Friday, July 02, 2010

Hero - The Flex Framework

Adobe is currently building new mobile development capabilities into the Flex framework. The next version of Flex, codenamed “Hero”, will enable developers to create application experiences that translate well across platforms, and make it easy to build applications that work well on a wide variety of mobile devices. To understand this more, take a look at this video.

“Hero” will augment a number of existing Flex components with mobile- and touch-optimized skins and functionality, and will also add new components that support mobile-specific UI patterns.

Previously, Adobe had investigated splitting off mobile development into a new branch of the Flex framework code-named “Slider”. However, the rapid increases in performance on smartphone-class devices over the past year, combined with the highly optimized performance of Adobe runtimes on these devices, now make it feasible to support mobile use cases directly with the core Flex framework.

Read the rest of what we're doing here:

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Professional Web Designing

A Technoracle guest post written by James Mowery.

With technology and the Internet still growing after 15 years, web
design has become an industry in itself. The world is filled with
eager, talented graphic designers who are learning as the technology
itself progresses, each with the goal of putting their own spin on the
world of design. Many web designers who do their work professionally
rely heavily on Adobe products such as Illustrator and InDesign,
which have become the standard for designing web pages. However, while
Photoshop is not used as often as these programs, it can be an
extremely versatile and valuable tool for the modern web designer and
should never be ignored.

Illustrator and InDesign are used frequently because they were both
created as ways to graphically design images and pages for the web.
The web is an environment that must be respected when it comes to
design, as some things will work and many others will not. That being
said, these programs are well-suited to designing for the web
environment, as they often will default to what will work online.
Photoshop is not used as often for design, as it doesn't have the
power that these other programs have for designing for web. However,
it can be a powerful add-on tool to be used in conjunction with other
Adobe products. After all, they are all part of the same creative
suite and are meant specifically to play off of one another.

Photoshop's power comes from its ability to enhance and alter images
to great effect. Since web design is often made up of large amounts of
images, Photoshop becomes a very powerful ally. From the ability to
create collages for a web environment to the program's ability to
greatly enhance the quality of low-res images, what Photoshop lends to
the web environment is absolutely critical. In fact, Photoshop can
actually be used to enhance an alter entire web pages, which is a
technique that many of the best web designers in the world use on a
regular basis.

Put simply, the web designer who doesn't take advantage of Photoshop
is not using all the tools available and is thus only seeing half the

About the author: James Mowery is a computer geek that writes about
technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to
his blog.

Technoracle Road Test: Google Nexus One Car Dock

Having recently switched from iPhone to Nexus One, I have been really impressed by the functionality and ease of use. On a recent trip to Victoria, I decided to test out the new Navigation features of the Nexus One using the Car Dock. The Car Dock is available from Google or a number of other resellers. It keeps your device constantly charging and also turns the Nexus One into a speaker phone (legal in most states, provinces).

Here is the video of the recent test. There are also a few drawbacks. One wish is that the Bluetooth stayed connected while in the Car Dock. For some reason, as soon as the Car Dock mode is engaged, Bluetooth headsets no longer work. This can be annoying if you want to make a private call with other passengers in the car. Other than this minor nit, I give it a solid 10/10.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Send us (22nd Century) to India!

Dear Friends:

If you haven't heard yet, you have helped 22nd Century (my band) win the provincial portion of a national battle of the bands called Band on the Run (see . We're now in the finals of national level competition and first prize is an all expenses paid plus paying gig at the Independence Festival in India in August which means performing in front of an audience of over 200,000. In order to beat the 5 bands from the other provinces participating we needs votes. The online voting starts tomorrow at 1:00 PM eastern and only lasts one week. We stand a one in 6 chance of winning.

In the last 3 years, we played a lot of charity gigs to raise money for causes of others and want to ask for a favor now in return. We would like to ask you to vote for us every day for the next 7 days at this link: We also know we've asked a lot and want to be really honest and say that we know many of you have given us more than we can ever repay. Having said that, it is a dream of ours to play at one of the world's largest rock festivals and represent Canada!! By the time you read this, there should be a "VOTE" button on the page.

We want to propose that each day (only for the next 7 days) you click here to vote

All you have to do is take 1 minute to open it, click on the link and vote.

In return, all we can do is keep thanking you. Any money we receive above and beyond our expenses in India will be donated towards a charitable cause (perhaps to clean up the gulf, build more school houses in Tanzania, fight the HST, buy Donald Trump a new hair cut?).

Again, we're humbled by this opportunity and realize it wouldn't have happened without you. Votes from any country count!

duane, tim and zippy