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Has Google+ been closed down?

Just checking. It's all over the news that Google+ is dead.

Premature... again I presume :-)

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I don't want to alarm anyone but a Google Employee voted "I'm not sure" if that means anything and no, I'm not outing this person :-)
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Here's a good one for those of us trying to belt out those Blues without angering the neighbors... or the wife :-)

Filed under: #Blues   #Guitar   #Lesson   #HowTo   #Video   #DolphinStreet  
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You've invested a lot of time into XAML and .NET so how do you use this knowledge to create iPhone and Android Apps?

Say what?!?

Yes, those Mono Monkeys at +Xamarin have that covered too.

+Wallace McClure walks you through using XAML with Xamarin.Forms to build your Mobile Apps.

Filed under: #MobileDev   #CrossPlatform   #DotNet   #CSharp   #XAML   #iOSDev   #AndroidDev   #WPDev  
Xamarin.Forms gives you the gift of XAML if you're looking to take the short route to building mobile interfaces.
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The Great Mobile Payments Debate

Apple pays the carriers quite handsomely to allow Apple Pay which directly competes with Softcard which is fully backed by all the carriers. Google Wallet is a direct competitor for Apple Pay and has quite a leg up in terms of time as it has been out for much longer but the Carriers don't support it and typically disable it on Android Devices. Samsung on the other hand bought LoopPay to go head to head with Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Softcard.

Now, Google has bought Softcard with the blessing of all the Carriers, how much chance does Samsung have with their LoopPay acquisition?

Will Samsung pay off the Carriers to help ensure LoopPay's success or will Samsung leave their users in the dust as Google and Apple reign supreme in Mobile Payments?

What about CurrentC the archaic Mobile Payments solution many of the biggest Retailers (such as Walmart) support? Its technology is way behind Google Wallet, Softcard, LoopPay or Apple Pay. Will Google's acquisition of Softcard help put the last nails in that coffin?

Personally I don't see much of a future for LoopPay with Google's acquisition of Softcard and when you stack up Google and Apple's Mobile Payment Platforms against LoopPay and CurrentC it is easy to see who will be soon forgotten.

What are your thoughts? Should Samsung admit defeat and toe the line with Google knowing that they will finally have a viable solution to ride on or should they pull ahead full force with very little hope and a lot of blind determination?

What about CurrentC? Should the retailers sober up and realize they have been drinking some really bad Kool-Aid and just accept the fact that they are too little too late?

What are your thoughts? Is the Mobile Currency area becoming too crowded? Does LoopPay or CurrentC even have a chance to win over consumers?

Filed under: #ApplePay   #Google   #Wallet   #GoogleWallet   #Softcard   #LoopPay   #CurrentC   #Mobile   #MobileCurrency   #MobilePayments   #NFC  
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Pour Some Sugar On Me

Want to know how to use C# and +Xamarin to take advantage of the new hotness in Lollipop ? Of course you do and with .NET to boot. Sweet!

+Wallace McClure walks you through some of the new features of Android 5.0 and how you can add support to your Apps using Xamarin.

Filed under: #AndroidDev   #MobileDev   #Lollipop   #lollipopandroid   #Xamarin   #DotNet   #CSharp  
Android 5 Lollipop has a few new features -- including some UI and performance improvements -- that can now be incorporated into your apps. Here's how to work with the update.
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iOS 8, its bigger not only as an Operating System but in Device Size as well.

While Apple insisted for years that big phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note were not user-friendly and indeed not what users wanted, in an odd twist, Apple release not one but two larger phones in 2014.

While Designers know that size does indeed matter, this new found fragmentation in the world of iOS shouldn't be feared.

In his newest Visual Studio Magazine article, +Wallace McClure walks you through the tools made available for cross-platform Mobile Development within Xamarin to handle the situation.

Thankfully, the Xamarin iOS Designer and Auto Layouts helps to alleviate the headache.

Take a look and get up to speed now on how to use C# and .NET with +Xamarin to create Apps for the new iOS 8 world.

Filed under: #Mobile   #MobileDev   #iOSDev   #Xamarin   #CSharp   #DotNet   #iOS8   #Fragmentation  
Even Apple devices aren't immune to the dreaded OS fragmentation problem. Thankfully, Xamarin has a solution, and Wally looks into it this month.
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I've got to clear out room in the old Guitar Collection to make room for something new. Wife's orders :-)

But seriously folks, I moved on from Guitar Shredding years ago and tend to play more Blues on my Telecasters and Stratocasters these days.

It's time this old girl moved on to where she can get some action.

Wanna play?

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Excellent Object Oriented Programming eBook to add to your Library.

JavaScript with Classes by +Diogo Schneider 

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Just updated JavaScript with Classes to 3rd edition.
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Here's one for those of you wanting to dive into Node.js

Are you using it today? If so, what kind of wizardry are you doing with Node? :-)

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Node.js uses the JavaScript language to write code. If you have experienced programming in JavaScript, you will find it easier to write Node.js code. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: JavaScript, Node.js
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+Wallace McClure sits down with +Jonathan Pryor +Stephen Long and yours truly to take a look at the new features available with Android 5 Lollipop and to discuss support available from +Xamarin 

Source: Visual Studio Magazine

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Xamarin's development lead offers insights into the Android 5 Lollipop update and how the speed with which Android releases spin out affects their own releases.
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Android Stability Problem

The interwebs are all abuzz this morning about the news that Android 5.1 is coming as a big new upgrade to Lollipop. While this is exciting I have to take issue with Google's methods.

While I love Google and use a lot, if not all of their services, I really don't like how they have been pushing out seemingly untested new versions of Android that are buggy as all get out then pushing little fixes every couple of weeks and then now they are already prepping another big new version.

How can we expect the OEMs and Carriers to upgrade user devices if Google doesn't give us something that is stable?

HTC just announced they will miss the 90 day mark and the biggest obstacle they are facing is the stability of Android.

It shouldn't be like this.

Google needs to address their QA issues and do it quick. Most Android App Developers have tons of devices they test on but Google lately can't seem to do it right for their own devices.

When stability is a problem on your own hardware (Nexus) then you have a major problem.

If you follow me you know I love me some Android so this isn't an "Android Sucks" post, but more of me just venting me frustration in the latest trends I've been seeing. I know Google became the big juggernaut they are with Apps and Services that were in perpetual "beta", such as Gmail, but with something as big as Android they need to work harder.

By the way, I really like Lollipop and Material Design, I just don't like the fact that it is so unstable that device makers are pausing to wait for the smoke to clear and yet Google is forging ahead to their "next" as if all is well. Fixing problems with the next big release doesn't address adoption of the here and now. This is starting to feel like Microsoft's "R2" release cycle. For those that don't know, in the world of IT, System Admins will not adopt a new Microsoft Windows Server version until the "R2" version, otherwise known as the "less buggy version" is released.

Is that where Google is heading? Android 5 R2 "The Stable Version"?

OK don't let me just vent here, what are your thoughts? Am I worried about nothing? Is this all just fine with you?
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True to some extent. When available, I have opted-in to Google's "Experiments" before such as "Inbox", which I really like.

It would be nice if Google provided "channels" for Android much like they do for Chrome.

Stable for those that just want their phone to work.

Dev for those that like to live on the bleeding edge and don't mind a few issues along the way.

CyanogenMod does this and it works out well for them.

Android has become the tech savvy "hacker" flavor for smartphones but a lot of people just want their phone to work. Installing the latest "upgrade" shouldn't be a "downgrade" for those people.

People that would subscribe to a "Dev" channel would likely be the type to root and mod their phone periodically so dealing with a problematic "update" wouldn't really bother them as they could easily roll back.

It is harder for an OEM to get Carriers to say "OK" to the latest version knowing that it does have issues and may lead to a lowered user experience.

Who wants their flagship phone to feel like a paperweight to users that were expecting an "upgrade" but suddenly found that their WiFi or Bluetooth didn't work or had problems and Memory Leaks made the system feel rather sluggish? I'm not so sure anyone wants to deal with that.

As I said in the OP, I love Android, I've got a collection of Android figures and shirts I love. I'm all about helping people to get into the platform and even develop for it but I think Google really needs to beef up QA.
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iOS 8 introduced a lot of new features to Apple's platform and +Wallace McClure walks you through using the new APIs in his new course:

Xamarin and iOS 8: New APIs

Wally walks you through everything from App Extensions to TouchID Authentication and everything in-between using C# and Xamarin for creating iOS Applications.

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  • H2IT Solutions, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2013 - 2013
  • Novonics Corporation
    Senior Software Engineer, 2009 - 2013
  • Reed Elsevier (MEDai, Inc.)
    Senior Software Engineer, 2009 - 2009
  • MEDai, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2007 - 2009
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Company
    Senior Software Engineer, 2007 - 2007
  • InCharge Institute
    Software Engineer Level 3, 2002 - 2007
  • Darden Restaurant Support Center
    Senior Systems Engineer, 2000 - 2001
  • Fiserv
    Senior Programmer Analyst, 1997 - 2000
  • Harrington Group
    Lead Software Developer, 1995 - 1997
  • Brevard Community College
    Computer Lab Coordinator, 1993 - 1959
  • Expressway Authority
    System Analyst, 2013 - present
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C# Developer, Guitar Player, Father, Star Wars Geek, fan of the Mac and Linux. I am Mobile Platform agnostic and appreciate efforts from both Android and iOS. Mobile Development is a passion of mine and sharing good tips and information to help others is something I really enjoy.
  • University of Central Florida
    1995 - 1997
  • Brevard Community College
    1992 - 1994
  • Univeristy of Alabama in Huntsville
    1990 - 1991
  • North Side High School
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