For Android developers and those interested in learning more about the now ubiquitous mobile platform

How to Win In the Mobile App Download War

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First-mover advantage is going to play a big role for mobile app developers in the coming years, as these developers look to build their career and companies around the swelling volume of downloads coming out of mobile app stores. According to a Gartner research report released in the past week, the number of annual downloads from mobile app stores is expected to reach 268.7 billion by 2017, more than four times the level of last year. And of those downloads,… continue…

Google Play for Education Opens New Dev Market

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…

Amazon Woos Mobile Developers With New API

Amazon unveiled its Mobile Associates API this week in a bid to prompt mobile developers to hawk its physical goods in their apps and games. Do that, and the e-commerce giant will give up to 6 percent cut of the sale. The API, which works with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Android devices, allows developers to sell a single item within an app or game, showcase a category of goods or bundle a purchase of a physical product, like a toy… 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…

Why Should I Care About the JVM?

Possibly the cleverest thing that Sun ever did was create the JVM that underpins Java. JVM is short for Java Virtual Machine and it comes as quite a surprise to many Java developers to find out that the most commonly run JVM (Oracle’s HotSpot) is actually written in C++. So what is a JVM and why is it needed? Portability for one, but also it allows Java code to be executed in a virtual environment rather than directly on the… continue…

Why Android Developers Ignore Recruiters

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Android developers are in sharp demand. How much demand? Some report receiving as many as a dozen job opportunities in a given month. While you’d think recruiters would be at the top of their pitching game when talking to such popular people, Android developers say many times their approaches fall flat. What’s a recruiter to do? Here’s what the developers say. Do Your Homework “If you look at my resume online, you’d see I’m really into [artificial intelligence] and data… 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…

Vine Branches Out to Android

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Vine is offering its popular video mobile app on Android, branching out from its iOS base where it’s grown from 13 million users in a year. Vine, which made the announcement Monday, has not only gained traction since Twitter acquired it in October – five months after it was founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov, but it’s hitting the sweetspot of pre-teens. With Vine, Twitter is able to reach into the mindset of tweens, a group who tend to… continue…

Linux, Constantly Moving

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One of the great things about Linux is that it’s constantly changing. New or improved versions of packages come out all the time. Take the case of LibreOffice. Version 4.0.0 came out a couple of months ago. Not long ago, 4.0.2 was released. I was most interested in two specific areas. First was the Impress Remote via Android capability that lets you control your Impress slides using your smartphone. You simply start your LibreOffice presentation, start the remote application on… continue…

How Android Helps Avoid Awkward Social Questions

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Iceland’s population is part of a rather close family tree, which can make for some awkward social situations. While most people are likely to know whether they’re first cousins, there are always surprises, i.e., attending a family event and running into someone they’d hooked up with at some point in once-blissful ignorance. But now there’s a solution: An app. Specifically, the Islendiga-App. Cat explains.