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Fake Dawn app updated, and thoughts about Android API backward compatibility

October 12, 2014

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Some time ago I wrote an Android app called Fake Dawn, mainly to learn about the basics of Java development on Android, and also to implement something that I can use everyday: an alarm that wakes you up gently by gradually increasing the volume and the light in a customizable way. I collected the things […]

Google announces Android One

September 15, 2014

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The Nexus products are meant to be the flagship of Android smartphones and tablets, implemented at the state of the art, powerful enough to display all the latest features and efficient enough to have a decent battery life. Android One aims to be the smartphone of the masses, much like Nokia GSM phones were at the […]

A story of Gmail war on spam, and plans for end-to-end encrypted mail

September 6, 2014

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Mike Hearn is a security expert that worked on prevention of spam and abuse at Google, and on Bitcoin-related systems. He wrote a rich but clear mail that gives a good perspective on the effort that email providers must pay to be able to fight spam effectively: Modern anti-spam and E2E crypto (via reddit.com/r/programming). The essay […]

Upgrading my Galaxy S from Cyanogenmod 10 to 11

August 9, 2014

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I still use a Samsung Galaxy S (yes, without any numbers or words after the S), and I installed CyanogenMod on it. I kept upgrading it quite regularly until some time ago, when CyanogenMod decided to call their releases “snapshots” and I instinctively labelled them in my mind as “nigtly builds”, when instead they are the […]

The development process of my Android app

March 26, 2013

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I received a request from one of my readers, who wanted details on the development process of my Fake Dawn app. I wrote them a response and the mail has become quite consistent, so I decided to post it also on my blog, because it is a nice summary of what was going on in my […]

Google Drive is here!

April 25, 2012

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Your Google Drive is not ready yet Well, almost here… Here is a quick comparison on some of the remote storage and file sync solutions that I consider important: Online Service Win Mac Linux Android iPhone Web Client-side Encryption Initial Space Client Source Server Source Google Drive Yes Yes No Yes Soon Yes No 5GB […]

Google 2-step authentication

October 16, 2011

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Google has recently implemented two-factor authentication for user accounts. After reading its description and watching the explanatory video (here is the guide) I activated this option as soon as I could. It really is as user-friendly as it gets, for the security it gives. Since I own an Android phone I also activated the ability […]