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

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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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What will Google do? A view from The Nerdery: Google I/O Extended coming June 25

Tech watchers not bound for San Francisco for Google I/O are welcome to experience Google’s annual developer conference at The Nerdery, an official Twin Cities host of Google I/O Extended.

Nerdery guests (clients, students, passersby, you?) for this free Google I/O Extended event will watch the keynote (11am-1pm, lunch served) and select portions of the Google I/O livestream on the Nerditorium’s big screen and engage with a panel of Twin Cities tech experts who’ll decode Google’s announcements.

Post-keynote, we’ll analyze Google I/O’s key takeaways, which will essentially be new marching orders for developers – and put context around what it all mean for users. Nerdery devs will present talks of their own on new Google tech, including Glass and other wearables. The Nerds who helped build Chrome Cube Lab in partnership with Google in support of their Rubik’s Cube Doodle will also give a talk.

What to expect when expecting Google I/O

Will Google release the hounds? Since they’re not in the hound business (that we know of) it’s more likely they’ll announce the release of the next Nexus phone and/or tablet, or a smartwatch or some other Android-Wear gadget that works with Google Fit, or a new version of Android, or maybe more apps for Chromecast – or all of the above. We’ll be watching/reacting. Join us? Full schedule and RSVP on our Google+ page.

 

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Security BSides MSP 2014 Conference

 

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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 Secure360Security BSides MSP, LLC is the local not-for-profit chapter of Security BSides.

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Hackers Using Public Data to Serve The Community at Hack for MN

HackforMNLogo3-320While we’re best known within hackathon circles for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, we look forward to hosting another supportable initiative: Hack for MN, coming to The Nerdery’s Bloomington HQ the weekend of June 21-22.

Organized by Open Twin Cities in partnership with MN.IT Services, and E-Democracy.org, Hack for MN’s focus is solving local issues by leveraging public data sets – so, collaborating with other problem solvers to find ways to make public data serve the public.

“Begin plotting ways to make otherwise unused data soon useful in your community”

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Your Money is Buying More Than Just Software Testing, It’s Quality Assurance

 

NQA-screens-galoreIf we were only concerned with testing software we would need to think of a different name for our Quality Assurance department. There isn’t anybody applying stickers on widgets from an assembly line stamped “Inspected by No. 2177.” We do things a bit differently here at The Nerdery and it’s earned us the respect of our partners by putting the right engineers on the right projects. The investment our partners make on Quality Assurance for their project ensures that they have smart people providing real solutions throughout their projects to save them time, reduce overall effort, and ensure project success.

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Features Most Likely to Break When Upgrading to iOS 8 and What to Plan For

An experienced quality assurance (QA) engineer will have their spidey-senses tingling with every announcement of a new OS version, hardware refresh, or browser update. These are all good things for innovation, it just means we all need to be ready for launch day by starting to plan today. Read more

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What Swift Means for iOS Development in 2014

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With nary a whisper of new hardware, this was still easily one of the most exciting WWDC Keynotes in memory.

On Monday Apple announced Mac OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, a raft of new developer APIs and a new programming language. Some of the initial reaction to the new language has included a bit of “Sturm und Drang.” It’s worth taking a deep breath, slowing down, and looking at what Apple actually did and did not say during the keynote.

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Apple to Developers at WWDC: Your Chance to Learn a New Language – Swift

If you are a software developer for Apple’s iOS platform you are still recovering from the latest announcements about the future of iOS. There is a lot to digest in regards to the big news for developers and we discuss a few notable highlights.  Read more

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Hey, Teachers: Monetizing Learning Online (Part 2 – Skillfeed and Learning Paths)

 In the last blog post, I suggested that you start thinking about how you would like to educate. What’s the learning objective as an educator? This is an important concept to have cemented before you approach the next task I want you to consider: Your education funnel.

Perhaps one of the biggest things that plague the online education market is that it fails to fully structure learning objectives together for a consumer. The reason is fairly simple – in most online learning platforms, you have instructors that are working asynchronous.
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Why Good Interactive Ideas Still Fail – How To Create a Minimum Viable Product


If you’ve ever built software for yourself or for others there is a temptation to try and fit every good feature into the initial release of your website, game, or app. Since every project is constrained by timelines, stakeholders, budgets, and the demands of users, it becomes a delicate balancing act to keep the project on course. Read more

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