Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette has been hooked on computers ever since he laid eyes on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. Since graduating from NC State University he has programmed everything from serial device drivers and debuggers to web servers. After a delightful break working on commercial video games, Ed reluctantly returned to business software. He currently develops enterprise software for Android phones and tablets.In his copious spare time, Ed writes and speaks about all kinds of technology and software. His most recent books include the Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide from O'Reilly and Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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Live coverage of Apple Tablet event: Hello, iPad

Live coverage of Apple Tablet event: Hello, iPad

Tired of the rumors? Want facts? Join us here on Wednesday, January 27 to find out about Apple's "latest creation". In the mean time, just for fun I've created a few polls for you. Record your answer now and then come back on the 27th to see how you scored.

published January 22, 2010 by

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Android 2.1 (Eclair MR1) SDK is out

Android 2.1 (Eclair MR1) SDK is out

One week after releasing the Android Nexus One phone to the public, Google has released the software development kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to write applications for the phone. Android 2.

published January 11, 2010 by

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Are SSDs too fast?

Are SSDs too fast?

When buying a new computer, the conventional advice is to buy the fastest one you could afford. That's what I did when I recently replaced an aging laptop with a desktop screamer sporting an Intel Solid State Drive (SSD). But now I wonder, for those of us developing software for others to use, are we doing our users a disservice by always getting the latest and greatest?

published January 10, 2010 by

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Top 10 Google Phone rumors

Top 10 Google Phone rumors

Usually I don't post about rumors but this one seems to have legs so I'll make an exception. On Saturday Google announced on its mobile blog that it was handing out a mysterious new phone to select employees across the globe. That might have been the end of it, except that rumors started flying about whether this was the mythical "Google Phone", whether or not it would be sold to the public, and so on. Here's a roundup of the 10 most believable rumors that I've heard so far.

published December 15, 2009 by

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Nominations open for the Eclipse Awards 2010

Nominations open for the Eclipse Awards 2010

Every year the Eclipse Foundation hands out awards at its annual EclipseCon conference. Nominations are now open for the next conference, to be held on March 22-25, 2010 in Santa Clara California. The deadline for nominations is January 29, 2010. Good luck!

published December 10, 2009 by

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Larrabee, we hardly knew ye

Larrabee, we hardly knew ye

Intel has announced that Larrabee, the multi-core AMD and NVidia GPU killer, has been canceled. While Larrabee research lives on and we might see it re-emerge in some form in the future, it won't be any time soon.

published December 7, 2009 by

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New Epic 3D game engine toolset: Fabulous, fun, and free!

New Epic 3D game engine toolset: Fabulous, fun, and free!

This is big: Epic Games just announced the release of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of the Unreal Engine 3. This is the same technology behind popular PC and console games such as Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, Bioshock, and Medal of Honor. Now anyone can download the PC version of the UDK and immediately try it out without paying a cent.

published November 5, 2009 by

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Skype open source? Ain't gonna happen

Skype open source? Ain't gonna happen

The blogosphere was all a-twitter yesterday when rumors surfaced that Skype, the popular internet telephony application, would be released as open source "in the nearest future". It turns out that Skype's plans are not so grandiose, and even if they were, questions about who owns the code would prevent it from happening.

published November 3, 2009 by

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Android 2.0 (Eclair) FAQ

Android 2.0 (Eclair) FAQ

In this article I'll answer some frequently asked questions about Android 2.0 from regular users and developers. Just for fun I've tossed in a few questions about the new Motorola DROID phone as well. This is the last of a 3-part series.

published October 29, 2009 by

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What's new in Android 2.0? Part 2: Developer features

What's new in Android 2.0? Part 2: Developer features

Android 2.0 ("Eclair") is an evolutionary version of the Android platform. Despite its version number, it's not as big a change as going from 1.1 to 1.5 ("Cupcake"). However, it does bring a number of notable features to the platform. This article samples the goodies that Google sprinkled on top of Eclair just for developers.

published October 27, 2009 by

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