Kunal-Chowdhury.com - Microsoft Technology Blog for developers and consumers: January 2014

How a #WPDev can identify whether shutter was pressed Half or Full?

If you are a Windows Phone app developer and building a Camera application, you might want to know whether the user pressed the shutter key half or full. In general pressing the shutter key half sets the focus to an object and pressing it completely captures the view.

 

In this short blog post, we will learn how to subscribe for the shutter key press events and identify whether the user pressed it half or full.



Microsoft soon to rename SkyDrive to OneDrive

You might have already known that, the UK firm named BSkyB raised a complaint against Microsoft infringing the name of their online cloud storage service “SkyDrive” and then a settlement was made providing Microsoft a time to change the brand of their service.

 

Today, General Manager of Microsoft consumer apps & services Ryan Gavin announced that, they are soon going to rename their popular cloud storage service “SkyDrive” to “OneDrive”.


How to check the supported Camera Type in Windows Phone?

If you are a WPDev and building Windows Phone app and/or game that uses primary or secondary (front facing camera), you might need to check whether the device supports either or both of them. Windows Phone SDK provides APIs to check for supported camera type.

 

In this blog post, we will discuss about this API and learn how to know whether the phone supports either or both of those camera types.


Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 1

Microsoft released the RTM version of Visual Studio 2013 in October 2013 and after that, this is the first release of an update for it named “Visual Studio 2013 Update 1”. This version includes a set of fixes for the issues and improvements requested by the users.

 

Here I am sharing the download links for you to download and install the update before it pops up in the Visual Studio update notification area.


How to retrieve Free Space details in WP programmatically?

How many of you want to check the available free space in your Windows Phone device? It is very simple to get the details from the settings page. But think about a case where you want to check the free space from your app and want to chose some logic to notify the user.

 

In this small but useful post, we will discuss about the API and will share a small piece of code, which will allow you to know the available free space in user’s phone device.


Nokia started rolling out Lumia Black for WP8

Another good news for the Nokia Lumia (Windows Phone 8) users. From today, Nokia started rolling out Lumia Black update to it’s entire set of Windows Phone 8 devices, a big update after Amber. This update consists of new features and apps for you.

 

You will get this update notification within a few days, based on your residing country, carrier and device. To know more about this update, continue reading.



Microsoft: #WP8 users can upgrade to #WindowsPhone 8.1

Good news to all Windows Phone 8 users. Greg Sullivan, the director of Windows Phone public relation, confirmed in an interview that all Windows Phone 8 users can upgrade their device OS to Windows Phone 8.1 (which is most likely going to release this spring, as per different source).

 

It’s not yet confirmed what are the new things coming with WP8.1, but  surely there will be something new for the consumers.


Clipboard API in Windows Phone

Windows Phone by default provides the inbuilt mechanism to support Clipboard Copy, Paste functionalities and shows the proper icon in any TextBox control. But in some case, you may need to handle the copy experience explicitly.

 

This small post will discuss about the API and the code that you can use in your Windows Phone application. Continue reading.


Simplest way to Encrypt and Decrypt of data in Windows Phone apps

Sometime we need to provide an encryption mechanism to protect user data in phone and/or sharing the data over internet to a database. Data security should be always maintain by a developer to protect the content of the application that the user enters.

 

If you are building an app and looking for some way to implement the mechanism, here is a wrapper class for you to do encryption and decryption of a string literal easily.


For #WPDev, a new set of WP8 Emulators are now available

Microsoft released a new set of Windows Phone 8 emulators for the Windows Phone developers to support development environments for both WP8 Update 2 and Update 3 release. If you are targeting your apps  for a large screen display, must try out them in the new emulator before submitting for certification.

 

Let’s discuss little on the new set of emulators in this post. You will also find the appropriate links towards the Microsoft Download Centre to install them in your development environment.

 
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