Sometimes All You Need is a Spark!

fluvium When Philip Hooker, owner of a consulting company in Farmington CT called Acellan, purchased a new Windows 8 computer he did not know what it would spark.

Philip was a programmer by that was fluent in Java but has a background in design when he attended Kenyon College in Ohio. Philip was interested in the new UI/UX design that the Windows platform championed and decided he would start looking into building apps for Windows.

Watch the video below to learn what was the spark for Acellan.

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Gifs N Giggles Released for the Windows Store

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My newest app has jus made it to the Windows Store. It is called Gifs N Giggles. The app is powered by Giphy.com and utilizes its repository of animated gifs for you enjoyment.

My first release is just consuming the Giphy API to show the top trending and most recent gifs. There is a feature called “Make me Giggle”, which will get a random gif. Sharing is done via the Windows charms bar for now.

My next release will add some for features. I am thinking of adding a meme generator, like and dislike functions, rating/ranking and more.

I am using the MVP (minimum viable product) approach to get a product in the market, test and gather feedback and iterate on it.

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Go download it now and let me know what you think.

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Microsoft Workshops for April and May

spring has sprungSpring has sprung and so have our workshops and events for the Connecticut region! I have been hosting workshops at the Microsoft Stores, on campus events and Build Your Biz workshops.

What we have lined up over the next few weeks makes these workshops even more exciting.

We have a great contests going on to support these workshops.

First we have a BAM or Best App a Month contest. Attend a workshop session or Studio Time and create a Windows 8 app for a chance to win a Dell Venue Pro tablet.

And then check out the giveaways at the //publish event

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Build 2014 – Microsoft Announcements for Windows 8.1

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Microsoft announced a lot of new updates and features during Day 1 of the //build conference. From new hardware to Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Cortana, there is a lot to be excited about.

The Windows 8.1 Update delivers a collection of refinements designed to give people a more familiar and convenient experience across touch, keyboard and mouse inputs. It also brings improvements for business customers, really accelerates opportunity for developers, and enables device makers to offer lower cost devices.

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SkyDrive is now OneDrive – Time to Update

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Microsoft has updated SkyDrive app to become OneDrive app. If you do not have SkyDrive or OneDrive installed, it is real simple to get going. If you have it installed, it is still pretty simple.

New Installations:

Head on over to OneDrive.com and download the app. OneDrive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OneDrive is available for Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also available for Mac OS X.

Have a Tablet? No problem. OneDrive is available for it as well.

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OneDrive is even available for your mobile phone.
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Installation is straightforward and if you activate photo synching, you get some extra storage. Also, refer friends, get more space as well!

Upgrading Installations

If you are installing on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, running the setup from the links above will upgrade you to OneDrive.

On Mac OS X, head on over to the App Store and run the upgrade from there.

Tablets – head to your marketplace or store and perform the updates.

Phone – head to the marketplace or store and perform the update as well.

Features

The update brings a new thumbnail view, improved view of shared files, the ability to share multiple items at once, the ability to pin folders to your Start screen, open your OneDrive files in other apps, and bug fixes and performance improvements. A worthwhile update!