Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to build it? In this blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Join me on this adventure and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be!
In my previous post, I mentioned Objective-C, the language of iOS Apps, is an object-oriented programming language. This means when you write code, you are mostly interacting with objects—both visual and non-visual. Working with an object-oriented language is a great advantage for non-programmers who want to learn programming. In this post I'll talk about these advantages, and we'll even get you to write your first lines of code!
Disney has recently released a set of interactive storybook apps for children based on several of its best-selling movies: Tangled, Cinderella, Wreck-It-Ralph, Monsters Inc, Monsters University, and Brave. Packed with puzzles, games, read alouds, and coloring sheets, these apps are sure to delight your little ones.
1. Tangled: Storybook Deluxe ($6.99)
Read along to the story of Rapunzel and Flynn, or tap the icons for activities such as coloring pages, games, and puzzles. When in storybook mode, character voices can read to your child, or she can explore the text on her own or record her voice reading.
In a few days, the rust-colored clay courts of Stade Roland-Garros in Paris will be alive with excitement as the French Open begins. The French Open, the second tennis tournament of the Grand Slam quartet, is distinct due to being the largest clay-court tourney in the world and arguably the most demanding. For those tennis addicts who need to keep up with each set and volley, we’ve found three apps that will be right up your alley.
Summer is almost upon us, but before we can have fun in the sun or long days lounging on the beach, students must go through the right of passage known as the final exam. Technology has opened up the world of education, offering students various ways to study, prepare, and improve their GPA. But with limited funds and limited time, it can become a daunting task to find exactly what you need to help you cram. Since most students are strapped for cash, I focused on the best free study aids students can download to their iphones for on-the-go studying.
As promised earlier today, Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas has shared an exciting announcement during his keynote address at the annual CTIA tradeshow on the iZone Innovation Stage powered by iPhone Life magazine.
Thomas announced that Otterbox—a leading protective case makers for global handheld devices—has acquired LifeProof, another top company in its class that specializes in waterproof gear.
According to iPhone Life magazine CEO David Averbach, this announcement has huge implications for the future of not only the company, but of the industry.
“This move adds substantially to the Otterbox legacy and solidifies the company’s hold on the case market,” said Averbach.
iPhone Life is very excited to be partnering with The Wireless Association—CTIA 2013 to bring iOS-related programming for two days to the iZone Innovation Stage in Las Vegas. We've had a great lineup of sessions exclusively for CTIA attendees, but today we have a special treat for you.
You can get a rare LIVE look directly from the CTIA iZone and join our keynote speaer, Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas, as he delivers an exciting announcement. Watch the LIVE stream HERE today, May 22 at 5 p.m. Eestern Time or 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
There are many great waterproof, rugged protective cases on the market right now, with manufacturers unveiling new ones all the time it seems. Having had the opportunity to evaluate many of the best waterproof, heavy-duty cases currently available, I have to say, Lifeproof’s line of waterproof iDevice cases still steal the show.
The Lifeproof frē for iPhone 5 ($79.99) and the original Lifeproof case for the iPhone 4/4S are excellent examples of what a great full-time use waterproof case can be. With the cases for iPhone 4 and 5 series, we see designs that are as minimalist and unobtrusive without sacrificing an ounce of durability. You could most accurately consider these cases enhancements to the iPhone design, rather than bulky behemoths that obscure the beautiful simplicity of the iPhone.
Radiation from cell phones has been a hot issue in the past as I recall, and even a reason some people refused to use them. But I haven’t heard it discussed for a while now. However, Pong Research has been developing a solution to the issue with its new Pong Case ($59.99), which directs cellular energy away from your head and body.
In fact, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission does indeed regulate the amount of radiation a mobile device can emit. EMR or electromagnetic radiation is what a mobile phone uses to communicate. By government calculations, devices with a specific absorption rate less than 1.6 W/kg are safe. Most devices in use today weigh in at less than this rate. So, what’s the problem?
Velocity Clip is the creation of David Kephart and Sven Duerigen, both California natives. Kephart came up with the initial idea while snowboarding in Tahoe. Originally conceptualized as an iPhone point-of-view case, Kephart realized the potential such a product would have. He got Duerigen, a fellow outdoorsman and businessman, to come up with the eventual process and marketing plan
The Velocity Clip’s appeal lies in two important elements. First, it is a total "three-in-one" professional camera mount that comes with attachments for helmets, the chest, as well as hard surfaces. Each piece in the package is designed for maximum freedom of movement, great point-of-view shooting, and high durability. For example, each mount has an adjustable swivel to account for every shooting angle possible. The Velocity Clip itself is made with extreme grip rubber that will hold your device firm at speeds as high as 150 mph. It can accommodate any device, from a smartphone to a compact digital camera. It also can hold devices in their respective waterproof cases.
I've just been watching the live stream of the Congressional hearing with Apple CEO Tim Cook today. It's ugly. The buzz among tech blogs has said the hearing would largely be grandstanding by members of Congress. And that's what I'm seeing. The current rant is going on and on, with Senator Carl Levin endlessly chastising Apple for having not paid taxes on $44 billion in profits being held by three Apple subsidiaries in Ireland. I've been watching for 20 minutes, and Cook hasn't been allowed to speak more than a couple sentences.
It's unfortunate that Apple has such a target on its back these days. Apple's manufacturer in China, Foxconn, has been criticized for its working conditions, Apple's recent earnings report disappointed Wall Street. Market analysts have doubted Apple's mojo and question whether the company has the creativity to continue to innovate. And now, various governments are going after Apple, wanting to get more money from the company.