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

Create A Micro Network With Your Android Smartphone

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Lots of applications let you connect a notebook or tablet to the Internet through your Android smart phone using 3G and 4G. It’s commonly known as tethering and is very handy, especially when you’re away from a WiFi connection or in “roaming-portable” mode. I use the Portable WiFi Hotspot from Core Technology on my Android Galaxy S3. It even works rolling down the highway at 65 mph, although a co-pilot or passenger should probably be the one looking at the… continue…

Iceland: This App Will Keep You From Dating Your Cousin

Winter Couple
“She’s my sister. She’s my daughter. My sister. My daughter. She’s my sister AND my daughter.” Those classic lines from Chinatown, uttered by Faye Dunaway’s character Evelyn Mulwray, have been oft parodied since the film’s 1974 release, but who’d think that one day there would actually be an app to prevent such awkward familial relationships from occurring? There is in Iceland, where “bump the app before you bump in bed” may become the catch phrase for a generation who really… continue…

How Do You Manage 10,000 WiFi Mice?

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I recently downloaded the WiFi Mouse application for my Samsung Galaxy S3. As you might guess, it lets you control a desktop PC from your phone. The app is jammed full of features, supporting regular cursor control, left and right buttons, on-(phone) screen keyboard input and even speech-to-text input. That last capability actually worked amazingly well. Perhaps I’ll try writing a story with it next time. You’ll also understand that I was unable to resist trying out the app while… continue…

Is Your Next Development Platform in the Kitchen?

Rosie the Robot
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…

Sample Resume: Android Developer

Bob Brown Anytown, Ill. 000.555.1212 email@gmail.com BobBrown@socialmedia.com  Android Developer A pioneering and security-oriented developer offering more than two years’ experience designing, implementing, integrating, testing and supporting impactful applications developed in diverse, collaborative environments for mobile and tablet devices on the Android platform Career Highlights Created six user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and fully functional applications for Android and iOs Known for writing efficient, maintainable and reusable code that preserves privacy and security Proficient in object-oriented design, data structures, problem solving, complexity analysis,… continue…

Microsoft’s App Incentive Won’t Excite Many Developers

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Is Microsoft’s incentive program for app developers a sign of desperation? The software giant’s offering developers $100 for each app published in the Windows and Windows Phone stores. The cash is limited to $1,000 per store. It’s part of a campaign to take a bigger share of the market that’s overwhelmingly dominated by Apple and Google. By some estimates, there could be as many as 800,000 apps out there, but not many of them are built for Windows. There are… continue…

The Best Tools for Enterprise Mobile Dev

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It’s no secret that everyone is designing software with a “mobile first” philosophy, including corporate America. As a matter of fact, the corporate world is trying to use one code base to support all mobile platforms. The good news is that several products and tools are available that allow developers to do just that, or at least get sort of close. As part of its risk-mitigation process, a large national bank recently asked me to evaluate vendors for its new… continue…

2013′s Notable Android Training and Conferences

Android Robot Looking In
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…

Rooting and Quickening the Galaxy S III

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Samsung Galaxy S III
Back in November, I gave five reasons to stick with my first-gen Galaxy S phone. Now it’s nearly March and the worst has indeed happened: I cracked the screen on the old warhorse and it’s no longer usable. So today, I’ll share my experience with the current hot-rod, Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Rooting One of the main reasons I held out with my old phone for so long was rooting, which everybody knows can be quite a challenge. I’ve been… 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…