Posts tagged with "mobile"
Apple and the jackless iPhone

As anyone at all exposed to the internet will know by now, Apple has removed the 3.5mm audio jack from the new iPhone that’s coming out. This has been the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but will probably not be the cause of a significant drop in iPhone sales. Much of the prevailing attitude appears to be that now that the great gods at One Infinite Loop have removed the audio jack, people will just have to go on living without it, shouldering the burden of not...

Apps vs websites

My immediate reaction to seeing yet another call from some website, shopping chain or mall to please install their app for all of these amazing benefits and indispensable features is to wonder just how many narrow-purpose apps any given person can have on their phone and use regularly. Just think about your own app usage – there’s the general stuff like your alarm, calendar, email, browser, chat (i.e. WhatsApp), phone (haha), SMS, and maybe a torch or note-taking app depending on your needs. That...

Fudge productive test

When the popular Android keyboard software SwiftKey went free-to-download a few weeks ago, I figured I’d give it a shot. Many of my friends used it and had raved about how well its predictive text worked and how generally nice it was to use. At first brush I wasn’t really sure what it offered over and above the default Samsung keyboard, but I assumed it must be something worthwhile if so many people were raving about it. Historically I haven’t used predictive text very much. I used it for...

Android development with Java

As part of a university course, I’ve spent the past few weeks programming an Android app for location-based alarms and sound profile changing. It’s not a novel idea, but it seemed like a reasonable medium between ease-of-implementation (not requiring an external database or more than one phone for testing) and actual utility and I didn’t really have any better ideas. For my development environment I chose Eclipse because that’s what the course lecturer recommended and what seemed easiest. Not being entirely unable to...