Sorry for that catchy title, but this post is about NDA aka: Non Disclosure Agreements.
You know, I am posting about "how you can get your own app on iTunes" by using freelance agents or companies that help you make your own app. And in the beginning of every discussion, project, or idea, there is the NDA. This simple form comes in many different flavors, simply check google on that topic, and you will find a NDA template that fits your needs.
But what does this NDA do for you? It protects your idea from being stolen. As simple as that. Don't go on any website and post your idea. Chances are that someone reads it, and publishes it in no time. And your idea is gone...
Translate Now! is a new free app that uses Google Translate to let you do translations between 36 languages. You can easily paste text into the translation window and copy the translation text to the clipboard. Plus, you can e-mail translated text from within the application. The application automatically increases the text size for languages such as Hindi or Japanese. It works with iPhone 3.0 software and requires an Internet connection. Also available is Free Translator, which also uses Google Translate and which is ad-supported.
My first experience with Mina’s adventures, which are loosely based on the stories of Jules Verne, was with Return To Mysterious Island on a Windows Mobile device. It was one of my favorite portable adventure games, and the iPhone version proved to be an even slightly better experience. Imagine my delight, then, when I found out that there was going to be a sequel on the iPhone. I couldn’t wait for this game to come out, and now that I have it I’m not quite as excited. It’s nice to be back in Mina and Jep’s life again, but I’m not finding this adventure quite as engaging as the first time around. I also still don’t see some much needed tweaks to the game engine from the first time around. Still, Secrets Of Mysterious Island should provide some thoughtful game time for true adventure gamers. As a bit of advance warning, there might be a spoiler or two in this review, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’ve elaborated on the highly useful scriptlets in several of my articles. These are special bookmarks invoked when you want to do some specific action on a Web page already loaded; for example, scrolling to the bottom or finding a specific word. They vastly enhance the functionality of all scriptlet-capable Web browsers; as of the time of writing, any Safari version, iCab Mobile 2.0, Journey Web Browser 1.3, iNetDual 1.2.0, Perfect Browser 2.7 and Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.1 – and all this without (!) jailbreaking your phone.
The dedicated articles I’ve written so far are as follows. You may want to take a look at them so that you know what this is all about.
You probably have people who are hard to buy for and could use a bit of inspiration for ideas. Try 2,100 Gift Ideas ($1.99). It offers gift ideas from hundreds of online stores. The gifts range from electronics and jewelry to things you might not even have known existed. You can choose gifts from various categories, such as Mom, Dad, Kids, Him, Her. Plus, you can sort by price so that you only see suggestions in a particular price range. You give your iPhone a shake, and it then starts serving up gift ideas.
[Edited this 12/9/09 to reflect the app's new name.]
You may well remember my article on making (unreadably) small characters larger. The scriptlet presented there works with most pages.
With some, however, it results in rows without any gaps in between. An example is dealextreme.com’s product descriptions; for example, THIS.
WorkSnug is an Augmented Reality application for the iPhone 3GS which connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work.
The company has sent people into the field to personally review hundreds of places to work. Observations include information about power provision, atmosphere, noise levels and even the quality of the coffee.
Launching first in London, with San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Madrid and two other cities expected in the early weeks of 2010.
BusinessWeek.com has published an interview with Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president for worldwide product marketing in which he discusses the iPhone app approval process.
Apple is under fire from some developers for the way it vets applications that can be sold on its online App Store. Facebook developerJoe Hewitt goes so far as to say he's "philosophically opposed" to the very notion of a company deciding which applications can and can't be used on its hardware. The presence of "gatekeepers" in software development "sets a horrible precedent," he says.
Read the rest of the interview.
In this article, I explain the recently-released "Safari Download Manager", which (particularly with the external iFiles application) adds a convenient way of adding a download manager to Safari – on jailbroken phones. I also provide a very thorough comparison to iCab Mobile and VanillaSurf, the two (highly recommended) third-party Web browsers that also have a download manager – without having to jailbreak your phone. Finally, I also explain how you can save and, later (even without direct Internet connection!) read Web pages in the latter two Web browsers. (You, unfortunately, can’t do the same in the new plug-in.)
I badly want Waze to be a success because the idea is just so perfect: a free navigation app that integrates user-generated traffic information. So, you're stuck in traffic someplace, you whip our your iPhone, and let the world know that they ought to take a different route if they're traveling the same road that you are. It's a wonderful example of crowdsourcing. The trick is to get lots of people to use it. And increasingly people are. But if you live someplace where there's not much coverage, the app has less value than other places where it's really caught on.
Just with the recent, full update of my Multiplayer Gaming Bible
), I’ve been working on a brand new, up-to-date, way more comprehensible version of the entire, old and now, completely outdated iPhone and iPod Touch Web Browsing Bible
1. I’ve added a video of Line Racer by inXile Entertainment, a line racer game, which received Wi-Fi / BT local multiplayer support some days ago. TouchArcade discussion HERE; I especially recommend THIS mini-review .
2. As far as multiplayer game sales are concerned, Warfare Incorporated (the excellent RTS) is at a $1 sale – go get it!
Apple has recently added a new listing in the App Store called Top Grossing apps. It appears in the right margin under the listings of Paid Apps and Free Apps. Simply put, the top grossing apps are the ones that are making the most money — an indication of how much they're valued. If somebody's willing to plunk down $9.99 for Call of Duty, the current top-grossing app, it must be pretty good. If you look at the ratings for the top apps in this category, they're typically very high.
RedLaser ($1.99) is currently one of the top-selling apps, and for good reason: It's a great aid to shopping. The concept is very simple — the app uses your iPhone's camera to scan a barcode, and then the app does an online product search to find the lowest price among hundreds of thousands of retailers. Maybe you're in a mall and you scan an item and find that a different store in the same mall has it for a lower price. Features include the ability to limit your search to lower prices in nearby stores, e-mail a results list, e-mail a barcode, and a favorites feature for keeping a wish list of products.
Want to know what's new on the iPhone? Want to research an app? Now you can get all the news you want related to the iPhone right on your iPhone - anywhere, anytime!
From the iPhone Life app, you can access current news related to the iPhone, read iPhone app reviews, and learn a variety of tips and tricks for making the iPhone work for you.
Mall Maps is a definite keeper on my iPhone!
This app contains more than 1,000 malls, shopping centers and plazas in all 50 states. You can locate malls by browsing your current location (GPS) or by browsing a list of states. Alternatively, you can input the zip code of the area you are planning to visit.
The app displays the malls in your selected location, as well as a store list and floor plan for each selected mall.
You can even get directions to the mall by selecting "Get directions," which provides directions to the mall on Google Maps.
1. Gameloft, in addition to Blades of Fury, has made some other multiplayer-enabled games $1 for the holiday season
; all of them well worth this price:
Real Tennis 2009
Note that there are some other single player titles too; please see THIS
for more info. The following single-player titles are on sale:
Castle of Magic ($1.99 -> 99¢)
Terminator Salvation ($4.99 -> 99¢)
If you're hitting the stores on Black Friday but are in need of gift ideas, you might try the free Hey Santa app, which has over 2,000 gift suggestions based on your budget and the recipient's taste and age. There are 15 different combined settings for gift suggestions. Also check out Christmas Gifts List ($0.99), which no only helps you manage your list but also has a built-in budgeting feature.
One of the best Street Fighter clones is Blades of Fury (iTunes link) - no wonder I've featured it in my recently-published "Everything you’ll ever need to know about multiplayer games" (and also the paper version of it, which, hopefully, gets published in the newsstand version of iPhone Life). Now, it’s offered for $1 only during the Thanksgiving season. For this price, it’s a steal!