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+

Review: Favi’s SmartStick Falls Short

Posted In Living in Tech
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Smart TVs are expensive and quickly become outmoded, so choosing a dumb HDTV and Internet-connected set top box is a budget-wise alternative. Set top boxes get smaller every year but will, I believe, be replaced with even smaller devices that are more closely related to the USB flash drive than a cable or satellite box. We’re already seeing evidence of this in the marketplace. Recently, I had the opportunity to test one of these shrinking TV devices. Favi Entertainment invited… continue…

Android 4.2’s Most Promising Features

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Android 4.2’s here with a spate of welcome improvements for users and developers alike. Here’s my list of the most important. Multiple-User Support for Tablets Now users can customize their home screen, widgets and apps. Seamless switching enables a quick change for multiple users of the same device. This feature is made possible by the creation of a dedicated user space on the SD card where Google Play helps determine which APKs need to be downloaded. If an app is… continue…

Summer Programs That Teach Girls to Code

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Introducing children to computer science as soon as they are interested, especially girls, is a proven method of encouragement for future endeavors in the tech industry. Code camps for kids are scheduled all around the country throughout the summer. All-girl camps and mom+daughter events are scheduled, too. If you’ve been following tech news you may have read about the bright young woman of 17 who has been attending code competitions with her father (also a programmer). Her most recent competition… continue…

Pure Android Collection: An App Promotional Powerhouse

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Introduced in October 2012, the Pure Android Collection on Google Play is an exclusive group of apps deemed worthy by Google’s Android Development & Design Teams. This group of apps is so exclusive only two have been accepted since the program’s inception last year. (Watch this episode of The App Clinic, where the collection is introduced to learn more about the criteria for selection.) “These apps represent examples that follow the Android design guidelines and coding best practices to create… continue…

Is Your Next Development Platform in the Kitchen?

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The Internet of Things is alive and growing. Household gadgets drop-shipped via UPS, appliances, and even cars are steadily joining mobile devices on the information superhighway (which, for those of you who don’t know, is what we called the Internet back in the day). Some connect to your smartphone for added functionality. All of this is well and good, and even reminiscent of our expectations for the year 2000 as predicted on the futurist TV show Beyond 2000. And it… continue…

2013′s Notable Android Training and Conferences

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The mobile landscape is changing rapidly. BlackBerry has finally joined the smartphone era, Firefox has created a mobile OS, and Ubuntu recently released its first smartphone version. Despite all this, Android remains one of the mobile operating systems to beat, and its opportunities to grow are dramatic. More people predict that one day we’ll buy ourselves Internet-enabled refrigerators with touchscreen interfaces displaying familiar Android menus. The Internet of Things is quite real, and Android is well-suited to support its next generation… continue…

Canonical Wants More Apps for the Ubuntu Smartphone

Ubuntu for Phones
Canonical’s new Ubuntu mobile OS isn’t yet available as a package download to anyone interested in trying it out, but it holds great promise. The target market is equipment manufacturers who can use it to run both high-end and entry-level devices. While none are available yet, Samsung has promised Galaxy Nexus owners there’ll soon be a test package for them to download. Some pundits have questioned the viability of yet another mobile OS in an already crowded marketplace, while others… continue…

Canonical Wants More Apps for the Ubuntu Smartphone

Ubuntu for Phones
Canonical’s new Ubuntu mobile OS isn’t yet available as a package download to anyone interested in trying it out, but it holds great promise. The target market is equipment manufacturers who can use it to run both high-end and entry-level devices. While none are available yet, Samsung has promised Galaxy Nexus owners there’ll soon be a test package for them to download. Some pundits have questioned the viability of yet another mobile OS in an already crowded marketplace, while others… continue…

The Best Approach to Android’s Design Guidelines

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Android development involves more than simply writing code and publishing your app to a marketplace. A well-planned user interface can mean the difference between a usable app with modest sales and a great app that generates stellar sales. When it was introduced, Android’s lacked proper design guidelines and standards. Developers were left to decide the best way to give users usable in-app experiences. Not all design decisions resulted in exceptional apps. That’s all changed with Android Design Guidelines. These official… continue…

Android’s Better Developer Tool Setup

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Google recently released the first-ever Android development bundle. If you’ve had any experience setting up a development environment for Android, you’ll be glad to know these new bundled tools have streamlined the setup process. Now, in a single download, you can set up Eclipse, the ADT, a default emulator image, and the SDK manager. The new bundle download is quite large, nearly 400MB compressed, so get ready to wait if you’re not using a business-class fiber connection. Seriously, plan ahead! My first… continue…