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About Google, Udacity and Bertelsmann handing out 10,000 scholarships in the EU

Seems like developers are either loosing interest in the Android platform, or someone thinks they are too expensive and need a bit more competition. I’m not going to speculate further on why Google sees a need to provide 10k scholarships,

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So, how Google dependent are you?

I just read this story here. In summary: a number of people buy the new Pixel smartphone directly from Google, then immediately resell the device. The TOS clearly forbids doing that (but apparently, nobody read them), so Google terminates the

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Explaining “privacy” to the layman (in easy terms)

Andrew has a dog named Chomper. Andrew isn’t as stupid as to use his dogs name anywhere as the answer to a password recovery question, but he doesn’t see why he should keep the name secret either. After all, he

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Artifex Mundi on Humble Bundle (go get it)

Time  to give Humble Bundle a second chance after that Broken Sword fiasco (still pissed about that). My expectations for the Artifex Mundi bundle weren’t to high to begin with. After all, a whopping 10 titles from just one developer

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And another day lost…

I have this 1920 x 1080 widescreen monitor and it was seriously one of the best hardware investments, I made in a long time. Totally silly of me to try to stick with 4:3 screens for as long as I

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No, sending a confirmation email is not proper validation!

After hitting “publish” on my previous blog post, I had kinda hoped, not having to explain why the lazy-ass “just sent a confirmation mail” option is not a proper method for validating an email address, but apparently, a lot of

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Associate Android Developer exam… seriously?

Looks like you can buy certified developer training for Android from Google now, if you are at least 13 years old. Sure, it’s something you can tack to your resume and in some places it might probably be a door

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Four months and Pokemon Go will be dead…

Let’s do something you are only allowed to do on the internet: tell the world about how a product will fail that you have never even tried yourself!

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Anyone still using Blackberry? Well, stop it!

Quite a world view, Blackberry’s CEO John Chen has there: BLACKBERRY CEO John Chen has said he is “disturbed” by Apple’s tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm’s attitude is harmful to society. […] Chen remarked:

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The “sponsored locations” advertising model behind Pokemon Go

So, Niantic officially disclosed their plans to make money through “sponsored locations”, where business owners can place virtual goods on their premises in order to lure in players and everyone seems to be happy about the company having come up

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