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How Smartphones are Changing Travel

This was my first out of state road trip in a probably a decade. And it was interesting to me to see how much smartphones have changed how road trips are done. And I don’t mean in the “keep your kids entertained” kind of way. What follows are just a few observations as to how having a smartphone has changed road trips. Continue reading

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Why Robert Scoble is Wrong (And a Little Right) About Apps

Robert Scoble is no stranger to opinions. He has several of them, and he posts them on Twitter daily. Sometimes his opinions are valid, other times they can come across as blatant fanboy. That’s okay though, that’s what the internet is for. But he has recently taken the stance that the success of the platform is based solely on the number of native applications it has available. Continue reading

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Google, Android, and Open Source

Google announced that they would be holding back with regards to releasing the latest version of the Android operating system. The release in question, Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb aka the version for tablets. The reasoning for this they say is two fold: 1) the code isn’t ready to be released to the public, and 2) they don’t want manufacturers attempting to put Honeycomb on smaller form factor devices (read “mobile phones”).

Then Google announced today that they were going to tighten the requirements on releasing Android based products. More specifically they were going to enforce the clause in their licensing agreement (the one that allows companies to use the “with Google” tag on their devices like the recently released Motorola Xoom) that the devices must meet certain standards and certain objectives must be met.

I want to look at both of these things in this article, because they kind of go hand in hand. Continue reading

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Discount Calculator Released!

This past weekend I released a new Android app to the Android Marketplace.  This one is a simple discount calculator.  No frills, just simple enter price, enter discount, hit “calculate” button to see actual price.  If you’re looking for a … 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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