Ever wanted to create an icon from an ImageView with a notification alert badge like in the image below? In Android, there is no shortcut in implementing this. I wish there is one but no such luck.

You have to do it on your own. Luckily, the layout system is pretty handy. I made it work with the XML code below.

The TextView will contain both the total count and the image badge. It is actually quite easy, if you know how to use RelativeLayout. I hope this helps.

This should let you feature ImageView icons with alert badges in your app. Just change the values of the images, colors and text.

I was confused why the Google Friend Connect widget did not show up in this blog while some of my Blogger blogs had their widgets fine. Turned out Google retired Friend Connect on March 1, 2012.

If you want to have some sort of Google Friend Connect for your non-Blogger blog, you would have to create a Google+ Page instead and place a Google+ Page Badge in your blog for people to follow you.

You can easily create a Google+ Page. There should be a link at the bottom of your Google+ Profile page where it says “Create a page”.

That should get you started. However, those who followed you through Google Friend Connect are in limbo. There is no way to have them automatically follow you through your Google+ Page Badge. In other words, you have to start all over again.

Sucks!

Way to go Google. You are forcing people to use Google+ more than ever. 😛

To my blog’s visitors, please click the Follow button located on the top right portion of this blog. If you do not see it, you probably have some browser plugin running that made this disappear.

If you wonder why the game has an episode 1 in its title, it is because this game is delivered in episodes. But no fret. Straandlooper has assured us that episodes 2 and 3 will be released within this year of 2011. Overall, this is a great game.

I enjoyed all the puzzles, the humor, the graphics, the voice actors, sound effects, music and all. Heck, after finishing episode 1, it left me wanting for more.

If you have played adventure games before, then this one is no different. You pick up things along the way, trying to use them to solve puzzles and complete tasks.

The game is not really hard to grasp. It is so easy to play. This game centers on a town called Clappers Wreake, the town that took the Great out of Britain, where a hostage situation so happens and there is only one man for the job (since all other negotiators have been shot dead): Detective Inspector Hector.

Episode 1 revolves mainly on clearing 3 tasks: fix the clock tower, shut down the local porn shop and help a man at the park’s tourism stand raise £25,000. This game is a big thumbs up for me although I cannot say the same for the price. I find it a bit expensive considering it is only an episode.

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