February 28th, 2013

The state of Windows 8 apps

It’s great to see your app in the New Releases section of the Windows 8 Store, it means people can see it without searching for your app specifically. Then you see some of the apps that are also in the New Releases and you think “why?!”. Here are a few examples I found while browsing the New Releases on the Windows 8 Store. You’ll see what I mean. MORE

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January 25th, 2013

A look at my Asus Vivo Tab

I’ve bought my first tablet! Last Saturday I ordered the Asus Vivo Tab TF810C from Amazon.co.uk and it arrived on Monday. I’ve been really excited about this specific tablet after some research into Windows 8 tablets last year. It was a difficult decision between this and the Microsoft Surface Pro. I chose the Vivo Tab because it it has a far longer battery life (Asus say up to 19 hours with the keyboard dock, we’ll see about that), and a bigger screen. While pricing hasn’t been announced in the UK for the Surface Pro yet, I’m pretty sure the Vivo Tab is also cheaper. There are no fans in the Vivo Tab too, and when it sits in the keyboard dock it can fold like a laptop and the screen can be at any angle, the Surface has only one position using the kickstand. MORE

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January 20th, 2013

Introducing Kuler Touch for Windows 8

I really wanted to focus on UI for my next Windows 8 app. I’ve got the C# down quite well so I wanted to make a good looking app with XAML. I knew about Adobe Kuler from previous experience with the site and I thought what a great way to focus on UI with an app about colours. Adobe Kuler, for those who don’t know, is a website and API that lets users create and share colour swatches. These could be used for whatever, making themes for your own project or inspiration for a wallpaper etc. MORE

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