Understand Android OS for both smartphone and tablet programming
This fast-paced introduction to the newest release of Android OS gives aspiring mobile app developers what they need to know to program for today’s hottest Android smartphones and tablets. Android 4 OS is, for the first time, a single solution for both smartphones and tablets, so if you master the information in this helpful guide, you’ll be well on your way to successful development for both devices. From using activities and intents and creating rich user interfaces to working with SMS, messaging APIs, and the Android SDK, what you need is here.
- Provides clear instructions backed by real-world programming examples
- Begins with the basics and covers everything Android 4 developers need to know for both smartphones and tablets
- Explains how to customize activities and intents, create rich user interfaces, and manage data
- Helps you work with SMS and messaging APIs, the Android SDK, and using location-based services
- Details how to package and publish your applications to the Android Market
Beginning Android 4 Application Development pares down the most essential steps you need to know so you can start creating Android applications today.
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With Apple’s WWDC keynote a matter of hours away, the company has added an “Apple Events” channel to its Apple TV set-top box. First spotted by MacRumors, the channel made an appearance for Apple’s iPad mini event back in October, and at the time the event was also available for streaming for Mac users through Safari. Although Apple hasn’t announced any plans to broadcast the keynote over the web, we wouldn’t be surprised if it adds a live video stream to its event page soon.
The keynote will kick off at 1PM ET, and we’re expecting Apple to detail its new desktop and mobile OSes, as well as some refreshed hardware. We’ll bring you more news on Apple’s plans for streaming its keynote when it comes.
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from William, who wants to make sure his new whip fits into all of the small spaces. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I’ve recently bought a new car and would like to install a reversing camera. Is it possible to install one that’ll relay to my Android tablet rather than buying a dedicated display? Many thanks!”
Well William, we were originally a little bit skeptical but we did find reports of at least one device that might solve your problem. Valeo produces the Wireless Vue, a WiFi reversing camera that hooks up to smartphones and tablets. So far, so good, right? Well, unfortunately while the product’s said to exist, we’ve not been able to find it available for sale either in the US or Thailand, where William is from. As such, this week’s Ask Engadget is a two-pronged encounter. Have any of you wonderful people seen a Valeo Wireless Vue on sale, and if not, is there anything else that can do the job?
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From one type of platform to another one. A big departure and the end of an era.
Ryan Sarver, Twitter’s director of “Platform” and a four-year vet of the company, today announced that he's leaving.
Sarver's departure marks the end of a formative era for Twitter. His job, in broad terms, was to manage Twitter as a platform for developers. In Twitter's early days, that meant helping them make great apps, a large portion of which were clients, and some of which were very successful (it's easy to forget that for a long time Twitter was both wildly successful on smartphones and didn't have any official apps.) In 2010, his role entailed telling developers things like this:
We love the Twitter ecosystem and work hard every day to help support you and make the platform you are building on as successful as it can be for everyone involved. We love the variety that developers have built around the Twitter experience and it's a big part of the success we've seen.
Then came the beginning of the great Twitter shift. In 2012, Sarver's job – at least the most public part of it — was to explain to those same developers why Twitter needed to gradually shut off access to the parts of its platform they were best accustomed to using.
That's not to say Twitter isn't a platform anymore. It's just a completely different one: Twitter in 2010 was a platform for apps and clients; Twitter in 2013 is a platform for content, and maybe for brands (that word! That cursed word).
Being a Twitter developer used to be about helping Twitter grow; apps were designed, as all apps are, to gain users for themselves and, by extension, for the service they were based on. Now, Twitter development is focusing on one thing: the individual tweet. Twitter Cards — the company's name for its increasingly complex tweet attachments — are the new platform. Tweets can now contained embedded summaries, images, videos, links to apps, galleries and even product prices. And in a recent blog post, Twitter promised to open them up even more:
Finally, with this update to Cards, we've fundamentally re-architected the way Cards are created and delivered. The new Cards system lays a foundation that will make it easier for us to develop more types of Cards in the future and allow for greater customization by publishers and developers.
The tweet, in other words, is Twitter's new platform. The old platform was about getting people to use Twitter. The new one is about making money from them.
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Following his announcement of Tesla’s dramatic Supercharger station expansion, CEO Elon Musk touched on another pet project: Hyperloop. The rapid transit system would connect downtown Los Angeles with San Francisco, 600 miles away. Musk told the crowd that more details for the project would be available on June 20th.
Question by Connie: blw (baby led weaning). when did you start? how did you do it?
My daughter is 5 months old. Im having trouble getting her to eat the store bought baby food, and ive been wanting to prepare homemade baby food but haven’t had the time (working full-time and looking for a new job). I’ve heard people talking about blw and was wondering when you started with your baby? How did you introduce the food/ the process of it? and how did you and baby like it? I’m open to prepping her baby food but i feel like blw is a better choice for her. I offered her an organic banana and she loved it, but hates gerber organics banana baby food. TIA!
Answer by Raen
At 5 months old, it’s still best to give her milk. If you want to wean her off, then go with formula instead. Start on the baby food when she starts to make motions akin to chewing or smacking her lips. The best time to feed a baby those types of food is around the 1 year mark.
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It seems like every day we’re getting a little bit closer to having tricorders, and today’s no exception. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed hardware and software that turns the iPhone into a powerful biosensor that’s useful for toxin and pathogen testing as well as medical diagnosis. The package consists of a cradle that contains an assortment of lenses and filters which line up with the handset’s camera, along with an app that guides the user through the testing process. At the core of the device is a photonic crystal slide which basically turns the iPhone into a high-resolution spectrometer. While the cradle only contains about $ 200 worth of parts, it’s just as accurate as laboratory equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars, with the added bonus of being hand-held. The team just received an NFS grant to explore other applications for the device and is working on a cradle for Android phones. Hit the break for a demo video and a peek into the future.
Source: University of Illinois