Here are some of the stories that piqued our interest this week:
- We were wrapped up in nostalgia once the Commodore 64 app was finally approved and made available on the app store. That didn’t last long however, as Apple removed it once they discovered that the BASIC program was still contained within. The developer has since re-submitted the app, sans BASIC.
- A couple of apps that made us say “finally” were released. Flickr released an iPhone app and us Canadians finally got a taste of Skype on the iPhone.
- Apple updated the iPod touch, iTunes and the iPhone OS this week. Following which Steve Jobs proclaimed the iPod touch to be primarily a gaming device.
- Zynga got a restraining order against Playdom and accused them of stealing trade secrets.
- Beware marketing weasels who try to use your irrationality against you.
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Here are some of the stories that piqued our interest this past week:
- We enjoyed the minimalist gameplay of the new iPhone game, Button.
- Tim Langdell resigned from the IGDA board of directors amid controversy.
- Larva Labs released sales data that compares their iPhone sales with their Android sales in an effort to shed light on how much the two markets are worth.
- A new study showed something that we all knew already: Tetris makes your brain bigger.
- We enjoyed reading about the history of Harmonix from the horses mouth, and how they almost failed twice before hitting the big time.
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Here are some of the stories we paid attention to this week:
- Unless you were living under a PC rock, you would have heard that Snow Leopard was released this week. Despite most of its features being under-the-hood tweaking and performance improvements it still generated as much buzz and excitement as a troupe of Snow-Dancing-Monkeys.
- Facebook’s long-awaited version 3.0 of their iPhone app was released after spending 10 days getting approved by Apple. In the meantime, the app’s developer had some advice for Apple on how to improve the App Store.
- The iPhone’s first app to feature augmented reality was released.
- cocos2d for iPhone, the engine that we’re using for our game, released a new version that supports TMX tile maps, render textures, has a particle editor and a snazzy new logo.
- We learned about using the NSNotification class in Cocoa development as a way to broadcast messages to all interested objects in your app.
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- Step by step instructions for handset makers to leverage the Android platform to overtake Apple’s iPhone juggernaut.
- The iPhone overtook the Canon Rebel XTi as the #1 camera on Flickr, according to their own stats. As an avid Flickr user who owns both of these products, it is no surprise to me, as an increasing number of pictures in my own feed has come from my iPhone.
- TomTom released their long awaited GPS app for the iPhone and broke the $0.99 pricing model that most users are used to in the process, asking $100 for it.
- The uproar over the Google Voice app rejection continued. The WSJ had an oped explaining why AT&T was behind the rejection, or why they would at least not object to it. Apple, AT&T and Google all filed responses to the FCC’s questions about the matter late in the day on Friday. Michael Arrington tried to make sense of it all and concluded that we will see Google Voice on the iPhone before all is said and done.
- Jeff Atwood explained why Microsoft Bob is the only truly failed project.
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Here are some of the stories we kept track of this week:
- A bank has come up with an innovative new way to use the iPhone (or why not any phone with a camera?). They’re enabling their customers to deposit checks using an iPhone app.
- Facebook acquired FriendFeed. Be still our hearts.
- How the iPhone App Store is changing the perception of what software should cost and how publishers are pricing their product. On the flip side, here’s a look at the 10 most expensive iPhone apps.
- It’s time to play Duke Nukem on the iPhone and chew bubble gum… and we’re all out of gum.
- Apple’s Phil Schiller is taking the PR reigns for the iPhone App Store, acknowledging that there have been problems and that people at Apple are listening to the feedback.
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Here’s what earned our attention this week:
- We came across this great talk Seth Godin gave last year whose title speaks for itself: Why marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.
- Flames of controversy about the iPhone’s app store continued to be fanned. The FCC has begun looking into Apple’s recent rejection of the Google Voice apps. Meanwhile, Apple made some more high-profile bans, including the 3rd-most prolific developer on the app store, a dictionary app (for containing swear words), and an app that helps you find local sex offenders.
- Joel Spolsky reminisces over what it was like to start a software company at the tail-end of the dot com bust era.
- The hype around Apple’s worst kept secret is ramping up more every day. Analysts this week discussed how Apple’s tablet PC device would bring new opportunities for game developers.
- The browser is looking more and more like a plugin-free game development platform every day. Mozilla, Opera and Google announced at SIGGRAPH that they would be implementing WebGL in their browsers. We were also dazzled by what can be done with HTML5′s canvas element in this demo.
Here’s a look at just some of the things that we kept our eye on this week:
- Why nobody hates software more than software developers. Hint: it’s because we know the volumes of bad code that get poured into it.
- Google Voice applications got rejected from the iPhone’s App Store. This is causing a lot of concern among both developers and users of the iPhone platform. Michael Arrington even declared that he’s “quitting” the iPhone.
- Two researchers announced they had discovered a way to virally infect and hijack the functions of every iPhone on earth. Thankfully, none of Get Set Games’ devices were affected once they unveiled the exploit on Thursday. Apple was quick to release a patch.
- In a bid to keep iPhone jailbreaking illegal, Apple claimed in a filing that jailbreaking would turn the iPhone into a weapon against cell-phone towers.
- We watched in amazement as Yahoo! committed seppuku this week, making it a historic week in online search.
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