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Nokia Update 3, Nokia Black and Apps

A nice surprise today the Nokia Black update appeared on my Nokia 1020. The update brings some great new features but also a hidden fix for those of us running the GDR3 developer preview which now allows correct use of the PlayTo feature.

Updated Nokia Glance

Glance now includes other notifications from apps similar to the lock screen also now in fetching blue and green.


The Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera are have been merged, for 1020 users Raw DNG is now supported and updated imaging algorithms, including a new oversampling algorithm for photos.

There is also support for the Refocus App which is an amazing focus after picture

Driving Mode

Driving mode is great, set up to reduce alerts and noise when driving, for example when my lumia pairs with my car

kit only phone calls and text messages can alert me, simple and brilliant

Nokia Beamer

The new Nokia beamer app

To use Beamer, download the app from the Nokia area of the Store. On the “Target” machine navigate to the page

scan the QR code on the page with the app and when you shake (or permanent view) your phone the image of whatever the phone is showing turns up on the page

this is GREAT news for live demos where visual studio emulation is not viable.

Nokia Storyteller Beta App

This app was only available for 1520 and 2520 units, but now available to all, the app categorises your photos by where and when they were taken along with maps to give a great way to share memories

App Folders

Nokia have also released App Folders which is a downloadable app from the store, App Folders allows apps to be grouped and pinned as a group on the front screen.

Bits and Bobs

Black brings support for Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), which I think will start to have an impact later in the year

Ringtone Support: More locations support custom ringtones

Improved Storage Management: The Storage management is much improved

App Shutdown: Easily done using App switcher

Screen Rotation Lock: At last


Update for Windows Phone Developers

In a wrap from last year I am posting some summary's of key information from the last few months that people may have missed.

Since the Windows Phone team made the update 3 available to developers there is now a new set of Images for Update 3

These images allows you to test on Update 3 at the same resolutions as Update 2 but also at 1080 x 1920 resolution screens for phones such as the Lumia 1520. Get Update 3 for the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK Here 

if you haven't got update 3 on your Windows Phone 8 look here

The  Windows Phone Dev Center also has a very useful change, Beta apps which used to expire after 90 days, however now the apps do not expire and it is up to you as the developer to expire/change/use as needed.This is very welcome change as it will allow developers to run rapid delivery long running parallel Beta/Test programs.

Also the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store have merged accounts and costs (At last) and at the same time reduced the costs significantly to 12 UKP for and individual and 65 UKP for a company. Remember if you have a MSDN subscription there store is free with the code you get from your MSDN subscription page.


Tech Update

It is that time of year, our Annual Tech Update is upon us.

if you are an IT manager or IT pro come to the morning and find out what happened in 2013 and see a roadmap for all Microsoft Technologies for 2014 from Windows to SharePoint, from SQL Server to Azure

register here Tech Update for Microsoft Technologies for the IT Pro

if you are a Development Manager or Developer come to the afternoon and see the update and Roadmap for developers and development technologies

register here Tech Update for Microsoft Technologies for Developers

I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks


Feeling the Microsoft Developer Love on Phone 8

it has been a general gripe in the developer community that preview updates for Windows Phone are carrier dependant and to say the least the Windows Phone team rarely allowed early access.

But this has changed, the latest update (Update 3) is available as a preview for developers (FEEL THE LOVE) through the new developer program


i) You need to have a developer account on

(if you don't have one, you should coz they are fab)


ii) You need to have a developer unlocked phone (using the above account)


iii) have an App Studio account

head over to this page Windows Phone Preview for Developers

the updates for Visual Studio aren’t out yet, but this release has no API changes, I suspect we will have to wait until Windows Phone 8.1 for that Smile

***WARNING*** this update may void your carrier warranty READ the Terms and Conditions


Microsoft Mathematics 2013 for Word and OneNote

Every now and again I post about the great tooling for kids and geeks that Microsoft product, the latest update in this set is the Microsoft Mathematics 2013 update for Word and OneNote.

The add in allows you to

• Compute standard mathematical functions, such as roots and logarithms
• Compute trigonometric functions, such as sine and cosine
• Find derivatives and integrals, limits, and sums and products of series
• Perform matrix operations, such as inverses, addition, and multiplication
• Perform operations on complex numbers
• Plot 2-D graphs in Cartesian and polar coordinates
• Plot 3-D graphs in Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates
• Solve equations and inequalities
• Calculate statistical functions, such as mode and variance, on lists of numbers
• Factor polynomials or integers
• Simplify or expand algebraic expressions

all from with in word and OneNote

Get it Here


Kinect 1.7 update now out

Kinect for Windows has just had a update to version 1.7. The Kinect team are calling it "our most significant update to the SDK since we released the first version"

And they are right, it is just awesome , will be talking a lot about Kinect 1.7 over the next few months.

The new version includes

Kinect Fusion -   3D object scanning application  creates live 3D models

New recognisable gestures - push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan

and new multiple users and two person interactions

along with Microsoft pushing a bunch of code samples to CodePlex in a move to deliver open source samples get them here

Get the SDK here

and the Developer toolkit is here remember you need both kits (install the SDK first)


Windows 8 Developer Rewards (free phones,games)

The great people over in the Windows Team have set up a rewards program to thank developers for producing great Windows 8 Applications

if you are developing or want to develop for Windows Look at and Register with

for some great rewards.

The amount and value of the rewards are staggering, from Xbox Subscriptions to Samsung TV’s

There are added bonus for early adopters such as free Windows Phones, copies of Halo.

register today, its free.

when you go to the site to claim your points, if you fill in the who referred you as either

Robert Hogg or Black Marble

it help us get more support for future Windows 8 events has all of the data you need to start

for quick starts on using windows 8 I have several posts on using windows 8 for developers and a windows 8 overview video



TypeScript 0.83 update

Wow the typescript guys are busy the new version has a bunch of compiler improvements and fixes especially around large project compilation speed and consistency in the visual studio experience.

Great improvements in the Visual Studio delivery allowing direct connection to projects not in scope, allowing debugging of files which are not in the current project.

Get it Here