Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Run Android Apps on Windows PC

Don’t ask me why I was searching for these but I found a few handy platforms to run android apps inside my windows.
 
BlueStacks and WindowsAndroid aka Windroy are such free frameworks.
 
Of these WindowsAndroid lets you run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as a native application on your on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine.
 
YouWave is another such option albeit a paid one even though it lets you try out the framework for 10 days.
 
All of these softwares basically lets Android run on Windows PC.
 
In searching for these I also stumbled upon another interesting project called Android-x86 Project – Run Android on Your PC.
 
There’s of course the option of running Official Android Emulator inside Windows by installing the Android Developer SDK for Windows. Google’s Android software development kit (SDK) provides a free Android emulator, although it’s targeted at developers. You can run the latest version of Android with this method, so it’s a great way to try out the latest version of Android if you have a device that’s stuck on an older version.

First, you’ll need Java installed. You can then download the SDK Tools from Google.

Genymotion is another of these emulators. The Beta version is the evolution of AndroVM open source project and will be available in June.

These apps should help you in app testing and presentation purposes.

Have a check yourself!
 

Google is killing its RSS feed component Google Reader!

 
What a tragedy!
 
Firing off my browser today like most days, I was naive enough to believe that today was like just another day. Unfortunately when I tried to access Google Reader, I was confronted with a message in the Reader View like this:
Google Reader will not be available from July 1, 2013

Google Reader will not be available from July 1, 2013

 
And then I started to realize that world will be never be the same again for me! Words like retire, offline, shut down, discontinue, close was flying over my head just as they do in cartoons. Just kidding 🙂
 
As part of her second spring of cleaning Google just announced that she would be Powering Down Google Reader on July 1, 2013.
 
What a tragic end that would be for poor folks like me who start off their day’s activity by reading the rss feed items off the Google Reader 😦
 
Maybe we shall have to get used to using desktop apps like FeedDemon or web apps like Feedly for they can seamlessly import Google Reader’s feeds.
 
I think we all the know the main reason behind Google‘s decision to take this measure as it’s trying its utmost to publicize its very own social media weapon Google+.
 
If you are among those who use Google +, here’s a good post detailing How to Survive the Switch from Google Reader to Google+. Unfortunately I am not among the fans of Google+ yet.
 

How Google is responsible for Twitter’s Terms of Service: All your Tweets are belong to us!

Be warned this is two post sandwiched into one as I try to delineate Twitter’s Google connection.

On the 5th September, 2009 not only did Google change their logo, but they also tweeted the following message on their @google Twitter feed:

1.12.12 25.15.21.18 15 1.18.5 2.5.12.15.14.7 20.15 21.19

This is a coded message. It’s very simple to decode this message! All you need to do is write down all the letters of the alphabet and number them in sequential order ( A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on). Once you decode this message it will read: “All your O are belong to Us“. It is Google’s reference to the popular internet meme “All your base are belong to us

The explanation of this “Unexplained Phenomenon” can be found here.

Now onto the real thing. Few days back Twitter also changed their Terms of Service. What’s more Co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone blogged about Twitter’s New Terms of Service.

Under the Ownership clause he said:

Twitter is allowed to “use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute” your tweets because that’s what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.

Now can anybody see the connection between Google’s unexplained phenomenon or mystery with Twitter’s change of heart about their terms of service?

Doesn’t the above paragraph about Twitter’s copyright policy sound very contradictory? On one hand, they are saying our tweets are our property while Twitter is allowed to do whatever they like with it. Huh! To me in plain-vanilla English it means – Tweet as you may but “All your Tweets are belong to us” 🙂 What do you guys think? All opinions are welcome because “All your Opinions are belong to me” 😉

How to create online survey with Google docs

Today I learnt a new way of creating online survey forms but with Google. Yes, Google documents or Google docs, as is popularly known, lets you create online survey forms easily and intuitively. It also provides some analytics/analysis/summary/detail on the survey result. I must admit I am mighty pleased by the simplicity of the same. The word ‘simplicity’ of course is now synonymous with Google as we all know. Hence, I am posting couple of nice walkthroughs for creating the survey yourself. Have a try:

Introduction to Google Forms
How to Create an Online Survey using Google Documents … for FREE