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#Firebase is a platform that can handle your app's backend, data storage, user auth, static hosting, and offline support concerns. It's also extremely simple to implement.

In this meeting we'll walkthrough the Going Places with Android codelab from this year's I/O, which implements Firebase and the Google Places API. We'll then take a closer look at what the Firebase API has to offer.

The lab uses Android Studio to quickly scaffold a Google Maps Activity, so please install Android Studio before the meetup if you wish to follow along; our wifi may not be able to support multiple people trying to install on the spot.
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The buzz has been building about Google's Project Tango.  As of now, this project takes the shape of a tablet-sized device that is capable of constructing a three-dimensional model of its environment in real time, and presenting it in a 3D viewer on the device.  It is also a simple matter to assemble an application that tracks the user's location in space with 6 degrees of articulation.

The Project Tango has a horrible name, but is a neat piece of technology.  We'll be showing off some of the apps that have already been written for it, and capturing a 3-D area map (essentially a 3-D picture) during the meeting. 

Our own Joseph Banta recently had a chance to participate in a hackathon focused on making apps for the motion-tracking device.  He'll talk about his experience at that hackathon, and review the current state of the technology.

Also as part of the presentation, Joseph will walk through a code lab for the Google Cardboard.  If you have a cardboard, bring it.  We'll have a couple of our own, but probably not enough for everybody (we already gave them away!).  This code lab is for ANYONE -- no coding skills are necessary.  Essentially we'll be building a Unity app and targetting it to your Android phone.  That means when you walk out, you'll know the basics for putting together a 3-D world in Unity and making it work on your phone.
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And so it begins...
Work has started on getting the city of Nashville ready for Google Fiber.
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On June 5 an as yet unannounced feature will be released for Android devices. Google will present a video stream including engineers at Google and some past I/O keynote speakers.

**Update** We have unofficial confirmation that the feature of focus here is in Android M, the latest Android version announced during the I/O Keynote.  If you plan on participating in the hackable portion of this event, it will expedite things for you if you have the Android SDK for Android M preinstalled.


Google has invited our group to host a viewing/hack party, where participants will be the first to see the feature and will work through issues and identify bugs.


Prizes will be awarded by Google for the best reported bug and for best overall feedback, including Nexus 6 devices.

https://events.withgoogle.com/whats-new-in-android-hackhome/ 



What do I need to be part of this event? It's simple:

• Computer with a working Android M development environment.

• Internet connection that can handle streamed video.

• Your existing Android app, if you have one.

• A Google+ account, if you want to ask questions.
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Press Coverage of Google's participation in the Nashville Google Developer Group's I/O Extended event...

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/tech/2015/05/28/takeaways-google-nashville/28122153/

5 things to know about Google Fiber in Nashville

Nashville-area software developers gathered Thursday to watch Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. As part of the meetup, they heard from local Google employees about the company's growing presence in Nashville and were able to ask questions and share their own ideas.

Here are a few takeaways from the event:

1) Google Fiber has made some key hires for the rollout of its gigabit-speed network.

Martha Ivester, an agent at Creative Artists Agency, has been named Google Fiber's city manager. Before joining the music industry, she was a general manager and brand director for Nike, and also has worked for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Caroline de Gantes is also working for Google Fiber in Nashville. Previously, she was director of pricing and business development at Asurion and a manager at McKinsey & Co. in New York.

The Nashville Google team has grown to 10 staff members, and some construction has begun. De Gantes said the rollout will begin in months, rather than years.

2) Comcast and AT&T have a big public relations challenge ahead.

The crowd of about 50 developers began a handful of questions with complaints of existing providers. Comcast has data limits, would Google Fiber have data limits? (The answer was no). Comcast sends junk mail, would Google Fiber? When participants were asked if they had visited Google Fiber's Nashville website, nearly every hand shot up and one attendee said he would not sign up for Comcast, even though it would be offering 2 gigabit-per-second speeds. While it's important to keep in mind this was a gathering for those who develop Android apps, their general preference for Google Fiber was clear.

3) Gigabit-speed Internet will spur innovation, especially in Nashville's music industry.

Among the potential uses for ultra-fast connection that the developers came up with were several ideas that pertained to making or recording music. While many of the stories related to fiber's impact in other cities have showed its applications in health care or film, it's likely that advancements in Nashville will be tied to the city's thriving music sector.

4) Beyond fiber, Google's presence will grow in Nashville.

Florent de Gantes, a Nashville-based project manager for Google, helps connect local entrepreneurs to Google experts in various fields and to Google's cloud platform through the Google For Entrepreneurs program. While he offered few details, he said the company would be building a new space at the Entrepreneur Center.

5) Nashville tech sector needs more women.

Of the crowd of about 50 app programmers, I counted two females. It was only one event for one segment of programmers, but it illustrates the need for greater diversity within the trade. For good reason, coding initiatives and meetups targeting females have sprung up in Nashville, and we need to make sure we are encouraging young women to explore their interest in this profession.

Reach Jamie McGee at 615-259-8071 and on Twitter @JamieMcGee_.
Google makes strides ahead of rollout in Nashville.
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The buzz has been building about Google's Project Tango.  As of now, this project takes the shape of a tablet-sized device that is capable of constructing a three-dimensional model of its environment in real time, and presenting it in a 3D viewer on the device.  It is also a simple matter to assemble an application that tracks the user's location in space with 6 degrees of articulation.

The Project Tango has a horrible name, but is a neat piece of technology.  We'll be showing off some of the apps that have already been written for it, and capturing a 3-D area map (essentially a 3-D picture) during the meeting. 

Our own Joseph Banta recently had a chance to participate in a hackathon focused on making apps for the motion-tracking device.  He'll talk about his experience at that hackathon, and review the current state of the technology.

Also as part of the presentation, Joseph will walk through a code lab for the Google Cardboard.  If you have a cardboard, bring it.  We'll have a couple of our own, but probably not enough for everybody (we already gave them away!).  This code lab is for ANYONE -- no coding skills are necessary.  Essentially we'll be building a Unity app and targetting it to your Android phone.  That means when you walk out, you'll know the basics for putting together a 3-D world in Unity and making it work on your phone.
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Reminder:  GDG Nashville's Project Tango exposition has been moved to tonight.  We'll be raffling off a quadcopter, and there are t-shirts for everybody.
 
The buzz has been building about Google's Project Tango.  As of now, this project takes the shape of a tablet-sized device that is capable of constructing a three-dimensional model of its environment in real time, and presenting it in a 3D viewer on the device.  It is also a simple matter to assemble an application that tracks the user's location in space with 6 degrees of articulation.

The Project Tango has a horrible name, but is a neat piece of technology.  We'll be showing off some of the apps that have already been written for it, and capturing a 3-D area map (essentially a 3-D picture) during the meeting. 

Our own Joseph Banta recently had a chance to participate in a hackathon focused on making apps for the motion-tracking device.  He'll talk about his experience at that hackathon, and review the current state of the technology.

Also as part of the presentation, Joseph will walk through a code lab for the Google Cardboard.  If you have a cardboard, bring it.  We'll have a couple of our own, but probably not enough for everybody (we already gave them away!).  This code lab is for ANYONE -- no coding skills are necessary.  Essentially we'll be building a Unity app and targetting it to your Android phone.  That means when you walk out, you'll know the basics for putting together a 3-D world in Unity and making it work on your phone.  So the prerequisites for the code lab will be 

• Your computer

• Your Android phone

• Your Google Cardboard

If possible, you should install Unity on your computer beforehand.  
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download?ref=personal

The code lab will hopefully fun for spectators too -- we'll end up with a functional game!  At the end of the night we plan to raffle off a Syma X5C HD Quadcopter, so also bring your rabbit's foot or talisman of choice.

See you then.



P.S.  No rabbits were harmed during the composition of this meeting summary.
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NCDevCon, associates, and sponsors are organizing the NCDevCon 2015 Conference (NCDevCon) to be held September 26-27, 2015 on the Centennial Campus of NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The conference planning committee is currently calling for presentation proposals from interested subject matter experts. There will be a number of nationally known speakers as well as regional and local presenters. 

The conference will cover a wide variety of web development and design topics including Web, Mobile, Javascript and ColdFusion technologies. 

Registration is also open: http://ncdevcon.eventbrite.com­ 

Cost is only $200 and covers admission to all sessions, lunch for both days and drinks and snacks. 

More information can be found online: http://ncdevcon.com­ 
<br><b>September 26-27, 2015</b> • Raleigh, North Carolina
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The buzz has been building about Google's Project Tango.  As of now, this project takes the shape of a tablet-sized device that is capable of constructing a three-dimensional model of its environment in real time, and presenting it in a 3D viewer on the device.  It is also a simple matter to assemble an application that tracks the user's location in space with 6 degrees of articulation.

The Project Tango has a horrible name, but is a neat piece of technology.  We'll be showing off some of the apps that have already been written for it, and capturing a 3-D area map (essentially a 3-D picture) during the meeting. 

Our own Joseph Banta recently had a chance to participate in a hackathon focused on making apps for the motion-tracking device.  He'll talk about his experience at that hackathon, and review the current state of the technology.

Also as part of the presentation, Joseph will walk through a code lab for the Google Cardboard.  If you have a cardboard, bring it.  We'll have a couple of our own, but probably not enough for everybody (we already gave them away!).  This code lab is for ANYONE -- no coding skills are necessary.  Essentially we'll be building a Unity app and targetting it to your Android phone.  That means when you walk out, you'll know the basics for putting together a 3-D world in Unity and making it work on your phone.  So the prerequisites for the code lab will be 

• Your computer

• Your Android phone

• Your Google Cardboard

If possible, you should install Unity on your computer beforehand.  
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download?ref=personal

The code lab will hopefully fun for spectators too -- we'll end up with a functional game!  At the end of the night we plan to raffle off a Syma X5C HD Quadcopter, so also bring your rabbit's foot or talisman of choice.

See you then.



P.S.  No rabbits were harmed during the composition of this meeting summary.
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This user group is open to anyone that is interested in developing on a mobile platform. Android and iPhone will receive a lot of focus but we're open to discuss anything related to mobile development.

We meet at BMI on the last Tuesday of each month.


Please park in the visitor parking lot on the east side of the building the building and walk around to the front door on the south side of the building (Music Circle North).  Someone will greet you at the entrance.

Food and socializing begins at 6 PM. We'll try to get started between 6:15 and 6:30 and wrap up by 8.