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MobileWeek Kicks Off in NYC

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I am attending MobileWeek in New York City this week, and learnng about some great new startups and apps. As a developer, I even got a chance to play with some of their new APIs (Application Programming Interface) that allow a developer to make an app even more powerful with little coding effort.



WWDC Tickets Raffled Off, Still Time for Students

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Apple developers who registered for WWDC are finding out if they "won" the raffle to pay $1599 plus travel and expenses to attend the annual code-fest. There are far more iOS and Mac OS developers who would like to go than Apple can accommodate, so they have had to use a raffle in recent years. There are still opportunities for students, however, as they can create and submit an app that highlights their expertise and creativity. 350 students will be selected to attend and get the chance of a young lifetime.



WWDC 2015 Announced

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As predicted, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will be held the week of June 8, 2015 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Tickets are $1599, not including hotel costs, which can be astronomical, and there are no guarantees of getting a ticket. Interested developers must first apply and then find out on April 20 if they were able to buy a ticket. The developer's credit card on file will be charged automatically. Last year, a developer would be notified that they "won" the raffle and then have a short time period to actually make the purchase. This new policy should cut down on people entering the raffle with multiple ID's or without definite plans to attend.



Make Education Better with the Perpetual Innovation Fund from Digital Harbor

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The Digital Harbor Foundation wants to give you a 3D printer. Thanks to their new Perpetual Innovation Fund, they have set aside funds to give 3D printers to worthy schools and teachers who can make a case for it. In addition to 3D printing, the foundation teachers technical skills like electronics, and web and app programming in their after-school and camp classes.



Attend a MacTech Event Near You But Act Fast to Save Hundreds

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I'm a big fan of the MacTech Conferences, and iPhone Life Magazine is a media sponsor. The events bring together some of the brightest independent minds in the Mac and iOS universe, both as speakers and attendees. The once-a-year event in California has so many topics and speaker sessions worth attending that I wish I could clone myself to attend them all! An easier solution might be to attend a local MacTech Pro event. It costs less, especially if you live near one of the nine locations and is a single-track, hotel-based seminar, specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS. The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4, 2015 in Seattle.



Toymail Kickstarter needs your help to bring messaging and fun to little ones!

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Toymail is a cute, child-safe toy that can send and receive wireless audio messages. There is a ton of coolness about this idea. Imagine tucking the kids into bed from anywhere in the world, or enjoying an impromptu playtime while taking a break at work. 



Infinity Blade II: Major Update! ClashMob, GemForge, and More!

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Infinity Blade II. Free Update and App Sale. Available Now, Exclusively in Apple's App Store.



Apple Inc. The Ultimate Social Media Experiment

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While I will be the first to acknowledge the amazing technological achievements of Apple's line is computing products, I must say, more than any technological accomplishment, Apple's phenomenal success rests in large part upon the amazing sociological phenomena it has so meticulously and intentionally generated, over decades of persistent effort.

 



Evolution: The iOS Revolution.

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Evolution. The iOS Revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

In this "post-PC" day and age we are witnessing the revolution of our entire world and society as a result of a single notecard size computer, namely the iPhone. As Tim Cook stated at the unveiling of the new iPad: "Apple is at the forefront of this revolution! Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future. We have three post-PC devices: the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad - the revolutionary device that defined a whole new category and is outstripping the wildest of predictions. We are talking about a world where the PC is no longer the center, but just another device, where your new devices need to be more portable, more personal."

 

Rarely has an evolutionary step (be it biological or technological) come along that has so transformed the way we relate with the world around us. Short of an asteroid hitting the planet or extra-terrestrials making themselves known, the iPhone and all it portends, is arguably one of the biggest and most significant events and inventions we may see this century! Like the light bulb and the telephone, the TV, the automobile and the airplane, the iPhone has fundamentally changed and is continuing to change the way we move through our lives and interact with our world.



Hackers' corner: enhancing the iPad 2 camera

Now that iOS 5.0.1 has become hackable, I've been continuously receiving requests to make my previous, strictly iOS4-specific iPhone 3GS / 4 video camera enhancer tool (available in Cydia: see THIS) iOS 5-compliant.

Having successfully closed a major project I've been working on for months, I immediately moved to devoting my free time to updating my tool.



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