17 April 2013
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Development
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Unity3D vs Shiva3D

In the hours following the news of Shiva’s (temporary?) demise, I purchased a copy of the Indie version of the Android compiler for Unity. I already knew that it would be suitable for what I wanted to do, so it wasn’t really a leap of faith. The only real concern I had was how long […]


20 February 2013
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Solar Explorer: Black screen of doom

Occasionally, despite the best of intentions, things can go wrong. I released an update to Solar Explorer for all markets on the weekend, both paid and free versions. As a special bonus, it came free with a limited edition bug that that basically caused the app to start up with a black screen and do […]


20 January 2013
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Development
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Blackerry’s final Portathon: a huge success

It’s been a busy couple of days because I decided to take part in the final Blackberry Portathon, after missing out on the previous two, because I thought I didn’t really have anything to submit. A bit late, I know. There was lots to do and I really wasn’t prepared, but I succeeded in submitting […]


17 June 2012
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Resolving difficult issues

For some time I’ve been copping flack from people who’ve installed unsupported custom ICS ROMs on their Android devices, because sometimes the touch screen stopped working with my apps, Solar Explorer and Exoplanet Explorer, resulting in misleading comments on Android Market such as “ICS fail” which are not true as the problem only started after […]


1 May 2012
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Commentary
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Barnes and Noble’s Microsoft deal is a mistake

I read with alarm the news today that Microsoft was making an investment in Barnes and Noble and the ridiculous patent lawsuits were going away. This news is of particular interest to me because I found out a few days ago that B&N finally decided to allow non-US developers to release apps on Nook back […]


1 March 2012
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A Berry busy day

Earlier today this blog and my app, Solar Explorer were both posted to CrackBerry.com, causing a spike in Playbook app sales (over 120 so far) and a big surge in traffic to this site. Normally I’d see about 75 visitors a day, but in the last 11 hours there’s been nearly 1,000! As a result […]


22 February 2012
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Announcing Transmutation

One of the problems I’ve been struggling with recently is a lack of exposure for my apps, Solar Explorer and Exoplanet Explorer. This has caused them to lose rank positions in the Education category in Android Market and I believe it was the result of changes I’d made to the apps in late December, which […]


8 February 2012
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Development
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The struggles of an app developer

You might have noticed in the past few weeks that there’s been a string of updates to the free version of Solar Explorer and Exoplanet Explorer. These haven’t been random improvements, I’ve actually been wrestling with a problem. Back in July last year, about a month after I released Solar Explorer, I implemented Flurry into […]


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 […]


1 January 2012
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Development
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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 […]