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A week ago, I was having dinner with a couple of friends. All of them use iPhone except me. One of them told me he is looking for an app which could calculate the talk time for him, so he can use it to check against the phone bill. He said he cannot find one at Apple app store.
I immediately said, “I’m going to develop one for Android, switch to Android to use the app, dude.” Ok, that was a joke. But I did start to build such an app – Advanced Phone Log.
When I was developing the app, many ideas come to my mind. People needs to see the phone call time, the person’s name, talk time, and so on. People may also want to view only miss call or incoming call or outgoing call, or even miss call within last 3 days. In a word, the app must allow people to view whatever he/she wants.
So I designed the app to allow people to filter and sort the phone logs. People can specify call type, start time, end time, namd and number to filter call logs. People can sort the phone logs by time, name, talk time. There’re also a couple of built-in filters named shortcut, including all incoming call, all miss call, all outgoing call, previous month’s logs and current month’s logs.
The app also calculate the total talk time and number of phone calls for whatever is displayed, so I can show off to my friends and ask them to switch to Android.
There’re several more functions in my mind for future releases. People needs privay, so private logs will be added. People wants to delete phone logs easily, the app will take care of it in future. Maybe backup function as well…
As usual, any comments and suggestions are welcome!
As more and more functions are added to Top Secret Picture, the code becomes more and more complicated. As the initial design doesn’t intend to include so many functions, and there’re still many features that users want to see on TSP, I’ve decided to rewrite the app.
Some of the current functions are only used by few people, I might not include them in the new app. Below is a list of the functions that I plan to implement in the new app,
1. Import/Export Pictures
2. View/Slideshow/Move/Delete Secret Pictures
3. Create/Delete/Rename Folder
4. Update/Backup Password
5. Backup/Restore/Clean Up/Wipe Out Data
7. Secure Share
8. Secret Shot
I’ll start to rewrite the app at the end of this Month (Nov 2010). Any suggestions are welcomed!
Mobile phone is a personal device, and it can be really dangerous.
I’ve read stories online about people lost their mobile phones, and then their private information are lost. Sometimes it’s credit card, sometimes it’s personal pictures and videos. If you are lucky enough, people will return the phone to you; but what if they don’t? what if they put your personal pictures and video online? what if they tamper your credit card information? You cannot rely on luck!
Mobile phones are getting more and more powerful, and more and more capable of capturing your information – text, pictures, videos… But no matter how, it is a PERSONAL device. You want to save your info in the mobile phone, so you can get it anywhere, anytime you want. But you also want to keep it safe.
So here comes Top Secret. It helps you to protect your text, picture and video information. I released the Top Secret Text, Top Secret Picture and Top Secret Videos separately, so I can get more specific feedback and improve each of those functions.
Those three software has been released for a while, and I’ve got very useful feedback. I’m still modifying the functionalities and polish the GUI.
Below are some snapshoot of the software.
0. Top Secret Text Main UI
1. Top Secret Video Add Folder
2. Top Secret Video Add Secret
Hope you like it. And please leave your previous comments and suggestions for us to improve.
It’s the second application I put on Android market- Random Toolbox.
About two months ago, I was thinking of developing my second Android application. I wanted to develop something using Open GL ES, the graphics technology I was picking up. The idea of having a simulated coin flip came into my mind. Then I checked the Android market. There is a very good such application already. I turned to dice roller simulation, there is also a very good one. Card shuffler, same…
Meanwhile, I was having some difficulties locating my application on my Nexus One phone. There are just too many apps installed. Sometimes I just need something to play with when I am on the bus to work, anything fun is fine…
I started to thinking people can get bored sometimes, they simple needs to have sth. to do, no matter whatever it is. Life needs to have some randomness sometimes. Random also means fair under certain circumstances.
Ok. I’ll develop some app that simulates and help people to generate randomness. That’s how Random Toolbox came into my mind.
After that, I decided to have three categories – actions, numbers and deciders. Actions contain some simulations of real life random tools, like cards, dice and coin. Numbers generate randomness related to numbers, like random numbers and random passwords. Deciders help people to make decisions, like randomly launch an application.
Below is a screenshot of two tools in random toolbox – dice roller and coin flip.
Figure 1. Dice Roller and Coin Flip of Random Toolbox
The application is still under development. People are giving suggestions about the Graphics. I’ll continue to polish the application to make it more usable.
Chef Panda is my first Android application. The application collects recipes of some popular Chinese food. The first release comes with Featured recipes, which contains some most popular Chinese recipes; Categories, which allows one to easily browse all the recipes in the app; Random, which generates a menu consists of 8 recipes randomly.
Figure 1. Chef Panda main screen
The idea of having a recipe mobile app has been in my mind for several months. I think it would be nice to have recipes one can bring along to the supermarket or when one is cooking.
The ingredients of a recipe would help one to buy materials for cooking and the directions would guide one through.
I still remember days I wrote down the ingredients on a piece of paper before going to supermarket. And when I was learning cooking, I did my Google before I start, then run back from the kitchen to my laptop to refresh my memory from time to time.
Ok, now with Chef Panda, I can finally say “bye bye” to those days.
Figure 2. Chef Panda: a sample recipe
I also got some plans to upgrade the app. First, to add more recipes, of course. Current recipes are quite limited.
Second, to add favourites feature. As the number of recipes grows, I think it’s useful for one to store his/her favourite recipes.
Third, add history stories. I think one attraction of many Chinese food is its long history and usually a beautiful story behind it. I think this is going to be a cool feature to have. But it will take some time.
Also, I found the random function only works when the user first select the random tab. After that, the random menu won’t change. I will correct this in the next release.
Hope there’re somebody likes the app.