Mobile Monday Austin @ SXSWi 2014 (Unofficial)

The Mobile Monday Austin (unofficial) SXSW party is back. Join us at Fogo de Chao on Monday, March 10 at 5:30pm for some free drinks and food, as well as demos from leading mobile startups from Austin and around the world. We packed…

Using Android’s Advertising ID

My most recent piece is about Using Android’s Advertising ID (Safari Online Books blog). The ability to identify users is important for advertising, analytics and other purposes. Android developers typically rely on the Android Device ID or Telephony IDs such as the International…

2013 Review

As the year 2013 ends, it is time to reflect and write down some thoughts and highlights for the year. This year I spent most of my time working on Telco stuff, specifically on a supply chain orchestration SaaS platform and private marketplace,…

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New 2014

Amigos, with this post I would like to wish you and your family a peaceful and happy Holidays/Christmas season, and an awesome new year 2014 that is full of good health and prosperity! ceo

On Location (and Other Sensitive) Data

Installing apps, Android in this case, is at times a bit of WTF. It shouldn’t have to, but it is. The amount of personal information that some apps gather can be extreme. This concern is especially true after Google removed the very necessary…

Beans are not for Astronauts

Google is the Master of Personalization…

This is personalization well done. It is the little things… Thank you, Google.

Android App Ops *WAS* a Step Forward

Android App Ops is no more… Two weeks after I wrote Android App Ops is a Step Forward, Google has disabled/removed the permission manager. After the Android 4.4.2 update, invoking the App Ops app results in a RuntimeException. The R.I.P. permission manager, a…

BlackBerry’s Little Gem

Has BlackBerry hit rock bottom? Look at the following chart for BlackBerry’s stock price and value. BlackBerry’s stock right now is around $6.06, which is up from $5.89 (all time low?). It is crazy. BlackBerry has millions of users, with a strong history…

shift 2020 – How Technology Will Impact Our Future

Check out Rudy De Waele’s new book project titled shift 2020 – How Technology Will Impact Our Future — a collaborative book including foresights on how technology will impact our future by some of the world’s leading experts. See the related Kickstarter project.…

Google Ads are not really relevant anymore

Over time, I have seen the behavior of Google Ads on my weblog change behavior. Today, when I visit websites, including my own blog, I no longer see content-relevant Ads. Digging around I found information on how ads are targeted to your site:…

Android App Ops is a Step Forward

Update Dec/15/2013: Two weeks after I wrote this piece below, Google removed App Ops… See Android App Ops *WAS* a Step Forward, and stay tuned. One of Android’s top limitations, one that totally drives me nuts, is its security model, in particular the…

Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps

Check out the new guest post that I wrote on Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps, for the Safari Books Online blog. It covers how to enable voice communication using the Android SIP Stack/API. Enabling voice communication on Android apps is possible via…

Congratulations to Filament Labs, Winner of the Mobile Monday Austin App/Startup Showcase at TWS 2013

“With such convergence happening with technology and healthcare, especially right here in Austin, and especially with mobile technology, it is great to see a company like Filament Labs be recognized,” said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin. At the recently completed…

Android 4.4 (KitKat) is Here!

Check out the new guest post that I wrote on Android 4.4, for the Safari Books Online blog. It summarizes what is new on Android and related important information. In this post we will explore the major changes introduced in Android 4.4. Android…

2014 American Freestyle Open

Planning has begun! The American Freestyle Open is the premiere freestyle disc event of 2014 in the United States with top-ranked players expected from all over the country and the world. And it is happening in Austin, Texas! To all my friends, individuals…

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won’t Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won’t Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth “if humans don’t migrate from the planet Earth to colonize other planets, they’ll face extinction in 1,000 years.” The above quote reminds me of Into the Void… :-/ Into the Void Rocket…

Burning Man 2013 Time-Lapse

This video is as artistic in nature as Burning Man itself. One day I hope to attend. (Watch this in HD resolution and in full-screen) ceo

Betting on Nokia (2013)

(Image source: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk) Have you given up on Nokia? From my perspective, due to its recent (couple of years old) debacles and endeavors with MSFT, I had stayed away from Nokia. I never believed on how their MSFT strategy was approached. Nokia should…

App Showcase at Texas Wireless Summit 2013 (Oct 18)

The 11th annual Texas Wireless Summit (Oct 18, 2013) continues the tradition of providing a forum for industry leaders and academics to discuss emerging technologies and business models that will shape the industry over the upcoming two to three years. As in previous…

In Saturn’s Rings — Saturn Fly-By

Wow. Two great short videos of Saturn fly-bys; cannot wait for this movie “In Saturn’s Rings” to get completed (2014). (Make sure you watch these in HD and fullscreen.) Video 1: Video 2:

Black Sabbath 2013 | #ATXSabbath

Last night (July 27, 2013) Black Sabbath came to Austin Texas (Erwin Center); my 1st time ever seeing Sabbath (and Ozzy for that matter). We enjoyed the show very much. In memory of my very good friend Alberto Rafóls; we used as kids…

Why work doesn’t happen at work (Jason Fried)

So true… I enjoyed this TED talk very much. This applies to the Tech/software world. Beware of M&Ms. (Coincidentally, today I worked from home and accomplished a lot!) ceo

Texas GDG TX DevFest 2013

[Google invited me to give this talk, but expanded, in Kansas City on Aug 23rd. Stay tuned for more info] Next Fri and Sat July 12 – 13 in Austin is the Texas’ GDG TX DevFest. There will be multiple session tracks on…

This week’s march toward dystopia: Amendment IV, the NSA, Surveillance, and Metadata

U.S. Constitution — AMENDMENT IV “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation,…

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