Succeeding on Android Google Play Store

With the dynamic fast pacing growth in Google’s Android operating system, here is another exciting course you could participate in to learn to us the Console features to improve app quality and business performance.

The free training courses through Google Play’s Academy for App Success ensure that you learn about Play Console features to help you grow your app or game business. The lessons are pretty precise and help you understand concepts quickly.

Android Google Maps(Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding).

One of readers asked me to write about getting the names of the location that I touch on the map if it is possible to get names from coordinates. That query triggered me to write this article. The answer is yes we can get location names if we have coordinates, the process is called Geocoding. We can Reverse Geocode  to find the coordinates behind  a Name or place in maps.You can use your current google maps app and just insert the OnTouchEvent method the YourOverlay Class that extends Overlay Class

Geocoding is the process in which we translate latitude and longitude sets to text based address or string location names. We will use the Geocoder Class. This class is used for Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding. Now in Reverse Geocoding things can be a lil tricky coz the returned latitude, longitude values depend on the string address details that a user has provided. It may be just a city name, a city name with a street name or a city name with street name and name of a building or specific location. The Geocoder class requires a backend service that is not included in the core android framework. The Geocoder query methods will return an empty list if there no backend service in the platform. The major public methods of this class are getFromLocation() and getFromLocationName(). The earlier one will transform lat,long values to string location names and the later one will get the coordinates from string location names. both the methods will return an array of address i.e, List< Addresses >.

Enough theory, now some real stuff

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Android overtaking Apple

Android overtaking AppleAndroid is overtaking Apple in the mobile gadget market due to speed and cost advantages, says analysts.


“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said Ramon Llamas, Senior Research Analyst at International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition”.


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Mombasa Tech Community

Mombasa Tech Community is a tool for community empowerment supported by TechnoCenter and its partners. The objective is to grow and further build the capacity for the community within Mombasa and the Coast and create empowered individuals capable of transforming themselves as well as their society by means of innovation and technology.

Together with TechnoCenter and TechnoCenter’s supporting partners, the community will work on a number of programs designed to make the objective achieved.

Mombasa Tech Community started off in late 2011. The 3 major players in this were Ahmed Maawy, Said Fuad and Alifya Ganijee. These 3 individuals charted out a strategy on how to grow the community and grow it to great capacity. In mid 2012 the strategy started working out, thanks to consistency and effort.

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Android developers – just how much can we trust them to do web security properly?

Six German academics have just published a very detailed and systematic paper about web security on Android.

Catchily entitled Why Eve and Mallory Love Android: An Analysis of Android SSL (In)Security, the paper sets out, amongst other things, to answer the question, “Just how well-informed are Android developers, and how much can we trust them to do web security properly?”

As you can imagine from the title, the answer is, “Not enough.”

By the way, in cryptographic documentation, Alice and Bob are always the two parties who want to communicate (longhand for A and B), while Eve is the eavesdropper, and Mallory (who is sometimes known as Mallet) is the malicious man-in-the-middler.

→ A man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is devious but simple. I trick you into connecting to me, instead of, say, to your bank. You do a transaction, but I suck up all the data: username, account number, token code, the lot. I then immediately use this data, while it’s still valid, to transact with your bank. Except that I pay the money to myself.

So, if the Eves and Mallories of the world really love Android, as the authors claim, that’s bad news.

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Cell Phones and Cancer

Cell Phones and Cancer: The Courtroom Debate

Scientists and doctors argue over the link between cell phones and cancer, but courts are weighing in, which is opening the door for lawsuits.

In Brief boils down complex events to give you the heart of the matter — today and what it means for tomorrow — clearly and simply.

If you’ve ever used a cell phone, the ongoing debate between the medical community and public opinion may have you worried you’re pointing a loaded weapon at your brain every time you make a call.

Information from the medical and scientific community is contradictory on the matter. Some studies say there is a link, others don’t, and the back-and-forth does little to address the concerns of millions of mobile phone users.

In lieu of definitive data, courts are stepping in to offer their own conclusions, adding yet another wrinkle to an already tangled debate.

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