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Windows Phone Company Hub : Checking version of installed apps

  This is a small folluw-up to my post about company hub. When getting the list of installed apps, it would be nice to know their version, so we could check if there is an upgrade and warn the user. There is indeed a way, and it is simple : just check the Id property on the package list you have. This property is a PackageId class where you can find [...]

No endpoints compatible with Silverlight 3 were found

Doing some Windows Phone 8 dev, I got a weird error some days ago. I was updating a WCF service reference when I got this : After breaking my head, the culprit was the Phone Toolkit (at least the version 4.2013.8.16). Just remove the Nuget package, update the reference then add the package again will do the trick. (more...)

Controlling Sphero using Windows Phone 8

  I went to the Bluetooth session at Build 2013 (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/3-026). The session itself was so-so (only 30min, and not enough details for me) but we got a nice surprise at the end : the attendees (at least the firsts of them) will get a Sphero ! Sphero is a ball than can be controlled by Bluetooth. There are several [...]

Raw Notifications on Windows Phone 8

  Let’s talk about a kind of notification that is not as much known as its siblings Tile or Toast but that can be also very useful : the Raw Notification. What is it? Well it is the third kind if push notification. The characteristics are : It is not visual, it is just data pushed to your application. There is no fixed format, you can send anything [...]

Windows Phone authenticated push notifications

  There are 2 limitation of the basic push notifications on windows phone : Limited to 500 notifications per day per subscription (which should be ok for most of us) Notification is not encrypted   If you want to lift those limitations, you need to use authenticated push notifications. There are 5 steps to follow : Buy a certificate Install the [...]

Lockscreen counter and text on Windows Phone 8

  Time now kind of follow-up on my article about dynamic lock screen. Not only you can set the background, but your app can also provide some information to the user (If the user added it on the lock screen)   The two kind of information you can show on lock screen are a counter and a text. Basically, it is a dispatch of the text/counter of your primary [...]

Phone 8 dynamic fractal lock screen background

A new feature of Windows Phone 8 is you can have application that can change the lock screen background. To tell the OS your app is a lock screen background provider, you have to add an Extension in the WMAppManifest.xml, just after the area : Now your app should appears as background provider for the lock screen :   To set the background, [...]

Phone 8 Wallet I : Deals

This is the first part of a series about the Windows Phone 8 Wallet. The menu : Phone 8 Wallet I : Deals Phone 8 Wallet II : Membership and Transactions Phone 8 Wallet III : WalletAgents Phone 8 Wallet IV : Wallet and NFC   You can see deals as coupons. It appears like this in Wallet :   First thing first, before you can use Wallet in your application, [...]

Phone 8 Wallet III : WalletAgents

This is the third part of a series about the Windows Phone 8 Wallet. The menu : Phone 8 Wallet I : Deals Phone 8 Wallet II : Membership and Transactions Phone 8 Wallet III : WalletAgents Phone 8 Wallet IV : Wallet and NFC   Let’s talk about Wallet Agents. Not much to talk about it as it is fairly simple (If you are not using payment as I do).   What [...]

Phone 8 Wallet II : Membership and Transactions

This is the second part of a series about the Windows Phone 8 Wallet. The menu : Phone 8 Wallet I : Deals Phone 8 Wallet II : Membership and Transactions Phone 8 Wallet III : WalletAgents Phone 8 Wallet IV : Wallet and NFC   Wallet can be used to pay (What a surprise !). For that, you have several classes, depending on what you want to achieve : OnlinePaymentInstrument, [...]