Coder Dojo Trinidad


Photo credit : Garrett Quinn

According to the CoderDojo website, it is an open source, volunteer led, global movement of free coding clubs for young people. One such club was formed in Trinidad as a partnership between Digicel and UWI. The last session ran every two weeks on a Saturday between 8am and 10am from March to July 2014. It is open to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who must be accompanied by their parents. There is an email contact on the club listing - http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/719. This is a great opportunity and I encourage parents and children to take part in the next cycle. I emailed to find out when the next cycle starts and I am still awaiting a response. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

TechLink Barbados


Photo credit : Bright Path Foundation.

According to their website, the Bright Path Foundation designs and implements activities and programs that empower those in society, some of whom would otherwise be perceived as disadvantaged. Primary areas of focus are: technology education, values-based learning, digital content creation, digital publishing and community empowerment. One such program is the TechLink program that provides technology education. According to their press release, the TechLink initiative, launched in Grenada last November, is being rolled out across the Caribbean. The Barbados workshops were held on June 21st. TechLink’s next stop is scheduled to take place on July 12 in St. Lucia. In Barbados, a group of young Barbadians learned about basic mobile app development and digital photography. This initiative helps us become producers and not only consumers of technology. I will be on the lookout for when TechLink comes to Trinidad and Tobago. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Android L DP Emulator Screenshots

If you own a Nexus 4 or 5 you can upgrade to Android L Developer Preview. I wanted to get a feel of it for myself so I downloaded and installed the SDK so I could run the emulator. Here are some screenshots I captured. Please share with us your thoughts on Android L.










My Google I/O 2014 Keynote Notes





I was sleeping and woke up just in time for the keynote. At the same time World Cup football was happening. Footballing star Messi scored 2 goals. Here are the key points I took away from today's keynote. More than 185,000 viewers tuned in to the YouTube live stream. Please share your key take aways and thoughts with us in the comment below.

  • Global mobile shipments increasing year to year
  • Over 1 billion 30-day active Android users
  • Amazing growth in Android tablets as well
  • Android tablets make up 62% tablet market in 2014
  • Android One turn key solution for OEMs aimed at emerging markets
  • L Developer Preview available from today
  • New "Material" design UI/UX with colour pallet, elevation and animations
  • Polymer brings these design elements to the web
  • Details can be found at http://www.google.com/design/
  • New features like, heads-up notification, personal unlocking, recents view, Android buttons and keyboard UI
  • Better performance and efficiency and complete 64-bit compatibility in the Android runtime (ART)
  • Android extention pack for better graphics capabilities
  • Better battery life
  • Built-in remote factory reset protection
  • Security updates will be pushed through Google Play Services
  • LG G watch with always on display and the other features of Android Wear
  • LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live available today from the Play Store
  • The Moto 360 will be available later this year
  • Redesigned Android Auto platform for the automotive with music, navigation and voice control
  • Android TV will make it easy for developers to develop apps once
  • Android TV supports Google Cast, so you can use it just like a Chromecast
  • Details can be found at http://developer.android.com/tv
  • Google Cast SDK
  • Ability to use Chromecast over the cloud
  • Backdrop - customise the Chromecast photo feed and get more information about particular photos
  • Mirroring feature added to Chromecast
  • Key features of Chromebooks - Speed, simplicity and security
  • Notification mirroring on the Chromebook
  • Android apps can be enabled to run on the Chrome OS
  • Natively edit Office files in Google Docs
  • Talk about the Google Cloud platform and Developer console
  • Cloud - Save, Debugger, Trace and Monitoring
  • Cloud Dataflow for data analysis pipelines
  • Google has acquired Appurify, a startup that offers an app testing service
  • Saved games and gamer profile
  • Attendees were treated to a Samsung Gear Live or LG G watch, and a Moto 360

Nokia X2 Dual SIM



Today Nokia launched the next generation of Nokia X, the Nokia X2. It's a budget phone with a suggested retail price of 99 euros. It sports moderately better specifications than the previous version. The Nokia X2 debuts the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 which is a forked/modified version of Android. Let's see if any of the Trinidad and Tobago carriers will bring this phone to market. Is this a phone you would buy? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.