10 reasons why the PC isn’t dying

In our ‘Future of the PC’ poll, APC readers tell us why the PC isn’t going to be replaced by mobile devices anytime soon.

Best apps for Windows Phone, May 2013

Skulls of the Shogun Turn-based strategy done right for mobile. Price: $5.49 | By: Microsoft Studios | From: Windows Phone Store Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game released through Xbox LIVE which features cross-platform play between Windows Phone and Windows RT. You control the recently killed almost-Shogun Akamoto as he commands his…

Working with Media

In the previous masterclasses, we covered installing the development environment, organization of an Android project, UI construction, and built an application with multiple activities. In this class, we look at how to incorporate audio and video in applications. Smartphones are now the default music players for their owners. They are also slowly becoming the photo/video… Continue reading

Android Masterclass final: Building Mobile web sites

Building Mobile Web Sites There are around 500 million smartphones out there in the world (early 2012). Android is growing at 850000 device activations per day. Apple’s iOS devices are in the range of 500000 per day and a recent study by Gartner suggest that within the next 2 years more people will use mobile…

Protecting your online identity

A few months ago a small add-on for Firefox and Chrome was released. Called Privacyfix the add-on is designed to check and update your privacy settings for various online services including Facebook and Google. I had always been vaguely aware that Facebook is the internet’s Mac Daddy of privacy violation but even so the results…

Android Masterclass: Data storage and retrieval

Any non-trivial application will need to store some data locally on the phone for use later. There are also a number of different types of information that needs to be stored for later. For instance we may need to store authentication information have a temporary cache of information store images or allow the users to…

Android Masterclass: How to take your app to the Android marketplace

Preparing and publishing to the Android marketplace [Please note this tutorial was written just before Android Market turned into Google Play – the fundamentals are the same although we’ll be updating this tutorial shortly with references to Google Play] The most exciting and often terrifying part of developing a mobile application is that one day…

Password fail

In June this year six and a half million LinkedIn users’ accounts were compromised and while the social network kept quiet about any security breach the details were being shared on a Russian hacking site. Such security violations are depressingly commonplace with Last.fm and eHarmony suffering similar albeit smaller attacks in the same week. Is…

How to bypass online censorship

In a speech at Stanford University in February 2008 Bill Gates said he wasn’t worried about online censorship: “I don’t see any risk in the world at large that someone will restrict free content flow on the internet” he said. He was wrong. While the world debates the need for legislation to stop the downloading…