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Episode 23 – Rumors of Our Demise

Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated, or we’re back after a 6 month absence with lots of interesting technology related commentary, or we’re back after 6 months and we talk a lot about a bunch of stuff and it’s pretty good.

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Android, the gang’s all here, give it a listen and let us know what you think of our fun ramblings.

Mark Mruss is a computer programmer by nature and by profession. He’s written Android apps, win32 apps (we called them applications back then), apps in python, and even a website or two. He is currently fascinated by all things mobile. He likes computers, beer, and his family (not in that order).

Episode 18 – Microsoft Build 2015 is PG

Episode 18 – Microsoft Build 2015 is PG

This week we cover Microsoft Build 2015. From Azure, to Office, to Windows 10, to HoloLens and back again. Android and iOS apps on Windows? Listen to find out what Mark and Ben think in episode 18 of the Incoherent Podcast.

The Enterprise – Asure and Office

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We begin our discussion of Microsoft Build 2015 by going over some of the more interesting enterprise announcements from Build. Focusing first on Microsoft’s cloud solution Azure:

We look at the strength of Microsoft in the enterprise and their recent openness to support additional platforms.

Windows 10

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We leave the enterprise realm and head to the more consumer focused world of Windows 10. We go in depth on Microsoft’s attempt to bring developers and apps to Windows:

Microsoft announced four “universal platform bridges” each named after bridges in the real world. Each bridge will allow developers a new way to bring their apps into Windows 10.

Project Westminster – Web Apps

Makes “it easy for you to create a Windows app that packages your website for publishing to the Store. Once installed, your website can update and call Windows APIs from JavaScript, creating a more engaging user experience.

Publishing your website into the store will be as easy as providing your URL and clicking ‘publish’. ”Project Westminster” will also enable you to light-up additional device capabilities in your packaged website.”

Project Centennial – Win32 Apps

Makes “it possible to package and publish your current .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store, providing a new way of distributing and monetizing your application on Windows PCs.

In addition to packaging your application for Store distribution, ”Project Centennial” will also enable you to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities and APIs.”

Project Astoria – Android Apps
Allows “you to build apps using Android code to target Windows 10 phones without having to leave your Android IDE.

In addition to extending the IDE, ”Project Astoria” will include a Windows phone emulator and interop capabilities that help your app (including UI and services) to run and look great on the Windows platform.”

Project Islandwood – iOS Apps
Allows “you to build a universal Windows app from within Visual Studio 2015 using your existing Objective-C® code.

You will be able to import your Xcode® project into Visual Studio, tailor the app experience to run on each Windows device family, and extend your iOS code to take advantage of Universal Windows Platform capabilities.”

All quotes from Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform Bridges site.

Hololens

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We then move onto Microsoft’s augmented reality solution Hololens. We discuss possible usages and some complaints that were leveled at the latest development model.

Conclusion

We wrap up the podcast with a discussion of Microsoft’s strength in the enterprise and it’s growing weakness / relevance in the consumer space.

We also talk about snakes a little bit.

Mark Mruss is a computer programmer by nature and by profession. He’s written Android apps, win32 apps (we called them applications back then), apps in python, and even a website or two. He is currently fascinated by all things mobile. He likes computers, beer, and his family (not in that order).

Episode 16 – Let Me Google Antitrust For You

Ben and Mark do an in-depth analysis of the European Union’s Antitrust case against Google. We discuss how Google displays search results and the possible implications the antitrust actions will have on the tech giant and Android.

Mark compares this to the Microsoft case while Ben compares it to the Apple/Samsung lawsuit. Mark tries his hardest to inject Apple Watch propaganda into every corner of the episode, so beware!

 

Companion blog links, photos and videos to follow along with while you listen:

Winnipeg Jets whiteout playoffs:

Winnipeg Jets Whiteout

 

Deseo Bistro:

Deseo Bistro

 

Meerkat Beta signups available for those of us left behind on Android (Editor’s note: we thought it was Periscope, but it was actually Meerkat):

Meerkat Android Beta Program

 

2013 Nexus 7 tablets are failing at alarming rates

European Union files statement of objections antitrust motion against Google for artificially boosting their own services on search results

The Microsoft antitrust case:

Browser selection splash screen. Post-Microsoft antitrust

 

Google Stock:

 

Link Bubble:

Link Bubble

 

Chris Lacey

 

Trigger Happy and Gun Shy:

Trigger Happy and Gun Shy

 

Apple and Samsung phone comparisons

Apple and Samsung phone similarities

 

The Secret Window Effect:

 

Apple buys Israeli startup to make neat 3D scanning camera things:

Apple buys Israeli startup to make neat camera things

 

Want Google services? You must have all the Google apps pre-installed:

Want Google services? You must have all the Google apps pre-installed

 

Google Shopping appearing above natural organic search results:

Google Shopping appearing above natural organic search results:

 

Mark’s crazy huge following on Google Plus

 

Friends annoying you in Facebook with ads of pages they like:

Friends annoying you in Facebook with ads of pages they like

 

Ben is a Google Local Guide

BenRogersWPG Google Local Guides Reviews

 

Google Local Guides

Google Local Guides

 

Ben’s reviews on Foursquare

 

That Star Wars trailer that Mark mentioned:

 

Baidu Webmaster Tools and Platform:

Baidu Webmaster Tools and Platform

 

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