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August mini build at the Lego Store

If you don’t go to any warm country to see wild animals, this month, you should bring your kid to the Lego Store. The minibuild is a very nice looking pink flamingo.

LEGO 40068 Flamingo

The Flamingo (D.Stankovski)

This 31 pieces build is easy and is more than 3 in tall.

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LEGO Minifigures series 11 are coming in September

From the LEGO’s Facebook page, this is now official. The Minifigures Series 11 is coming, officially starting September 1st. So, this list is now official.

LEGO Minifigures Serie 11

Early visual of LEGO Minifigure Serie 11

You can see all the list on LEGO’s page. If you are still looking for Mr Gold, you can still get the Series 10.

Create a standalone library with Android Studio

As a software developer, you know that reusable ressources should be in libraries. Android is a Java-based technology, so, your library can be a jar file. But if you want to store some Android specific resources, you need to create a Android Library Project.

Google released Android Studio as the main development platform for Android. Android Studio is a packages IntelliJ Idea environment and relies on Gradle for the build management. At the time being, it is a little unclear how to manage a library so this is a first tutorial.

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LEGO Mixels

LEGO revealed at the Comic Con their next universe, Mixels.

LEGO Mixels

Teaser image on the official site.

There is no informations about this new range of products except that it should be available in spring 2014 with a partnership with Cartoon Network. That is all we can find on the new dedicated page. But already, there is something I find cool in this range of products…

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How to respectfully get your user contact details ?

My app KipinTooch is a kind of contact management app. I created it with the following intentions:

  • Have a better view among the common informations from different contacts.
  • Highlight the relations between contacts.
  • Allow a batch modification for those informations.
  • Help filling informations in a contact card based on similar contacts.

I also wanted the starting point to be the user. So, the app need to gather some informations about the user. But I also wanted the app to be self-sufficient. The app should process data from the phone and everything is done on the phone. No third party social network, no sending to a unknown distant server which would do its magic. This is what I call to be respectful: the user private data remains private and on its device.

This mean that if you want to provide the user some similar informations, you can only rely on what’s on the device. In this post, I will show you how you can gather those informations.

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Format your string resources on Android

There are many tutorials on the web about String formatting on Android. Unfortunately, most of them are about the usual String.format method. In this post, I’ll show you the different ways to display your message.

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What’s wrong into Darkness ?

Into DarknessI just went to see the movie Star Trek Into Darkness. This is the second movie of the rebooted Star Trek happening in an alternative universe as Spock travelled back in time and a lot of things changed. This is all happening in the first movie Star Trek.

Star Trek Into Darkness is the first movie resuming the original storyline. One of the main reason why this is a great movie is because of the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain which is supposed to be… Khan. In this introduction, I’ll say that the movie is a good entertainment. But it may fail to convince the Trekkies who are attached to their universe. Also, to be a fun entertainment  there are a lot of plot holes. This is what the article is all about.

But beware if you want to go further, because as you may expect, the rest of this article is a major spoiler !. You’ve been warned.

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The Hobbit, promotional.

The Desolation of Smaug, first trailer

Finally, here it is, the first trailer of the second part of The Hobbit is finally there. Ok, I know you, if you can’t wait, just watch it.

Yeah, I can hear some of you grumble. So, what can we expect from this second episode ?

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The Rains of Castamere and the faith of Talisa Stark

The Rains of Castamere have been song and the slaughter began. Now we know how they dealt with their version, especially about the faith of Talisa Stark, born Maegyr.

Just as many novels to movies (or series), Game of Thrones introduces some great differences. Even if the rewriting may disappoint the readers of the books, most of them are necessary.The story need to stay consistent even trough the media difference. So, some parts need to be rewritten, some characters changed. Robb Stark did fall in love with a girl he married, breaking his pact to House Frey. But that wasn’t Talisa Maegyr.

Since the 9th episode of the 3rd season of Games of Thrones, The Rains of Castamere, was aired last Sunday, many of you may not have seen it yet, so be warned that this post contains major Spoiler !

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June mini build at the Lego Store

New month, new minibuild at the Lego Store. This month, Geekid built a fisherman.

Lego 40066 fisherman

The Fisherman (D.Stankovski)

This is a big scale model. There are 38 pieces, mostly bricks and plates. This is not what Geekid is accustomed to, but he enjoyed the final model.

Aside of the mini build, this was a good day to go to the Lego Store.

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