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Microsoft Band SDK Preview now available

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The Microsoft Band SDK preview was made available back in February 2015 and can be downloaded from http://developer.microsoftband.com/

Here is some information from the developer site…

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers’ wrists.

Get started with the Microsoft Band SDK Preview

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers’ wrists.

Create amazing app experiences for Microsoft Band

Extend the experience of your application to your users’ wrists via a new dimension of interaction. Create an app that can send UI content to the band, keeping users engaged when they’re in motion. Your app can also receive data directly from the band sensors, giving your users more reasons to interact with it. Create a personalized, data-rich, custom experience and enhanced scenarios that will engage users in ways only possible with Microsoft Band.

Access sensors

Use a range of sensors including heart rate, UV, accelerometer, gyroscope, and skin temperature, as well as fitness data, to design cutting-edge user experiences.

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Create your tile

Keep users engaged and extend your app experience to Microsoft Band. Create tiles for the band that send glanceable notifications from your app to your users.

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Personalize your app

Monetize your app by offering users ways to customize the band. Change the color theme, or bring the Me Tile to life by changing the wallpaper.

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References

http://developer.microsoftband.com/

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How to: Unblock a downloaded file to avoid security warnings

Have you ever downloaded a file from the Internet or copied it from another computer and noticed that the file doesn’t behave as expected. This is most likely the result of certain security warnings that Windows has imposed on the file as it can’t determine trust.

To solve this issue, you need to Unblock the file.

To “unblock” a file, right-click the file in Windows Explorer and choose Properties from the context menu:

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Then click the Unblock button in the lower right-hand corner of the Properties dialog, and click OK or Apply:

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It’s important to note that ZIP files need to be “unblocked” before their contents are extracted otherwise the contents won’t be extracted and/or behave correctly.

Enjoy!

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 Now Available

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 is now available to download and is primarily focused on bug fixes.

VS2012.3 is an incrementally smaller update than its two predecessors: it includes a few new capabilities, but is focused primarily on bug fixes.  You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.  If you’ve already installed VS2012.2, this update will install on top of it, and if you haven’t, this update includes all of the features from VS2012.1 and VS2012.2, so you can install it on top of either of those or on the RTM release and still get all of the value from those previous updates.  Note that it’s important to install this update if you need to be able to "round-trip" projects between Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013, or if you want to run Visual Studio 2012 on the Windows 8.1 Preview. – S.Somasegar

Download VS2012.3 now!

References

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/26/visual-studio-2013-preview.aspx

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Hello WordPress!

Hello WordPress. I’ve moved my blog over to WordPress from Spaces. I must say, I’m really impressed with what WordPress has to offer.

Look for more blog posts coming soon.

Callon

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1,300 laid off at Blue Mountain

I can’t believe this, but Blue Mountain has closed it’s ski operations this season due to the unusual weather conditions were having.

“Ontario’s largest ski resort has laid off 1,300 workers after closing down its ski operations in the middle of the winter season for the first time in the resort’s 65-year history.” – Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/News/article/168295

This sucks as I wanted to get out and ride my board before heading to Banff to ski the Big 3.

I think there is hope of skiing in Quebec at Mt. Tremblant. Jonathan…hook us up!!!

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Hello, World!

This is my first blog entry. Where in the world have I been? Anyway to follow a long time tradition in the development world, its customary to do the following…

"Hello, World!"

Cheers,
Callon