iPhone SDK

March 7th, 2008

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Tadaa the iPhone SDK is here, ok it’s still in beta though. So if you have seen the presentation video, you might be quite excited too. Just skip to minute 41 and there you have it, nintendo Wii-like controls for gaming. The big advantage that Apple has, is that they have full control over the hardware and software. And that’s where I see the weakest point of the Google Android platform.
And for those of you who are still waiting for the Flash plugin for the iPhone. I guess as long as Adobe doesn’t make a custom player, we won’t see Flash on the iPhone. How would the iPhone / Flash player scale down Flash content anyway? And is the processor strong enough? Battery life? … just forget about it.
I actually had to use someone else’s mac to have a look at the SDK, I still have a G4 Powerbook and you’ll need an intel one.

GooglePhone

February 12th, 2008

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Yeah, that’s a mobile phone. Well actually it’s a development circuit board for the google Android operating system by Qualcomm. Can you see an iPhone competitor in there?
More info and hardware porn shots at Wired’s Gadget Lab.

iPhone Resolution

January 23rd, 2008

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Edward Tufte, a specialist in the field of analytical design, did a review of the iPhones interface. The elimination of screen-hogging computer administrative debris and the high resolution of screen are the main winners in the design of the iPhone. Of course he has some critique ,which I don’t really share, he doesn’t think that the stockmarket and weather widgets are well designed. I guess that his alternative designs won’t meet Steve Jobs design standards. Watch the video for yourself here.
found at Daring Fireball

Hit Me On My iPhone

January 23rd, 2008

F5 Key

January 15th, 2008

f51.jpgMy F5 key is going to be my most used one today,
for sure!
And please don’t tell me you don’t know why …

Zen Crazy

December 27th, 2007

options.jpgI became a disciple of ‘Zen Crazy’ over the last couple of days, fsj told me about. You can also become one, just read his book and learn from the master: oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody.

Android

November 13th, 2007

android.jpgYesterday, Google released the software development kit for its mobile platform called Android. Of course I had to install it and give it a try, it comes with sample code and some standard features like a web browser and a maps application.
The standard graphical user interface looks dull to me, especially since I played around with an iPhone before. The screen resolution of the demo phone is only 320 by 240 and it’s not that snappy, maybe that’s because it’s only an emulation.
Although the iPhone is available since last Friday here in Germany, I didn’t buy one for the simple reason that the iPhone and the contract are too expensive. But if I could get one from the States (over a €100 cheaper!), I would.
So Apple, I’m quite curious to play with the iPhone SDK next February! Bring it on!

Hidden Message

October 31st, 2007

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by machineboy, tipped off by Steve

iPhone accelerometer hack

August 30th, 2007

The iPhone has an accelerometer to detect if you tilt it (to turn the browser or picture) or when bring it to your ear (to dim the screen), which is quite clever. A few months ago some videos popped up with people showing how they controlled content on their pc with a Wii remote. So it was just a mater of time till similar projects for the iPhone appeared. Of course this is way more interesting as you have a screen in ‘your game controller’. You can read more about it here.

Braun Apple

August 21st, 2007

braun_iphone.jpgSome time ago, some people found out that there are some design similarities between the iPhone calculator and some Braun calculators from the late 70ies. Erik Spiekermann, a well known typographer, found an other one between Apple’s current aluminium look and an old world receiver. Apparently there some fans of German design in the Apple team.


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