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The Best of the Week (Feb. 27 - Mar. 6): Mobile Zone

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The Best of the Week (Feb. 27 - Mar. 6): Mobile Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (February 27 - March 06). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Using a Full-Size None-Stretched Background Image in a Xamarin.Forms App

  • I always like to use a kind of a translucent background image to my app’s screens. Now that I am trying to learn some Xamarin development, I want to do the same thing – but it turns out that works a bit different from what I am used to.

2. Android Permissions Explained

  • When you develop an Android app, your users will justifiably be concerned if your app requests access to a myriad of device features and personal information. In this article I hope to pull back the curtains on Android permissions and help you develop and distribute your apps more efficiently, without raising the ire of your customers.

3. Steering a driving Android Phone over the Web via Speech Recognition in IBM Bluemix

  • My colleagues Bryan Boyd and Mark VanderWiele have created a nice demo where you can drive smartphones using Sphero balls. I've modified the sample slightly so that it also works for Android phones. Watch the video to see how to steer a driving smartphone via IBM Bluemix, the Internet of Things and cognitive services from IBM Watson.

4. Create a Mobile App with Database in Minutes using Appery.io App Creator Express

  • This video shows how to create a complete mobile app in minutes using Appery.io App Creator Express.

5. Swifter Swift Image Processing With GPUImage

  • I'm a big fan of Apple's Core Image technology: my Nodality application is based entirely around Core Image filters. However, for new users, the code for adding a simple filter to an image is a little oblique and the implementation is very"stringly" typed. This post looks at an alternative, GPUImage from Brad Larson.

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