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Notifications With Pushbullet

This post looks at notification systems on Android, Chrome and Android Wear and provides a simple way to insert your own notifications in to the stream with Pushbullet. I presented this at the Google Developers Group in Brisbane this week, the post is a longer form of the presentation. The slide deck I used is available here, I've enabled commenting on the document so please feel free to leave your feedback. What are Notifications? Before we look at specific implementations we need to describe what a notification actually is, or more specifically what an idealised version of a notification is.…

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Android Wear - A Makers View of the Samsung Gear Live

This post is a little bit different from the normal content I have here - I recently bought myself a Samsung Gear Live running Android Wear. Now that I've had it for a few days I thought it would be worthwhile doing a review from the point of few of someone who likes to tinker with their devices. In this review I'm more interested in what I can do with the watch so I'm not going to go into a lot of details about the hardware and software that make it up. If you would like more details about those aspects I recommend the series of reviews at Ars Technica: In-depth with Android Wear * Android We…

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Development Environment for Android

I'm finding that I have less and less time to write for this blog and the time between posts is getting longer and longer. This is a real shame as I enjoy writing the posts and spending the time needed to research and format them helps me organise my thoughts which improves the overall quality of my projects. Each post is essentially a small planning session for me. One time slot that has yet to be filled is my daily commute to and from work, about 2 hours every day. I usually spend this time catching up on my RSS feeds (or, more often unfortunately, playing Candy Crush Saga in a mindless com…

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