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I don't know how well iPhone apps blow up to iPad, but from what I've seen comparing my Bionic to Transformer, a great many of the APhone apps "blow up" well to an APad. Sometimes I don't realize until I see the icon in the bottom of the screen and then realize that yes, there are some minor UI tweaks that can be made for the larger physical screen real estate. I wonder if this is a function of the greater variability of screen sizes (both physical and pixel count) in the APhone market, developers have to code UIs that are able to scale with proportional coordinates and vector graphics for variable screen sizes so the tablet screen just maps as a huge phone screen. Where iPhone (at least until retina came out) all had the same resolution so they got in the habit (or only had tools available) for absolute coordinates and bitmap graphics.

I'd love to hear some cross-platform developers comment on my thoughts.

1 year, 7 months ago on Android Should Have A Bigger Place In The Tablet Market Than It Does

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 @amdestined Yep. I linked to this article via GReader. I guess I'll have to find a new RSS aggregator... Hopfully web based so I can access it from anywhere.

1 year, 8 months ago on Roh Oh: Google Announces It's Retiring "Google Reader" This Summer

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 @DaltonMcVey As long as you continue to pay out your contract period, why should they care who's network you use it on? And if you stop paying your contract fees, levy an early termination fee and submit to a collection agency.

1 year, 8 months ago on AT&T Claims New Cell Phone Unlocking Laws Won't Affect Their Customers

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I have mixed feelings about MOTOPRINT being removed. Of all the print-from-android apps that I've tried, it seemed to work the best to PCL printers, even across different subnets. I don't know if I should worry about it dieing out completely, or to get excited about the possibility of being able to install it on non-Motorola hardware (like my TF700).

1 year, 8 months ago on As DROID RAZR/MAXX Jelly Bean Soak Test Begins, People Notice Lack Of Bloat

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I love my ASUS Transformer Infinity. Hardware-wise it is an excellent piece of kit (and, yes it does have the occasional wart). But I don't know the last time I DVR fast forwarded past an ASUS commercial (for any of their products). But I'm constantly fast forwarding over MS Surface, iPad, and Samsung commercials...

 

If ASUS marketed like MS, Apple, or Samsung they might have the cash flow to be able to afford to get their distribution channels up to snuff...

1 year, 8 months ago on Andy Rubin Thinks Samsung's Success Isn't About Android, But Execution

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Hopefully it won't have the same RF issues the Transformer Prime did with that all-aluminum chassis...

1 year, 9 months ago on HTC One is Official! 1080p 4.7-inch display, Quad-Core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1.2

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 @Josh Perkins Actually, yes. "OLED" is being treated as an adjective modifying the noun "display". I'd have to check (well, find first) my copy of Strunk & White to check to see if any of the comma usages you pointed out are valid or not. (Or I suppose I could check with my wife who knows more of proper grammatical structure than I...)

1 year, 10 months ago on Samsung Announces Youm - A Flexible OLED Display

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Great confusion all around about the DROID line. It's not a Motorola line, rather a Verizon line. Verizon paid Lucas Films for the right for the name. And, there have been several DROID phones that aren't Motorola (The HTC DROID DNA for the most recent example...)

1 year, 11 months ago on Google Said To Be Making An "X Phone" And "X Tablet" With Motorola

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Also, Ford would be able to sue Toyota because Toyota's sedans all have a similar profile (raised cabin roof-line flanked with similar height front and rear trunks) to Ford's Also Ballentine would be able to sue TOR books because you turn pages right-to-left in order to progress reading through the book as well as the pages are rectangular with sharp corners.

1 year, 11 months ago on Judge Koh Hopes For Global Peace Between Samsung And Apple - Apple Is Against It

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Question. Does this just put a standard HTTP link to the GDrive file in the email, or does the recipient need to open the email inside GMail for this to work?

1 year, 12 months ago on Gmail Now Allows You To Attach Files Using Drive, Raises 25MB Limit To 10GB

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My contract isn't up for another year. The android offerings by then will trump the iP5 (just like they will trump any current Android offerings). Let's see what is available in 1 year.

2 years, 2 months ago on Would You Leave Android For The iPhone 5?

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Feel free to use and abuse that free Wi-Fi, just don't forget to log into a VPN before transferring any passwords through any nearby pineapples (a la Hak-5)

2 years, 2 months ago on Google Play Offers Free Boingo Wi-Fi Through September For Android/Computer Users

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Oh crap. I just re-read the article, and that 32,800 feet above sea level limitation means this chip would hit it's maximum altitude (minimum pressure) long before the GPS cuts out. Hobby balloonists, you still have to calculate maximum altitude instead of read it, or continue reading your digiquartz paroscientific barometers (see http://www.paroscientific.com/pdf/2000.pdf ) by frequency on the headset mic input... That is if buying an SIII doesn't kill your budget so much you can't afford one of those niftily expensive paroscientific barometers.

2 years, 2 months ago on Your Galaxy S III Has An STMicroelectronis Pressure Sensor

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Except, of course, one can't determine altitude by pressure alone because the barometric pressure is constantly changing. I wouldn't expect this chip to be able to tell the exact altitude, but it should be able to tell a ride up an escalator or elevator because that air pressure change is much faster than normal barometric pressure changes. But walking from one room to another might also fool this type of 'altitude' detection. If you notice a significant draft through the doorway then the air pressure is higher where the draft is coming from that where the draft is going to. This would also show as a pressure differential to the chip.

 

So, because of all the nastiness (and others) that I've described above, I think using a pressure sensor to determine altitude is foolish. But, with a good GPS signal to give an accurate altitude this chip could work as a decent weather barometer for local weather prediction. Build an app around that and you might have something.

 

Although, if one wants to launch your SIII on a stratospheric balloon, once you get above the weather (and above where the GPS should stop working by law), the local variations in pressure aren't as big and one can actually use the pressure for altitude. Hobby balloonists rejoice!

2 years, 2 months ago on Your Galaxy S III Has An STMicroelectronis Pressure Sensor

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I have a Transformer Infinity and like your Nexus7. Like you, while I can to most things on my tablet, it isn't a complete replacement for my laptop. What I currently do is leave the laptop plugged in and powered on somewhere. And when I need to do "real" computing (transcoding videos, source coding, etc) I use a RDC program (2x, SplashTop, etc.) to log into my laptop and remotely do my computing work. DropBox, GoogleDrive, SugarSync, etc are how to swap files back and forth between the tablet and the laptop.

 

Really, I could probably replace my laptop with a desktop and get more horsepower for the money and still be portable through the tablet.

2 years, 3 months ago on Nexus 7 Laptop Replacement Challenge Update

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About time. I'll have to check the new version out, but I was never able to stream YouTube HD videos through my PS3. Kinda ironic for a console that is supposedly known for HD video...

2 years, 3 months ago on New YouTube app for Playstation 3 brings revamped UI, Android controls

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