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iPhone App Development - a primer

I'm writing an article for our printed publication, detailing my experience developing an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

While Apple prides themselves in simplicity, developing an app was rather tricky.  However, the results have been rewarding.



More ways to get an iPhone: $197 at Wal-Mart or $99 for a refurb at AT&T!

It's official.  Starting Sunday, you can get an iPhone at Wal-Mart.  As is their trademark, the prices will be lower than elsewhere, but only by $2.  I guess you can buy a couple of apps with the money you save!



Free app for wireless printing from iPhone

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This is a cool idea: print photos from your iPhone or iPod Touch directly to a printer without having to first transfer the photos to a computer. HP has developed this app and is making it available for free in the iTunes store. Search for HP iPrint Photo.



Walmart Ready To Give Birth To The iPhone

Well it's been rumored for weeks now and today Walmart officially announced that they will begin selling the Apple iPhone in 2,500 of its stores this Sunday.

The official announcment puts to rest the rumor of Walmart carrying a special 4GB iPhone for $99. Both of the current iPhone models will be available at Walmart stores for $2 less than current pricing elsewhere.

The father of the iPhone, Apple Inc., had no comments on its website.



Happy Holidays!!

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 Just wanted to wish all of our bloggers and blog readers a wonderful holiday, and a prosperous new year! Whether you are heading to Grandma's house, staying home or maybe deployed far away like the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces, I wish you a safe and joyous holiday, and I hope 2009 brings you happiness!



VITO releases free "HolyWars" world polling application for a limited time!

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"HolyWars is your unique tool for creating polls. Answer the questions and create your own polls. Choose the category you like and go ahead. HolyWars offers an exclusive opportunity to see how people react to your questions. Spin the globe with your finger and check out if Earth population shares your point of view."



New free app from AccuWeather

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AccuWeather.com has just announced a new application (free!) that automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecast information, as well as weather alarms and health indices.



New iPhone and Touch titles released and 2 mini-reviews

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 Astraware has updated and released several titles, and are offering My Little Tank, and their Board Games collection for less than 5 dollars, so go check it out. Also for the rabid hockey fan, Polar Mobile has released an app called "The Hockey News", so go check that out as well.



Macworld without Steve Jobs... a reflection on the first Steve Jobs speech I attended circa 1985

Now that the dust has settled and it's clear that thousands of Apple fans will be deprived of attending a Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld. I thought I'd reflect on the first time I attended one of his talks.

It was in the mid-1980's, after Jobs had been unceremoniously ousted from the very company he started, and around the time he launched his next venture, appropriately named NeXT.  He came to my university, Carnegie Mellon, to research some technology (MachOS) the school had developed which would become the core of his NeXT computer.



iPhone — The Missing Manual

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David Pogue's popular help book — iPhone: The Missing Manual — is now available as an iPhone application. The book costs $24.99, but the app is available at a special introductory price of just 4.99. (Regular price is 9.99.) This second edition has new material related to the iPhone 3G and MobileMe. Plus, there are new chapters on the app store and Microsoft Exchange.



David Pogue on pocket projectors for the iPhone

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The coolest invention of 2008? Pocket projectors, according to a review by David Pogue in the New York Times. I'm hoping Santa will bring me one of these. Here's how he describes the Optoma Pico Projector: "a video projector so small, you can carry it in your pocket.



Best Ocarina performers compete for $10,000 in prizes

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When I first heard of Ocarina, I thought it was novel — using the iPhone as a wind instrument — but I didn't imagine it would catch on. It is, after all, a time-consuming affair to learn to play a new musical instrument. But it's become a top-selling application.



MagicPad — free app for rich-text editing and copy/paste

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MagicPad is a commercial app that is being given away for free for the holidays. It offers rich-text editing — and copy/paste. But note that the copy//paste function only works within a note or from one note to another. You can't copy/paste between applications. The rich-text editing lets you adjust font style, size, color, and effects. You can e-mail notes to others.



2009 Publishing Schedule for iPhone Life

Our 2009 publishing schedule has been announced. We appreciate your patience! The four issues will be mailed to subscribers and newsstands on the following dates:

Spring '09: March 20;

Summer '09: June 9;

Fall '09: Sept 1;

Winter  '10: Nov 24



Simplify Connecting to Your iPhone via Your Local LAN

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Due to the Apple SDK constraints on developers of iPhone software, data exchanges with your phone is limited to email and local area network connectivity. 

Some iPhone applications such as “Files” allow you to import and read your Word, Excel, and PDF files from your desktop computer to your phone, and move that data to the iPhone by establishing a wireless connection between the phone and desktop over a LAN.



Rocky upgrade here at iPhone Life

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 I'm posting partly just to apologize for the rough handling of this Web site for the past few days.  I did an upgrade to the Drupal software that powers our site, and a number of things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked.

I am also posting to try out some of the features that other bloggers have reported problems with, to see if they work in my own blogging account.  One complaint is that blog entries get truncated after just a line or so of text.  If you can read this, then I was unable to duplicate the problem.



Microsoft releases free image-browsing app

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In the news today is Microsoft's release of its first application for the iPhone: Seadragon Mobile, an image-browsing app. And it has raised eyebrows because the same app hasn't been released for Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform.



Great game rebates and other news

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Before I, finally, publish the iPhone Gaming bible Part I, some news for you all.

ngmoco:) news

ngmoco:) is one of the best games developer for the iPhone / iPod Touch. They're celebrating the upcoming (on 12/18) release of their new, really promising puzzle-platformer title, Rolando.



Secure iPhone Screen Protection

3M recently sent me a sample of their new 3M Mobile Privacy Film, a twelve dollar adhesive screen protector with "microlouver technology" (essentially what looks like a polarization filter). When applied, this layer makes the screen appear dark and fuzzy when not looking directly at the screen. The margin of angle is fairly tight and the filter does what it advertises. Of course, this also means that watching videos on the iPhone can become a challenge due to the exact nature of the viewing angle necessary to watch without blurring the image.


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