Google Music for Artists

Last week, Google announced a few things. One being that Google Music was now available without and invite. The second being Google Music for Artists, which is what I’ll be writing about in this post. I’ve been wondering for some time whether Google would be opening some way for artists and labels to distribute music through the Android Market. There have been rumors for some time and as a user of Google Music Beta, I’ve enjoyed other music-based offerings provided by the company. When I initially saw that Google had now opened up an artist portal, I was intrigued but

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ActionScript 3 Google Analytics API

Over on the Google Analytics weblog, they’ve posted about a new (official) AS3 library for GA! Apparently, the library is pretty robust, featuring; Metrics, Dimensions, Filters, Sequenced Pagination, and Data Views. I’ve dealt with Google Analytics and Flash in the past using the Google Analytics Tracking For Adobe Flash ActionScript 3 API which, from my experience, is still very useful. I even did a session on it at the FITC Unconference during Adobe MAX 2009. Grab the code or check out a quickstart.

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The Tide is Turning in Favor of Flash

Apple is increasingly finding itself alone in the war for choice on the web, the pocket, and the home as companies and other groups rally behind the Flash Platform. The latest news is that Opera’s Jon von Tetzchner has come out in favor of Flash claiming “It is the only proprietary part of the Web we support”. A pretty big deal coming from Opera! Along with this news is that Nokia is also banking on Flash. This all comes just one day after news broke that several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, told Apple they won’t

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Google I/O Day 2: Android 2.2, Flash, and AIR!!!

So much cool stuff out of Google I/O today! New version of Android, Flash Player and AIR news, Google TV… really overshadows yesterday’s keynote in all ways. Another small list of takeaways and links: Android 2.2 “Froyo” – Honestly, Google wiped the floor with Apple’s used up corpse with this release. Flash Player 10.1 for Android – Beta now for Android 2.2 “With Flash on your phone, no website is really out of bounds.  Flash does not appear to be a battery hog, nor does it chew away at your phone’s resources.” –Wired AIR for Android – You can read

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Google I/O Day 1: Expense Reports!

So what’s the coolest thing shown at Google I/O today? Expense report apps? Ha… no… Though there was a lot of other stuff to love. Here’s a list of items I found compelling: Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 HTML5 Pack – Full HTML5 and CSS3 support in Dreamweaver CS5 including the super useful Multiscreen Preview panel. Flash Player Support of VP8 – Google open sourced the VP8 video codec through the WebM effort and Flash Player is going to support it. The Google Font Directory – Open source, non royalty fonts you can use across most browsers… even IE6? Cool! Unity on

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AIR for Android: Expanded View of “StudyShuffler”

I mentioned before that while most people in the AIR for Android prerelease program are porting their iPhone applications over from Packager for iPhone projects to AIR for Android, I’ve been working more or less from scratch on my projects. Last week, I published a short video demonstrating an educational application called “StudyShuffler”. While it did function just fine, there wasn’t so much to it. Well, I’ve done some more work on it and the experience of using the app is now much more rewarding. I’ve recorded another video to demonstrate this which you can find directly below:

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A New Era of Openness and Collaboration

Something is happening… a shift in thinking. A movement to embrace the best technologies available to provide developers with the most compelling platforms, and users with the most pleasant of experiences. A shift away from single gatekeeper systems and toward the wide open planes of freedom and choice. I’m thankful, and grateful, to be a part of this shift. Google, Adobe, Mozilla, and other worldwide partners are working to solidify the underlying technologies we work with everyday and to empower the experiences we will interact with in the not so distant future. Google has placed full support behind the Flash

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