Let’s not forget… (2016)

Let’s not forget… Fifteen years ago, it was a Tuesday morning. The year was 2001. The attack came, in the form of airplanes and souls. Let’s not forget those who perished. Let’s not forget what was at the center of that horrible act.…

AI gone bad

Another occurrence of AI gone bad. Earlier this year it was Microsoft’s Chatbot going racist. Now, Facebook’s automation software was trending fake news; keep in mind that, per the article, Facebook is a news source for 44% of US adults. Even if biased,…

4th Generation of Mobile (Aug 2016)

Mobile adoption is still growing. A good example is Facebook with 1 Billion+ users and around 56% of its user-base being mobile-only users as of July 2016 (see source). Mobile adoption has matured — apps are not dying. Instead when you have the…

Android N: What is New?

What is new in Android N? Lots of new changes: APIs, power management, related to notifications, new multi-window UI, permissions, Graphics APIs, other… 1. Android 7.0 -> API Level 24. 2. API differences: https://developer.android.com/sdk/api_diff/24/changes.html 3. Behavioral differences: https://developer.android.com/about/versions/nougat/android-7.0-changes.html 4. General overview: https://www.android.com/versions/nougat-7-0/ 5.…

Pokémon Go is the Best Example of AR in Action that I’ve Ever Seen (up to this point)

I haven’t played with Pokémon Go (PG) yet. But I have to say that I’ve never seen an app (in general) as sticky as the PG app. I mean, wow. I’m totally impressed by its adoption. For example, a few evenings ago while…

Android Platforms Adoption (May 2016)

Every year I like to take a snapshot of the Android platforms adoption. It is great to compare Year-to-Year numbers for historical purposes. Keeping track of platform adoption is important as it directly impacts what developers should be focusing on vs. what should…

SEA –> AUS 2016

My Dear Friends… After a year in Seattle with Amazon Mobile Ads SDK and Services, I’ve moved back to Austin with Amazon Logistics. I’ve enjoyed Seattle and the Fremont/LQA areas very much. And I’ve fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest and Washington…

Quicklinks to @Amazon #Echo #Alexa Developer Resources

An intelligent personal assistant is a software agent that can perform tasks or services for an individual. Below are some quicklinks to @Amazon #Echo #Alexa developer resources: Creating Voice Experiences Using Alexa Skills Kit (Recorded Session) Voice Design 101 (Recorded Session) Alexa Skills…

Happy New Year/2016

Happy New Year, my dear Friends… Let 2016 be an awesome year, full of health and prosperity… Truly yours, C. Enrique Ortiz (CEO) Attributions: See image source.

Don’t Abandon Puerto Rico (NY Times)

— See Image Source. I typically stay away from Politics in this blog. As a matter of fact, in this blog I’ve never written a piece on such topic. But today I need to. My Dad recently sent me a New York Times…

US Mobile Market Update – Q3 2015 (Chetan Sharma)

Check out Chetan’s latest report, US Mobile Market Update – Q3 2015. Some highlights below. More details are available at: http://chetansharma.com/connectedconsumer15.htm. Handsets – As expected, (a) Smartphones continue to rule, with penetration in the US now at 78%! (b) On the opposite end,…

Getting ready for the new iOS 9 ATS feature

With the goal of enforcing best practices for secure network connections, iOS 9 introduces new security requirements and behavior with its new App Transport Security (ATS) feature. If you are not planning to recompile your apps with Apple’s iOS 9 SDK (or Xcode…

Android Platforms Adoption (May 2015)

Every year I like to take a snapshot of Android platforms adoption for historical purposes. Below is the Android platform comparison 2015 vs. 2014. (Search my blog for previous ones). Keeping track of platform adoption is important as it directly impacts what developers…

Android and Microsoft (2015)

(Image Source: Mario Tomás Serrafero) I find this interesting: the recent move by MSFT to get into and “steal” the Android space. Today, thanks to new leadership at MSFT (Nadella), it seems the company is entering a new phase — with new vision…

RIP Leonard Nimoy

I’m forever a big fan… Thanks for inspiring so many in tech, space and reasoning… The Shuttle Enterprise In 1976, NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise rolled out of the Palmdale manufacturing facilities and was greeted by NASA officials and cast members from the ‘Star…

Bit.ly is not in Lybia

When deploying (mobile) apps for verticals such as Healthcare or Banking, you typically have to get the app approved or blessed by the customer’s IT security team. Some tips or info: Only deploy, even for Proof of Concepts (POCs), properly signed apps Do…

Earth time lapse from ISS (early 2015)

Improving The Patient Experience (early 2015)

Disclaimer: The French Hospital Medical Center app is powered by Phunware’s Vertical Solutions platform, one of the products that I manage at Phunware. As the mobile lifestyle, advanced smartphones and advanced networks continue its path to convergence powering the pervasive, actionable Mobile Context,…

NIST releases guide to mobile app security (early 2015)

NIST Special Publication 800-163 Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Steve Quirolgico Jeffrey Voas Tom Karygiannis Christoph Michael Karen Scarfone This publication is available free of charge from: http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.800-163. Also attached: NIST.SP.800-163 /ceo

3 Part Series on Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps

The following is a three part series about Security and Privacy on Mobile (orig. 2012) that covers important concepts, design elements and compliance: Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps, Part 1 – Introduction Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps, Part 2 – Typical…

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

What a gorgeous short film. Thanks Erik. I believe human beings will accomplish all of this. Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo. Thanks Erik for letting us imagine and in our own ways live through this…

Let’s not forget…

Let’s not forget. 13 years ago, it was morning. It was the year 2001. The attack came in the form of airplanes and souls; let’s not forget those who perished and what was at the center of that horrible act. Societies in general…

Three Generations of Mobile Apps (Aug 2014)

We currently are at the third generation of native Mobile apps (2014), with each generation building upon the previous one. The first generation was introduced to the “masses” circa 2000. This generation of mobile apps were Operator-centric and built for the first generation…

On Android and Fragmentation (early 2014)

Due to its origins and philosophy with respect to openness, Android is a fragmented mobile platform. This is illustrated next: There are different kinds of fragmentation to keep in mind. Android platform versions. To minimize fragmentation-related headaches, decide early on what versions of…

5 Tips to Get Started with Android Development

I wrote a small piece for the Safari Flow Blog: With sales of Android devices growing, there’s no better time to get started crafting your first Android app. Here are the five things you need to know before creating that first killer app.…

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