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,…

Tag/Word Cloud (Apr 2013)

Every so often, I like to run a “tag or word cloud” against my Weblog (and Twitter). I then capture the output for future reference. This is a great, cool way of capturing a snapshot of topics that I write about at that…

Facebook buys Parse :-/

Interesting — Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service (via TC). First congrats to Parse, for the monetization event. I have been a Parse.com fan for a while and even wrote a few months ago an…

V for Vendetta, C for Constitution

“…cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s…

UcATX – Innovation in Communication Apps Architectures (Austin, TX) Meetup

I am very excited to announce Austin’s first UcATX – Innovation in Communication Apps Architectures meetup, where we will be focusing on the future of Unified Communications, but from the Apps, APIs, Services and Architecture perspective, and related technologies including Mobile, WebRTC, SIP,…

Android Dev Austin | March 2013 Meet up with Apigee

Join us at our March 2013 Android Dev Austin Meet up with Apigee! Apigee, experts on all things “API”, is one of the coolest companies out there. Seating is limited! Please RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4577513466 Topic: Making the Backend as easy as the Frontend: a…

Namibian Nights (Squiver)

Gorgeous work by Squiver – beautiful imagery and music… Namibian Nights from Squiver on Vimeo. (Watch in HD and fullscreen) ceo

On Voice Apps (and Contextual Voice/Communications)

Image Source: The Future of the Web and Mobile (Feb 2007) For years I have been working on mobile and related software development. This has been a world of “data”-and consumer and enterprise applications and infrastructure, that for me started in 1999-2000 with…

Brokering the Cloud for IP Telephony Services

I wrote a piece, the special feature on @tmcnet, regarding why VoIP providers are leveraging cloud service brokers like Shango. Titled Brokering the Cloud for IP Telephony Services, it is about the potential of cloud service brokers on communication service providers; below is…

Android In Action 3rd Ed. Translated to Portuguese

Nice… I just received a copy of Android in Action 3rd edition, which I co-authored, translated to Portuguese! (I would like to learn Portuguese.) ceo

Dell is going Private (2013)

A month after I wrote Dell to exit global smartphone business, now I hear rumors that Dell is going private. Many years ago I was predicting that an Asian company would buy Dell, but I wasn’t expecting Dell going private. The Dell story…

NASA’s Space Shuttle – From Top to Bottom (Infographic)

I found this pretty cool Infographic below about the Space Shuttle (via Space.com). I like to remember and share the special time I spent working in the Space Shuttle program. It was an awesome program, people, and manned-space transportation system. One of the…

Geo Track Me Not! (T-Shirt)

I have been spending some time designing Tech-themed t-shirts (with mobile focus). The T-Shirt below, titled Geo Track Me Not!, is an evolution of an design idea I had years ago. I think I am finally close to finishing with a design that…

Frisbee Freestyle Jam (Austin Winter 2013)

It was a gorgeous, windy, cold day in Austin, Texas. With Todd Brodeur, John Titcomb, Johny Trevino, Mike Galloupe, Eric Gibbons, Glen Whitlock and others — at Zilker Park. Austin Jamming – Panorama #1 (Click on picture to enlarge) Austin Jamming – Panorama…

Bye bye 2012…

It is the end of 2012 — I wish all of you a very super happy new year, a 2013 full of great health and prosperity. Bye bye 2012… 2012 will be remembered as a very interesting and challenging year. But in restrospect,…

Worst Apocalypse Ever… says Kitty

I agree with Kitty — this is the worst Apocalypse ever… No end of the World and no Zombie Apocalypse… But, no surprise here, right? And to all the end-of-days lunatics out there, there you have it. No, there is no such thing…

Dell to exit global smartphone business

Deja-vu? Today I read “Dell to exit global smartphone business” (Austin Business Journal). From the ABJ article: “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful,” Clarke told Forbes. Translation: “…we don’t know how to make it happen”. I say this because…

Happy Holidays — Mobile Monday Austin Dec 2012 Social

Happy Holidays!!! Mobile continues to thrive in 2012 and we in the industry look forward to another prosperous year. As you are running around to make final deadlines, socialize and prepare for the holidays, come take a little break and join your fellow…

From “first to invent” to “first to file” (USPTO)

*Must read* My friend Evin pointed me to a new ruling that goes into effect March of 2013. I wasn’t aware of this *very important* change to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that changes our patent and trademark system “from first…

The Overview Effect and the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph

The Overview Effect is about self-awareness and the realization of who and where we are within the grand scheme of the Universe. ‘On the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film…

On Dreams

I am no psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor of any kind, so feel free to ignore or bash what I am writing below… The other day, after a night where I dreamt about a solution (to a coding problem, which is not the…

Article: Parse cloud-based services for Android apps

My latest article on Mobile & Cloud computing… Summary: Explore the advantages of storing mobile application data in a private cloud with this introduction to the Parse SDK for Android. Mobilist C. Enrique Ortiz introduces the Parse API classes for cloud-storing and manipulating…

Our Story in One Minute

I can watch this a thousand times… From “nothingness” to intelligence and the ability to understand the beginnings, understand the history of life and our own history, and understanding the abstract mechanics of the universe, and being able to conquer both on Earth…

Lewis Weil of Austin Sea Veggies — Austin Awesome Foundation Grantee (October 2012)

Congrats to Lewis Weil of Austin Sea Veggies, who is October 2012 Awesome Austin Foundation grantee: “My goal is produce amazing, fresh, healthy local seafood anywhere in world. I want people to have good food and for us to be able to leave…

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