More First World Problems

Published on August 18th, 2014 5 Comments

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, which is bad. I’ve been consuming a lot of in-flight wifi, which is good, because there really should be no place on Earth where I’m unable to work. Plus, it’s internets at 35,000 feet. How cool is that? Today, I found myself in the throes of a decidedly first world […]

The Secret Project Emerges

Published on August 15th, 2014 6 Comments

Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond have been working on a secret project. Here’s the latest: Thanks to AUX colleague and Friend of the ‘Lab, Rob Hernandez, for the 3D modeling. So now you know why Noel bought the slap bands, but what goes in the case? If you’ve been watching, you might know already. Those are […]

Oracle Voice Debuts on the App Store

Published on August 11th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Editor’s note: I meant to blog about this today, but looks like my colleagues over at VoX have beat me to it. So, rather than try to do a better job, read do any work at all, I’ll just repost it. Free content w00t! Although I no longer carry an iOS device, I’ve seen Voice […]

We Have Slap Bands

Published on August 8th, 2014 6 Comments

As part of a secret project Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond are cooking up, Noel ordered some AppsLab-branded slap bands. The bands were produced by Amazing Wristbands (@AMZG_Wristbands), and Noel has nothing but good things to say about them, in case you’re looking for your own slap bands. Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have some left over after […]

A Smart Holster for Law Enforcement

Published on July 24th, 2014 8 Comments

So, back in January, Noel (@noelportugal) took a team of developers to the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas. Although they didn’t win, the built some very cool stuff, combining Google Glass, Philips Hue, Internet of Things, and possibly a kitchen sink in there somewhere, into what can only be described as a smart holster. […]

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 2

Published on July 3rd, 2014 7 Comments

So, if you read Part 1, you’re all up to speed. If not, no worries. You might be a bit lost, but if you care, you can bounce over and come back for the thrilling conclusion. I first showed the Taleo Interview Evaluation Glass app and Android app at a Taleo and HCM Cloud customer expo […]

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 1

Published on July 2nd, 2014 6 Comments

Time to share a new concept demo, built earlier this Spring by Raymond and Anthony (@anthonyslai), both of whom are ex-Taleo. Back in April, I got my first exposure to Taleo during a sales call. I was there with the AUX contingent, talking about Oracle HCM Cloud Release 8, featuring Simplified UI, our overall design philosophies […]

I Guess Wearables Are a Thing

Published on June 20th, 2014 5 Comments

For what seems like ages, the noise around wearable technology has been building, but until recently, I’ve been skeptical about widespread adoption. Not anymore, wearables are a thing, even without an Apple device to lead the way. Last week, Noel (@noelportugal) and I attended the annual conference of the Oracle HCM Users Group (@ohugupdates); the […]

Fourfecta! Java, IoT, Making and Raspi

Published on June 18th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Here comes more Maker content for your reading pleasure, this time it’s an OTN piece on Java and the Internet of Things: A Perfect Match: Java and the Internet of Things The piece features lots of Noel (@noelportugal) wisdom, on making, on IoT, on the Raspi and on Java, his own personal fourfecta. If you’re scanning […]

Find Us at Kscope14 Next Week in Seattle

Published on June 17th, 2014 3 Comments

Kscope14 (#kscope14), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group, affectionately ODTUG (@odtug), will happen next week in beautiful Seattle, June 22 to June 26. The good people at ODTUG have graciously invited me back as a speaker for the 2014 vintage, and Anthony (@anthonyslai) will be my wingman for our session, Oracle Cloud […]

Maker Movement Fuels the Internet of Things

Published on June 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

The Java Team recently released a short video compiling selected moments from last month’s MakerCon and Maker Faire. If you recall, we were lucky to be invited to participate in both events, both of which were tons of fun, enlightening and inspiring. At 0:33 you’ll see the some of the guys hamming it up for the […]

Google Glass and First World Problems

Published on June 16th, 2014 5 Comments

If you have Google Glass, you’ve probably seen this card a few times. After a while, you begin to expect the card when your right temple starts to get uncomfortably warm. Apparently, Anthony (@anthonyslai), our resident Glass expert and long-time Glass Explorer, has a protip to handle this problem, two cans of cold soda. I guess […]

The Misfit Shine

Published on May 27th, 2014 16 Comments

Over the past 12 months, the chatter about wearables (glasses, watches, bands, clothing, material) has become too loud to ignore. It almost seems like manufacturers will force consumers to like wearables, like it or not. There are good uses for wearables, and one of the most common is the fitness tracker. Although I haven’t worn one […]

Saying Wearables in Spanish

Published on May 23rd, 2014 11 Comments

Friend of the ‘Lab, Bob Rhubart (@otnarchbeat) recently recorded a segment with our own Noel (@noelportugal) and Sarahi Mireles (@sarahimireles), a UX developer from our Mexico Development Center. The topic was wearables, but I only know this because they told me. Google Translate wasn’t very helpful, unless “Manos libres y vista al frente: Con el […]

Raspi Shutdown Key

Published on May 20th, 2014 1 Comment

Noel (@noelportugal) is a clever dude. He’s also passionate. If you’ve ever met him, you already know these things. Although I haven’t yet jumped into Raspberry Pi, despite Noel’s unbridled passion about the little-computer-that-could, I have captured some metadata about it, just from being around him and his passion. For example, I know the Raspi […]

AppsLab at the Maker Faire

Published on May 19th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Last week was Maker Week for us, and the culmination was the Maker Faire over the weekend. This was my first Maker Faire, and wow was it an absolute blast. I highly recommend taking in one of their events if there’s one in your town. Perhaps the best attribute of the Maker Faire is that […]

Randomly Humorous Correlations

Published on May 16th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Love this so much, Tyler Vigen’s Spurious Correlations, randomly compares data sets and creates correlations. Frequently, hilarity ensues. Like The Onion, I’m sure its “findings” will be misrepresented as serious news soon. h/t Flowing Data  

Tweets from Jeremy’s MakerCon Keynote

Published on May 15th, 2014 2 Comments

Yesterday, our fearless leader, Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), gave a keynote at MakerCon. Unfortunately, I had to miss it, but the guys reported a positive reaction. Noel (@noelportugal) pointed me to tweets for rapid reaction. Here’s a sample: Yeah, I cherry-picked, but you can read the reactions yourself if you don’t believe me. The keynote was recorded, […]

OK Google, Where’s My Car?

Published on May 15th, 2014 3 Comments

Google Now recently added a Parking Location card to help you solve the classic dude-where’s-my-car problem. According to The Verge: The company’s Google Now assistant will now recognize when you’ve left a moving vehicle and automatically keep track of your car’s last location. There’s no magic happening here: Google does all of this using your […]

A Week with the Amazon Fire TV

Published on May 14th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Even though I’m more than content with the Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV caught my eye for a very simple reason: Amazon Prime content. I’ve been buying digital content from Amazon since they launched their MP3 Store, the first place to buy music without any DRM, back in 2007, and Amazon is the only place […]

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