Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.

Custom phone with the modular Project Ara

The guys over at Motorola, now a part of Google, want to make a phone that can be cusomtised and changed by plugging modules together to form a phone.

“We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.” says the Motorola Blog entry

Here is a taste of some of the early designs:

Interesting concept, and looks like it will be fun to play with but I wonder how practical it may be.

Nexus 5 Leaks

The Nexus 5 isn’t exactly new news but it is a new phone that is eargerly awaited by many mobile device enthusiasts world wide.

The new Google/ASUS Phone packs some awesome features but the list of specs has been leaked so much you are left wondering exactly what it is going to pack.

We have a new leak now thanks to WIND Mobile who revealed the full spec list.

Screen: 4.95″ 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Cameras: 1.3MP front facing 8MP rear facing OIS

Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm

Weight: 130 grams

Operating System: OS Android 4.4, KitKat

Chip Set: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/NFC (Android Beam) / Bluetooth 4.0

Storage / Memory / Ram: 16GB or 32GB internal storage 2GB RAM

Ports & Connectors: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, dual microphones, ceramic power and volume buttons

via Nexus 5 Leaks Again For ‘Pre-Registration’ With A Full Spec List | Gizmodo Australia.

WinUnleaked.tk » Windows 8 Beta « Escrow »

It’s official,

Windows 8 reached Escrow staging,

The last Pre-BETA build is the 8189.0.winmain.120120-1830 (end of coding).

Now, Microsoft working on the final Beta build of Windows 8, this step is called « Escrow » and started the 23rd January,

Some builds are already compiled from this Escrow step, 8191.0.winmain.120124-1748 and 8192.0.winmain.120125-1820,

Microsoft planned to sign off final Beta build this week then show this build during an internal preview.

Stay tuned!

via WinUnleaked.tk » Windows 8 Beta « Escrow ».