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The Instant Primer on Three Crucial Mobile Trends

It can be difficult to keep up with the development of mobile. It’s a huge part of our jobs at Xtreme Labs to do so, and I wanted to share three trends we think are extremely relevant to the future of mobile devices and the industry.

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How Android and Windows 8 Are Transforming the Second-Screen Experience

Around a year ago, Gary Vaynerchuk predicted that Superbowl 2012 commercials would make much greater use of viewers’ second (and third) screens. That is, brands will extend beyond just 30-second commercials and, using Twitter hashtags or Facebook URLs, connect with viewers and users socially online.

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Rethinking the Inbox with Caramel

This is a series of articles on Building Social by Default on Mobile as part of our Caramel preview.

In order to design apps and experiences on mobile, it is no longer enough to just think about simple and correct functionality.

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Facebook 5.0 on iOS Shows that Native Wins

When we look at the the most influential apps since I wrote “On Native and Web Apps in Mobile” last year, native apps have generally won in terms of experience, while HTML5’s limits on experience and performance has become more apparent.

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Caramel and Building Social by Default: General Assembly × Extreme Startups, Future Insights, NXNEi BUILD, MobileDevTO

In the past months I’ve been presenting our work in making mobile experiences social by default. These talks add to what Farhan showed at TEDxToronto when he demoed some of our initial R&D work on the future of smartphones. This has since evolved into a full mobile experience on Android called Caramel.

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Recapping FITC Spotlight Android: Building Great Apps on Android

A few weekends ago, Jamie Halpern and I presented at FITC Spotlight: Android to teach new Android developers in the tech community in Toronto their first steps in Android development. Jamie did a great presentation at the event on how to move an iOS app over to Android.

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Xtreme Labs On Building Apps with Cascades at BlackBerry 10 Jam

We were down in Orlando discussing building apps with BlackBerry Cascades with Christopher Smith, VP Handheld Application Platform & Tools at RIM. Dave and Sina from our team were on stage showcasing what we made on the new platform. Read more about it here.

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Interesting Links: March 30, 2012

Here’s some more of our interesting links for the week!

Hide navigation controls on ICS for tablets by dimming them Android Emulator plugin for Jenkins CI Threading Issues with BrowserField on BlackBerry Converting an iPad app to Windows 8 Metro Style App Time every bash command ASCIIFlow – ASCII flowchart maker googlecl — Command Line access to Google Data APIs Facebook API offline_access deprecation



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Interesting Links: March 23, 2012

Here’s some of the interesting links from our mailing lists. Enjoy!

Unsupported drawing operations for hardware acceleration on Android 4.0 Android REST client application architecture from Google I/O iOS 5.1 breaks URLs to Settings.app iPad 3 image decompression benchmarked The new iPad’s fancy new processor provides only ~40% improved performance for PNG image decompression, and less than 5% improvement for JPG decompression Full-screen images on the new iPad are 4x larger than on older devices The result is that the perceived performance is considerably worse for apps that heavily utilize such images Scaling to different screens on Windows 8



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Welcome to Our Tech Blog!

I love our engineering team at Xtreme. We love working smart and we are proud of how we work.

We tend to have some really interesting technical discussions at our standups where our knowledgable teams teach and explain how they solve some very interesting problems in mobile and tech.

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