Google I/O Takeaways: What Android App Developers and Product Managers Need to Know

Once again, Google’s annual developer conference has come and gone. Last week, The Nerdery was an official host site of the 2015 Google I/O live stream viewing, and two of our Nerds were lucky enough to travel to San Francisco to attend the conference in person. The list of announcements that came out of the keynote address is long, but the overall feel of this year was a focus on refinement rather than reinvention.

Translating those changes into a product roadmap can be difficult, but we’ve identified some of the key takeaways for those developing or maintaining an Android application.

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Sitecore Announces Upcoming Change to Geolocation Services

Sitecore, a software company that specializes in content management and digital marketing systems, recently announced it would be taking over the integrated services currently provided to Sitecore customers by the popular third party integration, MaxMind GeoIP Lookup Service. Starting May 4th, Sitecore will begin offering this service directly via Sitecore IP Geolocation Service, an app available through the Sitecore App Center.

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Mobile-Friendliness Essential for Google’s April 21 Update

Google recently made two major announcements that will dramatically impact where websites land within all search results.

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Facebook Like Gates Are Dead

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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

How Google’s I/O Announcements Will Impact Future Product Development

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

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Chrome Cube Lab marks Rubik’s@40 – and today’s Google doodle

RubiksIn an awesome act of creative collaboration (and a lot of sweat), The Nerdery helped Google this morning to launch Chrome Cube Lab to honor the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube (see today’s timely Google doodle). Originally created by Ernő Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube is a logic puzzle that has been a favorite of engineers and mathematical types since its debut.

Written in Google Go, Chrome Cube Lab provides a showcase for a fantastic rebuild of this puzzle inside of the web browser.  It leverages JavaScript, CSS3 and a whole host of awesome technologies to provide a real-time interactive spinning cube. Even cooler? It’s open to spin-offs and new interpretations of the cube. Continue reading Chrome Cube Lab marks Rubik’s@40 – and today’s Google doodle

For security’s sake update WordPress to version 3.8.2

On April 8, 2014 WordPress released a security update to version 3.8.2. The announcement that accompanied the release states “this is an important security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.”

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Heartbleed bug security alert: Your web server/data may be vulnerable – test your domains

On Monday evening, a security firm announced a new vulnerability in a key internet technology that can result in the disclosure of user passwords. This vulnerability is widespread and affects more than two-thirds of the web servers on the planet including top-tier sites like Yahoo and Amazon. If you have a secure (https) website hosted on a Linux/Unix servers using Apache or Nginx or any other service using OpenSSL, you are likely vulnerable.

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What is Android Wear, and Why Should You Care?

google-android-wearGoogle rocked boats recently by announcing Android Wear. “What is Android Wear?” you ask? It’s a specialized version of Android designed to run on wearable computers. Right now, we’ve already seen two Android Wear devices slated for release in Q2 of 2014 – the square LG G Watch and the round Moto 360.  These watches will pair with any Android handset running Android 4.3 or greater. This is a refreshing change from smart watches such as the Galaxy Gear which restrict the owners to pairing with the few compatible Galaxy devices. Right now, both of the Android Wear devices publicly announced are currently considered “smart watches.” However, the name “Wear” means more product form factors will be explored in the near future according to the lead designer of Moto 360.

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A Developers Perspective on The Whirlwind of Announcements From GDC 2014

Growing up with the game industry has truly been a great pleasure. One of the coolest things about my time with the industry has been the recent years of incredible growth and the industry’s emergence as a leader in the entertainment industry. In that growth, conferences like E3, PAX, and GDC have only gotten bigger and crazier. GDC (Game Developer Conference) has a couple of different iterations (such as GDC Europe, GDC Asia, and GDC Next), but GDC ‘Prime’ (Simply known as ‘GDC’) is where all stops are pulled and vendors show off their latest and greatest.

This year’s GDC just wrapped and it has been a whirlwind week. There is so much to talk about in the way of technology and game announcements, but the focus of this article is going to be around core game engines and virtual reality technology. So what all happened at this conference people should care about? Continue reading A Developers Perspective on The Whirlwind of Announcements From GDC 2014