Archive for the ‘Application Development’ Category
  • Geeky-Gadgets iPhone app finally approved. Long waits, multiple rejections, and stupid reasoning aplomb.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    Travel back in time inside your mind to November 25th when we touched on fellow tech blogger Geeky-Gadgets' less than stellar interaction with the App Store and the mindless idiots who run it. November 4th: App Submitted / November 25th app rejected If you remember, the original Geeky-Gadgets app that was submitted on November 4th was rejected because of the contest category and some BS rule in the iPhone SDK that prohibits including or linking to such things. "Fair enough" said Ronald, e...
  • iPhone/Apps not just a geek’s hobby anymore. CNBC to air “Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution”
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    If you ever thought the iPhone and mobile apps were just a passing fad, an upcoming documentary/report by CNBC may have you second guessing the iPhone and mobile applications' impact on the global society on a whole. The program is called "Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution" -- clever. Mind you, this isn't some small, time wasting, fluff that the network is cramming in between "real" stories. Airing January 7th at 10pm (repeat at 1am), Planet of the Apps will consume a full hour of...
  • PastryKit to usher in more “app-like” web apps. Allow devs to bypass App Store restrictions all together?
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    The App Store is for mobile devices what iTunes was for mp3 players. Apple's 180 on native applications after first announcing web apps were the way to do back in 2007 was a shock to many and welcomed by most. Since the App Store's launch however, numerous complaints have been made and even websites created to highlight Apple's draconian and sometimes senseless decisions concerning the App Store and polices within. It is that negative image and bad press that has re-energized the view of many...
  • Android gaming hitting a setback? Developers investing less in platform?
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 10:26 am
    As much as I love Android, I will admit that it's far from perfect. There are some lag issues on even top notch hardware like the Droid and the bread and butter of the mobile world, the app scene, just isn't as matured as it is on the iPhone. At a an investor conference, Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort stated that Gameloft has significantly scaled back their Android development (as have other devs) due to one main issue -- money, highlighting the fact that the iPhone platform ...
  • Another iPhone dev bites the dust. Rouge Amoeba calls it quits.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 8:31 am
    Think Facebook's Joe Hewitt giving up on iPhone development was a one time thing? At the very l east it's a ground rule double as Rouge Amoeba has announced that they too are ceasing iPhone development on account of Apple's App Store policies. What exactly did Rouge Amoeba make? Their iPhone baby, Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0 allows iPhone/iPod Touch users to pick up broadcasted audio from their Mac or Pc. A handy app no doubt. After they released the first version, the realized that ther...
  • iPhone Facebook lead developer Joe Hewitt calls it quits over App Store policies. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    **Update inside: webOS in Joe's Crosshairs?... Apple may be rolling out a new window -- albeit small window -- that allows iPhone devs to peer into the inner workings of the App Store approval process, but is it too little too late? The link in the previous sentence goes to an article I just wrote on how Apple can make this new found gesture of "openness" actually useful. Again, that's already old news. It happened several hours ago. The fact of the matter is, Apple has taken so long to...
  • Apple adds three stage viewer of App approval progress. Here’s a couple more ideas to make it a lot better.
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    If there was ever a perfect example of hell freezing over, this is it. After months and months of harsh criticisms stemming from the god awful review process and absolute lack of any communication, it seems Apple is finally starting to listen to the very people that have catapulted the iPhone to what it is. Starting today, Apple is making steps towards a more transparent app approval process and communication with devs. I wouldn't exactly call it transparent yet, more like opaque. Still, it'...
  • Is 2010 the year BlackBerry becomes “Consumer Cool”
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    After pouring over countless articles, slides, and pictures from RIM's Developer conference the last couple of days, I have to admit I am really impressed by RIM's consumer minded showing. The simple addition of BlackBerry Themes in App World combined with Widgets and actual 3D games to boot instantly jumped RIM and the BlackBerry platform up a few rungs in my book. There's no doubt about it, for consumers focused on multimedia and entertainment, the iPhone is where it's at. Android still...
  • New Android Marketplace ToS all but confirm December 11th update?
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 7:56 am
    Normally a ToS update wouldn't immediately lead us to start speculating on an OS update. But with the recent update rumors flying around with "December 11th" mentioned and this new ToS update with a deadline scheduled for that very same day, sure does make me wonder. A fresh Android 2.0 update will be seen by some as making up for failures from the beginning. I see it as extremely quick turn around on bugs. More or less the same outlook but mine is a touch more positive. The updat...
  • Google warming up: searching for help/developers for Android SDcard app storage
    by Mike
    Posted November 4th, 2009 at 8:34 am
    Well stomp on frogs and shove a crow bar up my nose. SD app storage, a feature that has been requested across many platforms to alleviate space issues when meager amounts of device memory are concerned have been around for several years. WindowsMobile, a widely panned and criticized as "old" mobile OS has had this feature for years. So why does a modern OS such as Android miss out? Since Android has been levied against Apple and Microsoft as a legitimate contender, being limited to at most 2...
  • Palm takes “No Review” approach on app submissions
    by Mike
    Posted October 6th, 2009 at 7:58 am
    While Apple has garnered quite a bit of flack lately for poor choices and lack of common sense when approving/rejecting apps, Palm is taking a different approach in hopes to bring a much more "open" feeling to the App Catalog. All of the dirty details were highlighted yesterday in a public release of the inner workings of the App Catalog. It's pretty interesting to see a company such as Palm who isn't financially in the best of times trying everything they can to win us over. This particular ...
  • RIM releases widget SDK for BlackBerry developers
    by Mike
    Posted October 6th, 2009 at 7:47 am
    One of my biggest complaints with BlackBerries, and the main reason I've moved on to the iPhone and soon Android is the fact that the OS feels old. Sure there are tons of themes to pretty it up, but at the end of the day even the leaked 5.0 beta is essentially the same 4.1 OS from years before. RIM is taking baby steps in the right direction however with their release of an official BlackBerry widget SDK. The widgets will pull from several languages including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. ...
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