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Today Microsoft finally releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer is 20% faster for real world web sites and there is also a 60% increase in support modern web standards.

As mentioned on the IEBlog today, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7…

improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

The biggest news on the Windows 7 front is performance.

IE 10 for Windows 7 in the real world is 20 percent faster than IE 9. We spent a lot of time on this.

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More Nokia announcements today on exclusive Nokia Lumia apps…

  • GoPro app
  • Burton and  Burton Sequencer apps
  • Foursquare app
  • Tumblr (official) app

Finally Nokia has struck a deal with Dreamworks Animation. Dreamworks will use Nokia’s API to create rich, interactive entertainment experiences exclusively for Nokia devices. No details on what ‘interactive entertainment experiences’ are coming, but we should know more later this year and hopefully see them in the second half of 2013.

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Windows Phone Dev Center App

February 25, 2013

Came across a great Windows Phone app that lets you track your app and provides all kinds of great data about it.

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Good app developers know how to keep their customers happy. The Windows Phone Dev Center app (preview) gives you all that great data about how your app is doing in the real world to help you make it the best it can be. Access download and crash trends, and read user reviews quickly from your phone.

IMPORTANT: This app requires a Windows Phone Dev Center account and won’t work without one.

Key features:

• Secure connection to Windows Phone Dev Center.
• Downloads and crash trends for 5d, 1m, 6m, and 1y periods.
• User reviews translated to a language of your choice.
• Live Tile updates of new downloads and crashes.
• Ability to share links to your apps.
• Payment info.

Check it out:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/dev-center/2d3063c2-4b29-4e69-9c03-50b67b0e6aec

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Excellent post on new announcements for Nokia HERE location apps. Read more.

HERE Maps, HERE Drive Beta and HERE Transit are all available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphone users.

HERE Drive+ and HERE City Lens remain an exclusive for Nokia Lumia devices.

Enjoy!

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I love my Nokia Lumia 920.

null is not false

February 21, 2013

I came across some interesting C# posts on “null is not false” by Eric Lippert. Thought I would share the links.

Null is not false – Part 1

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert/archive/2012/03/26/null-is-not-false.aspx

Null is not false – Part 2

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert/archive/2012/04/13/10293219.aspx

Enjoy!

I came across an interesting post today on Entity Framework 4.0 vs Data Access Application Block that I thought I would share…

http://forums.asp.net/post/4170460.aspx

Personally, I prefer to use Entity Framework. It’s cleaner and more flexible in my opinion.

Also, Enterprise Library is still at Version 5.0, while Entity Framework is constantly being updated. EF 5.0 is out now and it’s a lot better compared to EF 4.x, especially with regard to performance. Work is already underway for version 6 and beyond, plus Entity Framework has been open sourced.

To me, the Data Access Application Block that is part of Enterprise Library is dead. It’s not really maintained and it’s no longer the preferred data access technology recommended by Microsoft.

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