Change my Lights over the web with #Firebase Cloud Messaging

For a bit of fun, go visit this site:

Pick a couple of colors, and click ‘Send Now’. You’ll change the lights in my home office to those colors. I’ve lots of patriotic colors with friends in China making them Red+Yellow, Sweden making them Blue+Yellow and Australia making them Green+Yellow.
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Auth flows with #Firebase UI on the Web

Firebase Auth is a secure authentication system that allows users to sign up and sign in for your application. It allows you to use federated identity through providers, such as Facebook, Twitter, and of course – Google. When doing this, your users will demand a rich user experience, and the burden of implementing this will fall on you as a developer. In addition, creating apps that allow for sign in involves a lot more than just signing in — there are many other user flows, such as choosing from multiple accounts, signing up for new accounts, resetting passwords and more. This can be a lot of work!

Luckily, the open-source FirebaseUI libraries make all of this really easy. In this post, you’ll take a look at building a simple web site that allows for sign in and sign up. You’ll use two providers: The built-in Email/Password on Firebase, and federated identity using Google Sign-In.
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This week in #Firebase – February 3, 2017

Lots of updates in the community this week (aren’t there always!) but here’s a few that caught my eye.

Firebase of things

First up is James Puderer who — wait for it — built a garage-door opener with a Raspberry Pi and Cloud Messaging. Wuh-what? Really? Yep. Check out his article, including some fun screenshots of his contraption on HackaDay, and the original post where James described how he built it. Great stuff! Full source code included.
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This week in #Firebase – January 27, 2017

Google I/O 2017

Lots of great updates for you this week, starting with the announcement that Google I/O 2017 will be back at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View from May 17 to 19. We teased it with some puzzles on the Firebase and Google Developers twitter accounts, but you all figured it out way too quickly. We’ll have to make the puzzles harder next time! There’s no details on talks, schedule, content yet…we’re working hard on it. I’ll be back speaking again this year, but hopefully not the 5 sessions I did last year. Nearly killed me! 🙂

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This week in #Firebase – January 20, 2017

It’s been a huge week for the Firebase community.

Let’s start with the great news that Fabric is joining Google!  The goal is to continue along our road of helping you build better apps and grow your business. Details to follow in the coming weeks, but the great work that has been done with Crashlytics will augment the work we’ve already done in this area with Firebase Crash Reporting. It’s a great time to be a developer!

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Learn about #AugmentedReality with #Tango

One of my favorite technologies from Google is Project Tango — a set of APIs that allows you to build apps that transform the way people see the world. Consider a small device — like a phone or tablet — having motion tracking, area learning and depth perception. That’s what Tango gets you — you can learn more on the Developers site for Tango here.
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