Mobile Apps

Arduino Programming With a Transformer Prime Tablet

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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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…

How Mobile App Developers Can Find 5 Billion Users

Posted In Living in Tech
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Speak Swahili, Bengali or Amharic? If you’re an app developer looking to launch your career on the currency of potentially 5 billion more Internet users should Facebook and internet.org successfully connect the world to the Net, then it may be time to pick up a few new languages and become familiar with the local issues in developing countries. After all, a number of industry titans are betting on emerging markets creating the next wave of Internet adoption. And if you’re… continue…

How to Build a Windows 8 App – Part I

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By Jeff Cogswell Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has been building up its own app store, just as Apple and Google have done. It supports both Windows Phone as well as the desktop operating system, Windows 8. As a programmer, you can create apps for Windows 8, upload them to the Windows store and (hopefully!) start making money. If you’re willing to create apps that make use of the new Windows 8 interface, you can make the apps… continue…

Citi Bike Spurs New Mobile Opportunities

Posted In Living in Tech
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With the recent debut of New York’s Citi Bike, a new opportunity’s arisen: Bike tech. Cat shows off some of the earliest tech toys developed around the bike sharing system — and discusses new possibilities for developers.  

How Mobile Apps Torture Business Developers

Posted In DataCenter
More and more organizations build mobile apps, but that isn’t making the development process any easier. continue…

Vine Branches Out to Android

Posted In Android, Living in Tech
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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…

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.

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…

Iceland: This App Will Keep You From Dating Your Cousin

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“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…

Should You Build Your Product on a Proprietary Platform?

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A potential client of mine had a great idea: They were going to build the next great product (let’s call it WidgetFoo), and it was going to be social for enterprise. So, we sat down to have a high level architecture discussion. How were we going to build this thing? Before I go further, let me say for the record: No, the product’s not a widget, but since they’re in the middle of building it right now, I can’t actually… continue…