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Calling Web Service from Windows Phone 8 App

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In this post we will take a look at how to call a web service from a Windows Phone 8 app and retrieve data in JSON format. We will be calling a simple REST web service from our sample application to retrieve the latest weather information and display the same.

Web Service

We will be using the weather API provided by OpenWeatherMap.org. The Api is simple and free to use and provides current weather information as well as weather forecast from the next few days. The api provides various options to get the weather information based on Location, Pin Code, Latitude/Longitude coordinated etc. We will be using the below mentioned api call to get the weather forecast data for a week based on Pin Code. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mako

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:57 am

Windows Phone 8.1 Hands On

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Microsoft recently released Windows Phone 8.1 as a developer preview for Developer Unlocked phones. Anyone having a developer unlocked phone can install the OS update and get to try out the new features. I installed it on my Lumia 520 and here are some of the new features which are worth mentioning.

New Features

Cortana (Personal Assistant)

‘Cortana’ is a digital personal assistant and Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Siri and Google Now. Currently it is only available to US region only but even if you are from a different region you can try it out by changing your phone’s Location setting to US. This is one of the biggest new feature introduced and it is here to make your life easier. Instead of searching for anything, you can ask Cortana to do it for you. It can be voice activated or you can simply type in the questions that you want to ask. You can ask things like “Set a reminder for gym at 5 am”, “Play Wake Me Up by Greenday”, “Find bars near my place” etc. Currently as it for US region only, the location based search won’t work well if you are in some other regions but for other things, it worked great.

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Written by Mako

February 20th, 2014 at 6:49 pm