Tag Archives | Development

…iPhone Apps = Apple Games?

iPhone Doom

Food for thought: Despite the fervor surrounding Apple’s announcement today, and the thousands of rumors that have surfaced as a result, the biggest change to the iPhone is going to be an already announced feature: Apps.

Many of these apps are going to be games, and so far, it looks like many of the major game manufactures are on-board and developing for the new platform, which got me thinking; could these partnerships develop into full gaming support for Apple’s full-sized computers as well?

Gaming has long been a missing aspect of the Mac experience, but a few key converts could change all that, meaning the iPhone Apps could be a door for Apple to use to enter the lucrative gaming market that it needs if it’s going to continue its growth and market share acquisition.

Makes you wonder…

[Apple – iPhone]

…Canon cameras are hackable?


CHDK, or Canon Hacker’s Development Kit, is a firmware enhancement that turns your Digic II and Digic III camera into a high dollar impersonator.

Because it’s a firmware enhancement and not a firmware modifier, CHDK is also non-permanent and non-destructive, so even those with a fear of killing their camera can give it a go without worrying about the long-term consequences.

To install, simply copy a few files onto a memory card and then start the camera like you usually do. The software will automatically activate, and then de-activate when the camera is turned back off again.

So what does CHDK do for you?

  • Enhanced Image Capture (RAW)
  • Additional Information On-Screen
  • Additional Photographic Settings
  • Support for Small Programs/Scripts

Plus, because it’s open source and still in development, CHDK is still being actively developed, and new features are still being added.

Ready to take the plunge?

Then check out Lifehacker for a full rundown of what’s involved.


[Via: Lifehacker]

…Twhirl might be the best Twitter client?


Twhirl is an Adobe Air based Twitter client that runs on both Windows and Macs, and features the following:

  • Connects to multiple Twitter accounts
  • Notifications on new tweets
  • Shorten long URLs (using snurl or is.gd)
  • Cross-post updates to Pownce and Jaiku
  • Post images to TwitPic
  • Search tweets (using TweetScan or terraminds)
  • Timeline filtering
  • Localized to English, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Color schemes
  • Automatically check for new versions

While I’m currently a fan of Twitterrific, I’ve started to use Twhirl on the Windows based work computer, and definitely like the feature set. It’s easy to use, unobtrusive, and gives you plenty of customization. Plus, Adobe is pushing hard to get developers to work with Air, so there’s a lot of support there for future developments as well.

Maybe it’s time to give Twhirl a whirl.


…Apple is an evil genius?

Apple Evil Genius

Wired Magazine has a fantastic article about Apple called “How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong” that dives into the Apple development world and discusses how the company goes against the silicon valley norms, yet manages to churn out amazing products time and time again.

If you’d like to know more about the often mysterious company, it’s a must read, and should be paired with Fortune Magazine’s article, “The Trouble With Steve Jobs” for a full rundown of one of the most talked about companies of the last ten years.

[Wired Magazine – How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong]

[Fortune Magazine – The Trouble With Steve Jobs]

…Lifestreaming is the next big thing?

App Icons

Twitter introduced the world to the idea, but lifestreaming hasn’t quite taken off yet; though if SXSW has anything to do with it, that’s all about to change.

Lifestreaming is “an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person’s online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”

Basically, lifestreaming sites take everything you do online during the day and compacts it onto one page so that your friends can quickly and easily keep up with what you’re doing.

It’s also one of the hottest areas for development right now, with plenty of companies trying to be the next big thing. For a rundown of some of the top ones, check out ReadWriteWeb’s list of 35 Ways to Stream Your Life, and see if this lifestreaming thing is right for you.

[ReadWriteWeb – 35 Ways To Stream Your Life]