I'm writing this in an Amsterdam apartment we rented for the weekend
through AirBNB. The main reason we chose this place wasn't comfort or
convenience. It was connectivity. This apartment was relatively cheap
(about a quarter or a third of the price of a three-star hotel), but reports said
the Internet connection was good.
Last month, I showed you an awesome audiobook player app for Android, but
I didn't share my frustration in getting the audio files on to my phone. When
I plugged my phone in to the computer, I couldn't get the SD card to mount,
no matter what settings I changed. more>>
The Audible app for Android is a great way to consume audiobooks. You have
access to all the books you've purchased on Audible, and you can download
them at will. Plus, the app provides all the bookmarking features you'd expect from
a professional application. Unfortunately, if your audiobooks are from
somewhere other than Audible, you need something a little more flexible.
MIT App Inventor, re-released as a beta service (as of March 5,
2012) by the MIT Center for Mobile Learning after taking over the project from Google,
is a visual programming language for developing applications for
the Android mobile computing platform. more>>
Somewhere between the world of SMS messages and voice calling is the land of two-way push-to-talk technology. Some cell-phone providers have this feature as an option for select phones, which makes your 2012-era cell phone act like a CB radio from the 1970s. more>>
Two years ago, I got into a conversation with another professional about the desktop. I opined that very shortly, the desktop would be our cell phone and there would be no need to put file servers at everyone's desk. more>>
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the older real-time communications
methods still in active use on the Internet. Due to its popularity,
flexibility and cross-platform nature, it still has a very vibrant user
base today. more>>
I'm in midtown Manhattan, connected to the Net over my hotel's slow but costly wi-fi connection. Normally when I'm traveling — at least here in the U.S. — I avoid lame hotel connections by using AT&T's cellular data system, usually through my iPhone's "personal hotspot." more>>
What may sound like a perverse concept is actually one of the many ways
smartphones can change your life. If you play a musical instrument
but don't happen to have perfect pitch (most of us, sadly), you can buy
a tuner, pitch pipe, tuning fork or any number of other aids to
keep yourself in tune. If you have a smartphone in your pocket, however,
you also can simply download gStrings. more>>
This past summer, I went to a beach resort in Mexico with my wife. It
made sense to get into a little better shape so as not to cause any
beached-whale rumors while I soaked in the rays. Typical geek that I am,
I wanted to track my every move so I could see how much exercise
I really was doing. And, I wanted to do that with technology.
The votes are in, the tallies are counted, the hanging chads have been
evaluated, and we have our winners. This year holds a few surprises,
a couple dominant players and as much open source as you can handle. We
don't encourage gambling here at Linux Journal, but if you had an office
pool going for pizza money, it's officially too late to make your wager.
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