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Wolfram Rittmeyer
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Software-Developer, Android-Geek
Software-Developer, Android-Geek

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We are releasing an early preview of Android Gradle plugin 2.5, which aims to address performance issues of large Android projects. In order to bring about these improvements, we need to introduce some breaking changes in the plugin behavior, DSL, and APIs. These breaking changes impact both build files and Gradle plugins. We may also need to introduce more breaking changes before this version reaches the stable channel. We are releasing the new plugin early so developers and plugin authors can start trying it with their projects and plugins to provide us with feedback.

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Introducing ShapeShifter v0.1

For the past couple of months I've been working on a web app that simplifies the process of creating SVG-based path morphing animations.

Try it out and let me know if you have any trouble. If you don't have your own SVGs to use, click on that three-dotted icon in the top right corner and play around with one of the demos. :)

I'm especially interested in how I can make this tool more useful for UXers (who are usually the ones creating SVGs in the first place)... so please send me feedback! I'm also interested in supporting other export formats other than AnimatedVectorDrawable... send me feature requests!

Live version: https://alexjlockwood.github.io/ShapeShifter/
README.md: https://github.com/alexjlockwood/ShapeShifter


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Next month I'm gogin to talk about #AndroidThings at the GDG Hamburg meetup. Looking forward to it!


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Google release the fifth beta of ConstraintLayout with lot's of improvements to performance as well as to controlling the behavior of it's child views.

https://sites.google.com/a/android.com/tools/recent/constraintlayoutbeta5isnowavailable

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Today we are releasing Developer Preview 2 for Android Things, bringing new features and bug fixes to the platform. We are committed to providing regular updates to developers, and aim to have new preview releases approximately every 6-8 weeks. DP2 includes many bug fixes and new features, such as USB Audio and a native Peripheral API. DP2 also adds support for the Intel Joule platform. In addition, we have created a highly requested sample that shows how to use TensorFlow for object recognition and image classification on Android Things.

See the blog post https://goo.gl/uLXxTZ for more information, and join our Google+ community at https://goo.gl/PC9RBw. #AndroidThings

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Since I switched to my new Lenovo T460, Ubuntu is regularly having trouble calculating the charging/discharging time.

To be able to hot swap batteries, the laptop has one small and one larger, swappable battery. Currently the smaller one is discharging, and Ubuntu seems to be at a loss as to how to correctly calculate that :-)
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I've written a short intro into the series about the Android Things remote controlled car the kids and I are going to build.

What do we want to achieve? And what have we already prepared?

#androidthings


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You have to endure a stupid full page banner first (WTF!), but the pics are great. Be sure to follow the NASA link at the bottom. Loads more to find there!
The Cassini Spacecraft Has Taken New Photos Of The Rings Of Saturn

Scientists are getting the best look at Saturn's rings that they have had in the past 13 years: http://on.forbes.com/62678rWRh
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That's an interesting project. When it comes to databases the important things for me are performance, the power (and ease) of querying it and how intrusive it is to code and testing (e.g. needing to subclass a specific class).

I have to give ObjectBox a try and see how it fares in that regard. And, of course, I also wonder how it stacks up to Realm :-)
We just released a new mobile database. ObjectBox is designed for performance and easily outperforms any database we ever tested. It was a lot of work and fun to build it! Please share!
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