31 January 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer: A clump of Keplers

I’ve just updated the database with the 26 new planets announced by the Kepler program, and what a boring lot they are! Although all the stars are similar to ours, generally either G or K class, all the planets are classed as hot Jupiters, even though the radii of the planets varies wildly. This isn’t […]


30 January 2012
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The race to the Moon

The past few weeks I’ve been busy designing my new app, a game tentatively titled “The race to the Moon”. It didn’t start out as a game, rather it was originally was just an educational app, but I wanted it to focus on more than just the moon landing and present information like a timeline […]


25 January 2012
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Aluminium awesomeness

I’ve been needing to buy a new Android tablet, but I’ve struggled to put my money down after getting burned on my first purchase, a Viewsonic 10s. It’s not that it’s a bad tablet, the specs were very good for the price back in mid 2011 when I purchased it, apart from the screen which […]


20 January 2012
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A new version of everything

It’s barely been two years since the HTC Desire/Nexus One made a splash as the world’s first phone with a 1GHz CPU… and now we’ve got quad core 1.4GHz 1080P tablets on the way. When I first started developing Solar Explorer, late in 2010, it was an absolute struggle to get it to run at […]


17 January 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer V2.1.2: One last data issue

I updated the planet data today and Exoplanet Explorer correctly imported the changes into it’s database at start-up. Due to an unfortunate “feature” of Shiva3D that I didn’t know existed, restarting the app would erase the updated database, replacing it with the original version that shipped with the app, triggering an update every time. It’s not […]


13 January 2012
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Solar Explorer: V2.3.1

A quick update for Solar Explorer today that includes the fix for the crash that affected some Tegra-2 tabs when Detailed Planets was enabled. I can’t test this, but I’ve been told by my dev tool vendor that it’s all OK now. If you were affected by the problem and it isn’t fixed, then please […]


13 January 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer: V2.1.0

The first new exoplanets for the year announced today let me put the update process through it’s paces… and it didn’t work. Sure, V2.0.0 downloads updates, it just doesn’t save them to the database if they are new systems… only if they are updated systems, or new planets in existing systems. Time to do a […]


8 January 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer: V2.0.0 arrives

What looked to be a relatively straightforward update to V2.0.0 turned into a monster that raged out of control, consuming vast swathes of my leisure time. So, what’s new? Probably the most important change in this release is that the app can now automatically update its database whenever new planets are discovered. The data for […]


4 January 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer: V2 nearly done

Exoplanet Explorer 2 is coming together nicely and is looking good for a release on the weekend. I’ve spent the last few days bug hunting and fixing every little thing I could find that wasn’t right, so you’re going to notice a lot of changes when it hits. The biggest difference is that you’ll no […]


1 January 2012
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Finding apps designed for Android Tablets

I was browsing the web on my Android tab last week when I came across a type of app in Android Market that I hadn’t seen before: tablet app indexes. It’s about time! Google isn’t really on the ball when it comes to Android Market, probably because they are an advertising business, not an app […]