A few years ago, saying that you had a smartwatch put you in the “nerdiest of the nerds” category. You probably had a Casio calculator watch, which while occasionally handy, couldn’t do much beyond basic calculating and telling the time.
The most popular wearables right now are fitness trackers – the likes of FitBit and Nike Fuel Band, which collect data and report it back to your phone or computer. But Google, Microsoft and Apple are all making huge pushes to go the next step and get consumers wearing smarter devices that act as second screens to personal devices, and can serve as standalone devices as well.
With the weight of the biggest tech companies behind them, wearables have the power to do more than ever before and will transform the mobile experience. Continue reading How Wearables Will Transform the Mobile Experience
Microsoft clarified their vision for Windows 10 and provided the world with a glimpse of what is on the horizon for Windows development in an announcement made late last month. From unifying development across their diverse hardware platforms to unveiling a whole new way of interacting with apps, Microsoft is taking bold steps forward to empower developers to dream, build and deliver apps to their consumers.
Continue reading The Future of Windows 10 and HoloLens
Many of you already know the buzz going on with iOS 8 and some critical issues which occurred with Apple’s first iOS 8.0.1 software update on Wednesday, September 24th. A major bug with the HealthKit feature was discovered prior to the iOS 8.0 release, which resulted in Apple pulling all HealthKit enabled apps from the App Store ahead of the public release, leaving 3rd-party devs uncertain as to the fate of their Apps.
Continue reading Quality Assurance Pro Tips – Learn from Apple’s recent HealthKit bug
More than just Mobile Devices: Where touch detection breaks down
When you think of “touch,” mobile phones and tablets may immediately come to mind. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to overlook the newest crop of touch-driven devices, such as Chromebook laptops that employ both a touchscreen and a trackpad, and Windows 8 machines paired with touchscreen monitors. In this article, you’ll learn how to conquer the interesting challenges presented by these “hybrid” devices that can employ both mouse and touch input. In the browser, the Document Object Model (DOM) started with one main interface to facilitate user pointer input: MouseEvent. Over the years, the methods of input have grown to include the pen/stylus, touch, and a plethora of others. Modern web browsers must continually stay on top of these new input devices by either converting to mouse events or adding an additional event interface. In recent years, however, it has become apparent that dividing these forms of input – as opposed to unifying and normalizing – is becoming problematic when hardware supports more than one method of input. Programmers are then forced to write entire libraries just to unify all the event interfaces (mouse, touch, pen, etc). So how did mouse and touch events come to be separate interfaces? Going forward, are all new forms of input going to need their own event interface? How do I unify mouse and touch now?
Continue reading Developing for Next Generation Touchscreen Computers
Ever had an offer to get something for free if all you did was click ‘Like’ on the companies Facebook page? The gravy train for consumers that willingly traded their marketing information in exchange for free tacos and car washes are coming to an end. Continue reading Facebook Like Gates Are Dead
Every year Apple stands in front of an audience of devs/fans to announce how the new version of iOS will change the playing field. Sometimes it’s glitzy consumer-facing features like last years iOS 7 flat design – but every-other year Apple tends to feature developer-centric updates. Developers are specifically excited about Extensions – a new set of developer tools found in iOS 8 that eliminates many of the previous barriers that kept mobile applications from communicating with other mobile applications on a users device.
Continue reading Next Generation Mobile Applications and iOS 8 Extensions
Apple has addressed the device fragmentation issue head-on in a single major release of their iOS 8 operating system. In comparison, the modern web has been iterating for nearly a decade in order to improve the user experience of people accessing the web from a wide spectrum of devices and screen sizes. Developers of native mobile applications on both Android and iOS have dealt with these same fragmentation issues that the web has been through, as manufacturers have shifted to making phones and tablets with an ever-widening selection of screens and resolutions.
Continue reading Overcoming the iPad Tax With iOS 8 and Adaptive UI
It’s striking how closely Apple’s and Google’s recent slate of announcements parallel each other. Their respective developer conferences both focused on platform integration. Both iOS and Android are moving outside of the phone. The nature of that integration will have lasting effects on the way people interact with the world around them.
“…If you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, you can see mobile devices sitting at the center of a connected web of devices and services – from cars to televisions to wearables.”
In the late nineties, Apple was pushing the idea that your computer was the digital hub of your life. All your other gadgets (e.g. digital camera, iPod, video camera, etc.) were to be managed and coordinated by your computer. Today, if you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, Continue reading Apple and Google Announcements Point To The Same Horizon
Google’s message is clear: Android isn’t just for phones and tablets anymore
We learned a lot about what will excite developers and product managers at our Google IO Extended event – and what it all means for your app development plans. We had a room full of developers, product managers, and user experience designers in the audience. Their collective claps, murmurs of delight, and excited chatter helped to highlight some of the most exciting announcements.
“Let’s look at all of the places we are putting the Android brand and where you can work with it… On your walk, in your work, in your car, and on your TV, or in your living room. It’s a push for Android to become the focus of what Google is talking about.” – Ben Dolmar
Continue reading How Google’s I/O Announcements Will Impact Future Product Development
In preface, I’m a Nerdery QA Engineer, an unabashed security nerd, and – for the purpose of this post – an evangelist for a security-focused un-conference we’re hosting in August called Security BSidesMSP.
What is BSides MSP?
Each BSides is a free community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. Security BSides is the mothership organization, as a reference to the “B” Side of a Cassette Tape. BSides is a worldwide series of “unconferences” typically attached to other conferences, with no cost to attendees. As an example, 612Sides was an alternate down the street from Secure360. Security BSides MSP, LLC is the local not-for-profit chapter of Security BSides.
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