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+

Android Will Soon Run on Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi project is bringing Android 4.0 to its tiny bare board computer. Android on Raspberry Pi could be a much better media player than Google’s odd little orb called Nexus Q. The Raspberry Pi is a fascinating little device capable of running a home media center at 1080p video quality. Its model A sells for $25, the upgraded model B is $35 and includes an ethernet port. The project describes it as: … a credit-card sized computer that plugs… continue…

Three Upcoming Android Development Contests

Android development contests are an excellent opportunity to showcase your design and development talents. The path to big winnings will take considerable effort and an eye for good UI design. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned a grand-prize winner, check out these upcoming Android development contests. Android at Play – Sponsored by Intel Hosted by the Code Project, this contest offers weekly prizes plus a grand prize of $25,000. Monthy winners will receive a $1,000… continue…

Google I/O Android Sessions Now on YouTube

Google I/O was a smashing success, and not only because of Jelly Bean’s announcement and the unveiling of  three new Android-powered devices. If you weren’t there, you can still benefit from all of the sessions presented during the event: They’re available free on YouTube. How much is there to see? Twenty four hours of Android intelligence goodness. Android sessions covered design, development, and distribution. Videos have been neatly organized into playlists along those lines. Learn more about project butter and… continue…

Four Crowdsourced App-Testing Services to Check Out

Good ratings in Google Play and the Amazon App store are the lifeblood of a successful app. Top-rated apps in Google Play are frequently featured on the front page.  One way you get such prominence is to test, and test well. Testing on all available device configurations can be difficult and expensive if you have to acquire the hardware yourself. Reaching Beta users before launch can be equally daunting. One way to shorten the time between Beta and Production with… continue…

Why Europe’s Girls-In-Science Campaign Fails So Miserably

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After a backlash of actual ladies of science, the European Commission took down a promotional video designed to encourage girls to study science. The promotion was intended to make science fashionable from a girl’s perspective, but its stereotypical depiction of women dancing on a catwalk, applying lipstick and giggling created an uproar on the Internet. Biologist Joanne Manaster responded to the flopped video on Scientific American, saying, “How I carry and present myself is important as a teacher and communicator,… continue…

Google I/O Highlights: Android Tools You’ve Been Waiting For

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Last week’s Google I/O 2012 offered entertainment and technology in a big way — even beyond the live skydive broadcast over Google Hangouts On Air and the preview version of Android 4.1, which packs powerful API level functions and other features. Here’s a comprehensive recap of the event: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Smart Home Screen Widgets: They auto-resize on-screen relative to surrounding widgets.  A new widget API gives you access to this powerful organization feature. Google Beam: Improved NFC-based sharing lets… continue…

Tour Google I/O and Developer Events Without Your Feet

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Attending Google’s Android developer events has become as easy as a click of a mouse. And this week your thumb will be especially click-happy as the company holds its massive three-day developer conference Google I/O beginning Wednesday, in which it will also Webcast its live sessions. The Google I/O Webcasts are part of the company’s recent efforts to connect Google Android developers with the greater Android community, via a virtual setting. No Travel Required Google’s Android developers host weekly events… continue…

As iPad Weakens, Cross-Train With Android

The raging battle between Apple's iPhone and Google's Android
iPad is the king of tablets, but could be dethroned by Android, says a recent IDG study. Among first-time business buyers, 44 percent are considering an Android device instead of an iPad in the next twelve months, while only 27 percent are considering an iPad purchase.  A dismal three percent of this segment, whose demographic spanned the globe, were considering a Windows 8 machine. Enterprise Android Apps, Where It’s At Android developers also don’t want to be caught flat-footed in… continue…

Fake Gmail App DDspy Swipes Personal Data

Android is fast becoming a prime target for malware, with stealthy fake Gmail app DDspy one of the latest discoveries. DDspy can record text and sms messages, outgoing calls, and voicemail. It would seem a fake Gmail app would be easy to spot with a click glance at your app icons, but DDspy creates no icon upon installation. Instead, it chooses to hide away in your applications list and can only be found by reviewing the list, or with the… continue…

Developers Win With Oracle-Google Verdict

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Developers received the news that they were hoping to hear at the end of the closely watched Oracle-Google trial. The verdict: Google’s use of 37 Java APIs did not violate copyright laws and, as a result, developers aren’t liable for paying hefty licensing fees or maintaining a sizable legal retainer to fight off any litigation that could have arisen. Judge William Alsup noted the code in question is considered a utility function of Java and required for interoperability. In his ruling, Alsup… continue…