636

Testing Your Windows Phone 8 Apps Series.

The second part of the series on “Testing Your Windows Phone 8 Apps” has now been published on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. Testing your apps before releasing them to the store can make a huge difference. A small investment in the key areas described in this post can give your app better results in your market and help bypass common coding errors early in the development process.

Testing your Windows Phone app – Part 1 – Released May 1, 2013

  • Beta testing
  • Installation and launch
  • Fast Application Switching (FAS) and tombstoning
  • App navigation
  • Launchers and choosers
  • UI and layout

Testing your Windows Phone app – Part 2 – Released May 22, 2013

  • Push notification
  • Live Tiles
  • Agents
  • Media, audio, and video
  • Geolocation
  • Resource usage and performance

Surface Pro in Switzerland – Availability Date and Price announced.

Via: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/mediacorner/de/PressRelease.aspx?title=Surface_Pro_kommt_in_die_Schweiz___&id=8ea440d0-c945-446e-b359-062882c09fe7

Surface Pro will be available in Switzerland on May 30th, priced as follows:

  64 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 959.-
128 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 1‘059.-

The following accessories will be available at launch:

• Touch Cover at CHF 130.- (recommended retail price)

• Type Cover at CHF 140.- (recommended retail price)

• Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition at CHF 79.90 (recommended retail price)

WebMatrix 3 released, ready for free download.

WebMatrix is a free, lightweight web development tool we first introduced in 2010, and which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js.  

Today’s release includes a ton of great new features.  You can easily get started by downloading it, and watching an introduction video:

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Get more in-depth information on http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/05/01/announcing-the-release-of-webmatrix-3.aspx

OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin

It’s only been a few weeks since Microsoft has released an update for the free OneNote app for Windows 8. Today, the company released yet another update that adds a feature that will please many users who access OneNote on touchscreen devices like the Surface.

As described on the official Office blog, the new version now allows anyone to draw on the app just with their finger on a touchscreen, instead of using a pen or stylus. To access the feature, users simply tap on the app’s radial menu and select the Draw option.

via OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin.