Michelle Greenlee

Michelle is a Web developer who kicked off her career with an (unsuccessful) run at BASIC when she was seven. Her redeeming qualities include an affinity for Open Source software, new media and new Internet technologies. When she isn't writing code, she writes about code. She’s based in Texas with her family of people and her family of devices: three Android phones, an iPad2, an Android tablet, and two iPods. Michelle on Google+

The Basics of Google’s Turn-Based Gaming

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Early this year, Google announced support for turn-based multiplayer games. In general, turn-based gaming isn’t new, though it is a newcomer to Google Play Services. Now, developers can use Google servers to manage game data. And as of now, there’s no additional cost associated with these features. What is Turn-Based Multiplayer Gaming? As their name indicates, turn-based games allow multiple players to take turns that can be played asynchronously. Google’s turn-based API allows players to invite others to play or… continue…

Amazon Offers Developers Better Cross-Platform Tools

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Amazon wants integration with its services to be easy for developers and consumers alike, so it’s enticing developers to create better cross-platform experiences by opening GameCircle, Whispersync, Analytics and in-app purchasing to new platforms. So now developers can take advantage of Amazon services on mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop apps (Mac, Windows). iOS is limited to GameCircle, Whispersync and Analytics. The hoped-for result: Developers have a stable back-end platform while Amazon consumers get a frictionless buying process. Extending Amazon’s application… continue…

Can Android Security Protect the Connected Car?

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We are nearing a tipping point with connected technologies. The Internet of Things will include a variety of devices that may not have been designed with network security in mind — such as your shiny new “connected” car. Such unsecured devices will be open for data mining, or worse. But in the future, your car may protect itself from malicious attacks originating from hardware and wireless access. Parental controls will issue alerts for unauthorized traveling outside a pre-set radius. Plug-n-play devices will be… continue…

How Girls Migrate to STEM Careers

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Getting women into STEM careers has got to start somewhere and educators, as well as industry players, increasingly advocate starting them at a young age – even as early as when they enter kindergarten. The industry’s desire to hit the problem hard and early is based on the lackluster percentage of women who currently work in  computing. Women hold only 25 percent of computing jobs and the percentage interested in pursuing a STEM career dropped to 18 percent in 2010… continue…

Android Development in the Cloud

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About a year ago I wrote about cloud development tools for Android. At the time, there was only one available that had been specifically designed for Android development, though demand for such tools was on the rise. As a result, I focused much of my discussion on Codenvy (formerly Cloud IDE), which had been gaining recognition as a top cloud development environment for Web development, and which I expected to add Android support. Well, not only has it done that… continue…

New Programs Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

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Last month, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World ­Ultimate Mentor Adventure announced the 10 winners of its program to give girls in grades 9-12 an opportunity to explore STEM careers. From the news release: Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how… continue…

KitKat Could End Android Fragmentation

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Android 4.4 KitKat is a compelling update that includes support for the Internet of Things, security and better battery management. Low Memory Device Support KiKat works with devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. This opens the market for budget devices to use it without sacrificing performance. It doesn’t eliminate disappointing low-end models like the Motorola Citrus from entering the market, but it can provide compelling incentive for handset makers to choose the latest version of Android. Memory management… continue…

Google Play for Education Opens New Dev Market

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Developing apps for children is decidedly tough, but not impossible. Increasingly, schools are bringing technology into every classroom. BYOD programs allow children to bring devices into school for the purpose of participating in classroom lessons. District-wide tablet purchasing programs bring touchscreen devices to every child. While Apple was always considered the top choice for these programs, Google has joined the race by creating a suite of tools and hardware to meet the needs of school districts large and small. With… continue…

More Tech Companies Back Outreach for Women

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Girls don’t know they can work in technology. That truth hit home when my youngest daughter graduated from elementary school. The principal read aloud each child’s aspirations as they walked across the small stage. For every girl in the class, technology was decidedly out of mind. Doctors, lawyers and teachers got the nod instead. When asked about her future career, my daughter wasn’t sure what to say. She has written programs with MIT’s Scratch programming language and was the only… continue…

The Best Features of Jelly Bean 4.3

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Google’s announced a new streaming content device (Chromecast), a new Nexus tablet and an update to Android Jelly Bean (version 4.3). Jelly Bean 4.3 contains many goodies for gaming, access control and even connected health devices – all just a few months after Android 4.2 was announced at Google I/O 2013. Updates in 4.3 reflect Google’s ongoing commitment to building a flexible operating system that fits in well at home, school and the enterprise. I find the following four updates… continue…