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Wei-Meng LeeGetting Started with Xamarin Forms
With the Xamarin.Forms API, a single user interface can work on three different platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone - a huge savings in code writing! Wei-Meng Lee provides examples for working with Xamarin.Forms, showing the kinds of navigation your interfaces can use on the individual platforms.
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By Wei-Meng LeeFeb 4, 2015
Wei-Meng LeeInterface Navigation in Apple Watch Apps
On the small face of an Apple Watch, your app won't have much space for displaying icons and navigation symbols. To solve that problem, the WatchKit includes navigation controls that give your Watch apps ways to be more useful to users. Wei-Meng Lee shows how to add maneuverability to your Apple Watch apps with navigation.
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By Wei-Meng LeeJan 29, 2015
Wei-Meng LeeGetting Started with the Apple WatchKit
Buzz keeps growing around the Apple Watch, scheduled for release in early 2015. Will your apps be ready? Grab Apple's new WatchKit (released November 18) and speed-read Wei-Meng Lee's instructions on using these new tools to gear up your programming as the time winds down to arrival of the Watch.
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By Wei-Meng LeeJan 22, 2015
iOS Internationalization: Characters and Encoding
Languages use different characters with accent marks and pronunciation marks to accentuate or provide meaning. In this chapter from iOS Internationalization: The Complete Guide, Shawn E. Larson talks about what's involved in creating characters, things like diacritics and surrogate pairs and ligatures, and storing those characters (encoding and code points).
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By Shawn E. LarsonJan 21, 2015

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Brad YaleThe Rise of Communication through Haptic Feedback

For most of us, haptic feedback takes two forms - a vibrating phone in your pocket alerting you to an incoming message and key stroke vibrations when typing a text message/playing a game on your smart device. This though, is a shame because as Apple and Google engineers know, haptic feedback could be and should be used for so much more.

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By Brad YaleCommentsJanuary 14, 2015
Topics: Other Applications,Home & Office Computing,Information Technology,Web Services,Engineering,Information Management,Data,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Hardware,Communications Engineering,Cloud Computing
Brad YaleMobile Security: Physical Location Tracking
On the level of global commerce, we are addicted to devices. By the start of 2015, it is estimated there will be 3 billion Android devices in circulation around the world. Of those, there are roughly 19,000 distinct devices in operation. On the same accord, there are roughly 550 million active iOS devices globally with another few hundred million being phased out. As a global culture we love our mobile devices. Yet here is the thing, by all measures, our devices aren't all that secure. In both data and physicality, our devices have an operational tendency to betray us. 

This said, a question: what is more worrisome, mobile data security risks or mobile device physical security risks? 


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By Brad YaleCommentsDecember 5, 2014
Topics: Windows Phone,General Security and Privacy,Information Technology,iOS,Network Security,Data,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Android,Security
John  TraenkenschuhWell Played, Microsoft, Well Played

Microsoft has always found support for its platforms by providing an excellent development IDE.  Now, that IDE is free, in most circumstances.

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By John TraenkenschuhCommentsNovember 23, 2014
Topics: Upgrading & Repairing,Home & Office Computing,Windows Phone,Apple,eBay/Yahoo/Google,Programming,iOS,Microsoft Windows Desktop,Windows Programming,Visual Basic,Microsoft Windows Vista & Home Server,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Android,Hardware,Visual Studio,HTML5 & Web Standards,Operating Systems, Server
Brad YaleAndroid Application Battle: Advanced App Killer vs. Task Manager

I suspect every Android users has, at least once, downloaded the Advanced App Killer. I suspect in an effort to free up RAM and to have more free operational memory allowing the device to run smoother, the idea of the Advanced App Killer appeals to many users. With over 50 million downloads, the Advanced App Killer ranks among the most downloaded applications currently available in the Google Play Store.

Popularity aside, a question needs to be asked: does the Advanced App Killer actually work? When compared to the internal task manager installed in every Android device, is the Advanced App Killer a more efficient avenue to free up memory and RAM?

Is the Advanced App Killer when compared to every Android Task Manager, worth downloading?

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By Brad YaleCommentsNovember 4, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Android

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