Author Archives: Andrew Long

About Andrew Long

Web developer, Windows Phone developer: http://bit.ly/andrewlongWP, IBM Bluemix Evangelist: http://bit.ly/bluemixtrial

Implementing an “App News” Live Tile in Windows Phone 8

Even if your app doesn’t have frequently updating content, it is easy to implement a cool live tile for your Windows Phone 8 app if you have a twitter account. One of the coolest features of Windows Phone since Windows … Continue reading

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The perils of relying on 3rd-party APIs

As I assume is the case for most developers of mobile apps, we spend a lot of our development time working with 3rd-party API’s.  I know with my apps I use API’s from FourSquare, YouTube, the FAA, Bitly, Groupon, the … Continue reading

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WP7 Mango SDK AdControl Bug

I’ve recently had an issue getting an update to one of my apps through certification.  The problem reported by testing was that the app did not resume properly. For the life of me I could not re-create the issue until … Continue reading

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Windows Phone Mango Compass v1.2 Preview

Much to my (pleasant) surprise, my app Mango Compass, which just dropped in the Windows Phone Marketplace about a week ago, has turned into a bit of a hit, with downloads far exceeding any expectations I had for it. Feedback … Continue reading

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Tiger Woods is a Man With a Plan

Tiger Woods has a plan and I’m surprised no one (that I know of) from the mainstream golf media has figured it out yet. We all know Tiger’s main plan, to better Jack’s record of 18 major championships, but I … Continue reading

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Just a note about the “Mango Compass” Windows Phone app

My new Windows Phone 7 app “Mango Compass” was recently published into the marketplace. I have seen a few reviews saying simply that the app “doesn’t work”. It is important to note that you must be running your carrier’s official … Continue reading

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Gratuitous with Augmented Reality Functionality Approved For WP7 Marketplace

After a few cosmetic improvements with the augmented reality functionality, my tip calculator/foursquare client/yelp review search app Gratuitous has been approved for the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Version 2.0 should be visible and available for download sometime in the next 24 … Continue reading

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More Augmented Reality in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

A couple weeks ago I posted about augmented reality functionality that I was working on adding to my tip calculator/foursquare client app “Gratuitous”.  I wanted to share another video with you all of what I am working on with my … Continue reading

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Augmented Reality in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

One of the cool scenarios enabled by Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is augmented reality.  The Motion API and direct access the the camera stream enable these scenarios for Windows Phone developers.  For more information on these API’s check out the MSDN … Continue reading

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Unexpected errors in rGov Congress WP7 app

If you are a user of my rGov Congress app for Windows Phone 7, you may have recently experienced the app terminating unexpectedly.  Because of the increased popularity and number of users of the app, we are hitting the limit … Continue reading

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