On today's show, apparently someone left the God particle in a bar or something, it's always sunny in Chile, and how to be "that guy" by bringing your 27-inch monitor to a coffee shop. Oh, and Isaiah Mustafa, otherwise known as the Old Spice guy, is now making custom videos for Twitter people. Without his shirt, of course. Thank goodness.
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Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
As a developer who has spent the last few months playing with Android I was interested to learn about Google’s new App Inventor, and (like
you) somewhat concerned about the quality of the apps it might produce. Then it dawned on me App Inventor probably isn’t targeted at Android Marketplace developers. Unlike _certain_ competitors, who force everything through their app store, Android’s apps can be loaded onto phones many different ways, including just pushing them directly from your PC.
I suspect App Inventor is intended to help create very personal apps that do simple jobs, useful primarily to the author rather than a wider audience. Indeed this is precisely what the promo video shows
– someone creating a simple app and pushing it straight onto their own phone.
A glance at Android’s publishing guidelines (see links below) backs up this assumption — somehow I can’t see a non technical person wanting to get their hands dirty with cryptographic keys and digital signatures. Still, anything that opens up programming to a wider audience (in the spirit of the old 8 bit days) is a good thing IMHO, so I wish App Inventor well !! :)
I can think of an arguably better function for microcells: bringing your cell service along on international travel. International roaming fees are huge, but an Internet connection can be found almost anywhere. If microcell hardware was small enough, they would make great travel companions. If one was a frequent traveler, free calls and texts to your family and friends while abroad could easily recover the cost of the device.
AT&T should market this idea, it could be very popular!
Thanks for the awesome show,
Ryan from Fresno.
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