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#London Chapter 3: Be ambitious! Be bold!

Time flies when you are having fun and apparently today it’s my 3rd London anniversary 🙂
I was just reading few minutes ago the second chapter of my adventure in the United Kingdom and I’m really surprised to see how many things have changed during the last year.

Driven by my dream of getting better and better, I tried to hit most of the targets for this year.

In January, I have finished my Mobile Cloud Computing specialisation on Coursera and my project was also awarded with a tablet that my mum has definitely appreciated.

The following months have been really intense and plenty of events that is better to summarise in just few points:

Yesterday, I also started a Machine Learning course that will try to keep me busy till to the end of February.

I don’t know why… but I still feel that I haven’t done enough things during this 2015. I can justify this, saying that otherwise I wouldn’t know what to do next year… even if I have already got something in mind 😉

After a long period of silence on my blog, I hope that all my achievements have turned on you the desire of striving always for something more. Someone would say YOLO(you live only once) and I definitely agree with that: life is to short to let it fly away.

See you at the next time 🙂

Cheers,
Simone

Taking pics easily with #WeddingSnap

On 17th September I have taken part into WeddingSnap project as Android consultant and developer. At first, I was so confused and astonished by the idea that a guest takes pictures with his phone at a wedding. But after a few days I have noticed that this is a great idea! Far from Italian traditions, catching pics socially is a great thing because it increases and amplifies the sense of friendship and closeness between people. In fact, if you consider that we are talking about unforgettable and precious moments you’ll certain understand that the bride and groom want all best things in their precious day.

15 years ago we were used to take pictures through simple cameras but now, in an era governed by most famous social networks and technologies, we are using smartphones more and more. WeddingSnap tries to collect these special moments merging wedding’s pictures into shared album, avoiding  useless tricks to share pics between guests. Through this idea all people involved in a wedding can take and share a lot of photo shoots without caring of number limits and distribuition of them.

In just one month the Android app is grown quickly, giving to this project a great contribuition. In particular, if you decide to take a look on GooglePlay, you’ll find these new features:

  • Off-line mode: you can collect pictures without connection and upload them in another moment
  • Share: you were so marvellous at your friend wedding! Why not share that shoot on Facebook or Twitter?
  • Get it! now you can download on your phone pictures shared by other guests!
  • Fastness and responsiveness: old version of WS were too slow… and now it looks very fast!
  • Delete it! Don’t worry if you have upload the worst picture of the Wedding!
  • Several improvements on errors! have you noticed that now app is more stable?

If you aren’t ready for your first, second,….. wedding, give a look at ForeverSnap! You aren’t forced to use a wedding app if you only want to collect other events pics 😉

[REVIEW] Professional Android 4 Application Development – Reto Meier

Professional Android 4 Application Development

Professional Android 4 Application Development

I have just finished this wonderful technical book about android programming and I think that can be a good idea sharing personal my impressions with you.

In the past two years I have red some Italian books written by Massimo Carli, finding them useful for a base approach. Growing my thirst for knowledge I have encountered Reto‘s work that in my opinion offers a more complete and wider view about this powerful platform.

The book is structured in 19 chapters those present to you a deep overview on all platform features. The most important feature that I have found particularly interesting is the attention provided by the author in teaching step by step through examples. This is a very important point that many teachers and writers forget when they have to write a book because they think that’s better talking in a smoky enchanted way than educate easily and directly the readers.

The author during these chapters provide a full set of examples, related in most of case to an app that reports earth quakes, that grows in page by page involving features, concepts and abstractions like:

  • Intents, IntentFilters and Pending Intents
  • Activities, Services and Receivers
  • Maps and Geolocation
  • Threads and AsyncTasks

In just 21,84€, a very competitive price for the contents, you can purchase an ebook that’s too intuitive and expressive for new developers but at the same time for the more expert ones. I have personally bought my ebook on Amazon but if you prefer you can find it on other stores like Wrox or directly in Google Play.

See you next time, maybe with a tutorial 🙂

Simone

How was the ICT Trade in Ferrara?

In the last two days (8th-9th May) I have participated with father as C.L.T Computers to ICT Trade in Ferrara. In this particular event organized by Sirmi we have seen the most important brands on the Italian scenario like Oracle, HP, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, Telecom,… and many other ones!

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On May 8, Maurizio Cuzari opened the show presenting all that sponsors and talking with them and our about new strategies and solutions against the crisis that is pervading all the world and Italy. So I have learned the real mean of many terms like Channel and Cloud and how this means interact with these companies and their partners. Many of them believe that the idea of Cloud will open in the near feature many new possibilities and opportunities to build new business. In my opinion this is a great possibility but it has to be completed and surrounded by other useful services: money saving and data persistence are primary goals but without services, apps and programs that can solve users problems are useless.

On May 9, we have started our trip visiting stands and having a look to some workshops: in particular we have seen the services offered by Telecom and by Ingram Micro. In the afternoon we had a very interesting meeting with Asus and I had the opportunity to touch and use the most wonderful products of the moment: the Zenbook and the android PadFone. I think that they are nice and cool devices that in a contained price (especially for the PadFone: 2 fast devices in 699€  is a good compromise) offers a good user experience.

Finally the idea that I have stolen from this experience is that it’s a strange and sad period for our peninsula and Europe but there are basic signals from the IT world those make to hope in a better feature.

[REVIEW] I love my Kindle Touch

Kindle Touch

My Kindle Touch

Two weeks ago I have received my first Kindle Touch that I had pre-ordered on Amazon in the middle of the past month. I was so curious and so tired to use my laptop or phone to read books that I have used some of my savings to buy this new instrument.

It has immediately started to amaze me for its simplicity and elegance in the design but at the same time in reading. The ink touch screen is one of the best screen that allows readers to read as  on a real book but with some advantages those make this E-book read fantastic. These are the main features of the Kindle Touch version those increase the pleasure of read books and magazines:

  • Pinch to zoom to increase or decrease text sizes
  • Interline and font style choice
  • A fast way to add notes with a touch keyboard
  • A nice translator and extracts sharer
  • Fast scrolling between pages and chapters
  • Inner prototype browser
  • Mp3 player to relax your readings
  • Up to two months of battery (I hope :P)

I think that it’s a great device not only to read but also to write and to annotate your books. Many people say that it’s so uncomfortable and different reading on a pc or laptop but I’m sure that with a Kindle you’ll found a good compromise. I didn’t choose the basic Kindle version because on my books I usually put a lot of notes and highlits: for those reasons the touch version with touch keyboard is more useful.