Mango

mango

Or rather that’s the working codename. Fiddling around with another little app.

Android Studio is wonderful. I still remember a few years ago Java and Eclipse were horribly difficult to work with. I guess I’ve gotten used to some of Java, and Eclipse is properly out of the picture. Half of the tutorials and samples being written on Eclipse was just bad for referencing.

Sublime Text is also really good for highlighting and referencing.

Parse is really good backend for starting out. I know I will bump into severe limitations later on, but that’s really at the half pro level and not quite important now. Thankfully Parse provides some really easy backend integrations. Though the guides are really lacking. gah. Can’t wait for better integration from the actual owners of Android and a really big cloud. They are fools for not having expanded on this yet. It would do wonders for the apps.

Listening to pop songs in the middle of the night is amusing, haven’t done this in awhile. But my gosh I hate relations and joins.

Mango

Videos

This video of a Chromebook ad made me smile and see how they dared to make a meme-video that’s so cheezy. And it kinda fits. Not that I’m sold on the chromebook thing, but I appreciate the video and their guts to do it.

This video of a GoPro ad is just beautiful. Yeah that’s professional footage and editing, and you’ll be nowhere as beautiful if you do it yourself, but it’s so awesome and beautiful and inspiring and full of life and well paced, and how do they swim with those kinda joined fins. I want to ski. (but I’m also scared of doing stunts like those, yeah I’m a scaredy cat.)

And if you can catch a time lapse video of the Space Shuttle move, try to find it. The link I had was taken off YouTube by LA Times. Boohoo at traditional media folks.

And this Zeitgeist interview with Larry Page is rather cool. and long. but still cool. And he speaks real gently, maybe it’s his bad throat but well, makes him sound gentle.

7 years ago we started to work on maps. that was before phones, smartphones… you can only use it on your computer… 7 years later, … we’re excited for people to notice, that we’ve worked hard on it for several years.

ideas before time….

asteroid mining…

imagine when your kids reach 16, and they start to drive, how happy will you be be to have self driving cars. knowing that they are not going to kill themselves driving. they think they’re driving, but it’s like delusional driving. leading cause of death in 16yo is driving.

It all made me think, I’m so glad YouTube’s around, and that it has grown, and that the  media companies did not manage to kill it, and all the ad money funded it, and all the ads we view (and some people click, because I click real few ads) have supported it.

It made me appreciate the 7 years Google worked on maps because I realised I use my devices for primarily maps, location-based services, video watching, news streaming and communication, and everything else isn’t really important yet.

And I want those self driving cars too – so that other people do not kill me. You gotta protect yourself against idiots out there.

Videos

New keyboard

I am practising typing on my new Android keyboard – TouchPal. It’s really fun. It has lots of cool (and becoming standard) features like predictive typing, ‘swyping’, arrow buttons, blind-typing, and a rather pretty UI.
Here’s a screenshot

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Furthermore, I got it from an XDA beta thread, where those guys emailed the beta apk to me. Amazingly, I can install straight from gmail, like here:

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Okay your iPhone5 is pretty and can AirPlay and AirPrint but I am having so much fun. 😛

So is TouchPal better than Swype or SwiftKey or stock? Not necessarily, but it’s pretty damn good. If you’re on SwiftKey, there’s no great reason to change.

New keyboard

Google I/O 2012

Watching some videos from the recent Google I/O conference (the one with the skydiving Project Glass stunt).

Saw this video of a chat session with the Google Maps API Team. 6 guys and 1 girl. It is fairly impressive to see an average-to-good looking girl holding her own amongst a highly technical group. Cool.

And then there’s this seriously technical discussion on Navigation and how the Back button works. OMG one entire hour on the Back button. iOS users do not have this awesome button. But this is intriguing stuff.
Getting mind-boggling, okay.

Google I/O 2012

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The entire Instagram hooha has everyone recommending other camera apps that either I’ve forgotten or not heard of. I do say that some of them can improve their design to be more sticky and Instagram certainly has a good formula. Hmm.

Flickr – good at Flickr integration, and background uploading. even has filters.
Hipster – interesting postcard style
Pixlr-o-matic – powerful filters. more than instagram
Instagram – good ppl network. familiar interface
Streamzoo – has own network.

Click through on the Google Play Store links to download.

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