What’s New in Windows Phone 8 (6 out of 8)–Location services and maps

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Windows Phone 8 brings long awaited updates to location services and brand new map control (with associated services) which is based on Nokia maps. Location services So what’s new in location services. First of all – the new WinRT API which is shared with Windows 8. To use location services application must declare the following capability in application manifest: <Capability Name="ID_CAP_LOCATION" /> The “main” class – Geolocator – belongs to Windows.Devices.Geolocation namespace and enables location tracking in good old “events” way and also new async model as follows: ...

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta – What’s New (Part 1/11)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Long awaited Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Win8 CP) just released! It is not come alone, but accompanied with Visual Studio 11 Beta (VS11)! Both products available for download. The links are: Win8 CP download is available here. Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8 download available here. So what’s new for developers? First think you will meet right after installing VS11 is facelift. Compare – VS2010 & VS11: VS11 got Metro-ish face lift! The icons are flat and grey, windows got flat look and feel...

Windows Phone 7 Quick Tip: How to use Bing Maps in XNA games

Friday, October 22, 2010

A few days ago, a colleague of mine pointed out to this site which shows a Bing Maps usage within XNA game. I was intrigued how to achieve it… I know that Silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7 could use Bing Maps control (see great usage tutorial here), but XNA games cannot render Silverlight controls… To solve it, I decided to use a different approach for XNA – download image tiles and present them in XNA game. Let’s get started. First, in order to use Bing Maps API you need a Bing Maps Account and Application Private Key. The Bing Maps...