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Category Archives: Technology
Got a Kindle
Yep, I broke down and finally bought a Kindle. The latest generation of the Kindle just finally sold me on getting one. The price was right, and the recent changes to the overall design were nice too. Why did I get a Kindle over the “magical” Apple iPad? One reason, I wanted a device specifically for reading. Sure you can read books on the iPad, but it’s a brightly lit LCD screen, plus the iPad is a little weighty. The iPad is a nice device for what it is, but for something to read long term on, it really isn’t up to snuff. I wanted to read books and I wanted it to have a true page like feel to what I was looking at. Continue reading
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Rotation Cipher – My First Android App
Over the 3 day weekend I decided I was going to write a simple Android application to publish to the Android App Market to find out a few things. First, I wanted to see if I could do it, write an app with some kind of simple functionality quickly. Secondly, I wanted to see what the process for publishing to the Android App Market was like. We hear all the time about how Apple disapproves apps, and kicks apps out of the market (sometimes almost, it would seem, randomly). Continue reading
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Why Ignore Some Mobile Platforms?
My question is, why would you ignore an obvious, growing sector of the mobile market? Yes, I understand that right now, Apple has the store that has on numerous occasions made people millions for simple applications. However, that doesn’t mean that the Android Marketplace or Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will not make you any money. Continue reading
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Seesmic for iPhone
It had to happen eventually. Twitter for iPhone (previously known as Tweetie 2) is one of the best Twitter apps for the iPhone. It’s jammed packed with features but with some really nice UI elements that don’t give you that … Continue reading
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Android and the Fragmentation FUD
With the recent announcement of the new iPhone 4, there’s been a lot of talk about how it compares to the latest run of Android devices (HTC EVO, HTC Droid Incredible, and Nexus One). However anytime someone brings up the Android elephant in the iPhone room, there’s talk similar to “oh well Android is fragmented” or “all those apps won’t work on your phone” and other similar phrases. I want to spend some time today discussing this issue as I see it. Continue reading
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Google Instant Search
Google released Instant Search earlier this week. It’s a pretty spiffy piece of technology, if you’re logged into your Google account and go to the Google search page, and start typing in a search, the screen will shift to show you results in an almost real time manner. Over the last few days, you hear a lot of tech pundits talking about how Google wasted it’s time, because no one uses the Google search page anymore, they use the search bar in their browser. So Google has spent time on a problem that doesn’t really exist.
I disagree. Continue reading →