Patent Wars

Every time I read or hear something about the ongoing battle between Apple and the various manufacturers of Android  devices, I get the desire to scream. Will you please stop! For obvious reasons, I can’t comment on who is right or wrong with regard to this ridiculous battle, I do however feel that the only […]
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NFC a Security Risk?

Ever since NFC appeared, I been waiting for it to be used as the basis of an attack. I’m not particularly delighted to report that my concerns have been vindicated: Security researchers at the EuSecWest Conference in Amsterdam demonstrated an attack which allowed them to install any file onto a Samsung Galaxy S3 via NFC. The good […]
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Android Content of Providers

Android provides a neat way of sharing data between applications: Content Providers. System data sources such as the address book, the SMS database and calendar are all exposed via Content of Providers and any application may publish a Content Provider. The great benefit of Content Providers is that they provide a consistent mechanism for publishing […]
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Property Animation

What a very clever idea! Android API V11 (Honeycomb) introduced a new technique for animation which (until now) I had pretty much ignored. The new mechanism based on android.animation.Animator allows the creation of very powerful animations with minimal effort. The basic ideas of property animation have been in use in many areas for some time. […]
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The Android Virtual Device: Performance Issues

One of the best things about the Android development platform is the superb emulator or Android Virtual Device (AVD). One of the worst things about the Android development platform is… Yes, you guessed, it’s the AVD. The Android AVD is a great idea, it provides real device emulation which allows you to run the actual […]
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