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  • The Moto 360 is here and it's as I feared

    Posted September 5, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    I’ve said it all along that battery life was going to make or break this smart watch. Now that the Moto 360 is finally here, my fears have been confirmed.
  • Slack: I've seen the future, and it reminds me of the past

    Posted August 15, 2014 - 6:00 am

    When I was a youngster I used to toil away for days on IRC. It was my first taste of the real power of the internet. This week I imposed a movement to Slack and away from Google Hangouts as our primary interoffice communication tool and it feels like coming home.
  • Could Google be set to release multiple Nexus phones this year?

    Posted July 30, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Rumors are flying about the next Google Nexus phone, the Nexus 6. Prior to this week, it’s been assumed that the Nexus 6 would be a modified version of the 5.7" LG G3. Recently however, a 5.9” phablet built by Motorola has started to appear under the codename ‘shamu’.
  • How to create nested comments in Java / Android

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Comments, for better or worse, are everywhere. There is a lot to dislike with comments (don’t get me started on the actual things being said) but they can be effective for conversation, especially with the addition of threaded / nested comments.
  • Who is buying these non Moto 360 Android watches?

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 6:00 am

    At Google I/O this year presenters drew a chorus of boos when they revealed that the Moto 360 watch would not be available until some time later in 2014. They did however release two Android Wear watches from LG and Samsung instead. My question is, who in their right mind is going to buy one of these?
  • Gain insight into your time and effort with Toggl

    Posted July 2, 2014 - 6:00 am

    You might think that you’ve got a general idea of how you spend your time and effort at work, but tracking such things is usually more effort than it’s worth. With Toggl, they’ve reduced the friction to recording time so much that it’s barely any effort at all and you have a lot to gain.
  • Windows gets the GitHub tool it deserves

    Posted June 10, 2014 - 10:43 am

    A big barrier to widespread adoption of GitHub by Windows users has been the lack of friendly tooling to interact with the service. Most everything needed to be done through the command line and the initial setup of the security key exchange between your desktop and GitHub was enough to deter a lot of people. All of that has changed with GitHub Windows 2.0.
  • The biggest unanswered question about the Moto 360 smartwatch isn't the price

    Posted May 28, 2014 - 6:00 am

    The smartwatch is a tech-lover's dream. It's also something that has been a consistent let down to date.
  • Google's real plan behind the purchase of the Nest thermostat

    Posted April 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Google purchased Nest back in January this year for $3.2B and people everywhere are still wondering why. The Nest is a handsome device to be sure, but at around $250 a pop, it’s not exactly a household name. To recover its purchase price, Google would have to sell a lot of Nests...except they won’t have to.
  • If you're thinking of buying Google Glass, think twice

    Posted April 14, 2014 - 10:46 am

    On tax day, April 15th 2014, Google is making its Glass project available for purchase to everyone. While it sounds exciting and tempting event at $1,500, I’d caution you to reconsider before taking the leap.
  • Mobile development is tougher than people think

    Posted March 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Mobile development is tough. Anyone who has created an app, especially natively, will tell you that. While the tools and SDK’s have improved dramatically over the years, the fundamentals have stayed the same. What is it that makes it so tricky, and why does the lay person assume it’s so easy?
  • API documentation made beautiful with Apiary.io

    Posted February 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

    The least exciting part of any software project I work on is the documentation. With APIs in particular, documentation can be time consuming because it needs to provide enough detail for any consumer to understand and interface with it. For that reason, proper documentation of an API is even more crucial.
  • Review

    Need a cheap videoconferencing system? Chrome to the rescue

    Posted February 7, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Getting a videoconferencing systems has always mean sky-high hardware costs, big maintenance woes, and extreme service fees. But no longer. Google's new Chrome-based videoconferencing system costs about what you'd normally pay for a PC.
  • How to perform basic API authorization for mobile applications

    Posted January 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

    You have a lot of options to choose from when laying out an authorization structure for mobile applications that communicate with a web API. For basic scenarios with low to medium security requirements, here is a simple strategy.
  • Review

    Dropbox for business can be a lifesaver

    Posted December 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Our team relies heavily on Dropbox for all of our projects. A major limitation to the free edition of Dropbox is that multiple users can’t synchronize the same files unless they all use the same credentials. Also it’s limited to 2GB of storage. That’s where Dropbox Pro and Dropbox for Business come in.
  • Tools we love: TestFlight

    Posted November 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

    If you’re an iOS developer and you haven’t yet heard of TestFlight, prepare yourself for some happiness. TestFlight is a web service that lets you remotely provision test devices and deploy beta builds via e-mail - for free.
  • Android OS as an embedded platform

    Posted September 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Today, embedded systems are so common that you’d have a hard time looking in any direction without seeing a device which contains one - if you know where to look. Lately, a movement toward embedded as a platform is creating new opportunities by leveraging the Android OS.
  • Use your cell phone as a WiFi VOIP phone

    Posted September 11, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Does your home or office use a VOIP based phone system? Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your cell phone as a VOIP phone instead of running back and forth to your desk whenever the phone rings? It turns out that this can be a reality quite easily, provided you can wrangle the proper details from your IT folks.
  • Review

    PasswordBox - One password to rule them all?

    Posted July 2, 2013 - 8:00 am

    There has been some degree of hype recently around the start up PasswordBox. Their goal is near to my heart - create a single solution to manage all of your username and passwords online. With high hopes I jumped in line for their 1 Million account giveaway and was supplied with an account in just a few days.
  • Mobile vendors go their own way on security at FTC event

    Posted June 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Mobile phone makers were in agreement that the security and privacy of their customer was their top concern. But that was about all they could agree on
  • Think your Skype messages are secure? Nope, microsoft is reading Skype messages

    Posted May 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Microsoft has been caught accessing Skype messages that are supposedly encrypted
  • Google Hangouts solves the iPhone-Android emoji problem

    Posted May 21, 2013 - 6:14 am

    iPhone and Android phones can't always see the tiny Japanese icons they send each other. Unless they use Google Hangouts.
  • How to remotely inspect the DOM on a mobile device

    Posted March 27, 2013 - 8:00 am

    How often have you as a mobile web developer struggled to diagnose a style or layout issue on a particular device through trial and error? Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just inspect the DOM on the mobile device as you would on the desktop through Chrome or Firebug? It turns out there is a tool for that.
  • Google launches Realtime API for Drive

    Posted March 20, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Yesterday, Google announced its release of a Realtime API for Google Drive. If you’ve ever collaborated on a document using Google Drive, you know how cool this technology is. You can see the other users typing, their cursor position, their highlights, comments, and more.
  • The death of the Twitter API or a new beginning?

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 9:00 am

    If you asked me what Twitter’s greatest strength was, I would say it was its ubiquity. Anyone could integrate Twitter into practically anything with minimal effort. With the upcoming retirement of the Twitter API v1 in March 2013, that ubiquity may be gone.
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