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Stay or Fold?

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          What are the true benefits of folders?  Clearly, folders can be a very helpful element of the iPhone for better organization.  With folders, the user is able to put “like” applications together.  Not only this, but if there are multiple people using the iPhone (perhaps a family), applications can be grouped appropriately.  For instance say the phone belonged to the father of the family but the kids download game applications and the father wants to keep the phone more organized, he can use folders.  In the more common case, if there is a singular user to the phone, it can also help organize things for just that one user.  Gathering perhaps news applications and weather applications together or phone, mail, and text to



Video: Android Running on a 1stGen iPhone

Some people just can't help themselves, they see a device and they want to do things to it, usually things that were never intended to be done to it. So, for your viewing pleasure, here's a 1st gen iPhone running the Linux kernel and the Android o/s.  



Adobe pulls the plug on iPhone, ceases all Flash and AIR development (via Download Squad)

Over on DownloadSquad.com, Sebastian Anthony has posted some very interesting news:

It seems the camel's back has finally snapped: Adobe's Flash department has curtailed all Flash and AIR development for the iPhone OS platform. Citing the recent change in Apple's developer license, Adobe no longer believes the iPad or iPhone to be a safe or worthwhile investment. The ability to target iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5 will still exist, but no further work will be made by Adobe to update or support that feature.



Daring Fireball: New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

 Once again this afternoon, a tweet has alerted me to some developer news. 

In the new version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement released by Apple today (and which developers must agree to before downloading the 4.0 SDK beta), section 3.3.1 now reads:



iPhone SDK 4 Betas for iPhone and iPod Touch, but NOT iPad

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A tweet from iLounge alerted me to this interesting news:



Cory Doctorow and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Apple's iPhone Developer Agreement

 

People who want to develop for the iPhone OS family of devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and sell their software through the AppStore must agree to Apple's terms. 



App Store gets Adult Supervision... too heavy handed?

"Apple has reversed their policy".  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times.  Actually, I google'd those words and found 994,000 results, so that's not an exaggeration!  Apple has had enough of the 'bikini' apps and has begun removing such apps from the App Store.

 

I must admit, I am a bit conflicted here.  As a father, it can be frustrating seeing 17+ apps when doing searches or browsing the App Store.  Those apps obviously sell, but that pushes other apps down in the rankings, making it harder to sell.  As a developer of family-friendly apps, this is also frustrating because it means less "exposure" (pun intended) for my apps!

 



New AppStore Rules? No More Overtly Sexual Content?

According to an article on TechCrunch (also see this additional TC post) which I learned about from a post on HolyKaw, Apple has or is about to change the rules about sexual content in Apps. Apparently it's now "No Swimsuits, No Skin, And No Innuendo". While the TC article is sympathetic to developers who make 'sexy apps', I'm not. I'm not a prude, but I am very tired of the smutty crap that seems to pass muster when it comes to apps and themes on a variety of platforms. 



At Macworld: Yapper- Create Your Own Apps

Today I got to speak with Chirantan (Chintu) Parikh, CEO ( or Yapper Chief as he calls himself) of SachManya LLC. His company has developed a way that allows you to create your own mobile apps for your company or website.  Simply by going to their site, you follow 4 steps, fill in your information, and your app is done. 



Funding for Developers: The AppFund for the iPad

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 On the heels of the iPad's launch comes the AppFund:

AppFund is a seed fund focused on the development of Applications for Tablet devices such as the Apple iPad. We are looking for Apps that capitalize on the dynamic and mobile nature of the iPad and similar Tablet devices. 
 
We believe that the iPad is a transformative device that is going to have wide ranging uses and applications in enterprise environments, entertainment, content, social networking, games and small business.
 
The fund will provide as little as $5k to get an idea started to up to $500k for full scale development, marketing, and deployment.
Additional details: who we are and what we're looking for.
 
 


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