Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Internet Web We’ve Woven

This is pretty incredible, from a post on the IEEE Computer Society‘s Facebook page. I think we take for granted the complexity of the Internet as a whole. Billions of man/woman hours have gone into building out and maintaining the Internet and related technologies. What a wonderful world.

“Thanks to the Internet Engineering Task Force, whose working groups have kept the Internet running smoothly since the IETF was formed on 16 January 1986. Below is an Opte project visualization of Internet routing paths.”

Leap Motion Controller Goes Retail

Today, Leap Motion, the creators of the Leap Motion Controller, announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy to sell the Leap Motion Controller in its stores and online. The LMC is some awesome technology that is sure to change how we interact with our devices for many years to come.

Here is a link to the press release:

If you’d like to become a Leap Motion developer, check out their developer program.

Connectivity Manager for Windows Phone 7/8 App Released

A few days ago I released my first Windows Phone app, Connectivity Manager. You can find it here in the Windows Phone Store. It is a simple application that provides links to the settings pages for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular/Data, and Airplane Mode. There are plenty of other apps out there that do the same thing, some simple, some fancy, but this is my first app and I needed to get my feet wet.

The app uses toggle switches to indicate the status of the various settings. Unfortunately, it isn’t currently possible to determine the status of Bluetooth and Airplane Mode through the Windows Phone Application Programming Interface (API). So for now the status for these two settings are permanently set to off. Here is a screenshot, the one you’ll see in the Windows Phone Store.

I wanted to use the toggle switches because they mimic the controls used in the operating system for those settings. Ideally, you’d be able to change the settings directly through my controls, but there are appropriate reasons this can’t be done, particular with regards to security. You wouldn’t want an app unknowingly toggling on and off your Wi-Fi connection, for example, transmitting data without your knowledge and such.

If the WP API is updated in the future to allow determining the status of more connections settings, like Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and Internet Sharing, I will push out an update.

Download Connectivity Manager from the Windows Phone Store. It is free and there is no advertising. Clean and simple.

If you have any suggestions for this app, send me some feedback.