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  • ICS Giving Nexus One the Cold Shoulder - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    device be it a major OS upgrade or a minor support patch as well as prices and release discontinuation dates I compared these dates versions to the currently shipping version of Android at the time He further breaks this down via an interesting chart This is bad for a lot of reasons as noted by Degusta Consumers Get Screwed Ever since the iPhone turned every smartphone into a blank slate the value of a phone is largely derived from the software it can run and how well the phone can run it When you re making a 2 year commitment to a device it d be nice to have some way to tell if the software was going to be remotely current in a year or heck even a month Turns out that s nearly impossible here are two examples The Samsung Behold II on T Mobile was the most expensive Android phone ever and Samsung promoted that it would get a major update to Eclair at least But at launch the phone was already two major versions behind and then Samsung decided not to do the update after all and it fell three major OS versions behind Every one ever sold is still under contract today The Motorola Devour on Verizon launched with a Megan Fox Super Bowl ad while reviews said it was built to last and it delivers on features As it turned out the Devour shipped with an OS that was already outdated Before the next Super Bowl came around it was three major versions behind Every one ever sold is still under contract until sometime next year Developers Are Constrained Besides the obvious platform fragmentation problems consider this comparison iOS developers like Instapaper s Marco Arment waited patiently until just this month to raise their apps minimum requirement to the 11 month old iOS 4 2 1 They can do so knowing that it s been well over 3 years since anyone bought an iPhone that couldn t run that OS If developers apply that same standard to Android it will be at least 2015 before they can start requiring 2010 s Gingerbread OS That s because every US carrier is still selling even just now introducing 2 smartphones that will almost certainly never run Gingerbread and beyond Further those are phones still selling for actual upfront money I m not even counting the generally even more outdated presumably much more popular free phones It seems this is one area the Android Windows comparison holds up most app developers will end up targeting an ancient version of the OS in order to maximize market reach Security Risks Loom In the chart the dashed line in the middle of each bar indicates how long that phone was getting any kind of support updates not just major OS upgrades The significant majority of models have received very limited support after sales were discontinued If a security or privacy problem popped up in old versions of Android or

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  • Ice Cream Sandwich: Google's Latest Progress with Android - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    in mind that Ice Cream Sandwich is a new tablet release So are there any new features for Ice Cream Sandwich The short answer is yes there are tons Here are some of the more interesting ones I found while reading over the change lists Calendar API Before we were limited to interfacing with Google Calendar through Google APIs or hacking the Google Calendar app Now we have a built in calendar with full platform API support Social API I m not sure what to think of this one yet It seems like a provider to access some information on social networks using platform API calls This could be a great new feature because as Android developers can tell you the official Facebook SDK is very awkward to work with TextureView I haven t had time to play around with this but this could be one of the coolest things in Android 4 0 Video on the platform has traditionally be rendered in SurfaceViews but these were pseudo views because the OS punched a hole through the view to expose an OpenGL layer If you have ever used the old SurfaceView inside an animated view such as a ViewPager then you would have noticed some tearing on the sides of the view TextureView promises to be fully rendered in the view hierarchy which should do away with this issue Wi Direct This is a new API for ad hoc wi fi connections between devices This seems to be the Android analog of Apple s Bonjour and peer to peer connections Improved HttpURLConnection This is a very low level new feature but blog posts on the official Developers Blog promises a much improved HttpURLConnection interface which is much easier to use than the Apache HTTP classes VPN Client API Clients that

    Original URL path: http://www.hardindd.com/ice-cream-sandwich-googles-latest-progress-with-android/ (2016-04-27)
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  • RIM's Last Gasp - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    QNX and has apparently tried to jam BBOS6 and QNX into a new product which they ve dubbed BBX Historically along with being less powerful than their iOS and Android counterparts RIM devices have been an absolute pain to develop for and as a result they have a very thin developer community Despite this CEO Mike Lazaridis spoke to developers and said I can t say how important you are to us it s a really exciting time for BlackBerry developers As you can tell from the tone of this post I m not optimistic A new cobbled together OS is not going to help hopelessly out of date hardware and seems reminiscent of Palm launching WebOS before falling to an acquisition by HP Business Week notes RIM s U S smartphone market share fell to 20 percent in the quarter through August from 25 percent three months earlier according to ComScore Inc Apple rose 0 7 percentage points to 27 3 percent while Google s Android platform climbed to 44 percent from 38 percent While I have been an avid Blackberry user for years it seems that RIM may indeed be on their last gasp Tags Android Apple Blackberry

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  • Is Bitcoin Doomed? - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    reports Unfortunately the currency s value hasn t proven stable in practice Several waves of media coverage between April and June pushed the currency s value up from less than 1 to more than 30 Soon after it reached a peak the currency had a series of PR disasters One Bitcoin user claimed that a half million dollars worth of Bitcoins were stolen from his PC he may have fallen victim to Bitcoin stealing malware A few days later the most popular Bitcoin exchange was hacked forcing a multiday suspension of trading and generating another wave of bad press Trading resumed in late June at around 17 and the currency s value has been steadily declining ever since In August one of the most popular Bitcoin banks claimed it had been hacked and had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins triggering a fall in value to under 7 Bitcoin fell below 5 in September and it is now worth less than 3 One of the article s point is that while there are a lot of Bitcoins in circulation the number of transactions is quite small in proportion and thus the value of the currency is very vulnerable to volatility The value of Bitcoins is like any fiat currency ultimately driven by supply and demand With dollars the supply is controlled by the Federal Reserve and the demand is driven by the size of the US economy The supply of Bitcoins grows automatically asymptotically approaching 21 million and the demand for Bitcoins is driven by the volume of Bitcoin denominated transactions And that s Bitcoin s fundamental challenge as far as we can tell the volume of Bitcoin denominated transactions is tiny True there are a few hundred merchants who say they accept Bitcoin but most of

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  • Apple's Siri Does Everything - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    interactive digital assistant if you will You can give it text voice commands and it will interpret and execute a seemingly unlimited amount of commands search the web get directions text set reminders etc This has come a long way from AOL Instant Messenger s and Windows Live Messenger s SmarterChild and seems a lot more similar to Flubber s Weebo One big advantage Siri seems to have over other text interpretation models is its ability to recognize very informal language An example is any good burger joints around here converts to find a burger restaurant nearby This seems like kind of a big step for the company especially compared to damnyouautocorrect com These conversations with Siri can take place by typing or by speaking which means it not only has the language interpretation but also speech recognition I m interested in the accuracy of it compared to how Apple claims it works On a fun side note Apple also programmed in some easter egg snarky responses from Siri when you ask things related to drugs jokes philosophy etc Tags Apple mobile Siri Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website

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  • Apple.com, Circa 1983 - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    Blog Get a Quote Apple com Circa 1983 Posted on October 11 2011 at 5 21 pm Reposted from OSX Daily this had our whole office laughing Tags Apple Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website Comment 608 237 6285 2016 Hardin Design Development Inc Home Services Process Design Development Careers About Us Contact Blog Get a Quote Madison Verex

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  • BMW and Android - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    see how slow the automakers have been to release Android apps given how rapidly they jumped into the iPhone and even Blackberry in Mercedes case market BMW recently explained why they ve taken until now to release Android software quoted in an Autoblog article as So what took BMW so long to adopt Android the world s fastest growing mobile OS In the release after the jump BMW like nearly every app developer on the planet blames the massive amount of fragmentation of both screen sizes and Android versions out in the world meaning testing and development took much longer than for the iPhone version Automakers typically follow extremely rigorous quality control standards and while companies in other industries are often content to release Android apps with some testing and the hope that they will work on all hardware BMW was forced to test their app on literally every available piece of Android hardware available in the North American market It will be interesting to see in the future as more and more Android variants such as Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb among others along with an every increasing deluge of hardware options become available if major corporations Android

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  • Touchscreen Desktop Computers - Hardin Design & DevelopmentHardin Design & Development
    laptops I found it interesting that Dell just released an all in one Inspire One 2320 touchscreen which is essentially just a really big tablet 23 inches that connects wirelessly to a keyboard and mouse Its specs are right up there with its competition Intel Core i5 processor 6 GB DDR3 RAM 1080p resolution and a TV tuner for only 1k Maybe it s because I only really use a laptop or maybe its because of things I ve learned about user interfaces from experience and or classes but I still find the concept of touchscreen desktops odd It may be slightly faster to be able to touch things on your screen as opposed to using a keyboard mouse but I think tablets and phones are the only technologies that hold the right to have touchscreens If the item you re using is too big to comfortably hold like a book or to set down on a desk and not be obnoxious to everybody around your personal bubble it s probably easier just to use those old school input devices to control it Tags Touchscreen One Response to Touchscreen Desktop Computers Jon Hardin October 11 2011 I think this is

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