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Google Android Secure, Eric Schmidt Insists

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The Google chairman also believes that making Android’s app store compatible matters more than fragmentation. 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…

Arduino Programming With a Transformer Prime Tablet

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The Arduino is a popular micro-controller platform that do-it-yourselfers use in all kinds of portable, embedded projects. I’ve used them for a few years and have always sought ways to make them more versatile and easier to use. Sadly, it’s a pain to lug around a notebook to program the darned things. Life may have just become more pleasant. ArduinoDroid lets you program the Arduino using a Transformer Prime tablet. The program has been out a couple of months, so… 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?

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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…

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…