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Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 9 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 8, 2014

Hardening Android for Security and Privacy — a brilliant project! prototype of a secure, full-featured, Android telecommunications device with full Tor support, individual application firewalling, true cell network baseband isolation, and optional ZRTP encrypted voice and video support. ZRTP does …

Four short links: 5 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2014

$1 Gesture-Recognizing Device (GigaOm) — the AllSee is the size of a quarter, harvests RF for power, and detects the variations in signal strength caused by gestures. A Conversation with Sydney Brenner — The thing is to have no discipline …

Four short links: 24 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 24, 2014

Understanding Understanding Source Code with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PDF) — we observed 17 participants inside an fMRI scanner while they were comprehending short source-code snippets, which we contrasted with locating syntax error. We found a clear, distinct activation pattern …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Four short links: 7 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 8, 2014

12 Predictions About the Future of Programming (Infoworld) — not a bad set of predictions, except for the inane “squeezing” view of open source. Conceal (Github) — Facebook Android tool for apps to encrypt data and large files stored in …

Upward Mobility: TVs are the new mobile

By James Turner
January 27, 2014

One of the perennial technologies that regularly appears at the Consumer Electronics Show is the smart TV set, but they never seem to gain the kind of traction that the manufacturers hope that they will. This may finally be coming …

Four short links: 7 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 7, 2014

Pebble Gets App Store (ReadWrite Web) — as both Pebble and MetaWatch go after the high-end watch market. Wearables becoming more than a nerd novelty. Thinking About the Network as Filter (JP Rangaswami) — Constant re-openings of the same debate …

Upward Mobility: Predictions for 2014

By James Turner
January 6, 2014

It is a generally accepted requirement that all technology pundits attempt a yearly prognostication of the coming 12 months. Having consulted my crystal ball, scryed the entrails of a falcon, and completed a 3 day fasting ritual in a sweat …

The Snapchat Leak

By Alasdair Allan
January 2, 2014

While the site crumbled quickly under the weight of so many people trying to get to the leaked data—and has now been suspended—there isn’t really such a thing as putting the genie back in the bottle on the Internet. Just before …

Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Four short links: 5 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2013

Deducer — An R Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Everyone. Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap (PDF, FAA) — first pass at regulatory framework for drones. (via Anil Dash) Bitcoin Stats — …

WORA Can Be Better Than Native

By Shai Almog
November 26, 2013

Some would claim that native is the best approach, but that looks at existing WORA tools/communities, which mostly target cost saving. In fact, even native Android/iOS tools produce rather bad results without deep platform familiarity. Native is very difficult to …

Upward Mobility: Microsoft’s Patent Arsenal Is Full of Blanks

By James Turner
November 11, 2013

It is with some amusement that your humble servant read this week of Microsoft’s lucrative business licensing their patents to Android handset makers. How lucrative? Evidently, over two billion dollars a year, five times their revenue from actual mobile products …

Four short links: 8 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2013

An Empirical Study of Cryptographic Misuse in Android Applications (PDF) — We develop program analysis techniques to automatically check programs on the Google Play marketplace, and find that 10,327 out of 11,748 applications that use cryptographic APIs (88% overall) make …

Four short links: 4 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2013

A Game Designer’s Guide to Google Glass (Gamasutra) — nice insight that Glass is shovelware-resistant because input is so different and output so limited. (via Beta Knowledge) Be Polite, Pertinent, and Pretty (Slideshare) — design principles from Dopplr. (via Matt …

Four short links: 30 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 30, 2013

Offline.js — Javascript library so web app developers can gracefully deal with users going offline. Android Guides — lots of info on coding for Android. Statistics Done Wrong — learn from these failure modes. Not medians or means. Modes. Streaming, …

Four short links: 21 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2013

Google’s Iron Grip on Android (Ars Technica) — While Google will never go the entire way and completely close Android, the company seems to be doing everything it can to give itself leverage over the existing open source project. And …

Four short links: 9 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2013

Android Malware Numbers — (Quartz) less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users, based on Google’s analysis of 1.5B downloads and installs. Facebook Operations Chief …

Upward Mobility: Dear Apple, Please Stop Hogging All the Good Stuff

By James Turner
September 16, 2013

As I mentioned last week, the new Touch ID feature of the iPhone 5S is (at least for the moment) only usable by Apple created software. What this means is that a developer can’t take advantage of the feature to …

Four short links: 9 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

How Google’s Defragging Android (Ars Technica) — Android’s becoming a pudgy microkernel for the Google Play Services layer that’s in userland, closed source, and a way to bypass carriers’ lag for upgrades. Booting a Self-Signed Linux Kernel (Greg Kroah-Hartman) — …

Four short links: 27 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2013

Bomb in the Garden (Matthew Butterick) — design excellence is inhibited by two structural flaws in the web. First flaw: the web is good at making information free, but terrible at making it expensive. So the web has had to …

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Mobile Gaming

By Rachel Roumeliotis
August 1, 2013

Jon Manning (@desplesda) and Paris Buttfield-Addison (@parisba) talk with me about where mobile gaming is going in the next 12 months. Key highlights include: Game-specific APIs and standardized gaming accessories in iOS 7 [Discussed at 0:20] Android needs to catch …

Upward Mobility: Android for iOS Developers, Part 4

By James Turner
July 8, 2013

Our mini-Encyclopedia Galactica can do a few things now, but it’s hardly ready to offer up the recipe for a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster yet. If we want to take things to the next level (or at least the next screen), we …

Location Functionality in Mobile Apps

By Rachel Roumeliotis
July 1, 2013

Andy Gup (@agup) is a Developer Evangelist at ESRI and OSCON 2013 Speaker. In this interview we talk about location capabilities in apps as well as location analytics. NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Andy’s …

Upward Mobility: Android for iOS Developers, Part 3

By James Turner
June 24, 2013

Now that our Android app lets you choose what planet you’re on, we should use that information to update our “Hello, world” message based on the selection. To do that, we’re going to need to handle the selection event on …

Upward Mobility: Android for iOS Developers, Part 2

By James Turner
June 18, 2013

When we last left our application, it was running on the emulator, but didn’t do much.  This week, we’ll add some more controls to our activity and wire up some functionality. As a reminder, activities are roughly equivalent to view …

Upward Mobility: Android for iOS Developers, Part 1

By James Turner
June 10, 2013

Like many hardcore iOS developers, I’ve eschewed learning “the other platform” because I was happy in Apple-land. In addition, the few forays I’ve made into Android development seem to show that it was a more complex and difficult platform to …

Four Simple Rules to Avoid DisplayMetrics Antipatterns in Android Code

By Zigurd Mednieks
June 6, 2013

The DisplayMetrics Red Flag A search of GitHub returns more than 42,000 hits for the class name DisplayMetrics. This is a red flag. Although there are safe and valuable uses for this information, a quick look at the code using …

Google Glass: What Developers Need to Know about This New Platform

By Courtney Nash
June 3, 2013

You’ve likely already seen pictures of people using Google Glass, if not had an actual in-the-wild spotting as well. After getting a quick demo myself, I spoke with Maximiliano Firtman about his talk at Fluent conference that covers what developers …

Google I/O 2013: Android Studio, Google Play Music: All Access, and New Advances in Search

By Rachel Roumeliotis
May 16, 2013

While there was no skydiving this year to show off Google’s new wearable Glass, there were plenty of attendees wearing them proudly including me. This year hardware, however, didn’t take center stage. The focus was on new tools and upgrades …

Four short links: 9 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2013

On Google’s Ingress Game (ReadWrite Web) — By rolling out Ingress to developers at I/O, Google hopes to show how mobile, location, multi-player and augmented reality functions can be integrated into developer application offerings. In that way, Ingress becomes a …

Go native, go big, and go deep

By Zigurd Mednieks
April 29, 2013

Apps have to get bigger and more ambitious. A key question for the developer community is how do you create big, integrated, multi-functional, configurable apps for the mobile enterprise? Curiously, Facebook is providing some answers by not using HTML5 and …

Upward Mobility: Should there be only one?

By James Turner
April 29, 2013

As long as most people can remember, the smartphone space has been a contested one. Before the iPhone became temporarily ubiquitous, RIM and Palm were fighting it out to own the market, and today you have a plethora of platforms …

Building native apps from JavaScript using Titanium

By Andy Oram
April 18, 2013

In this interview, the author of Titanium: Up and Running describes how Titanium can be used to generate native mobile apps from JavaScript code. He distinguishes the Titanium platform from native API programming and from other popular JavaScript platforms for …

Current state of formats and platforms

By Joe Wikert
April 3, 2013

Remember the old days when PDF was pretty much the only way to distribute content and those PDFs were read on computer screens? PDF still lives, of course, but now we’re also faced with offering content in mobi and EPUB …

What devices and formats do your customers prefer?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Most publishers create ebooks in all formats figuring it doesn’t matter whether mobi is more important than EPUB or if the content is read on an iPad more frequently than on a mobile phone. That approach means these publishers have …

PlayTales one year later

By Kate Shoaf
March 5, 2013

In March 2012, Joe Wikert posted an interview with a new bookstore app startup called PlayTales. Since then the app market has continued to grow, and PlayTales along with it.  My name is Kate Shoaf, PlayTales’ PR and communications manager, and I’d …

Android offers a standard platform for health care apps

By Andy Oram
February 25, 2013

Video systems can streamline hospital care in all sorts of ways from displaying messages (“Quiet time is 1 to 2 PM today”) to taking patient surveys, showing patients their X-Rays, and helping patients view their records from their beds. But …

Four short links: 15 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2013

Electronic Gadgets in the NZ Consumer Price Index — your CPI is just as bizarre, trust me. (via Julie Starr) Captive Audience: Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age (Amazon) — Foo camper and former Washington insider, now …

Four short links: 14 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 14, 2013

Open Source Metrics — Talking about the health of the project based on a single metric is meaningless. It is definitely a waste of time to talk about the health of a project based on metrics like number of software …

Four short links: 27 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2012

Improving the Security Posture of Industrial Control Systems (NSA) — common-sense that owners of ICS should already be doing, but which (because it comes from the NSA) hopefully they’ll listen to. See also Wired article on NSA targeting domestic SCADA …

Commerce Weekly: Predicting 2013

By Jenn Webb
December 20, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Predicting the 2013 commerce space As 2012 wraps up, industry executives are looking ahead to what 2013 might bring. In a report at eCommerceBytes, executives …

Next Issue: Why I recommissioned my old iPad

By Joe Wikert
December 13, 2012

I had to take my first-gen iPad out of mothballs for this one. I’m talking about the Next Issue service and app. Like most of you I’ve let my print magazine subscriptions lapse over the past several years. I spend …

Four short links: 3 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 3, 2012

Manufacturing Returning to USA (The Atlantic) — because energy and wages. Oil makes shipping pricey, while “booming” US natural gas helps domestic manufacturing. Wages rising in China, dropping in America. The Android Engagement Mystery (Luke Wroblewski) — despite massively greater …

The slow pace of ebook innovation

By Joe Wikert
November 9, 2012

I love this comment from Dave Bricker regarding an earlier post, EPUB 3 facts and forecasts: Ebook vendors enjoy a closed loop ecosystem. They have millions of reader/customers who are satisfied with EPUB 2 display capabilities and devices. Amazon readers, …

Four short links: 24 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2012

Restoration of Defocused and Blurry Images — impressive demos, and open source (GPLv3) code. All those blurred faces and documents no longer seem so safe. Peter Molyneux Profile in Wired — worth reading for: (a) Molyneux’s contribution to the genre; …

Four short links: 27 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 27, 2012

Paying for Developers is a Bad Idea (Charlie Kindel) — The companies that make the most profit are those who build virtuous platform cycles. There are no proof points in history of virtuous platform cycles being created when the platform …


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