Android RunTime (ART): how it works

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One of Android KitKat’s many additions isn’t designed for mainstream usage just yet, but its inclusion gives an important insight into the operating system’s future.

10 reasons why the PC isn’t dying

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In our ‘Future of the PC’ poll, APC readers tell us why the PC isn’t going to be replaced by mobile devices anytime soon.

Sandbox for security

Sandbox for security

You’ll need this: Virtualbox – This virtual computer software can be found at www.virtualbox.org. Sandboxie – This free software can be downloaded from www.sandboxie.com. There are a couple of ways to isolate particular programs from Windows and your PC’s hardware preventing rogue software from doing any damage. One is to run the programs in a…

Android Masterclass: Data storage and retrieval

Android Masterclass: Data storage and retrieval

Any non-trivial application will need to store some data locally on the phone for use later. There are also a number of different types of information that needs to be stored for later. For instance we may need to store authentication information have a temporary cache of information store images or allow the users to…

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review – new key features worth noting

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review - new key features worth noting

There are some features in Mountain Lion that will make a big difference for every Mac user but for the most part it’s about security. There’s been a fundamental shift in Apple’s mindset about security in recent times. Mac OS X was always a fairly secure beast but Apple didn’t make too much noise about…

Grand Theft Mobile: Rockstar bringing GTA III to Android and iOS this week

Grand Theft Mobile: Rockstar bringing GTA III to Android and iOS this week

UPDATE: We contacted Rockstar to confirm the launch date and the Dec 15 release date is on US time so we’ll see this pop up on Australian app stores come Friday. Grrr one more day teeth gnashing etc…We’d have been well and truly gobsmacked if you’d told us ten years ago that one day we’d…

Best Apps for Android, November 2011

Best Apps for Android, November 2011

Unified RemoteControl almost any Windows app from your phone.Unified Remote is arguably the most full-featured remote control app available for Android. The app is actually a collection of different remotes each optimised for a specific app and supports expansion through custom remotes.You can control your Windows PC by turning your Android device into a touchpad…

Rethinking the operating system: Chrome OS explained

Rethinking the operating system: Chrome OS explained

Back in July 2009 Google quietly announced its new Chrome operating system on the Official Google Blog. Sundar Pichai the VP of product management and Linus Upson engineering director called it Google’s attempt at re-thinking what a modern operating system should look like. “We are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying…

Will IE9 keep you from straying?

Will IE9 keep you from straying?

It seemed like forever coming but Microsoft finally brought its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser to market a few months back in March. It’s leaner faster and more broadly compatible than its predecessors – but is it enough to stem the flow of web users drifting away from IE?This is the question everyone has…