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  • Xbox One Kinect Adapter for Windows

    Posted on August 12th, 2015 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    Let the games begin!
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  • Recent rankings of RADYO

    Posted on January 18th, 2015 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    RADYO has been featured again on Windows Phone 3 times recently on 1st, 9th and 15th of Jan, 2015.

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    RADYO captured the first place on Android in Music category, leaving popular and well-known applications behind.

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    Besides in popularity in iOS devices, Mac OS X version got a lot of attention too!

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  • Google said: Functionality is irrelevant for getting apps featured on Play Store

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Yesterday, Google officially told in Istanbul, Turkey: Functionality is irrelevant while determining featured apps for a country. UI is everything for an app to get featured. Only apps with the perfect graphics or the app that was somehow partnered with Google will be selected. It is said that only 1 single Turkish app was selected by Google. Google says that they have to fill the screen with apps featured in USA if there are no cool looking apps in Turkey or in any other country.

    This idea breaks competition between apps and demotivates developers. It is also just a show-off of Google employees.

    As a side note: Microsoft and Apple do this localization of application store contents in a better way. Microsoft > Apple > Google

    Google may be right. But as a user on and a developer on all these platforms, I do want to see local content. I care less about apps mainly created for other regions of the world. I would prefer badly designed local content than perfectly designed foreign content.

    Assume that Google is perfectly right about what they are doing. In that case it is obvious that there is a common and a big problem related to UI guidelines or how they get interpreted by designers and developers; as only 1 single app was designed ‘that good’ from all of those applications, developers and companies. When compared with Apple and Microsoft, almost all of the apps are from the local region.

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  • Revisiting an old post: Harmless Future optimizations for xillions

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    Once upon a time, I have written a blog post related to optimizations for X numbers of users: http://cahit.hayalet.net/blog/543/harmless-future-optimizations-for-xillions (opens in new window)

    I have found another good example to this today:

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    Could you catch it?

    Live Tile of Mail application in my Windows Phone 8 device shows 478, the number of new/unread emails.

    The Question: Is it O.K.?

    For me, not.

    What would a possible response be?

    Dudetta! Read some mails and it’ll drop to 2 digits or just touch the tile for god sake!

    This answer is soooo COOL! O-yeah!

    The Question: Why not fix it?

    Possible Answer: Fix what?

    This may be an understandable problem for some and i respect them, however i do it for none of my projects. If i wait a little longer it will hit 4 digits. I just can’t answer users and customers with “Read some of them, just touch it and it’ll clear”. According to “me”, it should have been optimized for ironically large numbers of emails. I am almost sure that it wouldn’t take much time to change the tile design according to the number of digits of unread emails.

    I don’t think that they ever tested the tile for 3 digits, because I am sure that they would find a way to fix it (like decreasing font-size etc..)

    Supporting my old post, i still think that non-time consuming optimizations should be considered even at the first releases.

  • Answered: Why Windows Store media applications fail on some Windows 8 devices?

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    If you have purchased your computer with Windows 8 already installed on it and if it is a really new computer (not just a batch with operating system replaced), you may never ask a question like this.

    Problem: Applications those supposed to show video/audio, can’t show video/audio ; It may stay at “buffering” state forever, either internally or exposing this status to user visually too.

    Discovery: I have found this problem, it’s visible reason and it’s visible solution while my application was being released as one of the first Windows 8 applications. I have received numerous messages through the contact form of my application and Windows Store reviews related to this problem. After some investigation i saw similar messages on other media-related applications too and when i tried those applications i saw the same problem really do exist on them too. So it was not a problem caused by my application.

    Reason: You (or manufacturer) have probably installed non-Microsoft made display driver. Eventhough the relation between a display card driver and an audio application may not make sense, relation really goes down to Display driver-Microsoft Media infrastructure level.

    Affected products: Any Windows 8 device with an old display adapter (WDDM 1.x) operating with NON-Microsoft display driver. (certified or not)

    Official solutions: None yet. That may be possible, though it has still not been fixed since the beta versions. I have informed both Microsoft (face-to-face, MSDN forums and email) and display card manufacturers (email, forums): They couldn’t solve this issue or they don’t solve this issue and/or they won’t solve this issue. This issue MAY never be solved as i started to think that this is a low-level decision made by Microsoft. I never received information related to this situation, it may be being kept as a secret because of technical or marketing reasons.

    Solution: Telling you to buy a new computer is not a solution but an alternative. You can fix this problem with only uninstalling your custom display driver. If you have installed many custom-display drivers (certified or not) uninstalling once may not fix the issue as you have to revert your display driver to Microsoft’s default display driver (Windows Display Driver Model 1.x)

     

  • Windows Phone 8 RADYO is out!

    Posted on February 27th, 2013 Cahit Crcioglu 3 comments

    Windows Phone 8 RADYOWindows Phone Download

    Windows Phone 8 version of RADYO is now available for download with zero price tag!

    Some of the features of the first version are as follows:

    RADYO is a comprehensive global radio entertainment application which lets you listen to various music stations all over the world.

    RADYO project has been active since 2009 with your sincere support and it has inspired many music applications during it’s development. Again, as we hope, with your help we will keep listening to radio with RADYO in the year 2013 too!

    We all love music! Different style, different life, the same feeling!

    • Customizable application home screen. Home screen will also be automatically arranged to make it easier for you to reach your favorite music!
    • Record your favorite stations to playback whenever you want!
    • Automatic Station Scanning. RADYO can change stations automatically until you like a station!
    • Listening History. You are looking for the song you’ve just listened? You can see what you have listened recently, find them on Youtube or Bing/Google with one click!
    • Multi-format support. RADYO supports nearly all popular streaming servers. You can listen to streams of Windows Media Servers, ShoutCAST, IceCAST and direct file.
    • Playlist file support. You can open .pls, .m3u, .m3u8, .asx,.. extensions.
    • radyo:// url protocol. RADYO supports it’s own url mechanism that lets listeners easily share stations between them.
    • Multi-Language and Multi-Region support! RADYO immediately localizes itself according to the current country and language.
    • Song – Artist images. RADYO will automatically show currently playing song’s or artist’s images!
    • Automatic station-list updating service.
    • Most listened stations
    • Auto-play last station
    • Favorite list
    • Sharing features (Between applications and Twitter – Facebook support)
    • Dynamic categorization and search system. Immediately filter out station list even in your custom lists or favorites list!
    • In-App contact form
  • RADYO got featured on Windows Store

    Posted on December 21st, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Today, I woke up in a day that i have seen RADYO in the first page of Windows 8 Store! It is very happy to see RADYO featured on Windows 8 Store. Thank you Microsoft Turkiye, Microsoft and cool RADYO users!

  • Microsoft Zirve 2012

    Posted on November 17th, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu 1 comment

    I was at the Windows 8 event on 15 November 2012 from 09:00 to 18:00. New devices running Windows 8 were shown and there were parallel sessions for what’s new with new Windows 8 and Microsoft. Here is what happened between 14 November and 16 November…

    On the plane, i was getting ready for the event with Dr. Bishop.

     

    Before eating Iskender with one of my friends who lives in Istanbul, i’ve eaten his “the world’s most healthy potato fries” with almost no fat. Now i was fully ready for the event.

    It was crowded and not only previously registered attenders were there.

     

    Tea, coffee, cakes between sessions and a nice lunch too.

    Some companies had stands. Software companies were continuously dragging their applications to the first page of the start screen and deleting competetive applications ( Nice (: ) There were a few models (girls) where i don’t like people looking nowhere else until crashing to eachother while walking.

     

    RADYO is one of the applications supported by Microsoft and i was very happy to see that the logo of RADYO was on the walls at the event.

    RADYO has a great partner: CASPER! Many beautiful new devices of CASPER has taken place at the event. (By the way, get a new CASPER and you will already have RADYO on your computer with premium features!) To be honest, Casper seems to be one of the brands which has beautifully designed computers that i would like to have one. The other one might be Acer. Eventhough there are many new computers of Asus, Sony, Toshiba, Acer,.. I also noticed that some of the new devices shown at the event look like Macbook and iMac.

    Printed brochures of CASPER includes RADYO too.

     

    In one of the sessions, I was honered to see RADYO on the presentation of Selcuk Uzun from Microsoft Turkiye. I want to thank to him and Microsoft again!

     

    Between sessions, while people were fighting for tea and coffee, sun was going down silently in Istanbul.

     

    After the sessions i hoped to see more people to watch and listen to the concert by Gürol Ağırbaş. Here is a small part of what they have missed by leaving early:

     

     

    The weather was cold but it was not raining while leaving Lutfu Kirdar Kongre Merkezi.

     

    What happens there, stays there.

     

    After spending some time outside,

     

    It was time to get back to the room.


     

    The next day, i have left Istanbul aka Isangard.


     

    It was a beautiful event and journey for me. Thank you to Microsoft again.

  • Windows 8 is out! So do RADYO!

    Posted on October 26th, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    Get it now with ZERO price tag from Microsoft Store! (RADYO is available on all markets!)

    Store Link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/tr-tr/app/radyo/34e46c97-1c42-4667-aa47-ccfe2f0a5b34

    RADYO is currently the most advanced radio entertainment application globally on Windows Store. You don’t think so? You don’t have to prove it, let us know and we will prove it (:

  • RADYO for Windows

    Posted on September 26th, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    RADYO is now available on everywhere you see Windows 8! With this addition, RADYO is now available on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPod Touches, iPhones and will be available on mobile phones running with Windows 8 like Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s new phones.

    Here is the story!

    Since the beginning of RADYO project, i have wanted it to work on Windows platform too. I couldn’t achieve it because of many reasons. I have needed enough time to make a Windows version and making it fulltime should require some kind of income from the project. Eventhough i have made many plans, those were not feasible at that time for me.

    I had had many oportunuties in the past and i missed all of them for the sake of unknown ones. This time i think i succeeded in catching one of these opportunities.

    I was watching one of the meetings of etohum (a great platform for entrepreneurs or wannabes) that is directed by Burak Buyukdemir. While watching the live video broadcast of the meeting, Melek Pulatkonak (DPE Lead, Microsoft Turkiye) has shown up on the stage and she talked about Windows Phone too. Well, that could be the opportunity for me to bring RADYO to Windows! Finaly?!

    She directed me to the great team of Microsoft Turkiye so i can get more help related to the topic. That was the time i started getting the support of Microsoft Turkiye and after 71 days later RADYO was up and running! RADYO was completed on June 2012. After days full of nightmare on the beta of the Windows 8… I was developing an application on an unfinished operating system! How scary is that?! How possible is that?

    Well (: Not that scary, not that impossible. With the amazing support from Microsoft, i was able to develop the application and it was also great to see how the bugs in the Windows 8 betas got fixed quickly.

    I have not developed for Windows platform for 11 years and coding+porting RADYO for Windows 8 took only 71 days! This duration was not only composed of coding, it also includes Quality Labs meetings in Microsoft office, learning the new platform and surfing through community forums. It was almost impossible for me to get an access token because of the time left for the acceptance; i haven’t even started it! (access token is a code that lets you get your app on the store before almost anyone). Actually i did get it! Microsoft Team was quite patient and kind.

    To make this long story short, I might not be able to bring RADYO to Windows this soon without Melek Pulatkonak, Microsoft Turkiye. (I think they wouldn’t want me to write their names one by one here; so i thank to all of them one by one eventhough they represent Microsoft.) and Burak Buyukdemir. Thank you!

    RADYO for Windows is a huge opportunity and i hope everything will be and will stay OK!

    RADYO succeeded in being one of the first projects available in Windows Store and a blog post related to this took place on official Microsoft Turkiye Blog: http://blog.microsoft.com.tr/windows-8-magaza-turkiyeye-acildi.html

    I am happy to see that i finished what i started, now it is not an unfinished bussiness (:

    (Including RADYO at the rightside of the screen, this screenshot is shared by Selcuk Uzun,Microsoft Turkiye on Microsoft Turkiye Blog)

    On the date of this post, RADYO is the most comprehensive and advanced radio entertainment application available on Windows Store.

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