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Four short links: 21 December 2011 - Be a Data Hound, Secure Traveling, Secure SMS, Mozilla's Wider Focus

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2011

AntiMap -- open source Android software to gather arbitrary data and visualize it. This enables you to be a 21C Francis Galton, the man who walked the streets of England using a pin to prick holes on a cross of card in his pocket, all to keep track of the relative average beauty of women in different parts of...

Four short links: 23 November 2011 - Inside-Out Libraries, Cleaner YouTube, Kid Tablet, Facetracking Toy

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2011

Massive Wikimedia Donation -- I missed it when it happened, but the State Library of Queensland made the 4th largest ever donation of high-resolution out-of-copyright images to the Wikimedia Foundation. The image metadata are available through Wikimedia under liberal licensing terms, too. This is what your national and state libraries should be doing! Clea.nr -- strip all the crap...

Top Stories: November 14-18, 2011 - America's tech schizophrenia, why Apple fans don't like Android, and the terrifying importance of embedded systems.

Top Stories: November 14-18, 2011 - America's tech schizophrenia, why Apple fans don't like Android, and the terrifying importance of embedded systems.
By Mac Slocum
November 18, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Doug Hill used Steve Jobs and Ted Kaczynski to examine America's love/hate relationship with technology, Mike Loukides criticized mobile carriers for messing with Android's UI, and engineer Elecia White shared her enthusiasm for embedded systems.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.
By Mike Loukides
November 17, 2011

AT&T and other carriers are not helping Android, or themselves, by turning a great product into a second-rate one. And maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I now understand what Apple fans hate about Android.

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday - Retailers accept mobile's in-store presence, Android developers are keen on Kindle Fire, and Square rewards loyalty.

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday - Retailers accept mobile's in-store presence, Android developers are keen on Kindle Fire, and Square rewards loyalty.
By David Sims
November 17, 2011

Brick-and-mortar retailers adopt the "if you can't beat 'em ..." attitude toward mobile devices. Elsewhere, Android developers are intrigued by the Kindle Fire, and Square wants to put loyalty program punch cards out to pasture. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 16 November 2011 - Mozilla's World View, USB Power, Farm Automation, and CSS Reference

By Nat Torkington
November 16, 2011

Q&A with Rob O'Callahan (ComputerWorld) -- an excellent insight into how Mozilla sees the world. In particular how proprietary mobile ecosystems are the new proprietary desktop ecosystems, and how the risks for the web are the same (writing for one device, not for all). Bikes That Charge USB Devices -- German bicycle maker Silverback has recently launched two bikes...

Four short links: 15 November 2011 - Internet Asthma Care, C Fulltext, Citizen Science, and Mozilla

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2011

Cost-Effectiveness of Internet-Based Self-Management Compared with Usual Care in Asthma (PLoSone) -- Internet-based self-management of asthma can be as effective as current asthma care and costs are similar. Apache Lucy -- full-text search engine library written in C and targeted at dynamic languages. It is a "loose C" port of Apache Lucene™, a search engine library for Java. The...

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts - Abandoned shopping carts, Intuit cuts AT&T subscribers a break, and PayPal dips its toe into NFC.

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts - Abandoned shopping carts, Intuit cuts AT&T subscribers a break, and PayPal dips its toe into NFC.
By David Sims
November 10, 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 9 November 2011 - Social Graph Dismissed, Anonymous Explained, Resistance Explored, and Android Improved

By Nat Torkington
November 9, 2011

The Social Graph is Neither -- Maciej Ceglowski nails it. Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers - that's the social graph. Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party,...

Four short links: 27 October 2011 - Javascript Coverage, Cheap Tablets, Open Archive, ACTA vs TPP

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011

ScriptCover -- open source Javascript coverage tool. Using the $35 Tablet from India (VentureBeat) -- nice description of the tablet and what it's like to use. What makes the Aakash tablet different is that its creators didn't strive for perfection. Instead, the emphasis was on getting the product into the market quickly so it could be adopted, tinkered with,...

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Amazon's "Prime" challenger to the iPad - Why Amazon's Kindle tablet can succeed where others have failed.

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By Mark Sigal
September 26, 2011

While conventional wisdom says that to compete with the iPad you must emulate Apple's best practices, Mark Sigal argues that Amazon can do just fine by blazing its own trail.

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK - Android meets Arduino as the ADK and NFC allow new physical interfaces.

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK - Android meets Arduino as the ADK and NFC allow new physical interfaces.
By Bruce Stewart
September 26, 2011

Brian Jepson and Tyler Moskowite discuss Near Field Communication, the Open Android Development Kit, and the role Android can play in hardware hacking.

Four short links: 1 September 2011 - Android Charting, Illusion of Insight, Mapping API, and Science Storytelling

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2011

A Chart Engine -- Android charting engine. The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight -- we are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others. Urban Mapping API -- add rich geographic data to web and non-web applications. Tell Us A Story, Victoria -- a university science story-telling contest....

Four short links: 31 August 2011 - Maps on Android, Security Laws, Trough of Potential, and Enterprise Gamification

By Nat Torkington
August 31, 2011

OSMdroid -- The OpenStreetMapView is a (almost) full/free replacement for Android's MapView class. Also see this tutorial. (via Simon Gianoutsos) 10 Immutable Laws of Security (Microsoft) -- an oldie but a goodie. Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore. What's in The Trough? (BERG London)...

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+
By Mac Slocum
August 26, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Mark Sigal examined the legacy of Steve Jobs, we talked with New York Times data artist Jer Thorp about the commingling of data, art and science, and Tim O'Reilly and Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+, data portability and more.

Developer Week in Review: End of an era - Steve Jobs and CmdrTaco resign, iPads and pilots, and a call for Android on the TouchPad

Developer Week in Review: End of an era - Steve Jobs and CmdrTaco resign, iPads and pilots, and a call for Android on the TouchPad
By James Turner
August 26, 2011

This week two major players in geek culture called it quits, more airlines decided to replace dead trees with hot silicon, and the HP TouchPad seeks a new OS for a long-term relationship.

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers - Very local deals, iPhone users ready to spend, and Androids attract crapware

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers - Very local deals, iPhone users ready to spend, and Androids attract crapware
By David Sims
August 25, 2011

Placecast offers merchants a geofence to corral customers. Also, UK researcher YouGov says iPhone users are more willing to buy with their phones, and telecoms bury Androids with crapware.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side - Android in the enterprise requires improvements in security, management and app stores.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side - Android in the enterprise requires improvements in security, management and app stores.
By Marko Gargenta
August 25, 2011

Android has the foundation to support enterprise use, but there's a handful of missing pieces that need to be addressed if it's going to fully catch on in the corporate world.

Is your Android app getting enough sleep? - Frank Maker on Android power consumption and app etiquette.

Is your Android app getting enough sleep? - Frank Maker on Android power consumption and app etiquette.
By Bruce Stewart
August 23, 2011

Researcher Frank Maker discusses Android power consumption best practices and the risks of hogging mobile resources.

What's Wrong With the Most Important Android App?

What's Wrong With the Most Important Android App?
By Zigurd Mednieks
August 22, 2011

YouTube, GMail and Maps have brilliant tablet-specific implementations that are building the foundation of a similar success for Android tablets. But there is a key application that has fallen short of adding to application-based success for Android: Google+.

Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011 - The meat-to-math ratio, Chicago embraces open government, and data science influences social science.

Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011 - The meat-to-math ratio, Chicago embraces open government, and data science influences social science.
By Mac Slocum
August 19, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how smart companies apply the "meat-to-math ratio," Chicago's commitment to open data and open government was explored, and we looked at how data science is shaping social science.

ePayments Week: The economics of in-app purchases - Gamers prefer consumables, cheap Android phones catch on in Kenya, and the anatomy of good apps.

ePayments Week: The economics of in-app purchases - Gamers prefer consumables, cheap Android phones catch on in Kenya, and the anatomy of good apps.
By David Sims
August 18, 2011

Flurry says gamers are more likely to buy goods they use than ones that last. Also, Safaricom sells buckets of $80 Android phones in Kenya, and some thoughts on what makes a good app.

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks
By James Turner
August 18, 2011

We learned that Google liked Motorola products so much they decided to buy the company, that social media has a dark side, and that C++ isn't ready to join Sanskrit in the dead languages section just yet.

Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point - Marko Gargenta on investing in Android tablet development.

Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point - Marko Gargenta on investing in Android tablet development.
By Howard Wen
August 15, 2011

"Programming Honeycomb" author Marko Gargenta discusses the state of Android 3.x, the technical hurdles of Honeycomb, and why the slow adoption pattern of Android tablets may soon change.

ePayments Week: Who do you trust for mobile payments? - Consumers trust Visa, MasterCard & American Express more than Web-native brands. Also, PayPal researches online game payments, and a quick look

ePayments Week: Who do you trust for mobile payments? - Consumers trust Visa, MasterCard & American Express more than Web-native brands. Also, PayPal researches online game payments, and a quick look
By David Sims
August 11, 2011

A survey by Ogilvy & Mather shows consumers trust Visa, MasterCard & American Express the most, but PayPal beats out Google and Apple. Also, PayPal researches online game payments, and a quick look at smart phone platform market share.

Four short links: 9 August 2011 - Android Peripherals, Security Asymmetry, Teaching on G+, and HTTP Load Testing

By Nat Torkington
August 9, 2011

DSLR Controller -- Android app that lets you remote-control your DSLR. Much being made of the fact that iOS devices aren't as easy to interface with. For more, see the Wired article. (via BoingBoing) Asymmetric Security Warfare -- I found this nugget buried in this photo shoot talking about the differences between Black Hat and DEFCON conferences: [Mudge, Peiter]...

Mobile metrics: Like the web, but a lot harder - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on the challenges of mobile analytics.

Mobile metrics: Like the web, but a lot harder - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on the challenges of mobile analytics.
By Bruce Stewart
August 8, 2011

Flurry's Sean Byrnes talks about the intricacies of mobile analytics, the metrics app developers care about most, and the problems that stem from Android fragmentation.

Four short links: 8 August 2011 - Graph ORM, Graphic Computation, Web Intents, and Async RPC

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2011

Bulbflow -- a Python framework for graph databases: it's like an ORM for graphs. (via Joshua Schachter) Nomograms -- the lost art of graphical computing. (via John D Cook) Web Intents -- adding Android-style Intents to the web. Services register their intention to be able to handle an action on the user's behalf. Applications request to start an Action...

ePayments Week: Freemium is fruitful for mobile games - In-app purchases make free games pay, and iOS 5 reportedly adds facial recognition.

ePayments Week: Freemium is fruitful for mobile games - In-app purchases make free games pay, and iOS 5 reportedly adds facial recognition.
By David Sims
July 28, 2011

A report says that purchases through free mobile games are becoming the largest share of all mobile games revenue. Also, reports of a facial recognition API in iOS 5 surface, and a new technology tries to sell merchants on using consumers' webcams to scan their credit cards.

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0 - The Linux kernel gets to 3.0, Oracle is bitten by the Internet's long memory, and more lawsuit fever.

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0 - The Linux kernel gets to 3.0, Oracle is bitten by the Internet's long memory, and more lawsuit fever.
By James Turner
July 28, 2011

The Linux kernel gets to version 3.0. Meanwhile, Oracle doesn't seem to remember the warm reception that Sun gave Android, and big players get lawsuits on their doorsteps.

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony - Who really profits from Android sales? And does the world need another source control system?

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony - Who really profits from Android sales? And does the world need another source control system?
By James Turner
July 20, 2011

Microsoft profits from Google's toils, why you shouldn't put older developers out to pasture, and a new source control system enters the fray.

Top stories: July 4-8, 2011 - Why Java matters, inside Node.js, predicting Android's ubiquity

Top stories: July 4-8, 2011 - Why Java matters, inside Node.js, predicting Android's ubiquity
By Mac Slocum
July 8, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We offered seven reasons why Java is worth your time, the utility of Node.js was duly noted, and Marko Gargenta offered three Android predictions that have nothing to do with mobile phones.

Seven Java projects that changed the world - Celebrating a decade of game-changing Java software.

Seven Java projects that changed the world - Celebrating a decade of game-changing Java software.
By Edd Dumbill
July 7, 2011

Reaching beyond mere adoption, these seven projects have had a profound effect on the Java world, software development in general, and even our daily lives.

3 Android predictions: In your home, in your clothes, in your car - Marko Gargenta on why Android may soon be everywhere.

3 Android predictions: In your home, in your clothes, in your car - Marko Gargenta on why Android may soon be everywhere.
By Mac Slocum
July 7, 2011

"Learning Android" author Marko Gargenta believes Android will soon be a fixture in our homes, in our clothes and in our vehicles. Here he explains why and how this will happen.

FMOD for Android

FMOD for Android
By Peter Drescher
June 19, 2011

FMOD for Android is like peanut butter and strawberry jam, together for the first time!

Four short links: 9 June 2011 - MongoDB Subpessimalization, Anti-Intellectualism, Teen Internet Use, Android Internals

By Nat Torkington
June 9, 2011

Optimizing MongoDB -- shorter field names, barely hundreds of ops/s when not in RAM, updates hold a lock while they fetch the original from disk ... it's a pretty grim story. (via Artur Bergman) Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism? -- focus is absolutely necessary if we are to gain knowledge. We will be ignoramuses indeed, if we merely...

The ascendance of App Inventor - David Wolber on why Google App Inventor isn't just for novices.

The ascendance of App Inventor - David Wolber on why Google App Inventor isn't just for novices.
By Howard Wen
June 3, 2011

Google's App Inventor has transformed from a simple entry point for Android programming into an increasingly robust app creation platform. In this interview, "App Inventor" co-author David Wolber discusses the tool's evolution and future applications.

ePayments Week: Google debuts coupon service - Google Offers is in beta, Virtual Piggy limits kids' spending, Android user builds his own Starbucks app

ePayments Week: Google debuts coupon service - Google Offers is in beta, Virtual Piggy limits kids' spending, Android user builds his own Starbucks app
By David Sims
June 2, 2011

Google Offers rolls out a beta in Portland, Ore. Also, Virtual Piggy puts a check on spendy kids, and an Android user couldn't wait for an official Starbucks app, so he built his own.

ePayments Week: Mobile payments target the point-of-sale - Google offers NFC stickers, Square branches out, banks improve transfers.

ePayments Week: Mobile payments target the point-of-sale - Google offers NFC stickers, Square branches out, banks improve transfers.
By David Sims
May 26, 2011

Google offers NFC stickers in the first phase of its Wallet program, while Square reaches beyond merchants with a customer-friendly app. Also, major US banks take a cue from PayPal and finally make it easy to send money.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model - Here's a handful of ways Amazon could revolutionize the Kindle.

Kindle 2012: Wish-list features for the next model - Here's a handful of ways Amazon could revolutionize the Kindle.
By Joe Wikert
May 20, 2011

Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.

Google I/O 2011: 5 things to keep watching - From Chromebooks to Arduino to bots: Mike Loukides examines I/O's big themes.

Google I/O 2011: 5 things to keep watching - From Chromebooks to Arduino to bots: Mike Loukides examines I/O's big themes.
By Mike Loukides
May 16, 2011

Google I/O 2011 was marked by the Android Accessory Development Kit, the Chromebook vision and lots of robots. Mike Loukides examines the big I/O developments and their possible repercussions.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?
By James Turner
May 12, 2011

Oracle casts another piece of Sun from their portfolio, Apple and Google defend themselves from big-brother accusations made by, um, Big Brother, and it turns out you probably have a pretty sweet job, after all.

Announcing Android Open - The first Android Open conference will be held Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco.

Announcing Android Open - The first Android Open conference will be held Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco.
By Brady Forrest
May 10, 2011

This October, O'Reilly is launching Android Open, the first "big tent" Android-only conference. Our goal is to give all the Android players a place to become a community.

Four short links: 6 May 2011 - In-Line Computing, What Price All The Books?, Android SIM Toolkit, and Small Manufacturing Grows

By Nat Torkington
May 6, 2011

Raspberry Pi -- the creator of the game Elite has made an inline computer the size of a thumb drive--it plugs into an HDMI cable on one end and USB on the other. 700MHz CPU, OpenGL, 1080p-capable, running Ubuntu. Pricetag: $25. The mission is to supply them to schools. A Budget for Babel (Tim Carmody) -- What would you...

ePayments Week: Report says developers chill on Android - A report says Android dev interest is stalling, Facebook Credits gets noticed, PayPal buys another real-world service

ePayments Week: Report says developers chill on Android - A report says Android dev interest is stalling, Facebook Credits gets noticed, PayPal buys another real-world service
By David Sims
May 5, 2011

A report says developers are holding back on Android, put off by fragmentation in the platform and a disappointing uptake in Android tablets. Also, Facebook Credits gets attention and we take a look at PayPal's latest purchase.

Four short links: 26 April 2011 - Android Nook, Market Failure, Social Spread Analysis, and Chinese eBooks

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2011

Barnes and Noble Nook Color Gets Android Upgrade (Wired) -- was an e-reader, but now Barnes and Noble are offering an upgrade to turn it into a fully-fledged Android tablet. The only thing you won't be able to do is download apps from the Google marketplace. The Nook retails for $250. (via Glyn Moody) Anime Site Treats Piracy as...


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