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Google SearchMaster Conference 2009

The Google SearchMasters Conference 2009 is a place where you will find answers to all your webmaster queries. Join us if you want to know how Google’s webmaster resources will help you build better websites. Learn how to leverage different webmaster support tools to improve your website’s performance.

The program also features presentations on Google Custom Search EngineTM, building websites for mobile phones and Google AnalyticsTM.

Google SearchMasters 2009 will also be an opportunity to share your experiences and meet other members of the Indian webmaster community.

 

Source – http://www.indiasearchmasters.com/index.php

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February 20, 2009 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

UC Berkeley Human Rights Center’s Mobile Challenge

Recent innovations in science and technology, especially mobile technologies, have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and disseminate this information in real time throughout the world. Cell phones, combined with GPS, cameras, video, audio, and SMS are transforming the way the world understands and responds to emerging crises. Handheld data collection devices, such as PDAs, provide researchers with new ways of documenting mass violence and attitudes toward peace, justice, and social reconstruction in conflict zones.

The Human Rights Center is sponsoring a challenge to encourage innovations for applying mobile technologies for human rights investigations and advocacy. Through a NetSquared Community vote, 10 finalists will be chosen. All 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas at an international conference, “The Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology, and New Media,” at UC Berkeley, May 4 and 5, 2009. A panel of judges, selected by the Human Rights Center, will choose three winners, to be announced at the conference. Winners will receive cash awards of $15,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place), and $5,000 (third place) to implement their ideas. 

Last date for submission of Project: March 20, 2009
Congress begins: May 4, 2009
Conference ends: May 5, 2009

Source – http://www.netsquared.org/hrc-ucb

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

Android OS for mobiles

Android is a mobile operating system meant to be run on a wide array of devices, with very different hardware configurations. Some devices, like the T-Mobile G1, can change their hardware configuration at runtime. For instance, when you open the keyboard, the screen change from the portrait orientation to the landscape orientation. To make Android applications development easier, the OS automatically handles configuration changes and restart the current activity with the new configuration. This is the default behavior that lets you declare resources like layouts and drawables based on the orientation, screen size, locale, etc. If you are not familiar with the way Android handles resources, We highly suggest you to read the official documentation on resources.

While this behavior is really powerful, since your application adapts automatically to the device’s configuration at runtime, it is sometimes confusing for new Android developers who wonder why their activity is destroyed and recreated. Facing this “issue,” some developers choose to handle configuration changes themselves which is, in my opinion, a short-term solution that will complicate their life when other devices come out or when the application becomes more complex. The automatic resource handling is a very efficient and easy way to adapt your application’s user interface to various devices and devices configurations. It sometimes comes at a price though.

When your application displays a lot of data, or data that is expensive to fetch, the automatic destruction/creation of the activities can be lead to a painful user experience. Take the example of Photostream, a simple Flickr browsing application I wrote for the release of Android 1.0. After you launch the application and choose a Flickr account, the application downloads a set of 6 photos (on a T-Mobile G1) from the Flickr servers and displays them on screen. To improve the user experience, I also use slightly different layouts and drawables in portrait and landscape, and this is what the result looks like:

photostream_landscape

Source – http://android-developers.blogspot.com/

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February 20, 2009 Posted by | Material | 1 Comment