Oct 1

keep in touch

I’m absolutely terrible at keeping in touch with people. I’ll go weeks without calling my parents, and sometimes months will pass before I’ll respond to an email from a distant friend. (I’m also a horrible texter, but I’m blaming Google Voice for a lot of that.) I beat myself up about it a few months back and decided I really had to do better.

The first step is acknowledging you have a problem. The second step, in this case, was to build an Android app to help me. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I need an app to remind me to talk to people. “Hey everyone, my phone has to coach me on my people skills!” Incredibly humbling, but it works. The occasional nudge to take a moment to say hello to my friend or call my mom has been extremely helpful in keeping the conversations flowing. And if you’re dealing with the same problem I am, maybe it can help you too.

So here it is. It’s called keep in touch, or kit for short. It will keep track of any phone calls or text messages between you and your friends, and notify you when you haven’t been keeping up with them as much. You can contact your friends directly from the notification or within the app. There are also some pretty stats to look at.

I’ve been working on kit off and on for far too long now, and while there’s still a lot more I’d like to do with it, it’s reached the point where I need to slap a “DONE” sticker on it for my own peace of mind. (Finished is better than perfect, they say.) So please, try it out, and feel free to share any feedback/requests you have.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makario.kit

May 24

New Android App: WordKick

Yesterday, I published another Android app, WordKick.

The goal of the game is to change one four-letter word into another four-letter word by changing only one letter at the time. It’s easy to play, but some words can prove challenging!

I started playing this game by myself when I was in grade school, writing four-letter words in the margins of my notebooks while I was bored in class. Even in college it’s helped me endure the most miserable classes. I had the idea to make it into a mobile game while I was falling asleep at a conference last year.

It’s free to play, so check it out!

Dec 18

Personal Live Wallpapers in Android

You can use Gifinator and AnimGIF LWP 2 to make your own personal live wallpapers. It’s pretty cool, and super easy!

Have fun!

Apr 30

BitCam


I recently created an Android app called BitCam that turns your pictures into pixelated 8-bit images. It started as a silly reaction to all of the Instagram hype, but then I remembered how much I enjoy that old school video game look.

Using BitCam is easy: take a picture, choose one of several nostalgic filters, and share your new pixel art with your friends. You can also post your images to the BitCam Tumblr.

Download it today!

Jul 12

App Inventor for Android Now Available

Google’s App Inventor hit public beta today. App Inventor lets you create Android applications by using a drag-and-drop approach. With App Inventor, you don’t have to be a programmer to develop an application for Android.

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Jun 15

How Deep Is This Hole?

I made another app for Android based on the How Deep Is This Hole app featured in Julian Smith’s “One Bad App” video. Drop your phone, and this app will audibly tell you how far it fell.

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May 16

Gordian Android App

I developed my first Android application this week, Gordian. Gordian is an app that lets you create your own custom secret codes based on simple base codes (such as a Caesar shift or reverse code).

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