Interesting question from Emmanuel Acosta: If you had the chance to work for Microsoft, Google and android, name 2 things you would change and why? This question definitely gives the community something to think about and discuss! For me, I’d double down on SaaS if I was at Microsoft, and I’d also expand creator monetization on social if I were at Google. What would YOU do?
Mikey C. writes: Hello, Chris! I watch your videos every day. I’m writing because I’m trying to decide which smartphone I should get: a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 5s? I have used iOS since 2009 (third generation iPod touch), and I’ve bought a lot of apps on iTunes. The Galaxy S5 seems like it might be an interesting change of pace, but I’m concerned because you said that 99% of malware attacks in 2013 were made on Android systems! Which one do you think I should go with? Thanks for your time. Thanks for watching our videos, Mikey! Alas, I can’t tell you what you want (and you have inadvertently not provided enough context for me to be able to assist you fully). Which one gets you more excited when you think about it or see it? That’s the one you want to choose! I know what my choice would be, but my needs could very well be different from yours.
For most, the underlying technology that makes an app ‘tick’ is shrouded in mystery. This has been a boon for programming experts and has spurned a very profitable niche for professional programmers who are paid to research, develop, and build these apps. But what if you have an idea for the “next big thing” — or even the “next little thing” for that matter — with no programming skills to speak of and, for whatever reason, you don’t want to hand over your idea to a professional and pay to have it developed? MIT App Inventor is an easy and fun way for the uninitiated to learn about computer programming and actually do something with this newfound knowledge.